NordicTrack E 9.5 Elliptical Reviews
Overall Rating: 4.95
The Precusor to the E12.0 design that has a lot to offer, the E9.5 is a solid machine that offers reasonable quality, a good feature yet and a average warranty. All in all not a mistake if you purchase it, but we would recommend that you look at the 990 Pro or the E12.0 before you buy.
The Nordic Track E 9.5 is a good elliptical, but it does little to set itself apart. At $999, you're getting decent quality and plenty of features that will keep you entertained. Still, we recommend saving some money with the 990 Pro or getting a better model with the E 12.0.
The ergonomics on this machine is average. This isn't really bad at this price, but you can do better. In fact, the 990 Pro that sells for $100 less offers a slightly more natural range of motion. The adjustability is about the best you can hope for in such an inexpensive model. The stride length is adjustable with a maximum length of 22". The pedals are also adjustable, giving you some options to help you fit this machine to your body type.
The projected reliability of this elliptical is good considering the cost. Many models that cost several hundred dollars more have a similar life expectancy. The quality of parts is also what you're looking for in this price range. To find better quality parts, you'll have to spend a little more money.
The noise level is slightly below average, which isn't bad for such an inexpensive elliptical. The 990 Pro and E 12.0 both do better in this area, however. You can do a lot worse than this model, and we don't expect the average user to be bother by the level of noise it creates during its operation.
The warranty on the NordicTrack E 9.5 is okay. Labor is covered for 1 year, parts are covered for 3 years, and the frame is covered for life. You're not going to get coverage much better than this without paying more. If you're willing to spend an extra $200, you can jump up to the E 12.0, which offers a much more impressive warranty.
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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