Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 Elliptical Review – 2022

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Last Updated: May 5, 2022

The Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 is NordicTrack’s top of the line elliptical with a new larger 14” touchscreen. The Commercial 14.9 has a 20” stride length, 26 levels of digital resistance and inclines to a 20% grade. Ellipticals are a good way to get a low-impact workout that targets all your major muscle groups in your legs, chest, back and arms. The smooth forward/back motion of the pedals reduces joint impact and the fluid motion of the synchronized handles and pedals reduces strain on the elbows, shoulders, knees and hips. The Nordictrack 14.9 also has an impressive 350 pound weight capacity, making it a good option for users of all sizes. The 14.9 is covered by a 10 year warranty on the frame with two years coverage on the motor and one year for labor. While it offers an exceptional home workout, Nordictrack has it reasonably priced at under $2000.

Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical review

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Who it’s For: Users who want an elliptical with a large 14” touchscreen and iFit content that is silent when in use

The Nordictrack 14.9 is good for users who are looking for:

  • A quiet elliptical with smooth motion
  • An elliptical with both resistance and incline
  • Something that has integrated content to keep you motivated and engaged
  • A multi-function machine that works all your major muscle groups
  • Low impact training that can be done at home
  • Cushioned pedals that glide smoothly with a 20” stride length
  • An elliptical priced under $2000

Elliptical FeaturesSpecifications
  • A quiet elliptical with silent magnetic resistance
    • The 14.9 is nearly silent when in use. There is no noise from the rotation of the pedals regardless of your incline or resistance. This is a great machine to use in a bedroom or other shared space since it won’t disturb those around you.
  • An elliptical with both resistance and incline
    • Unlike standard ellipticals that allow for fore/aft movement of the pedals but remain on a fixed plane, the 14.9 elliptical will incline 20 levels so you can target different muscle groups and get a full body workout right in your home.
  • Something that has integrated content to keep you motivated and engaged
    • Nordictrack includes iFit free for the first 30 days when you purchase the 14.9 so you have some time to test and investigate all the classes and content. Professional instructors guide you along both indoor classes and outdoor routes all over the world.
  • An updated touchscreen that is now 14”
    • One of the biggest obstacles to working out at home is staying motivated and engaged. We all have the best intentions, but too often fatigue and boredom get in the way. With the new 14” touchscreen, you are pulled right into the iFit program so using the 14.9 elliptical is more enjoyable. It is also easier to use and tap the touchscreen icons since they are larger on the enhanced screen.
  • Low impact training that can be done at home
    • Avoid the gym but retain your fitness! You can stay fit and active in the safety and comfort of your home with quality fitness equipment. The 14.9 is a good option because it offers a well-rounded workout you can do on your schedule.
  • Cushioned pedals that glide smoothly with a 20” stride length
    • The combination of the extra-large pedals, extended 20” pedal stride and 350 pound weight capacity make the 14.9 a good option for users of all sizes.
  • An elliptical priced under $2000
    • You don’t need to break the bank to get quality. Nordictrack has priced the 14.9 under $2000 even with the updated touchscreen which makes it a good deal for a full body machine.

Construction:

  • Front Drive
  • 32 Lb. Effective Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel
  • SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • Auto Adjustable Stride
  • 26 Digital Resistance Levels
  • 0-20% Incline
  • One Touch® Controls
  • Commercial Solid Steel Construction
  • Oversized Levelers
  • Oversized Cushion Pedals
  • 350 Lb. User Capacity
  • Front-Mounted Transport Wheels
  • 67″ L x 29″ W x 69″ H Footprint

Console:

  • 14” Smart HD Touchscreen
  • 30 day iFit® Membership Included**
  • Bluetooth® Audio Capabilities*
  • Two 2” Digitally-Amplified Speakers
  • AutoBreeze™ Workout Fan
  • Soft Touch™ Upper Body Grips
  • Water Bottle Holder

Warranty:

  • 10-Year Frame Warranty
  • 2-Year Parts Warranty
  • 1-Year Labor Warranty
Pros
  • Multiple position handles with a spongy surface that is sweat and moisture resistant
  • Wide pedals with a cushioned surface that will work with any athletic shoe
  • Large 14” touchscreen with continually updated iFit content
  • Incline to 20% and 26 digital resistance levels
  • 32 pound flywheel keeps the motion smooth and fluid throughout your pedal stroke
  • Reasonably priced and comfortable to use
  • Doesn’t make noise while in use so you can use it anytime of day or night in your home
Cons
  • The 14.9 is heavy, has a good sized footprint, and does not fold up
  • Requires an internet connection to operate (even if you don’t use iFit)
  • You can’t do anything on the console other than watch iFit content

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Summary

The Nordictrack 14.9 is a great elliptical at an excellent price. It has an impressive 350 pound weight capacity with 26 digital resistance levels and 20 levels of incline. Ellipticals provide customizable full-body training that is low impact. You can angle the pedals up or down, incline or decline the track, and adjust resistance to target different lower-body muscles. You can also use several different hand positions on the multi-position handlebars to target different arm, chest and back muscles as well. The 14.9 has a 20” stride length and comes with iFit free for the first 30 days. The motion between handles and pedals is synchronized for fluid movement. This is a good elliptical for home use that is very quiet and provides a full body workout.


In-depth Review of Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 Elliptical


Construction

Frame

Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical rotating pedals

I’ve been able to spend several hours on the Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical. It feels very stable when you are on it. Sometimes ellipticals can rock or shift a little when you use them – mostly because these particular machines have more of an upright design. However, the 14.9 has a steel frame that holds the machine securely on the floor so it doesn’t shift side to side when you pedal hard or fast. The frame has a protective coating to resist dents and rust. This is a front-drive elliptical so the flywheel is at the front of the machine under the handlebars. This keeps the weight directly under the console which reduces movement a bit.

Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical flywheel

The flywheel is 32 pounds which also helps keep the machine securely on the floor. The movement between the pedals and handlebars is fluid which is in large part due to the weight of the flywheel. The 14.9 is a larger machine, as most ellipticals are. The total footprint is 67″ Long x 29″ Wide x 69″ High so it takes up a bit of space and doesn’t fold up. The size may be a factor for some users. If you have limited space, the length could be an issue. You also need to leave room for the pedals to rotate forward and back as well. The elliptical is also quite heavy, but a steel bar on the base of the pedal track allows the elliptical to be lifted and rolled gently. However, we recommend placing the 14.9 where you plan to use it. A flat carpeted or hard floor with a mat underneath is recommended.

Pedals

Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical pedal adjust

The 14.9 foot pedals are cushioned and oversized to be very comfortable. These pedals are 15” long and 8” wide. There is a contoured ridge around the inside of each pedal, but it is open along the outer perimeter so you can get your foot on and off easier. The 14.9 pedals have a “Pedal Adjust” feature that allows you to angle the pedal up slightly at the heel to reduce foot numbness. This “Pedal Adjust” feature is very handy and easy to adjust using a retractable lever at the base of each pedal. There are three notches for different pedal incline. Numb toes are a frequent problem with ellipticals due to the position of your foot on the pedal and the fact that your foot doesn’t lift up off the pedal at any point.

The 14.9 pedals also have a corrugated foam cushioning which reduces ankle and knee stress common on other ellipticals. Nordictrack calls this the “Body Fit Cushion” since it supports proper posture and increases overall comfort. These pedals will work with any athletic shoe.

Stride Length: 20”

The 20” adjustable stride length is one of the reasons the 14.9 is one of Nordictrack’s most popular models. At any point while using the 14.9, you can make your stride longer (up to the full 20”) or shorten it by simply adjusting the length of your gait. The pedals will extend as far forward as you press them (up to that 20”). Regardless of how much or little stride you decide to use, there is room for plenty of kickback and a nice forward stride. One of the nice things about ellipticals is rather than just move your feet forward in a straight line, the pedals lift and lower with each step. This further engages both the knee and hip joints but not cause undue tension in either one.

Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical step up height

The step up height on the 14.9 elliptical is 12” off the floor. This is the height of the lower pedal when it is as low as it will go. When at a full level 20 incline, the upper pedal raises to 27” inches off the floor at the highest point. Make sure to allow for necessary head clearance when using the 14.9 elliptical.

Handles

Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical stationary handles

There are two sets of handles on the 14.9 elliptical: the rotating upright handlebars and a pair of stationary handles that are attached to the machine. The stationary handlebars provide a solid hand-hold so you can safely step on and off the machine. It can be difficult to get on and off an elliptical since the pedals do not lock into place, so they shift when you stand on them. Having stationary handles to hold onto makes getting on the 14.9 easier (and safer). We recommend holding these handles each time to plan to step on or off since these are attached firmly to the frame and do not move. The stationary bars are set lower so they are also easier to grab from the floor.

Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical console

Pictured: Console of 2019 Nordictrack 14.9 that had a 10” touchscreen, QuickTouch buttons along the bezel and a tablet holder. The 2020 model has removed the QuickTouch buttons and the tablet holder and upgraded the screen to 14 inches. See picture of updated console below under “Console” heading.

The rotating handlebars move in line with the pedals and allow for a full body workout on the 14.9. These bars have multiple hand positions since they are an elongated rectangle at the top and they feature a soft, spongy grip for comfort. You can place your hands any number of places to engage arm, chest and back muscles. Also the different hand positions provide different options for users of all sizes. Larger users will appreciate the higher grips while smaller users can grab the lower end of the handlebar. The inclusion of upper body exercise provides a full body workout on the 14.9. The rotating handlebars also include adjustment buttons so you can control your resistance and incline without having to remove your hands from the handlebars. These are placed at what would usually be thumb height on the inside of the vertical grip.

Incline: 20 Levels

Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical flat pedals - no incline

The 14.9 elliptical has 20 levels of incline and 26 levels of digital resistance. The combination of incline and resistance provides plenty of training options while you stay low impact. Also, when you change incline, you are able to target different muscle groups for more specified training. Inclining targets the posterior muscle groups that include the glutes, hamstrings, calves and inner thighs. Bringing the 14.9 to a level plane without incline targets the anterior muscles of quadriceps, tibialis anterior and the supportive network of muscles and tendons that encloses the knee. Having different inclines is a great way to target different muscles on different days to vary your workout.

Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical pedals fully inclined

If you choose to run one of the iFit programs, the incline is automated so the machine will adjust for you. This allows users to keep their hands on the handles at all times. You can also run the elliptical in manual mode where you control the incline.

Resistance: 26 Levels

The 14.9 uses magnetic resistance that is virtually silent so you can use this machine in a family room or other shared space. Magnetic resistance is created by magnets that oppose the motion of the flywheel. This makes the pedals harder to push and the handles harder to pull. There are no contact points with magnetic resistance, which allows it to be silent regardless of what level of incline you are on. When moving the pedals forward and back, that resistance gets heavy quickly! You’ll be hard pressed to not get a pretty hefty workout on the 14.9 with the 26 digital resistance levels and 20 levels of incline!

Console/Controls

Screen

Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical 14 inch touchscreen

14” Touchscreen

Nordictrack has updated the touchscreen on the 14.9 elliptical so it is now 14” large. The previous model (which is the one we have in our studio) had a 10” touchscreen. The size of the screen matters because not only are the programs larger and easier to see, but the buttons on the touchscreen are also easier to touch since they are larger too. The touchscreen takes up most of the space on the new console. The side buttons along the bevel have been removed and most functionality is embedded in the touchscreen. You can select your program, adjust volume and scroll through the iFit library all using the touchscreen. Large clear speakers at the top of the console project clear sound back toward you, but there is also the option of using Bluetooth headphones with the 14.9 elliptical. Nordictrack recently updated the iFit app so it will now sync with Bluetooth headphones.

Console Layout

The updated console is streamlined for simplicity and looks much different from the previous model. The 14” screen is most of the upper part of the console with just the speaker bar on the top. The lower part of the console has Incline buttons on the left and Resistance buttons on the right — but the individual quick touch buttons have been removed. There is also a button for the fan settings and the overall volume. The tablet holder has been removed as well. (You will see the QuickTouch buttons along the sides of the console and the tablet holder in the picture of our handlebars above. The updated console removes both the tablet holder and QuickTouch buttons.)

Console Features

Fans

Nordictrack uses good fans in their machines and we are impressed with the fans on the 14.9 elliptical. You have four different fan speeds: low, medium, high, and auto – where the fan speed matches how hard you are working. You can control the fan power on the touchscreen or on the console button. The fan itself is placed at the base of the console and projects at about chest height.

Tablet Holder

The tablet holder has been removed on the updated console. There really isn’t a lip or ledge to place your tablet on the console. All functionality is centered around the touchscreen.

Bluetooth

The 14.9 is Bluetooth enabled so you can now sync your wireless headphones right to the machine so you can listen in silence without disturbing those around you! You can also sync your phone with the machine and play your music through the speakers. A personal chest strap will also sync which provides a real time heart rate read out right on the screen.

USB Port

There is a USB port on the side of the console so you can charge your personal device while on the 14.9.

Noise Level

Since the Nordictrack 14.9 uses silent magnetic resistance, the machine is very quiet when you are using it. The pedals glide and handles are attached in such a way that you can exercise without disturbing those around you. The motor makes a bit of noise when inclining or declining, but this is subtle and limited to those times when you are adjusting the tilt. In general, this is a machine you can use in shared spaces. While it does take a bit of space, it won’t disturb those around you. The new update that allows users to sync and use wireless headphones is also a nice feature that further reduces noise output.

Storage / Folding

Like most ellipticals, the 14.9 does require a bit of space, so make sure you have enough room before purchasing this machine. The 14.9 does not fold and the pedals extend back behind the flywheel so make sure you have enough space when getting on and off the machine. There are wheels on the front stabilizer and a steel bar at the base so it can be lifted and rolled when needed. We do recommend having two people or at least one strong person lift and roll the machine.

Included workouts – iFit

Pre-programmed workouts

You don’t have to have an iFit subscription to use the 14.9 elliptical. There are preloaded workouts on the machine. However, these tend to be simpler and not video-based (except for a promotional workout of the day that shows up temporarily). These are good options for users who don’t want to pay for a subscription.

  • The onboard workouts provide added variability in your training options. The simplest programs are basic fat burn, interval training, hill training, or speed workouts. Just select and go. These will help you target specific training zones and feature a simple graph display.

Subscription Options: iFit

iFit screen

The Commercial 14.9 elliptical includes a full free month of iFit when you purchase the machine. iFit is constantly being updated and expanded. This program now includes Live classes, a Leaderboard, Challenges, Themes and other categories to keep you engaged and motivated. Be advised, you need WiFi to run iFit programs. When you first set up your treadmill, the screen will prompt you to log in and connect to your personal network. It will then automatically reconnect whenever you turn on the machine. Without WiFi you will not be able to run iFit.

  • Live Classes iFit recently began offering Live classes that you can tune into in real time to enjoy your workout alongside other real people. iFit typically offers a few Live classes per day for variety. These are listed in the library so you know which ones are coming up.
  • Indoor Recorded Classes: Personal trainer-led classes filmed in a studio are one of the more popular options. Both male and female trainers are featured with a wide variety of teaching styles and motivational techniques.
  • Outdoor Routes: We love iFit’s outdoor series. You can wander through the French countryside; navigate the red mountains of Sedonia, Arizona; traverse the Tetons, and even scale a rather precipitous single-track trail in Alaska — all while following a trainer who somehow manages to run, talk, and breathe at the same time. The trainer will point out geologic or architectural features (depending on your route) as you go along. All routes list the total distance, anticipated calories burned (this will vary if you go faster/slower or adjust your incline), and total time. This is especially practical on an elliptical because the incline will adjust as you follow the route — so it feels very natural and intuitive. (You can always override the automated incline and resistance when needed).
  • Walking/Hiking Routes. Both running, walking, hiking and combo sessions are available. Our favorite routes include the hikes through mountains all over the world and walking tours of various locations. One of our favorite series was a walking tour through London led by an expert who guided you along with information about local architecture, history, etc.
  • Cross-Training, Strength Training, Yoga: Some of the more challenging workouts incorporate exercises both on and off the elliptical. You can choose a class that combines a little bit of interval work with weight training off the elliptical — or select a stretching option that has you work and then stretch certain muscles. These programs bring that added level of variability so you get a well rounded workout without having the added cost of a gym membership.

NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 Elliptical Star Rating

Bottom Line Review: NordicTrack 14.9 Elliptical:

The Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical is an impressive machine. It is quiet, smooth and comfortable. The corrugated surface of the pedals really helps keep your foot comfortable so you can avoid numb toes during extended workouts. The 20 degrees of incline add variability to any route and 26 digital resistance levels provide abundant challenge. The fluid motion between the handles and pedals makes the 14.9 easy to use. We also appreciate the addition of stationary handles that attach to the console which makes it easy to get on and off the machine. The 14.9 has a 350 pound weight capacity so it will support most users. There is a 14” step up height, which can require users to lift the leg up and place their foot on the pedal to begin, but this isn’t much higher than an inclining treadmill. The iFit content and upgraded 14” touchscreen really keep things interesting during your workout and this is a great way to stay motivated. Live classes, a Leaderboard, Competitions, Challenges and themed workouts all add variability to your workout. iFit is included free for the first 30 days, so you get a chance to demo and test out the program before you have to pay for it.

The 14.9 has a 32 pound flywheel which makes it sturdy and also creates a fluid motion when you are moving both the handles and pedals. This is a front-drive system so the flywheel is directly under the handlebars. Elongated pedals extend back behind you, so this machine does have a sizable footprint. There are front-mounted wheels and a rear placed grab bar so you can lift and roll the machine when needed — although this requires a bit of strength. We recommend having at least two people on hand to help move and/or assemble it.

The Nordictrack 14.9 has been upgraded this year with a 14” touchscreen. The console has also been simplified so it is clean and easy to use. There are front facing speakers, a fan with four power settings, and the console is now Bluetooth enabled to sync with wireless headphones. We also love the incline and resistance buttons on both the console and handlebars.

If you are in the market for a quality elliptical with updated features and content, the Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 is a good option. We love that you get all of this for under $2000. People who are looking for the safest, easiest way to workout at home, will find the 14.9 provides impressive full-body training on a comfortable machine that is silent to use.

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