NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Review

NordicTrack E 7.0 Z Elliptical Review

NordicTrack is a brand well known to many, not because of endless adverts, but due to its reputation as a trusted brand in fitness, health, and wellness sectors. NordicTrack E 7.0 Z is one of their best creations that continues to enjoy domination in the mid-tier category.

NordicTrack packed into this trainer all the features it should have and everything you will need as a user. With this machine, you have the benefit of diverse workout options and programs, an adjustable power incline, a reasonably long stride length, enough resistance levels, and pretty much everything a decent trainer should have.

NordicTrack E 7.0 Z comes pretty close to a commercial-grade model and there’s enough evidence to show for this in its details. In a few minutes, you will find this out.


Product Description

A solid construction, iFit technology, a motorized incline, and decent workout apps are the major areas that continue to get credit for being excellent features on this machine. But that shouldn’t convince you that the rest are less good. Every feature of this machine has a solid purpose and here’s the proof.

Resistance and Incline

Just like many top NordicTrack Elliptical trainers, this machine utilizes a Silent Magnetic Resistance technology (SMR) to challenge your workouts. To adjust its 20 levels of resistance, you only to touch a button on the console. And by touching the button on the console unit,  the magnet’s pull will be activated and the effect will be passed on to the flywheel which will, in turn, create more tension for pedaling.

Being a magnetic resistance system, there isn’t much contact between the system’s elements which implies that wear and tear have been kept at a minimum and you also have the benefit of a quiet workout.

NordicTrack E 7.0 Z draws much of its pride from its incline feature.  Its motorized incline system, which is fixed on the front side, connects to the glide rail which doubles up as an incline ramp. Adjusting the incline will lead to the rail raising up at the front resulting in an increase in the intensity of your exercise.

Being a motorized incline, adjustments are done via the console.  You can adjust it up to 20 degrees, which is the set maximum or leave it at 0 degrees which is the lowest level. Note that at 20 degrees, the stride length will be a little shorter by around 2″ whereas at o degrees, the stride length will be at its maximum (20″). If you decide to workout following a custom Google Maps route, your incline will be automatically adjusted with the help of the iFit technology.

Console Unit

The console on this elliptical machine is a multifunctional one. An important feature of nearly all NordicTrack consoles that you can’t fail to appreciate is the iFit technology. With this feature, you can have your machine connected to your smartphone or tablet with the help of a Bluetooth connection. Note that in order to enjoy more workout options from this feature, you will need to subscribe for a full membership.

For the display, you have a 5″ diagonal LED display that comes equipped with a blue backlight to enhance readability.  You can as well experience professional training from each of the 20 built-in workout programs.

Every important data you expect from a workout can be obtained with the help of this console. This includes:

  • Distance
  • Time
  • Pulse
  • Speed
  • Stride
  • Resistance
  • Calories burned
  • Revolutions per minute
  • Stride

Other remarkable amenities included on this console include:

  • Intermix Acoustic Sound System
  • MP3 compatibility
  • Global Google MapsTM routes
  • Water bottle holder
  • Tablet tray

Build quality / Design

NordicTrack E 7.0 Z’s frame is made of heavy-duty steel tubing and to make it resistant to scratches and corrosion, it has been covered with an anti-corrosive paint. In fact, all the steel parts have been made resistant to corrosion and scratches through the same paint.  Hard plastic has been used to enclose the flywheel, pulley, joint covers of the arms, and pedals.

For stability, the machine’s bases have been fixed with adjustable feet which offer a possibility to achieve optimum stability regardless of the floor type.

The machine’s drive system features a quiet and smooth belt drive system supported by a thick v-belt.  Another great part of its drive system is the 15lbs inertia enhanced flywheel which ensures an incredibly quiet, smooth and natural motion.


As we mentioned earlier, this machine’s maximum stride length of 20″ is reasonably long enough to accommodate both taller and shorter users. With the help of the machine’s motorized incline, it’s easy to find which length works best for you.

In designing the pedals, much focus was put on comfort and this was achieved by keeping them oversized, including a thick layer of rubber to enhance cushioning, a 2-degree incline, and a suspension mechanism. All these features combine to make your workout comfortable by reducing the impact on your feet, enhancing adherence, and supplying a natural feel.

A thick layer of rubber foam which has been used to cover the machine’s multi-grip handlebars goes into ensuring that you have a secure and comfortable grip. Not forgetting to mention that they’ve been made long enough so as users of all sizes can use the machine and be able to workout at different postures.

Assembly and Warranty

When it comes to assembling this machine, you will need a few extra tools like a rubber mallet and a Philips screwdriver on top of the ones that come included in the package. Putting this machine together isn’t exactly difficult. A comprehensive manual has also been included in the package to make work easier and fast for you. To get it ready, it shouldn’t take you any longer than one hour.

The warranty information is as follows:

  • Frame- Lifetime warranty
  • Parts-1-year warranty
  • Labor- 1-year warranty


Even though NordicTrack E 7.0 Z offers so much for its price, the unfortunate thing is that there’s an elliptical trainer offering the same for a few hundred dollars less.

ProForm Endurance 520E and NordicTrack E 7.0 Z are like twins. The two share many features from, same resistance levels, stride length, a 5″ LED display and an adjustable incline, to the user weight capacity, iFit technology, and so much more.  There aren’t any significant differences between the two and so a user will have a pretty easy time deciding which one to go for between the two.

Another popular alternative is the Schwinn 430. Schwinn 430 is a lot less cheap than the NordicTrack E 7.0 Z and comes with way more workout programs and a few more computerized features like a Dual-track LCD display not present in NordicTrack E 7.0 Z.  However, NordicTrack E 7.0 Z has a more attractive set of warranties and a more solid built quality demonstrated by the life warranty on the frame.