Nordictrack A.C.T. Commercial Pro or Nordictrack AudioStrider 990 Pro - 2012 Model?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: The Nordictrack AudioStrider 990 Pro – 2012 Model wins the first category with its 20”-23” stride length while the Nordictrack A.C.T. Commercial Pro only has 18”-22”. It should be noted that it is great that both of these models offer adjustable stride lengths which make it more versatile for many users.
Resistance Levels: When it comes to the resistance levels, the AudioStrider 990 Pro offers 24 levels while the ACT Commercial Pro only offers 20 levels.
Max Ramp: The AudioStrider 990 Pro wins this category as it offers 15-24 degrees of incline while the ACT Commercial Pro doesn’t even have an incline feature.
Built In Programs: In terms of built-in programs, the AudioStrider 990 Pro beats it counterpart with a 30 to 20 advantage.
Notable Features: When it comes to the bells and whistles category, the ACT Commercial Pro is the better choice due to its notable features. The AudioStrider may have better handlebar controls and traction control pedals which can be easily adjusted, the ACT Commercial still has many features that the losing model cannot beat.
One of these is the iFit Live capability of the ACT Commercial. The app is built into a 7” tablet which makes for a better workout as it also allows you to access the internet while you are on the machine.
The ACT Commercial Pro is also equipped with a built-in workout fan which you can use it when you need to cool down. It also has a wireless chest strap that you can use to monitor your heart rate. It should be noted that this is better than using those metallic handgrips.
The ACT elliptical also has the new center drive design but at this point, it still cannot be determined whether it is durable or not. Fortunately, this machine has a good warranty just in case it breaks down. What’s more, the ACT Commercial Pro has a shorter length which makes it more compact and can save you more space.
Parts Warranty: When it comes to the parts warranty category, the ACT Commercial Pro beats the AudioStrider 990 Pro with a 5-year to 1-year advantage.
Labor Warranty: When it comes to the parts warranty category, the ACT Commercial Pro beats the AudioStrider 990 Pro with a 5-year to 1-year advantage.
Machine Weight: When it comes to the machine weight, the two models are tied as both did not disclose this information. This is a disappointing blow because the weight of the machine is also an important factor to consider before making a purchase. The weight also signifies how sturdy and durable the machine is.
Machine User Weight Capacity: Since both models did not disclose their actual machine weight, it cannot be verified whether their 350-lb maximum weight capacity are true. To be safe, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual machine weight and the user.
Money Back Guarantee: When it comes to the money back guarantee, the two models are tied with 30 days. This means that you can return the machine easily if you are not satisfied with the performance.
Conclusion: The AudioStrider wins 4 of the 10 categories while the ACT wins 3 and they are both tied in the remaining 3.
The major difference between the two is that the ACT Commercial Pro has better features and notable points especially since these show how valuable a particular elliptical machine is.
At the time of the comparison review, the ACT Commercial Pro has a price of $1299 while the AudioStrider’s costs $949 which means that there is a $350 price difference between the two models. The main question now is whether it is enough of an investment for its price.
The decision greatly depends on how much you are willing to spend for an elliptical machine. If you cannot afford the ACT commercial, the AudioStrider is still a great option. But if you can just afford to spend another $350, then you can have a better elliptical with the ACT Commercial Pro.