Wondering which treadmill is best for you?
These are two premium treadmills in the Nordictrack lineup. They both give you commercial-grade construction and the ultimate in fitness entertainment, streaming and toys.
The Nordictrack Commercial 2950 is the top model in the Commercial Series of treadmills.
These are treadmills built with stronger motors, tougher decks and better construction (larger rollers, longer belts) than Nordictrack’s starter treadmills.
It’s been around for about 6 years now – in different variations (as it’s usually updated every year or two with the latest fitness technology).
The Nordictrack X32i is the premium incline trainer model – just introduced last year. Even though it’s fairly new, it’s been crazy-popular ever since it came out – probably due to the massively large 32-inch screen console.
Both treadmills give you streaming fitness classes and the ability to run trails all over the world with iFit Coach.
Both treadmills also give you super-tough construction with strong 4.25 HP motors, extra-wide belts and larger 2.5″ rollers.
So how do they compare? And which one should you choose?
This post will give you a rundown of the main differences between the Nordictrack X32i vs 2950 Treadmill. So you can choose the best fit for you:
Nordictrack X32i vs 2950 – Price
Although neither model is exactly cheap, as of this writing, the Nordictrack 2950 has the edge. You can get it for around $2999 with iFit here.
The Nordictrack X32i runs a bit higher as it offers a few more premium features. It currently runs around $3999 with iFit here.
Nordictrack 2950 vs X32i Treadmill: Console
Both treadmills give you impressively large, full-color, HD, touch-screen consoles. So you can see your workout stats in full color with a swipe of your finger. This also makes it a lot more fun to view the iFit world scenery.
The difference is in the size of the console. The Nordictrack 2950 Treadmill carries a 22-inch screen as seen below:
This is quite large – and much larger than you usually find on a home treadmill.
However the Nordictrack X32i goes even further with a 32-inch screen as seen below:
This gives you the most immersive training experience you can currently get on a home treadmill.
When running the iFit world trails – from the Swiss Alps to the streets of Paris – it feels as close to being there as you can get.
The larger screen can make workouts more enjoyable. It’s really easy to lose yourself in the virtual reality experience that this treadmill provides with iFit Coach scenery, guided trails and high-energy fitness classes.
Incline and Decline
The Nordictrack 2950 treadmill gives you up to 15% incline and even 3% decline. The treadmill even inclines and declines to match the actual terrain of the iFit trail that you’re running.
The Nordictrack X32i incline trainer has a clear advantage however – with up to 40% incline and 6% decline.
The benefit of 40% incline?
First of all, you can burn up to 5 times the calories on this treadmill – vs walking on a flat-surface treadmill. So you can get faster results in less time – and a more effective workout.
Second, this super-high incline gives you a lot more room to grow with the treadmill.
You’ll never top out at the highest incline and have nowhere to go as sometimes happens with a 10 or 15% incline. (It’s very hard to top out at a 40% incline).
The deeper 6% decline on the Nordictrack X32i vs the 2950 treadmill also gives you more options to crosstrain and walk downhill.
Sled Grips and Push Bar
You may have noticed that the Nordictrack X32i treadmill also has a different arm bar layout vs the Nordictrack 2950 treadmill.
This is because the X32i model comes with sled grips and a push bar. These give you even more options to crosstrain.
You set the treadmill to 1.0 MPH in manual mode and use the sled grips and push bar for more intense strength training and stretching. (These are also integrated in some of the newer iFit Coach workouts).
There are no sled grips or push bar on the Nordictrack 2950 treadmill.
Nordictrack X32i vs 2950 Treadmill: Folding
The Nordictrack Commercial 2950 treadmill does have one main advantage over the Nordictrack X32i incline trainer: it folds up.
The 2950 treadmill folds up easily with shock assist and the deck locks into place. There are wheels on the bottom so you can wheel the treadmill around. (However it’s still extremely heavy – so don’t plan on doing this often).
Because of the limits of a high-incline trainer design, none of the incline trainer treadmills – including the Nordictrack X32i model – fold up. (You can take apart the deck base from the console for easier movement however.)
So which is better when comparing the Nordictrack X32i vs 2950 Treadmill?
There are benefits to each.
The Nordictrack 2950 treadmill is more affordable than the X32i model. And the console screen is still massively large for a fun, virtual-reality style workout.
Plus, unlike the X32i incline trainer, it folds up to save space.
The Nordictrack X32i incline trainer gives you the larger 32-inch console for a more immersive training experience.
Plus you also get a much higher 40% incline for faster calorie burning and a more effective workout. You also get the deeper 6% decline and sled grips/push-bar for better crosstraining.
So it really comes down to what you want.
Want to learn more? Click the links below for full specs on each treadmill: