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NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer Review

Quick Summary

Offering rapid calorie burn and supporting digital entertainment, the NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer is an enticing treadmill alternative.

It has a maximum 40% incline and a maximum 6% decline for metabolic boosts and excellent muscle training. Among NordicTrack’s four choices, is the X9i the best incline trainer for your household? Our unbiased review can help you decide.

The X9i Incline Trainer features NordicTrack’s steepest incline and decline. It’s powered by a 3.0 CHP motor, has a 10″ web-enabled touchscreen and is enabled for iFit® training.

Learn more from the full NordicTrack incline trainer review below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer
Rating

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92.9%
List Price

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$3,499
Best Price

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$1,899
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.

350 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.

10" 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 X9i Incline Trainer is a step above NordicTrack’s entry level model, X7i Incline Trainer. It’s powerful enough for runners but has big appeal to walkers looking for a challenging workout. By taking advantage of its steep incline, walkers can enjoy the fast calorie burn that’s normally reserved for high-speed training. Key specs include a 3.0 CHP track motor, an incline range of -6 percent to 40 percent, and a 10″ touch screen for accessing workout programs and the Internet. Upgraded for 2016 the NordicTrack X9i now features WhisperQuiet™ technology and has an adjustable-angle tablet holder too. The online sale price is $1,899 with delivery and long warranty included.

Pros:

  • Long and extra-wide track (22″ x 60″)
  • Dramatic incline/decline range (-6 percent to +40 percent)
  • Enables rapid calorie burn
  • Reduces impact compared with traditional treadmills
  • Strong motor
  • WhisperQuiet™ noise reduction design
  • Audio entertainment (iPod-compatible, 3″ speakers)
  • 44 built-in workout apps
  • iFit-enabled for unlimited workout variety
  • 10″ full-color touch screen with Android browser
  • Adjustable tablet holder
  • Generous warranty
  • Easily assembled

Cons:

Introduction

The NordicTrack X9i Incline Trainer is from a lineup described as “the fastest way to lose weight” on the fitness TV show The Biggest Loser. The X9i lets you make the most of lower-impact walking while enjoying the intense calorie burn that’s normally associated with running. It lets you run too; today’s NordicTrack incline trainers have long and extra-wide tread tracks to accommodate long strides. Loaded with creature comforts ranging from workout fans to an Android web browser, the X9i has plenty of appeal.

This incline trainer has a 3.0 CHP motor and a user weight capacity of 350 pounds. Its online sale price is $1,899 with delivery and warranty included.

Workout Programs

Make the most of exercise time with support from 44 preset workouts. This workout collection was designed by a certified personal trainer and targets four objectives: calorie burn, heart rate control, incline training and speed training. Each program can adjust the X9i’s speed (maximum 12 mph) and can angle the track between -6% and 40%.

For unlimited workout variety the NordicTrack X9i is iFit-enabled. With an iFit® subscription you can use iFit’s many video workouts, download a new and personalized workout daily, and virtually walk or run anywhere worldwide with interactive Google Maps™ workouts. The Google Maps™ programming on iFit®  delivers Google Street Views as the incline trainer automatically changes its incline/decline to mimic the mapped route.

To help you exercise in your target heart rate zone the X9i arrives with a wireless pulse transmitter (a chest strap) and has contact pulse sensors as well.

X9i Incline Trainer Features

The rich features on the X9i range from its impressive incline/decline to extras for integrating digital entertainment.
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; it lets you work different muscle groups and helps make training more exciting. The incline/decline combination makes the NordicTrack X9i one of the best cardio trainers to use with iFit’s immersive Google Maps™ workouts. OneTouch controls make it easy to adjust the X9i’s speed and incline manually too.

Digital entertainment features include an Android web browser, which is accessed through a 10″ touch screen, and an iPod-compatible sound system with 3″ speakers. The X9i Incline Trainer also has an adjustable bracket for your tablet computer.

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.

Advanced sound absorption technology called WhisperQuiet™ is used on the deck.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack X9i 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 NordicTrack X9i is an exciting treadmill alternative for walking, jogging and running. It’s a noticeable step up from the X7i and is more akin to the X11i in terms of features.