NordicTrack Audiostrider 990 Pro (2013) Elliptical Reviews
Treadmill Doctor Note:
The NordicTrack 990 Pro is the Best Buy Winner in the $999 category this year... again!
Overall Rating: 5.75
The 990 Pro is an older design that has a lot to offer. Longtime readers of our reviews will note our infatuation with the design of this machine due to its durability and feel. That being stated, compared to the new Epic ellipticals this model is starting to show it's age.
Ergonomically speaking, the range of motion of this elliptical is great, for its price range. In this area, it compares quite favorably with many models in the $1,000-2,000 price range. It's also fairly adjustable, giving you the option of a stride length between 20"-23". The pedals can be modified to fit the size of your foot. It's not common to find an elliptical that adjusts in this manner, without spending at least $1,000. These are important areas to consider. Using a machine that forces you into an unnatural motion while exercising may be hard on your joints.
We expect the NordicTrack 990 Pro to be reliable, as well. When you look at the price, it's really surprising how sturdy and durable this machine is. It appears that it will hold up well against a lot of the ellipticals that are sold between $1,000-2,000. There are even some models sold at $4,000 that probably won't last any longer than this one will. This is because the quality of parts used is relatively high. You're not going to find better parts in any model that sells for less than this one.
The noise this machine makes during operation is fairly quiet. Many of the much more expensive ellipticals make a similar amount of noise. You'll most likely hear some hum, but you're not going to find a model that is less noisy without spending more money.
The warranty is pretty average overall. In this price range, it's not exactly the norm, but you can find other ellipticals that are willing to offer a similar amount of coverage in this price range. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 3 years, and the frame is covered for life. It may not be enough to inspire you to buy the NordicTrack 990 Pro, but it certainly shouldn't discourage you, either.
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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