Nordictrack X3i Incline Trainer or NordictrackX9i Incline Trainer?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: The Nordictrack X9i Incline Trainer wins over the X3i Incline Trainer with a full 1.0HP difference. However, if you look at their price ranges, the X9i’s 3.0HP is deemed average but the X3i’s 2.0HP is considered below average.
Belt Width: It is a tie between the X3i and the X9i as both models have the standard belt width which is 20”.
Belt Length: The X9i wins this category with a 62” belt length over the X3i’s 12”. Not many treadmills have a 62” belt length and this is a big edge for the X9i. Remember, when buying a treadmill, the length of the belt should always be considered.
Preprogrammed Workouts: It is a landslide win for the X9i with its 44 preprogrammed workouts over the X3i’s 9 programs. Variety is important to have success as well as enjoyment in working out with a treadmill so this should also be considered.
Notable Features: The Nordictrack X9i wins this category with its -6% decline feature which is rare and very helpful in trainings. A built-in iFit Live as well as a wireless chest strap can also help users get better results.
Parts Warranty: It’s another clear win for the X9i with its 5-year parts warranty. While 5 years is considered average, the 1 year warranty on parts that the X3i offers is deemed poor for a model that costs users $1299 since at least 2 years should be more appropriate.
Labor Warranty: The X9i has another edge over the X3i with its 2-year labor warranty. Both users have average labor warranty and with expensive labor costs, this is very assuring for users.
Machine Weight: The weight of both treadmills is unknown since Nordictrack has not disclosed this information. Heavier machines are sturdier so it is important to consider the weight of the machine before making a decision.
Machine User Weight Capacity: The X9i gets another win in the weight capacity category. With a 350-lb capacity, it has a 500lb difference over the X3i. However, since the machines’ weights are unknown, there is no confirmation if their weight capacity is indeed true.
Money Back Guarantee: Both models are tied with a 30-day money back guarantee. This means that if within 30 days, you feel unsatisfied with your machine, you can easily return it.
Conclusion: The Nordictrack X9i has an edge over the X3i in almost all categories. Being from the same brand, it would be expected that the pricier and the newer model has the better features.
The deciding factor between the two is the price since these two are the oldest and newest incline trainers that Nordictrack is offering. If you are still undecided after this review, you can check the reviews for X5i and X7i.