Which is Best for You?
Wondering how they compare? And which is best for you?
Both are luxury treadmills with streaming workouts, massive, touch-screen consoles and commercial-grade construction.
The Nordictrack Commercial X32i incline trainer came out last year and is the premium treadmill in the Nordictrack lineup.
You get streaming classes (and a few other things) through something called iFit Coach.
The Peloton tread also came out last year (it’s currently the only treadmill in the Peloton lineup). You get streaming classes through the Peloton digital membership.
So how do these two treadmills stack up?
This post will give you a rundown of the main differences between the Nordictrack X32i vs Peloton treadmill to help you decide.
So let’s jump in:
Nordictrack X32i vs Peloton Tread – Price:
As of this writing, the Nordictrack X32i treadmill has a slight edge here. It’s currently the more affordable treadmill coming in around $4248 with Free Shipping here.
The Peloton treadmill runs slightly higher at around $4295 here.
The Peloton treadmill gives you streaming classes through the Peloton membership that you purchase with the treadmill.
With the Peloton membership, you can get daily live Peloton fitness classes.
You can follow your favorite instructor when they’re giving classes and watch them instruct you (and the class) in real time. You can get up to 20 daily live classes per day streamed from the NYC studio.
The main problem with live classes?
You can’t pause them mid-class (say if your phone rings or you have to answer your door). You also have to be ready at the exact time that the class is taking place.
So you have another option to choose: on-demand classes (pre-recorded, not live).
You can choose from thousands of on-demand classes in the Peloton library. So if you like a particular instructor’s style, you can take their past classes and follow them. So you’ll always be able to take a class when you want it.
You can also see your workout stats on the screen and track your progress as you run.
The Nordictrack X32i is a bit different.
It delivers streaming studio workouts to your console via something called iFit Coach.
With iFit Coach you can choose from thousands of on-demand fitness classes, just like Peloton. However there are no live classes.
However, you do get a few things with iFit that you don’t get with Peloton – like the chance to explore famous world trails.
You can choose from thousands of famous world trails to run in the iFit library. Lose yourself in the streets of Paris, trek the Great Wall of China or hike through the Swiss Alps.
You’ll see the scenery pass you by in the console screen for some virtual reality fun.
You can run alone – or choose to take a guided workout with an instructor who will coach you through your workout, pointing out interesting landmarks along the way.
You can also map out your own trail using Googlemaps (if you want to run through an old neighbourhood for example), which is pretty cool.
So while you don’t get the live workouts of Peloton, you do get to travel the world and explore new places with iFit (as well as choose from on-demand fitness classes).
There are several design differences between these treadmills. Let’s start with the console.
Both treadmills give you the same size massive 32-inch, HD, touch screen console. Here’s the Peloton console:
And here’s the Nordictrack X32i console:
The Peloton console is really just a screen without much else. There’s a stop and start button below it and a shelf to store your extras.
There are also speed and incline control knobs on the side of the treadmill. But that’s about it. According to Peloton, they wanted a very simple design for this treadmill.
Both treadmills have speakers in the console below the screen. However the Nordictrack console also has a dual-speed cooling fan that the Peloton console does not have.
The Nordictrck console also gives you one-touch speed and incline buttons on either side of the console for precise, on-the-fly changes.
Nordictrack X32i vs Peloton Tread: Incline
This is one of the biggest differences between these two treadmills.
The Peloton gives you up to 15% incline – which is standard for a high-end treadmill.
However the Nordictrack X32i gives you up to 40% incline (hence the name “Incline Trainer”). You get up to 40 levels of incline on this treadmill – which has some pretty substantial benefits.
The main one?
You can burn almost 5 times more calories on this treadmill vs a regular flat-surface treadmill. So you can burn more calories in less time – which is great if you don’t have a lot of time to workout.
You can also use the high incline settings for high-intensity interval training (or HIIT) which is all the rage now. HIIT workouts are popular since they can help you get faster results in less time (and even continue to burn calories for hours after your workout).
Finally, the higher level of incline gives you more room to grow over time. You won’t top out at the highest incline and have nowhere to go on this treadmill.
This is also why you’ll notice the X32i has more prominent hand grips vs the Peloton treadmill. Some people like to use the handgrips for balance when walking at the top incline.
The Nordictrack X32i treadmill also gives you up to 6% decline as well. This gives you another way to crosstrain. (It’s also great to relax and walk downhill after those high intensity intervals)
Plus the X32i incline trainer will also incline and decline to match the actual terrain of the world trail that you’re running with iFit – which gives you a more immersive “virtual reality”-style experience.
The Peloton treadmill does not have decline as of this writing.
Peloton Tread vs Nordictrack X32i: Belt
The Peloton treadmill uses a slat-belt, which looks very cool and has the “health-club” look. The Nordictrack X32i doesn’t have the slat belt.
As far as belt size, they’re pretty similar. The Peloton belt measures around 20 x 67″ – which is extra long. The Nordictrack X32i measures 22 x 65″. So it’s not quite as long – but it’s wider.
So there’s no clear advantage to either treadmill here. They both give you extra space to stretch out and move (vs other treadmills).
The motor is the heart of your treadmill. It can also be the most expensive part of the treadmill to fix.
You want a strong motor – especially if you’re a runner – since a stronger motor means the treadmill can take longer or more intense workouts with less strain on the machine.
The Nordictrack X32i treadmill comes with a 4.25 HP motor – which is the strongest motor that Nordictrack makes.
The Peloton treadmill comes with a 2.0 HP motor – which is a bit on the low side, especially considering the price point of this treadmill.
Both treadmills come with warranties on parts and labor. The Peloton Treadmill comes with a 1 year parts and labor warranty – which is fairly short for a $4000 treadmill.
The Nordictrack X32i comes with a 10 year frame, 2 year parts and 1 year labor warranty – which is a bit better.
As of this writing, you need to buy the Peloton subscription with the treadmill. This makes sense – since why would you buy the treadmill if you’re not interested in the Peloton classes?
Peloton does say that there is no commitment and you can cancel at any time. As of this writing you can get 2 weeks free on your Peloton membership with the treadmill.
With the Nordictrack X32i treadmill, you need to have the iFit subscription if you want to access all of the workouts that come with iFit Coach.
However, according to Nordictrack, the treadmill will still work fine without iFit Coach in manual mode (including the incline, decline,console stats and built-in workouts).
As of this writing, if you get the Nordictrack X32i through the Manufacturer here, you’ll get a Free 1-year subscription to iFit Coach included.
So you can try it out for a full year to see if you like it – which is a significant savings.
So what’s the bottom line when it comes to the Nordictrack X32i vs Peloton Treadmill?
Each one has benefits.
The Peloton treadmill gives you live classes. And it’s also very sleek-looking with the slat-belt and streamlined look.
The Nordictrack X32i however gives you the higher 40% incline and 6% decline – so you have more room to grow with this treadmill. You also get a much stronger motor with longer warranty protection.
You also get the world trail workouts of iFit – and you can try iFit free for the full year – vs 2 weeks on the Peloton.
So it really depends on which you prefer.
Want to learn more? See the links below for full specs on either treadmill.