If you're looking for the best incline treadmill, NordicTrack currently leads the pack, with four well-priced models to choose from. By providing an incline of up to 40%, the X7i, X9i, X11i and X22i give you a better workout of the glute muscles and a much more challenging cardio workout in the same amount of time and distance than you would get without the incline. Plus, you also get decline capability...a huge bonus!
We rank the NordicTracks as the best treadmills for walking on an incline for several reasons, and not just because they have the steepest incline versus other brands. That alone makes it interesting, but it wouldn’t be great unless other features were high quality and could back up the innovation of the steep incline. You also get:
There is a lot of talk about the great workout you get with NordicTrack’s Incline Trainers because of the ability to set such a steep incline – up to an impressive 40%. In fact, for a price of around $1,600 on sale for the base X7i model (NordicTrack has frequent sales), you’re getting plenty of features.
Trainers and fitness buffs love the versatility of the NordicTrack Incline Trainers. They consider it the best incline treadmill because it not only has a wide range of incline settings, but also because it has decline capability that you don't find elsewhere, as well as the popular iFit technology for tracking, additional trainer designed workouts and the ability to run all around the world with Google maps.
Most of the people who purchase these NordicTrack treadmills feel that it’s a very good investment, and are impressed with the versatility and the number of features and capabilities, as well as the free wireless chest strap that is included with each model for more accurate heart rate readings.
All of the Incline Trainers were redesigned for 2016, and there's one to fit every budget. The X7i is the entry level model with a 2.75 CHP motor, 7" backlit display and -3% to 40% decline/incline capability.
Moving up the ladder you have the X9i treadmill which has 3.0 CHP motor, 7" web-enabled touchscreen and -6-40% decline/incline.
At the top of the line you have the X11i which jumps up to a 4.25 CHP motor and a 10" web-enabled touchscreen.
There used to be a X15i Incline Trainer, which boasted a powerful 4.5 CHP motor and a 15 inch high-def TV....but that one was discontinued for some reason. It was replaced in 2017 with the X22i model, the new top of the line model with a 22" touch display, dumbbells and iFit Coach Plus technology.
Prices tend to jump around, but the basic range is about $1599-$2399, depending on which model you choose. Currently the X9i is looking like the best deal with more decline and web capability.
Based on how many additional features you get, and how much these models have improved over the years, the NordicTrack Incline Trainers are still the best incline treadmill available.
They offer a steep incline and decline, iFit technology and up to 44 workout programs, all of which mean variety and challenge – essential to a great workout.
The built-in iFit compatibility allows you to personalize your workouts even further so that you simply can’t get bored on this treadmill.