NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer

NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer


UPDATE: As of 2017, the NordicTrack X7i is no longer available. Check out the new X9i, an upgraded version of the X7i with more features at the same price.


NordicTrack currently has four incline trainers on the market. Besides the NordicTrack X7i, there is the X9i, the X11i and the top of the line X22i.

The differences between the four lie in the motor, the decline capability, and a few other features, including of course the price. The NordicTrack X7i is available at around $1,499 on sale, the NordicTrack X9i at $1,799, the X11i costs around $2,299 and the new top of the line X22i costs $2,999.

Although the X7i is the base model, it is packed with features like iFit technology, a 40% incline, easy assembly, generous belt size and much more.

Read the rest of our NordicTrack x7i reviews to learn more about this incline trainer…


Click Specifications to see detailed model info

Speed : 0 - 12 MPH (1 Touch Technology) You have 2 options to change the incline: through up/down arrows or through 1 Touch technology. The first option is a classic. The 2nd one is a modern version. Through 1 Touch you can get to 1 mph speed by 1 push of a button (speed will increase gradually to the selected speed).

Inclination : 0-40% 1-Touch Incline and -3-0% 1-Touch Decline The innovation of the NordicTrack X7 Incliner is that you can change the incline or decline of the treadmill with 1 touch. 1 Touch options on the console are: 40, 30, 20, 15, 10, 5, 0, -1, -2, -3. When the incline is from -3% to 20%, the maximum speed is 12 mph; from 20.5% to 30%, the maximum speed is 8 mph; from 30.5% to 40%, the maximum speed is 6 mph.

Motor : 2.75 CHP DurX Commercial Pro Motor Based on the international acknowledgement this is the smoothest, quietest motor available today. The lifetime warranty is a good sign this is true.

Workouts : iFit Coach personalized

Belt : 22"x 60" The belt is backed by the Reflex Cushioning System for joint protection and workout comfort, and is improved over previous models.

Supported User Weight : 300 lbs

Warranty : You receive a Lifetime Frame, Motor and Deck Warranty, 5 year parts and electronics, 2 year labor

Best Features

Incline/Decline Capability

The most appealing feature of all of the incline trainers is the ability to both incline and decline the machine for a more complete cardio workout.

The X7i inclines up to 40% and declines up to -3%. Note that the X9i model gives you up to -6% decline, as do the higher end models.

NordicTrack X7i Incline

Burn 5X the Calories

When you ramp up to the 40% incline, the number of burned calories is higher as muscle activity is more intense. You can simply walk at that incline to achieve the results you want, something you can’t do on traditional treadmills.

Advanced Console

The X7i features a 7″ backlit display with OneTouch control over Speed and Incline/Decline of the treadmill. The console includes an iPod compatible sound system and Dual AutoBreeze fan.

As a comparison, the X11i has a 10″ HD touch display and the X22i has a 22″ HD touch display.

iFit Coach Plus Ready

The console includes the latest iFit Coach technology that allows you to virtually train anywhere in the world via Google maps, plus access tons of customized workout programs from fitness experts like Jillian Michaels.

Everything is automatically integrated based on your goals and is tracked so you can see your progress. Please note that iFit does require a subscription, but like we’ve said before, it’s well worth the small yearly fee.

Heart Rate Monitoring

To measure your heart rate correctly you must stand on the walking platform and hold the metal contacts on the handrails (like 10 seconds). For even more accurate results the X7i incline trainer includes a free wireless chest strap, keeping you in the ideal training zone.

Other Great Features

New for 2017 is the inclusion of two SpeedWeight adjustable dumbbells which sit on stands on each side of the treadmill.

This allows you to work the upper body as well, either while you’re on the machine or separately before or after. Now you can get a full upper and lower body workout when you use your treadmill.

You also get 38 built in workout apps, a free wearable activity tracker with iFit, and a tablet holder.


The NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer is a futuristic piece of equipment. We like it a lot because this machine has the answer to many limitations other treadmills impose.

For example, on a regular treadmill you can get bored easily: the X7i Incliner has so many workout options this can’t happen easily.

Let’s say you consider that a treadmill doesn’t allow you to train for a real marathon (due to terrain or speed limitations): with this treadmill (40% incline, -3 decline options, Google map based workouts and terrain simulations) you can easily train for a real marathon. Imagine that trail workouts have automatic control over speed and incline. All you need to do is get to the finish line. Yes, this is all for real 🙂

They eliminated the previous setup headaches as well, making this as well as the other incline trainers much easier to set up out of the box.

When you’re up and running, you’ll find yourself in front of a complex machine with features that can satisfy all your expectations from a treadmill: touch screen, unlimited workouts, powerful motor, and exceptional incline/decline system.

Still, NordicTrack could make some slight improvements to the reflex cushioning system. To reproduce the real terrain feeling, the running surface should be a little rougher (maybe add Adjustable Shock Cylinders with a few levels of control). And the design could be also improved (the technical innovations should match the frame design accordingly). Right now the look is based on the same classic NordicTrack design.

All in all, this is a great machine for those looking to burn calories and lose weight. You can check out the new NordicTrack x7i incline trainer and see if it is the right treadmill for you.

22 Responses to NordicTrack X7i Incline Trainer

  1. Paul Stencell Jr. says:

    I was injured in a automobile accident in 05 and subsequently my balance is not so good. I suffered a head injury which put me into a wheelchair but I can still walk. I used your treadmill at Flaman in West Edmonton Mall and was greatly pleased because it has the rope that attaches to you as a safety (so if you fall it then stops saving you).That safety cord is the reason in which I will get one now because it has given the bonus to know that if I fall the treadmill won’t eat my face off should that happen.

  2. admin says:

    @Paul – Thank you for your comment. We wish you all the best and a full recovery as early as possible! We look forward to your feedback after you train on it for a longer period of time.

  3. Wes says:

    Thanks for the write-up. I have had an X10 trainer for the last 6 years, but it has bit the dust. One thing I loved about the X10 is that it would go to 50% grade, and it had a long enough track to run as well as incline train. What is your experience with the X7 as far as typical running versus incline training? Is the track long and wide enough?

    Thanks, Wes

  4. admin says:

    @Wes – X7 has a 55 inches long belt. It’s long and wide enough to feel comfortable while running intensively (My height is 67 inches).

  5. Carmen says:

    Please excuse me if this is a dumb question. This can be used at a 0 incline correct?

  6. admin says:

    @Carmen, this is a good question. You can use it at 0% incline. It works as any other treadmill.

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  9. Steve says:

    I had such high hopes for this machine when I first bought it and for the first while it was an awesome training device. There were a few glitches at first which I was able to live with but over time those glitches have accumulated.

    For starters, the timer has always been off by over 3 minutes per hour and the heart rate monitor never worked properly even when standing still and you should be able to take readings while moving otherwise what’s the purpose. I was able to live with these glitches as I always wear my heart rate monitor watch anyway which is far more accurate and I know is consistent throughout all forms of training.

    I consider myself to be very athletic and use the machine at a fairly good pace and for long periods of time, sometimes over 2 hours. I thought the machine was quite noisy as well but then thought I could live with that too as I normally wear headphones and it blocks most of the noise. But the the drive shaft broke on the unit and I was told it would be weeks before anyone could come out. I decided to purchase a drive shaft myself and install it for the $60.00 it would cost and I had it up and running in three days.

    So now finally the speed is off and again it will be weeks before anyone can even come and look at it let alone how long it might take to actually fix the unit, this is getting to be far too much and I would have to recommend highly against buying this machine, if these types of things continue past warranty, it will be nothing but one hassle after another.

    This is essentially an extremely expensive piece of junk that is fast becoming a very expensive ugly piece of furniture only good for hanging clothes on to dry out out after going for a run on a real treadmill, stay away from this unit, and if you are thinking about spending this kind of cash, go with another company that has better service, you may rue the day you bought this heap of junk just as I do!!

  10. admin says:

    @Steve – Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I agree with you that there are small compromises that can be made with any treadmill, like the handles bars heart rate readings. We always recommend the wireless heart rate as it offers more accurate results. The noise, is something to live with, as long as the treadmill operates well. My Incliner still resists well, after almost 2 years. I didn’t understand how long yours operated before the drive shaft broke. I hope that someone from Icon sees these comments and reacts quickly. I would be also upset in your situation. This type of support should take very little time. If you have the time to follow up, let us know when they get to fix the speed issues. Thanks again!

  11. Giuseppe says:

    My height is 72 inches. Do you think that the belt is long enough for me to run? thank you

  12. admin says:

    @Giuseppe – If you want to use the incline treadmill for running, then you may have the impression the belt is too short at high speed. It depends on how fast you usually run and how long your stride is. X9i incline would fit better for your height because it has a longer belt. If you want to use the treadmill for walking/jogging at high incline, you will have no problem with x7i. Happy training!

  13. Paul says:

    Stupid question – maybe- but I can’t get anywhere to test this trainer to answer it myself. Was wondering how high the ceilings had to be to use this machine at 40 incline – I am 6′ tall?

  14. admin says:

    @Paul – This is a fair question. We didn’t make exact measurements, but I would say that the room height should be around 3 meters to exercise comfortably.

  15. Terry says:

    My heart rate icon is always on blocking the screen even when I don’t touch the pulse handles. I can’t see about 10% of the screen

  16. admin says:

    @Terry – from your description, this seems to be a software error. We recommend contacting Nordictrack for technical assistance. This is the support link we use in such situations: If you can, please let us know what they replied. This is a new error for us, and I am sure the answer will be useful for us and other Nordictrack users in the future.

  17. Chris says:

    I bought my Nordictrack from Sears just over a year ago. I’ve used it for 10 months and then the problems started. 1) Belt wouldn’t stay tight. Called extended warranty company (UCS) and got replacement parts. Simple they used the wrong screws when it was built. 2) Belt won’t keep constant speed and sometime stops. Called warranty company again. They sent out a motor control board. 3) Belt won’t keep constant speed and sometimes stops- call warranty Company again, they didn’t know how to fix it. So they connected me to Nordictrack. They trouble shooted it and suggested a motor, another motor control board and a reed switch. Guess what…not fixed. 4) Now the tech needs to come out to either figure out what can still be wrong or say it can’t be fixed and it needs to be replaced. So now I have to leave work a 4th time to handle this piece of S*** machine.
    I wouldn’t buy another of these machines. If you do I would get the extend warranty. It’s certainly has paid for its self.

  18. admin says:

    @Chris – thank you for the comment. We are not happy to hear about your experience. We hope they can solve your problem soon. Keep us posted!

  19. Katherine says:

    Hi, I was wondering what’s the slowest speed the treadmill starts at? Both this one and the Nordic X5i version. Does it start at 0.1 mph? Thanks!

  20. admin says:

    @Katherine – When you press start, the walking belt begins to move at 1 mph with both x5i and x7i. I hope this info is helpful.

  21. Katherine says:

    I’m looking for something that starts much slower, at 0.1 mph preferably.

  22. admin says:

    @Katherine – please give me a few days to do some research and I will reply with a list of treadmills that start at 0.1 and are good purchases. Will send you the list by email 🙂 Thanks!

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