NordicTrack Commercial 9.9 Elliptical Review



NordicTrack Commercial 9.9 Elliptical Rating

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Detailed Overview

As NordicTrack continues to refresh its model line, the Commercial 9.9 Elliptical has arrived as the updated replacement for the beloved C9.5, which was our top-ranking elliptical under $1,000 for quite some time. The new model is fairly significantly refreshed, and its sticker price has come up a bit, though no higher than where the C9.5 originally started off before being discounted as it approached the end of its production run. The Commercial 9.9 Elliptical can be purchased for $1,299, with free scheduled delivery and a trial month of NordicTrack’s iFit streaming training service.

Similarly to its predecessor, the key features that made it a fan favorite—a 25 pound flywheel, 20% power incline that automatically adjusts with training programs, and a 7-inch HD touchscreen—are all still part of the equation. From there its console design has been streamlined to focus more on the iFit experience, which users in all fitness categories (including ourselves are quite fond of). The diversity of available training is significant, and includes everything from more gentle workouts that focus on mobility to high-intensity sessions that are all about that calorie burn. From there, we even find the much-loved iFit Global Workouts, where riders follow a trainer along mapped routes around the globe, with incline and resistance adjusting to the terrain you virtually travel down on the screen.

One thing we have to call out as a bit of a downfall is the change in warranty that we’ve seen sweeping across the NordicTrack lineup. Unlike past years where we’ve been very impressed with the brand’s warranty terms, the current warranty on the Commercial 9.9 Elliptical (like all other NT machines now) is sadly subpar. The machine has coverage of 10 years on its frame, 2 years on parts and electronics, and 1 year on labor.

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Our Favorite Features

  • Adjustable stride from 18″ to 20″ to support a natural gait
  • 25-pound flywheel for smooth operation and a wide range of resistance settings for cross training
  • Programming diversity via iFit ensures that users will have access to plenty of different workout options depending on their preferences and goals
  • Heart rate monitoring sensors are built into the machine’s grips to provide more detailed workout metrics
  • Compact footprint when compared to larger rear-drive ellipticals, without compromising overall riding experience
  • 7” touch screen for viewing iFit Coach workouts in high definition
  • Built-in fans will keep riders cool as they power through their daily workouts
  • Automated incline with range from zero to 20 degrees for good comfort and varied exercise
  • Bluetooth Audio allows users to connect their personal devices to add a soundtrack to their workouts without relying on a cable input
  • User weight capacity of 350 pounds

NordicTrack Commercial 9.9 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Incline:20-degree Power-Adjustable
Stride Length:18"-20" Adjustable Stride
Flywheel:25 LBS
Programs:iFit Only
Fan:Autobreeze Workout Fan
Weight Capacity:350 LBS
Dimensions:68.25" L x 28.75" W x 68.5" H

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Lacks a wireless heart rate receiver
  • Slow customer service is common when replacement parts are needed
  • Short warranty terms when compared to the competition is a bit of a disappointment
  • Wifi is needed to access iFit, which is the focal point of all training on the Commercial 9.9 Elliptical

The Bottom Line

Like a lot of machines out there, the NordicTrack Commercial 9.9 Elliptical isn’t suited to everyone (primarily on account of its subscription-based business model), but it’s still a solid option for those who appreciate the added motivation and commitment of having streaming training sessions at their fingertips. You’ll never be bored working out on this machine, and though its warranty has shrunk, NordicTrack has a generally good track record in terms of machine longevity.

 

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