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NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO Review

Quick Summary

The title of the NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO really says it all.

Equipped with a 3.8 CHP motor, 22″ x 60″ running surface, 28 workout programs and QuadFlex Shock absorption, there are plenty of reasons to like this one.

Factor in the iFit compatibility, 10″ full color touch screen display, iPod dock, built-in speakers and basic Web access, and it’s almost impossible to find a better treadmill for just under $2,000.

The 9500 Pro compares to a commercial treadmill with the same features. Learn more in our full NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO review below…


Model NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO

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Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0 - 12 mph

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).

-3 - 15%

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.

3.8 CHP

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"

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.

Quadflex Precision Calibration

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


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

Max. Weight

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

375 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™ Monitor w/ Polar® Wireless Strap

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

80" x 38" x 72"
Weighs: 390 lbs

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 Touch Screen
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.


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).


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
Deck: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Electronics: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 90.8%

Our Rating

Rating: 90.8/100. Treadmill features larger than average 3.8 CHP motor with wide running surface, ideal for taller/larger users. Plenty of accessories included featuring mp3 compatibility and iFit Live.


    • One of the most powerful motors on the market
    • Treadmill is already equipped with iFit technology
    • Compatible with Android (for basic web access)
    • Music friendly (mp3, built-in speakers)
    • Vibrant, extra large 10″ full color display
    • Cooling fans for added comfort



  • Folds but not the most compact treadmill available
  • Treadmill has the California Prop 65 warning
  • NordicTrack has reputation of providing poor customer service
  • Web access and apps are very limited due to low memory


NordicTrack did not hold back when they set out to create one of the best treadmills on the market. The Elite 9500 PRO is their top-line treadmill of 2012 and rightfully so.

Whether you are a beginning walker or a seasoned runner, the 3.8 CHP motor can handle all types of training including endurance, hills and intervals.

The Quadflex precision calibration cushioning contains 9 different settings to perfectly calibrate to your comfort zone.

Stay cool with the AutoBreeze cooling fan which automatically adjusts to your running speed, making working out a breeze.

The Elite 9500 PRO is backed by a very good warranty. It also easily folds with patent SpaceSaver design and “Easylift” technology.

Workout Programs

Simply turn on the NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO and within minutes you can cycle through an impressive 40 built-in workout programs including 10 popular iFit routines.

Users can select between high intensity, speed, incline or calorie-burn routines.

The NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO is pre-loaded with iFit, a new program that tracks and monitors workout results, offers routines created by fitness trainers like Jillian Michaels and even works with Google Maps to auto generate terrain based on actual locations.

Along with the 0-15% incline, users can take advantage of the unique -3% decline that activates different muscles by simulating walking downhill.

Walking at a decline not only burns more calories than walking on a flat surface, but also stimulates more muscle for faster results.

If that’s not enough, the NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO also records your heart rate (for optimized performance) via pulse grips or a wireless chest strap.

Treadmill Features

Some may say that the display on a treadmill is a secondary feature, but after walking/jogging/running on the NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO you may feel differently.

Produced with a gorgeous 10″ full color touch screen, the display works with Android Browser to present crystal clear information including the ability to surf the Web and check email while exercising.

Don’t have an mp3 player? The Elite 9500 PRO works with, one of the top rated music databases in the world.

Also, unlike other treadmills with iFit, the NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO instantly connects with Google Maps and iFit Live so you don’t have to lug around your laptop or smart phone to utilize those features.

The Elite 9500 PRO is designed to reduce impact and street on joints, including your knees and back. The AutoBreeze workout fan is also a nice luxury, as it automatically adjusts airflow to match how hard you are training.

Adjusting speed and incline is also very easy with the treadmill thanks to 1-Touch controls.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO treadmill warranty and guarantee includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Deck: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts & Electronics: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years (in-home)

Return Policy: 30 day trial-period for all products. Dial 1-866-896-9777 for more information.


Hands down, the NordicTrack Elite 9500 PRO is one of the best treadmills on the market. Exercise while listening to music, checking email, surfing the Web, using iFit and/or watching television.

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