Top 4 Incline Trainer Options On the Market
Looking for the top incline trainers? These are a new type of hybrid treadmill that exploded onto the market with the introduction of the Bowflex Treadclimber and the Nordictrack incline trainer.
They have the main benefit of helping you burn calories very fast. The Nordictrack X9 for example can burn up to 5 times the calories as walking on a flat-plane treadmill.
But which incline trainers are the best choices for you? Here’s a quick rundown of the top incline trainers currently on the market:
In my opinion, these are some of the best options on the market.
There are currently 3 models – the X7, the X9 and the X11, ranging in price fro $1699 up to $2499. They give you inclines of up to 40% and even give you decline as well to add in even more crosstraining.
The higher end models also give you full-color touch screens with web browsers and iFit LIVE. So you can map out trails to run and watch actual landmarks pass you by in the console screen – very virtual reality.
Plus, unlike the Bowflex treadclimbers, these trainers can go at high speeds – up to 12 MPH. And with long belts, that makes them ideal for runners too.
My personal favorite in this category is the X9 model – not the most expensive but the best value overall.
These machines have been around the longest. They’re a different take on the incline trainer. They use 2 dual treadles instead of one main treadmill belt.
These treadles rise to meet your feet as you walk – reducing the impact on your joints, but still burning up to 3 times the calories as a regular treadmill.
There are 3 models here too – the TC5, TC10 and TC20 – each with varying features and price points. These machines were really designed for walkers only – not runners.
Speeds only go up to about 4.5 MPH and there aren’t as many entertainment options as Nordictrack gives you.
Still, you can’t beat the cool factor or the track record of these machines.
This is a specialized incline trainer that gives you inclines of up to 20% along with Boston Marathon “training” programs and videos. There are currently 2 models in the series.
These wouldn’t be my choice as they are extremely specialized – and the price points are quite high, starting around $3000 and up.
Personally I think the Nordictrack X9 ($1999) is a much better value because it has the higher incline and web browser.
But if you’re really into marathon training, you may be interested in these trainers.
Freemotion has a few incline trainers kicking around – although these are the least popular trainers on the market.
Plus, I find they tend to be older versions of past Nordictrack Incline trainer models with the Freemotion logo slapped on them (not surprising since ICON owns both Nordictrack and Freemotion).
So you tend to be getting older technology and shorter belts with these treadmills than with the newer Nordictrack models. But if you like the Freemotion name and can get a great discount, it might be worth it.
So those are some of the top incline trainer models on the market currently.
Personally, I think Nordictrack or Bowflex machines come out on top of other brands – with the Nordictrack X9 being my choice for best value overall.
But regardless of which you choose, the good news is that you’ll see results VERY fast on these machines!