NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Review

The Commercial VR25 is favored by people seeking comfort and exercise guidance. An iFit-enabled touchscreen and 25-­pound flywheel are among its top features.

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NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Specs

Rating9.5
TypeRecumbent
Console display7" Touchscreen
Resistance26 Levels
Seat typeLumbar Support
Programs35
Flywheel25 LBS
Weight capacity350 LBS
Dimensions61.2" L x 23" W x 68" H
  • NordicTrack Commercial VR25
  • Console with Presets
  • Tablet Holder

NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Review

The Commercial VR25 is favored by people seeking comfort and exercise guidance. An iFit-enabled touchscreen and 25-­pound flywheel are among its top features.

NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Specs

Rating9.5
TypeRecumbent
Console display7" Touchscreen
Resistance26 Levels
Seat typeLumbar Support
Programs35
Flywheel25 LBS
Weight capacity350 LBS
Dimensions61.2" L x 23" W x 68" H

How We Reviewed This Model

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The NordicTrack Commercial VR25 recumbent bike has been recently upgraded and is NordicTrack’s top recumbent bike for home gyms. Its roomy seat with above-average back support is probably the most noticeable feature — and when you activate the console, you’ll see that it also has a 7″ touchscreen and can stream full-color iFit workouts. There’s also a bracket for your tablet computer.

The VR25’s iFit wiring can deliver a new and customized workout to your console every day. Plus, 35 workout apps are built into the hard drive.

The official price for the Commercial VR25 is $1699 but you can likely find a $1,299 sale price. That’s a pretty good deal for a NordicTrack with three-year warranty and it is one of the best recumbent bikes rated. Here are pros and cons list of buying the VR25 exercise bike.


The Great

  • Recumbent Frame: Kick back in comfort. Recumbent exercise bikes remove strain from your back by letting you recline. Your weight is distributed over a larger area compared with your position on a regular bike. Plus, like many recumbent bikes, the VR25’s frame has a patented Step Thru design to make it easy to mount and dismount. Handgrips are included for your stability.
  • Seat with Lumbar Support: It’s like a chair! The NordicTrack VR25 gets the brand’s fanciest seat. Excellent lumbar support is provided and the material is ventilated to help keep your back cool.
  • 26 Resistance Levels: This unit provides a good range of challenge for beginners and mid-level athletes. The resistance is controlled digitally with quick-response One-Touch buttons.
  • 35 Built-In Workouts: Get guidance from a certified personal trainer! The on-board workout programs were designed by an expert to help you burn calories, build endurance and improve your overall performance.
  • iFit: An iFit subscription will run you another $99 or so per year. We think it’s worth the investment. For one thing, you’ll be able to virtually ride your bike anywhere worldwide with Google Street View! You’ll also get to download a new and personalized workout every day.
  • iFit-Enabled Touchscreen: The Commercial VR25 makes it easy to enjoy iFit workouts (free for one year) on its 7″ Smart HD Touchscreen.
  • Attach Your Tablet: You can only access iFit on this touchscreen. However, you can merge your favorite apps and other files with your workouts by adding your own tablet. A tablet bracket is placed at eye-level but doesn’t obscure your view of the workout screen.
  • Extra-Wide Pedals: Extra width in the pedals means you’ll have room to reposition your feet during workouts. This can promote comfort and endurance.
  • Wireless Heart Rate Monitoring: A Bluetooth heart rate monitoring system (strap included) makes it convenient to get a highly accurate and continuous readout. If you prefer though, you can use the grip system that’s built into the handlebars.
  • Self-Adjusting Fan: Keep cool without the fuss of fiddling with controls. The NordicTrack VR25 exercise bike has a “smart fan” that responds to your speed.
  • Water Bottle Holder: It might be simple but it’s a much-appreciated extra. A convenient water bottle holder makes it more likely you’ll stay hydrated throughout your workout.
  • Transport Wheels: Front-mounted wheels make it easy to move the VR25 from room to room or onto a moving van.
  • High Capacity: The official user weight limit is 350 pounds.
  • Size: This model doesn’t take up too much space. Its footprint is about 61″ x 23″.
  • Warranty: The warranty is a good deal if you buy the NordicTrack Commercial VR25 on sale. The package includes lifetime coverage for the frame and brake, three years on parts, and labor during the first year.




The Not-So-Great

  • 25-Pound Flywheel: A 25-pound flywheel isn’t bad. It is fine for this unit’s price category, but not what you might expect from a machine with “Commercial” in its name. For really serious users a heavier flywheel would provide a bigger challenge and a smoother ride. The Sole LCR Light Commercial bike has a 30-pound flywheel.



Who Should Use The NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Recumbent Bike?

The Commercial VR25 is most popular with beginners and mid-level exercisers. It’s best for people looking to lose weight or keep fit, but not prepping for the Tour de France.

Bottom Line

The combination of a tablet holder, touchscreen, 35 built-in programs and iFit makes this unit engaging for almost anyone; we consider it one of the top exercise bikes. It has lots of bells and whistles and a pretty good warranty.

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NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Specs

Rating9.5
TypeRecumbent
Console display7" Touchscreen
Resistance26 Levels
Seat typeLumbar Support
Programs35
Flywheel25 LBS
Weight capacity350 LBS
Dimensions61.2" L x 23" W x 68" H

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use this bike without an iFit subscription?

You can use the Commercial VR25 bike without an iFit subscription, it has 35 on-board workouts. Keep in mind though, this bike includes a free 1-year NordicTrack iFit membership for you to enjoy.

How loud is this exercise bike?

The Commercial VR25 bike uses SMR™ Silent Magnetic Resistance, so it will deliver near-silent workouts.

1 Comment
  1. Katherine Schultz January 28, 2020 at 8:50 pm From: Amery
    Do Nordic recumbant bikes have Californis Proposition 65 warning?

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