Trying to decide between the Nordictrack C 12.9 elliptical
These are both premium elliptical trainers with heavy 32 pound flywheels for added stability, 26 resistance levels, and 20 degree power incline.
Both trainers also come iFit Coach compatible – so you can go online and track your workouts over time, run trails all over the world and download unlimited new workouts.
So how are they different? And which is best for you?
Here’s a review of the main differences between them to help you decide:
Nordictrack C12.9 vs 14.9 – Price
The Nordictrack C12.9 is the more affordable model coming in around $1299 with Free Shipping here.
Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 elliptical is a step above the 12.9 model (hence the “Commercial” title) so it usually runs a bit more – around $1599 plus Free Shipping here.
This makes the C12.9 elliptical the more affordable model and the more attractive choice if you’re on a budget. But what exactly do you get with the 14.9 for the extra money? And is it worth it?
Nordictrack 12.9 vs 14.9 Comparison – Console Size
While both ellipticals come with multi-color, touch screen, HD consoles there is a difference in size. For example here is the console on the Nordictrack 12.9 model:
And here’s the console of the Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical:
As you can see the console window on the Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical is larger than the 12.9 model – 10 inches vs 7 inches across.
This can make a big difference when reading your workout stats or watching iFit scenery or videos as you run. It’s kind of like having a bigger TV or a larger phone screen – for a lot of people, bigger is better.
Nordictrack 12.9 vs 14.9 Elliptical – Tablet Holder
Both elliptical trainers come with a built-in tablet holder above the console – so you can attach your tablet and surf the web or watch movies as you run.
However the Nordictrack 14.9 has a pivoting tablet holder whereas the Nordictrack 12.9 has a standard holder. Not a huge difference – but something to be aware of anyways.
Nordictrack C12.9 vs 14.9 – Hand Grips
The Nordictrack C12.9 comes with standard hard grips whereas the Nordictrack C14.9 comes with enhanced curved hand grips as you can see from the pics above the below.
This means you have more areas to place your arms on the Nordictrack 14.9 moving arm bars – so you can train different areas of your upper body. Basically this gives you enhanced upper body training on the Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical.
Nordictrack C12.9 vs 14.9 – Stride
The Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 elliptical has a slightly longer stride than the 12.9 trainer – 20 inches vs 19 inches. This isn’t a huge difference (and stride length does change as you chance the power incline).
But if you’re looking for a longer stride to more fully work your lower body muscles, it’s something you may want to know.
So what’s the final word on the Nordictrack C 12.9 vs 14.9 debate?
One of the biggest differences is found in the size of the console – it’s larger and easier to read on the 14.9 trainer. This can really make a difference when watching the iFit Coach workouts.
The Nordictrack 14.9 also has an enhanced tablet holder, a slightly longer stride and better arm bar grips.
On the other hand the Nordictrack C 12.9 trainer is more affordable – and still gives you everything you need for a great workout including the HD, full-color console.
So at the end of the day, it really comes down to what’s most important to you.
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