In the terms of exercising, different people have a different level of expertise. Some are the beginners who just want to test the water, some are the regulars that are already familiar with the routines, and some are the professionals or overachievers who want to step up the game a few notch above the average. While many treadmills are designed to cater to as wide range of users as possible, it’s only logical that the manufacturers create several series to fulfill the specific needs of particular groups of users.
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is the one addressed to a wide range of users. It features all the basic needs and adds some extras for the more serious ones. But general usage treadmills can only go so far. For more challenging routines, NordicTrack creates the X series, and one of the popular choices is Nordictrack Incline Trainer X9i. How do the two fare against each other?
Side by Side Comparison
Both machines have just been updated with the latest 2016 version. From the “freshness” perspective, they are standing on more or less the same ground. The updates bring better performance and upgraded features by making the most of the latest available technology. Here are some of them.
Incline and Decline Feature
Let’s start by highlighting the fundamental concept that separates the two machines. NordicTrack Incline Trainer X9i is designed for those who want to get more out of their training. In addition to the regular flat zero degree position, its running track is capable of going to the maximum 40 percent incline and 6 percent decline.
Jillian Michaels, a celebrity personal trainer, explained that training at 40 percent incline would burn five times the calories and gives users a more excellent way to tone muscles compared to doing it on the flat zero degree surface. Running on an angled surface will also shift your body weight, distributed the impact throughout a wider area, and thus will reduce the risk of injuries.
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 also comes with incline – decline feature. But, as the machine is a more general use treadmill, the feature is limited to only 15 percent incline and 3 percent decline. Sufficient for everyday users, but maybe not enough for the serious ones.
Advanced Cushioning and Folding Options
Running is an activity where the body weight will put constant and repeated stress on the knees and other joints, especially if you are running on hard surface. In the long run, these heavy impacts could build up and cause injuries. To reduce the load that your joints have to take, the two treadmills feature cushioning system. The X9i model comes with Reflex cushioning technology while the 1750 model features FlexSelect Cushioning technology.
The system will absorb a portion of the weight and provide users with softer landing compared to running on the common hard treadmill surface or the concrete pavement when you are running outdoor. The result is more comfortable running in longer periods.
Related to the treadmill frame, please note that NordicTrack Incline Trainer X9i doesn’t come with the folding ability, while NordicTrack Commercial 1750 comes with EasyLift telescoping technology so it can be folded and stored safely when it’s not in use. If you have limited extra space in your home, you should factor in this point in your buying decision.
Motor and Running Track
Another factor that will contribute to better running experience is the size of the running track. The roomier the track is, the better the experience is. Both X9i and 1750 model come with generous workout surface of 60” x 22”, but they have different load resistance. The X9i can withstand weight capacity up to 350 lb while the 1750’s limit is at 300 lb.
The running tracks on both machines are powered by the commercial quality motors that respond quickly yet quietly to the changes in speed and incline. However, X9i motor has only 3.0 horsepower while the 1750 packs more punch with 3.8 horsepower motor.
One welcome addition to the 2016 update editions of the treadmills is the WhisperQuiet deck technology that will absorb sound from each step that you take. This makes the models a good choice for home workouts.
Full-Color Touchscreen Display
Both machines come with 7” full-color touchscreen display and Android-based internet browser. Other than to monitor your workout progress, you can also surf the web and do other Internet-related activities such as check sports highlights, read emails, or view social media updates while you are running.
And if the built-in full-color touchscreen display is not enough, you can add your tablet computer as both machines come with the adjustable tablet holder. The holder is placed at eye level and can be adjusted to get the perfect view angle.
Built-In Workout Programs and iFit
NordicTrack Incline Trainer X9i comes with 44 workout programs that built into the console while NordicTrack Commercial 1750 offers 38. Each one of these programs was designed by certified personal trainer and focuses on different goals, such as calorie burn, incline training, increasing speed, and enhancing workout intensity.
The two machines also support iFit integration. You can watch video workouts from iFit in high definition. You can virtually do your workouts with celebrity personal trainers, download customized workout plans, test your speed against other runners around the world in online treadmill races.
Another advantage that comes with the integration is the option to stream Google Street Views using iFit’s Google Maps workouts. You can do virtual training sessions in almost any locations around the world, from the neighborhood around your house to famous landscapes across the countries and worldwide. You can download the routes, and the machine will automatically adjust the incline and decline – within the machine’s limitation – to replicate the terrain.
Please note that you need a separate iFit subscription to use the features.
The goal of every exercise machine is to help its users reach their best health state possible. To know what to do to achieve the goal, you need accurate health data. And one of the best ways to get the data is using heart rate monitor.
Both Incline Trainer X9i and Commercial 1750 come with wireless chest strap monitor that can send your heart rate data using a Bluetooth connection. All that you have to do is to attach it to your chest and do your exercise as usual.
There are also additional touch sensors built into the handlebars. The sensor will pick up your heart rate when you are holding the bars and combine the data with the one coming from the chest strap to make sure that you get the most accurate data possible.
Some of us love to run to the tune of our favorite music. If you one of the members of that group, you don’t have to worry about missing your tunes while exercising because both treadmills include support for iPod and other portable MP3 players. Also, there is a pair of high-quality 3” speakers to make sure that you get the best listening experience.
Pricing and Warranty
Since both treadmills are coming from the same manufacturer, it’s only logical that they have similar warranty coverage. Both machines offer a lifetime warranty on frame, deck, and track motor. There are separated five-year warranty for parts and electronics and a two-year warranty for labor.
The pricing for both machines tends to change from time to time depending on sale events that available online and offline, but since Incline Trainer X9i packs more features than the Commercial 1750 the base price for the former is higher than the later – for almost twice as much.
Which One is Right for You?
So which one is the right one for you? Let’s summarize it.
If you consider yourself not to be the average Joe in your daily exercising, and you want to have more challenging routines, then NordicTrack Incline Trainer X9i might be the perfect machine for you. It offers extreme 40 percent incline and 6 percent incline. The machine also able to withstand more weight. There are more exercise programs, but the difference is thin. The factors that you should consider is the high price of the machine and the fact that you can’t fold the device.
But if you prefer more “humane” level of training, and if you currently can’t spend too much on a treadmill, you should choose NordicTrack Commercial 1750. Its incline and decline options are only 15 percent and 3 percent respectively, but it comes with more powerful motor and advanced folding technology to save you more precious space. The base price is also lower.
Again, whichever treadmill that you pick, you are getting a good deal. Both machines come with the full-color touchscreen and internet browsers, tons of exercise programs, advanced cushioning, powerful motor, roomy running deck, iFit support, iPod and MP3 compatible with stereo speaker system, heart-rate monitors, and very generous warranty plans. So everything goes down to your specific needs in reaching your fitness goals.
|Read full review about NordicTrack Commercial 1750 HERE.||Read full review about NordicTrack Incline Trainer X9i HERE.|
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