Nordictrack Elite 12.0 or Nordictrack Elite 9.1?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: The Elite 12.0 wins this first category because it has an adjustable stride length. The Nordictrack Elite 9.1 did not disclose this detail.
Resistance Levels: The Elite 12.0 is the better model in terms of resistance levels as it offers 20 levels as opposed to just 16 for the Elite 9.1.
Max Ramp: While both the Elite 12.0 and the Elite 9.1 have incline features, the Elite 12.0 is still the better choice because the former actually has a decline feature while the latter only has an incline feature.
Built In Programs: In terms of built-in programs, the Elite 12.0 wins this category as it has 24 built-in program workouts while the Elite 9.1 only has 20.
Notable Features: The Elite 12.0’s decline feature is already a big deal. The rare decline feature can result to a more intensive workout. It also comes has a wireless chest strap that can monitor the heart rate of the user. Plus, it also has handle bar controls.
On the other hand, the Elite 9.1 has a built-in feature which is called virtual competitor and fitness history tracking. This offers the same features of iFit live and even if you do not buy the iFit module, you can still enjoy some of the benefits which iFit live has. Although there are many features in the Elite 12.0 that the Elite 9.1 also offers, the Elite 12.0 is still the better choice as it is the upgraded version of the 9.1.
Parts Warranty: The Elite 12.0 wins this category as it offers a 5-year parts warranty. On the other hand, the Elite 9.1 only has a 1 year parts warranty.
Labor Warranty: The Elite 12.0 gets another win as it has a 2-year labor warranty and the Elite 9.1 only offers a year.
Machine Weight: Nordictrack elliptical machines don’t disclose their actual machine weight. This usually is the case with every Nordictrack product available which is disappointing since the weight of the machine is important to help you decide whether it is durable or not.
Machine User Weight Capacity: The Elite 12.0 wins this category because it can take on users that weigh up to 375 lbs. On the other hand, the Elite 9.1 only can take on a maximum of 325 users. However, since both did not indicate their actual machine weight, these cannot be verified.
Money Back Guarantee: Both ellipticals offer a 30-day money back guarantee which means you can easily return the machine if you are unhappy with the performance.
Conclusion: At the time of the comparison review, the Nordictrack 12.0 is priced at $1299 on sale. One the other hand, the Elite 9.1 retails at $1999.
The Elite 12.0 is less expensive and it has better features. You don’t have to spend $700 because with the Nordictrack Elite 9.1, you can already have a better elliptical machine. You get to have an elliptical that can be declined, has more built-in programs, offers better warranty and a wireless chest strap as well as control buttons located in the handlebars.
On the other hand, the Elite 9.1 has a built-in virtual competitor and fitness history but it is just not enough to justify the extra $700 that you need to spend for the machine.