Nordictrack X3i Incline Trainer or Nordictrack X5i Incline Trainer?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: The Nordictrack X5i Incline Trainer wins the first category with a 2.25HP motor as compared to the X3i Incline Trainer’s 2.0HP. It should be noted that the 2.25HP motor capacity of the Nordictrack X5i is considered below average for its price range.
Belt Width: It is a tie between the two models with their 20” belt width. It should be noted that this is the standard belt width in most treadmills.
Belt Length: When it comes to the belt, the X5i wins over the X3i with a 5” difference. However, it should be important to note that these two models come up short of the average belt lengths of their respective price range. For the models priced like the X3i, the average is 54”-59” while for those that are priced like the X5i, the average should be 56”-60”.
Preprogrammed Workouts: It’s a tie between these two models when it comes to the number of preprogrammed workouts offered. It’s disappointing that with their prices, they only offer 9 workouts since most treadmills offer at least 10.
Notable Features: Both models have the same features except for the X5i offering a 3% decline which makes for better workout intensity. But this is enough to make the X5i get this win over the X3i.
Parts Warranty: Both treadmills are tied in this category as both offers are considered below average parts warranty. Instead of only 1 year, a treadmill priced like the X3i should have a 2-4 year warranty on parts. The same goes with the X5i, which instead of just 1 year it should be offering 3-7 years.
Labor Warranty: It is another tie between the two models as they offer a 1 year warranty for labor. Again, it should be noted that a treadmill like the X5i should be offering a 2-year labor warranty.
Machine Weight: Just like other Nordictrack treadmills, both models have not disclosed their respective machine weight which means it’s another tie. It is always important to consider the weight of the machine so that you will know whether or not it is sturdy enough for you.
Machine User Weight Capacity: Both models claim a 300-lb weight capacity. There is no way to confirm this since they have not disclosed their machine weight to begin with. However, you can safely assume by having not more than a 100-lb difference between the user’s weight and the weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: Both models claim a 300-lb weight capacity. There is no way to confirm this since they have not disclosed their machine weight to begin with. However, you can safely assume by having not more than a 100-lb difference between the user’s weight and the weight capacity.
Conclusion: Both models are on sale at the time of the review. There is a $300 difference between the $1599 priced X5i and the $1299 priced X3i. The X5i is an improved version of the X3i and if you are willing to pay more, you can already have a slightly stronger motor, a longer belt and up to 3% decline.
These are the two most cost-effective incline trainers that the Nordictrack has. All in all, it depends on how much you are willing to spend for a treadmill since both are equally recommended.