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NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i Elliptical Review

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How long will the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i last?

Engineered from solid steel, the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i weighs a hearty 240 lbs. and holds a maximum capacity of 298 lbs. of sweaty workout weight. It is built to last for several years with light to moderate use. The warranty for the FS7i is rather disheartening to say the least with 10 years on the frame, 2 years on parts, and 1 year on labor. Each year since 2017 we have seen a change in warranty coverage though the overall make of the machine has remained the same.

Brief Overview

The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i is our 2022 1st place Best Buy Award Winner for the $1,500 - $1,999 price range and has been on our radar for many years due to its quality build and commendable components. It comes with a free 1-year subscription to the iFit network and a pivotable tablet holder that lets consumers extend their workouts outside of the scope of the elliptical frame. Membership includes world-wide trekking destinations, elite trainers, and access to a vast online library of premium on demand workouts.

Overall Quality

The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i has a center drive system that offers silent magnetic resistance for smooth performance. Though the flywheel is on the lighter side at 9 lbs., the FS7i has 24 levels of resistance for intensifying workout sessions and offers a unique stride range making the FS7i have the motion of a stepper, elliptical, and a treadmill all in one sturdy machine. There is even a 10% incline feature to take workouts to the extreme and work larger muscle groups during exercise sessions. The padded handlebars are long enough for multiple gripping positions during movement while oversized pedals cushion feet and offer low impact workouts time and time again. The console holds a whopping 35 built in programs that keep consumers motivated on their journey to better health and displays all pertinent performance data on a 7” color touchscreen for user viewing pleasure.

Things we like

  • 3-in-1 machine
  • 10% incline feature
  • budget-friendly
  • 1-year free iFit membership

Things we dislike

  • X
    substandard warranty coverage for price range


Weight 109 kg
Maximum Load 135 kg
Dimensions 188L cm x 75W cm x 148H cm
Type Elliptical Trainer
Display LED
Resistance Levels 24
Power Source Not Specified
Brake System Magnetic
Transportation Wheels Yes
Intended Use Commercial Use, Home Use
Number of Programs 35
Flywheel Weight 9 kg
Bottle Holder Yes
Step Length 81 cm
Tablet Holder Yes


The NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i is our 2022 1st place Best Buy Award Winner in the $1,500 - $1,999 price range. We also chose the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i as our 1st place Best Buy Award Winner in the $1,500 - $1,999 price range in 2021. 2020, and 2017. We invite you to see our elliptical reviews to help you narrow your search for your next fitness machine.


NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i is a great choice for those looking to have the maximum variety of workout types in a feature rich, quality product. It has a revolutionary design making it a 3-in-1 workout machine and will be a welcome addition to any home workout space. A rather underwhelming warranty is the only drawback to this fitness machine.

Customer Reviews

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Mauricio- Equipment quality poor/customer service worse May 31, 2019

Purchased a FreeStride FS7i directly. Failed after 3 weeks of light use (once a day for 30-60 mins). Three phone calls, two different part orders, and one technician visit have come and gone and the machine is still broken. New parts were ordered but the order apparently went missing too, and now customer service has to reach out to the technician to figure out which were the parts are needed. That is now going to take 3 more days plus 5 business days to arrive, and then another technician visit needs to be arranged. By now, the 30 day money back guarantee is over to I am stuck with this lemon.

Mindi- Avid elliptical userAug 07, 2019

I have used elliptical trainers a minimum of three days a week for 20 years. This particular machine is NOT recommended. It allows for minimal cardiovascular exercise, and puts tremendous strain on joints. Wrists, elbows, and knees suffer after using the FS7i machine. I have the 5 year extended warranty. A technician was sent to my home due the issues mentioned. It was stated the machine is to blame. I contacted NordicTrack directly. NordicTrack's customer service representatives are poor. I WILL NOT DO BUSINESS WITH NORDICTRACK again. BEWARE!

Sandy Petrou- Not sure if worth the moneyNov 12, 2019

Bought the Nordic track FreeStride Trainer FS7i 3 years ago. The frame is SEVERELY rusting out from my sweating. I've been using 3-5 days a week since purchase. In addition, my have become very painful. Am unable to find a "maintenance manual" anywhere to see if there's some regular adjustments that need to be made. For the price, the "rusting" of frame is inexcusable. I paid $2500!

Paul- Terrible Customer Service and they overcharged me!Dec 30, 2019

Spent about 2 hours on the phone getting bounced around by their customer service team trying to resolve a billing issue. I ordered the FS7I machine and was charged an additional $1.5k for something that is unnamed on the financing invoice. The Invoice has no indication on it to what you are being charged. The Financing company bounces you back to Icon customer service which has an average wait time of about 45 minutes per department. If they decide the department you pick from the limited menu is wrong you get put into another hold pattern for another 45 minutes. The machine itself is ok.

John B- Returning within 30 days costs you $450Apr 02, 2020

Return within 30 days will cost you 10% restocking fee and return shipping. I strongly urge anyone considering this to get on one and try it before purchasing. I was unable to get this to 5 mph. My wife uses an elliptical and the YMCA all the time and she got on it for about 2 minutes and it was obvious it was not going to work. It allows for long strides, yet it is so unstructured that she and I both constantly hit the stops with every stride with a thunk, that cant' be good long term. I also question the wear and tear the belts that ride on the rollers will last.

Julia- #Nordictrack - Piece of junk Jan 29, 2021

After 2 months of light use, it started making an awful screeching noise. I spent hours on the phone with their customer service. First, they sent the wrong parts, then the technician ordered new parts, but some of the needed parts on backorder and in the best case will arrive in 3-4 weeks. It's already over the month, and I am not sure when and if it's going to be fixed. And there is no way to return or replace it. Worst quality and customer service!