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Fitness mirrors – so hot right now.
These sleek, high-tech HD touchscreens deliver a personal workout experience with no social interaction required (win) right from the comfort of your home (also win).
The safe is NordicTracktakes the Smart Fitness Mirror, and we think it’s a pretty good take. The Vault stands out because it is self-contained and contains built-in storage for your home gym equipment.
Now is the time for us to *think* about the NordicTrack Vault smart training mirror.
The mirror provides a fully immersive workout experience, allowing you to perfect your form by reflecting the iFit trainer on the screen.
The Standalone costs $1,999 and the Complete costs $2,999. This is roughly in line with other smart mirrors. You really aren’t going to find one for less than $1,500, and some, like the Tonal, can easily cost upwards of $3,000.
Your purchase comes with a free one-year iFit family subscription, but after one year you’ll need to continue the subscription in order to continue using your mirror – up to $396 per year (or $180 per year for a individual subscription).
Delivery and assembly in the room of your choice are also free. Goal!
And here are all the details about the Vault:
- Footprint: 73 x 24 x 14 inches (in)
- Type of mounting: On foot
- Touch screen size: 32 in.
- Mirror size: 62 x 23 in.
- Weight: 258 pounds (lbs)
These specifications are the same for Standalone and Complete.
The carbon steel frame features hanging shelves (and additional shelves if you buy the Complete) housed behind the mirror (much like a safe…get it?), which can swivel – making it ideal for use in a small space.
Features and Accessories
Now here’s the fun stuff. Your NordicTrack Standalone purchase includes:
- a free one-year family subscription to iFit
- Bluetooth audio and dual speakers
- a rotating mirror with integrated touch screen
- hanging shelves
- a cleaning towel
If you choose Complete, you’ll get all of the above plus:
Now, unlike some of the more expensive sensor-equipped mirrors (like the Tonal and Tempo), the Vault doesn’t offer shape correction – so the ball is in your court there. But you can connect a heart rate monitor and wireless headphones to the Vault via Bluetooth.
Courses and entertainment options
The NordicTrack Vault is designed to work only with iFit, one of the most renowned streaming fitness apps (right up there with Peloton). An iFit family subscription lets you create multiple user profiles, so up to five family members (or roommates) can use the mirror and app to track their workouts, progress, and favorites.
The app includes hundreds of on-demand workouts custom-designed for use with fitness mirrors, as well as daily live classes. Here are the types of classes you can do with your mirror:
Plus, you’ll get access to iFit’s full library of streaming classes for indoor bikes, treadmills, rowers, ellipticals, and cable equipment — that’s thousands of workouts. You will also be able to access the app on your phone, tablet or TV.
Reviews of the safe are overwhelmingly positive. Reviewers love the big screen, built-in storage, and sturdy build.
However, the price is definitely a big hurdle, and not everyone who’s paid full price thinks it’s worth it.
The Complete is only a few hundred dollars cheaper than super high-tech mirrors like the Tempo and Tonal, which offer shape feedback and weight recommendations (and, in the case of the Tonal, adjustable weights Automatique). The Vault does not offer these benefits.
Additionally, some negative reviews cite frequent software glitches and frustrations with not being able to rewind, fast forward, or pause workouts for more than 10 minutes.
Here’s the scoop on NordicTrack’s policies:
- Funding. NordicTrack offers interest-free financing for the vault through the TD Fit Loan. If you qualify, you can pay as little as $42/month for Standalone or $63/month for Complete.
- Shipping. Delivery for the safe is free and includes delivery and installation in the room of your choice.
- Guarantee. Both the Complete and Standalone come with a 10-year frame warranty, 2-year parts warranty, and 1-year labor warranty.
- Return. NordicTrack offers a 30-day return policy, so you can get a replacement or full refund within 30 days of purchase if you’re not in love with your safe.
Now, NordicTrack customer service doesn’t exactly have a brilliant rep online. Reviewers say it can be very difficult to get a technician to perform repairs, and software issues are difficult to troubleshoot with NordicTrack and iFit.
Either way, most people are happy with their long-term purchase.
So, do NordicTrack Vault the mirror you want to stare at for the next few years?
Here are some things to consider before dropping the serious moola required, plus some helpful tips from Amanda Capritto, certified personal trainer and fitness equipment expert at Garage Gym Reviews.
The NordicTrack Vault is your dream mirror if:
- You are a fan of streaming fitness. If you like Peloton, you’ll love iFit. Capritto says the app “provides comprehensive progressive workout plans and tracking capabilities.”
- You mostly lift weights. The Vault is designed for weightlifters, with most of its classes involving the use of weights or kettlebells and with built-in weight storage.
- You like convenience. “The Vault is a solid home gym option for anyone looking for an all-in-one purchase,” says Capritto. It also has built-in storage and is quite compact, “so even apartment dwellers can take advantage of the safe,” she adds. Plus, it’s totally tenant-friendly since it’s self-contained!
OTOH, more advanced lifters cannot be challenged by the vault unless they provide their own heavier weights – the dumbbells and kettlebells included with the full top at 30 pounds.
And if you already have your own gear, you can save big by purchasing the Standalone model.
According to Capritto, “If your primary mode of exercise is lifting weights, you’ll want to choose a fitness mirror that offers plenty of strength training options, such as the Tonal, Tempo, or Vault.”
“On the other hand,” she continues, “if you’re looking for more bodyweight workouts, like yoga, dance cardio, or kickboxing, the Mirror might be a better choice.” Although, she notes, the main downside of the Mirror is that it is NOT a touchscreen, so you have to control everything with your phone.
Check out our handy chart below to see how these four smart mirrors compare (for your reference, in the chart we’ve compared the Complete to fully charged models from other brands):
Ready to buy? We have you.
the NordicTrack Vault is the smart mirror for you if you prefer weightlifting to bodyweight workouts, appreciate built-in storage, and don’t mind dropping some dough for a sleek, apartment-friendly home gym solution.
If you already have a solid supply of home workout equipment, you can get the Standalone, which doesn’t come with weights or resistance bands. If you are starting from scratch on your home gym, the Complete will give you the perf starter kit for your new home gym.
Stay Vaulty, my friends.