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NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 Elliptical Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

If you are wanting a compact elliptical in the $1500 range, the NordicTrack Commercial A.C.T 10 is the best in breed. It's also our Best Buy Award winner at $1499.

NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 Elliptical Review







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Overall Rating: 5.4

NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 Review

If you want a compact elliptical in the $1500 range, the NordicTrack A.C.T. 10 is the best in breed. It is also our Best Buy Award Winner in the $1499 category.

The strong points

The best center-drive design you can find

There aren't many choices in the market when it comes to center-driven design trainers. If you're looking one with all the best overall features and affordable price, the ACT Commercial 10 is our best recommendation for you. The NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial 10 is arguably one of the best center-driven trainers in the market today.

Simply a multi-user machine

Highlighting this machine is the rock-solid adjustable stride lengths it offers. If you are a workout family, your family members can fully benefit from the adjustable 18-20-22 inches stride lengths. This allows your family members especially those who are taller to be completely comfortable in using the ACT Commercial 10. Another benefit you can get from the adjustable stride is that you can target different muscle groups according to your workout.

More programs = better workout

Coupling the adjustable stride length of the ACT Commercial 10 is the 38 workout programs it offers. This ridiculously amazing feature has completely outdone all the other ellipticals in this price range. Icon has done a pretty good marketing move on this trainer. Other trainers in this price range only have 16-24 workout programs on average.

Truly a superior elliptical

What surprised us more are the 26 resistance levels it comes with. This is an overkill addition for the ACT Commercial 10. With this addition, you can fully and comfortably utilize its adjustable stride length and the 38 workout programs it offers. Other trainers in this price range only have 20 resistance levels at most.

Uses a better 26-lb flywheel

The flywheel is the rotating disc responsible for the smoothness of the machine's elliptical motion - the heavier, the better. In the case of ACT Commercial 10, it uses a heavier flywheel, which packs more inertia for a better and more balanced flow-through when pedaling. With this, it is already guaranteed that users will have smoother experience using this trainer than many others in this price range.

What comes with decent quality is excellent warranty but spotty support

Users won't have worry about the warranty. This trainer gives you a lifetime warranty on the frame, 5 years for the parts, and 2 years for labor. Icon's service can be good in some areas and poor in others. This translates into a spotty customer service record.

Accommodates heavier users

This trainer has a tested 400 lbs weight capacity. You can rarely see any trainer that claims a 400-lb weight capacity in this price range.

Has a generous 10" console display

One more thing that users will love in this machine is the 10" console. The iFit live feature that comes with the machine will be much more appreciated with this big of a console.

The weak points

iFit subsciption

The only weakpoint we see on the ACT Commercial 10 is the separate purchase for iFit live subscription. Icon could've included it considering the price but it is simply not there. Although it has the iFit technology compatible to the trainer, users would have to spend extra bucks for a subscription, which is a disappointment. Users wouldn't want to spend more considering the price of this machine.

Touch-screen console issue

Although it is as wide as the latest tablets and will probably make most of NordicTrack's customers happy, we believe that the addition of the touch-screen function will create more trouble considering NordicTrack's history with these. They supposedly are using a higher quality piece of glass in this touch screen but a track record remains to be assembled.

Our verdict: NordicTrack's Commercial series has been the brand's flagship and best buy in the past years, which the A.C.T. Commercial 10 shows in its build quality. We definitely recommend this trainer with the amazing features it offers. You can't find as compact a unit as the ACT Commercial 10 in the market today with all those overall features and price added in.