NordicTrack Commercial X32i Review 2020

          Our Rating: 4.9/5

 

With a massive 32″ touchscreen, 40% inclining ability and sled push functionality, the NordicTrack Commercial X32i is both a treadmill workhouse and technological marvel.

That being said, the aforementioned features are only the tip of the iceberg; our below review details why this treadmill is worth its weight in gold (okay, not really) and is deserving of a near perfect Trusted Treadmill score.

 

Build Quality

 

The key to a company remaining relevant and maximizing their success long-term is their ability to grow and change as the world around them advances. NordicTrack has been making reputable fitness equipment since 1975.

Due to the company’s experience throughout the years, they have positioned themselves as forward thinkers who continue to make advancements newer companies, such as Matrix Fitness (est. 2001) or Horizon (est. 1998), have a tough time emulating, as they are still figuring out what NordicTrack has already mastered.

A longstanding and trusted brand, NordicTrack’s trailblazing nature has resulted in the emergence of their most brilliant creation yet: the NordicTrack Commercial X32i treadmill. The most top of the line model they offer, the Commercial X32i has the ability to change the way a treadmill is used, as it creates new opportunities traditional treadmills simply can’t offer.

The greatest difference is this model’s outstanding -6% decline to 40% incline range, far outweighing the meager 10% or 12% incline ability with zero decline common treadmills have. The far reaching decline and incline range results in the option to simulate fierce hikes from inside your home, targeting muscles that have been left dormant by the restricted range traditional treadmills offer.

Diversifying your treadmill workout even more, as well as making the Commercial X32i treadmill truly unique to other incline treadmills are the ingeniously created Push Bar and Sled Grips. This Next-Gen Sled Push was designed so you could get a full body workout from your treadmill, taking your cardio and fitness results to the next level.

Ensuring your intense workouts will keep you going for years to come is the 4.25 CHP DurX Commercial Plus Motor. The most powerful motor NordicTrack offers, this state-of-the-art Smart Response Drive System was meticulously created to optimize its lifespan through a self-cooling function that prevents the motor from overheating while your activity heats up. Not only beneficial for the motor, this Smart Response Drive System also works to reduce vibration so you have a smooth as water on a windless day experience, which makes you forget you’re working out on a treadmill.

Should comfort be a concern, NordicTrack built the Commercial X32i treadmill with its top-of-the-line low-impact deck cushioning. The Reflex Cushioning reduces overall joint impact in order to avoid activity injury. Making your work-out experience even more comforting are the built-in Dual AutoBreeze Workout Fans to keep you from being soaked in sweat.

Furthering its build quality are the extra large 2.5” Precision and Balanced Non-Flex Rollers, which also relieve motor strain, making this treadmill sincerely commercial-grade quality. Promoting it’s impressive durability all the more is the Reinforced Steel Construction, which doubles down on the lasting strength of the Commercial X32i treadmill’s frame.

Solidifying this model’s top spot amongst all NordicTrack treadmills is the enhanced 22” x 65” Commercial Tread Belt, a size not found on any of their other treadmills. If you’re looking for the most advanced treadmill the innovative, long-standing and reputable NordicTrack brand creates, the Commercial X32i is ready when you are.

 

Technology

What reflects just how long NordicTrack has been in the business the most is their leading technology. Their Commercial Incline Treadmill Series is their most progressive series to date with the Commercial X32i and it’s unmatched 4.25 DurX CHP Commercial Plus Motor Strength and jaw-dropping 32” Smart HD Touchscreen Display leading the pack.

Yes, you heard that right, built into this model is a whopping 32 inches of high definition touchscreen, making it the largest screen NordicTrack has ever placed into any of their fitness equipment, including their elliptical, bike, rowing and strength training machines. Not only is the 32” screen a first for NordicTrack, it’s the leading size in any treadmill on the market today.

The only other treadmill that has a 32” screen is the Peloton Tread+, which by the way only grants a 15% incline, and has a meager 2 HP motor – making it almost an embarrassing option when considering its much higher price tag despite its lack of dependable commercial-grade quality and power than the far more advanced Commercial X32i Treadmill.

The options are endless with this treadmill when considering you can create an entire home gym experience with the NordicTrack iFit programming. This mind-blowing program provides you with over 16,000 different fitness classes, ranging from fat burn, sculpting, yoga, lifting, bootcamp, HIIT, incline training and so many more. Whether it’s a live studio class, with new ones scheduled daily, or a past one, you’re able to focus on whatever you want your body to target that day.

Led by elite trainers, the iFit program makes personal training attainable within your own home. Making this NordicTrack model a purchase which can result in a complete lifestyle change is the personalized nutrition, sleep and activity guidance provided through iFit. You get a whole year of free membership for this limitless access to wellness, after which should you elect to continue membership there will be an additional yearly fee.

Our absolute favorite aspect of the iFit programming is the Google Maps technology. Perfect for those who appreciate seeing new sights, this technology takes you around the world so you can hike the Beinn Alligin in Scotland, view local treasures as you walk Al Moaz Street Bazaar in Cairo, do interval training through a Medieval Fortress, run Ko Phi Phi island in Thailand, attack bootcamp at Belvedere Lookout in French Polynesia, and so on.

Sounds from your fitness travels will be crystal clear through the Dual 3” Digitally Amplified speakers. Bluetooth Audio Capabilities will have you wandering freely without tangling cords attached to your smart devices.

Should you prefer to opt for a more traditional workout, the 50 on-board fitness programs provide ample opportunity. Typically, traditional treadmills made by competitors such as Sole and Horizon (such as the Sole F85 and Horizon 7.8 AT) only offer up to 10 on-board workout programs, which truly puts into perspective how many more features the NordicTrack X32i treadmill provides.

If you are looking for the most advanced treadmill with forward thinking technology which creates opportunities for you far beyond running or walking, the NordicTrack Commercial X32i Treadmill can’t be beat.

 

Price Point

With the highest incline, greatest decline, largest running surface, biggest HD touchscreen, largest rollers and most on-board workout programs than any other NordicTrack treadmill, there is absolutely no denying that the X32i is the best option available from this trusted brand. That being said, with the highest of quality comes a high price tag.

This model does not come cheap as this is not a basic treadmill restricted to simple activity such as walking or jogging. Furthermore, this model is the most technologically advanced treadmill NordicTrack offers and provides full-body focus and strength, rather than just basic cardio.

As it was previously mentioned, the only other treadmill that offers a 32” screen is the Peloton Tread+,  which costs more, has a shockingly low-powered 2 HP motor, is not commercial grade, inclines 25% less, and has no decline ability, sincerely making it an extremely poor financial decision for the well-researched consumer who is aware of the NordicTrack X32i treadmill. If you’re interested in the Peloton streaming programming, NordicTrack has already answered that call through their iFit programming.

Not only is iFit free for an entire year after purchase – with Peloton you have to pay a monthly fee starting immediately – the monthly cost breakdown is the same as Peloton’s should you elect to continue your membership. Not to mention, with iFit, you can choose between live studio classes, outdoor workouts in places such as Portugal, Holland or Hawaii, or anywhere around the world. These classes, conducted by elite trainers, range from hikes, runs, walks, strength training, yoga, and so much more – which is why this treadmill is a full body experience and much different than the average treadmill.

The X32i treadmill is the Ritz Carlton of treadmills; with such cost comes luxury, comfort and varying workout possibilities far beyond other treadmills. We wholeheartedly feel the NordicTrack X32i treadmill is fairly priced when considering the experience you’ll receive from a longstanding company who has been hanging their hat on making high-quality fitness equipment since 1975.

As a side note, if screen size isn’t a big concern but you love the other specifications this model includes, check out the X22i, which packs a lot of the same punch, albeit with a smaller screen and slightly less horsepower.

 

Pros and Cons

When it comes to cons, we like to paint them plain as day for our readers. The NordicTrack Commercial X32i Treadmill has three cons to consider: the lack of lifetime warranty, its inability to fold up, and, if you are on a budget, its price. Otherwise, considering this model is the highest class treadmill available, it’s difficult to find any other cons as its extensive features offer everything one could dream of when its comes to treadmills.

Setting the X32i treadmill apart from any other NordicTrack treadmill is the 22” x 65” running surface on the deck. With 5 inches more than any other NordicTrack treadmill, you’ll be hard pressed to find another branded treadmill with as much motion space as the X32i provides.

We’ve exhausted the benefits of the iFit programming, but having it in your fitness repertoire provides limitless opportunities for full body workouts for up to four different users per membership. Even if you elect to opt out of the iFit programming, you can still create your own resistance workouts with the built-in Sled Grips and Push bar, simulate hikes with the -6% decline – 40% incline range, and follow along with the impressive 50 on-board workout programs that the X32i comes stocked with.

This treadmill was created to give you an experience. The 4.25 CHP DurX CommercialPlus Motor will power all of your long-distance runs, high intensity interval training, and speed races without you having to worry about it tiring out before you do. In addition, the intensely powered commercial-grade motor can easily accommodate a full household, making the X32i treadmill a sincere high-end gym experience from within your home.

The 32” Smart HD Touchscreen is the largest-sized screen available of any treadmill on the market, assuring you that the X32i treadmill can’t be beat when it comes to both technology and design. The Reinforced Steel Construction and larger 2.5” Precision and Balance Non-Flex Rollers verifies commercial-grade quality, which reflects how this model was built to last.

With bluetooth capabilities, two 3” digitally amplified speakers, Dual AutoBreeze Workout Fans, as well as Reflex Cushioning and OneTouch Controls, the X32i aims to streamline and provide next level comfort to your workouts.

Overall, there are far more pros than cons when it comes to this NordicTrack treadmill.

 

NordicTrack Commercial X32i Treadmill Specs

Weight Capacity300 pounds
Running Surface22″ x 65″
Dimensions76.5″ x 40″ x 73″
Workout DisplayYes; 32” Smart HD Touchscreen
Motor4.25 CHP
Speed0-12 mph
Incline0-40% and 0-6% Decline
FoldingNo
Total Programs50

 

Warranty and Guarantee

Simply put, as NordicTrack creates such high-quality and trusted products, we wish they provided more warranty coverage for the sake of consumer peace of mind and to back up their carefully crafted treadmills. The X32i treadmill comes with a 10-year frame warranty, a 2-year parts warranty and a 1-year labor warranty.

Unfortunately, a motor warranty is not provided. We’d like to see NordicTrack do something similar to Horizon or Sole Fitness, who provide lifetime warranties for both their treadmill decks and motors on behalf of their consumers. NordicTrack does allow you to purchase extended warranty coverage, which is detailed in the product manual link on their website, but this coverage is only provided for up to 5-years.

Considering the NordicTrack X32i treadmill is a luxury high-end treadmill, we wish the warranty was as outstanding as its features.

Summing Up This Review

The X32i treadmill is what it looks like when a leading brand whose been reputable since 1975 pours their resources, heart and soul into creating the absolute highest quality treadmill with the most advanced features that years of research and being in the business have taught them.

Designed thoughtfully for the most dedicated fitness gurus and technology buffs, the X32i treadmill is a perfect fit for those who want to turn their treadmill into an extensive whole body experience far beyond simply walking, jogging or running.