With durable components and three stride length settings, the NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 can meet a whole family’s training needs.
Its new sale price of $1,199 is a customer-friendly match for its long warranty too.
Read about its highlights and a few potential drawbacks in the NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 review below.
Rating: 89.8/100. The A.C.T. Commercial 7 elliptical trainer mixes good mechanics with advanced electronics. When sale priced it’s one of NordicTrack’s best bargains for newcomers to elliptical training, plus it can challenge intermediate trainees.
The stride choices are 18″, 20″ and 22″ and each user can save a preferred setting.
The A.C.T. Commercial 7 console invites you aboard with electronics perks. These include plenty of built-in training programs, an Internet browser and unlimited iFit workouts at your fingertips — all accessed with a full color 7″ touch screen.
It all sounds pretty good, yet this isn’t the best elliptical for everyone. Here are points to consider before choosing the A.C.T. Commercial 7.
- Small footprint (50.5″ x 34.5″)
- High weight capacity (375 pounds)
- Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR™)
- 18″, 20″ and 22″ stride settings
- Moving arm bars for a full-body workout
- Quick control (No scrolling to change resistance)
- 35 built-in workouts
- Full color 7″ touch screen for workouts and the web
- Android browser
- iPod-compatible (Audio port and 2″ speakers)
- Heart rate monitors (Touch sensors and wireless chest strap included)
- Water bottle holder
- Long warranties on parts and labor
- No incline
- Not a SpaceSaver although it has transport wheels (Footprint is 80.25″ L x 25.75″ W)
- Sometimes the more advanced A.C.T. Commercial 10 costs less
- NordicTrack’s customer service draws negative reviews
This elliptical trainer is a great choice for the typical home gym. However, advanced athletes with long strides would be better served by NordicTrack’s A.C.T. Commercial 10 or Elite 12.9. Those alternatives are higher level models but sometimes are sale priced lower than the trainer in this review.
The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 earns an overall positive review. Sale priced at $1,199 it offers a competitive combination of three stride lengths, pretty good resistance and advanced electronics.
Some key points are a 23-pound flywheel with quiet magnetic resistance, stride options from 18″ to 22″, a touch screen control panel leading to plenty of workout programs, and an Android web browser.
The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 arrives with 35 workout apps. Each was designed by a certified personal trainer and controls the elliptical machine’s resistance.
For infinite workout variety the A.C.T. Commercial 7 is iFit-enabled. Using the 7″ touch screen you can use iFit’s high definition video workouts featuring celebrity personal trainers, download a new and custom-tailored workout every day, and use interactive Google Maps™ workouts.
With Google Maps workouts, the full color screen can show a Google Street View for any route you select. Note though that A.C.T ellipticals don’t have inclines or declines. With some other NordicTrack ellipticals the iFit workouts are enhanced as the pedal slope adjusts to copy terrain.
A.C.T. Commercial 7 Features
This NordicTrack A.C.T. elliptical is distinguished from others by its stride choices. With options of 18″, 20″ and 22″ it can accommodate a wide range of trainees.
The display for workouts and surfing the web is a 7″ touch screen. This is one of the industry’s top options for tracking your stats, downloading new workouts and staying connected to the world with the web.
Besides getting music motivation online, you can add your iPod. The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 is compatible with MP3 players; it has an iPod-compatible port and Intermix Acoustics 2.0 speakers.
To help you stay in your target heart rate zone, the A.C.T. Commercial 7 is compatible with a wireless chest strap (included). It also has contact heart rate sensors on the handlebars.
The flywheel for this trainer weighs 23 pounds. It’s precision weighted to support a smooth ride. That said, it isn’t the heaviest drive that NordicTrack offers. For more challenging workout sessions (and heavier trainees) other NordicTracks are better choices.
Warranty & Guarantee
The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 elliptical warranty includes:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years
That’s generous at the $1,199 price point. It’s average for the full price of $2,499. NordicTrack also offers a 30-day money back guarantee.
The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 7 is a great fit for many households. It offers a comfortable stride length for most trainees and is loaded with training guidance, a web browser and other perks.
Sometimes similar (or even better) ellipticals with the bonus of an incline are sale priced for less at the NordicTrack website. If you like this elliptical trainer in general, check out the whole selection on the manufacturer’s website.