NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer Review – 2019

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The NordicTrack X22i is out top pick for treadmills over $2500. This review is going to go through all the bells and whistles you get with this luxury treadmill and hopefully convince you to love it as much as we do. Check it out!

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NordicTrack Commercial X22i

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10/10

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10/10

Treadmill Review

Updated: 11-11-2019

If you’re considering a home treadmill is the price range of $2500+, make the X22i a serious consideration. You’ll find a few killer treadmills out there that can compare, but did you notice the price tag? The X22i comes equipped with a lot of the features and accessories you’d find in a $4000+ treadmill but with a much more appealing price tag.

Not only do you get a lot of cool extras on the X22i that you would on a treadmill like the Peloton (but for less dough), you also get a bit more. Some of the extra features you’ll find on the X22i are leaps and bounds better for at at-home training routine than you’ll find on any other home treadmill. This review covers it all. If you’re not sold by the end, let us know what questions you still have! We’d love to hear from you and help you in any way we can.


Buying The NordicTrack X22i Incline Treadmill

We’ve noticed that NordicTrack regularly marks this treadmill down to about $3000. That purchase price also includes a 12-month subscription to iFit Coach. Already, that’s saving us about $1000+ in the first year of owning this quality of home treadmill.

Who The X22i Incline Trainer Is Built For

First and foremost, the X22i is up there in price. While it’s not insanely expensive, it’s going to run you a thousand dollars more than the popular Commercial 1750. So our first consideration is price range. But disregarding cost, the X22i is for everyone.

  • Walkers - The 40% max incline can give a walker a serious cardio burn without the stress on joints from running.
  • Runners - This treadmill is the best way to mimic an outdoor run. If you’re training for any type of event, you can plug in the actual route of your upcoming race into the Google Maps tool and the treadmill automatically adjusts the incline to mimic the actual terrain of your route.
  • Serious athletes - From sprinting to hill training, there is no other treadmill that will push you to your VO2 max and beyond like the Incline Treadmills from NordicTrack.

The X22i is designed for those seeking variability in their day-to-day workouts. The ability to be able to cross-train on one single machine is invaluable. No matter what you are training for, too much repetitiveness can be detrimental to overall success in a program. The x22i allows for the user to do endurance training, incline power training, strength training and speed training.

Why The X22i Incline Is Our Top Pick For Treadmills $2500 And Up

The NordicTrack line of incline trainers are a class above your average treadmill, and the X22i is the crown jewel of that line. This treadmill strikes just the right ratio of cost v features.

  • Superior deck cushioning - The X22i has great cushioning to soften the impact on users’ joints. It has NordicTrack’s patented Reflex™ cushioning. The cushioning in this deck is more pronounced than any other treadmill we’ve tested.
  • 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 well under heavy.
  • Powerful motor - Armed with a 4.0 CHP motor, the X22i smoothly transitions between inclines and speeds without a problem.

We feel that the X22i is going to meet the needs of just about anyone looking for a home treadmill, except for maybe the price tag. That being said, this treadmill is a steal of a deal considering all that comes with it.


NordicTrack X22i Incline Treadmill Build Quality

MODEL OVERVIEW

Motor Size: 4.0 CHP

Running Area: 22” W x 60” L

Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

Folding: No

Footprint In Use: 70.2” L x 39.6” W x 71.6” H

Max Speed: 12 mph

Electrical Requirements:

Warranties: 10-year frame warranty, 2-year parts warranty, 1-year labor warranty

Roller Size: 2.5” precision, balanced, non-flex rollers

Cushioning: Yes, a substantial amount

Customer Support: Access customer support via email, webchat, or phone.

Return Policy: Returns are possible within 30 days of receipt. Expect a return shipping fee of $250 plus a 10% restocking fee. Original shipping fees will not be refunded.

Motor Size: The X22i has one of the highest-rated motors you’ll find on a home treadmill. In fact, 4.0 CHP is higher than most commercial treadmills you find in public gyms.

NordicTrack X22i Running Belt

Weight Capacity: A 300 lb weight capacity is slightly surprising at this price point. We expected to see something like 350 lbs as the max user weight. But, considering the 40% incline, a 300 lb weight capacity is reasonable.

Folding: This treadmill does not fold. If you need something that folds, you’ll have to give up the massive incline range. Take a look at the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 for folding treadmill with similar features and accessories.

Cushioning: A noticeable feature of the X22i is the cushioning in the deck. Anyone in need of an impact conscious treadmill, for whatever reason, this is the way to go. Really, any of the Incline Treadmills from NordicTrack is what we would recommend for better cushioning. This series of treadmills has the most noticeable cushioning in the deck and it makes a massive difference on sore or sensitive joints.


NordicTrack X22i Incline Treadmill Features & Accessories

Incline Range: -6% to 40%

Display: 22” HD touchscreen display

On-Board Workouts: 50 + iFit Coach Library

Speakers: Yes, Two 3” speakers. Can project audio from a mobile device via Bluetooth.

Fans: Yes

Heart Rate Monitoring: Bluetooth chest strap HR monitor included

USB port: No

HDMI port: No

Audio Jack: Yes

Water bottle cubbies: Yes

Tablet holder: No

Other:

  • Mobile phone holder
  • Manual mode/sled push
  • Quick select incline/decline and speed controls

Incline Range: The Incline Treadmills from NordicTrack have an outstanding incline range, one you won’t find on competing home treadmills. A negative decline of -6% to a positive incline of 40% is a massive range. Check out this test we did on an incline trainer to see how many calories we burn at a 40% incline in just a few minutes.

NordicTrack X22i Max Incline and Decline

NordicTrack also did a study — Click Here — to show you just how effective a larger incline range is in burning more calories in a shorter amount of time.

Display: The X22i has a massive display screen. It measures 22 inches diagonally and gives you crystal clear quality imaging. This in-your-face fitness approach brings a whole new level of engagement to an ordinary run. When you’re viewing one of the many iFit Coach videos as you exercise, your swept away in the imaging and coaching, instead of dwelling on the tough workout. It’s awesome.

NordicTrack X22i Touchscreen Display
The X22i has a 22-inch HD touchscreen display.

On-board Workouts: The X22i doesn’t require you to pay for a subscription service. Without iFit, you still have access to 50 standard workout programs.

Fans: The fans built into the X22i’s console stand out compared to every other treadmill manufacturer. These fans make a remarkable difference in your comfort and do a great job of cooling you down. Other treadmills have wimpy fans built in that you can hardly feel. NordicTrack does the BEST job with providing a fan worthy of paying for.

NordicTrack X22i Built-in Bluetooth Speakers and Console Fans
Bluetooth Speakers and Console Fans are built into the console and add a lot of value to this treadmill.

Heart Rate Monitoring: Very few NordicTrack treadmills include a chest strap HR monitor with your purchase. The x22i does! And these are great HR monitors. We’ve always had zero issues with pairing the chest strap HR monitor with the NordicTrack machine and get consistent, accurate readings throughout the workout.

iFit Coach chest strap
The iFit Coach chest strap HR monitor is included with an X22i purchase. These are great HR monitors that we’ve never had a problem with.

Manual mode/sled push: New for the 2019 model, the X22i now has a sled push mode. By setting the treadmill to 1 mph, you can manually move the belt without damaging the motor or rollers. You can hang on to any of the conveniently placed handrails as you push the tread belt beneath your feet. It’s a great endurance and strength training mode of exercise.

NordicTrack X22i Manual Push

Water Bottle Holders: The 2019 model has a new placement for water bottle holders. They are located behind the console display but this is a better design. The holders are deep and water bottles feel more secure.

NordicTrack X22i Water Bottle Holder

NordicTrack X22i Incline Treadmill Subscription Service

Name: iFit Coach

Brief Description: View an expansive library of studio treadmill classes, outdoor running, walking, and hiking tours, google maps, and more. iFit classes control your treadmill to change your incline/decline and speed to mimic real-world terrain and training scenarios.

Cost: Free for 12 months with purchase of X22i from NordicTrack. $15+/month

User Profiles: $15 per month for one user profile OR $33 per month for up to 5 user profiles

Class Varieties:

  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Elliptical
  • Bootcamp
  • Outdoor
  • Strength
  • Yoga

Community: Share results, create and join challenges, post to message boards Subscription Limitations: We’re crossing our fingers that iFit can make their UX more user-friendly and intuitive. Currently, the learning curve is a little uncomfortable.

Other: iFit has apps that track nutrition, daily activities, and more. These apps are good, but a bit more reliable with additional purchases like the iFit Sleep App’s heart rate monitor and an iFit wearable and/or Bluetooth chest strap heart rate monitor.

Learn more about iFit Coach here.

Bottom Line Review Of The NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer

NordicTrack X22i Review

The X22i Has Us Singing Its Praises — There is so much you can get out of this treadmill, we’re crying. Not only that, but it’s built incredibly well. It has durable components and didn’t skimp on engineering. The X22i is a seriously great investment.

Jump into engaging treadmill workouts

The X22i Incline Trainer can mimic multiple terrains for marathoners, cross country runners and weekend warriors alike. For an even better endurance workout, the iFit Coach personal trainers can take you through exciting terrains while training your heart and lungs for the cardiovascular demands of running long distances for long periods of time at high intensities. With the iFit Coach training system, long boring treadmill runs are a thing of the past. Explore all different parts of the world with a variety of sceneries and coaches.

X22i is a great machine for power training

Power is a product of both strength and speed. For an athlete, power is important to zoom down the court, field or track at optimal speeds. For the average joe, power is important for things such as preventing falls by being able to react quickly to a trip or stumble. As a person ages power decreases even faster than strength, therefore it is important to add these exercises to your daily routine. The 40% incline is a great way to increase the body’s ability to generate power without having to break out into a jog. The 20-30 percent incline and ability to run at 8 miles per hour, allows users to perform quick bursts of speed and strength up the hill by tapping into fast-twitch fibers and promote optimal muscle growth and firing capabilities in each muscle fiber.

Bring strength training to cardio exercise

If you are looking for a way to build strength the X22i is the perfect machine. The long belt allows the user to perform different strength training exercises such as walking lunges, side squats, skips, lateral shuffles, backward squats, monster walks, sled pushes, all of these at different difficulties when you add in the machines different incline capabilities. These exercises are great for building the quadriceps, hamstrings, calf muscles, core, hips, and glutes. Incorporating these strength exercises into your cardiovascular training is a great way to actively recover after sprints and long bouts of running.

The X22i is great for speed training

The X22i is the perfect machine to work on your anaerobic energy system. When using maximal effort during exercise your body taps into an energy system that does not require oxygen and causes more effort from the muscle fibers in your body that are bigger. Training this way burns fewer calories during the exercise but spikes calorie burn throughout the rest of the entire day and into the night. This spike is due to both your body’s need for extra oxygen and the rebuilding process of the micro-tears in the muscles worked to become bigger and stronger for the next workout.

Built-in cross-training

Rotating through all aspect of fitness is a smart idea when training for any type of race or event and the X22i offer the ability to target all aspects of healthy exercising. By incorporating the more versatile workouts on the X22i into your routine, you can better prevent overuse injuries such as stress fractures, runner's knee, plantar fasciitis, and piriformis. Also, the cross-training available through iFit Coach can help you stay motivated and refreshed for each workout by not allowing training to become monotonous.

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Best Place To Buy The NordicTrack X22i Incline Trainer

We recommend going 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. Use our NordicTrack promo code to get a deal on the 2019 X22i Incline Treadmill.

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