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NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer Review

Quick Summary

Burn calories at five times your usual rate! Just walking on the NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer treadmill, you can very quickly drop weight and sculpt lean muscle.

The steeper the incline, the quicker the returns! The X9i also works at zero slope like a traditional treadmill; incline/decline settings range from -6% to 40%.

This high quality cardio trainer has a 3.0 CHP motor, a spacious track and a great warranty.

Learn more from our full X9i review.

Specifications

FitRated
Model NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer
Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the treadmill's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

92.9%
List Price

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

$3,499
Best Price

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$1,799
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.

3.0 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.

300 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 71.6"
Display

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

7" Full-Color Touchscreen
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: 6 Years
Electronics: 6 Years
Labor: 3 Years

Rating: 92.9%

Our Rating

Rating: 92.9/100. The new NordicTrack X9i with touchscreen, web browser and optional iFit Coach is the middle of three Incline Trainer Series treadmills for the 2017 model year. This high quality unit falls between the entry-level X7i and the top-of-the-line X11i. The X9i is our favorite Incline Trainer treadmill for shoppers interested in serious calorie burn through walking. The X11i is better for those also planning to run on a regular basis. Key specs for the X9i include an incline/decline range of -6 percent to 40 percent, a 22” x 60” treadbelt surface, and 44 workout apps.
The 7” touchscreen for the new X9i console is high definition, web-enabled with an Android browser, and able to show video workouts and other programming from iFit Coach. Other useful dashboard features include iPod-compatible speakers, an adjustable-angle tablet computer holder, and workout fans that adjust to your exercise intensity.

Full price for the new X9i is $2999 but we’ve seen sale prices under $2K online. Free shipping is included when you buy it direct, plus the manufacturer provides a great warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.

Pros:

  • Enables rapid calorie burn
  • Allows lower impact on joints/ligaments compared with traditional treadmills
  • Dramatic incline/decline range (-6 percent to +40 percent)
  • Long and extra-wide track (22″ x 60”)
  • Commercial 3.0 CHP motor
  • 7″ full-color HD touchscreen with Android browser
  • 44 built-in workout apps
  • iFit Coach enabled (Membership required)
  • Adjustable shelf for tablet computer– Sound system (iPod-compatible, 3” speakers)
  • On/off cushioning
  • WhisperQuiet™ noise reduction for the deck
  • Five-year parts and electronics warranty
  • Easily assembled

Cons:

  • Costs more than a traditional NordicTrack treadmill with comparable horsepower
  • Compared with the X11i, is less suitable for high-speed training
  • NordicTrack customer service gets poor reviews

Introduction

On the weight loss reality show The Biggest Loser, NordicTrack Incline Trainers are praised as providing “the fastest way to lose weight.” You can expect success quickly, even without training at high speed. Essentially the new X9i Incline Trainer is a high quality treadmill for walkers that’s enhanced with a serious incline/decline to recruit muscles differently. As the incline for your walk increases up to a maximum of 40 percent, you can burn calories as quickly as if you were running! More than 40 workout apps are included to help you train at an appropriate challenge level. This unit also has a 7” high-def touchscreen that can access the iFit Coach app. Additional features are described below.

Workout Programs

Make the most of exercise time with support from 44 workout apps. The Incline Trainer Series workout collection was designed by a fitness professional to target four objectives: calorie burn, heart rate control, incline training and speed training. Each app can adjust the X9i’s speed and track incline to help you reach your goals efficiently.

For unlimited workout variety the NordicTrack X9i is enabled for iFit Coach. Demo programs are built into the console as encouragement to get a household iFit Coach subscription. iFit Coach benefits range from automated stats logging to custom-tailored advice about your workout programs, diet, sleep and more. As for iFit workouts, there are three main options. 1) Download a new personal trainer workout anytime. Benefit from the customized programming created by iFit’s team of fitness professionals. 2) Use the iFit library of high-def workout videos created by famous personal trainers. This library is ever-expanding. 3) Create an infinite variety of Google Maps workouts. With Google Maps workouts the X9i adjusts its incline/decline to replicate mapped topography. You can choose routes with Google Street View to get an even better virtual outdoor training experience.

X9i Incline Trainer Features

The highlight is the dramatic 40% incline, which lets you burn calories at up to five times your usual rate. The X9i’s 6% power decline is useful too, letting you move your muscles differently and also get more exciting workouts. The incline/decline combination makes the NordicTrack X9i one of the best cardio trainers to use with iFit. If you use iFit’s immersive Google Maps™ workouts, for example, you can get scenic views as you virtually trek uphill or downhill in San Francisco, the Swiss Alps and so forth.

OneTouch controls make it easy to adjust the X9i’s speed and incline manually. Instead of scrolling through options, just press the number of your preferred setting.

Digital entertainment features include an Android web browser, which is accessed through a 7” touch screen, and an iPod-compatible sound system with 3” speakers. The X9i Incline Trainer also has an adjustable-angle bracket for your tablet computer.

To help you exercise in your target heart rate zone the X9i arrives with a Bluetooth wireless pulse transmitter. Incline Trainers also have grip heart rate readers on their handlebars.

To help you keep cool during workouts, the console is equipped with two AutoBreeze fans. AutoBreeze fans can automatically adjust their speed to suit your workout intensity.

Very quiet operation is a benefit of higher-end NordicTrack treadmills. The X9i reduces the sound of your footfall with called WhisperQuiet™ sound absorption technology.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer warranty includes:

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

NordicTrack sells each fitness machine with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The NordicTrack X9i is an exciting treadmill alternative that lets you walk or jog with almost incredibly dramatic results. Just about anyone would be a satisfied owner, although some people would prefer the X11’s extra horsepower for running. (The X11i has an even larger touchscreen too.) Search the NordicTrack website for all of the Incline Trainer treadmills, as you can often find a big discount on one model or another. There’s no need to pay full price!