NordicTrack Elite 12.9T Elliptical Review

NordicTrack Elite 12.9T Elliptical Machine

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Pros This elliptical trainer shines when it comes to fitness tracking and entertainment options. From 35 built-in workout programs to a wireless heart rate monitoring system included, the 12.9T is ideal for goal setting and tracking. The 12.9T also impresses with an extra heavy flywheel of 32 pounds, one of the heaviest offered on the market.
Summary The NordicTrack Elite 12.9T replaced the popular 12.7 model with additional entertainment and performance features that make the 12.9T an incredibly durable, steady and innovative trainer. The extra heavy flywheel combined with the various customizable features and number of workout programs creates a versatile and reliable trainer ideal for cross training. However, if you want to be able to set the stride length as needed, this trainer does not allow for that and instead features an auto adjustable stride dependent on the level of incline.

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Detailed Overview

The NordicTrack Elite 12.9T is the home use front drive trainer in the NordicTrack line of Elite elliptical trainers and the latest model of it’s predecessor, the Elite 12.7. This elliptical trainer is easy to use with in-handle one touch controls, stationary and moving handlebars, and oversized cushioned foot pedals. The front drive design is also preferable by many, creating a forward leaning motion with the motor in the front of the trainer. With a flywheel weight of 32 pounds, the 12.9T offers an incredibly smooth and sturdy feel. When it comes to customizable features, this model features a power adjustable incline of 0 to 20 degrees and a stride that adjusts from 20 to 21 inches depending on the incline. The 12.9T features a 7 inch web-enabled color touch screen, fitted with 35 built-in workout programs and iFit compatibility. The console also comes with an iPod compatible sound system with two 2-inch speakers, a built-in fan, tablet holder and water bottle holder. A wireless heart rate monitoring system is also included for easy hands-free monitoring and goal tracking. The 12.9T comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5 years on parts and two on labor.

Our Favorite Features

  • Advanced web-enabled console with iFit compatibility
  • Extra-long auto adjustable stride at up to 21 inches
  • Heavy 32 pound flywheel for a smooth, stable feel
  • Adjustable incline of 0 – 20 degrees
  • 35 available workout programs built-in
  • 7-inch web-enabled color touch screen
  • Built-in tablet holder

NordicTrack Elite 12.9T Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:0-20 degress
Stride Length:20-21 Inches
Flywheel:32 LBS
Programs:35 Workout Apps
Weight Capacity:375 LBS
Dimensions:80.25" L x 25.75" W x 65" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • iFit subscription not included
  • Can be difficult to store and move
  • Stride cannot be set; changes with incline naturally

The Bottom Line

The NordicTrack Elite 12.9T is an excellent, quality trainer that is ideal for everyone from the average daily user to the more advanced elite trainers. The multiple advanced fitness tracking options combined with the power incline and heavy flywheel make this trainer the perfect elliptical trainer for cross training capabilities. The bottom line is that this is a great purchase that will not disappoint, no matter your workout needs.

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