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Everything You Need To Know About The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 Elliptical [A Review]

nordictrack commercial 14.9 elliptical review

If you’re looking for an elliptical trainer with an impressive library of workouts to choose from, the NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 might just be what the doctor ordered.

With a 10″ HD touchscreen display and 35 built-in workouts to choose from, this elliptical is one of the most hi-tech options in its price range.

But in case you want more, the large display also pairs perfectly with iFit, giving you access to unlimited, trainer-led workouts.

The Commercial 14.9 Elliptical has more to offer than just a fancy console- notable specs include a 32 lb flywheel, commercial grade solid steel frame, and one of the best warranties you’re gonna find anywhere.

Put this all together and you have a home elliptical well-equipped to kick your butt on a daily basis.

If you’re in the market for a mid-grade elliptical, the Commercial 14.9 is a solid choice. To help you in your decision making, this review will show you all the ins and outs of this model- we’re taking pros, cons, and everything in between.

After reading this, you’ll know everything you need to in order to figure out whether or not this is the right elliptical for your home.

The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 Elliptical

The NordicTrack brand needs no introduction. The home fitness behemoth started a few decades ago with their famous cross country skiers- they were kinda goofy looking, but they did work.

Fueled by their early success, they gradually branched out, becoming what they are today- one of the most popular providers of home treadmills, ellipticals, and pretty much everything else fitness related.

Today, they offer several elliptical varietals, including front-drive, rear-drive, and even a free-stride series.

The Commercial 14.9 is the most advanced option in their front-drive series. As such, it comes with the biggest screen, heaviest flywheel, and best warranty.

Pros

  • 32 lb flywheel
  • 26 levels of magnetic resistance
  • 0-20° of power incline
  • 350 lb weight capacity
  • 10″ HD touchscreen display
  • 35 built-in workout programs
  • iFit compatible
  • One-touch controls
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Adjustable pedal angles
  • Multi-grip handles
  • Chest strap heart rate monitor included
  • Great warranty

Cons

  • Only a 19″ stride length
  • NordicTrack’s customer service has a reputation for being difficult

Stride Length

I think stride length is the first thing you should consider when choosing a new elliptical. The fact is, if the stride length is too short for ya, you’re not gonna be comfortable.

And if your new elliptical isn’t comfortable, you aren’t going to use it.

Most high-quality ellipticals come at least a 20″ stride length. At this size, people of most heights can stretch out comfortably during their workouts (meaning they don’t feel like they have to shorten their stride).

We’re all different shapes and even an elliptical with a 20″ stride length is bound to not fit everyone- people under 5’3″ or significantly over 6′ for example.

The Commercial 14.9 comes with an adjustable stride length between 17-19″ (depending on the ramp setting).

To me, this is this elliptical’s Achille’s heel.

At this price range, we should expect at least a 20″ stride length (some, like the Bowflex BXE216 even over 22″ stride lengths). At 19″, folks under 6′ tall probably aren’t going to miss the extra inch, but taller folks should think hard about this.

The stride length is smaller than I’d like, but the frame is heavy-duty. The Commercial 14.9 is robust enough to handle users up to 350 lb safely.

The machine itself weights about 200 lb fully assembled, giving it a pretty solid base. You shouldn’t have to worry about the machine moving around or wobbling during use.

Overall, I’m gonna ding the Commercial 14.9 for having a stride length under 20″, but the frame is heavy-duty and high quality.

Flywheel

The flywheel is another important spec I suggest you consider when comparing ellipticals. With ellipticals, much like spin bikes, when it comes to flywheels- heavier is usually better.

The idea is that heavier flywheels build up more momentum as they start spinning. This momentum helps the wheel continue spinning between pedal strokes, reducing the lag or choppiness that can occur mid-stroke.

A heavier flywheel should be able to provide more overall resistance than a lighter one can too- after all, there’s more weight to push against.

Nice ellipticals should have at least a 20 lb flywheel. At this weight, you know there’s going to be enough mass to get that wheel spinning smoothly.

The Commercial 14.9 comes with a 32 lb flywheel, which is massive for any price range.

This heavy flywheel is going to make for a smooth pedal action during your workouts. And when you pair this with 26 levels of magnetic resistance, you have the perfect recipe for an elliptical that challenge even the most gifted athletes.

Speaking of resistance levels- more is better because it gives you more control over your intensity. It may not change the overall resistance the machine is capable of providing, but it does allow you to increase or decrease the intensity in smaller intervals, allowing you to fine tune the intensity.

This elliptical also comes with power adjustable incline settings up to 20° for even more workout intensity. Changing the incline setting also allows you to focus on certain leg muscles more than others (example: higher inclines tend to focus on glutes).

Overall, the Commercial 14.9 scores highly in the flywheel department. The extra heavy flywheel and magnetic resistance system are ideal for a smooth, powerful workout.

Features

The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 comes with the following features:

10″ HD touchscreen display- the large, HD screen is one of this elliptical’s most impressive highlights. It pairs perfectly with iFit, although it works equally as well with all the other built-in workout programs.

35 workout programs- this machine is loaded with workouts. If you decide against the optional iFit subscription, you’ll still have access to a boat load of workout options.

iFit compatibility- iFit is a fitness app that gives you unlimited access to workouts lead by professional trainers. You can also track all your workout data, access scenic trails, and more. NordicTrack includes 1 free year with purchase, after that you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription fee to access (you can still use this elliptical without an iFit subscription).

One-touch controls- the one touch buttons allows you to instantly set your resistance and incline settings. This comes in really handy if you like to switch between intensities often during your workouts (like during interval training).

Bluetooth speakers- the built-in bluetooth speakers allow you to sync your smart phone and jam out wirelessly during your workouts.

Multi-grip handles- the handles are large and offer different grip options. You can also adjust the resistance and incline settings from the handles.

Chest strap heart rate monitor included- NordicTrack includes a free chest strap monitor, giving you more accurate heart rate readings during your workouts.

Adjustable pedal angle- you can adjust the pedal angle for optimal comfort or to help emphasize certain muscle groups. I believe this plays a part in the adjustable stride length too.

Cooling fan- yup, there’s a fan, pretty standard.

Integrated tablet holder- the tablet holder is conveniently located above the huge display screen, so you won’t have to block that gorgeous display in order to watch Netflix.

Assembly

Most users agree putting the Commercial 14.9 together is pretty straightforward. I think NordicTrack does a good job with the instruction manual- there are written directions and large images for each step along the way.

And the written instructions actually make sense, which is a nice touch. I like that the manual offers assembly tips along the way to keep you on track.

I also like that they provide an easy to read, to scale chart identifying all the hardware before you start. It works as a nice reference during assembly.

Most fairly handy folks should be able to pull this off by themselves without dishing out for professional assistance.

That said, this thing is heavy, so it’s recommended you have a second person to help (especially for making sure you get this machine to its final destination before even starting assembly).

I’d expect to spend at least 2 hrs getting the job done.

Warranty

The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 Elliptical comes with the following warranty:

  • Lifetime frame
  • 6 year parts
  • 3 year labor

NordicTrack must’ve really upped their warranty game recently because this is one of the best warranties I’ve ever seen on one of their products.

Let’s be real, this is a great warranty for anybody’s product.

The lifetime frame guarantee is expected in this price range, but 6 years on parts is more generous than most (most top off at 5 years).

Three years on labor is very generous as well, with most competitors only offering 1-2 in most cases.

Overall, an awesome warranty.

I should mention that there have been a lot of complaints about NordicTrack’s customer service though. They have a reputation for being slow and difficult to work with at times.

Final Thoughts

The Commercial 14.9 is NordicTrack’s most high-end front-drive elliptical to date. For the price, it offers an impressive combination of hi-tech features and performance specs.

I think its most impressive features are its 32 lb flywheel and its warranty- both of which will be tough to beat in any price range.

This elliptical also has a ton to offer in the workout department. If you’re looking for an elliptical with loads of workout options, its going to be tough to find a better option.

My only real problem with this elliptical is the smaller than expected stride length. At only 19″, taller users will likely find themselves having to shorten their stride.

Overall though, NordicTrack has designed one of the best-in-class ellipticals here. If you’re under 6′ tall or looking for the utmost in workout variety, the Commercial 14.9 is a smart buy.

Will

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