NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 Elliptical Review 4

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Pros Some top things to note on the Commercial 14.9 include multiple adjustable options, a powerful drive system, and “smart” features that make the console both attractive and very user-friendly. New for 2016, this updated elliptical trainer offers a power adjustable incline ranging from 0 to 20 degrees, a power adjustable 20” stride, and 24 digital resistance levels. Combine all of these options with an impressive 32 pound flywheel and you've got commercial-grade quality with residential pricing from a very well-known brand.
Cons While the console is very functional and easy to use, there are a few options missing that you might notice. For one, there's not a USB charging port so in order to use the integrated tablet holder, your device needs to already be charged up and ready to go. The console also sits slightly lower than machines by other brands, and features no storage space other than one water bottle holder. A lower console might not seem like a huge problem, but if you are taller you might find yourself with an aching neck from having to look down so much. Our advice? You might want to go and try one out before committing to this machine.
Summary You can't help but be impressed by the multiple customizable features on the Commercial 14.9 elliptical trainer by NordicTrack. Top to bottom, you can personalize your workout experience each and every time, from the muscles you work to the comfort you need. However; while the console is user-focused with lots of features, it is lacking in a few areas and might not be the most ergonomically-sound designed console on the market.

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NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 Elliptical Detailed Overview

It’s all in the name. The new NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 elliptical trainer is built with commercial-grade parts, while offering advanced options that are typically only found on workout equipment at the gym. But for just under $2,000, it’s also fairly affordable.

Equipped with one of the heaviest flywheels on the market, the Commercial 14.9 is driven by a 32 pound flywheel. Match this super heavy flywheel with the Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) and you have a supremely smooth and natural stride. The flywheel is probably one of the most essential features of an elliptical traner because it points to the durability and overall feel of the trainer, so a heavy flywheel is a very good thing!

This powerful drive system supports 24 digital resistance levels, a 20″ power adjustable stride, and a power adjustable incline range of 0 to 20 degrees. The fact that there are so many ways to use this trainer, with the ability to vary the stride length, the stride height, and the intensity, makes it a very versatile machine for both training and comfort purposes. You can target specific muscle groups at once, focus on cardiovascular endurance, and get an all-over total body workout.

Every good piece of workout equipment needs a reliable, modern console to keep you up to date on your workout stats, and to keep you motivated and entertained. This model provides just that with a large 10” web-enabled color touchscreen display that is iFit enabled and equipped to work with the wireless heart rate monitor that is also included (there are dual CardioGrip heart rate monitoring sensors as well). You have 35 workout apps to choose from, all designed by personal trainers, and you can stay updated and motivated with an integrated tablet holder to keep your devices safe and secure while working out. The audio options include iPod compatibility and two 2” speakers, and the console area features a single water bottle holder, an Autobreeze auto adjustable workout fan, and onetouch controls for both incline and resistance. There are even in-handle controls on the stationary handlebars so you can make fast, efficient changes to incline and resistance.

NordicTrack offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, 6 years coverage on parts, and 3 years coverage on labor.

Our Favorite Features

  • Powerful 32 pound flywheel features Silent Magnetic Resistance for one of the smoothest, quietest motors available
  • Softtouch (TM) multi-positional upper-body grips help keep you balanced and comfortable when working the muscles of the upper and lower body
  • Power adjustable stride of 20” makes it easy for multiple people of varying sizes to use the same machine
  • Power adjustable incline of 0 to 20 degrees makes it easy to target varying muscle groups, or torch calories with interval training
  • Adjustable pedals keep your feet from falling asleep in the pedals
  • Web-enabled color touchscreen display features 10 inches of full color vibrancy that allows you to keep in touch on social media, check emails, or stream music
  • Great program variety with over 30 built-in workout programs to choose from, all designed by personal trainers
  • Smart, intuitive console features that include an integrated tablet holder, onetouch controls, and an Autobreeze workout fan that automatically adjusts to the intensity of your workout

NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:0-20 degrees
Stride Length:20"
Flywheel:32 LBS
Fan:Autobreeze Fan
Weight Capacity:350 LBS
Dimensions:64.5" L x 26" W x 80.25" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • No USB Charging port so you can’t charge and use your devices at the same time
  • Narrower console is not as spacious as other brands with just one water bottle holder and limited storage space
  • iFit subscription is sold separately, which will cost you $99/year
  • Limited Warranty covers lifetime of the frame, but not the motor
  • Front drive design can put strain on your lower back if you lean forward too much (and front-drive design models do require a little leaning already)

The Bottom Line

The Commercial 14.9 is a top model, brand new for 2016. Equipped with updated options that include even more ways to train smarter, these customizable features help you to tailor your workout to your individual needs every time. NordicTrack has included tech-friendly options like a web-enabled touchscreen display, iFit compatibility and an auto-adjustable workout fan to make this elliptical trainer a top contender among other brands, and you’d be hard pressed to find more ways to change up your workout. Critics of elliptical trainers might find themselves with little to argue against a machine with so many options, so while we recommend the Commercial 14.9 as an all-around solid elliptical trainer that almost anyone could enjoy, be sure to also check out their other models like the C 12.9, that are slightly cheaper with little difference in features.

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