Nordictrack E5VI or Nordictrack Elite 9.1?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: The E5VI wins this first category with its 13” to 18” adjustable stride length. The Elite 9.1 on the other hand did not disclose its stride length.
Resistance Levels: The Elite 9.1 comes with 16 resistance levels, making it the winner for this category. The E5VI only comes with 10 resistance levels.
Max Ramp: The Elite 9.1 wins this category because it has an incline feature and the E5VI does not.
Built In Programs: The E5VI has 16 built-in programs which are considered to be good enough for most users but the Elite 9.1 is the better choice because it offers 20 built-in programs.
Notable Features: The E5VI wins this category because of its great features. It has an iFit Workout card module while the Elite 9.1 is only compatible with an iFit live module.
The Elite 9.1 also has a built-in virtual competitor program and it can also track the history of your workouts. On the other hand, the E5VI only gives you 10 programs without the workout cards.
The E5VI also comes with a folding feature but the rest of the features are similar with its counterpart such as cooling fans, built-in speakers and non-slip pedals.
Parts Warranty: Both elliptical have a 1 year parts warranty. As such, this can be quite unimpressive since the Elite 9.1 costs more than $1500. This price range should require elliptical to have a 3 to 7 year parts warranty.
Labor Warranty: Both ellipticals are tied in this category as both the E5VI and the Elite 9.1 come with a 1-year warranty.
Machine Weight: Nordictrack elliptical machines don’t indicate their machine weight. This is disappointing since it is important to know the weight of the machine to know whether it is durable or not.
Machine User Weight Capacity: The Elite 9.1 is the better choice because it can accommodate users who weigh up to 325 lbs. On the other hand, the E5VI can only carry users who weigh up to 300 lbs.
Money Back Guarantee: Both machines offer 30-day money back guarantee deals. This means that you can easily return the machine and get a refund.
Conclusion: The Elite 9.1 is clearly the better choice as it offers more features but this does not necessarily mean that the E5VI is not a good choice too.
If you look at the categories, it is a tie between these two. The Elite 9.1 wins 5 of the categories while the E5Vi wins the rest. However, the Elite 9.1 is still the better choice since it wins the more important categories.
Choosing the right elliptical all comes down to how much you are willing spend for an elliptical machine. If you cannot afford the Elite 9.1, then the E5VI is the better choice. At $799, it has great features for its price. However, if you can afford to pay $1999 for an elliptical, then you should go for the Elite 9.1.