Nordictrack Elite 12.7 Elliptical Review

      ( 4.35 / 5.00 )

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  • Pros(9)
  • Cons (3)
  • Specifications
  • User Reviews

PROS


20” – 22” adjustable stride, 0 - 20° adjustable incline ramp

Al l ellipticals have certain stride length but only a few offers an adjustable feature. The Elite 12.7 lets you choose from 20” to 22” depending on your incline setting which at the same time changes from 0° to 20°. When you work on different stride lengths and a variety of incline settings, you get to train more muscle groups that’ll result to a more toned and balanced lower body.

20” – 22” adjustable stride, 0 - 20° adjustable incline ramp

Al l ellipticals have certain stride length but only a few offers an adjustable feature. The Elite 12.7 lets you choose from 20” to 22” depending on your incline setting which at the same time changes from 0° to 20°. When you work on different stride lengths and a variety of incline settings, you get to train more muscle groups that’ll result to a more toned and balanced lower body.

30 resistance levels

After reviewing literally hundreds of ellipticals, it’s not usual to for us to see a model offering 30 resistance levels. For your reference, the average number of resistance levels for ellipticals is 16 to 20. While we can’t honestly say how much difference 10 additional settings will make, what we’re sure about is that you’re in for a more challenging workout session.

35 workout programs

The common shortcoming we noticed in ellipticals a few years back is its limited built-in programs. We’re happy that manufacturers started addressing this problem as evident in this model’s 35 programs. This is in contrast with the normal 15 presets (or even less) many other ellipticals offer. More programs simply mean more choices that lessen your chances of getting bored.

Oversized adjustable foot pedals with cushioning, cushioned grips, handlebar controls, fans and MP3 player support

We give extra marks for enhancements in design and user comfort based on how many are present on a particular model. We’re happy to say that the Elite 12.7 comes with all the possible enhancements you’ll need for a comfortable and entertaining workout experience. The list above should be self-explanatory.

7” touch-screen Android browser

Ellipticals are now equipped with internet browsers that function as the machine’s console as well. With this, you can go online and read news, watch videos, and not miss an important email even while you’re working out. You can also enjoy this full-color touch screen when you upgrade and buy an iFit Live module to bring your workouts to the next level.

Wireless heart rate monitor included

Not all $1299 ellipticals include a wireless chest strap for free. We personally prefer this wireless strap when it comes to monitoring your heart rate and stay in your safe zone. Many users find this add-on more effective than the metallic grips that sometimes fail to give accurate HR readings.

Good parts warranty of 5 years, labor warranty of 2 years

With the Elite 12.7, you virtually get an extra year on parts and labor warranty. Many of its counterparts in this price bracket offer just 2 to 4 years for parts and just 1 year for in-home service. A long warranty translates to savings when it’s time to have your machine checked or there’s a need to replace worn-out parts during the covered period.

32-lb flywheel

Only a few models put emphasis on how heavy their flywheels are. The Elite 12.7’s 32-lb flywheel outweighs its rivals that normally have around an 18 to 23-lb rotating mass. The heavier this component is, the more inertia it packs so you get a smoother follow through when you pedal.

CONS


375-lb max user weight limit slightly overboard its 250-lb unit weight

We checked other reliable sites for the Elite 12.7’s actual machine weight (since Nordictrack very seldom provides this info) and found out it weighs 250 lbs. This model is actually heavier than many of its counterparts in this price bracket but we feel a 375-lb weight limit is slightly overstated. We always recommend observing a 100-lb limit between the max user weight capacity and the machine’s actual unit weight for safety reasons.

No separate brakes warranty

We can’t find a separate provision for the Elite 12.7’s brake warranty forcing us to list this one as among its main weaknesses. This implies the 5-year parts warranty covers for this model’s braking system which pales when compared to other brands that offer at least 10 years for this component.

Reverse stride not mentioned

It may be possible that the Elite 12.7 doesn’t have a reverse stride feature since we can’t find any references for this. Maybe we haven’t exhausted all efforts yet but if ever it’s true that this feature is not present, it’s unfortunate that you can’t train more muscle groups that are activated when you pedal backwards.

SPECIFICATIONS


Category Value
Stride Length 20"- 22"
Reversible Stride No
Incline No
Pedal Type Adjustable, Cushioned and Ergonomical
Flywheel Location Front
Resistance Levels 26
Heart Rate Monitor Grip and Wireless
Number Of Programs 35
Unit Weight 250 lbs
Weight Capacity 375 lbs
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Frame Warranty Lifetime
Money Back Guarantee 30 Days

PRODUCT SCORE


Overall Score 87%
Components & Features Score 99%
Reliability Score 75%

BELLS AND WHISTLES


  • 7" Or Larger Console
  • Adjustable/Multiple Strides
  • Air Fans
  • Fixed and Moving Handlebar Design
  • Flywheel - Front Drive Design
  • HR Monitor (Grip)
  • HR Monitor (Wireless)
  • Incline Ramp
  • Money Back Guarantee (30 Days or Less)
  • MP3/Audio Support
  • Usage History/Progress Logs
  • User Profiles
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Web Browser