NordicTrack E 14.5 Elliptical Reviews
Overall Rating: 5.6
Providing the quality you would expect in this price range, especially compared to Sole or Livestrong, you also get a great feature set. The only drawback we can see is the Epic brand out featues, the feature rich E 14.5.
The NordicTrack E 14.5 is a feature rich elliptical that provides good quality. It's the Sears version of the E 15.0. At $1,499, this model does very well within its price range. It compares quite favorably with the products from Sole and Livestrong, but for a machine focused on features, it falls a bit short of Epic's feature offerings.
Ergonomically speaking, this is a very good elliptical. If it wasn't for a few models by True Fitness, this would be at the top of its price range in this category. Otherwise, you'd have to spend at least $3,500 to find a model that has a more natural range of motion. The adjustability is good. The adjustable stride has a maximum length of 22". You can definitely find models that cost around the same as this one that offer more options as far as adjustments go.
The projected reliability of this model is fairly average. While this isn't really bad, you can definitely find some models that sell for much cheaper that have a longer life expectancy than this one. The quality of parts is about where you would expect it to be considering the price. It doesn't do much to set this machine apart, but it's nothing to complain about. The noise levels are on par with most ellipticals. This is pretty common regardless of price. If you want a quieter option, they are available, but you'll have to do your homework. Most users won't find the level of noise made during option to be bothersome.
The NordicTrack E 14.5 has an impressive warranty. Labor is covered for 2 years, parts and electronics are covered for 5 years, and the frame is covered for life. This is the type of coverage that lets you know the manufacturer isn't afraid to stand behind their product, which always makes a purchasing decision that much easier.
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..