Wondering how they stack up – and which is best for you?
These are both high-end, premium style ellipticals that are excellent for families, intense use or longer workouts.
They’re both top-selling models within their brands and have been around for several years (with updates).
They both give you a front-drive design with heavy flywheels for a smoother-feeling ride. You also get multi-grip handlebars to help you find the best upper body position for you.
So how are they different? And which is best for you?
This post will give you a rundown of the main differences between the Sole E95 vs Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 elliptical trainers to help you decide.
Sole E95 vs Nordictrack 14.9: Price
As of this writing, the Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 comes in a bit more affordable. You can get it with direct from the Manufacturer for around $1799 with Free Shipping here.
The Sole E95 comes in just a bit higher. You can get it for around $1899 with Free Shipping here.
The prices do tend to jump around a bit however so it’s always a good idea to check with the manufacturer’s websites above for the most up-to-date prices.
Nordictrack 14.9 vs Sole E95: Console
The consoles are quite different here. The Nordictrack 14.9 comes with a full-color, HD, touch-screen console that measures around 14 inches across:
You can connect to iFit (Nordictrack’s online streaming service) and run trails all over the world or take a fitness class from your elliptical.
The console window also tilts so you can find the best viewing angle for you and there’s also a dual-speed fan to keep you cool.
The Sole E95 console is a bit smaller at 10 inches and is not full-color (but it is touch-screen).
It’s easy to read your workout stats and there’s a tablet holder above the console. So you can attach your own tablet or phone and go online to stream videos or classes that way if you want.
Another very cool option on the Sole E95 (that’s not on the Nordictrack) is that there’s a USB charging port. So you can charge your phone or tablet as you workout.
Both consoles are Bluetooth compatible with speakers. So you can play your favorite workout music through the console speakers as you workout.
Sole E95 vs Nordictrack Commercial 14.9: Stride
Stride is the furthest distance between the elliptical pedals. Most people prefer stride lengths of 18 to 20 inches.
Shorter strides will give you a jumpy, jerky feel to movement and taller users will feel a bit cramped. However longer strides can feel strained for shorter users.
The Sole E95 comes with a very healthy 20-inch stride length. This should be fine for most people. However shorter users, under 5 foot 4 inches, might feel it’s a bit of a stretch.
The Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 elliptical comes with a 17.5 – 18.7 inch stride (the stride length changes when you change the incline).
This should be fine for most people. However taller users over 6 feet may prefer the longer stride on the Sole E95.
Nordictrack 14.9 vs Sole E95: Flywheel
A heavier flywheel can help give you a smoother feeling ride, especially during resistance transitions.. Both ellipticals come with heavy flywheels – with a slight advantage going to the Nordictrack.
The Sole E95 comes with a 27-pound flywheel – which is excellent. The Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 however outshines it with a slightly heavier 32-pound flywheel. It’s not a huge difference – but still worth knowing.
Does It Fit?
The footprint of an elliptical is especially important if you have a smaller workout area like a crowded basement or an apartment. (If however you don’t have a space issue, this may not matter to you).
The Nordictrack 14.9 elliptical comes in just a bit smaller here, with a footprint of 67 x 29 inches.
The Sole E95 comes in with a footprint of 82 x 31 inches.
So the Nordictrack would fit better in a smaller space as the Sole is quite a bit longer.
Sole E95 or Nordictrack 14.9? Heart Rate
The Sole E95 trainer comes with both EKG Heart Rate Grips and a wireless chest strap to track your heart rate.
While Nordictrack used to include the EKG heart rate grips, they took them out on the new model for some reason. You can still monitor your heart rate with a wireless chest strap – but it’s not included with the machine.
Sole E95 vs Nordictrack Commercial 14.9: Streaming
Fitness equipment these days is all about giving you Smart entertainment – allowing you to track your workouts, get customized plans and even streaming world-trail runs or fitness classes.
Both of these trainers offer streaming programs – Nordictrack has iFit and Sole has Studio.
Each one lets you track your workouts over time and stream fitness classes to your trainer.
The main difference with the Sole is that you can’t connect through the console as you can with the Nordictrack. You have to add in your own tablet or phone and use the tablet holder to connect that way.
Also, iFit has been around a bit longer and offers a few more options – like world trail workouts.
You can run along the streets of Paris or climb the Swiss Alps as you watch the scenery pass you by in the console screen. Sole Studio doesn’t yet offer these types of world trail runs (however this can always change in the future).
Another thing to know is that while iFit and Studio are both paid membership services – they both have free versions you can use. This means you can use the free versions (which include a few built-in programs) on your machine. You don’t NEED the paid subscription service in order to use either elliptical.
So what’s the bottom line when comparing the Sole E95 vs Nordictrack Commercial 14.9 elliptical machines?
Each one has it’s benefits.
The Sole E95 has a longer stride length, heart rate grips and the tablet holder above the console with the USB charging port. So you can add in your own entertainment or stream the Sole Studio classes.
The Nordictrack 14.9 comes with the larger, color console to stream iFit workouts to your machine directly through the console. It also has a heavier flywheel and is a bit more compact than the Sole trainer.
So it really comes down to what you’re looking for at the end of the day.
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