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NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer Review

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Quick Summary

It will come as no surprise that NordickTrack has yet another amazing product available for customers to incorporate into their home gym. NordickTrack is consistent in providing users with great machines that offer impressive features and modern designs. The NordickTrack x22i Incline Trainer is a treadmill that offers a major wow factor to indoor running. This treadmill is designed for running enthusiasts looking to take their cardio to the next level.

A supersized HD touchscreen with web browser and iFit Coach Plus personal training distinguish the X22i as NordicTrack’s most advanced Incline Trainer. This treadmill’s generous incline range includes a maximum downhill slope of 6% and a max uphill slope of 40% — excellent for rapid calorie burn, lean muscle definition and working your cardiovascular system. iFit Coach Plus workouts tailored to your goals are delivered daily as scenic, motivating paths to success.

Learn more from our full NordicTrack X22i review.

Specifications

FitRated
Model NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer
Rating

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96.1%
List Price

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

$3,999
Best Price

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$2,999
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).

-6 - 40%
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.

4.25 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).

22" 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.

Reflex 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.

iFit
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.

CardioGrip™
Wireless Chest Strap
Dimensions

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

70.2" x 39.6" x 71.6"
Display

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

22" 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: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Deck: Lifetime
Parts: 6 Years
Electronics: 6 Years
Labor: 3 Years

Rating: 96.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 96.1/100. Leading the popular Incline Trainer Series for 2017, the new X22i with 22-inch touchscreen is one of NordicTrack’s most elite treadmills for walkers and runners. Its high definition display is the widest of any treadmill on our review site, and the colorful widescreen views make simulated outdoor workouts with incline/decline especially engaging.

The NordickTrack x22i is equipped with the iFit Coach App built into its console display. If you have the app already, you can log in easily using the touch screen or register as soon as you’re set up. The iFit Coach offers a wide range of workouts; various running videos with a trainer in all different parts of the world. Users can run in Thailand, South Africa, Iceland and more exploring unique terrain and keeping their run new and exciting. One of the best features about these different runs is that the trainer actually gives you a plethora of information about the location you are in. The trainers’ talk about the history of the location, terrain features and the app actually adjusts your speed and incline for you. One thing to note is that you do need to pay a monthly subscription fee in order to unlock the app’s full options. The app includes a calendar and section to track your daily activity. With the app on your phone as well you can track your progress even when you aren’t on the treadmill. The system also includes 44 preset workouts that will keep users excited to try new options.

The x22i is loaded with cool functions such as the 22” wide touchscreen, dual fans in the console, built in speakers, USB ports for your personal electronics and dual water bottle holders. While the machine does not have a lot of storage space for personal items, there are two small shelves that could hold your phone or iPod. There are two options for monitoring your heart rate—one being the touch sensors on the handlebars that run parallel to the console and the second one being a wireless chest strap that comes with the machine. The heart rate monitors allow for users to get more accurate results when working out.

The NordicTrack X22i is extremely versatile; use it for casual walking, power walking or running at top speed. The belt can reach 12 mph, and the well-built 4.25 CHP motor lets you adjust speed without missing a beat. The incline/decline on this machine is extremely impressive rising up to a 40% incline and as low as a 6% decline creating an ultimate challenge for experienced runners. Running/walking on an incline will allow users to burn 5 times the calories they would on a flat surface. The x22i is a luxury treadmill that is quite heavy in comparison to its competitors and does not fold up for storage. This is an important thing to consider when purchasing, as this treadmill will require customers to have adequate space to host it. Though larger than most treadmills, this machine can hold up to 300lbs and is very durable.

The running belt is an average 22 x 60” size and offers medium sized side rails that connect to the heart rate sensors. The reflex cushioning on the belt is not adjustable with the incline and decline options but the belt itself is designed for experienced runners.

Other highlights of this high-end treadmill alternative include extra track width, a sound-absorbing deck, a Bluetooth chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring, and premium speakers for your smartphone.
The main drawback for the typical shopper is paying full price, as this top-of-the-model sells for $3999. We expect to see a $2999 sale price online. Keep in mind that Incline Trainers tend to hold good long-term value too. You can always reach higher performance levels, and the six-year warranty on parts and electronics provides excellent consumer protection.

Pros:

  • Premium 22” wide HD touchscreen for workouts and the web
  • Enabled for iFit Coach Plus for unlimited high-end workout variety (Membership required)
  • Experienced trainers leading runs who are informative and motivating
  • Dramatic incline/decline range (-6 percent to +40 percent)
  • Enables rapid calorie burn and muscle toning
  • Reduces impact of walking/running compared with non-inclined treadmills
  • Extra-wide and long track (22″ wide and 60” long)
  • Powerful 4.25 CHP motor with lifetime guarantee
  • Android web browser
  • 44 workout apps
  • Speakers for your MP3s (smartphone-compatible, two 3” speakers)
  • WhisperQuiet™ noise reduction for the deck
  • Cushioning through most of the track
  • Six-year parts and electronics warranty
  • Three-year labor warranty
  • Luxury design and features for experienced runners
  • Built-in speaker system to play your music while working out
  • Heart rate monitoring options for more accurate results
  • Easily assembled (Allow 30 minutes)

Cons:

  • Costs more than a traditional high-powered NordicTrack treadmill
  • iFit Coach Plus adds $39/month
  • When service is needed, NordicTrack is often criticized for slow response

Introduction

Incline Trainer treadmills are the fitness machines of choice on the weight loss TV show The Biggest Loser. Described as “the fastest way to lose weight,” they make it possible to burn calories at up to five times your usual walking/running rate. The new X22i Incline Trainer is designed to optimize your exercise time with its 22″ wide HD touchscreen, customized personal training with iFit Coach Plus, and an integrated web browser. Here are details about the workout apps, other features and NordicTrack’s best Incline Trainer warranty.

Workout Programs

Workout programming on the new X22i includes preloaded apps and workout routines that are accessed with iFit Coach Plus.

The menu of preloaded workout apps has 44 items. Each can help you focus on either calorie burn, heart rate control, incline training or speed training. Programs adjust the belt’s speed and incline to help ensure efficient use of your time.

iFit Coach Plus adds potentially unlimited workout variety. New owners of the X22i Incline Trainer sign up for a year of iFit Coach Plus programming, so a total of 365 personal training workouts created with Google Maps views and incline data are automatically added to the machine during the first 12 months of ownership. Each new treadmill workout is custom-tailored to match your fitness profile. You might virtually stroll an easy coastal path, hike through Alpine foothills, scale the Rockies and more. And with the option to create your own interactive map workouts, the options are endless.

Also included with iFit Coach Plus are HD video workouts, customized menu ideas and other features to support a healthy lifestyle.

X22i Incline Trainer Features

The new X22i Incline Trainer shows workout programming and the web with NordicTrack’s best display: a 22″ touchscreen that supports HD technology, iFit Coach Plus and an Android web browser.

High horsepower is another strength. Ready for heavy duty, the X22i treadmill is powered by a 4.25 CHP motor. The belt’s top speed is 12 mph and the machine is rated safe for user weights up to 350 pounds.

Incline/decline for the X22i belt is the greatest in the Incline Trainer Series. With convenient electronic controls or preset programs the workout surface can shift among settings from -6% to 40%. This incline/decline helps make the X22i one of the best fitness machines to use with Google Maps workouts from iFit; you can train inside for the ups and downs of actual outdoor routes.

The track has extra width for elbow room and extra length for long strides. The workout area measures 22” wide and 60” long.

The X22i provides two options for pulse monitoring. It has grip sensors on the handlebars and arrives with a Bluetooth chest strap for wireless monitoring.

Including your music files is easy with the Incline Trainer’s sound system. Connect your smartphone or any compatible MP3 player for use with the dashboard’s 3” speaker set.

For on-board climate control two AutoBreeze workout fans are integrated with the console. You can adjust the speed yourself, but AutoBreeze fans can also adjust their output according to your workout intensity.

Treadmills in the Incline Trainer Series have WhisperQuiet decks to help keep your workout quiet.

According to customer reviews of NordicTrack Incline Trainers, a typical assembly time is about 30 minutes.

Warranty & Guarantee

The X22i Incline Trainer carries the manufacturer’s best warranty package for 2017.
– Frame: Lifetime
– Deck: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts & Electronics: 6 Years
– Labor: 3 years
NordicTrack Incline Trainers are also sold with 30-day money back guarantees.

Conclusion

This treadmill stands out amongst its competitors on the market in that it is larger, offers a lot of unique features and inclines to new heights. This machine is best suited for experienced runners and those looking to invest in their indoor running regime. New runners may find this treadmill to be challenging as the workouts are designed for those who have a running background. However, users always have the option to manually change the speed and incline during their workouts.

Overall, the x22i is going to change the running game for users and have them burning a ton of calories. The wide range of incline/decline will help customers build muscle, tone and become stronger as a runner. There is no shortage of workouts on this trainer so they will always have exciting, new experiences each time you step on. This machine is an elite option for indoor running and will help users reach their fitness goals.

For high-end treadmill shoppers the NordicTrack X22i is a favorite new fitness machine. For those with more typical budgets, the X11i with smaller screen but equivalent horsepower and incline/decline could be a better match.