NordicTrack ACT Elliptical Reviews
Treadmill Doctor Note:
If you have space limitations, the ACT is a value alternative you need to consider.
Overall Rating: 5.05
One of the biggest questions we receive here is people asking if an elliptical will fit within their available space. The NordicTrack ACT is a sub-$1000 machine that fits into tight spaces without sacrificing a decent workout. Yes, in my opinion their are better machines at this price range, but they also take up a lot more floor space.
The NordicTrack ACT is a decent elliptical. At $899, you're getting a good deal. You can certainly do better at this price point, but this model is still quite competitive. It has a smaller design, so if you need an elliptical that won't take up a lot of space, you should give this one a look.
The ergonomics of this machine is its best characteristic. It's got a slightly more natural range of motion than your average elliptical would. That makes it extremely competitive among sub-$1,000 modes, and it even does better than some models that cost a couple thousand more. The range of motion is at the higher end of its price range. The adjustable stride length can be set between 18"-22", which should give you plenty of options to fit your body type. Many of the models that are much more expensive than this one won't provide the same level of adjustability.
The projected reliability is about average, which is the best you can hope for in such an inexpensive machine. Many of the ellipticals that cost a few hundred dollars more have a shorter life expectancy than this one. The quality of parts is what you hope for in a model that costs $899.
The noise level is average, which is pretty common across all price ranges. You can certainly find quieter models, but you're probably going to have to pay more it. Most users won't find the level of noise during operation of this machine to be disturbing.
The warranty on the NordicTrack ACT is okay. Parts are covered for 1 year, the brake is covered for 10 years, and the frame is covered for life. Considering how some of the less expensive models try to skimp on coverage, this isn't a warranty you can complain about.
These products are produced by Icon Health and Fitness. They are the largest retail fitness company. This well-known brand name is heavy on features, and their newer units are holding up quite well in the home, if you don't count some of the glitch prone features. The treadmills are beautifully packaged machines and look great in your home. NordicTrack is quickly becoming known for making a solid quality machine at a bargain price, and they are selling more units that anyone else in their respective price range.
Quality / Philosophy
NordicTrack is produced by Icon, a company with thousands of employees and large resources. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. Icon has a long, storied history that provides an example of how the big keep getting bigger. Icon used to be the mass-market darling because of their cheap prices, but they had the quality to match. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. The NordicTrack brand as a whole has improved dramatically over the past 5 years, and service improvements give us hope that this can be the leading brand in the home market..
Icon is the largest fitness equipment producer in the world with over $1 billion in sales. If the fitness industry were a solar system, Icon is so powerful that they would be the Sun. In terms of stability they are the best, but overall, their customer service isn't up to the standards of any of the lower volume producers. They have promised an improvement on this and have new management in the service department, so we hope this helps. Although you get a value price for the product, you also get value service, so keep this in mind when buying their machines. Due to the sheer number of units they produce, we pick up support in many cases where this factory leaves off..
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