NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer
The X22i’s Wi-Fi is ready to connect you to the best workouts you can experience. Sad to list this fantastic machine for sale but we turning the gym room into the kitchen and it has to go. AWARD-WINNING 40% Incline to -6% Decline.
NordicTrack X22i Incline Review
Using a combination of professional fitness review sites, customer reviews, and our own scoring system, we have calculated a Savvy Score of 7.8 out of 10. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer.
While the features are actually rather good for the price, the customer reviews drag the overall score down. Is the X22i worth the money? Probably not – especially when there are plenty of better other options to choose from.
The NordicTrack 2450, for example, scored 9.3 out of 10. However, if the steep incline is really what you need, we recommend the NordicTrack X32i – that is one of the highest-rated machines around – but you need to stretch your budget a little more. Check out the 2450 and X32i below.
What Customers Think of the NordicTrack X22i Treadmill
Fitness Savvy looked online and discovered 22 online user reviews of the NordicTrack X22i Incline. Overall, this treadmill scored 3.5 out of 5. Users were pleased with the flawless movement between incline and decline levels, the wide variety of training options, and the interactivity options through iFit.
- There are lots of workout programmes to choose from which makes it’s unlikely you’ll get bored.
- The X22i features a great range of interactivity options thanks to the iFit application which allows you to train in various world locations.
- The incline levels move fluidly between levels, making for a smooth and enjoyable workout.
- Includes the all-new sled bar and push grips. These allow the user to get even more from their training sessions.
- Reaches an incredible 40% incline, and 6% decline.
- Several customers had faults with their machine
- Customer service is a major drawback, as reported by numerous US-based customers
- The display might be a little high for shorter people to see clearly, as one user reported.
- One user suggests checking the dimensions, as it is a large machine.
- The price might put it out of some people’s budget.
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About the NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer
NordicTrack is recognised for its range of high-quality interactive cardio machines. As with other products in the NordicTrack range, we found setting up and assembling this treadmill easy and straightforward. If you get stuck you can always contact customer support using their online service.
While quite a few customer reviews said that customer service was not great, lots of these comments came during lockdowns when demand was higher. To make things even worse, there were global shipping problems that affected many businesses, not just Icon Fitness (who owns NordicTrack and ProForm Fitness). For this reason, some of these negative comments can be disregarded to some degree.
22″ Interactive Touchscreen
To maximise the benefits of the interactive workout apps, the X22i from NordicTrack comes with a massive 22″ interactive touchscreen display. You can stream studio workouts led by real personal trainers in the comfort of your own home.
The display feeds back key stats like time, distance and calories burned, but the fun doesn’t stop there. It also stores workout data which you can analyse to better understand your workouts and continue progressing.
Large Running Area with Reflex Cushioning
If you suffer from joint problems you will want to opt for “low-impact” fitness equipment. Running on concrete, as you can imagine, puts strain on the knee joints. This, however, shouldn’t put you off exercise. Many fitness machines are designed as a low-impact alternative.
The X22i’s running surface is constructed using NordicTrack’s innovative Reflex Cushioning. This helps significantly reduce joint impact and also adds comfort to your workout. Also, the running area is generous; at 56 x 152 cm, even the tallest of runners will feel comfortable at full stride.
When testing, we felt that the running surface was better than average but we were disappointed at the inability to change the responsiveness. Other models have flex cushioning which means users can change between softer and harder surfaces.
Powerful Motor and High-Quality Components
A key factor in treadmill longevity is the motor and component quality. Smaller, less powerful motors, overheat and burn out much quicker than their larger counterparts. The NordicTrack X22i boasts a massive 4.25 CHP motor. CHP means “continuous horsepower”. This is a term to be mindful of, as some treadmills advertise their motors as HP. This typically refers to the peak output. So, a 4.25 HP motor might peak at 4.25, yet generally run at 2 HP, for example.
Ths X22i motor is also self-cooling and runs quieter than many other treadmills.
Massive 40% incline and -6% decline
If you’ve ever run uphill (and who hasn’t, to be honest) you will have noticed that the steeper the hill, the more effort is required. A 40% incline will match some of the steepest hills you’re ever likely to encounter in everyday life. While adding intensity and variety to your workout, it also automatically adjusts depending on the workout programme you set.
How Does the NordicTrack X22i Compare to Other Treadmills?
We’ve spent thousands of hours reviewing home gym equipment products. We combine the customer rating with our own analysis to produce a Savvy Score.
This score accounts for the treadmill features based on its price category. As you might expect, more expensive treadmills will include better features such as higher top speed, steeper incline etc. However, we cannot penalise cheaper treadmills for not having these features – that is why they are cheaper.
For this to work, we benchmark the features for a price break. For example, in the under £500 category, we cannot expect a treadmill to have a top speed of 20 km/h. In fact, we can’t expect them to even have a top speed of 16 km/h. We benchmark these treadmills at about 10 km/h. If it rates higher than this, then it means it excels at top speed for the price.
For the X22i, you’re spending about £3,000 (at the time of writing) so you should expect all the features to be at the top end of the scale – and they pretty much are. Unfortunately, the customer reviews – which we take into account – bring the overall score down.
Below is a list of the top 5 treadmills in the £2000 – £2999 price range. Notice that the X22i did not make it into the list.
The top speed is one of the metrics to consider when buying a treadmill. We found that most treadmills in this price bracket have a top speed of 20 km/h. The X22i meets the benchmark here but does not exceed it.
The running surface should be bigger for treadmills in this price range. We expect a surface area of 7500 – 8500 cm squared. The NordicTrack X22i comes in at 8512 – the top end of the scale.
The motor power for a treadmill in this category should be in the 3 – 4.5 CHP range – again, the X22i meets the criteria, coming in at the top end of the scale, providing enough power to carry heavy loads at steep inclines.
The X22i incline is where this machine really excels. In this price category, you should have a minimum of 15% and usually up to 20%. The X22i has an incredible 40% incline and 6% decline, smashing expectations for the price.
The NordicTrack X22i meets or exceeds in all areas. The overall Savvy Score is mainly dragged down by customer reviews who said that they received faulty items and then suffered from poor customer service. It’s great that this treadmill has all the features you might expect for the price, however, there is no escaping the poor customer experience.
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Features, Benefits & Specs
- Motor size: 4.25 CHP (continuous horsepower)
- Top Speed: 20 km/h (12.4 mph)
- Rollers: 2.5″
- Decline/Incline: -6% to 40%
- Display: 22″ Full-Colour HD Touch Screen Display
- Running Area: 56 x 152 cm
- iFit Compatible: comes with 1 year iFit family subscription
- Fans: dual auto-breeze fans
- Speakers: dual 3-inch
- Reflex cushioning: absorbs impact to protect your joints and back
- EKG grip pulse: providing accurate readings on the go
- Workout programmes: 44 pre-set workout apps
- Other features: sled bar and push grips
- Max. user weight: 135 kg
- Product weight: 138 kg
- Dimensions: 183 x 101 x 178 cm (L x W x H)
- Warranty: Lifetime Frame Warranty, 10-year Motor Warranty, 2-Year Parts & Labour upon warranty registration within 28 days of purchase.
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Specification: NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer