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NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i Review

Quick Summary

The NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i elliptical is loaded with features to help keep you interested in workouts and on track to reach your goals. It’s the most advanced NordicTrack SpaceSaver elliptical with a foldable frame, an 18-inch strides, and an 18-pound effective flywheel. What sets the SE9i apart from otherNordicTrack SpaceSavers? The most obvious advantage is a 7″ touch screen. The new SE9i’s screen is high definition (ideal for iFit video and interactive Google Maps workouts) and has a web browser. Another upgrade is wireless heart rate monitoring with a Bluetooth chest strap included. Other features to note for the SE9i are a power incline to 10 degrees and convenient handlebar-based controls for the incline and resistance. This fitness machine carries a long warranty and is likely to deliver its money’s worth in hassle-free workouts.

Any possible drawbacks? Taller trainees might feel restricted by the SpaceSaver’s 18″ path. Also, because the SpaceSaver has a light drive, it isn’t the best elliptical for advanced training and won’t feel as smooth as a club-quality elliptical. Other NordicTrack elliptical series cater to shoppers seeking longer strides and heavier drives.

Specifications

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Model SpaceSaver SE9i
Rating

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90.8%
List Price

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$2,499
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$1,299
Resistance

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

24 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"
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 - 10 Degrees
Flywheel

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

18 lbs
Programs

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

30
User Profiles

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

1 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-Grip CardioGrip™
Display

Elliptical 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
Max. Weight

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

325 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).

80" x 32" x 77"
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: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 90.8%

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Assembly takes about 15 minutes.
  • 7″ touch screen.
  • 24 resistance levels with digital control.
  • Power incline (10 degrees).
  • Resistance and incline controls on handlebars.
  • 30 workout apps.
  • iFit-enabled.
  • Web browser.
  • iPod-compatible (2″ speakers).
  • Bluetooth strap included for wireless pulse data.
  • Very small footprint when folded.
  • Excellent warranty.

Cons:

  • Slow customer service.
  • Flywheel isn’t heavy enough for advanced athletes or heavy trainees.

Introduction

The NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i elliptical is easily assembled, a great motivator, and foldable for your convenience. It has a high-definition touchscreen, 30 preset workout programs, and iFit’s many popular features (scenic Google Maps workouts, video from the world’s leading personal trainers, automated stats logging, and more). This fitness machine is an especially good match for shorter trainees since it has an 18-inch stride instead of the standard 20-inch. Compared with health club ellipticals, it provides relatively light resistance. However, a novice will find plenty of challenge in the 24 tension levels and slight power incline.

Workout Programs

The NordicTrack SE9i has 30 personal training apps built into its console. These apps control the pedals’ resistance and incline to help you meet goals in various categories such as calorie burn and endurance. These programs take the guesswork out of training and provides efficient workouts right away.

Demos of iFit Coach are included and with a yearly iFit Coach membership you can download a new workout program anytime. The SE9i’s HD touch screen can access iFit video workouts, unlimited personal training routines designed by experts, and unlimited Google Maps workouts. Google Maps workouts simulate outdoor hiking with Street Views on a high-def screen. The elliptical incline will tilt up to 10 degrees to mimic the topography of your chosen route.

Features

The SpaceSaver frame design helps you make the most of your living area. The SE9i has an 80″ x 32″ footprint when in use, but it can easily be made compact for storage and has transport wheels. Safely moving the machine takes two people because of its size and weight.

The main control center is a 7″ HD touchscreen. Here you can access 30 built-in workouts, use the iFit app, and surf the web with an Android browser.

A bracket is included to hold your own tablet computer. You can use your tablet as a secondary monitor and it can run iFit while you use other apps for entertainment/multitasking.

An iPod-compatible port and a set of 3-inch speakers are integrated with the console.

Moving and stationary handlebars are included. The stationary handlebars have built-in pulse sensors. The moving handlebars have fingertip-based controls for resistance and incline.

A chest strap is included for wireless heart rate monitoring.

SpaceSaver ellipticals have effectively 18-pound flywheels. The SE9i has 24 resistance settings.

To add a cardio challenge and help you target-tone your muscles, the pedals have power incline settings up to 10 degrees.

The pedals are oversized and cushioned to help make elliptical training especially comfortable.

Assembling a SpaceSaver elliptical is easy and takes about 15 minutes. The main tasks of assembly are attaching the moving handlebars and two stabilizers. Two people should work on attaching the stabilizers because this step involves tilting the machine.

Warranty & Guarantee

The factory-direct SpaceSaver SE9i elliptical warranty includes:
– Frame: Lifetime
– Parts: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years
Extended warranties are available.

NordicTrack provides a 30-day money back guarantee on all exercise equipment.

Conclusion

In terms of motivation and exercise guidance, the new NordicTrack SE9i is a strong choice for beginning to intermediate trainees who fit its 18″ stride. Just keep in mind that the dashboard electronics and foldable frame contribute quite a bit to the price and you might prefer to put that money toward a more powerful trainer with a smoother-running drive. For a similar price, you can buy an elliptical trainer that might not fold or have a high-def display, but can support more advanced athletic performance. It all depends on your specific training needs.

Rating: 90.8/100

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