With a lot of treadmill options in the market today, it’s more difficult than ever pinning down our choice to a particular model. This is especially true in situations where we have to choose between items of equal attraction or when we have limited financial power to buy an item we cherish.
It can be frustrating: Great quality, a couple of HUGE blots; crappy quality, a couple of AMAZING features. Most times, we just have to compromise.
Luckily, not always.
Once in a while, a playmaker graces the arena to finally meet the spectator’s long-awaited expectations and desires on all grounds.
In the treadmill industry, such point man is the NordicTrack Commercial X32i—and it has stolen the show completely.
I like to think of the NordicTrack Commercial X32i as the Keiser M3i Spin Bike of treadmills. Both items are at the very apex of the treadmill and stationary bike industries: Best accessories, most advanced programming options, and most rewarding user experience.
With programming features especially, the X32i Treadmill has no betters.
Whether you plan to lose weight, improve cardio fitness, or build muscles, your indoor treadmill running is going to be a lot more interactive, engaging, and fun than you can ever imagine. And the closest to real outdoor running.
Get ready to train virtually anywhere in the world—with anyone, at any time, under any condition—because the X32i promises that.
But before that, let’s get to know our machine better.
Our review presents a detailed and unaffected evaluation of the NordicTrack X32i. At a gigabucks sum, you have to know exactly what your $3,999 will be getting you.
Let’s move right in.
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Commercial X32i Model Overview
The NordicTrack Commercial X32i is the latest of a “Xi-series” of the NordicTrack Commercial treadmills. As we would expect, it has been revised thoroughly to correct any inconveniences of the preceding two models: The X11i and the X22i.
Right off the bat, prospective buyers should know that the NordicTrack Commercial X32i is an advanced treadmill with an expensive price tag. It comes with a solid construction, a lot of features & accessories, and a great warranty, which is integral to delivering top performance and excellent user experience.
The high price point is no surprise.
The X32i promises an unforgettable real road experience with its programming options, which are its biggest wins. You can enjoy 50 built-in workout programs and one year of iFit membership, accessible via a 32-inch smart HD touchscreen. If you need more interaction, engagement, and fun, or maybe extra guidance with your workout programs, this is the treadmill to go for. It offers those aplenty.
With iFit integration, you can exercise smarter on a treadmill. This feature gives you access to 17,000+ on-demand workouts for challenging varieties, the privilege to train privately or in a group with world-class fitness coaches who will motivate and support you, and the freedom to travel virtually anywhere in the world, all from the comfort of your room. Thanks to the amazing Google Maps™ technology.
The NordicTrack Commercial X32i features a 4.23 CHP, smart-response motor, and a -6-40% incline control, designed to push you through the fastest and toughest workouts.
Train as hard, intense, or long as you want, this treadmill is large and strong enough to endure whatever you throw at it. What we don’t like, though, is the user weight capacity which maxes out at 330 lbs (150 kg), and we cannot understand why. Most likely, you won’t be weighing 330 lbs, GRANTED, but for a mixed camp treadmill (commercial and home), we expect to see something that will accommodate heavier users.
The manufacturers chose reinforced steel for the treadmill’s frame and a Reflex™ Cushioning technology for its running surface. The special cushioning absorbs shock to protect your joints and reduces workout noise to the minimum. Another quality we love about the deck is that it feels like a real road experience. You will find it helpful if you are a regular outdoor runner who wouldn’t even take a natural, justifiable hindrance as an excuse not to train on certain days, say, on a rainy or snowy day.
That takes us to the extraordinary monitor. The extra-large 32-inch HD touchscreen serves as a window through which you can see the world’s most scenic locations in bright, colorful, and lifelike views. The display is so large and realistic that you will feel like you’re running outdoors. It’s interesting to know that the screen is the biggest of any treadmills in the current market.
You can also track your fitness performance and progress in real-time so that you can always stay focused and engaged.
Another brilliant quality of this X32i Treadmill, especially in relation to the iFit feature, is its family-oriented design. It allows you to create up to 4 user profiles using a single iFit membership so that your family can share in your joyous experience.
If your fitness goal involves running or the use of a treadmill, the X32i can help you achieve it more efficiently, more comfortably, and much faster.
For most people, it’s a brilliant choice, with its multiple amazing features and only a few downsides.
Who’s it for?
In no specific order, the NordicTrack Commercial X32i Treadmill is perfect for:
- Home & commercial use
- Family or multiple users
- All user levels (beginner, intermediate & advanced)
- Persons who want a serious workout
- MORE interactive, engaging, and fun workout
- Buyers who have the money to invest in a long-term optimized treadmill
NordicTrack X32i Pros and Cons
- Solid and durable construction optimized for long-term
- The large running surface that gives enough room and safety
- Comfortable deck with special cushioning that reduces impacts and protects the joints
- Challenging workout with powerful incline capabilities, dynamic drive system, and impressive speed options
- The cooling mechanism protects your machine’s health and keeps you cool for longer periods
- Workout tracking for time, distance, speed, calories, and pulse
- XTRA LARGE 32” smart HD touchscreen monitor that displays your workout stats and iFit graphics; biggest screen in the current 2020 market
- iFit feature makes your workout more interactive, engaging, and fun
- Drive monotony away from your workouts
- Creates multiple user-profiles using just a single iFit subscription; ideal treadmill for family use
- Google Maps feature
- 50 built-in programs for personal training
- FREE 1-year iFit membership
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Amplified speakers for audible audio readouts
- Outstanding warranty
- Expensive treadmill (though justifiably so)
- Surprisingly lower user weight capacity
- Large size treadmill, not ideal for small space
- Permanent floor space needed
- Manufacturer: NordicTrack
- Model: X32i
- Application: commercial/home
- Rating: 4.9/5 (98%)
- Mainframe: reinforced steel
- Assembled dimensions: 76.5” x 40” W x 73” H
- Foldable: NO
- Display: 32” smart HD touchscreen
- Net weight: UNSPECIFIED
- Weight capacity: 330 lbs
- Running surface: 22” x 65”
- Cushioning: Reflex™ Cushioning
- Speed: 0–12 mph
- Motor: 4.25 CHP(DurX™ Commercial Plus)
- Built-in programs: 50
- Incline: -6-40%
- Transport wheels: YES
- Price category: high-end
- Price: $3,999
- Warranty: 10 years on frame; 2 years on part; 1 year on labor
Additional features include:
- Dual AutoBreeze™ Workout Fans
- Bluetooth®1Audio Capabilities
- Two 3” Digitally Amplified Speakers
- iFit Bluetooth® Chest Strap Included
- 5” Precision and Balanced Non-Flex Rollers
- OneTouch® Controls
- 1-Year iFit® Membership
Key Features Description
The NordicTrack Commercial X32i is a large and sturdy treadmill made of a reinforced steel frame. It has dimensions 76.5” L x 40” W x 73” W and has a user weight capacity of 330 lbs. The assembled weight is not specified by the manufacturers, but at the mentioned frame size and with all the features and accessories it sports, it’s safe to say it’s a heavy treadmill.
The treadmill doesn’t fold up, but we never expected this quality with a machine this large and heavy. Treadmills in this size category are generally designed to sit permanently at a particular place, without the need for folding and rolling away for storage after use. This also means that you should have enough space dedicated to this treadmill in your setting.
Considering the solid construction, we are sure this treadmill that will last under your care for many long years to come. And there’s a strong warranty to cover your back (….or pocket?)
NordicTrack Commercial X32i has a standard, large commercial tread belt measuring 22” x 65”. As a running treadmill which also supports high-intensity training, size matters so that you won’t feel restricted.
Run, sprint, walk, sidestep, or whatever there’s just so much room on the deck to work your to fitness target, safely and comfortably. This is a welcoming convenience for taller people or users with long strides.
In addition to the large running surface, the special Reflex™ Cushioning is designed to reduce impact, protect your joints, and muffle sound from your footfalls.
It’s also optimized to make running on the deck give the same feel as running on concrete and tarmac. This is welcoming news especially to people who combine outdoor jogging with a treadmill workout.
With easy strides that feel natural and safe, you can cover more minutes on this model and work faster toward your fitness goals.
Powerful incline capabilities
One of the best features of this treadmill is the terrific incline-decline which ranges from -6% to 40%, offering a very steep slope. At the steeper inclines, even the fittest runners may be drained of energy and gasping for breath.
With this kind of incline capability, your workout will have so much variety to support continuous progress. This quality is hard to come by with many other treadmills, even ones in this class, so it should be considered a bonus for buyers and users.
Going forward, there’s a next-gen sled push handlebar & sled that adds strength training for your upper body, while offering a safe grip when you are working on the steep inclines. Set speed from 1 – 12 MPH and blast fat fast.
Powerful motor& adjustable speed
The X32i comes with a powerful 4.25 continuous horsepower motor (CHP) designed to support the most intense and fastest workouts. This is the level of drive system required for a treadmill in this category and price range. No matter what you throw at it, the X32i will absorb it without breaking down.
Accompanying the powerful smart-response drive mechanism is an adjustable speed option 0-12 mph, which is built to put up with everything from casual jogging to high-intensity running.
Dual Auto Breeze™ cooling fans serve two special functions: To prevent machine overheating and to keep you cool and energized. With the press of a button, you can always change the speed and the angle of the fan to preference.
Two 3” digitally amplified speakers
Integrated dual 3-inch speakers allow you to play out music via a Bluetooth connection and to listen to your iFit instructions. The volume is completely adjustable to preference. If you want a quieter workout but still want to listen to audio, you can connect a pair of headphones with the treadmill’s attached Bluetooth connection.
Bluetooth connectivity & heart rate tracking
With two Bluetooth connections, the iFit Bluetooth® chest strap, and the Bluetooth®1 audio capabilities, you can monitor your heart rate and listen to audio over the headphone. This keeps your workout a lot more efficient, engaging, and fun.
32” smart HD touchscreen
View the world in real, living colors through the window of the extra-large 32” HD touchscreen, the biggest of all NordicTrack treadmills, and the largest size in the current 2020 market. The TV-like screen makes your iFit engagements a lot more real and fun.
The monitor also displays your workout stats for time, distance, speed, calories burned, and pulse, to keep you motivated and focused. Unlike models that use smaller screens, or much worse LCD and LED displays, the X32i’s size and display take care of your eyes and neck, making visual details so clear and easy to see.
Built right round into the sides of the versatile digital console are several touchscreen buttons for setting different parameters for the various functional units of the treadmill.
Whether you’re immersed in your iFit interactions or tracking your fitness stats, the X32i’s jumbo size screen offers by far the best view.
There is a free 1-year iFit membership to get you off to a good start. This gives you access to iFit’s 17,000+ on-demand workouts, live classes with world-class trainers, and new daily workouts updates tailored to your style. Extra bonuses include Google Maps for virtual global travels, stats tracking, and other exclusive perks like personalized lifestyle guidance for exercise, nutrition, sleep, among others.
At the end of your one-year free subscription, you can either continue to use your machine’s built-in 50 programs or subscribe for paid access to iFit’s limitless monthly package.
Treadmill running has never been more interactive, engaging, and fun with the iFit experience.
Using one iFit membership, you can create and store up to 4 different user profiles on this treadmill, making it a great choice for family use.
The X32i is an expensive treadmill, so it’s not for everyone. For about $3,999 you can get it on Amazon.
The X32i comes with an effective buyer’s protection for the long-term. The warranty details coverage for:
- Frame: 10 years
- Parts: 2 years
- Labor: 1 year
It’s an impressive deal, and it’s expected for a machine in this category.
Should I buy this treadmill?
Before you pull out your credit card and make an order, let’s run a final check to see if this treadmill is for you.
NordicTrack Commercial X32i treadmill will be a perfect option for you if you:
- Need something that feels very close to real road experience
- Want a serious training (with the inclines, for example)
- Wish to access iFit features with your treadmill
- Wish to add interaction, engagement, and fun to your workout
- Need a treadmill with a lot of programming features
- Need extra guidance
- Want to invest long-term in a gym equipment
If any of these conditions are important to you, then you may want to consider getting yourself this treadmill.
We’re almost sure you’d like the extra-large HD touchscreen, the thrilling iFit features, the powerful incline, and the family-oriented 4-user profile iFit compatibility, to name just a few.
All in all, with the level of high-quality performance and comfortable user experience this treadmill dishes out, there’s almost no reason not to fall in love with it.
The only significant downsides might be the relatively low weight capacity and the high price point. But then, it’s unlikely that you will be weighing 330 lbs, speaking of weight. Regarding the cost, you can go for lower-priced models like the X22i and the X11i, if you need around the same quality.
Personally, with my eyes blindfolded in a dark room full of assorted treadmills, I’d still walk straight to the NordicTrack Commercial X32i.
Daniel Amankwah is a fitness expert for 4EvaFit Lifestyle, personal fitness coach, personal trainer, blogger, and a motivational speaker living in Acton, Massachusetts. His affection for a healthy lifestyle has penetrated through the noise in the health, fitness industry and empowers people to create sustainable prescriptions for lasting health, happiness, and confidence.
A background as a business researcher coupled with a personal passion for fitness help brings our readership a thoughtful curation fitness guide and fitness product review. His burning desire is to share his fitness experience and offer some encouragement to anyone that is working to better themselves physically through healthy eating habits and being active.
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