Nordictrack Elite 9500 Pro or Nordictrack Elite 9700 Pro?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: Treadmills need a strong motor for a smooth workout. That is why the Elite 9700 Pro wins with 4.2HP compared to Elite’s 9500 Pro’s 3.8HP. It should also be noted that a 4.2HP motor is the strongest treadmill motor at this point.
Belt Width: Both models have a 22” belt width. Most treadmills have 20” as it is the standard width which means that both the Elite 9500 Pro and 9700 Pro have rare belt width features.
Belt Length: Both treadmills have the standard belt length of 60” which means that their belts are long enough for tall people to even run on.
Preprogrammed Workouts: Variety in built-in programs is a great way for users to have a better workout and have more fun. The Nordictrack Elite 9700 Pro wins this category with 42 preprogrammed workouts while the Nordictrack Elite 9500 Pro falls short with 2 programs behind. It should be noted that the average offer of most treadmills is 10 to 24.
Notable Features: It is a tie in the bells and whistles category. Both have identical features as they are both from the Nordictrack’s Elite Series and both models offer what you would expect a high-end treadmill would offer and what other treadmills would envy.
Parts Warranty: Nordictrack clearly has confidence in its treadmills with its long parts warranties. But it is the Elite 9700 Pro that wins over the Elite 9500 Pro with a 6-year warranty while the Elite 9500 Pro only has 5.
Labor Warranty: Most labor warranty offers are only 2 years but the Elite 9700 Pro offers 3 years, winning over the Elite 9500’s 2 years. Both are considered to be reassuring offers as labor cots nowadays can get quite expensive.
Machine Weight: Nordictrack has not disclosed its machines’ weights, thus making it a tie between the Elite 9600 Pro and the Elite 9700 Pro. The weight of the treadmill is an important buying factor for users to determine how durable and sturdy it is and it would have been better if Nordictrack has given users this vital information.
Machine User Weight Capacity: The Elite 9700 Pro is said to have a 400-lb weight capacity while the Elite Pro has a 375-ll capacity. The Elite 9700 Pro wins this round but only because we can only assume this to be true as we cannot confirm it due to Nordictrack’s non-disclosure of the machine’s weight. To be safe, users should stick to a maximum of 100-lb difference between the two figures.
Money Back Guarantee: Both models have a 30-day money back guarantee. Take advantage of this option especially if you are unhappy with the machine’s performance.
Conclusion: Both the Elite 9500 Pro and the Elite 9700 Pro are Nordictrack’s top-of-the-line models. Either machine has the best features and components that you can have in a treadmill. Both are expensive but at the time of the review, both models are on sale for $2299 for the Elite 9500 Pro and $1999 for the Elite 9500 Pro.
The features that both models have can justify their prices. However, since the Elite 9700 Pro is the higher version of the Elite 9500 Pro, it is more expensive but has a stronger motor, two additional programs and an extended warranty for parts and labor.
In the end, it comes down to how much you are willing to spend on a treadmill. You can choose the Elite 9500 Pro but if you can spare another $300, you can already have the more updated Elite 9700 Pro.