These are both high-end, premium treadmills (or incline trainer in the case of the X22i) with a lot of the same popular features like super-tough motors, extra-long running decks and decline.
However the place where they both really shine is in the console.
Both treadmills come with a 22” Smart HD Touchscreen in the console. The HD touch screen console is more like an extra-large tablet built into your treadmill that lets you control everything from there including your speed, incline etc.
You can also watch iFit workout videos or take iFit Livecast classes direct from your treadmill.
That sounds amazing – but what about putting these two treadmills head-to-head? How do they compare?
Let’s look at the key differences below to help you find out.
Nordictrack 2950 vs X22i – Price
While neither of these models can exactly be seen as “cheap”, the Commercial 2950 treadmill does have the slight edge here. It comes in a little more affordable at around $2899 plus Free Shipping here.
The Nordictrack X22i runs a bit more – as it’s a top-of-the line incline trainer with a few more perks than the 2950 treadmill.
You can get the Nordictrack X22i for around $2999 plus Free Shipping here.
Nordictrack 2950 vs X22i Comparison – Calorie Burning
One of the main differences between the two models is 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 near the 40% you get with the X22i.
So what’s the benefit of super-high inclines? 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 the better option.
It also gives you more room to grow. As your fitness level improves, you can easily top out at the 15% incline and have nowhere to go. Obviously, you won’t have this problem on the incline trainer.
Nordictrack 2950 or X22i? Decline Options
The decline options are also different on these two treadmills. The Nordictrack 2950 treadmill gives you up to 3% decline – which is pretty good (and not something you find on a lot of treadmills these days).
However the Nordictrack X22i goes one better and gives you up to 6% decline. So you get better crosstraining options with this model.
It’s also fair to note that both treadmills integrate with iFit Coach to mimic the terrain of the trails that you’re running (whether you’re running the streets of Paris or along the shores of Greece). So you get a bit more of a virtual reality feel with the deeper decline on the X22i model.
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 cushioning or not.
Need A Folding Treadmill?
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 need a folding treadmill, then the Commercial 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 (see the pic above). 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 for you – the Nordictrack 2950 vs X22i?
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 advantages 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!