NordicTrack Elite 16.9
Elliptical Review

The NordicTrack Elite 16.9 elliptical is a top of the range, forward drive machine, that showcases a 15" HD TV and adds the additional benefits of a color, touch screen display which has a built-in web browser.

The user is able to select from up to 35 challenging programs to engage their interest and help achieve specific fitness goals. Additionally there are 26 digital resistance levels which can be selected to help burn more calories or just tone up.

A key design feature of this model is the power ramp. The user is able to adjust the incline up to 20% from a button on the console and so alter the shape of their stride. This allows the user to concentrate on developing one or more specific muscle groups.

This model is iFIT enabled with the iFIT module already built in. Users can track their progress, and customize their workouts to individual requirements. This particular feature requires a home, wireless internet connection and membership to which is sold separately.

Other highlights include: Silent Magnetic Resistance braking, heart rate monitor (with wireless chest strap), back-lit display, an automatic workout  fan and a sound system with iPOD / MP3 connectivity.

The machine is covered by a strong warranty which offers a lifetime warranty on the frame, 6 years on all parts and 3 years labor.

Here's a list of the main features:

... integrated 15" HD TV

Setting this front drive elliptical apart from similar machines is the presence of a 15" high definition TV that is mounted directly above the control console. The unit is conveniently positioned at eye level and allows the user to be entertained during their workout.

... magnetic braking

Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) braking is used on this model. This system offers a frictionless, resistance braking which is very smooth in operation and allows the user to adjust the intensity of their workout without having to break the continuity of their workout.

... power ramp

Another innovative feature of this trainer is the "power ramp". The elevation of the ramp can be adjusted between the values of 0 % to 20 % directly from a button on the control panel.

Depending upon the amount of elevation selected there is a corresponding change in the motion of the elliptical which enables different muscle groups to be engaged.

... workout options

The model has 35 built-in workout programs. Each workout has been designed by a certified personal trainer in order to help you get the most out of your workout session.

These 35 workout showcase everything the elliptical is capable of and assist you in achieving your fitness goals whether it be to lose weight or tone up.

... digital resistance levels

This model makes it easier to burn calories and increase your muscle tone by allowing the user to increase or decrease the amount of resistance that is applied to the elliptical's motion.

There are a total of 26 digital resistance levels which can be selected from the conveniently located buttons on the control panel.

... upper body grips

Upper body grips allow the user to burn more calories and tone the muscle groups in the arms and trunk. These workout arms feature soft touch grips and are able to accommodate any height of user. They fall naturally to hand and remain comfortable throughout the  workout.

... color touch screen

The 7" color, touch screen incorporates a web browser. This enables the user to connect to their home's wireless internet network and check their email, surf the web or participate in social networking activities.

Just like a normal display screen the user can check their progress, but the user is able to navigate through menus and pull up relevant workout data with just a swipe of the finger.

... ergonomic pedals

This elliptical is equipped with cushioned, adjustable pedals. These ergonomically designed pedals have a textured surface to make them comfortable during use.

The user is able to adjust the heel-to-toe angle of their foot position  in order to provide  greater stability and traction during the workout.

... iFIT enabled

This trainer is iFIT enabled with an iFIT module already built into the console. This feature provides the following benefits:

  • MAP:Exercise anywhere in the world with Google Maps
  • TRAIN: Download workouts to help with your fitness goals
  • COMPETE: Compare progress to others in the iFIT community.
  • TRACK: Upload your workout data to monitor your progress.
  • GOAL: Set Calorie, Time or Distance goals for your workouts.
  • VIDEO: Watch high definition videos with simulated workouts.
  • WEIGHT LOSS: Download sets of weight-loss workouts.

It should be noted that this feature requires a home, wireless internet connection, and subscription to which is sold separately.

... iPOD connection

The audio system on this model is connected to an iPOD compatible music port. Simply plug in your iPOD, or MP3 player, into the Interplay Music Port situated on the control panel. You can enjoy listening to your favorite music or an audio book title during your work out session through the speakers built into the console.

... heart rate monitor

The trainer is also equipped with a "CardioGrip" heart rate monitor. By monitoring your heart rate using the sensors that are built into the handlebars you can make the most out of each workout.

A wireless chest strap is also included which transmits your heart rate data continuously to the display without any need to touch the heart rate sensors on the handlebars.

By monitoring your heart rate you can ensure that you're always in the right training zone for your goals. This results in a more effective workout, burn more fat, and improve your cardiovascular health.

... auto cooling fan

A strenuous workout can leave you feeling hot and sticky, but this elliptical trainer provides the perfect solution with an integrated workout cooling fan.

The fan has a low, high and auto setting. When the auto setting is selected the speed of the fan will automatically adjust itself to the speed at which you are pedaling.

The console mounted fan is operated from a button on the control panel and helps to keep you to keep cool during the most vigorous workout.

… warranty details

The NordicTrack Elite 16.9 elliptical trainer is protected by a Lifetime warranty on the Frame, 6 years Parts and 3 yrs Labor.


  • Integrated 15" HD TV
  • 35 Workout Programs
  • 26 Digital Resistance Levels
  • Intensity Stride Power Ramp
  • Silent Magnetic Resistance
  • Digital Quick Incline
  • One-Touch Controls
  • Web Enabled Touch Screen
  • CardioGrip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Wireless Heart Rate Strap
  • Multi-Position Upper Body Grips
  • Adjustable Cushioned Pedals
  • iFIT Enabled
  • iPOD Compatible Music Port
  • AutoBreeze Workout Fan
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Transport Wheels


  • Footprint: 72.1" L x 23.5" W x 79.4" H
  • Stride Length: up to 21"
  • Max User Weight: 375 lbs
  • Flywheel: 32 lbs
  • Warranty: Frame (Lifetime)

                         Parts (6 yrs)

                         Labor: (3 yrs)

NordicTrack Elliptical Range

©2021 Treadmill Adviser

Disclosure  Privacy  Contact  Disclaimer  Sitemap

I have had my Elite 16.9 for approximately one month and could not be happier with my decision to purchase this piece of equipment for my home.

I replaced a treadmill I had purchased 13 years ago. The treadmill had over 1000 hours of use and I was approaching 4,000 miles. Needless to say, the treadmill was very loud, and made it impossible to be in the room when I was using it.

My 16.9 is amazingly quiet to the point where other members of my family are staying in the room when I am exercising.

I have really enjoyed the iFit functionality as well. It really helps to make the time go by quicker.

I purchased a two year subscription at my original time of purchase and do not regret doing so. Once I was able to connect the HDTV to my cable box, I am very pleased with this component of the 16.9 as well.

I truly have no regrets in this purchase and would strongly recommend this machine for anyone who is in the market.

Great machine easy to assemble.

The only thing I wish it would do is show the ifit maps on the TV screen and on the smaller display both.

Otherwise a flawless machine!

After 4 weeks. What I like, Feels sturdy. Ifit google street view is very nice. And auto inclining feature is smooth.

Its quiet except when incline motor is going which only lasts a couple seconds and a brush rubbing sound down at left side that doesn't change no matter what resistance setting I use.

My wife is 5’2 and Im 6’. ergonomics are good for both of us.

I now prefer to have only sport socks on when using this machine. The foot bed is very comfortable.

Plastic hand grips are hard, plastics don't perfectly line up so a little bit scratchy on hands. Would be nice if grips were rubber. Cheap light workout gloves make it feel better.

It was easy for me to assemble with a bit of help from my wife. And Ifit works great.

Their is minimal maintenance you need to do on this to keep it going and their is instructions on where to grease it online.

I would buy it again.

Ordered the 16.9 online thru NordicTrack, took a while to get it. Thought it could have been delivered quicker.

The machine was delivered into my garage where I started to unpack it. It was extremely well packaged and all the parts were labeled for ease of assembly.

I must say this is a heavy machine. I thought that I could handle it myself if I brought it inside before assembling it. NOPE, needed assistance.

It went together easily. Took a couple min for it to update software and worked perfectly.

I am very happy with its performance and construction.

My wife loves to do her workouts in Hawaii using the Ifit. If shes happy Im happy.