NordicTrack x22i Incline Trainer Review

Lucie Bennett | Last Updated: April 4, 2020

NordicTrack makes awesome training equipment. Their products are often rated some of the best fitness machines out there, and they offer something for everyone, from beginner to advanced workouts.

The NordicTrack x22i Incline Trainer is the mid-range model in the Xi line. It’s a step up from the Nordictrack x11i Incline Trainer, with improved features like a bigger motor, bigger screen and a greater number of onboard workouts.

It still comes with the industry-leading 46% incline and decline range (0 – 6% decline and 0 – 40% incline).

Nordictrack x22i

This model comes with NordicTrack’s proprietary Reflex Cushioning to ensure runners’ comfort, as well as dual AutoBreeze fans to keep runners cool.

It comes with the standard but solid NordicTrack warranty and 1-year subscription to the iFit Coach technology.

The Next-Gen Sled Push is a great way to get an intense workout from the X22i treadmill. With the new Push Bar and Sled Grips, paired with a speed setting of 1 MPH, this machine will get you pushing your body to the limit.

Monitor your heart rate with the smart BlueTooth chest strap heart monitor that comes included with the X22i. Analyse your run data by tracking your rate live on the 22’’ HD screen. The strap monitor is a great way to maximize your workout.

In this treadmill review, we’ll drill deeper into the key features of the NordicTrack Commercial X22i treadmill, plus outline its specs, and major pros and cons.

We’ll wrap this treadmill review up with FAQs and our recommendation on whether or not this NordicTrack Incline Trainer is right for you.

Key Features

 

Industry Leading Incline Range

x22i Incline Range

One of our favorite features about the X22i treadmill is the incredible range of incline decline. With 0 – 6% decline and 0 – 40% incline, you can push yourself as hard, or as little as you like. Most treadmills come with a 10 or 12% max incline, so the X22i easily blows its competitors out of the water when it comes to the range of incline. .

4.0 CHP DurX Commercial Plus Motor

One of the main differences between commercial treadmills and residential treadmills is the size of the motor.

Whereas residential models come with motors as small as 2.00 CHP motor, the Commercial X22i treadmill is loaded with a rock-solid 4.00CHP DurX Commercial Plus Motor.

The 4.0 CHP ensures the X22i never struggles even at its limit of 12 mph on a 40% incline. You will be able to push yourself as hard as you want and the DurX motor will stand up to the challenge.

Even though it has a powerful motor, this incline treadmill is still incredibly smooth. NordicTrack has improved the smoothness of their treadmills in the last few years, focusing on reducing the belt’s vibration. The X22i is one of their smoothest machines yet.

Next-Gen Sled Push

Using the all-new push bar and sled grips, and by setting the speed of the X22i to 1 MPH, you’ll be taking advantage of the awesome Next-Gen Sled Push which will give you a super-intense workout.

The Next-Gen Sled Push is great for cardio, strength training and conditioning.

Heart Rate Monitor

Use the smart chest strap heart monitor that comes included with the NordicTrack X22i treadmill to monitor your heart rate as you run.

The heart monitor connects to the treadmill through BlueTooth, so you won’t have to worry about getting tangled in any cables.

Monitoring the data from the chest monitor gives you the power to maximize your workouts by tailoring the speed and incline settings to match your heart rate.

If you want to work, then increase the settings and watch your heart rate increase. If you’re ready to cool down, lower them and watch your rate fall.

Reflex Cushioning

Running for long periods of time on hard surfaces can lead to injuries, especially in your knees and lower back. When you’re buying a treadmill, it’s important to see what it offers as protection against potential injuries.

Commercial x22i Reflex Cushioning

This treadmill has proprietary Reflex Cushioning Technology to keep its customers comfortable and safe by absorbing the motion and impact without sacrificing durability, helping you run longer and stronger.

This cushioning technology is designed to absorb each step while also being firm enough to help runners push off from.

22” Interactive Coaching HD Touch Screen

The 22” interactive HD touch screen is another upgraded feature from the Nordictrack x11i, and it’s one of the best features of the X22i treadmill.

Compared to LCD-screens in some competitors’ treadmills, the HD 22 inch touchscreen makes the X22i feel right at home in 2020 with all the streaming possibilities at your fingertips.

HD Touchscreen

On the 22” HD screen, runners can stream on-demand studio sessions led by world-class coaches. All you have to do is run while the trainers take control of your X22i’s incline and speed in real-time, pushing you to the next level.

You can also access Google Maps through the X22i’s HD screen. Again, the coach takes control of the treadmill’s incline and speed while you get to run through some of the best scenery in the world. It’s a great way to take your mind off running.

Lastly, the HD screen offers runners access to real-time workout data on tracking pages. There, you can access your stats on heart rate, elevation, and intensity, enabling you to customize your workouts and maximize the benefits you get from running.

Bluetooth Audio Capabilities

Pump up the beats with the NordicTrack X22i‘s integrated sound system. Stream your favorite music straight from your device using the X22i’s Bluetooth capabilities and turn up the volume on the dual 3” integrated speakers.

One of the best things about the Bluetooth and speakers on the X22i is the fact that they eliminate the need for headphones, the cables of which can get in the way while you’re running.

In 2020, any self-respecting treadmill should offer wireless connectivity, and the X22i rests firmly in the present.

22” x 60” Commercial Tread Belt

The industry-standard belt gives runners plenty of room to maneuver and turn up the gears. The 22” x 60” belt is wide enough and long enough to give runners a sense of safety and stability, even when cranking out max. speed and incline.

Dual AutoBreeze Workout Fans

Two air fans built into the X22i’s console help runners stay cool while they work out. When you’re pushing the limit on a 40% incline at 10 mph, you’ll be loving the fact that NordicTrack takes their runners’ comfort into account while building their treadmills.

50 On-board Workout Programs

With 50 preprogrammed workouts, accessible through the 22” HD screen, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in a workout with the X22i. This is a step up from the X11i range, and substantially more programs than most other treadmills come with.

With the ability to vary your workout, you are able to focus on different muscle groups in your legs, and you can also vary the goals of your sessions. Do you want to work on building strength and conditioning, stamina, or endurance? You can decide with the X22i.is mode

Key Specifications

Frame Type Reinforced steel
Motor 4.0 CHP DurX Commercial Plus Motor
Next-Gen Sled Push Push Bar and Sled Grips
Heart Rate Monitor Smart BlueTooth Chest Strap included
Running Area 22” x 60”
Cushioning Reflex Cushioning
Speed Range 0 – 12 mph
Incline Range 0 – 40%
Decline Range 0 – 6%
Foldability No
User Weight 300lbs
Workout Programs 50
Footprint (L x W x H)  70.2” x 39.6” x 71.6”

Warranty

Most treadmills come with different limited warranties for the different features of the treadmill. NordicTrack break theirs into three separate warranties. While the parts and labor warranties are pretty standard, the 10-year warranty on the frame is a great feature that beats many of NordicTrack’s competitors.

NordicTrack X22i’s limited warranties:

  • Frame Warranty: 10 years
  • Parts Warranty: 2 years
  • Labor Warranty: 1 year

NordicTrack x22i Review Summary

What We Love About

What made us sad

THE FINAL SAY SO!​

NordicTrack has done it again. They've brought out an awesome treadmill, fully stocked with great features.

The awesome incline range on the X22i make it one of our favorite treadmills to date, If you're looking for a bomb-proof treadmill with an epic incline that will stand up to the miles and also let you push yourself to the max, the X22i is an ideal treadmill for you. Some of the highlights we really like about the X22i include the huge range on the incline (-6% to + 40%), the Next-Gen Sled Push, smart chest strap heart monitor, 22'' HD touchscreen, 50 onboard programs, and the 1-year subscription to the iFit Coach technology.

For the reasons we've outlined, we're happy to recommend the NordicTrack X22i for anyone looking for a heavy-duty treadmill that can push even the strongest runners to the limit.

FAQs

The NordicTrack X22i costs between $3000 and $4000 depending on where you buy it.

The NordicTrack X22i is available directly from the NordicTrack website. It’s also available on Amazon.com and other exercise equipment stores online and in-store.

The maximum user weight on the NordicTrack X221 is 300 lbs.

The NordicTrack X22i commercial incline trainer weighs 320lbs.

Do not attempt to move this unit, except it is in the locked position. Also, to prevent damage, always secure the power cord.

Assemble requires at least two people because some of the parts of the X22i are large and heavy. First, clear an area and lay out all the parts of the X22i. Sometimes the parts are covered in an oily substance from the factory. Don’t worry about this, just wipe it off with a rag.

 

The treadmill comes with its own hex keys. In the user manual, you will find detailed instructions showing step by step how to set it up. First, attach the uprights, or arms, to the treadmill deck, then attach the console to the arms.

Make sure you don’t plug in the machine until it is fully assembled and in place. Once you have assembled the X22i, plug it in and turn it on. You’re now ready to run!

Again, you want to make sure you have someone to help you move the X22i because of how heavy it is. Never move the machine by pulling on the console as it’s the weakest part of the treadmill and can easily break.

 

First, raise the incline to its maximum then turn off and unplug the machine. Take hold of the uprights, or arms, near the console and tip the machine forward until it’s on its roller wheels. Now you should be able to push the treadmill to its desired location. Once in place, gently lower the deck to the floor, plug it back in and lower the incline.

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