Nordictrack Vs Proform Elliptical Trainers


Trying to decide between a Nordictrack Elliptical or a Proform? The good news is that you’re not alone. These are two of the most well-known fitness equipment brands in the world.

Proform Elliptical

Proform Elliptical

NordicTrack vs Proform elliptical

Nordictrack Elliptical









This post will dissect a few of the differences – although I will make the disclaimer the ultimately it really comes down to the models you’re comparing.

But overall which brand makes a better crosstrainer? Here’s a few things you need to know.

First of all the main thing you need to know is that these two brands are owned and manufactured by the same company: ICON Health and Fitness. ICON is a big dog in the fitness equipment industry – they have the money, engineering facilities and talent to make a better elliptical for less.

While this may change in the future, for now Nordictrack is really seen as their higher end brand. Proform is their more “affordable” brand.

That’s just my opinion from years of reviewing and rating different fitness equipment. And it’s the impression that many buyers have had – and will continue to have – for years. So I can’t seen ICON changing this anytime soon.

What does this mean for you? Well, it means a couple of things.

First of all, Nordictrack tends to carry more high end features – like web browsers and built-in TVs (although eventually things may filter down to Proform crosstrainers too). So if you’re looking for the best in entertainment and design options, you may want to go with a Nordictrack.

nordictrack elite 16.7 console

Nordictrack Elite 16.7 Elliptical With Built-in TV and Web Browser


Nordictrack models also tend to have better overall construction and design – for example the Elite series of front drive crosstrainers like the Elite 12.7 or the 16.7 with monster-heavy flywheels, power incline and longer 20 inch strides.

Nordictrack also has the center-drive ellipticals like the ACT and ACT 10 that Proform does not have. Some people prefer the center drive design because it feels more natural when running.

Proform Elliptical

Proform Elliptical

On the flip side however, because Proform is seen as more of a starter brand, they may have more cheap elliptical options (under $1000) at any one time.

For example, as of this writing, Nordictrack has 4 ellipticals under $1000 – The ACT, Audiostrider 990 (now called the SE7i), the E11.7 and the E8.7.

The Proform manufacturer has about 7 elliptical under $1000 at their main website. So if you’re on a budget and want more options you may want to check them out.

So those are the main pros and cons of each brand. The good news is that they do have some of the same features – like some models that fold up and iFit LIVE compatibility to give you a new challenge.

Overall it does come down to comparing model to model – but those are some of the general differences between Nordictrack vs Proform elliptical trainers.

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Nordictrack Elliptical Trainers

Proform Elliptical Trainers




3 Benefits and 1 Drawback of Center Drive Elliptical Trainers


One of the most popular Nordictrack ellipticals is the ACT – so popular that NT actually introduced two upgraded ACT models – the Commercial 7 and Commercial 10 (as they still wanted to keep the original to under $1000).

Why is the ACT so popular? Mainly because it’s a center-drive design.

This is something you don’t usually find in an elliptical under $1000 – although the design has been in the commercial elliptical market for a few years now.

So what makes center drive elliptical trainers so popular? What benefits does it offer you? Here are the 3 main benefits:

#1 More Compact

center drive elliptical trainers baseA center drive machine is more compact and takes up less space lengthwise than a standard elliptical. It’s more of a box shape than a long rectangle.

That means if you don’t have a lot of space in your home gym, it’s ideal. It’s also great for apartments or condos too.


#2 You Stand More Upright on the Pedals

nordic track act ellipticalBecause you’re placed in a more upright position on these machines, you’ll lean less on the handrails – and some people feel that this burns more calories.

I’m not sure if this is the case – but the more upright position does feel more comfortable for many people.


#3 Pedals Closer Together

Because the pedals are closer together on these machines, this more accurately mimics your body’s true running motion.

Nordictrack ACT 10 footpedalsAnd again, this can feel more comfortable and cause less stress on your hips.

And again, if something is more comfortable, you’re more likely to stay on the machine longer – which means more calories burned.

So those are 3 of the main benefits of center drive elliptical trainers. Are there any drawbacks?

Well the main drawback is that because of the dual side flywheel design, you don’t get incline options on these ellipticals. Many people prefer incline as it changes the slope of the elliptical and challenges different muscle groups. But it’s not necessary to have to get a great workout.

You can find incline on front or rear drive trainers like the Elite 12.7 or Spacesaver SE9i.

If you don’t care about incline – and need to save space, you may really love the center drive design on the ACT. And if you want the design with a full-color web browser to make your workouts a lot more enjoyable, you’ll probably want to go with the ACT 10.




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