NordicTrack EXP 10i Treadmill Review

NordicTrack EXP 10i treadmill review

The all-new NordicTrack EXP10i treadmill is here. We knew that something new was coming when the T-series treadmills were discontinued by NordicTrack. It was just a matter now of when. The new EXP 10i replaces the T 9.5S, which we reviewed here. A quick glance shows that they are very similar in specs but have a small price difference. The new EXP 10i is about $400 less than its older sibling at full retail.

The little things that make the EXP 10i shine are the ones that really matter. It’s a great perk to have Bluetooth connectivity, which allows users to listen to their training programs while using the treadmill’s speakers. Also, the incline drives are upgraded to keep the machine quiet. The screen size is a tradeoff in this model. The 10″ HD touchscreen has upgraded graphics processing and dual band WiFi. However, this size will still suffice for most people.

The specs have not changed. The NordicTrack EXP 10i’s incline/decline range is -3% to +10%. This is lower than the treadmills with higher specs, but it’s still quite impressive. iFit’s training programs will automatically adjust your speed and incline as you go along. This is a great feature. The top speed of the iFit is 12 mph. This is industry standard. The Horizon 7.4 At is the closest competitor. This is an option that I believe is slightly better for experienced runners as well as those who don’t want to or are not motivated by video-based training. The Verdict section will go into more detail.

Comfort and convenience are both important to the machine. Two large water bottles can be stored in the accessory tray. The machine’s Auto Breeze fan cools runners during strenuous exercise. There are Bluetooth capabilities as well, but you can still use the built-in speakers if you don’t want to wear headphones while on the treadmill. The treadmill deck has the same Flex-Select running board as its more expensive counterparts. This allows runners to adjust the amount of cushioning they want for running. A firmer deck will provide a more realistic running experience. Joint strain can be reduced by softening the deck. The NordicTrack EXP10i treadmill can be folded up and stored away when not in use, just like all NordicTrack treadmills. The hydraulic cylinder makes it easy to fold the deck up and not have to lift it all yourself.

NORDICTRACK EXP 10I TREADMILL – KEY SPECS:

  • Star Rating: 4.6-stars
  • Motor: 3.5 HP
  • Incline: -3% to +12%
  • Running Area: 20″ x 60″
  • Folding: Yes
  • Top Speed: 12 MPH
  • Weight Capacity: 300 LBS
  • Dimensions: 79.9″ L x 35.08″ W x 59.25″ H
  • Built-In Programs: Live, interactive studio workouts through iFit

What We Like:

  • Motor If you are looking for a quiet treadmill motor, the EXP 10i is the one for you. The new Smart-Response motor, which delivers 3.5 CHP and changes speed quickly, is able to reach speeds up to 12 mph, just like other NordicTrack models. It is ideal for both long-distance running and smooth interval training.
  • Touch Screen Control panel: This model includes a 10-inch touch screen that allows you to switch between different workout programs and check calorie and mile numbers. You can also use iFit coach for on-the-go guidance. You can also run on real streets with Google Street Views. Expect high resolution and excellent image quality with the new graphics processing.
  • iFit Trainer Treadmill WorkoutsThe treadmill’s -3-12% decline/incline function syncs up with the elevations or dips of the landscape that you select through iFit’s Google Maps feature. It makes running on the terrain feel almost like it’s outside. This feature is great for people who have difficulty staying motivated to exercise. It allows you to discover new places.
  • iFit coach data tracking:This machine allows iFit coaches to track fitness stats for each session. The data from each workout is logged onto the treadmill. It can then be paired with any other device in iFit. This makes it easier to get nutrition and lifestyle advice, as well as exercise.
  • Workout Programmes: Although it seems that the days of simple built-in programs are over, this doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of options. iFit gives you access to the largest collection of virtual streaming classes live and on demand, including over 17,000 workouts.
  • Decline and Incline Abilities:The EXP 10i is one of the few treadmills that adds decline to its list, which is a nice touch especially when you follow real-world mapped workouts. Its incline is just a little lower than the industry standard of 15%, but it’s still a good choice. Keep in mind that the steepest incline is where you will burn the most calories.
  • Audio The EXP 10i, just like many of the NordicTrack products, supports Bluetooth audio. This allows you to wirelessly listen to your workout playlists using its 2″ digitally amplified speakers. It’s also possible to link instructor-led training to your Bluetooth headset.
  • Preferences for Cushioning: If you are training for a road race and find it difficult to get on the treadmill, you don’t want a comfortable deck that makes things too hard. The treadmill allows you to adjust the level of cushioning to suit your needs. This will allow you to save your joints by using the cushioning, or simulate outdoor conditions by turning it off. You should not train in this manner for the long-term.
  • Cooling Options If you want to keep cool while running or walking, you can get a pair dual AutoBreeze exercise fans. Although it may not be necessary, this is a nice accessory to have when you’re working out.
  • Folding the EXP 10i is easy using a hydraulic strut. It takes roughly half its footprint to fold.
  • Weight Capacity This is a very heavy-duty treadmill that can hold up to 300 lbs.

What we don’t like:

  • Large console/small screen: The EXP 10i has a large flat panel that can be used as a console. This makes it a real visual problem. Although it’s convenient to have quick access to many controls, there is a lot of wasted/unused space.
  • The Short Warranty: With only 2 years for parts and electronics, this warranty is significantly shorter than its key competitors.

Our Verdict:

The EXP 10i is a great candidate and will appeal to many. However, it’s a clear step above the NordicTrack 1750. It’s worth spending more if you are looking for better specs, such as a bigger running deck, stronger motor, and steeper inclines. The EXP 10i is an excellent choice for those on a tight budget, who are not runners or a walker/jogger trying to improve their at-home training.

The Horizon 7.4 AT is the strongest competitor to the EXP 10i, which comes in at the same cost and has very similar specs. The Horizon does not have an HD touchscreen or the ability to decline by 3%, but it does have a fast-reacting motor, amazing quick-adjust rollers that adjust speed and incline, as well as the ability to connect with a variety of training programs via an iPad or tablet. EXP wins because it allows iFit control the machine while you train, but ultimately it comes down to your overall iFit experience. NordicTrack is the best option if instructor-led training is your mainstay. Horizon is a better option if you think it’s a nice bonus feature that you can take or leave.

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Frequently asked questions

How much does the nordictrack exp 10i weigh?

229 lb. Box product weight

How long does the nordictrack exp 10i last?

The EXP 10i has a high quality motor despite being lightweight. A treadmill’s motor is more durable and strong the longer it lasts. This treadmill has a smaller motor than other treadmills. If you are less than 300 lbs and follow the maintenance instructions, your treadmill should last for many years. You also get a 10-year frame warranty, 2 year parts and 1 year labor warranty.

Does nordictrack offer extended warranties?

NordicTrack occasionally offers specials, including extended warranties of up to four years and parts coverage for up to six years and labor coverage for up to five years. If you would like additional coverage, please speak with a representative at the checkout.

Is there a weight limit on the nordictrack exp 10i?

Yes, 300 lbs.

How easy is it to maintain the nordictrack exp 10i?

The NordicTrack EXP 10i has standard maintenance procedures. The company provides a handy checklist with daily, monthly and quarterly tasks that can be done to ensure maximum longevity.

5/5 - (1 vote)

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