NordicTrack Elite 12.9 EllipticalNordicTrack Elite 12.9 Elliptical

Web Price: $2,299 | Sale Price: $1,299

New for 2015 like the 16.9, the Elite 12.9 front drive elliptical offers a 0 to 20 degree adjustable power ramp, 7″ color touchscreen and bluetooth wireless chest strap.

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 4.0 / 5.0

375 lbs
Stride Length:
20″ to 21″
80.25″ L X 25.75″ W X 65″ H

UPDATE: This model was replaced with the all new C12.9 elliptical. Read review here.

Overview: The NordicTrack Elite 12.9 is a brand new model in the front drive series, offering a number of great features such as a heavy flywheel, up to 20 degrees of incline, a web-enabled touchscreen and of course, ICON’s iFit technology. With tons of workouts and challenging resistance levels, this elliptical is heard to be in the category.

Here are some of the best features on this machine…

Adjustable Stride

The 12.9 offers up to a 21″ adjustable stride, which is ideal for most users and will comfortably accommodate taller users.

Incline Capability

You can ramp up all the way to 20 degrees of incline which can really change up your workouts and burn up those calories. Incline workouts really challenge you, and working your way up to the biggest angle can be really motivational.

iFit Enabled

Like the other front-drive elliptical trainers in the series, the NordicTrack Elite 12.9 comes iFit enabled, so all you need is a subscription (roughly $99 per year and well worth it) to tap into tons of customized workout programs, tracking and monitoring of all of your workouts and Google map integration to work out virtually anywhere in the world.

Guru Test Drive

All of the front drive ellipticals from NordicTrack are similar, save for a few features here and there. We tested out the E11.9 as well, which has a few less workout apps, a smaller max weight capacity and a longer warranty. So the 12.9 is basically a sturdier version of that one.

Getting back to our NordicTrack Elite 12.9 review, the heavy flywheel really keeps the machine very quiet, even at the higher intensity and speed levels. We jumped it right up to the highest incline level just to test it out and were impressed by how smooth it felt. We also ramped up the resistance, and quickly realized we got ahead of ourselves a bit. It was quite a workout.

The iFit worked well, although it does take some getting used to in order to figure everything out. We chose a destination in Peru and watched it unfold in front of us as the machine automatically adjusted its incline to match the terrain. This is a very cool feature and will really help motivate you to work out more often. Just choosing a new location should be reason enough to get you on the machine.

We went through a few of the built-in workouts as well as those provided by iFit and were impressed by the diversity. The sound was very good from the iPod dock and we were able to surf online, chat and watch a few videos easily on the touchscreen. All in all, just positive things to say about our test drive.


NordicTrack currently offers 4 different front drive ellipticals, and the NordicTrack Elite 12.9 is about $400 less than the top end 16.9 model, which offers a better warranty and a smaller footprint. Still, this one has all of the great features we have come to expect from the company and promises to be a great machine for home use.

If your budget is under $1000 and you still want a front drive model then you might want to consider the E11.9 or the E8.9, both good machines but a bit more affordable, although they will have less features and capabilities than the more expensive models.