NordicTrack Elliptical Trainer Review 2019

updated January 1, 2019

NordicTrack inspired the indoor skiing craze 25 years ago. The NordicTrack flair for design and innovation has been applied to the home fitness market, providing top quality, compact training gear at affordable prices. The NordicTrack elliptical range is ergonomically designed for a workout that makes you feel like you’re walking on air. In this article we review the best NordicTrack elliptical and then compare the best Nordictrack alternatives.

The Best NordicTrack Elliptical

The NordicTrack Elliptical range covers four categories:

  • Freestride trainers, such as the Freestride Trainer FS5i, the Nordictrack Freestride Trainer FS9i.
  • Front Drives Series ellipticals such as the NordicTrack C7.5, the NordicTrack E 7 elliptical and the NordicTrack E 8.7.
  • Rear Drive Ellipticals such as the NordicTrack Spacesaver Elliptical, the NordicTrack SE9i and the SpaceSaver SE71.
  • Mid-Mech Commercial machines such as the NordicTrack ACT Commercial 10, the NordicTrack 990 Autostrider and the A.C.T Commercial 10.
NordicTrack C7.5

The NordicTrack C 7.5 is a customizable front drive elliptical. At the touch of a button, you’re able to adjust your stride length, incline and resistance. The C 7.5 has a vibrant iFit enabled display which allows you to connect your tablet to your machine, virtually opening up the world in your living room. You can use Google maps to choose any training location on the planet.

The tablet holder attached to the display module allows you to safely watch your favorite show as you’re working out. Dual 2 inch speakers also allow you to pump out your favorite sounds. Plush foot pedal cushioning lowers the impact of your workout. A 0-20 degrees adjustable ramp allows you to tailor the workout to your intensity needs. The stride length of 20 inches gives you a full range of motion.

The C 7.5 features 26 professionally designed workout apps to meet all of your exercise needs. A sturdy 20 pound flywheel gives stability to your stride, ensuring a smooth fluid range of motion. The durable frame supports up to 325 pounds. You’re able to get ultra precise heart rate information with the wireless chest strap, as well as the EKG sensor grips which are built into the handles.

Your purchase of the NordicTrack C 7.5 is protected with a 2 year parts and one year labor warranty.​


  • Instant customizable adjustment
  • Foot pedal cushioning
  • 0-20 degree adjustable ramp


  • Very heavy

NordicTrack Alternatives

NordicTrack ellipticals provide you with some very durable, performance enhanced training machines. However, we’ve found 3 alternative models that provide you with more app offerings (Nautilus E616), a larger flywheel (LiveStrong LS 13.0E 2) and a greater stride range (Exerpeutic 21 Inch Heavy Duty). In this section we compare them with the best of NordicTrack.

Nautilus E616

The Nautilus E616 comes in at a comparable price point to the NordicTrack Front Drive series. It delivers a similar range of workout apps, with 29 programs that include 12 profiles, 9 heart rate control programs, 4 customizable apps, 2 fitness tests and 1 recovery test. With 25 resistance programs, it has the largest selection of any elliptical in its price range. A perimeter weighted flywheel provides you with a very smooth, natural motion.

The Nautilus E616 provides you with a 0-11% incline adjustment, which is not as much as you get with the NordicTrack C 7.5. You get a dual track LCD screen to allow you to multi-task. Acoustic speakers provide an excellent sound quality.


  • 29 workout apps
  • 25 resistance levels
  • Dual track LCD screen


  • Difficult to assemble
LiveStrong LS 13.0E 2

The LiveStrong LS 13.0E 2 is built on Livestrong’s patented Six Star frame platform. It boasts power incline, the innovative MaxTone arch pedal, and a super impressive 30 pound flywheel. This enhanced flywheel weight is more than you get with NordicTrack models in this price range, providing you with a smoother, glide like exercise motion.

NordicTrack’s Six Star certification encompasses the six key elements of ultimate elliptical performance. LiveStrong LS 13.0E 2 has a low step on height, and the handle bars are ideally placed so you can maintain proper body posture. When in motion the pedals overlap, allowing for more natural body motion. You get a 20 inch stride length with this machine. The optimal gear pulley ratio delivers a smooth efficient motion.


  • Power Incline
  • 30 pound flywheel
  • Low step on height


  • A little noisy during operation
   21 Inch Heavy Duty

The 21 Pro Strider elliptical is designed to provide users with an enhanced workout experience by providing the longest stride length of any machine in its price range. The elliptical motion is engineered to work precisely with the balanced flywheel, generating a true, natural elliptical path. The pedals are designed to be in a low starting position of just 10 inches from the floor. This makes it safer and easier to mount.

The 21 Inch Pro Strider gives you a narrow leg spread, reducing strain on the upper thighs. This elliptical is extremely durable and rugged. The max user weight is 350 pounds, which is a little more than the NordicTrack can handle. Dual action workout arms provide you with an upper as well as a lower body workout.


  • 21 inch stride
  • Max user weight 350 pounds
  • Dual action arms


  • Slightly squeaky


NordicTrack offer a full range of home training ellipticals across all price points. Their most popular home gym model is the NordicTrack C 7.5 front drive, which features 0-20 degree ramp adjustment, foot pedal cushioning and instant setting adjustment elliptical.

As alternatives to the Nautilus range, we suggest checking out the Nautilus E616, which provides 29 workout apps, 25 levels of resistance and dual screen tracking. The LiveStrong LS 13.0E 2 provides a 30 pound flywheel, which is more than anything that NordicTrack offers in this price range. The Exerpeutic 21 inch heavy duty elliptical provides you with a greater stride range, handles more user weight and has your dual action arms to work both upper and lower body.

NordicTrack C7.5

Our #1. Recommendation

​NordicTrack C7.5

jim roose

My name is Jim Roose. I'm a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I've bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that's done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.