Is It Worth The Price Tag?
The NordicTrack FS14i elliptical is the latest machine to be added to their FreeStride Trainer series. When we tested the FreeStride Trainer at the NordicTrack corporate headquarters, we found that the basic mechanics were similar and that the major changes were with the electronics. However, mechanically the machines in the FreeStride Trainer Series – the FS7i, FS10i and the FS14i are very similar; and the main difference is the display size.
In addition, all three models come with the free 1-year family membership for iFit. NordicTrack is a reputable brand in the fitness equipment industry, and they are known for producing high quality equipment. So, for us there is no doubt that the FS14i is a premium elliptical machine.
The question is, is it worth the extra $1,000-$2,000 you’ll pay to upgrade from the NordicTrack FS10i FreeStride Trainer or the NordicTrack FS7i FreeStride Trainer? We don’t think so. We do not feel the extra $1,000-$2,000 is justified for a slightly bigger full color display. We recommend the FS7i, unless a bigger display is a deal breaker for you.
*Note: At the time of this review, the FreeStride Trainer Series ellipticals come included with 1-year iFit family membership included in the price.
Variable Motion – We feel one of the most impressive features of the FreeStride Trainer series is their 3-in-1 motion technology. These machines switch it up from your natural motion, and combine the motions of an elliptical, treadmill, and stepper all into one. This motion mix up results in what’s known as muscle confusion, which will allow your body to engage more muscles in a shorter period of time.
0″ to 32″ Auto-Adjusting Stride – The FS14i elliptical intuitively follows your movements during your workout and auto-adjusts your stride length for you. Pushing buttons isn’t necessary!
iFit Technology – iFit is an exclusive fitness technology offered only on NordicTrack and ProForm machines. With the FreeStride series, you get iFit LIVE Interactions. Qualified iFit trainers will use LIVE resistance and incline control, adjusting your machine’s incline and resistance for you.
Other iFit Features include:
Center Drive – Since the mechanics are located in the center rather than the front or the rear, this machine is more compact. The center drive gives you a more stable feel during use.
OneTouch® Controls – Enjoy a user friendly, easy to navigate console with 26 digital resistance levels.
20 Lb. Effective Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel – A heavier flywheel provides a more natural feel while exercising.
Incline – -10% Decline to 10% Incline will allow you to mimic going up and down hills to increase the difficulty of your workout.
14” Smart HD Touchscreen – This is a large display screen, typically the largest you will find on elliptical machines.
Warranty – 10-Year Frame warranty, 2-year parts, 1-year labor. This is pretty standard from NordicTrack.
We just told you all the features that the NordicTrack FS14i has to offer. As mentioned above, there is not much that really makes the FS14i stand out against the other two machines in the FreeStride Trainer series, the FS7i and the FS14i.
The FS14i does have the largest display screen, and it does have decline capabilites, while the FS7i and FS10i only have incline capabilities.
Other than than screen size and decline feature, the FS7i, FS10i and FS14i are really similar but with major differences in their prices. If a large screen is really important to you, or you enjoy the decline feature on ellipticals, the price tag on the FS14i may be justified to you. While we think the FS14i is a great elliptical, we don’t feel it’s worth the extra $1,000-$2,000. We suggest the NordicTrack FreeStride Trainer FS7i to get the best value for your money.
Go to www.NordicTrack.com and learn more!