NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical Review 2024

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Last Updated: March 7, 2024

The NordicTrack AirGlide 14i is a standard home elliptical that elevates your training with workouts from iFIT.

NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical Review 2024

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Star Rating: 4.4
MSRP: $1,799
Overall Rating: 85
Workout Experience 8
Specs / Features 8
Dimensions / Storability 7
On-Board Workouts & Apps 9
Build Quality 7

The low-impact design features 26 quiet resistance levels and an incline and decline.

Summary NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Review: The Bottom Line

The NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical is a newer machine from the brand with a sleek front-drive flywheel design. After spending hours testing this machine, our team has compiled this NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical review to share our thoughts.

If you’re looking for an interactive training experience on a quiet, standard home elliptical, then the 14i is one to consider. Its 14” touch screen is a big highlight of this elliptical because it offers streaming from iFIT. iFIT is an interactive training platform designed to keep you motivated while providing excellent guided workouts. Not only can you take studio elliptical classes, but outdoor hiking, running, walking, and even snow-shoeing classes on the AirGlide. A knowledgeable and engaging instructor leads each class to keep you motivated while offering guidance.

The machine itself provides a low-impact total-body workout that’s quiet and great for home use. The pedal stride is an appropriate length for most users. Our team, ranging from 5’1” to 6’5”, are comfortable while using the AirGlide 14i Elliptical. The 26 levels of quiet magnetic resistance adjust easily on the handles and touch screen. To vary your workouts even more, there is a 5% decline and 15% incline range for when you want to target your muscles differently. The incline and decline do make some noise when adjusting, but not enough to be too bothersome.

Overall, the quality of the machine paired with the training capabilities with iFIT make the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical one of the best home ellipticals on the market.

Editor’s Note, 3/7/2024: This NordicTrack AirGlide 14i review was created after our experts spent time testing this elliptical.

Check out how the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i ranks on our list of the best elliptical machines of 2023.

What We Like
  • The 14” touch screen offers streaming from iFIT with access to over 17,000 trainer-led workouts and auto-adjustability of the machine.
  • This is a standard elliptical that provides a low-impact workout, 26 levels of quiet magnetic resistance, and an incline and decline feature.
  • The pedals are cushioned with an adjustable angle to help prevent foot numbness.
  • This machine offers a full-body workout on a stable frame for users of various heights and weights up to 300 lbs.
  • The stride length is appropriate for most people.
  • The moving handles are long enough for most height ranges and the stationary handles allow you to target your lower body.
Areas for Improvement
  • The incline and decline feature are a little loud to adjust but only make noise when adjusting, otherwise, this elliptical is really quiet.
  • There isn’t a place to put your phone or the option to stream from apps like Netflix, however, the screen offers streaming from iFIT. iFIT requires a subscription but makes for a very interactive experience on the AirGlide.
  • The screen is positioned a little low.

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Pedaling And Testing All Kinds Of Ellipticals For Years

Not only have we been testing treadmills for over a decade, but elliptical machines as well. Ellipticals are a very common piece of fitness equipment and they come in different types. Some have adjustable strides, others are more traditional, and many have touch screens attached to offer subscription training content. When it comes to NordicTrack’s ellipticals, we’ve used all of them and have been testing them for years. Not only do we know what to expect from this brand, but we know what to look for in home ellipticals because we’ve used dozens from several different brands. Our team brought our prior experience and knowledge into this NordicTrack AirGlide 14i review to share with you what to expect before you buy.

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In-depth NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical Review: Testing & Analysis


Dimensions/Storability

The NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical is pretty narrow. It has a typical front-flywheel design and provides a standard elliptical experience. Because it has a front flywheel, this helps to cut down on the overall size, compared to rear-flywheel ellipticals. The AirGlide 14i is still a large machine though.

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Its dimensions are 69” L x 25” W x 71” H.

It doesn’t fold up and weighs 244 lbs when it comes in the box, so it isn’t exactly light. We recommend keeping it in the space where you plan on using it and not moving it often. It can be moved though. There is a rear-mounted metal transport handle built into the rear floor stabilizer so you can lift the back end of the elliptical up to engage the front transport wheels.

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It’s heavy and not realistic for some people to move, at least on their own, so keep this in mind.

As far as floor space, you’ll want to factor in the overall dimensions with a few feet surrounding the elliptical to allow the handles and pedals to move freely.

The 14i inclines and declines so you’ll need to consider your ceiling height as well as floor space to make sure you can use this elliptical in your home. The height of the highest step when the AirGlide is fully inclined is 26” tall. This is with the pedals adjusted to the highest setting. We recommend adding around 30” to your height to determine the minimum ceiling height you’ll need to use the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i.

Onboard Workouts & Apps

Some ellipticals, like treadmills, come with touch screens that feature subscription training content. When it comes to training at home, this is nice to have for guidance and to help keep you from getting bored. While there are some ellipticals from other brands that have standard LCD screens and onboard workout programs, like the Sole E25 for instance, the NordicTrack 14i has a touch screen and the option to stream iFIT.

Here’s what you can expect with an iFIT membership on the AirGlide.

iFIT

iFIT offers streaming of over 17,000 trainer-led workouts and counting. All of the workouts are available in a variety of disciplines and are available to stream directly from fitness equipment like treadmills, exercise bikes, rowers, and ellipticals from brands such as NordicTrack and ProForm.

Being a premium standard elliptical from NordicTrack, the AirGlide 14i has a touch screen and allows access to all of the content and training features that iFIT offers. iFIT is $39 per month for a membership. If you’re new to using the training content, you get a free 30-day trial to iFIT when you purchase the AirGlide 14i. You can cancel the free trial at any time. If you’re a current member, you might want to take advantage of the 1, 2, or 3-year memberships that iFIT offers when buying this elliptical.

The 1-year membership is $396 which comes out to $33 per month. The 2-year membership is $699 which is around $29 per month, and the 3-year membership is $899 which is around $25 per month. So, if you buy a membership ahead of time, you can cut down on the monthly cost.

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iFIT features indoor studio classes and outdoor classes that are filmed all over the world.

Each class is led by an instructor. The indoor classes have a camera that points at the instructor. These workouts are modeled after in-person studio fitness classes. There are workouts filmed on ellipticals to take whenever you want.

The outdoor workouts follow the instructor as they lead you through all kinds of locations. Since the trainer isn’t on an elliptical outside, there are walking, jogging, running, hiking, HIIT, and even roller-blading, snow-shoeing, and ice-skating workouts that you can take on the NordicTrack AirGlide.

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You definitely have a lot of options for workouts on the 14i and the ability to choose from thousands of classes.

You can also create your own workout routes using the Google Map feature. This feature displays a Google Map of the world where you can draw routes. Google Images display on the screen with your workout metrics of the location during the workout. This is a nice option for when you don’t want to follow along with an instructor.

For music, iFIT has a Feed.fm music feature. There are preselected playlists of songs split into different genres that play in the background of each iFIT workout. The music isn’t integrated into any of the workouts like it is on other fitness platforms. I would like to see some of the indoor studio classes incorporate music into them in the future. Keep in mind that you can’t play content from your own device through the speakers.

Overall, iFIT has a lot to offer and I highly recommend checking out the outdoor classes on the AirGlide 14i Elliptical. They help to make this elliptical more fun to use.

Onboard Workouts

The NordicTrack AirGlide 14i can be used without a subscription to iFIT. There is a free featured iFIT workout available to take and a manual mode. Manual mode is also available to use with iFIT.

Note: Streaming from outside apps, like Netflix, aren’t available on the touch screen. You either have access to the featured iFIT workout and manual mode or iFIT’s entire library of workouts when you subscribe to the membership.

Console

The console features a 14” touch screen. This is usually around the largest screen size that we see on ellipticals. It’s centered and easy to see. The screen and console overall are positioned a little low though. I’m about 5’1” and it’s a good height for me, but it is positioned a little bit low for our taller experts who are over 6’0”.

The console and screen don’t pivot to either side or tilt up and down, like NordicTrack’s Commercial Series treadmills. It’s a little hard to see for training off the elliptical with iFIT, but it’s doable. You can also use iFIT on the app on your phone or smart TV for yoga and strength classes.

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Adjusting the AirGlide is easy with the adjustment buttons on the moving handlebars.

The resistance adjusts on the right and the incline adjusts on the left. These buttons are easy to reach and convenient to use. You can also adjust the resistance and incline on the touch screen, as well as on the console. There aren’t any quick-adjusting buttons to jump to specific incline and resistance levels, but adjusting by using the touch screen lets you get to specific levels fairly quickly.

The NordicTrack 14i Elliptical also automatically adjusts with iFIT. The Auto-Adjust feature changes the resistance and incline to match the format of the iFIT class. Once you take multiple classes, this feature remembers how you performed in previous workouts to suggest specific resistance levels in future workouts. The incline and decline adjust to match the terrain of the outdoor workouts. So, if you’re taking a hike up a mountain, the AirGlide 14i will adjust the incline to simulate it.

The speakers are clear to offer a good volume range. You can also pair your Bluetooth headphones to them. Below the speakers is a fan that has multiple airflow settings. It provides a good breeze that hits my neck when I’m using the 14i.

As far as storage, the AirGlide has an oversized cupholder that’s below the console. The cupholder is a bit low, but it holds a standard water bottle or phone. There isn’t a place to put your phone or tablet to stream content from, although you could position the AirGlide 14i in front of a TV if you don’t want to subscribe to iFIT.

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Build Quality

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The NordicTrack AirGlide 14i has a functional front-drive design.

It’s a large machine that’s quiet and made for home use. It provides a standard elliptical workout to target your full body while being friendly on your joints. Although the touch screen and iFIT streaming elevate this elliptical, the overall build quality pairs well with the tech features.

To start, the AirGlide 14i has a 300 lb weight limit to handle users up to that weight. This capacity is standard for most NordicTrack equipment. Now, let’s dive into all of the components of the body of this elliptical.

Frame

The steel frame supports the base of the elliptical. Even though it is a narrow design, the steel front and rear floor stabilizers are wide to provide a good base of support. You don’t have to worry about rocking or tipping while using the AirGlide 14i.

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There are two feet under each stabilizer that the elliptical sits on.

In our testing, we found the NordicTrack AirGlide to be sturdy and stable to use.

Pedals

The pedals are oversized and padded. They work well with athletic shoes and different-sized shoes. When measured, they are around 16” long and 9” wide. The front and inner parts of each pedal have a rim to help keep your feet from sliding off.

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The padding is comfortable and textured to help prevent slipping, too.

Along with the comfortable padding, the pedals’ angles are adjustable to help reduce foot numbness, which is a common problem for elliptical trainers since your feet don’t entirely lift off of each pedal through every stroke. The handles under each pedal are where you can adjust the angle of the pedals in three different positions. You can angle them to be more flat or to position your heels up higher than your toes.

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I prefer the flatter angle, but it’s nice having different positions to choose from.

Although the stride length says it is adjustable from 17.8” to 18.5”, it doesn’t adjust like the NordicTrack FS14i FreeStride Trainer. The stride adjusts on its own from when the elliptical is inclined and when it isn’t. Even though it adjusts, it isn’t noticeable while you’re using the elliptical. The less than an inch difference isn’t noticeable.

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This stride length is great for users of most heights.

I’m 5’1” and it is comfortable for me, as it is for Matt who is 6’5”. The pedal strides move in a standard elliptical fashion which is primarily forward and back.

Handles

There are two sets of handles: moving handles that move in conjunction with the pedals, and non-moving handles. The moving handles work your upper body and allow for people of different heights to have spots to grip. I prefer using the lower half of these handles while our tall team members like the upper half. These handles don’t have multiple grip options to work your muscles differently though like most of Sole’s ellipticals. The handles are vertical.

The inner non-moving handles are also vertical. These are positioned well within reach. These handles are designed for targeted lower-body training. You can hold onto them and focus on isolating your lower body while using the 14i Elliptical.

I also like using them for when I get on and off the elliptical. The pedals can be moved even when the machine is turned off so having a non-moving piece, such as these handles, makes mounting and dismounting easier.

Flywheel

The flywheel is at the front of the elliptical, under the console. This design makes the NordicTrack AirGlide a front-drive elliptical machine. The flywheel is pretty heavy at 32 lbs. When it comes to the overall stability and quality of ellipticals, the weight of the flywheel is a contributing factor. Ellipticals with flywheels over 20 lbs tend to be more stable, reliable, and sturdy to use than ones with lighter flywheels.

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The AirGlide 14i flywheel is an ideal weight and it provides a smooth and consistent stroke.
Incline

Incline

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The 15% incline and -5% decline allow you to take your training up a notch.

The incline and decline mechanism is fixed under the pedals to raise and lower them to change the grade. This feature changes your positioning on the elliptical to target your muscles a little differently. Something to keep in mind is that the incline and decline feature is a little noisy and slow to adjust. This feature only makes noise when the elliptical is adjusting the level of incline and decline though. Otherwise, this elliptical is quiet to use.

Resistance

The adjustable magnetic resistance that features 26 levels is practically silent. The resistance is smooth and provides a great range of tension to pedal and move the handles against. The resistance starts out fairly light during the lower levels of resistance and gets heavy quickly. The 26 levels definitely provide a good workout. This, paired with incline and decline, makes the AirGlide 14i a valuable home cardio machine.

Warranty

The AirGlide 14i Elliptical comes with NordicTrack’s standard warranty. The frame is backed with a 10-year warranty, parts are covered for 2 years, and labor is included for 1 year. It is a good idea to have two people for setup due to the size and weight of this machine.

Should You Buy The NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical?

The NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical is a premium elliptical machine from NordicTrack. It showcases many of the brand’s strengths which include iFIT, thoughtful tech features, and a functional design. The 14” touch screen makes streaming iFIT interactive with thousands of different workouts to choose from, as well as Auto-Adjust that allows for hands-free training.

In addition to iFIT the AirGlide 14i provides a comfortable and smooth low-impact workout. It works your entire body while providing a standard elliptical experience. The pedal length is comfortable for most heights and the 14i handles people up to 300 lbs. It’s sturdy and quiet with 26 levels of magnetic resistance, a 15% incline, and a -5% decline range. It makes some noise while adjusting the grade, but overall this is a high-quality elliptical to consider for most homes. We especially recommend it if you’re looking for an elliptical with top-notch training content.

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NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Review FAQs / Q&As

Can you stream Netflix on the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical?

Netflix and other 3rd party streaming apps aren’t available to stream from on the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i. iFIT is available to stream with a membership. iFIT includes thousands of trainer-led workout videos to follow along with. Without a membership you can access manual mode to do your own workouts, as well as a free featured iFIT workout.

Can you pedal backward on a NordicTrack elliptical?

You can pedal backward on the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical.

Are NordicTrack ellipticals good?

NordicTrack ellipticals are some of the best on the market. The brand offers standard ellipticals and hybrid machines that include touch screens for interactive training features with iFIT. The NordicTrack AirGlide 14i is a standard elliptical with a primarily horizontal pedal motion. The NordicTrack FS14i FreeStride Trainer is a 3-in-1 machine that offers a very adjustable stride to go from horizontal to vertical in motion, depending on how you want to use it.

What is the difference between the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i and the NordicTrack FS14i Freestride Trainer?

Both of these machines are premium models from NordicTrack. The AirGlide 14i is a standard, front-drive elliptical. It provides a typical elliptical workout with moving pedals and handles. The FS14i has moving pedals and handles but the pedal stride is very adjustable. It is 32” long at its max but it can be shortened to mimic a stair-stepper pedal motion while pedaling. Both machines are large, but the FS14i requires more room in front to accommodate the large movement of the pedals. For a standard elliptical, the AirGlide 14i is fairly compact due to the front-drive design.

Is this NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical review a paid review?

We were not paid to make this NordicTrack AirGlide 14i review. We do have affiliate links that allow us to make commissions from purchases made through those links. This is how we make money while being able to provide unbiased reviews. Several brands, including NordicTrack, send us their ellipticals to test which allows us to create these reviews and recommend the best elliptical machines on the market because we’ve used them.

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About the Author

Sydney Kaiser, ISSA-CPT, ISSA Nutritionist Certification
Sydney is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, and sports nutritionist who combines her passion for fitness, health, and wellness with her passion for writing. After graduating from UC Riverside with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, she began teaching indoor cycling and Lagree Fitness group fitness classes to people of all ages and abilities. Raised in Central Michigan, Sydney grew up training and competing on the Arabian Horse Association circuit through both Regional and National levels in Dressage and Sport Horse classes. In college, Sydney went on to compete at the collegiate level as a Division 1 equestrian athlete. Here at TRG, Sydney relies on her extensive background in fitness when reviewing and recommending all kinds of fitness, recovery, and health-related products.

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