NordicTrack C 7.5 Elliptical Cross Trainer Review

The NordicTrack C 7.5 is a mid-priced elliptical trainer aimed primarily at those individuals and families that want to improve their fitness levels as part of living a healthy lifestyle and working out a few times a week rather than hardcore gym fanatics that want to push themselves harder and harder. To find out how it performs against this brief we took a closer look.

Assembly of the C7.5 is, in many ways, a nostalgic trip down memory lane. There lots of pieces to put together, fiddly bits with wires you must take good care not to catch or pinch and no shortage of the requirement to grease lots of bits of metal. This is how pretty much all ellipticals used to be but times have moved on and it’s surprising to see this level of assembly required from a NordicTrack machine these days. Yes, it’s a bit of a pain, but the resulting cross trainer that stands in front of you at the end of the process looks pretty good.

Once laid down properly on a flat floor the C7.5 is fairly sturdy and quiet. The elliptical cycle feels smooth all the way throughout and the resistance levels change at a pace that’s ok for general exercise but might make you want to think twice if you like high-intensity interval training. There’s an incline function that allows you to change the angle of attack up to 20% and go from a relatively flat ellipse to a more circular ellipse. This allows you to target specific muscle groups making it easier to get an all-round full-body workout. As changing the incline level also changes the stride length from 44cm (17.3”) to 48cm (19”) this provides the flexibility for different sized users to select the stride length that’s best for them which can be very useful in a family environment. The only downside we could see here was that at higher incline levels there were noticeable levels of movement in the main body of the machine when some members of the team were doing their testing. 

Resistance levels start from easy up to a respectable difficulty meaning that as your fitness levels improve you’re unlikely to need to upgrade to another elliptical in a short space of time, especially with that incline system. The pedals are a good size and provide plenty of space for foot placement but unfortunately, there’s no pedal angle adjustment which can leave some feeling a bit flat-footed. Still, the overall experience is not at all bad and the C7.5 does give you a good workout. The console features a 5” backlit LCD screen which does a satisfactory job of displaying your workout data. With 27 different preset programmes to work through, there’s a fair bit here to keep you entertained and as with all modern NordicTrack machines, the C7.5 has an iFit Bluetooth module allowing you to connect to the iFit subscription service.

There’s also a Bluetooth heart rate sensor that gives a reliable reading when used with a chest belt, and all the standard add-on’s that you’d expect to see on a NordicTrack machine these days such as water bottle holder, speakers, fan etc.

There’s also a 2 years parts and labour warranty as long as you register it with the manufacturer within 28 days of purchase.

Best Price

Currently available for £999.00 from NordicTrack

Review Summary - In Brief

Overall the C.75 isn't bad. The assembly takes longer than it really should need to but other than that it performs pretty well. The thing is that it is let down in places by the lack of any way to adjust the angle of the pedals and particularly the fact that it can rock a bit more than you'd want it to at high incline levels. It's still not a bad machine but it's lacking in any stand out features. For the same money, you can currently get your hands on a Proform HIIT L6 which is currently one of our picks of the month, read what we thought of it here.

NordicTrack C 7.5 Specifications

  • 9kg (19.8lbs) effective inertia
  • 22 digital levels of SMR Silent™ Magnetic Resistance combined with OneTouch™ Controls
  • 0-20% Adjustable Power Ramp
  • 17.3” (44cm) – 19″ (48cm) power adjustable stride
  •  5” full-color display
  • Console Feedback: EKG, calories burned, workout progress, speed, time and distance
  • 26 preset workouts (contains 13 calories and 13 performance workout apps)
  • Interactivity: iFit Coach BLE Enabled – use the iFit Smart Cardio app on compatible tablets and smartphones (subscription based after initial trial)
  • Heart Rate Measurement via Dual EKG pulse grips (Bluetooth® Smart chest belt optional)
  • Audio: Compatible music port for iPod®/MP3 player, two 2” speakers
  • Conveniences: Integrated tablet holder (tablet not included), water bottle holder
  • Autobreeze™ workout fan
  • SoftTouch Upper body grips for a comfortable workout
  • Dimensions in Use (L x W x H): 169cm (66.5”) x 63cm (24.8”) x 176cm (69.3”)
  • Product Weight: 79kg (174.2lbs)
  • Max. User Weight: 125kg (275.6lbs)
  • Power: Mains
  • Warranty: 5-year frame and 2-year for parts and labour (Registration within 28 days of purchase)

NordicTrack C 7.5 Elliptical Cross Trainer - Console / Display Unit

NordicTrack C 7.5 Elliptical Cross Trainer - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Expandable training options via iFit
  • Incline system

The Cons

  • Less stable at high incline levels
  • Awkward assembly
NordicTrack C 7.5 Elliptical Cross Trainer Reviewer Ratings

Ease Of Installation - 4
Appearance - 6
Smoothness - 7
Comfort - 6.5
Reliability - 8.5
Noise - 7
Ease Of Use - 8.5
Controls - 7
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 7
Best Price

Currently available for £999.00 from NordicTrack

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