Nordic Track CX 990 Elliptical Trainer Ratings

Elliptical Trainer
"Best Buys"

nordic track CX 990 elliptical trainerThe Nordic Track CX 990 elliptical trainer is basically the CX 925 with one important feature, the five Quick Ramp™ incline settings. From the console you can adjust the incline settings from 10%-30%. By changing the degree of the incline you are able to workout additional muscles. This is a technology that was licensed by Precor and is only found on their high-end products.

Same comments as with the 925 - We are not crazy about the console, it has only two small readouts and training zone graph. Like most Icon products the CX990 is iFit technology compatible. The CX 925 has 10 Quick Resistance™ buttons on the console to change the intensity throughout your workout. You may find that 10 is not enough and that the levels of resistance change are to dramatic. The foot pedals are not articulating on this model.

Resistance:Motorized Brake System
Stability: Average
Durability:Below Average
Display:Below Average
Programming:Average (8 programs)
Wireless HRC No (Handgrip Heart Monitor)
Warranty:1 year parts and labor

ET Comments: We awarded the CX 990 the "Best Buy" primarily for the Quick Ramp™ feature. We footnote this rating by cautioning you when you purchase an elliptical trainer under $1,000. When a company sells a featured rich elliptical trainer for under $1,000 they have to compromise on something, and that is usually the quality of the components.

The one advantage of the Nordic Track CX 990 is that it is covered with a 1 year warranty, rather then their typical 90 days. If you have less then $1,000 to spend on a elliptical, and you plan to use it moderately (3-5 hours a week), then this could be your best bet.

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