Nordictrack Elite 12.0 or Nordictrack Freestrider 35 Si?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: The Elite 12.0 has a 20” to 22” stride length. The Freestrider 35 Si on the other hand has an adjustable stride length which can be adjusted up to 35”. The Freestrider is more versatile than its counterpart.
Resistance Levels: The Elite 12.0 comes with 20 resistance levels, beating the Freestrider 35 Si which only has 16 levels.
Max Ramp: The Nordictrack Elite 12.0 is equipped with a 10 to 20 degree incline while the Freestrider only has a built-in ramp. Inclines are always much better because they can always be adjusted according to your preference.
Built In Programs: The Nordictrack Elite 12.0 is equipped with a 10 to 20 degree incline while the Freestrider only has a built-in ramp. Inclines are always much better because they can always be adjusted according to your preference.
Notable Features: When it comes to the bells and whistles category, the Elite 12.0 and the Freestrider are almost identical. Both have non-slip pedals that are oversized, onboard fans and a built-in sound system. Both also have a wireless heart rate monitor.
These elliptical machines are different in 2 things. The Elite 12.0 is equipped with handle controls and the Freestrider comes with side handrails.
The Elite 12.0 is also compatible with the iFit live module. On the other hand, the Freestrider already has a built-in iFit live. However, you still need to buy the module with the Elite 12.0 which makes the Freestrider the better choice.
Parts Warranty: Both models come with a 5-year parts warranty. This means that the manufacturer is confident about their product to be this generous.
Labor Warranty: The Elite 12.0 has a 2-year labor warranty, beating the Freestrider 35 Si which only offers a 1-year labor warranty.
Machine Weight: Both models did not indicate their actual machine weight. Nordictrack products normally don’t give this disclosure and it’s pretty 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 12.0 can accommodate users who weight up to 375 lbs while the Freestrider on the other hand can only accommodate a 300-lb user weight capacity. However, for safety precautions, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the machine weight and the user weight.
Money Back Guarantee: Both the Elite 12.0 and the Freestrider 35 Si come with a 30-day money back guarantee. This means that if you are not happy with the performance of the machine, you can easily return it and get a refund.
Conclusion: The Elite 12.0 is priced at $1299 at the time of the comparison review while the Freestrider costs $2499. There is a big difference between the two in terms of prices but is it worth it?
The Freestrider is obviously the better elliptical because it has better feature but it can be too expensive for most people. If you cannot afford to invest on the Freestrider, then you can go with the Elite 12.0 as it is still a good model.