These are two very good treadmills that are great at their main function: that is incline training. As we all know, incline training can help you burn as little as 5-times the calories that you would if you were running on a normal, flat surface; and when there is a treadmill that comes out with the main focus being incline training… oh boy, watch out!
The NordicTrack X9i is just the ultimate power house machine. It’s built to last with a 3.0CHP motor; the belt is 20″ x 62″; it possess reflex cushioning, to make it less of an impact on your joints. This treadmill has an incline range of -6-40% that can be controlled by the touch of a button. The speed can go from 0-12MPH and can also be controlled with the touch of a button. The X9i has 44 different workout apps so you can get the most specific workout. It also comes with iFit Live technology built-in so you don’t need to buy the extra component like you would have to on other treadmills. Perhaps the coolest part of this treadmill is that the display is actually a built-in Android powered browsing tablet.
The XT90 is a different story though. Though the XT90 is not quite the same as NordicTrack’s X9i. The Proform XT90 only has 2 preset inclines. You have to manually set the incline to 10% or 20%. The belt is 18″ by 55″ and is made of quality material capable of lasting a long time. It’s only got a 2.0 CHP motor, and will hold up to 350 lbs. It can reach a speed of 10 MPH. It has 20 programmed workouts, with a nice back-lit display. The coolest part of this treadmill is the ProShox technology. It is literally two shocks that you can set to control the intensity of your workout. This treadmill also supports iFit Live.
You’re probably thinking how someone could pit these two treadmills together. They are pretty different. So the decision is based off of how much you get for your money. The X9i is advertised as $1,999 and the XT90 runs at around $899. So which one is a better deal? I would have to go with the NordicTrack. The X9i is pretty expensive, but with all of those features, it balances out. This treadmill is awesome if you have the money. Make no mistake, the ProForm treadmill is a great deal for $899, it’s a decent incline trainer and perfect for those who are on a budget.