Nordictrack E7.1 or Nordictrack E5.5?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In this first category, the Nordictrack E5.5 wins against the Nordictrack E7.1 with its adjustable stride length of 16” to 20” while the other one is also equipped with an adjustable stride length of 18” to 20”.
Resistance Levels: When it comes to the resistance levels, the Nordictrack E5.5 beats its counterpart as it offers 20 while the Nordictrack E7.1 has 16.
Max Ramp: In the incline/ramp feature category, the Nordictrack E5.5 wins with 10 to 30 degrees while the Nordictrack E7.1 does not have this kind of feature.
Built In Programs: When it comes to the built-in programs, the two are tied as they both offer 20 preset programs. It should be noted that most ellipticals that belong in the sub-$1000 price range offer only 5 to 11 programs which means that these Nordictrack models’ offers are above average.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, the Nordictrack E7.1 beats its counterpart as it has slightly better features than the Nordictrack E5.5. The E7.1’s foot pedals are oversized and cushioned while the E5.5’s are only oversized. The E7.1 also has a built-in cooling fan on the console. These are definitely the winning points of the E7.1.
Parts Warranty: When it comes to the parts warranty, the two models are tied with 1 year each which is considered to be the average for most ellipticals today.
Labor Warranty: In terms of labor warranty, the two are in a stalemate again as they both offer a year each and you should take advantage of these as labor costs can get expensive.
Machine Weight: In terms of labor warranty, the two are in a stalemate again as they both offer a year each and you should take advantage of these as labor costs can get expensive.
Machine User Weight Capacity: In this category, the two elliptical models are tied as they both can accommodate users who weigh up to 300 lbs. However, since they did not indicate their actual machine weight, these cannot be confirmed. For safety purposes, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual machine weight and the user weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: In this category, the two are tied as they both offer a 30-day money back guarantee which means you can easily get a refund if you are unhappy with the machine.
Conclusion: At the time of comparison review, there’s a $130 price difference between the two machines with the Nordictrack E7.1 being the more expensive one of the two.