Which Is the Best Incline Trainer For You?
Looking for incline trainer reviews and trying to find the best incline trainer treadmill? You’re not alone.
This market can get confusing.
From the Bowflex Treadclimber to the Nordictrack incline trainer you have some interesting options – some great and some not so good.
So where do you start? Well, by getting informed for one thing – which is what this post is about.
Below you’ll find some brief incline trainer reviews of some of the top incline trainer treadmills on the market.
Note that I won’t be covering old models that have been discontinued (like the Freemotion incline trainers), just the ones that are available to you right now.
You’ll also find links to more reviews (or video reviews) on each of these options so you can read more about whatever model catches your interest. Enjoy!
Incline Trainer Reviews
Let’s start with the most obvious (given this site): the Nordictrack Incline Trainers.
These are some of the most popular incline trainers on the market – and the ones that are kept most up-to-date with the latest gadget and console toys.
There are 3 different models:
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This is the most affordable model in the series, coming in under $1600.
It still gives you the basics – you just don’t get some premium features or the premium console.
But you still get the crazy-high-calorie-burning incline of up to 40% and the decline of 3%.
You also get the extra long 60 inch belt so you can stretch out and really run.
The console is backlit and easy to read – but it’s also dual color. You don’t get the multi-color consoles found on the X9 or the X11 models. You also don’t get the built-in web browser that you find on the X9 or X11 models.
Also, it comes iFit LIVE compatible – but you will need to spring for the iFit LIVE module if you want to try iFit (whereas you don’t need the module with the X9 or X11 models).
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This is the most popular of all the incline trainers and it’s not hard to see why.
You get everything – with pretty much all the premium toys as well – for under $2000.
It still comes with the super-high 40% incline.
But you get more of a decline than the X7 – up to 6%, which is pretty cool.
You also get the full color, touch-screen console with web browser.
So you can surf the net (or connect to iFit LIVE) as you walk. The full color console also really makes the iFit LIVE scenery come alive for a more virtual reality training experience.
The X9 also has a stronger motor than the X7, meaning it can hold up a bit better through those longer, running workours.
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This is the mother of all incline trainers. It gives you all the fun stuff you get on the X9i model including the 40% incline and the 6% decline.
It also gives you the full-color, touch-screen web browser. But the web browser on this trainer is even bigger than the one on the X9i.
So it’s easier to see your workout stats.
Or if you’re surfing the net, it’s easier to read whatever web page you’re on.
The X11i also steps up to a super-tough 4.25 motor. So it can take longer, more intense workouts than even the X9 model.
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The Bowflex Treadclimber TC 100 is the most affordable of the Treadclimber models – however it’s still a bit steep, starting at over $2000.
Still, this is a very cool machine, with not one, but 2 treadmill belts that rise to meet your feet as you walk.
This is a different style of incline trainer – but it’s still an incline trainer, using the power of high incline walking to burn calories ultra-fast.
According to the manufacturer you can burn up to 2.5 times the calories on a Treadclimber as on a regular treadmill, so you see faster results.
The TC100 console is fairly simple but still backlit, showing Speed, Distance, Time and Calories.
One thing to note is that the speed range is only .5 – 4 mph so, unlike the Nordictrack incline trainers above, you can only walk on these machines. They are not meant for running.
This is the premium model in the Treadclimber series, giving you a more advanced console and a slightly higher speed range.
It also comes with longer treadles, which is great for taller users.
However you still cannot run on this model – it’s only for walking.
It also has Bluetooth syncing with the Bowflex App – so you can track your workouts over time and set new goals as well.
If you’re looking for all the bells and whistles on a Treadclimber this is the one to get.
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This isn’t technically called an incline trainer – but at inclines of up to 20% it’s still a lot better than you get with most regular treadmills.
You also get a 3% decline with this version which is great for adding some crosstraining into the mix.
These treadmills were really made for people wanting to train for a marathon.
So you get a lot of tools like the Boston Marathon workout videos and a Cadence Coach to help you with your pacing.
You also get higher speed limits of up to 15 MPH – which is higher than a normal treadmill will give you.
Another nice thing about this treadmill is the extra long 62 inch belt. So you have a lot of room to move with this treadmill.
This is similar to the 3.0 but it’s a bit more upgraded with a wireless speed control ring.
So you can change the speed quickly without ever having to reach up to the console to do it. Just use your magic ring.
It still gives you the same 20% incline and 3% decline as the 3.0 model.
So if you’re just interested in it from an incline trainer point of view, you may not really want this model as it’s quite expensive running at almost $3000.
Bottom Line on Incline Trainer Reviews?
If you’re looking for the best incline trainer on the market, I personally think the Nordictrack models offer the best value (I know I’m biased but…)
They’re the most affordable – starting from the lowest prices – under $1600 (whereas the other two listed above start above $2000 and up).
They also give you the highest incline and even decline. Plus, unlike the Treadclimbers you can also run on them.
Regardless, these are all pretty cool machines that will help you burn calories faster than a regular treadmill – so you’re on the right track. Have fun choosing your best incline trainer!