NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i Elliptical Review

NordicTrack SE7i Overview

In the not-so-distant past, finding a top-notch, space-saving, rear-drive elliptical machine was like looking for a needle in the haystack. Today, it is as simple as buying the NordicTrack SpaceSaver elliptical machines. As you can probably tell from the name, the SpaceSavers are the go-to elliptical trainers for homes with limited floor and storage space. The NordicTrack SpaceSaver series consists of the entry-level SE7i and the advanced SE9i. Both models are foldable rear-drive elliptical trainers with a plethora of enticing workout features. The SE7i is the base model, and as such, it falls a little short of its refined sister-model, the SE9i SpaceSaver. Despite the spec-gap between the two models, they have several features in common.

In addition to being rear-drive elliptical trainers with foldable frames and transport wheels, the SpaceSavers share the same 18-inches stride length, 18-pound flywheel, 10-degree power incline, and 325-pound maximum weight limit. Both machines also come with the legendary iFit app. The variations between the two compact elliptical trainers begin with the console size and design. The SE9i has a much bigger 7-inch high definition touchscreen console while the SE7i has a primitive 5-inch backlit LCD. Beyond this, the SE9i has more resistance levels and onboard workout programs. While the SE91 supports both telemetry and digital contact heart rate tracking, the SE7i has integrated EKG grip sensors as the only medium for tracking and supplying heart rate data. Because it has somewhat limited features compared to its counterpart, the SE7i SpaceSaver elliptical is more affordable.

The SE7i elliptical machine, which is the primary focus of this review, is an outstanding, feature-crammed exercise machine ─ that seeks to make workouts easy, fun, and convenient. With 24 expert-tailored workout programs, 22 resistance levels, a 10-degree incline range, and an 18-pound effective flywheel, it churns out a considerable fitness profit. It boasts other convenient amenities like an AutoBreeze workout fan, water, a tablet holder, and soft-touch upper body grips. The SE7i elliptical is ideal for entry-level exercises looking for a compact yet practical fitness machine with moderate incline and resistance levels. In this NordicTrack SE7i elliptical review, we will detail its key specifications, along with its pros and cons. Perhaps, this is the review you have been waiting to read!

NordicTrack SE7i Elliptical Review and Details
Heart Rate:
Pulse onlyPower Source:Plugin
USB Charging Port:
NoDisplay:LED Backlit
RearFlywheel Weight:18 Pounds
2-Year Parts | 1-Year LaborCompact:Yes
Machine Weight:215 LbsFolding:Yes
Dimensions:80"L X 32"W X 67"HSpeaker:Yes
Max user weight:325 LbsCooling Fan:Yes
Resistance: 22-Level MagneticMedia Shelf:Yes
Incline Ramp:10° Power AdjustableBottle Holder:Yes
Stride Length:18" FixedHandlebars:Without Built-in Controls
Programs: 24Better Alternative:NordicTrack SE9i


If you have been searching for a compact-sized home elliptical to no avail, the SE7i elliptical is your cue to bring the exhausting search to a stop. Its minimal footprint and the collapsible frame is just what you need for that cozy home of yours. Your home will thank you, and your body won’t be happier. NordicTrack went over and beyond with the framework of this elliptical trainer. How they could transform a rear-drive machine into a portable piece of equipment with the easiest fold-and-stow-away contraption is laudable. Its footprint is 67-inches high, 32 inches wide, and 80 inches long on a good day. The rear-drive design positions the flywheel at the back of the machine, which improves the machine’s stability. It will also mean that the pedals are secured within the machine’s footprint, so they don’t protrude when in use ─ Gets another point for safety!

The flywheel weighs 18 pounds, which is admittedly light, but the forward motion is smooth on a decent level. The flywheel is centralized, and the pedals circle the flywheel to deliver a considerably smooth glide underneath the feet. The caveat is; don’t expect the motion to be as smooth as those of elliptical machines with a heavier flywheel. We know the foldable design is the best thing since sliced bread; however, it takes a pound of “steel” from the machine’s overall sturdiness. The oversized pedals and slim handles tend to be wobbly, so you might want to exercise some caution there. The maximum weight specification for the SE7i trainer is 325-pounds, which, aside from being average, may not be reliable. So users “below” the specified weight limit are the best candidates for this elliptical machine.

What we love about the SE7i’s Vertical SpaceSaver design (as NordicTrack calls it) is its ease of operation. The brand thoughtfully worked out a way to tilt the machine for storage without the bulk of its weight. The folding system lessens the labor required to get the machine into a vertical storage position; you don’t lift the machine’s heaviest part. All it takes is to fold the console down to the base, lift the machine to an upright position, and roll on its front-mounted wheels to its place of storage. The SE7i requires a grounded, nominal, 120-volt outlet to work. It would be best if you endeavored to stick to a grounded outlet for you and the machine’s safety.


Sometimes you need all the motivation you can get to step on an elliptical machine and give it your best shot. And this motivation almost always comes with the console of the machine. While the SE7i lacks an internet-enabled HD touchscreen as the upgraded SE9i elliptical trainer, it still has a backlit 5-inch display monitor, crammed with a bunch of entertaining and goal-driven workout programs. It keeps you updated on your workout performance metrics, including calories per hour, time, distance, pulse, pulse average, resistance level, incline, speed, RPM, Average RPM, watts, and average watts.

The workout programs on the SE7i elliptical are categorized into three major groups; 24 pre-set workouts, iFit workouts, and manual programs. Each of the 24 workout programs was designed with input from fitness professionals. The programs are also synced to resistance and incline, so they automatically adjust with the workout being performed. They also split across lower and upper body training, working the muscles in this region to an extensive degree. The manual program isn’t exactly a program but a workout mode that follows the exerciser’s whims as related to cadence. When the machine is in manual mode, you have the leeway to alter the resistance as you deem it necessary. This is perfect for individuals who want to tweak their energy expenditure to complement specific heart intervals.

As with most or all NordicTrack elliptical trainers, the SE7i is compatible with the company’s patented iFit app. For the first 12 months post-purchase, the machine is iFit-enabled for free, which is a great incentive. For the sake of clarity, iFit is a spectacular fitness world with everything and anything fitness-related. It is loaded with immersive fitness programs anchored by world-class trainers. Exercise boredom and monotony will become a thing of the past as you will discover and explore scenic trails with its Google Maps feature. iFit workouts will sculpt, strengthen, and condition your muscles like never before. Plus, you get a customized sleep, nutrition, and lifestyle guide. But note that; this will come at an extra cost once the 12-months deal is off.


At 18-inches, the stride length is anything but limited for taller individuals. Given the rear-drive construction, the average stride length is to be expected. This is a disadvantage for people who are 6 or more feet taller. Nonetheless, the elliptical path is as fantastic as the other features of the machine. The stride ergonomics is reminiscent of a natural stride and, as such, exerts minimal pressure on your knee joints.

An inclined ramp on the SE7i elliptical trainer means you get to focus on and challenge a wide range of muscles. You get a 10% incline range (0-10 degrees) on the SE71 elliptical machine. If you feel like hiking up a hill without leaving your comfort zone, simply step on the SE7i and activate the incline ─ you will barely notice the difference as the effect is virtually the same. This also means you get to walk up a hill when running or jogging becomes monotonous. Manual controls are made available for regulating incline and resistance. Still, if you prefer the easy way out, the one-touch control buttons on the console are yours for the taking. But unfortunetly unlike the NordicTrack SE9i, this model doesn’t come with easy-access built-in resistance and incline controls on the handlebars.

It is no surprise that the SE7i is equipped with NordicTrack’s Silent Magnetic Resistance system (SRM); virtually all their training equipment uses this mechanism. And don’t get it twisted; the SRM is one of the many practical features that make the SE7i a bona fide home elliptical trainer. It is responsible for the elliptical’s inaudible and tranquil motor. Your flatmates or other people you live with will only know you are exercising when they see you. Speaking of the resistance, the SE7i has 22 digital resistance levels. The resistance combined with the incline provides a decent amount of challenge.


The SE7i handlebar ergonomics is something to behold with admiration. They are designed to provide maximum comfort. They are coated with a spongy material that is gentle on the palms. The handlebars facilitate upper body training and augment lower body training; as you work your quads, hamstrings, and glutes from the running, jogging, or walking motion, they activate your shoulders, biceps, arms, and your back. This makes for full-body training resulting in more significant calorie expenditure.

Heart rate monitoring is made easy with the integrated CardioGrip touch sensors on the handles. This aids cardio training and other exercises that require specific heart range intervals. The sensors are the only medium for measuring heart rate on the SE7i as it lacks a telemetric monitor. This might be a deal-breaker for individuals who prefer a chest strap HR device to digital contact heart rate monitoring. And truth-be-told, a chest strap device often provides more accurate heart rate data than grip sensors.

The SE7i pedals are extra-wide and textured to the touch. The heel-to-toe angles are adjustable to about three settings. They are structured that way to fit a vast range of shoe sizes and to optimize muscle conditioning. The elliptical path, combined with the large pedal’s narrow Q factor, creates the perfect natural body alignment for increased comfort. Lastly, the pedal track is closer to the ground, which lowers the step-on height, so getting on the machine is quick and easy.


In terms of accessories, the NordicTrack SE7i elliptical has several gratifying extras that make all the difference to workouts. A dual-speed multi-powered fan ensures you stay cool all through your workout session. The fans are positioned close to the upper body and provide sufficient airflow to keep you cool and refreshed. It has multiple speed settings, so you can choose the airflow that is convenient for you. You can adjust the fan’s speed manually or automatically (by setting it to “auto” mode).

A tablet holder is attached to the console at eye-level, so you can comfortably use your mobile device when exercising. With the holder, you can access iFit programs or watch videos from your mobile device hands-free. Two digitally amplified speakers and an MP3/ iPod compatible audio port are also affixed to the machine’s frame. This is specially designed for users who love to sprinkle some music or audio sounds into their workout routine. NordicTrack cares a great deal about workout hydration; hence, a water bottle holder is also attached to the machine.

The SE7i elliptical usually arrives in an assembly-frightening box. Rest assured, the package is gigantic because NordicTrack has already done the bulk of the assembly. The overall assembly requires minimal effort and time; in fact, the only real effort you’d be expending is dislodging the elliptical machine and moving it to its slated spot. Once the trainer is out of the box, it is “easy peasy” from there. You only have to fit the front and rear stabilizers, the right upper body arm, and the tablet holder. And you only need a Phillips screwdriver in addition to the included tools to set up the SE7i elliptical. How easy can this be! Plus, the whole assembly process is super speedy and time convenient. Remember to adjust the levelers properly and double-check the installation for out-of-place screws and bolts.


The NordicTrack SE7i elliptical machine is warranted for a specified period; the warranty covers the machine’s frame for 10 years, the parts are covered for two years, and labor is covered for a year. This warranty has some loopholes, especially where the machine’s parts are concerned. Regardless of the flaw, the SE7i is guaranteed to stand the test of time. It goes without saying that proper maintenance and servicing is crucial to the machine’s longevity. As expected, Icon Health and Fitness (NordicTrack’s parent company) enforces the product warranty registration. This is meant to activate the warranty and consolidate the included terms and conditions.

The warranty registration does not ask for too much ─ customers are simply required to complete and return the company’s included warranty registration card. Alternatively, customers can complete the product warranty registration on the company website, As part of the warranty terms, the warranty is limited to the original owner of the product and cannot be transferred to another individual of the owner’s choosing. If you have doubts to clear or questions to be answered regarding the warranty, kindly send a mail to NordicTrack’s customer support team via or contact them on 1 -800-862-3348.

Priced at $1,099, the SE7i is a reasonably affordable machine. Although the subsequent iFit subscriptions may up the expense scale a bit (if you are considering iFit, that is), it is well worth the asking price. Besides, the pre-programmed workout programs can satisfy your fitness demands in the absence of iFit, so it is a pretty good bargain. Shipping and delivery policies may differ from vendor to vendor, but you may get shipping discounts and promotional offers if you are buying directly from NordicTrack. Also, shipping and delivery may take an estimated 20 days, so be prepared to wait. As of the time of writing, only curbside and threshold delivery options are available, while in-home/white-glove assembly is on hold.


  • It is well- built and easy to assemble
  • It is suitable for homes and apartments with a limited space
  • The collapsible frame reserves and preserves storage space
  • Fitted with a silent magnetic resistance system for a whisper-quiet operation
  • Users are treated to an exciting array of workout programs
  • It is iFit enabled for the first 12 months; subsequently, a monthly subscription will be required
  • Handlebars are equipped with EKG sensors for tracking and transmitting heart rate statistics
  • Includes one touch controls for resistance and incline for easy regulation
  • The 18-inch stride length is suitable for individuals of average height
  • It is easy to tilt, fold and roll away for storage
  • Pedals and handlebars are synchronized for total-body training
  • 10-degree incline range maximizes posterior muscle engagement
  • Packed with comfort accessories such as a tablet holder, workout fan, dual speakers, an audio port, and a water bottle holder


  • The console is simple and is devoid of a touchscreen
  • Wireless heart rate monitoring is not available
  • No resistance and incline controls are integrated into the handlebars
  • It is not suitable for advanced athletes and taller individuals
  • There is no pulse readers on the moving handlebars


From spec-sheet to reality, the NordicTrack SE7i elliptical trainer is a tested and trusted exercise machine. It is the perfect elliptical machine for amateur fitness enthusiasts and petite trainees with limited space in their homes or apartments. The vertical space-saving design is a groundbreaking innovation that has proffered a lasting solution to space-related exercise constraints. The ergonomic and solid construction is quite impressive, but the 325-pound maximum weight might be a limiting factor for heavy-weight users. The 18-inch stride length is another factor that limits access to the machine; the SE7i is reserved for trainees with shorter legs and not for tall individuals. If you are around 6-feet tall or above, you might want to look elsewhere or consider the NordicTrack FreeStrider machines, which have a more inclusive stride length. The moderate resistance setting is another factor to consider when buying the SE7i trainer. If you are a serious athlete with a penchant for high-intensity workouts, the SE7i trainer may not live up to your expectations. Despite its shortcomings, the SE7i elliptical machine is an affordable yet practical exercise machine that is guaranteed to produce remarkable results.

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.