The Commercial 1300 delivers gym-quality workouts to shorter users. It has a high user weight capacity (350 pounds) and thanks to its incline ramp, it’s an especially good machine for toning trouble spots. However, it isn’t commercial quality as its name would imply. This machine sells for about $850-$900 online.
Elliptical Hits: Nice Features of the NordicTrack Commercial 1300 Elliptical
- Standard stride – The 18” stride lets shorter people exercise with a full range of motion.
- Varied programming – Eighteen preset workout programs are included. With sixteen resistance levels, these options offer great variety.
- Incline ramp – The incline ramp can be easily adjusted with electronic controls. Incline training helps people burn calories more efficiently.
- Full body workout – Adjustable upper-body workout arms tone the arms, shoulders, back, and torso during elliptical workouts. An integrated fan helps keep exercisers cool.
- Heart rate monitor – Grip pulse monitors are built into the handlebars and help people train within the best heart rate zone.
- Oversized pedals – The roomy pedals are intended to provide foot comfort over long workouts. With the extra room, there is space to reposition the feet if they become fatigued.
Elliptical Misses: Where NordicTrack Went Wrong
- Simple stride – While the 1300’s fixed 18” stride is good enough for healthy exercise, it’s a notch below the adjustable strides available on other NordicTracks. The FreeStrider 35S extends up to 35” and the A.C.T. Pro adjusts from 18” to 22”.
- Short warranty – Customers get a lifetime warranty on the frame but just a 90-day warranty on parts and labor. It’s probably worthwhile to buy an extended warranty.
Overall Rating for the NordicTrack Commercial 1300 Elliptical
This is a nice option for shorter people who seek serious yet affordable training. The 1300 lacks the iFit personal training option of some other NordicTracks, but it’s rare to find this kind of program variety plus a power incline on a discount elliptical.