NordicTrack Treadmill Reviews – 2020

Kristen (Kacey) NelsonKristen (Kacey) Nelson

Last Updated: February 12, 2020

NordicTrack is one of the fitness industry’s oldest manufacturers. In 1975, Edward and Florence Pauls built a ski machine in their garage in Chaska, Minnesota. Ed wanted to train indoors during the brutal Minnesota winter. The ski machine was so successful, the Pauls found themselves running a thriving manufacturing business that expanded to include treadmills, ellipticals and other cardio equipment. In 1998, NordicTrack was acquired by IconFitness located in Logan, Utah. Icon is also the parent company of ProForm, iFit, and FreeMotion and still one of the largest manufacturers of health and fitness equipment.

Commercial Incline Trainers

NordicTrack’s Incline Trainers are their top-of-the-line treadmills that feature steep incline and decline, extra Reflex Cushioning in the deck, magnificent full-color touchscreens, hearty motors, and extras such as sled push bar and manual mode. The Incline Trainers do not fold up, but their enhanced stability enables them to offer more features.


NordicTrack Commercial X11i Incline Trainer

The X11i is the first in NordicTrack’s Incline Trainer lineup. This is the most affordable incline trainer, typically priced between the Commercial 1750 and 2450. This is the same motor as in the 1750 with 3.75 horsepower. The 40% incline is what distinguishes NordicTrack’s incline trainers above other treadmills. Most treadmills — even those in commercial gyms and fitness centers — have a peak incline of 15% to maybe 30%. A 40% incline is the highest available on the market and it really cranks up the training difficulty. We challenge you to run on at 40% for just a minute or two — you’ll be out of breath in no time! Decline is also larger, with the top of the deck dropping to a -6% grade. Again, this adds more training variables and allows for nice variation between incline training and gentle decline conditioning and recovery. The 10” touchscreen is adequate; it’s not our favorite, but it is enough to run and enjoy iFit. The x11i does not fold up — none of the incline trainers do — but it still retains a relatively compact footprint that’s not much larger than the 2950.

  • 0 – 6% Decline
  • 0 – 40% Incline
  • 0 – 12 MPH Speed
  • 3.75 CHP DurX Motor
  • 300 Lb. User Capacity
  • 10” Touchscreen, iFit compatible
  • Does not fold
  • 22” x 60” Tread belt
  • 71.6” L x 39.6” W x 72.2” H Footprint

NordicTrack Commercial X22i Incline Trainer

I seem to like the mid-range models the best and this is also true for the x22i. This is my favorite incline trainer by far. It offers a great combination of gorgeous 22” touchscreen, 40% to -6% incline and decline, 12mph max speed, good size tread belt and enhanced Reflex Cushioning. It also measures slightly smaller than the x11i. The difference between the 10” touchscreen on the x11i and the 22” touchscreen on the x22i is like night and day. Whereas the x11i is adequate, the x22i is gorgeous. The screen is the perfect size so you retain the one touch controls for speed and incline along the side. This touchscreen really pulls you in and makes it feel like you are right there, in the iFit class or on an outdoor route, enjoying the scenery and exercise. A powerful fan in the console has four settings and speakers under the screen offer good sound. Water bottle holders on either side of the screen are easy to reach and a lip above the speakers provides the perfect place to see a phone or tablet. I love training on the x22i and I bet you will too!

  • 0 – 6% Decline
  • 0 – 40% Incline
  • 0 – 12 MPH Speed
  • 4.0 CHP DurX Motor
  • 300 Lb. User Capacity
  • 22” Touchscreen, iFit compatible
  • Does not fold
  • 22” x 60” Tread belt
  • 70.2” L x 39.6” W x 71.6” H Footprint

NordicTrack Commercial X32i Incline Trainer

NordicTrack’s x32i is king of the mountain when it comes to overall design and functionality. The 4.25HP motor is smooth and powerful and you get an extra 5” of length on the tread belt! This is the perfect set-up for anyone who wants a bit of extra space or for tall runners who may need additional kick-back length. The 32” touchscreen is NordicTrack’s largest with graphics that are crisp and colorful. The screen takes up the full space on the front of the treadmill, so you do have to reach behind it to grab water bottles. One touch controls to the side of the screen make navigation easy; you can quickly move from a 6mph speed to 9mph speed and drop incline from 30% to 6% with just the touch of a button. NordicTrack’s one touch controls are my favorite on any console. The x32i is a powerful, impressive machine that will make your training enjoyable and beneficial.

  • 0 – 40% Incline
  • 0 – 6% Decline
  • 0 – 12 MPH Speed
  • 4.25 CHP DurX Motor
  • 300 Lb. User Capacity
  • 32” Touchscreen, iFit compatible
  • Does not fold
  • 22” x 65” Tread belt
  • 76.5” L x 40” W x 73” H Footprint

NordicTrack Commercial Line Treadmills

A step up from the T-series, the Commercial line treadmills feature larger running decks, more cushion, higher incline and decline, and larger touchscreens. The Commercial treads have bigger motors to support more intense training and multiple users. The Commercial series treadmills all fold, which makes them NordicTrack’s best selling line.


NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill

The 1750 hits a sweet-spot for the best combination of features at just the right price. Consequently, it is one of NordicTrack’s best selling treadmills. The Commercial line offers decline in addition to incline, so you can drop the front of the deck -3% for downhill training or gentle knee strengthening. It’s unusual to find decline on a folding treadmill, so we love the innovation here! Again, 12mph speed is about the most anyone should need and the 3.75HP motor keeps the power flowing through speed changes and incline adjustments. You get all this for a reasonable price well below the $2000 threshold, which makes the 1750 consistently popular.

  • 0–3% Decline
  • 0-15% Incline
  • 0-12 MPH Speed
  • 3.75 CHP DurX Motor
  • 300 Lb. User Capacity
  • 10” Touchscreen, iFit compatible
  • Folding
  • 22” x 60” Tread belt
  • 78.8” L x 39.2” W x 63” H Footprint

NordicTrack Commercial 2450 Treadmill

NordicTrack’s 2450 is the mid-range model in the commercial line that again upgrades the motor and adds a 14” touchscreen. RunnersFlex cushioning in the deck provides more travel than the FlexSelect option, so the 2450 gives you more joint support and impact control. While the 1750 is consistently the best-selling model, I personally prefer the 2450 because I love the larger screen size. Size matters here with so many great iFit options, and that 4” really does make a difference. Since so much functionality is embedded in the touchscreen (fan and speaker control; additional speed and incline controls; iFit menu and selection) the larger size makes it easier to see and navigate the programs and classes. Check out the 2450 (it’s my personal favorite)!

  • 0 – 3% Decline
  • 0 – 15% Incline
  • 0 – 12 MPH Speed
  • 4.0 CHP DurX Motor
  • 300 Lb. User Capacity
  • 14” Touchscreen, iFit compatible
  • Folding
  • 22” x 60” Tread belt
  • 81.2” L x 39.2” W x 69.9” H Footprint

NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Treadmill

The 2950 is NordicTrack’s highest-grade folding treadmill. The 2950 features much of the functionality found on the Incline Trainers while still retaining the folding frame. It has a 4.25HP motor, which is on par with the x32i so you get top-of-the-line power. Since the motor regulates both speed and incline, adjustments are smooth and consistent. The motor is self-cooling and rated for heavy use and lots of training. The RunnersFlex cushioning is adjustable, so you can turn it on to enhance cushion or turn it off to mimic outdoor surfaces. Add a wide database of iFit classes and you have a machine that will offer some of the best conditioning available on a folding treadmill.

  • 0 – 3% Decline
  • 0 – 15% Incline
  • 0 – 12 MPH Speed
  • 4.25 CHP DurX Motor
  • 300 Lb. User Weight Capacity
  • 22” Touchscreen, iFit compatible
  • Folding
  • 22” x 60” Tread belt
  • 79.5” L x 39.2” W x 66.6” H Footprint

NordicTrack T-Series Treadmills

The T-Series is NordicTrack’s basic line of in-home treadmills. These treadmills are affordable and foldable, so they work great for apartments, small homes, students, etc. The T-series is best for users who want to walk or lightly jog. All these treadmills will support a 300lb max user weight. The T-series all have full color touchscreens that are iFit compatible. T-series treadmills will support light to moderate use, but they are not designed for intense running, multiple users, or heavy use.


NordicTrack T 6.5 Si Treadmill

We love how the 6.5si is affordable but still offers a lot of great features. The 10” touchscreen is the same as on the Commercial 1750, so you’re getting great functionality here at a good price point. FlexSelect cushioning in the deck also adds to your comfort and the 20” wide by 55” long tread belt is enough space for walking or light jogging. The 6.5si is a great option for first-time treadmill owners, students, or anyone in a small space or apartment. It’s quiet, folds up, and doesn’t take up too much space when in use. The deck is lightweight and easy to lift by one person.

  • 0-10% Incline
  • 0-10 MPH Speed
  • 2.6 CHP DurX Motor
  • 10” Touchscreen, iFit compatible
  • Folding
  • 300lb max user weight
  • 20” x 55” Tread belt
  • 67.5” L x 36” W x 73” H Footprint

NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill

The T8.5s is a good option for users who want a little more power and speed. The 3.5HP motor in the 8.5 will support heavier use, so it is better for those who plan to jog or run moderately. It also kicks your training up a notch with a higher 12% incline and 12mph top speed. The tread belt is 60” long which is the same as all the Commercial treads, so this is plenty of length. Again, FlexSelect cushioning in the deck provides added back and joint impact absorption for increased comfort, which also enhances how long and hard you can workout. Although this is the mid-range T-series model, the 8.5s has a lot to offer at an affordable price.

  • 0-12% Incline
  • 0-12 MPH Speed
  • 3.5 CHP DurX Motor
  • 10” Touchscreen, iFit compatible
  • Folding
  • 300lb max user weight
  • 20” x 60” Tread belt
  • 78.5” L x 35.5” W x 59” H Footprint

NordicTrack T 9.5 S Treadmill

Rounding out the top of the T-series, the 9.5s adds a bit more power in the motor, holds that 12mph max speed and 12% incline, but increases the touchscreen to 14”. Since iFit has so much to offer, having a larger screen really makes a big difference. It’s easy to see and enjoy all the great classes and content on the 14” screen. There is FlexSelect cushioning in the deck and OneTouch controls on the console, and the 9.5s also features a fan with multiple power settings. One of our most frequently asked questions is whether a piece of exercise equipment has a fan! Thankfully, the 9.5s does and it makes a lot of difference when you are running or jogging indoors.

  • 0-12% Incline
  • 0-12 MPH Speed
  • 3.6 CHP DurX Motor
  • 14” Touchscreen, iFit compatible
  • Folding
  • 300lb max user weight
  • 20” x 60” Tread belt
  • 78.9” L x 35.5” W x 59.4” H Footprint

Other (bikes, rowers, ellipticals)

In addition to treadmills, NordicTrack also offers exercise bikes, ellipticals, rowers, and other fitness equipment.


Pros / Cons of NordicTrack Treadmills

Pros
  • NordicTrack treadmills are consistently at the top of our best list due to impressive features and solid engineering
  • NordicTrack does not believe that one-size-fits-all. They offer multiple treadmill models and options so users can find the right combination of features for their needs
  • The NordicTrack T-Line and Commercial series treadmills all fold up, which is a huge benefit to users who may need to clear floor space when not using their treadmill
  • NordicTrack has streamlined functionality so console layout and navigation is similar on all their machines. It is easy to understand and use any NordicTrack machine
  • iFit runs on all NordicTrack treadmills, from the affordable T6.5s model to the high-end x32i incline trainer. This means users are all getting the same excellent workout classes and options, even if they can’t afford a high-end machine.
  • NordicTrack has been engineering and manufacturing exercise equipment for decades, so the company knows what works and what doesn’t. NordicTrack components and design are tried-and-true.
  • NordicTrack treadmills feature some impressive cushioning. The T-series line offers RunnersFlex cushioning while the Commercial and Incline Series both have adjustable cushioning that can be turned on or off as needed.
  • NordicTrack has amplified their incline/decline feature. Even folding treadmills will drop to a -3% decline and up to a 15% incline. This enhances calorie burn and muscle strengthening so users can walk an incline, stay low-impact, but still get great cardio conditioning.
Cons
  • Some of the higher-end treadmills can be difficult to put together and require at least two people to do so. We recommend purchasing the “White Glove” assembly from NordicTrack which covers set-up and removal of all packaging material.

iFit Review:

iFit is IconFitness’ subscription service. It currently costs $33/month for a family plan (up to 5 profiles), and $15/month for an individual plan (1 profile). Often, NordicTrack will include the iFit family plan for free for the first year with the purchase of any exercise equipment. This typically saves buyers up to $400 that first year. iFit includes over 16,000 different workouts and classes for both on and off the treadmill. All NordicTrack treadmills have touchscreens that will support iFit, which makes it so all NordicTrack have access to great content. A few of the features we love:

  • Automated incline/decline and resistance
    When you start an iFit program, the treadmill is automated to do what the trainer directs, which means users can run (or walk) hands-free while the treadmill automatically adjusts to match the class incline or resistance. This is a huge benefit and makes it easy to enjoy a class without having to constantly play with the controls.
  • Abundant indoor class options both on and off the treadmill
    iFit classes are not limited to running on the treadmill. There are also walking classes, interval training, and hundreds of other classes off the treadmill such as resistance training, yoga, stretching, aerobics, combo classes, HIIT classes, etc. You can log into iFit on your machine or from any personal device so you can take a class at any time in any location.
  • Outdoor running and walking routes all over the world
    You are also not limited to indoor classes! iFit has running and walking routes all over the world! One of my favorites is the London walking series where you walk along as a trainer navigates the streets of London. Another option takes you through the mountains of Thailand. Outdoor routes are led by a personal trainer who gives instruction, cues upcoming inclines or speed changes, and offers informative tips about local culture or geography.
  • Professional personal trainers lead and instruct as you work out
    Each class, indoor or out, is led by a professional personal trainer. These trainers are engaging and make the content and programs helpful and interesting.
  • Updated and engaging content
    Class content is updated regularly. New classes and routes will show up daily. Series classes may take you through various stages of an event, such as the Hawaii Marathon. You can select one of the different filmed routes in that event.
  • Leaderboard and other community features
    iFit does have a Leaderboard, which connects users who are taking the same class. Filters on the Leaderboard allow you to adjust who you compete against and manage the leader criteria.
  • Affordable for what you get
    iFit is one of the more affordable fitness subscriptions on the market when you consider that it is automated with your treadmill, has thousands of classes, and can be used on any personal device at any time.

Overall Rating of NordicTrack Treadmills:

NordicTrack is one of the top-selling treadmill manufacturers in the world. We are consistently impressed with the quality, construction, and components on NordicTrack treadmills. There’s a model or option for every user, from their T-Series treadmills, to the ever-popular Commercial line, all the way up to the Incline Trainer Series. We love the way NordicTrack has capitalized on decades of experience engineering and manufacturing fitness equipment to offer the best at-home treadmills on the market.

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