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NordicTrack Commercial 9.9 Elliptical Review Review

Quick Summary

The NordicTrack Commercial 9.9 Elliptical has arrived, as the brand continues to update its machines with greater focus on interactive training. This model is the replacement for the outgoing C 9.5, and while some basic features remain the same, quite a bit has changed. First and foremost its console has been redesigned to be much more streamlined, though its touchscreen remains a modest 7 inches in size. Another change that came as a bit of a surprise is the lightening of its flywheel. Geared towards a more entry to mid-level user, the flywheel of the Commercial 9.9 has been lowered from 30 to 25 pounds. While this is lower than some of NordicTrack’s higher spec models, it’s still an acceptable weight for the category. Its retail price compared to its predecessor remains unchanged ($1,299), though as always we expect to see occasional sales and discounts from NordicTrack throughout the year.

Specifications

Model NordicTrack Commercial 9.9
Rating

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

92.2%
List Price

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

$1,299
Best Price

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$1299
Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

22 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

SMR™ Silent Magnetic
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

18" - 20"
Pedals

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Adjustable & Oversized
Incline

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.

0 - 20%
Flywheel

The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

25 lbs
Programs

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

iFit Streaming
User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

4 users
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.

Dual CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitor
Display

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

7” Smart HD Touchscreen
Max. Weight

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

350 lbs
Dimensions

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

68.25" x 28.75" x 68.5"
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

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

Speakers

Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.

Folding?

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

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 an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: 10 Years
Parts: 2 Years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 92.2%

Our Rating

Rating: 92.2/100. Combining items like interactive training options, adjustable stride length, and a touchscreen display make the bang-for-buck factor on the NordicTrack Commercial 9.9 Elliptical reasonably high overall. Depending on your height and inseam measurement, that stride adjustment will make a big difference to your overall comfort when using the machine.

 

Adjustable stride length is a key to this elliptical trainer’s good ergonomics. With digital controls you can set the length from 18 to 20 inches. For reference, 20” is the norm on commercial elliptical machines. The option to go as short as 18” means that people with shorter gaits can use the machine comfortably too — plus anyone can vary the stride during workouts to focus on different muscle groups. Additionally the incline adjusts up to 20 degrees. Using the incline lets you avoid leaning forward, which can be a problem for people using front drive ellipticals. It also adds extra variety and challenge to your workout.

 

With its 7-inch touchscreen, the focus is really on the use of iFit—NordicTrack’s streaming training service. You’re no longer relegated to setting built-in programs and finding your own motivation. Instead, motivational pro instructors coach you and encourage you through your workouts, offering a variety of intensities, each with their own energetic workout playlist. A pair of speakers supply the audio, though there’s also a headphone connection if you don’t want to disturb the rest of the house.

 

While on the topic of iFit, there’s one item that needs to be addressed. NordicTrack is quick to tout the ability to be able to follow along to other types of training sessions, like strength training, yoga, and stretching. While that’s all well and good, the angle and location of the monitor on this elliptical says otherwise. Granted, you can access your iFit membership from other devices (like an iPad or tablet), so if that’s an option for you then this information is technically still accurate.

 

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • 20″ to 22″ stride, power adjustable
  • 25-pound flywheel
  • Grip-mounted heart rate monitoring
  • Moving arm bars
  • Bluetooth-capable audio to follow your own workout soundtrack
  • USB charging port
  • Built-in cooling fan
  • Terrain-matching control during workouts, meaning incline and resistance is adjusted automatically
  • One-touch resistance and incline controls for manual modes
  • Oversized and cushioned pedals

Cons:

  • Lighter flywheel than previous version
  • Additional monthly cost for subscription service
  • Access to built-in workouts no longer available

 

Workout Programs

As stated above, working out on the NordicTrack Commercial 9.9 Elliptical is all about streaming iFit training. You’re following along with high quality instructors either in the studio or in the real world through their ‘Global Workouts” section, with an energetic soundtrack running in the background. Along the way you don’t need to worry about any of the machine’s settings, as they are adjusted for you as the workout intensifies or slows down the pace.  Just because you’re following a trainer doesn’t mean all of these workouts are super intense either. You can choose things at a higher intensity, or even simple walking workouts depending on your mood and motivation.

There are a couple of key items that we love about working with iFit. First, users have the ability to override the resistance and incline settings in the workout, so if you just can’t keep pushing as hard as the trainer is asking, you can dial things back down as needed. You also have the ability to independently alter the volume of the background music and the trainer to suit your personal preferences. Some days when you just want to zone out, there’s something nice about just dialling into the musing and getting your workout in. Lastly, the stat tracking in iFit is a great way to keep tabs on your performance, and see how you’re progressing.

 

Warranty & Guarantee

As a part of internal changes across the NordicTrack Lineup, all machine warranties now include:

– Frame: 10 Years
– Parts: 2 Years
– Electronics: 2 Years
– Labor: 1 Year

 

Conclusion

If you like the idea of streaming coaching videos, training sessions that take you up and down trails around the world, and the idea of a well-built piece of equipment from a longstanding brand in the category, this new Commercial 9.9 Elliptical is a great place to start. Just remember the need for a tablet for off-machine workouts, and the fact that your subscription means a $39/month carrying cost, which some people won’t care for, but otherwise it’s a very solid machine.

 

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