Nordictrack Elite 9500 Pro vs. Sole S77

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OHIYO! Our famous treadmills to review today are going to be the Nordictrack Elite 9500 Pro and the Sole S77.

What do you know, Nordictrack and Sole are back at eachother again. A while back I mentioned that the Sole S77 was the ‘best folding treadmill under $2,000’. Well, back then things were a little different as far as competition goes. These treadmills are $1,999 and $1,899 respectively. They’re hovering right at the top of the medium category, and almost could make for heavy weights. Nordictrack treadmills have made quite a bit of ground from the time I wrote that last review about the Sole S77. So let’s put them on level ground, and check out their guts and find out which is really better.

Sole seems very proud of their 3.5 CHP motor, and their super wide 22″ belt on their S77. It’s a good solid treadmill for running or walking whether you’re 150 pounds or 350 lbs. The treadmill is rated at a 400 lb weight capacity, but it’s not good to push it. The Nordictrack elite 9500 pro has an even bigger 3.8 CHP motor with a 350 lb weight capacity. The treadbelt on the Nordictrack is also an extra wide 22″ width and 60″ length. Both treadmills are made with quality materials and design that can be felt in their solidness.

In addition to its extra large motor, the Nordictrack’s Elit’s big selling point is its fancy Schmancy 10″ full color touch screen web browser display. The Ifit Live connection and Google Maps integration with the display make this console one of the best out there. In today’s technologically obsessed world, this is a big plus for people who like a more dynamic relationship with their treadmill. The Sole is somewhat oldschool in its console. It has a nice Backlit LCD display with all the numbers and stats you’ll need, but it’s no where close to the functionality of the Nordictrack. It has 6 workout programs built in and a music port with Speakers, but not much else. I would like to stand up for the sole, and say they used their money in the quality and meat of the treadmill rather than the console, but in reality, it’s no better there either.

I do like the Sole’s lifetime Deck warranty, which the Nordictrack doesn’t have. I also really like their customer care, but as far as the treadmill itself goes, the Nordictrack offers more without compromising quality or performance.

Here’s a little comparison table:

Nordictrack Elite 9500 Pro

  • 3.8 CHP motor
  • 22″ x 60″ treadbelt
  • 350 lb weight limit
  • 15% Incline
  • 12MPH
  • 10″ touch screen web browser
  • Quadflex Cushioning
  • Ifit Live, Google Maps
  • Fold up Design
  • 8″ fan, 28 workouts
  • Music port w/ speakers
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 5 year parts, 2 year labor
Sole S77

  • 3.5 CHP motor
  • 22″ x 60″ treadbelt
  • 400 lb weight limit
  • 15% Incline
  • 12MPH
  • Large blue backlit LCD display
  • Cushion Deck Shock Absorption
  • Ifit Live, Google Maps
  • non-folding
  • fan, 6 workouts
  • Music port w/ speakers
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 5 year parts(w/deck), 2 year labor

Both are great treadmills and have earned their way this far, but it looks like the Nordictrack Elite 9500 Pro takes the win in this round and gets to move on.

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