NordicTrack Commercial X11i Review 2020

          Our Rating: 4.8/5

 

The cheapest of NordicTrack’s Incline Treadmill Series, the Commercial X11i offers a staggering 40% incline. While it’s the ‘cheapest’ of the series, the X11i is quite expensive in comparison to the majority of other treadmills on the market.

That being said, if incredible incline capabilities as well as a decline feature pique your interest, our X11i review might just make you a believer.

 

Build Quality

The Incline Treadmill Series is a reflection of NordicTrack’s innovative and ingenious purpose of marrying technology and advanced function, a matrimony which advocates fitness forward beyond traditional activity. Commercial incline treadmills initially were created to take the great outdoors indoors for those nature enthusiasts who didn’t have the time to travel to a hike or incline hill in order to get their resistance training in without the usage of weights.

Traditional treadmills typically have an incline range between 10% – 12 %, while incline treadmills, such as the NordicTrack Commercial X11i, start at 40%, an incline which burns 5x the calories. The drastic difference in incline isn’t the only appealing factor of a NordicTrack incline treadmill; the decline ability of their incline treadmills works to simulate the outdoor workouts from inside your personal space, resulting in a climb and descent of which your body won’t know the difference.

Incline treadmills aren’t only for those who enjoy hiking, as they’re also a wonderful option for those who prefer a more challenging cardio burn without having to run. Encouraging you to dip your toe in the water of the incline treadmill world is the Commercial X11i.

The first in NordicTrack’s Incline Treadmill Series, the Commercial X11i is built to last with reinforced steel. With a brilliant incline range of 0-40%, as well as a decline range of 0-6%, the X11i gives you the opportunity of targeting far more muscle groups than a traditional treadmill. The 0-12 mph speed range invites you to go at your own pace, while the 3.75 CHP DurX Commercial Plus Motor reassures you to keep going for however long you need.

The Smart Response Motor System self regulates to keep cool and also lowers motor vibration, resulting in not only increased longevity, but also a more comfortable and quiet user experience. Adding to the comfort of your stride is NordicTrack’s trademarked Reflex Cushioning, which works as a proactive counterpart to your workout to advocate for joint protection. Furthermore, the cushioning better simulates road and trail experience so your body will have a tough time deciphering that you’ve taken your workout indoors.

Additionally making your trek smooth are the large 2.5” Precision and Balanced Non-Flex Rollers. The 22” x 60” Commercial Tread Belt is larger than the 20” x 60” belt on the T 9.5 S treadmill, the top of the line NordicTrack T Series model. Paying a few hundred dollars more than the T 9.5 S treadmill opens you to a whole new world of exercise with the Commercial Incline X11i treadmill.

Offering further diversity to your workout routine are the sled grips and push bar that add a fresh type of burn that’s unattainable with traditional treadmill construction. Creating a greatly expanded workout experience is what makes the NordicTrack X11i Commercial Incline Treadmill so appealing.

 

Technology

NordicTrack has been in the fitness game for years. As one of the most reputable and longstanding brands, they continue to stay a relevant contender with their technological strides that meet the demands of this quickly advancing technological age.

The Commercial X11i incline treadmill meets the standards those interested in technology put forth with its 10” Smart HD touchscreen. Should you be looking for something more eye-catching than a 10” screen, opt to upgrade to the X22i treadmill model, which comes with an astounding interactive 22” HD touchscreen.

If the larger screen won’t fit the budget, rest assured the much cheaper X11i incline treadmill will still impress. The vibrant 10” display allows you to track your workout, map out your routes and utilize the astounding 44 on-board workout programs that come with the incline treadmill.

Now, if that number blows you away, as traditional treadmills commonly offer less than 10 on-board workout programs, you better hold your horses. Included with the Commercial X11i is a 1-year iFit membership, which gifts access to more than 16,000 on demand workouts with elite trainers. New workouts are posted daily through the iFit program, meaning you can engage in live studio sessions day after day.

What really blew us away is the Google Maps technology that allows you to travel around the world through your 10-inch HD screen, enabling you to see the sights and hike the mountains you’ve always dreamed of without ever leaving your home, making the experience the X11i treadmill offers truly unique to its competition.

Technology, when used correctly, works to simplify our lives. Streamlining your workouts are the professional iFit trainers who remotely control the incline and speed on your workout so all you have to do is move your body without worrying about alteration.

Further minimizing your life is the bluetooth audio capability, keeping you from pulling out knotted up cords to plug in your smart devices. Ramping up their speaker size from the 2 inches the NordicTrack T Series provides to 3 inches, the Commercial X11i packs an audible punch with its digitally amplified sound.

Adding to this, cooling you down are the dual auto-breeze workout fans, which are going to be necessary considering you’ll be exploring a whole new world of fitness with the NordicTrack Commercial X11i treadmill.

 

Price Point

Considering the intense incline and decline abilities, reputable quality build and technologically advanced features the NordicTrack Commercial X11i treadmill offers, the price is no match for its impressive functionality.

The first treadmill model in NordicTrack’s Incline Treadmill Series, the X11i is the perfect fit for those looking to enter into the far-reaching world of incline treadmills without paying top dollar. The iFit membership ability, while an additional cost after a year of free usage, paired with the 40% incline and 6% decline makes the X11i incline treadmill unlike any fitness routine you’ve had, and all to be experienced on your own time, within the convenience and ease of your own home.

While the X11i treadmill is certainly an investment, considering the competing Sole TT8 treadmill is hundreds more with outdated technology and a shockingly low offering of 6 standard workout programs makes it easy to realize the unmatched bang for buck the NordicTrack X11i treadmill provides.

 

Pros and Cons

What could the NordicTrack Commercial X11i treadmill do better? To be honest, our concern is not having to do with the machine or it’s lack of features (as that certainly isn’t causing any worry), it’s the lack of lifetime warranty NordicTrack offers. To get a detailed breakdown of coverage, please refer to the warranty section below.

If you’re looking for a space saver, an incline treadmill such as the Commercial X11i is not your best bet as it does not fold up as the NordicTrack T Series treadmills do. While the iFit membership is certainly worth it’s costly yearly price tag to keep up, it is still a bank account ding to keep in mind when considering your yearly budget. However, considering there are 44 included workouts you can also access without an iFit membership, there may be enough to keep you moving even without iFit.

Now, what does the NordicTrack Commercial X11i treadmill do best? First, the 3.75 CHP DurX Commercial Plus Motor brings the energy needed to power through your workouts. The insanely extensive technology offered, such as the immersive HD touchscreen, dual 3” high-quality and digitally amplified speakers, bluetooth capability and access to live iFit studio classes make competing incline treadmills pale in comparison to the Commercial X11i.

The reflex cushioning, large 22” x 60” commercial tread belt, 2.5” precision steel rollers and smart response motor system all make the X11i treadmill a thoughtfully comfortable, smooth and more quiet user experience. The vast ranges of 0-40% incline, 0-6% decline and 0-12 mph enable you to personalize your movement to preference while the sled grips and push bars further extend your options for activity.

The durable build, innovative design and user friendly experience regardless of how tech savvy you are make the NordicTrack Commercial X11i treadmill one for the books when surveying the incline treadmill market.

 

NordicTrack Commercial X11i Treadmill Specs

Weight Capacity300 pounds
Running Surface22″ x 60″
Dimensions71.6″ x 39.6″ x 72.2″
Workout DisplayYes; 10” Smart HD Touchscreen
Motor3.75 CHP
Speed0-12 mph
Incline0-40% and 0-6% Decline
FoldingNo
Total Programs44

 

Warranty and Guarantee

One of our few gripes with NordicTrack is their lack of lifetime warranty offerings on certain parts of the treadmills they offer, such as the frame or motor. Competing brands such as Sole and Horizon, while not as technologically advanced or vast in potential, both offer lifetime coverage in these areas, making them the safer long-term option should you be worried about repair or replacement pricing if something breaks or fails to function properly.

What NordicTrack has built despite their smaller coverage windows is a reputable fitness brand that creates trusted treadmills you can depend on. With the Commercial X11i treadmill, you are given a 10-year frame warranty, 2-year parts warranty and a 1-year labor warranty. The warranty offered is limited, leaving something to be desired and considered when purchasing the Commercial X11i treadmill.

Summing Up This Review

If you aren’t thrilled at the idea of a fast paced work-out such as running, but want the same results this challenging type of cardio provides, an incline treadmill may be the ideal option for. Walk at your own pace at an incline, which will burn 5x the calories when trekking at a 40% incline without you having to rapidly bounce about while running.

If you enjoy hiking or activity outdoors, the NordicTrack Commercial X11i treadmill will bring that experience beyond your doorstep and into the comfort of your own home.