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NordicTrack EXP 14i Review

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Quick Summary

Rolling in atop the new 2022 comes the EXP 14i. Chock full of great features, fans of the brand will notice it does indeed look a lot like the NordicTrack EXP 10i but with a larger screen and better heart rate offerings. Both are notch above the EXP 7i, but probably a bit under-matched when compared to the new 2022 NordicTrack Commercial 1750. Price-wise, the EXP 14i is pitched at $1,899 with online pricing at $1,599, equal to the normal price of the EXP 10i. Purchase also comes with a 30-day free trial of iFit, a truly interactive streaming program which allows professional trainers from remote locations to adjust the machine’s speed and resistance.

Across the 2022 model range for NordicTrack, we’re seeing upgraded heart rate programming, better Bluetooth features, faster processing speeds, and improved screen technology. With machines coming pre-loaded and iFit-enabled, a lot of work has also gone into automatic trainer control and smoother functioning of the incline and decline options. The EXP 14i comes into the home with SpaceSaver Design and EasyLift Assist functioning as a folding treadmill. Measuring 79.9 x 35.08 x 59.25 inches when in use, the treadmill sports a 229-pound in-box weight and a 300-pound user weight maximum. Although the measurements are the same as those on the EXP 10i, the EXP 14i features a 14-inch HD Touchscreen as opposed to 10-inch, Google Maps Workout Technology, EKG grip pulse sensors for heart rate in the handlebars, and both Bluetooth audio and heart rate capabilities. This upgraded model also features ActivePulse Cruise Control, a fascinating new AI technology which allows the treadmill to automatically adjust its incline and speed to match the runner’s heart rate.

The treadmill offers a 3.5 CHP Plus Motor, speeds up to 12mph, an incline/decline of 12% to -3%, as well as an industry standard 20 x 60-inch tread belt. With 1.9-inch precision and balanced non-flex rollers, the unit also has both an integrated tray and device shelf, AutoBreeze workout fans, and OneTouch Controls. The big difference amongst the EXP Series treadmills is here with the EXP 7i offering a 7-inch HD Smart Touchscreen, a 3.0 CHP motor and no decline option for a price of $1,099.

Interestingly enough, the biggest competitor I see for the EXP 14i is the new and improved 2022 Commercial 1750. A significantly larger machine at 340 pounds in-box, this treadmill brings a 14-inch screen which both tilts and pivots, as well as faster incline/decline of 15% to -3%, better HD graphics and processor cooling, dual 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, and Android 9 OS. In addition to a larger, heavier footprint, it also sports 2.5-inch precision and balanced non-flex rollers. Other specs look nearly identical to the EXP 14i, and it comes with a price of $1,899. All of the NordicTrack treadmills are offered with free shipping and a 30-day money back guarantee. The only reason I can see choosing the EXP 14i here is for the smaller, more compact unit as many homeowners and renters simply won’t want something as big as the Commercial 1750.

Rating: 94/100

Specifications

Model NordicTrack EXP 14i
Rating

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96%
List Price

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$1,599
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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).

0-12%
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.

3.5 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).

20” 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.

FlexSelect 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.

n/a
Max. Weight

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

300 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.

EKG Grip Pulse
Dimensions

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

79.9” x 35.08” x 59.25”
Display

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

14” Smart HD 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: 10 years
Parts: 2 years
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 96%

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Dynamic 14-inch HD touchscreen display
  • Smart-Response drive system
  • Solid 3.5 CHP Plus Motor
  • Decline/Incline of -3% to 12%
  • Automatic Trainer Control
  • EKG Grip Plus sensors in the handlebars
  • Good size 20″x60″ running deck
  • Both Bluetooth heart rate and headphone capabilities
  • 300 lb weight capacity
  • ActivePulse Cruise Control Technology
  • Adjustable cushioning to running deck
  • 30-day iFit Family membership included in purchase price

Cons:

  • Screen does not tilt or pivot
  • NordicTrack customer service is getting poor reviews by customers

Introduction

The battle for home treadmills continues to intensify, and technology is definitely a key variable. For treadmills priced under $2,000 this is becoming more and more the case. With the NordicTrack EXP 14i coming in as the premium unit in the EXP Series, it makes sense that it’s chock full of great techy features, and understandable that it’s best rival is the new NordicTrack 2022 Commercial 1750, which is the entry-level unit of the commercial series. What’s interesting is the price wars emerge as this treadmill is actually tagged by NordicTrack at $1,899 but specials were knocking that  down to $1,599 within a month of introduction. We expect those kind of price swings to continue and the best advice is to keep checking specials as there’s no question this is a great home treadmill for that kind of cash. With both incline and decline as well as top speeds up to 12mph, there’s little doubt intermediate runners and even dedicated joggers can get earn their burn with this model.

 

Workout Programs

This is a category where NordicTrack and its sibling brand ProForm come under question. The big IF here is all about iFit, the company’s proprietary workout app. A terrific interactive program with both live and on-demand training programming, the iFit library is among the most extensive in the category with 17,000 routines and growing. Instructor led runs of all shapes and sizes are on offer, including workouts where you follow a trainer along streets and trails from around the globe. These trainer can actually control your machine’s resistance from remote locations, and the program works not just with any of the NordicTrack and ProForm devices, but can be taken on the road as an app.

But what if you don’t want to pay the $39 monthly fee? Or, what if you just don’t want to use iFit but would rather use a different program? Like its brand-mates, the NordicTrack EXP 14i can be used in manual mode without iFit, but there are no built-in programs and the screen doesn’t work with other programs. Granted, one can always park the treadmill in front of a smart television or simply use the Bluetooth headphones, but that does seem to defeat the point of all the other cool features.

I’d strongly recommend checking into iFit with our review here when considering these models. If the app seems like something you’d enjoy, then by all means go forward. But if you’re just looking for a simple treadmill than these upscale models might be a bit much..

 

Features

As the premier treadmill in its series, the NordicTrack EXP 14i hits all the right boxes for the price point in terms of features and functions. With a  running deck 22 inches wide by 60 long, it’s a good size for more runners even of taller heights.The console has both a built-in fan as well as a pair of speakers that deliver a reasonable sound output for its streaming programming. Another key plus is its adjustable FlexSelect deck cushioning system. While those used to running on the street will appreciate being able to firm up the deck for an experience akin to running on pavement, those who are more focused on rehab (or who generally have issues with joint pain/stiffness) will enjoy being able to soften the deck a little bit.

In terms of its resistance levels, this model features a maximum incline on this treadmill to 12% rather than the more standard 15%, however in trade it’s one of few units capable of a small decline setting of -3%, and again, we’re looking at a series of treadmills here that are built with budgets in mind. As a general rule, steeper incline means more calorie burn, but for most people, a 12% incline with maximum speed of 12mph is more than enough.

The big benefit here in terms of features in all of the new ways to track heart rate. With EKG Grip Pulse sensors in the handlebars, Bluetooth heart rate capabilities, and the new ActivePulse Cruise Control offered in this model, those seeking this kind of training have definitely found their unit.

 

Training Tips for the NordicTrack EXP 14i

As an athlete who competes in both NPC bodybuilding contests and powerlifting meets, I’ve long had to wrestle with bodyweight and body fat percentages. Prepping for a powerlifting meet requires a completely different approach than cutting for a bodybuilding show where I need to be under 5% body fat. I can see lots of benefits to the EXP 14i in this regard as it’s a small enough treadmill so as not to take up too much space, but when looking at all the ways I can track heart rate while training, it’s definitely a solid value.

One trick I’ve learned in cutting weight over the years is to add weighted resistance while performing cardio to intensive the caloric burn. While wearing a 45-pound weight vest, the body will burn calories as if its weight is actually that many pounds heavier. With a 300-pound user weight maximum, this treadmill would afford that opportunity to anyone under 250 pounds. Whether with Bluetooth heart rate monitors or the built-in EKG sensors, one can monitor their cardio effectively while spiking their output and really hone in on the fat loss strategies. This is particularly good or those concerned about running speed, or those who feel 12% might not be as good as 15%. With a weight vest added to the mix, there’s really no question that you can earn whatever burn you want with this machine even at slower paces or lower inclines.

 

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack EXP 14i treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: 10 years

– Motor: 2 Years

– Parts & Electronics: 2 Years

– Labor: 1 year

 

Conclusion

The Nordictrack EXP 14i is just the evolution that this series needs, as it brings a larger screen and more heart rate training options to the game. If you don’t mind a significantly bigger unit, then 2022 Commercial 1750 is probably a better deal, but bigger doesn’t always mean better with home fitness. A big question at hand is whether or not you’re committed to the NordicTrack iFit app. If you like this feature and the machine is sized right for your home, good deal. If you just want to hop on and run, we’d consider looking at other less pricey models.

Rating: 96/100

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