NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer Review – 2019

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No need to go hunting for hills to train on when you have the NordicTrack X22i incline trainer treadmill. With the ability to decline to -6% and incline up to 40%, you will have all the hills you can handle from the inside of your own home!

A powerful, 4.0 CHP motor runs the X22i so you can enjoy a smooth ride while working out. It has two sets of handlebars to keep you steady, no matter what speed or incline you go. Our testers loved this incline trainer’s multitude workout programs which are displayed on a 22” touchscreen. From their testing and our research, we are very comfortable recommending the X22i to anyone looking for a quality piece of cardio equipment.


The X22i retails for $2,999.

The X22i Is Built For Users who:

  • Want a huge incline range - The X22i lives up to the name incline trainer. It can decline to -6% and incline up to 40% for five times the calorie burn.
  • Value immersive workouts - With its giant 22” HD touchscreen and virtual trainers, the X22i can draw in users for fully immersive workouts.
  • Need a treadmill with high appeal - Not all treadmill users want and need the same things from a treadmill. With 44 workout programs, everyone can find some workouts which appeal to them and their fitness levels.

Why The X22i Earned Our Best Incline Trainer

The NordicTrack line of incline trainers are a class above your average treadmill and the X22i is the crown jewel of that line.

  • Excellent construction - From the tips of its handlebars to its thick metal base, the X22i has been built to last. Its sturdy construction holds up under heavy use for years to come.
  • Powerful motor - Armed with a 4.25 CHP motor, the X22i smoothly transitions between inclines and speeds without a problem.  
  • Superior cushioning - The X22i has great cushioning to soften the impact on users joints. It has NordicTrack’s patented Reflex™ cushioning which makes walking and running on the X22i a real treat.

If you are looking for an incline trainer treadmill that will appeal to everyone in your household, then the X22i is the incline trainer for you.

Main Specs - 10/10

Specs “Quick Review”:
  • Motor Size: 4.25 CHP
  • Running Area: 22” x 60”
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Folding: No
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H):  39.6" x 70.2" x 71.6"  
  • Incline Range: -6% to 40%
  • Max Speed: 12 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walkers, Joggers, Runners
  • Electrical Requirements: 120v

Motor Size - The motor in this treadmill is a powerful 4.25 CHP. It is one of the largest motors in any of the treadmills on the market.

Running Area - The running surface is wide and the treadmill belt is well-textured to keep users from slipping. It measures 22” wide and 60” long, giving users plenty of room to move. The length is especially important as you reach the higher incline levels. With a long belt, you won’t feel like falling off when you crank the incline up to 40%.

Weight Capacity - The highest weight the X22i can hold is 300 lbs. Users looking for a way to ease into working out can utilize the high incline range to up their calorie burn even while maintaining a walking pace.

Folding  - The X22i does not fold up. This feature was sacrificed for great stability.  

Space / Footprint -  You need some dedicated space for the X22i in your home. It measures 39.6" wide, 70.2" long, and 71.6" high. Since it does not fold, it will continually take up all that space. It is also a fairly heavy machine, so it will not move easily once you have it set up.

Max Speed - The treadmill’s max speed is 12 MPH. This is industry-standard when it comes to treadmills.

Incline - This treadmill has an incline range of -6% to 40%. With a range like this, you can effectively train for a variety of terrains from the comfort of your own home.

Features - 10/10

Features “Quick Review”
  • Display: 22” HD touchscreen
  • PreInstalled Workout Apps: 44
  • Speakers: Yes
  • Fans: Yes
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: EKG handlebar grips, chest strap
  • USB port: No
  • Audio Jack: Yes
  • Water bottle cubbies: Yes
  • Device holder: Yes

Workout Apps - There are 44 workout apps available on the X22i. There are cardio, strength, interval, and more categories to choose from when you workout. There are 3 levels to each category: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. That way users of all fitness levels can use the X22i workout programs.

Display - One of the most eye-catching features on the X22i is its massive, 22” HD touchscreen display. It acts as the treadmill’s console and is highly responsive to light touches. The screen is angled so you can easily see it from whatever incline level you are at.

Speakers - There are two, 3-inch speakers located just below the 22” touchscreen. The sound is excellent, even when the fans are on. Crisp and well-balanced, the speakers can cut through the treadmill’s sounds as well as the noise the user makes.   

Fans - There are two fans mounted right under the touchscreen. They are equipped with AutoBreeze™ which can automatically adjust fan speed to match your workout intensity. Or you can manually adjust your fan speed.

Heart Rate Monitoring - Tracking your heart rate accurately is even more important when using the incline trainer. Our testers put the NordicTrack incline trainer promise to the test, and the wireless heart rate monitoring chest strap was key to tracking their results. With the ability to incline up 40%, you can burn calories 5 times faster than normal workouts. There are also EKG handlebar grips for heart rate monitoring.

Other Tech Features
  • iFit Coach
  • Audio jack
  • Device/water holders

Build Quality - 10/10

X22i Review: Build Quality

  • Warranties - Lifetime frame, deck, and motor, 6-year electronics and parts, 3-year labor
  • Belt - 2-ply, commercial non-stretch
  • Roller Size - 2.5”
  • Cushioning - Reflex™ Cushioning
  • Customer Support - Phone, email, live chat
  • Return Policy - 30-day money-back

While the X22i lacks a crossbar to stabilize the console, it instead relies on its reinforced metal base to keep the incline trainer steady. No matter the angle or speed our testers ran the X22i on, it remained unmoving.

Both the upper and lower handlebars are strong. Which is great, because as you go up in incline level, you will need them to hang onto. The holders are a little odd shaped but it doesn’t keep you from being able to grab your water bottle.

The X22i has one of the best warranties we’ve seen from a treadmill manufacturers. It will help protect your investment for years to come.

If you run into a problem with the X22i, there are several ways you can contact NordicTrack’s customer support. They have email, phone options to help you work through issues. If you want to know more before you purchase, there are customer service reps on the NordicTrack site that you can chat with live. For returns within the first 30 days, you can receive all your money back, minus a 10% restocking fee. If the X22i is damaged or defective, there is no restocking fee.

Bottom Line Review Of The NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer

NordicTrack really knocked it out of the park when they made the X22i incline trainer treadmill. Its vibrant, 22” touchscreen display invites users to become fully immersed in their workout, and the huge incline range will challenge its users for years.
Paired with a powerful motor, the X22i is up to the task of serious runners training for marathons to casual walkers who want a well-cushioned treadmill. It isn’t the cheapest incline trainer by a long shot, but the X22i is well worth its price.

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Best Place To Buy The NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer

Don’t bother with third-party resellers when you want to purchase the X22i incline trainer. You will want to go through NordicTrack directly for the best customer service. They will also be able to extend their warranties to your purchase. While third-parties offer warranties, they are not always authorized to extend those warranties. Also, by going through NordicTrack, you can be sure you are receiving the best deal as well as the latest model of the X22i. You can also try to get a NordicTrack promo code.