These are both high end, premium treadmills (or incline trainer in the case of the X22i) with a lot of the same popular features.
For example they both come with the largest console Nordictrack makes – a full 22 inches across. The HD touch screen console is more like a tablet built into your treadmill that lets you control everything from there including your speed, incline etc.
They also both come with two 12.5-pound SpeedWeight™ adjustable dumbbells with weight stands so you can do some upper body training as well – either on your own or with the personal trainer on iFit Coach Plus.
You also get iFit Coach Plus with both machines – which is a step beyond iFit LIVE in that you get personalized workouts. You can train with different personal trainers all over the world – from Santorini, Greece to the shores of Hawaii.
So what’s the difference between the Nordictrack 2950 and the X22i? Which one is best for you?
Well, here’s a breakdown of the main differences between them to help you decide:
Nordictrack 2950 vs X22i – Price
The Commercial 2950 treadmill comes in slightly more affordable here. As of this writing you can get it for around $2299 plus Free Shipping here.
The X22i runs a few hundred more – as it’s the top-of-the line incline trainer. And incline trainers tend to run a bit more than treadmills. You can get the X22i around $2999 plus Free Shipping here.
Nordictrack Commercial 2950 vs X22i – Incline
One of the main differences between the two models is really seen in the level of incline you get. The X22i is the premium incline trainer – so it gives you inclines of up to 40%. The Commercial 2950 treadmill only goes up to 15% – which still decent, but nowhere here the 40% you get with the x22i.
So what’s the benefit of super-high inclines? Well basically super-high calorie burning.
According to the manufacturer you can burn up to 5 times more calories walking on an incline trainer than on a regular treadmill. So if you want to see weight loss results very quickly an incline trainer is a great option.
And while the Nordictrack 2950 does have 3% decline the X22i trainer has a 6% incline, giving you a bit more in the crosstraining department as well.
Nordictrack 2950 vs X22i – Width
While they both have similar lengths, the X22i comes a bit wider than the Commercial 2950 treadmill. It runs almost 40 inches across vs the 2950 treadmill which runs about 34 inches across. This isn’t a huge difference but it’s something to be aware of.
Nordictrack X22i vs 2950 Treadmill – Cushioning
There are two different types of cushioning on these treadmills. The X22i uses Reflex Deck Cushioning. This flexes as you step down and helps to return energy to your stride as you walk. This protects your joints and reduces post-workout fatigue.
The 2950 uses Runners Flex adjustable cushioning. With this system you can actually adjust the firmness of the deck – from a softer, more protective surface to a harder, more road-like feel. They’re both good systems, it just depends whether you want to be able to adjust your deck or not.
Nordictrack Commercial 2950 vs X22 – Folding
The X22i, because of the limits of the incline trainer design, does not fold up. The Nordictrack 2950 treadmill does fold up with shock-assisted folding to save the strain on your back.
So if you want to save a bit of space the 2950 might be the better option.
Nordictrack 2950 Treadmill vs X22i – Extra Cooling Fan
The Nordictrack 2950 also has a stability bar under the console. This has a 3rd cooling fan (in addition to the two fans in the console) and extra room for things like your keys, remote etc. You don’t get this with the X22i.
The X22i however does have the two-cooling fan option in the console. So both treadmills can keep you pretty cool as you workout.
So which machine is better? Well, the X22i has the advantage of the higher incline which lets you burn calories faster. It also has a deeper decline for better crosstraining.
The Commercial 2950 treadmill however does have a few benefits as well, like the adjustable cushioning, more affordable price and the ability to fold up.
So it really comes down to what you’re looking for at the end of the day. Either way, you can’t beat the monster console or the online personal training benefits of either machine!