A Comparison of the Nordictrack Elite 12.7 Vs 14.7 Elliptical
Trying to decide between the Nordictrack Elite 12.7 and the 14.7? These are two mid-priced ellipticals in Nordic track’s premium “Elite” series of ellipticals.
The Elite 14.7 (as of this writing) tends to run about $200 more than the 12.7 coming in around $1499 with Free Shipping here.
The Elite 12.7 is the most affordable Elite model, coming in at around $1299 with Free Shipping here.
So what are the main differences between them – and is the Elite 14.7 worth the extra money? Here’s what you need to know:
What They Have In Common:
#1 Built-In Web Browser
Both ellipticals have full-color built-in web browsers – same size window, same everything. This alone makes them a great deal as many other mid-level ellipticals don’t give you this.
#2 Adjustable Foot Pedals
Both ellipticals have 3-setting toe-heel angle adjustable footpedals. You can adjust these to give you a more comfortable, customized workout feel.
#3 iFit LIVE
Both crosstrainers come with iFit LIVE built-in. So you don’t need to buy the module (but you will have to get an iFit LIVE subscription). With iFit you get unlimited new workouts, including some from Jillian Michaels. You can track your workout progress online, set new goals and map out new routes to run with Googlemaps.
#4 Free Wireless Heart Rate Monitor
Both ellipticals come with a Free wireless Heart Rate Monitor. Many people prefer wireless monitors because they are more accurate (and you don’t have to keep grasping the hand sensors for a continuous read).
#5 Extensive Warranty
Both machines come with the same extra-long warranty including Lifetime Frame Warranty, 5-Year Parts Warranty and 2-Year Labor Warranty
How They’re Different:
So those are what they have in common – now what are the differences? Well the 14.7 gives you quite a few upgrades including:
#1 Heavier Flywheel
While both machines have monster flywheels (which helps give you a much more commercial-feeling ride), the 14.7 flywheel is heavier at 34 pounds (vs 32 pounds).
#2 In-Handle Controls
You can change the resistance and incline from the moving armbars on the 14.7 – something you can’t do on the 12.7. This is pretty convenient for on the fly changes.
#3 Covered Roller Track
The 14.7 upgrades to a covered track vs the 12.7 track which is open. An open track is ok – but it does attract more dust and dirt. And it just looks less finished.
While you get from 3 to 20 degree incline on the 12.7 model, you get decline and incline (from -10 to 20 degrees) on the 14.7 model. This can help you add more crosstraining challenges to your workouts.
#5 Dual Fans
The Nordictrack 12.7 Elliptical has a console fan to keep you cool – which is a good thing. But the 14.7 adds an extra fan in the elliptical body. A small little luxury upgrade, but still nice.
Which is Best For You?
So those are the main difference between the Nordictrack 12.7 and 14.7 Elite elliptical trainers.
Assuming that prices stay the same, is it worth the extra $200 for the 14.7? I personally think so – it looks more finished and gives you the extra decline, handlebar controls and heavier flywheel – more than worth the extra money IMHO.
However it’s really up to you and your budget. You can find out more about each trainer direct from the manufacturer here.
Or for more information on each trainer, just click the links below for full reviews: