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NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer Review

Quick Summary

The NordicTrack X7i is an incline trainer treadmill. With its track slope range of -3 percent to +40 percent, this unique fitness machine allows rapid calorie burn and impressive muscle toning.

The X7i is the most affordable of four NordicTrack incline trainers available this year.

The X7i Incline Trainer features a large track (60″ x 22″) with steep automated incline and decline. It’s powered by a 2.75 CHP motor, has a backlit LCD monitor and is ready for use with iFit technology.

Learn more from the full NordicTrack X7i review below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer
Rating

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85.7%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$2,499
Best Price

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$1,699
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0 - 12 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

-6 - 40%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

2.75 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

22" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

Reflex Cushioning
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

iFit
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

325 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

CardioGrip™
Wireless Chest Strap
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

70.2" x 39.6" x 69.7"
Display

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

7" Backlit Display
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Deck: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Electronics: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 85.7%

Our Rating

Rating: 85.7/100. The X7i Incline Trainer is easy on knees but tough on calories. By letting you walk or run on a steep incline, it can boost your calorie burn rate 500%! Upgraded for 2016 the X7i now features WhisperQuiet™ technology and has a tablet holder with adjustable angle.

Add your tablet computer to use the X7i with iFit or simply for distraction during workouts. Key specs include a 2.75 CHP motor, a tilt range of -3 percent to 40 percent, and a 7″ backlit monitor with 38 preset workouts. This is NordicTrack’s lowest priced incline trainer. It sells for $1,699 during online sales and carries an excellent warranty.

Pros:

  • Long and extra-wide track (22″ x 60″)
  • Dramatic incline/decline (-3 percent to +40 percent)
  • Enables rapid calorie burn for walkers and runners
  • Gentle on joints compared with non-inclined treadmills
  • WhisperQuiet™ deck absorbs sound from each step
  • iPod-compatible with port and 3-inch speakers
  • 38 built-in workout apps
  • iFit-enabled for unlimited workout support and variety
  • Lifetime guarantee on frame, deck and motor
  • Adjustable tablet holder
  • Easily assembled

Cons:

  • One-ply track
  • Basic monitor compared with advanced NordicTrack incline trainers
  • NordicTrack customer service is often criticized in reviews

The X7i Incline Trainer is a great choice for many shoppers. Others would be better served by hardier options or might prefer a machine with built-in web browser and touch screen control panel. The most popular alternative from this series is the X11i. It has a 10” touch screen with web browser, a two-ply track, a 4.25 CHP motor and a slope range of -6 percent to 40 percent.

Introduction

Blast calories just by walking! Personal trainers such as Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser weight loss show have described incline training as “the fastest way to lose weight.” Mathematics back up this bold description: You can burn calories at up to five times your usual rate! Exercising on the NordicTrack X7i is relatively low impact too because your weight naturally shifts to reduce pressure on your joints.

Besides the impressive slope, highlights of the NordicTrack X7i include dozens of preset workouts, an iFit®-enabled console and an adjustable holder for your own tablet computer.

This particular model is intended more for walkers than for runners. Although it can support high speeds and carries a long warranty, it’s not as hardy as alternatives such as the X11i.

Workout Programs

Train efficiently with guidance from 38 preset workout programs. The X7i’s training apps are professionally designed to target four goals: calorie burn, heart rate control, incline training and speed training. Each program can change the machine’s speed and slope.

For infinite workout variety and personalized guidance the NordicTrack X7i is iFit-enabled. With an iFit membership you can use iFit’s HD video workouts, download a new customized workout daily, enjoy interactive Google Maps™ workouts and get other benefits. iFit’s Google Maps™ feature lets you virtually experience any route: As the X7i Incline Trainer adjusts its slant to replicate the terrain, a Google Street View is shown for a truly immersive workout.

A chest strap is included for accurate heart rate monitoring, which can help you maximize efficiency. The X7i also has pulse sensors on its handlebars.

X7i Incline Trainer Features

The X7i is NordicTrack’s cheapest incline trainer yet it’s loaded with appealing features. These range from its impressive incline/decline to extras for integrating digital entertainment.

Obviously the main feature is the dramatic 40 percent incline. Blast calories at up to five times your usual rate! The X7i’s 3% max decline is useful too. It lets you train different muscle groups and provides realistic training for outdoor exercise. The incline/decline is especially fun to use with interactive Google Maps™ workouts. (An iFit® membership is required.)

The 22″ x 60″ track is wider than that of a traditional treadmill, and it’s long enough for almost any running stride.

For audio entertainment the NordicTrack X7i is equipped with 3″ speakers. Connect your MP3 player to the iPod-compatible port. The X7i also has an adjustable-angle bracket for your tablet computer.

To help keep you cool, two workout fans are built into the console. These AutoBreeze fans can automatically adjust their output to match your workout intensity.

OneTouch controls make it easy to adjust the X7i’s speed and incline during workouts.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Deck: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts & Electronics: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 years

NordicTrack incline trainers are sold with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The X7i is an enticing treadmill alternative and is the lowest priced of all NordicTrack’s incline trainer options. It’s not as robust or feature-rich as models such as the X11i, but it can deliver almost incredibly effective workouts. The X7i competes well at the $1,699 price point.