NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers Comparisons

The FreeStride trainers are easily NordicTrack’s best and biggest-selling elliptical machines. The series, which is made up of the FS7i, FS10i, and FS14i ellipticals, is built differently from other elliptical machines. They are also distinct from every other elliptical in the company’s line up. The NordicTrack FreeStriders are specially engineered to maximize elliptical motion, giving users extended freedom of movement rarely seen on most elliptical machines. But beyond a far-reaching elliptical path, they boast another distinguishable feature; they merge the properties of an elliptical, a treadmill, and a stepper in one machine. Users can change their stride to simulate any of the three machines without stepping off the machine or clicking a button!

Their flexible range of motion is why they are popular among fitness devotees. Who wouldn’t choose a multi-functional elliptical machine over a conventional treadmill or stepper! Not forgetting the unique floating sensation that they produce. Unlike most elliptical trainers, their pedals sit on belts instead of rails, so moving on the machines is like being suspended in air, which is honestly more engaging than working out on a flat surface. Their center-drive configuration, combined with the floating mechanism, works to suppress pressure on impact-prone body joints. The FreeStriders are also relatively compact machines, standing at about 15″-20” shorter than traditional elliptical machines.

And just like all NordicTrack elliptical machines, the FreeStriders are loaded with workout-enhancing features. They offer an intriguing plethora of workout programs, a sensational sound system comprising of a music port and dual speakers, multi-resistance levels, iFit and Bluetooth connectivity, instant-touch controls, HD screens, wireless heart rate monitoring, Autobreeze workout fans, among a host of other features. These exceptional elliptical machines are similar and dissimilar in so many ways. OurNordicTrack FreeStrider comparison review will outline their differences and similarities so you can choose the one that best suits your fitness needs. We will note their standout features, pinpoint their flaws, and compare them against each other. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!



In terms of technical specifications, the drive and build of the machines are quite similar. They are all center-drive machines. The center-drive system minimizes footprint with the bulk of the machines standing upright rather than extending from the rear and back. It also allows users to maintain an ergonomically correct, upright posture with less forward-leaning motions typical of rear and front-drive elliptical machines. But we advise users to be mindful when stepping on and off the machine(s) as it tends to be shaky. To avoid losing your balance, hold on to the uprights or handles for support. That said,all three ellipticals are fairly compact at 58.5 inches long, 29.5 inches high, and 74 inches wide.

On the plus side, the vertical construction does not deplete their stability, as the machines are quite sturdy with no rocking or side-to-side movements. The FreeStriders’ frames are made out of industrial-quality steel with cross beams that secure the machine(s) in place. They are also furnished with steel-based horizontal pedal supports and vertical uprights doused in a powder coating for extra protection. To reinforce stability and increase the functionality of their varied motions, the bases of the FreeStriders are fitted with oversized levelers. Owing to their rock-solid and stable construction, the trainers can support a remarkable maximum weight capacity of 375-pounds.

The FreeStriders also share the same 20-pounds flywheel weight, which has a smooth and consistent rotational feel. While heavier flywheels are reported to be more efficiently smooth, there is hardly any jerkiness or inconsistency with the FreeStriders’ pedal rotation. On top of this, the flywheels are shrouded in plastic overlays to protect the inner-drive system from the damaging effects of sweat, debris, and dust. Additionally, the FreeStriders operate a Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) System that is as quiet as a grave. While the FS7i and FS10i have the same digital 24-resistance levels, the FS14i is slightly ahead with 26 automated resistance levels. The resistance system automatically syncs to the iFit app and the onboard programs, eliminating the need for a manual “switch-over.”

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers Specs Comparisons
NordicTrack FS14i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS14i Elliptical Review28758"L X 29"W X 74"H 375 Lbs20 PoundsCenter drive26-Level Magnetic
NordicTrack FS10i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS10i Elliptical Review28058"L X 29"W X 74"H 375 Lbs20 PoundsCenter drive24-Level Magnetic
NordicTrack FS7i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS7i Elliptical Review28058"L X 29"W X 74"H 375 Lbs20 PoundsCenter drive24-Level Magnetic


While the average “monitor standards” for home ellipticals is a basic LCD, NordicTrack stood out of the crowd by equipping each of their home FreeStride elliptical machines with a High-definition Touchscreen Console. With each model, the TouchScreen is centrally located on the console to promote better visibility and easy navigation. To get rid of clutter, the majority of the monitor(s) buttons are integrated into the touchscreen. Users can toggle through various options with a “swipe” and “tap” of the fingers. Additionally, the FreeStriders consoles incorporate a pivotal orientation to suit different viewing angles.

The console(s) metric display and readability are just as fantastic. With a full-color and top-quality resolution, you don’t need “glasses” to view the screen. They also provide vital workout summaries, including time spent, calorie consumption, distance covered, speed, strokes/minute, heart rate, resistance level, and so on. They also pair seamlessly with Bluetooth for wireless heart rate tracking and audio transmission. Workout programs maketh the monitor, they say, and the NordicTrack FreeStriders have this in abundance. The FS7i and FS10i elliptical trainers have about 35 workout programs. The exact workout programs on the FS14i elliptical trainer is not stated on the spec-sheet, but it is also about 35 and more. These programs were designed with input from fitness experts, ensuring premium workout boost and motivation.

Furthermore, the models are all iFit enabled to broaden workout options, maximize fitness experience, and help users reach their record time goals.Granted, the FreeStriders have a lot of console-features in common, but they vary in size. The FS7i has the smaller console at 7-inches, the FS10i has a medium 10-inches console, while the FS14i has the biggest, monster-size console at 14 inches. The FS7i’s console (which is the smallest of the three), albeit beautifully structured, may be inadequate for viewing the most miniature metric displays. The FS10i’s console should satisfy just about any user, while the FS14i’s console is the real deal!

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers Monitors Comparisons
NordicTrack FS14i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS14i Elliptical Review14 InchesYesBluetooth35+iFit
NordicTrack FS10i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS10i Elliptical Review10 InchesYesBluetooth35iFit
NordicTrack FS7i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS7i Elliptical Review7 InchesYesBluetooth35iFit


Our NordicTrack comparisons and reviewsis incomplete without the FreeStriders’ stride and incline. One of our favorite things about the FreeStriders is their automated and dynamic elliptical path. Unlike other elliptical machines that confine users to a fixed and repetitive path, they give users a free pass to determine and navigate their own path (little wonder they are called FreeStriders). With these machines, you can choose to simulate the short and hearty motion of a stepper, run a mid-length elliptical motion or break into an out-and-out sprint like with a treadmill. Trust us when we say; few elliptical machines can beat this “hybrid” standard.

The FreeStriders have a 32 inches auto-adjustable stride that is convenient for shorter and taller users alike. We must say that their extensive stride length is a refreshing change of path from the “18-20” inches gold standard of traditional elliptical machines. Compared to other hybrid machines like the Bowflex Max Trainer, they stand out, as the latter does not give great stretchability like the FreeStriders. Thus, they deserve commendation for this standout feature. Additionally, having the freedom to switch between strides and motions allows for better muscle engagement. And you don’t have to pull, press, or click buttons or levers to adjust the stride length; the elliptical path automatically moves as you do. How refreshing!

Another FreeStrider feature we are excited about is incline and decline capability. Each of the FreeStriders has a 0-10 degree incline range. Users can ramp up workout intensity and zero in on more muscles at that range. The 32-inch stride length combined with the 10-degree maximum incline range produces a heart-pounding and muscle-throbbing workout like no other. And here is the icing on the cake; one of the ellipticals also has a decline system in addition to the incline ramp, and you guessed right, it is none other than the FS14i elliptical machine. An elliptical with a decent incline ramp is a rare gem, much less one with a declining capability as well. It is for this reason that the NordicTrack FS14i elliptical has the spotlight!

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers Monitors Comparisons
NordicTrack FS14i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS14i Elliptical Review0-32 inches10° Power Adjustable
NordicTrack FS10i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS10i Elliptical Review0-32 inches10° Power Adjustable
NordicTrack FS7i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS7i Elliptical Review0-32 inches10° Power Adjustable


With interconnecting handlebars and pedals, the FreeStriders will stop at nothing to deliver a stimulating full-body engagement. The handlebars are conjoined with the pedals for fluid and even motion. The handles fully engage the upper body muscles, including the biceps, forearms, and anterior deltoids. The pedals, on the other hand, work the muscles on the lower body.

The handlebars on the FreeStriders are positioned vertically from the machines’ bases for a smooth and comfortable interaction between the wrists, shoulders, and elbows. They are also cushioned for extra grip comfort. Be that as it may, the handlebar engineering does not meet most users’ standards as they complain it is rather uncomfortable and ill-positioned. Plus, the FreeStriders lack stationary handlebars, so getting on and off the machine may pose a challenge. Finally, the handles integrate quick controls for incline and resistance.

In case you are wondering, the FreeStriders’ pedals have zero to no customer complaints. Most users appear to be satisfied with the extra-wide and size friendly pedals. The pedals can house a vast range of shoe and foot sizes. Levelers also support them from beneath for increased stability. And yes, they’ve proven to be resistant to slippage.

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers Pedals Comparisons
NordicTrack FS14i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS14i Elliptical ReviewWith controls on the handlebarsSingle-gripNoNo stationary handlebars
NordicTrack FS10i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS10i Elliptical ReviewWith controls on the handlebarsSingle-gripNoNo stationary handlebars
NordicTrack FS7i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS7i Elliptical ReviewWith controls on the handlebarsSingle-gripNoNo stationary handlebars


The NordicTrack FreeStriders are fraught with accessories that make working out all the more easier and convenient. Top of the list is a rotatable tablet holder that serves workout entertainment from the best viewing angles. This means you can simultaneously workout and enjoy a choice selection of shows and workout videos, hands-free. Each of the NordicTrack FreeStriders is fitted with an AutoBreeze workout fan to tackle workout-induced heat and hot weather temperature. You can dictate the fan’s amount of airflow by using the multi-speed buttons with four settings; low, medium, high, and auto.

Much like every other exercise machine, the FreeStriders are equipped with “on-demand” water bottle holders to promote sufficient workout hydration. Staying hydrated is a matter of reaching for your bottle in the holder. Included is a fantastic sound system that will easily make the vast majority of elliptical machines envious. Two digitally amplified speakers and an audio jack provide high-quality audio entertainment. The audio port is compatible with most MP3 devices; so no worries there. Lastly, all three models come with a chest strap device for seamless heart rate tracking.

Assembling the NordicTrack FreeStriders is far from rocket science. The manufacturers have made the process relatively easy that all you need to do is attach several parts, and your elliptical is ready to be used. The parts to be assembled on each of the FreeStriders, include the; uprights, axle, pedal legs, front and left shield covers, handlebar covers, console bracket and cover, accessory tray, and console. Essential tools needed for their assembly include a Phillip screwdriver and a set of wrenches. You will find a step-by-step assembly manual and an easy-to-follow instruction video (on the NordicTrack website) to help you nail the assembly. Be careful not to pinch certain wires during installation, and remember to thoroughly examine the machine to ascertain if all is in place. It is highly recommended to engage a pair of hands or more to help with the assembly. Additionally, the assembly typically lasts an average of 60-70 minutes.

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers Accessories Comparisons
NordicTrack FS14i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS14i Elliptical ReviewTablet holderBottle holderIncludedEasy
NordicTrack FS10i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS10i Elliptical ReviewTablet holderBottle holderIncludedEasy
NordicTrack FS7i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS7i Elliptical ReviewTablet holderBottle holderIncludedEasy


The NordicTrack FreeStriders are warranted for 10 years on frame, two years on parts, and a year for labor. The warranty is under the auspices of NordicTrack’s parent company, Icon, Health, and Fitness. The company declares the elliptical machines free of defects in material and quality from production to purchase. The warranty is also relative to set terms and conditions. For instance, damages incurred as a result of carelessness or misuse on the part of the user will not be covered by the product warranty.

Further to this, the product warranty must be registered to ensure activation and other benefits. On that note, the company offers two options for warranty registration. One is a warranty registration card that is included in the product box. Customers are to fill this card and return it to Icon Health and Fitness, who in turn activates the warranty. The other alternative is to complete the warranty registration on the company website at NordicTrack has a customer support unit o stand-by should clients have inquiries or concerns to address. You can reach the said unit at 1-800-862-3348 or via mail at

Aside from being NordicTrack’s best-selling elliptical trainers, they are also the most expensive. The FS7i retails for around $1,999, the FS10i costs $2,999 while the FS14i sells for about $3,999. From the prices indicated, the FS7i is evidently the most affordable, while the FS14i is the most expensive of the trio. The value the FreeStriders offer mirrors its steep price tag. So it is left for you to decide if you can afford their capabilities. NordicTrack offers threshold delivery and in-home/white-glove assembly for its products as of the time of writing. With threshold delivery, the product is delivered to your doorstep, while white-glove assembly takes it further into your home and assembles the machine at an extra cost. Shipping charges may apply (or not) as the company is known to offer free shipping from time to time.

NordicTrack FreeStride Trainers Prices Comparisons
NordicTrack FS14i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS14i Elliptical Review10-year Frame, 2-year parts, and 1-year labor$3,99966.14 x 29.92 x 25.59 inches300 lbs
NordicTrack FS10i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS10i Elliptical Review10-year Frame, 2-year parts, and 1-year labor$2,99966.14 x 29.92 x 25.59 inches300 lbs
NordicTrack FS7i FreeStriderNordicTrack FS7i Elliptical Review10-year Frame, 2-year parts, and 1-year labor$1,99966.14 x 29.92 x 25.59 inches300 lbs


If you have gone through the myriad of NordicTrack reviews on the internet, you must have noticed how distinct the FreeStriders are from the rest of the pack. The NordicTrack FreeStriders are, without a doubt, crowd-pleasers. This is largely attributed to their unique and dynamic elliptical path with a varied and flexible range of motion. Although this well-defined motion takes some getting used to, they are worth the learning curve. You are guaranteed to enjoy the floating sensation and the smooth-as-silk pedaling motion.

Having the ultimate freedom to curate your own elliptical path on the go is nothing short of terrific. You will target hard-to-reach and often neglected muscles than you would on a conventional elliptical machine. Speaking of other elliptical machines, few can match the three-in-one combo mechanism of the FreeStriders. And even when they do, they may not allow you to stretch your stride to a maximum 32-inch. Also, working out on the FreeStriders is quite the experience.

You get a plethora of workout options to choose from and an expansive on-demand library of additional workouts via the company’s signature iFit app. And if you cannot afford iFit’s subscription fee, the built-in workout programs are more than sufficient. Their Silent Magnetic Resistance system minimizes noise output, making them ideal for residential settings. Plus, they are easy to maintain. So if your budget permits, why not!!


On the list of the best hybrid elliptical machines on the market, the NordicTrack FreeStriders rank high. They give you an elliptical experience like you’ve never had before. Their extensive stride length is the right fit for users of different heights and leg lengths. Solidly structured, they are stable enough to support the heaviest of users (up to 375 pounds). Equipped with multi-resistance levels and inclining and declining capabilities, they provide quite the challenge for novice and elite users. On the flip side, they come at a high price, making them inaccessible to shoppers with a limited budget. But if you have the buck to spare and are especially tall, we totally recommend the NordicTrack FreeStriders. We particularly have a soft spot for the FS7i elliptical trainer, which offers nearly the same features as its sister models but at a fraction of their cost. All the same, you won’t regret buying any of the NordicTrack FreeStride elliptical machines.

Sayed Hamed Hosseiny
Sayed Hamed Hosseiny

Hi, my name is Sayed Hamed Hosseiny. I am a professional health and fitness trainer with nearly 20 years of experience using ellipticals, rowing machines, and spin bikes. I also have my own EU-based Rock Fitness Pro fitness brand where I design, import and sell exercise equipment such as rowing machines and spin bikes. I and writers on my team also often receive fitness equipment to review and evaluate their functionalities and performance from tens of different exercise machines manufacturers. Fitness equipment tips, guides, reviews, and comparisons on this website are my opinion (and opinions of my fitness expert colleagues) based on tens of criteria. I never accept payment to write reviews of products or say positive things about fitness equipment products. If brands are interested to have me review their rowers, ellipticals, or spin bikes, they can get in touch with me via email provided on the contact page and send a sample of their product.