NordicTrack ASR 1000 Elliptical – Great Perks but an Awkward Ride
NordicTrack’s ASR 1000 elliptical, unlike the cheaper ASR 630, isn’t completely dismissible. It’s loaded with appealing features: the steep StrideMax Power Incline Ramp, a touch screen display, workout video games and much more. We’d love to love this trainer but complaints about its wobbling and uncomfortable stride pull down our ranking.
The ASR 1000 has been discontinued but is available online at clearance prices of about $700, which is $1000 less than the original MSRP. It might be tempting to go for the low price but we urge you to shop around for better value. For NordicTrack ellipticals that don’t disappoint, check out the new E514 or the discontinued FreeMotion s5.6. These combine durable designs with better ergonomics and a few perks.
Features of the ASR 1000 (Discontinued)
The NordicTrack ASR 1000 supports plenty of workout options with 20 resistance levels, manual mode, 22 built-in workout programs and the option of activating iFit® Workout Card Technology. iFit® workout cards provide eight weeks of personal training each at beginner to advanced levels.
Additionally, the elliptical machine is loaded with four exercise-driven video games: Black Jack, Calorie Destroyer™, Fat Blocker™ and Texas Hold ‘Em.
Here’s the full specs list:
- Front drive
- 18″ stride
- 30° power incline
- Upper-body workout bars
- Patented Silent Magnetic Resistance, 20 levels
- Touch screen
- 4 workout video games
- 22 additional workout programs
- iFIT® workout card compatible
- Port for iPod® or other MP3 player
- CardioGrip™ heart rate monitor
- 300 lb. capacity
- CoolAire™ fan
- SpaceSaver® design
- Warranty –1 year parts and labor; 12-year brake; lifetime frame
Popular Opinion of NordicTrack’s ASR 1000
Unless you’re buying a Precor or another high-quality trainer, it’s important to try the machine first or read customer reviews about its ergonomics. Customers typically choose NordicTrack’s ASR 1000 without
trying it out in person or reading elliptical trainer reviews. They are drawn to its 30° incline, a feature that absolutely helps burn calories more quickly, and the ASR’s great amount of built-in programming. They often end up disappointed because the ramp’s power incline stops working or they encounter another meaningful problem with the machine. For example, people weighing less than the maximum user weight capacity report that the trainer is wobbly or that the touch screen stops working. Since the ASR 1000 only has a one-year parts warranty, buyers sometimes regret their purchase.
An important complaint concerns this model’s choppy motion. Despite being 18” long, the stride feels unnatural to people of average height. Furthermore, trainees short and tall dislike the motion of the moving handlebars, saying that it forces the arms too far back.
Our Overall Review
NordicTrack’s ASR 1000 elliptical machine has an appealing price but disappointing engineering. The fun of interactive video games and the challenge of a power incline are almost irrelevant when the machine makes your body feel funny in a bad way. Some better options in the sub-$1000 elliptical category include NordicTrack’s AudioStrider 990, which also has a 30° ramp, and a few offerings from Ironman.