Peloton Treadmill vs. X32i Incline Trainer

Peloton Treadmill vs. X32i Incline Trainer

The Tread vs. Nordictrack X32i

Which is Best For You?

Both are high-end, powerful treadmill options to add to your home gym, but very different in their experience and approach. There is no question that for the dedicated super serious runner, who spends a lot of time on the treadmill, the Peloton Tread offers an amazing training experience that will make them a better, more efficient competitive runner who wants to achieve personal best times in their race ambitions.

If one or more of your goals is for weight loss, to run, walk/trek/hike your way to fitness or to increase your running technique, skills, stamina and endurance, the X32i is an equally great option. The Nordictrack X32i Incline Trainer adds the power of the incline with its incredible zero to 40% incline ability that can help you burn multiple times the calories in the same amount of time.

When balancing these two treadmills in making the right choice for you we found understanding and establishing your goals are key factors to help reach the best purchase decision. We discuss and highlight key features and differences between these two awesome treadmills to help make that maybe.yes.no decision by covering: The Experience, The Equipment, Trainers, Price, Our Recommendations and provide a quick Comparison Chart.

1. THE EXPERIENCE

PELOTON TREADMILL

Studio Classes

As on the Nordictrack X32i you can stream classes right to the Peloton Tread. Studio classes on the Tread have two options, pre-recorded on-demand and Live classes that follow Peloton’s formula similar to its Spin bike workouts. Music plays a major role in the experience and feel of each class – no two are alike as trainers select their preferred music theme and song collection for each class. There is definitely a competitive vibe with the leader-board presented on screen to allow you can see where you stand compared to the others live — or if your are taking an on-demand session, compare your performance to people who previously ran the same workout. Fellow runners will “High Five” you during live classes plus trainers call out individuals to motivate and provide encouragement which all goes to create a competitive atmosphere & energized experience.

The company celebrates milestones like your 100th workout with a commemorative t-shirt and there are badges to achieve as you amass more runs and hit different milestones. The group energy can seriously help you push harder and achieve personal bests. Dedicated Tread owners document record weight loss and report an invigorated feeling through the class energy.

Powered by a smooth, easy to use, user interlace, the Tread library has hundreds of on-demand classes to select from which can be filtered by music theme, music artist, trainer, length, (5 minute, 10 minute 20 minute, 45 minute and 60 minutes) type (interval, beginner, Challenge etc.) — live classes schedule throughout the day. Unlike the Peloton Spin bike the number of daily Treadmill classes are more sporadic and tend to be in the early evening or morning. There is also range of scenic runs to select from, but they are not trainer led.

NORDICTRACK X32i

The Nordictrack X32i is powered by its iFit Interactive personal training platform with workout options that are best categorized into four types: Studio classes, Road Races, Google Maps and Trainer Led Destination Runs. You have loads of options to pick from and the classes vary by trainer, length and type with new classes and content constantly being added.

iFit streams direct to your  X32i treadmill  with thousands of options; select a hike in Switzerland, run the Moroccan desert series or take a studio class with your preferred iFit trainer

iFit streams direct to your X32i treadmill with thousands of options; select a hike in Switzerland, run the Moroccan desert series or take a studio class with your preferred iFit trainer

Studio Classes

The X32i Incline Trainer  has a more spacious deck to run on - 2 inches wider than the Peloton Tread

The X32i Incline Trainer has a more spacious deck to run on - 2 inches wider than the Peloton Tread

Studio classes are group sessions that focus on interval training. These are not music experiences, but are led by outstanding trainers and running specialists that work hard to keep you motivated and challenged. They push, inspire and maintain the conversation as you walk or run along with them. There are some classes where in segments of a class you use weights and may get off the treadmill for more total body workout exercises. You definitely sense the energy of the group, but it also feels like it is a one-on-one with a personal instructor with a cool vibe while getting a workout in at home!

Road Races

The second type is very similar to a road race. You walk or run as your trainer guides you along the route that covers a road trip. There are varying hills, inclines, declines and sprints. You can select the length and difficulty. Your trainer is working alongside you as you sense like you are running outside location.

Run with your Trainer Road Races.  Run 10 of the most popular marathons through out the world. Take your training to the next level, or run your favorite segment! Or strengthen your legs and endurance on the  X32i Incline Trainer  with 6 uphill climbs taking the iFit Hill Blaster Training Program

Run with your Trainer Road Races. Run 10 of the most popular marathons through out the world. Take your training to the next level, or run your favorite segment! Or strengthen your legs and endurance on the X32i Incline Trainer with 6 uphill climbs taking the iFit Hill Blaster Training Program

Google Maps Routes

Next a very popular option allows you to create and map routes you actually run outside or create from well known events like the New York marathon or your own local 5k. These maps can be saved building up in your own library and can be as easy or difficult as you wish. Many users in the iFit community save running routes on the iFit community board or on Facebook. No trainer is involved so this is more of a DYI on your own exercise. For the competitor in you, you can challenge other iFit members to run along or run the route when they can. Later sharing and comparing results!

Trainer Led Destination Runs

Finally the fourth type of iFit workout option are the Interactive Trainer-Led Destination walks, runs or hikes. Select workout options at beautiful locations across a wide variety of terrains and challenges that take you on travels all over the world, including the the US. Your iFit trainer leads you through inclines, intensity variations and declines while dropping interesting points about the location your’re running, walking or hiking through. It is a great aspect to your workout experience to get a serious workout in while at the same time being, challenged, motivated and entertained. There are loads of locations to choose from such as Australia, Iceland, Switzerland, Italy, Peru, Patagonia, even Antarctica. Train in the Balkins, run the Grand Canyon or along the Adriatic Sea, through India, or trek up Mount Kilmanjaro. The scenic backgrounds are stunning and keep you engaged during the workout and with your trainer. Each trainer brings their own individuality and training style to each session.

Also to note that Nordictrack is constantly filming new challenges, series and themes for classes at new locales, which is what makes iFit and the X32i treadmill standout as they are always adding content variety to make it interesting.

The edge in experience between the two options is really hard to give because the two are so different. If you want run options beyond studio classes, go with the Nordictrack X32i – if you primarily are looking for music themed technical running classes, go with the Tread.

Learn about Why You need iFit


2. TREADMILL EQUIPMENT

PELOTON TREAD

Peloton Tread Treadmill  with it’s 32” touchscreen has a top speed of 12.5 mph and top incline of 15%

Peloton Tread Treadmill with it’s 32” touchscreen has a top speed of 12.5 mph and top incline of 15%

The Peloton Tread treadmill has a new modern design with a sleek minimalist look. The deck is composed of a series of thick rubber slats and comes with a crisp 32” touchscreen console display with a 20 watt integrated soundbar below and an easy to use user interface. The speed and incline controls have a novel approach for a treadmill, adjusted by slight turns of a knob on each side of you. The idea being to make it quicker and easier for the runner to make adjustments without disrupting stride or pace. We found the deck responds smartly but we are a little concerned about durability as the motor is only 2.0 HP, which does seem somewhat under-powered for a hi-end treadmill compared to the X32i incline Trainer’s motor which is 4.25 CHP —see our Treadmill Buying Guide comments on treadmill motors and durability. (we mention this because it is a 1st generation treadmill for Peloton, so there is a question of how long this machine lasts? remains open) another observation is that the motor is extremely loud compared to the Nordictrack Commercial X32i. If your’re using the speakers you have to crank the volume way up, at least to 80%.

THE TREAD’S UNIQUE SPEED & INCLINE ADJUSTMENT CONTROLS KNOBS ONE ON EACH SIDE

THE TREAD’S UNIQUE SPEED & INCLINE ADJUSTMENT CONTROLS KNOBS ONE ON EACH SIDE

Speed-Incline: The Peloton Tread has a 15% incline and speed up to 12.5 mph.

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TREAD CONSOLE TRAY

There is a translucent tray that provides a nice space to puts things on with 2 integrated water bottle holders on each side. This tray is removable to easily clean, but due to a lot of excessive console vibration when in use, we chose not use it —way to much distraction caused by items rattling. Vibration does seem to be an issue for the screen as well and has not gone unnoticed by other users.

The Peloton Tread treadmill offers a FREE-MODE by simply pressing a button. Essentially this puts the deck in an un-powered mode where it dis-engages from the motor and allows the user to drive the slat belt on their own.

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Tread Leader-Board

RANKED BY KILO-JOULES OUTPUT

For the competitive types you have a real-time leader-board to monitor how well you’re doing during live classes or you can see your standings compared to others who have also completed the same on-demand class. All your stats are tracked and you can easily review your progress over time by the numbers and by some sharp looking graphs and charts.

The Tread Warranty breaks-out out as follows:

- Frame: 5 years
- Screen: 1 year
- Parts: 1 year
- Labor: 1 year

Extended warranty pricing for an additional 12 months of coverage is $270; for an additional 27 months of coverage add $325. All parts and labor for covered repairs are included in the extended coverage options.

Monthly Membership (Content): $39/month


NORDICTRACK X32i Treadmill

If your serious about training or getting in shape you cannot go wrong with an X32i Commercial Incline Trainer. This highly acclaimed treadmill will not disappoint with the first year of iFit included (a $396 value) you'll have access to an enormous selection of iFit studio and trainer-led destination classes streamed right to its 32 inch HD touchscreen.

With that said the Nordictrack X32i is very different from the Peloton Tread treadmill in a few key areas.

Nordictrack X32i Incline Trainer  with a wide 32” touchscreen & wider 22 inch spacious running deck

Nordictrack X32i Incline Trainer with a wide 32” touchscreen & wider 22 inch spacious running deck


THE POWER OF THE INCLINE

Leverage the Power of the Incline  with the  X32i Incline Trainer . Just walking everyday at an incline will allow you to to burn calories, loose weight and increase fitness

Leverage the Power of the Incline with the X32i Incline Trainer. Just walking everyday at an incline will allow you to to burn calories, loose weight and increase fitness

The Nordictrack X32i is a great treadmill but is also called an Incline Trainer for a good reason. First, you get the ‘power of the incline’ where you can burn up to five times the calories in same amount of time. The Deck can incline from 0 to 40% or decline to a negative -6%. Exercising at an incline always burns more calories, builds hip, hamstring and calf strength, plus with a -6% decline you can simulate downhill terrains. As you run downhill your body falls forward. This works the glutes and hamstrings with the quads doing most of the work controlling momentum on the downhill portion.

The Power of the  Incline   with an  X32i incline Trainer . Burn more calories walking at an incline, taking a running iFit studio class or run with a trainer at destinations across the globe

The Power of the Incline with an X32i incline Trainer. Burn more calories walking at an incline, taking a running iFit studio class or run with a trainer at destinations across the globe

Instead of using a knob control to make quick changes to incline and speed the X32i has well positioned large one-touch buttons to use for selecting speed or incline you wish to workout at. While maybe not as novel as the knob concept we found pressing the simple one-touch button approach was still was just as quick and a little more precise when it comes to making a more accurate selection.

Run with  i Fit personal trainer , Hannah Eden, as she takes on Iceland’s entire 828 mile Ring Road. Run the whole way or select segments on your  X32i incline Trainer  and navigate this unique terrain with her

Run with iFit personal trainer, Hannah Eden, as she takes on Iceland’s entire 828 mile Ring Road. Run the whole way or select segments on your X32i incline Trainer and navigate this unique terrain with her

Powered by iFit you can use your touchscreen to access a huge range of elite trainer-led destination runs (taking you to locations all over the globe), and studio classes, on and off the treadmill. But what makes it really interesting is the interactive training aspect — the X32i’s incline, decline and speed can automatically sync to the terrain you and your trainer encounter and this adds a whole dimension to your trainer-led and studio workouts. All your training history and statistics accumulate in your profile which are nicely presented to review your activity and progress. The best part is that year 1 of iFit membership is included with your X32i Treadmill — which is a $396 value whereas with the Peloton Tread you start immediately paying $39/month for class membership on top of the equipment cost.

TOTAL BODY WORKOUT OPTIONS

The Nordictrack X32i Incline Trainer  has a sled push bar and gripes for using  manual mode  for a series of body blasting workouts, your quads will burn! This option also on is on the  X22i and X11i models

The Nordictrack X32i Incline Trainer has a sled push bar and gripes for using manual mode for a series of body blasting workouts, your quads will burn! This option also on is on the X22i and X11i models

You also can get a total body exercise on X32i treadmill with the ability to switch to manual mode and conduct a sled-push workout. This type of workout helps you develop good running mechanics and builds acceleration power. Your quads and hamstrings will definitely feel it! This is similar to the Free-mode option on the Peloton Tread but with the X32i you get the two set of bars, one for the push series of exercises and one for the sled workout, which makes this option more effective on the X32i over just the the single Tread’s bar.

Sled Push Training Options  on the X32i Incline Trainer using free-mode are also available on  X22i and X11i incline Trainers

Sled Push Training Options on the X32i Incline Trainer using free-mode are also available on X22i and X11i incline Trainers

If your goal is to get fit, stay fit, or lose weight, this incline trainer is a piece of exercise equipment you should seriously consider. The incline options on this treadmill are a calorie burning feature to help you reach your fitness goals quicker. Running or simply walking up hill can seriously torch more calories in less time.

The uphill and downhill incline and decline will work all your muscles plus adds complete body workouts with the sled push options.

The X32i Warranty breaks-out out as follows:

- Frame: 10 years
- Screen: 2 years
- Parts: 2 years
- Labor: 1 year

Extended warranty pricing for an additional 36 months of coverage is $359; or you can choose the 36 month maintenance service plan which includes 36 months of extended warranty plus a service maintenance visit once every year for $579. All parts and labor for covered repairs are included in the extended coverage.

Monthly Membership (Content): First Year included ($396 in value) $33/month

Learn More about Why iFit

If you are looking for studio running class workouts, the Peloton Tread is the better choice. But if your looking for much more variety in your running, and weight loss the Nordictrack X32i is a better choice and offers runners, walkers and hikers real world simulation with its 40% incline and -6% decline — plus the extensive road races, mountain and trail runs and walking trainer-led classes.

For those looking for value from your fitness equipment purchase the X32i which combines cardio with strength building and the Sled Push add-on expands your workout options. Additionally year one of iFit membership is included (a $396 value), whereas with the Peloton Tread treadmill it is not —with the X32i treadmill you have access to a wider library destinations runs that are Trainer-led, with of streamed studio classes and Google map options allowing you to fit in a real road training session on your schedule. The actual equipment cost for the X32i treadmill is $300 less and does come with a better warranty and the option to add a service plan.

Run the world  with your own iFit trainer on the  Commercial X32i incline trainer  shown at a 40% incline and without an incline

Run the world with your own iFit trainer on the Commercial X32i incline trainer shown at a 40% incline and without an incline

ADOPT THE POWER of the incline —

In addition, the Nordictrack X32i excels for those looking to leverage the power of the incline with its massive 40% ascent. Exercising at an incline always burns more calories, even while walking at an gradient offers multiple times the calorie burn so you can crush your goals with the X32i. Plus the X32i has a -6% decline which is also very effective for road/trail simulation.

If you are looking to use your treadmill for weight loss or are looking to run, walk, trek/hike to get or stay in shape, the X32i has a lot more classes and options. You will be unlikely to get bored with the huge variety of iFit destination trainer-led runs, walks and hikes content.

The X32i is the partner you need to hit those fitness goals! iFit trainers are not only engaging but motivate and encourage you along — the destinations selected are a captivating backdrop and make your workouts interesting, encouraging you to look forward to your next one. You will find yourself scheduling two sessions a day and wanting more. The X32i treadmill is challenge + success.

“iFit is the exercise equivalent of Netflix? I have to resist the tendency to want to “binge” on a series. My body would hate me! But I wake up every morning excited for the next episode— or if I get off early from work, coming home to do one.”
— Tonya, AR. X32i & RW900 Rower

3. THE TRAINERS {a.k.a. Workout Content}

PELOTON INSTRUCTORS

Tread Studio Class led by instructor Rebecca Kennedy  bootcamp       instructor , a Nike master  trainer

Tread Studio Class led by instructor Rebecca Kennedy bootcamp instructor, a Nike master trainer

Taking place entirely on the Tread, running classes include beginner and low-intensity runs, hills, speed, race prep, heart rate zone runs and music-driven fun runs. The Peloton Tread treadmill instructors are all fitness professionals.

Each has experience as a fitness trainer IRL.¹ The focus of the Peloton instructor is motivation, community, a little competition, and music themes. The run classes entertain with the music selection and they discuss techniques (Zone and Power) to help you achieve your personal best. The community has an active Facebook group for off-the-Tread engagement. And the company offers special events and special theme runs. The Turkey Trot last year had over 8,000 runners taking part in the 6 am live class streamed from their NYC studio.

¹ in real life

Peloton Tread Treadmill Classes are easily selected off the screen

Peloton Tread Treadmill Classes are easily selected off the screen

NORDICTRACK TRAINERS

iFit trainers are all successful personal trainers, and running champions. The iFit trainers lead all the destination, mountain, trail and road runs as well as off the Treadmill boot camps, stretching, and strength training. The sessions are not depended on music but are trainer-led runs. In effect it feels like a personal trainer is running next to you encouraging you and pushing you to hit your goals. Runs, walks and hikes are entertaining with scenic views from stunningly beautiful locations — as they literally take you on fitness journeys and workouts to destinations across the globe and in a studio class setting.

It’s not everyday you run an elephant in the wild -but Giddy Akande did in Thailand. iFit Destination Workouts use One-Take live filming so what they encounter along the way usually makes it into your workout!

It’s not everyday you run an elephant in the wild -but Giddy Akande did in Thailand. iFit Destination Workouts use One-Take live filming so what they encounter along the way usually makes it into your workout!

“ I wanted a hiking simulator, and that’s what the NT X32i and iFit have provided. On my X32i I have hiked the Grand Canyon from my home and so many other places. They provide something no other competitor does.”
— Stephanie Ann, X32i Owner

X32i studio classes are all about challenging you to a great workout. There are challenges and extensive hiking and/or walking options. There are also 5K and marathon training series. For example you can run the actual Boston marathon route over a number of days as you train for road races you have scheduled with an iFit trainer (who has actually run the Boston Marathon) leading you through its challenges. Alternatively you can pick to Run a marathon leg from numerous cities around the world like London, Washington, D.C. to Tokyo, Japan. You’ll pass beautiful landscapes, famous monuments, lakeside trails, and magnificent vistas.

If you are looking for a group experience to keep you motivated and challenged, go with the Peloton Tread. If you enjoy music while you work out and like themes and community engagement, the Tread is a good option for you.

If you run outdoors during good weather and want to stay fit during winter months, choose Nordictrack X32i Incline Trainer. If you are more into mountains, treks, trails or road races, Nordictrack X32i is a better choice for you. If you want a realistic road simulation, choose the X32i treadmill. If you want more than just a studio class on your treadmill we recommend purchasing the Nordictrack X32i. Finally, if you prefer a personal trainer experience, the IFit trainers are the best choice as they lead the destination runs and walks keeping you motivated and entertained.


4. PRICE

Peloton Tread: $4,295 (includes delivery & installation) + $39/month (content)

Nordictrack X32i: $3,999 ($249 delivery & installation) iFit first year included. The following year you can pay $33/month if you pay annually or pay $39 monthly.

Both these treadmills are very close in price, but with the first year of iFit included, a $396 value, the X32i is the winner. The X32i also has a better warranty.

For price flexibility Nordictrack does offer two additional models that offer the same fitness benefits including a 40% incline option, and manual mode workouts but at lower price points. The X22i incline Trainer and the X11i both have smaller screens (22” and 10” respectively) also come with 1 year of iFit membership included. The X22i is $2,999 and the X11i is $1,999.


SO IN THE END ── Our Final Thoughts

The Peloton Tread and the Nordictrack X32i incline trainer are very different purchases in their approach for walking and running workouts. It primarily comes down to the content streamed by these two companies and how that matches up with your training goals. Peloton is more music, community engagement and the options to workout live with other runners. The Nordictrack X32i offers instructor-led studio classes, but also provides trainer-led runs up mountains, along trails and on the road, including road races. The iFit trainers approach is more focused on a traditional personal coach workout experience. Tread instructors provide more technical studio classes and group dynamics. The best choice is really going to be based on what you prefer and your goals for working out.

That said, both treadmills are great options with motivating trainers —but our recommendation is the X32i Incline Trainer for providing more varied workouts that are interactive as the Treadmill adjusts incline and speed across a wide variety of terrains and challenges, with your trainer (its your choice to control this feature) and there is way more variety in trainer-led runs, walks and hikes to a wider range of scenic locales. The Tread does not provide any Trainer-led destination workouts, only those in a Studio and some scenic runs and walks you do on your own.

Finally the power of the incline even while walking offers 5x the calorie burn so you can crush your goals on the X32i. The iFit trainerled destination runs are very entertaining and could fill up or expand your vacation plans for years — by going to these locations for real.

Get ready to train in the studio along side your iFit Trainer, John Peel on the  X32i Incline Trainer

Get ready to train in the studio along side your iFit Trainer, John Peel on the X32i Incline Trainer


Reviewer Notes Update

As of this writing there have been several Tread issues reported that are being worked on by Peloton. The Tread is a first generation of a new product line for Peloton and will continue to evolve as they work out kinks —but these issues might effect your decision whether or not you invest in this option at at this time.

Customers have noticed significant console vibration and base movement when using the incline, unexpected noises and high noise levels plus delivery and installation issues, where some customers are on their third and fourth installation. The Peloton Tread is a more noisy treadmill at this price point than we would expect to see, mostly because of the 2.0 HP motor, plus this raises the question of durability we mention earlier.

In addition, the company is involved with a lawsuit over music licensing rights that might drastically change the content provided by Peloton. It is also important to highlight that live walking classes were recently discontinued, with only pre-recorded classes available. If your goal is primarily to walk, there are other incline trainer options to consider including the X32i, X22i and X11i which will give you more walking and running options at different price points.

Finally there is the question of whether you need a dedicated circuit to run the Peloton Tread. According to the manual and support you are required to have a dedicated electrical circuit but many run their Trend without this, the ramifications of which is unclear both on how this may affect the equipment and warranty.


FEATURE COMPARISON TABLE

X32i TREAD
Classes 1st Yr. included $39/mth
Touchscreen 32" 32"
Incline 40% 15%
Decline - 6% none
Motor 4.25 CHP 2 HP AC
Speed 0 - 12 mph 0 - 12.5 mph
Deck Size 22" W x 65" L 20" W x 67" L
AutoBreeze Fans Dual Fans none
Cushioning Option Reflex Slatts
Speakers 2 Digitally amplified 20w Soundbar
Warranty Frame 10yr, Screen 2yr, Parts 2yr, Labor 1yr. Frame 5yr, Screen 1yr, Parts 1yr, Labor 1yr.
Dimensions 76" L x 40" W x 73" 72.5" L x 36.5" W x 72"
Weight 350 lbs 455 lbs
Price $3,999 $4,295
Shipping $249 Installed Included

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