A List of the Main Differences Between the ACT and the ACT 10
Basically the ACT is the starter version and the ACT 10 is the “commercial” or premium version.
That translates into the ACT 10 giving you some major upgrades over the ACT trainer. Here is a list of how they differ and how they are the same:
How They Are the Same:
Center Drive Benefits
Both models use a center drive design. This has some benefits over other designs including the fact that it can be more comfortable.
This is because you tend to stand more upright (and don’t lean as much on the arm bars).
Also the pedals are placed closer together which reduces the strain on your hips. Finally, these ellipticals are about half the length of a standard crosstrainer – so they’re much more compact.
The ACT and ACT 10 both come with iFit LIVE (but in different forms – see below). iFit LIVE is a very popular technology that connects your elliptical to the Internet.
From there you can download new workouts, track your fitness progress over time and map out new trails to run using Googlemaps and Google streetview.
Both ellipticals let you choose and set your stride – 18, 20 or 22 inches. This is a great feature since everyone in the family can choose a stride that feels most comfortable for them.
These trainers also let you adjust the pedal toe-heel angle for even more customization.
Free Wireless Heart Rate Monitor
Both machines offer a free wireless heart rate monitor – which tends to be more accurate than hand sensors.
Where They are Different:
The ACT comes with a dual color 6 inch (smaller) console. The ACT 10 comes with an extra large 10 inch, full-color console – with a built in web browser.
The ACT 10 comes with a web browser where the ACT does not.
This means that with the ACT 10 you can surf the net, read emails, watch Youtube videos and more with the swipe of your finger.
A heavier flywheel gives you a smoother-feeling ride. The ACT flywheel comes in at 25 pounds (which is not shabby at all BTW). The ACT 10 comes in with a slightly heavier, enhanced 26 pound flywheel. Not a huge difference – but still worth mentioning.
Stationary Arm Bars
Some people like to grasp the stationary arm bars during their workouts when they need a rest.
Unfortunately the ACT does not have these (it only has the side frame bar).
The ACT 10 does come with stationary arm bars.
With the ACT elliptical, you need to add in the iFit LIVE module (currently they’re offering it included with the machine). But with the ACT 10 it comes built-in (so you don’t need to do anything).
Also, because of the difference in console colors and the web browser, you don’t get as much out of iFit LIVE with the console on the ACT as you do with the ACT 10 (where you see full color street views of running trails, HD video workouts and more).
The ACT 10 comes with resistance controls on the moving arm bars – so you can make change on the fly without having to reach up to the console all the time. The ACT does not offer this option.
So those are the main differences between the Nordictrack ACT and the Nordictrack ACT 10. Which one is best for you?
There’s roughly a $500 difference between the two – and you do get a lot more with the ACT 10. However it’s really up to you to decide what is important to you, what you’ll use and what you can do without as everyone is difference.
For more information on either elliptical visit the links below: