NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i Reviews – Rear Drive Series

Welcome to the blog on NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i Reviews! Before we get started with the review, I would like to share some quick information on the SpaceSaver SE9i. The SE9i has been released in the year 2017 by NordicTrack. This elliptical trainer provides you with a full body workout and burns more calories as its much more robust and versatile than the SE7i.

At $1,249, the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i offers tonnes of features and high performance options. It is worth every penny you invest in it because it can increase your stamina and endurance levels. In this review, we’ll be covering various aspects like Top Features, Notable Key Specs, Specifications and Pros & Cons. Without further due, let’s start!

Top Features

I would like to take some time out for your schedule in order to list out and describe the top features this elliptical trainer brings so that you can be well acquainted with it.

  • Includes 1-Year NordicTrack iFit® Membership: When you purchase the SpaceSaver, you get access to 1-Year iFit Membership which you’ll benefit from. iFit enables you to get in touch with your personal trainer and follow their training in order for you to achieve your goals. You can monitor various factors like exercise, nutrition, workout activity and sleep which I think is mandatory. Believe it or not but you can download your favorite places from GoogleMaps and the elliptical trainer will set its inclination and all that according to the route you chose. How cool is this? The first year is free but if you’re interested in continuing, do expect to pay around $15 per month.
  • 10° Power Adjustable Incline: Increasing gradient in any equipment can allow you to burn more calories with a short period and a similar pattern can be observed when you increase your gradient while using this beast. You can also strengthen your hamstrings, quadriceps and a couple of upper body muscles. This is one of my personal favorite features as it’ll increase the intensity of the workout and make it much more challenging.
  • Vertical Spacesaver® Design: What’s the meaning of SpaceSaver? The answer is quite simple – you can save space. Yep, with the SE9i, you can store it wherever you live easily. It doesn’t matter if you live in a big mansion or a tiny flat, it fits quite well everywhere. Once you’re done with your intense training, you can fold it and drag it with the help of transport wheels which I’ll be covering as we move along.

Notable Key Specs

Below is a table containing all the specs and features of the SpaceSaver SE9i. Please make sure to check them out as it won’t take up much of your time.

Product NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i Elliptical Trainer
Cost $1,249.00
Display 7” Smart HD Touchscreen
Warranty Lifetime Frame Warranty, 5-Year Parts & 2-Year Labor Warranty
Incline 10° Power Adjustable Incline
Weight Capacity 325 Lbs (147.4 Kg)
Stride Length 18 Inches
Footprint 78.7" L x 31.9" W x 66.4" H
Workout Apps 30
Resistance Levels 24
Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel 18 Lbs
Storage Integrated Tablet Holder & Water Bottle Holder
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Technology Specifications

In this segment, we will be discussing about the tech stuff that’s behind the success of this elliptical trainer. We’ll go through different attributes like Display, Integrated Tablet Holder, Auxiliary Music Port & Speakers, and Controls.


The in-built 7” Smart HD Touchscreen provides full workout stats like distance, time, calories burned, heart rate, BPM and other details as well. It’s always recommended that you view your stats in order to stay on track during your workout. The screen is clear as it’s high definition and you won’t be experiencing anything blurry.

Integrated Tablet Holder

I pretty much assume that you’ve got your own tablet. So, why not put it into good use? With the help of Integrated Tablet Holder, you can attach your device and it’ll hold it firmly. How cool would it be if you can watch your favorite Shows/Movies throughout your training session?

Auxiliary Music Port & Speakers

If you’ve got an aux wire, you could plugin your device to the Auxiliary Music Port and hear music from the playlists you’ve created. An iPod or MP3 device can be used and the Two 2” Digitally-amplified Speakers enable you to encounter the top quality music produced by these robust speakers. The sound systems of this elliptical trainer are the best!


Operating the SE9i is so easy that even an infant could do it. With the assistance of QuickTouch™ Handle Controls you can increase the gradient of the machine with just one touch. There are many other ways in which you can operate the machine in just a single touch but I’I’ve provided an example of how it works with the gradient/inclination.

Engineering Specifications

In this part, I’ll be concentrating on the engineering aspects of the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i. Some attributes which we’ll be concentrating on are  SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance, Resistance Levels and Heart Rate Monitor & Chest Strap.

Silent Magnetic Resistance

As you increase resistance levels, any elliptical trainer in the world without SMR would make lot of noise that your neighbors cat will wake up. The SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance will try to cut down noise as much as possible so that you can carry on burning calories without producing any sounds.

Resistance Levels

As I’ve mentioned in the table above, after you get your elliptical trainer, you now have access to 24 resistance levels. It’s true that increasing resistance levels can help you burn more calories as you need to apply lots of power and energy.

What if you want more vigorous workout? The answer is increase the gradient and resistance levels at the same time and try to push yourself to do at least for 5 minutes to start with.

Heart Rate Monitor & Chest Strap

The two handle bars on the side are designed in such a way that when you hold them, your heart rate starts showing on the display screen. Unfortunately, this EKG Grip Pulse Heart Rate Monitor is not accurate as it’s just an approximation. You’ll come across something amazing in the next paragraph which is included in this price.

What if I told you that you can get a chest strap which is already included in the price? Yes, when you finish purchasing the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i, you now get iFit Bluetooth® Smart Chest Strap. You need to wear it on top of your stomach/belly so that the strap can display the accurate heart rate on the display screen. This is amazing, isn’t it?

Comfort Specifications

When you buy any product, the main thing you always have to look for is comfort. In this part, we’ll go through the comfort specs and take a close look at stuff like Workout Fan and Grips.

Workout Fan

Want to feel the cool air while working out? NordicTrack has got that covered as they provide you with AutoBreeze™ Workout Fan which helps your body to stay cool. The faster you move the pedals, the more air the workout fan produces. Many of us don’t like the sweat to dry off so you also have an option to switch off the fan.


Many of you might be aware of this but let me explain it again if you’re a newbie. When you hold the elliptical trainers handles, lots of friction is created between the skin of your palm and the handlebar. This in turn will cause blisters but you don’t have to worry ass you have access to Soft Touch Upper Body Grips. These grips will avoid you from getting blisters.

Convenience Specs

This is the last type of specification which I’ll be walking you through and we’ll be paying attention to features like Workout Apps, Transport Wheels and Assembly. Without wasting any time, let’s get on with it!

Workout Apps

When you get the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i, you now have access to 30 Preset Workout Apps. Each app is different and they have been designed by professional fitness trainers which help you in reaching your fitness goals. To get faster results, I strongly suggest that you follow their workouts carefully every single day.

Transport Wheels

With the help of Rear-mounted Transport Wheels, you can now move the SE9i anywhere you want. Since it’s a heavy beast, make sure you have enough strength left to move it.


You must have waited for a couple of days if not weeks for your elliptical trainer to arrive. NordicTrack has engineered this elliptical trainer in such a way that it can fit in the box. You can start with your workout within minutes of unwrapping the box and you don’t even have to make any adjustments.

Pros & Cons

This review has been quite long already but before concluding, I would like to quickly discuss about few Pros & Cons of this elliptical trainer. Do not skip this as it’s important!


Most of the pros are definitely the features which have been discussed throughout this article but I would like to add a few more things.

  • Oversized Pedals: Even if you’ve got big feet, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about as the area of the pedal is quite spacious.
  • Water Bottle Holder: You have some extra space awarded just for storing water or some other drinks which you would like to consume between training.


Although this machine offers good features, you must also be aware of the cons.

  • Stride Length: The stride length is just 18 inches whereas it should be about 20 inches for a tall person. You’ll have this problem if you’re taller than 6 feet 2 inches but if your feet are a bit small, then it’s absolutely fine.
  • Inertia-Enhanced Flywheel: As mentioned in the table, there is an in-built 18 Lbs Flywheel but this isn’t effective simply because it produces some vibrations/jerks in the machine. The heavier the flywheel, the smoothness of the machine increases.

Our Final Verdict

The NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i Elliptical Trainer is one of the best elliptical trainers when it comes to saving space and offering good features but it’s not for everyone simply because of the cost factors. It is worth investing because at the end of the day, it can improve your health dramatically and take your fitness levels to greater heights.

If the SpaceSaver SE9i is more than you expected to shell out, you may want to purchase the SpaceSaver SE7i instead. It has most of the features that 12.9 has but at a much more economical price tag. By comparing the differences prior to purchasing will assure that you are getting the model you really want.

If you would like to share your own thoughts or have any questions regarding this elliptical trainer, leave them below in the comments box and I will reply just as soon as I notice your comment.

22 Replies to “NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i Reviews – Rear Drive Series”

  1. Nordic Track Space Saver SE9i – the Rear Drive Series sounds like an interesting workout equipment to keep an eye on. My friends are looking for one of these for a long time. I think this can solve all their problems about going to gym. Plus the price is not too expensive.

    Thank you for sharing about this equipment.

    1. Hey Sujandar,

      This elliptical trainer is surely the best as it provides lots of workout apps to train on. I’m happy that you could share this with your friends. Believe it or not but this is something which you can use in order to lose weight faster than to go to the gym. Why not bring the fat loss machine home? 

      Your welcome,


  2. I really appreciate the honest review.  Your transparency made it very fast for me to make the decision that this product is not suitable for me given its stride limitation for someone over 6″2.  I don’t suppose the older model you mention have the 20 inches stride length?

    I trust your reviews so I’ll check out the other models you may list 

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    1. Hey Cath,

      Unfortunately, I recommend you don’t take this product as you’re too above the mentioned height. The older model has a stride length of 18 inches as well. In case if you want to know about elliptical trainers that have a stride length more than 18, you can send an email to and I’ll be able to assist you further.

      Your welcome,


  3. Hello Ani and thank you for this informative review. I believe I was already once on your website before. You were reviewing some workout equipment as far as I can remember. Anyways, I bookmarked you to check out what is new.

    Nordic Track SE9i looks amazing and is definitely top of the notch when we are talking about workout equipment. Amazing features and even better performance. What I liked the most is warranty on this product. 

    This company is clearly confident about their product and this is a good sign. 

    What kind of equimpent do you use?

    Thank you.


    1. Hi Strahinja,

      Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your positive feedback regarding this article. This is definitely one of the best foldable elliptical trainers of 2018 from NordicTrack. I personally tried ProForm, NordicTrack, Life Fitness, Bowflex, Schwinn and Nautilus. I’ve had access to all the brands but I tend to use treadmills, elliptical trainers and exercise bikes a lot. I don’t like rowing but it’ll be there on this website as I’ve tried a brand before and can’t wait to post it soon.

      Your welcome,


  4. The SpaceSavers sounds really cool although for me personally I think it is a bit overkill.  I need something a bit simpler without all of the bells and whistles although I would take them at a cheaper price point.  I do have a question though.  You said that it comes with a “1-Year NordicTrack iFit® Membership”.

    Is the membership something that I will have to cancel so that I don’t get auto billed after the free year?. 

    1. Hey Tom, how are you doing? Unfortunately, the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i provides you with too many features. If you’re looking for something a bit simple, I recommend you go for NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i.

      You don’t need to cancel your membership as you won’t be billed after the first year. If you want to continue from the second year with iFit, you can pay a monthly fee of around $15.00 and start using it again. You won’t be auto billed.

      Thanks you,


  5. Honestly, this product is not bad at all. I mean, why would I pay for a gym when I can have this trainer at home? My goal is to lose some pounds and this is a great machine for it. I will surely buy it around the New Year although it is a bit expensive.

    1. Hey Daniel,

      I really like your attitude my friend. It’s absolutely true that gym membership costs a lot nowadays than buying fitness equipment. I completely agree with you on the cost factor but it’s worth buying if you’re really taking your health seriously.

      Best regards,


  6. Hello Ani.V. Thank you for this informative review on the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i. The price of $1249 is a bit steep for me but I suppose if you throw in the fact that you would spend upwards of that amount in a gym (factoring in your travel time),  it would probably pay for itself because you get the benefit of the one-year ifit membership and you are able to workout at home.

    The other thing that appeals to me is that it is a space saver – so important if living in a small place. If I were in the market for this type of equipment, based on your information I would certainly take the Nordic Track Space Saver into consideration.

    1. Hello Mary Ann,

      Your welcome! It is my duty to educate my customers on the equipment I discuss about because people need to know everything about the machine offers and what it doesn’t. Yes, it is expensive because of a couple of extra features than the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i like increased number of workout apps, resistance levels and warranty. This is probably the best machine to buy if you have access to limited space.

      Thanks a lot for your positive compliments Mary Ann.


  7. Nordic spacesaver S9Ei seems like a very awesome product. But is Nordic spacesaver S9Ei available outside the USA? How do one perform maintenance? Nevertheless the gains look like a bargain.

    Your highlights about the pros and cons makes it valid so anyone who’s purchasing the product knows exactly what they are getting. Your aptly describe the product and I hope people see this review before the purchase.

    1. Hey Edwin,

      Of course it’s an awesome product. If you click the image in the table, you can see if Amazon ships it to your country or not. Unfortunately, I don’t know much related to maintenance but if you visit NordicTrack’s Website, you can use the live chat feature and ask them about the maintenance aspect of it.

      Well… I do like to provide all the information I know/have regarding the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i. I’ve literally tried every single equipment that’s on my website so far. Therefore, I only recommend the best!

      Thanks a lot Edwin. Have a nice day ahead!

  8. Hello there. I appreciate your honest review of the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i. Considering the features that come with the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i, I think the price is worth it but I certainly can’t afford this model right now. I think I’d have to take a look at your NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i Reviews. Thanks..

    1. Hey Vwegba,

      I’m sorry that you couldn’t afford this one but not to worry. In Exercise Grid, you’ll be able to afford something as there are tonnes of options now and a lot more in the near future as well. Yep, the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE7i might do the job for you. 

      Your Welcome!


  9. Thanks for your review of the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i! This thing looks so awesome! i have a friend who has a NordicTrack and she says it’s the BEST workout. It would be nice to have something so good conveniently in my basement. 

    I love the fact that it has a tablet holder. We do have a TV downstairs, but sometimes my son has taken it over. It would be nice to have my tablet there so I can watch YouTube while I work out. 

    I also love that you can fold it up to save space. We have a good amount of space, but it’s to be able to move a big piece of equipment like that out of the way sometimes. 

    This is really nice. I might need to ask Santa for this. Hope I’m on the nice list this year! 🙂 

    1. Hey Christina,

      Your Welcome! It is my duty to provide you with the best possible information on an equipment like NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i. If you have access to a robust internet connection, you can watch videos/movies from your tablet (most of the users like this feature). 

      There’s a good reason why its called “SpaceSaver”. Well, I hope Santa gets the SE9i to your home.


  10. Dang, the NordicTrack SpaceSaver is loaded with features! I really love how it comes with a 7″ flatscreen TV. Can I watch movies or youtube on it? A good way to keep my mind of the burning of a workout. Also, does it simply just fold downwards? Would it fit in a decent sized closet? The thing looks pretty big.

    1. Hello Nate,

      Yep, it just contains tonnes and tonnes of features. Yes, you can keep yourself entertained throughout the whole workout session by watching YouTube, Movies or your favorite TV Shows. 

      I don’t know what you mean by downwards but it can be folded. Again, I wouldn’t think it would fit in a decent zied closet as it can be a bit wide.I’ll put up images in this page after a couple of days so that you can check it out and get an idea.

      Best Regards,


  11. Thank you for your detailed review of the NordicTrack Space Save SE9i.   I must admit, I didn’t really expect to be interested in the iFit membership.   Yet, when I read about how you can download your favorite places from GoogleMaps.  I was impressed.   That would be cool to download a place that I plan to go hiking.   If the program then sets the inclination to my route, I can more effectively train for the hike.   My bucket list of hikes are on a variety different mountain trails.   I am glad that you included this feature in your review.  Thanks!  

    1. Hey Sondra,

      Your Welcome! iFit is one my personal favorites because it looks after certain aspects like your training, monitoring sleep, nutrition intake and personal trainers. 

      Its an amazing experience to go for hiking on an elliptical trainer. The SE9i is so smart that it can automatically adjust the gradient according to the terrain. This in turn helps you to burn tonnes of calories and strengthens your lower body muscle groups.

      Best Regards,


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