NordicTrack E 11.9 Elliptical Review 4

NordicTrack E 11.9 Elliptical Rating

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Pros NordicTrack is a respected brand, known for well-built trainers that also feature impressive customizable options, and the 11.9 fulfills these expectations. Built with an adjustable incline of 0 to 20%, an adjustable stride of 18 to 20 inches, and adjustable pedals, this is a fully customizable elliptical trainer, making it comfortable and easy to use no matter your workout goal. Another huge improvement in this year’s model is the console that boasts an impressive 7 inch web-enabled full-color display.
Cons One of the few cons of the NordicTrack E 11.9 would be the flywheel and drive system. With a 20 pound flywheel and a 325 weight capacity, this trainer isn’t as powerful as other NordicTrack models at similar price points. This lower flywheel weight can mean a slightly noisier operation, and less durable drive system overall, and the lower than average weight capacity (average is somewhere between 350 and 400 pounds) can be problematic if multiple people use the same trainer, or if the trainer is used multiple times a day, resulting in heavier wear and tear.
Summary In all, the E 11.9 is a highly adaptive, customizable, entry-level elliptical trainer offered for under $1,000. NordicTrack makes excellent quality trainers and the 11.9 is no exception. Updated from last year’s model, the 11.7, this model comes with a more innovative, modern console and additional entertainment offerings that the 11.7 lacked. While the drive system isn’t as powerful as it could be, for an entry level trainer with as many other bells and whistles this model has, it’s forgivable.

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NordicTrack E 11.9 Elliptical Detailed Overview

Editors Summary: NordicTrack’s new E 11.9 front drive elliptical trainer is the new mid-range trainer designed with a more advanced entertainment package and even more customizable options, all for a smart price of just $999.”

This trainer is built with NordicTrack’s Silent Magnetic Resistance ™ Technology for an incredibly quiet, smooth and natural feel, and the front drive system is designed with a 20 pound flywheel.

This particular trainer also boasts a number of customizable options with an adjustable incline, stride and pedals. First, users can adjust the incline with the push of just one button, from 0 to 20 degrees, using the new power ramp feature that allows users to choose the desired muscle group to target and set the incline accordingly. Next, the stride adjusts from 18 to 20 inches, also with the touch of a button, and finally, the oversized pedals are also adjustable, with three options to choose from for optimum heel toe angle, depending on your preferences.

Coming to the console, the 11.9 features a 7 inch we-enabled, full-color touchscreen display that is equipped with iFit® technology, and features 32 built-in workout apps (10 performance, 11 calorie and 11 intensity programs). OneTouch™ Controls allow users to quickly adjust the incline or resistance level and the Digital Quick Incline feature is ideal for interval training. This model offers 24 digital resistance levels so it’s easy to target multiple muscle groups using these innovative console controls. To take your heart rate, use the DualCardio Grip™ heart rate monitors built into the stationary handlebars, or do it wirelessly using the Bluetooth enabled iFit® wireless strap. And when it comes to the audio offerings, this model features two 2 inch speakers and an iPod compatible audio center.

When it comes to warranty protection, NordicTrack offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, three years on parts and one year on labor.

Our Favorite Features

  • Adjustable incline, adjustable pedals and adjustable stride
  • Large, attractive full-color display
  • Web enabled console
  • iFit enabled
  • Affordable price

NordicTrack E 11.9 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:0-20 Degrees
Stride Length:0-20 Inches
Flywheel:28 LBS
Programs:32 Workout Apps
Weight Capacity:350 LBS
Dimensions:80.25" L x 25.7" W x 64.43" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • 20 pound flywheel
  • Shorter stride length maxes out at 20 (instead of 22) inches
  • iFit module not included
  • Front drive design can be bothersome for some people

The Bottom Line

The NordicTrack E 11.9 is one of the best buys on the market, featuring an impressive number of customizable features, a well-built design, and a price that can’t be beat. This model impresses in its features to price ratio, offering users bells and whistles and a high-performance trainer at a great price. The bottom line? If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive elliptical trainer that still offers customizable options and entertainment offerings, the NordicTrack E 11.9 is an excellent choice that we highly recommend.

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