Pros and Cons of the 2014 Elite 14.7 Model
The Nordictrack Elite 14.7 elliptical is an affordable premium elliptical in Nordictrack’s popular “Elite” series – which are built to be a bit tougher than their regular ellipticals.
It’s a step up from the 12.9 elliptical model with a heavier flywheel, larger incline/decline, dual fan system, in-handle controls and covered roller shield.
Plus it has several other features that can make your workouts a lot more enjoyable like a built-in, full color web browser, adjustable footpedals and even HD video workouts.
Is the Elite 14.7 the right choice for you? Here’s a brief review to help you decide:
Price: $1499 + Free Shipping
Resistance Levels: 26
iFit? Yes – Built In
iPod Dock? Yes
Weight Capacity: 350 lbs
Warranty: Lifetime Frame Warranty, 5-Year Parts Warranty, 2-Year Labor Warranty
Pros of the Nordictrack Elite 14.7 Elliptical:
#1 Decline and Incline
Incline or ramp is a popular feature with buyers because it changes the slope of the elliptical motion. This has the added advantage of working different muscle groups and giving you a more effective workout.
The Elite 14.7 has both decline and incline – with a -10 degree decline and up to a 20 degree incline. So it’s a great way to really change things up and challenge your body.
#2 Smooth Ride with A 34 Pound Flywheel
A heavier flywheel gives you a smoother feeling ride without a lot of jerky stops and stars you often get with cheaper ellipticals. This 34 pound flywheel is impressive – especially considering that similar brands like Horizon use 16 – 18 pound flywheels.
#3 Full Color Web Browser
From there you can surf, read the latest business news, watch Youtube videos and more.
This is guaranteed to make your workout go by faster! The browser is a touch screen and is bright and easy to use.
#4 iFit LIVE Built-In
This goes along with the full color web browser. iFit connects your elliptical to the internet and from there you can do a lot. You can download unlimited new workouts to your elliptical – including some from celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels where she coaches you through you workout.
You can also map out new trails to run all over the world with Googlemaps and iFit. Want to stroll through Paris? No problem.
Or hike through Yellowstone national part? It’s easy. You even use Googlemaps streetview to watch landmarks pass you by.
What’s really neat about this elliptical is that the incline and resistance also automatically change to match the terrain of the trail you’re running. Very virtual reality.
You don’t need to buy an iFit LiVE module with this crosstrainer – it comes built-in (although the iFit subscription is extra).
#5 HD Video Workouts
These workouts add a bit of “virtual reality” fun to your exercise time. For example, you can run along the shores of Hawaii while a personal trainer coaches you through your workout. You’ll also learn interesting facts about the landmarks along the way. The incline and decline will automatically adjust to match the trail.
#6 Dual Fans
You get a fan in the console and on the elliptical body – which is a nice step up from lower models – and a great way to stay cool
#7 Oversized, Adjustable Pedals
You can choose from 3 different toe-heel angles with these gel-pad, oversized pedals. So you can easily find a fit that works for you.
It’s also a great feature if you have multiple users since everyone can adjust the pedal to suit their comfort level.
#8 In-Handle Controls
You can adjust the resistance and incline/decline setting right from the moving arm bars – so you don’t have to reach up to the console to do it. It’s a small thing – but very convenient.
Cons of the Nordictrack Elite 14.7 Elliptical Trainer:
#1 iFit Live Subscription Extra
The iFit LIVE subscription is extra (around $99 a year). However you don’t need to use iFit in order to use this elliptical (you can also still use the web browser without iFit). So you don’t have to buy iFit right away.
#2 Not Really An Adjustable Stride
Nordictrack advertises this as an adjustable stride (20 – 23 inches). And many people find that a bit misleading. You can’t actually adjust or set the stride for your workout.
The stride length changes as you change the incline – which isn’t really what most people think of when they think of an “adjustable stride”.
It’s not a huge deal, but it can be a bit of a surprise if you’re expecting to able to choose your stride.
The Elite 14.7 is a premium elliptical coming in at a mid-range price. It steps up from the 12.9 model to give you a heavier flywheel, decline option, a covered roller base, in-handle controls and dual fans.
While it doesn’t have some of the bells and whistles of the higher end Elite models, it’s still an impressive machine that gives you a lot more for the money than other mid-priced ellipticals.