NordicTrack Incline Trainer X11i Treadmill Review
Treadmill Doctor Note:
The best just keeping getting better. With higher quality components and a HUGE running surface, the X11i makes a great addition to the incline trainer lineup.
Overall Rating: 7.51
The best incline trainer you can get from NordicTrack. The only disappointment will likely be some glitches with the Android interface.
The NordicTrack Incline Trainer X11i is a high quality treadmill without the ridiculous price tag. This is NordicTrack's best of the Incline Trainer models. It was the 1st runner up for our Best Buy award for treadmills sold between $2,000-2,499.
The walking area is great at 20" x 62". Even those with long strides will feel comfortable running on this treadmill. It's rare to see this size belt on a treadmill of any price, and it's even harder to find one that's bigger. Keep in mind, however, that with high inclines, the console with block some of the belt, so you will actually lose several inches off the stated length.
The motor on this machine is fantastic. It generates as much or more than many of the models that cost upwards of $4,000.
Reflex Cushioning was used to help reduce the impact running has on your joints. It's not particularly impressive for a treadmill that costs $2,499. Many of the lower priced models offer a cushioning system that is more forgiving than this one.
The projected reliability of this machine is about where you'd expect for its price. It shouldn't give up on you too quickly, and if you want something better, you'll usually have to pay more for it. The quality of parts used is pretty good, and incline training will increase their life by allowing gravity to assist the motor.
For its cost, you're getting a quiet treadmill. When compared to some of the other NordicTrack lines, however, it's not that impressive.
The warranty alone makes the NordicTrack Inline Trainer X11i worth taking a serious look at. Labor is covered for 3 years; parts and electronics are covered for 5 years; and the frame, motor, and deck are covered for life. You don't see this kind of coverage very often, and it really shows that NordicTrack is willing to stand behind this model.
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.