Nordictrack X7i Incline Trainer or Nordictrack Incline Trainer X9i?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: A treadmill’s motor is an important factor to consider when shopping for one. In this category, the X9i wins with a 3.0HP over the X7i’s 2.75HP motor. The 2.75HP motor of the X7i is actually below the average considering its price and belt size.
Belt Width: Both models have a 20” belt width which is the standard for most treadmills.
Belt Length: The belt is also important in terms of the safety of the users when running on the machine. In this case, both models offer a 62” long belt.
Preprogrammed Workouts: In terms of variety and preprogrammed workouts, the X9i has a 10-program advantage over the X7i with its 34 programs. This is important to help users have more challenging and enjoyable workouts.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, the X9i wins with its 10” Android-powered touch screen tablet which can help you have a better iFit Live experience and a wireless chest strap monitor which can help keep track of your heart’s progress. However, the latter feature can sometimes be a hindrance as it can break your pace at times.
Parts Warranty: Both the X7i and the X9i are tied in the parts warranty category with both having a 5-year offer. This goes to show that both models have reliable quality product.
Labor Warranty: It is another tie between the two models as they offer a 2-year labor warranty. With soaring labor costs, having 2 years of free service really helps.
Machine Weight: The discouraging factor of all Nordictrack models is that they have not disclosed their machines’ weights. The weight of a machine is important to determine the sturdiness of a treadmill and both models are tied in this category.
Machine User Weight Capacity: Both models are tied in the weight capacity category with 350lbs, assuming that both claims are true, it would still be safe for users to mind the 100-lb difference between the user and the weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: It is another tie for the X7i and the X9i when it comes to the money back guarantee. Both models offer a 30-day period which means that within this time, you can easily return the product if you find it unsatisfactory.
Conclusion: Nordictrack X9i is a higher version of the Nordictrack X7i but it is more expensive at $1999 as compared to the latter’s $1799 price tag.
You should choose the X9i over the X7i since it has a slightly stronger motor, more programs offered, a 10” tablet which allows internet browsing as well as a wireless heart rate monitor. These correctly justify the $200 difference and you can really get more value for your money just by spending a couple of hundred dollars more.