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Last Updated: May 10, 2023
The Peloton Tread and the NordicTrack Commercial 2450 are two of the hottest treadmills on the market today. Thoroughly outfitted with options, both treadmills offer versatility and adaptability with optional apps and streaming. Both are designed for rugged commercial use in a gym and make a valuable addition to any home gym. While getting a great workout on either one is possible, we do prefer one over the other so keep reading to find out how the Peloton Tread and NordicTrack 2450 performed when we compiled this treadmill comparison.
Why You Should Trust Our Comparison Review
When we create these comparison reviews, we’re able to place each model side by side to assess exactly how they are similar and different. Our team spends time using each treadmill and is often seen hopping back and forth between the models to gain the best insight and determine which one we prefer and why. Know that when we compared the Peloton Tread and NordicTrack Commercial 2450 Treadmill, we put both treadmills to the test to see how their content, consoles, construction, motors, decks, and functionality stack up to one another.
Our NordicTrack vs Peloton Treadmill Video Review
Pros & Cons of the NordicTrack 2450:
Pros & Cons of Peloton Tread:
- Motor: 3.6 CHP DurX™ Commercial Plus Motor
- Incline: -3% to 15%
- Running Area: 22” x 60”
- OneTouch® Controls
- Smart-Response Drive System
- 12 mph max speed
- 2.5” Precision and Balanced Non-Flex Rollers
- Folding: Yes
- Top Speed: 12 mph
- Weight Capacity: 300lbs
- Dimensions: 81″ L x 39″ W x 59″ H
- iFit free for the first month
- Access to thousands of iFit classes
- 22” Tilt & Pivot Touch Screen
- 10-year frame warranty
- 2-year parts warranty
- 1-year labor warranty
- 353 lb product weight
- Tread Lock helps prevent unauthorized access
- 59″ x 20” Running surface
- 23.8” HD touchscreen
- Speeds from 0 to 12.5 mph
- Incline from 0 to 12.5% grade
- Intuitive control knobs
- Peloton App access
- Access to thousands of Peloton classes
- Access to thousands of Peloton classes
- 12-Month Limited Warranty
- Height range: 4’11” – 6’4″
- Weight range: 105 – 300 lb
- Age minimum: 16+
- Dimensions: 68” L x 33” W x 62” H
- Step-up height: 8″
- Weight: 290 lb
Based on construction, comfort, functionality, and cost, we prefer the NordicTrack Commercial 2450 over the Peloton Tread. While both have great features and content, the 2450 is less expensive and offers more functionality. Overall, it is more user-friendly because of the quick-touch buttons, it’s more comfortable to run on because of the soft cushioning, and it folds up to save a large amount of space when it’s not in use.
These are just a few of the reasons why we prefer the NordicTrack 2450. For more detailed information about the 2450 and the Peloton Tread and what we like and dislike, check out our in-depth review below. You can also compare some of the other popular treadmills on the market by checking out our list of best treadmills.
In-Depth Comparison: Peloton vs NordicTrack Treadmill
iFit App vs Peloton App
Both of these treadmills come with large attached touch screens. In order to access all of the content on the screen, you need to pay for a monthly subscription. The subscription that you’re paying for on the NordicTrack 2450 is for iFit, and you’re paying for the Peloton app on the Peloton Tread. For subscription fitness programming the two have a lot in common. They both offer workout classes led by instructors in a variety of disciplines that involve using the treadmill, other fitness equipment, or even just a workout mat.
If you’re not interested in using the subscription content on either treadmill, you can still use the treadmill, however, you’ll be limited on what you can do on the touch screen. Fortunately, there are still onboard workouts and even a class that you can take on iFit on the 2450. There are no onboard workouts and or visibility of your metrics on the Peloton Tread without subscribing to Peloton though.
iFit has a large library of classes on the NordicTrack 2450. The classes are led by over 180 instructors and they’re offered on-demand to take whenever you want. There are classes filmed indoors in a studio setting, as well as lots of outdoor classes filmed on every continent.
Whether you’re hiking up the side of a mountain in Montana, or running through Switzerland, you’ll experience a very interactive, impressively filmed, workout. The indoor classes are also well-filmed. My only complaint with iFit is that the music is a background component and it consists of preselected playlists split into different genres. You’re able to change stations throughout every class, and adjust the volume to hear more of the instructor or more of the music (or neither), but the music can get a little dull at times.
Navigating the app is pretty straightforward with the search bar and filters. You can filter by duration, instructor, workout type, target area, and environment. iFit also has a series that consists of a number of workouts that you can take over a period of time. These often include the same trainer and/or are in the same location. You can even take real-life events like the Boston Marathon which is filmed in sections during the live race.
iFit also has a Google Map feature that lets you create your own route in any location on Earth. This is great if you want to train without an instructor while still exploring remote areas.
Another one of iFit’s features that is one of my favorites is SmartAdjust. This is where the speed and grade of the deck adjust automatically based on the format of the class. The format might be from the instructor’s cues or even the terrain of the location. This makes for a hands-free experience on the NordicTrack 2450, but you can of course bypass this at any time and adjust the treadmill however you need.
The Peloton App features live and on-demand classes. They’re led by instructors that are engaging and fun. You might also know a couple of names like Cody Rigsby and Robin Arzon. Peloton’s classes are primarily filmed indoors in professional studios, but there are some outdoor classes filmed in various locations like New Mexico.
As far as music, Peloton really nails it. Every class has a curated playlist made by the instructor. This definitely contributes to the overall energy of the class because we’re listening to it as the trainer intends. This way when you’re picking up your pace, the song playing will most likely have an upbeat tempo to help encourage you to run faster. There are also series of classes that involve music from specific artists, or the same genre of music.
The Peloton App has a pretty intuitive layout. There isn’t a search bar, but the filters are usually enough for me to narrow my search for a certain class.
NordicTrack 2450 vs Peloton Tread Console
The NordicTrack 2450 and Peloton Tread have similar console layouts. Both are streamlined for a clean look and feature a touch screen. Be aware that we experience some movement and shaking of the touch screen on both of these treadmills when you’re running at higher speeds.
NordicTrack 2450 Treadmill Console
The NordicTrack 2450 overall has a more functional console than the Peloton Tread. Starting off, the 22” touch screen tilts and pivots up to 360 degrees from side to side. This allows you to utilize the screen and iFit while taking classes on and off the treadmill. This is one of my favorite features.
On the right side, you can select a number and the treadmill will adjust the speed to that number in miles per hour. You can even press two of these buttons quickly to get to a specific speed increment. Such as, when I press 5 and 3 the treadmill goes to 5.3 mph. The left side is for adjusting the incline and decline levels by 1%.
The other control buttons are below the screen and these include start, stop, as well as up and down arrows for speed and grade adjusting. The speakers are front-facing and go plenty loud to hear iFit’s content. There are two removable cupholders that are shallow, but they hold my water bottle still.
There is a fan mounted to the console that provides ample airflow. I’m about 5’1” with shoes on, and it hits my face and neck. It also has multiple settings that can be adjusted on the screen or on the console.
Peloton Tread Console
The Peloton Tread comes with a 23.8” touch screen. So, let’s say it’s around 24”. I don’t really notice the small size difference of the screens when using either treadmill. Both display the content library, metrics, and instructor on the screen clearly.
The screen on the Tread does not pivot to either side. There are very few adjustment buttons found on the console, off the screen. Really the only button on the console is the stop button placed on the front crossbar handle, right above the safety key. The other treadmill function buttons are knobs that you can roll forward or back to increase/decrease speed and incline. I like the feel of these knobs, they have a good texture and they’re well-placed to adjust the Tread easily.
There aren’t any quick-touch buttons like on the 2450. You can however program three preset speed and incline levels during class to press the knob and jump to. This feature essentially does the same thing as the buttons on the 2450, but with a bit less range. If I want to go to another speed that isn’t programmed, I have to manually adjust the treadmill using the knobs. The thought is there in this design, it just isn’t as functional as the NordicTrack. The speed can be adjusted by 0.1 increments, and the incline is adjusted by 1%.
There isn’t a fan built into the console so if you want some airflow, you’ll need to use a separate fan of your own. We would like to see a fan built-in, especially at this price point. There is a small storage tray attached to the horizontal handle. It has two cupholders and a small tray. I can place my phone and water bottle here and neither move while running.
The Peloton Tread has a screen lock feature, too. When the treadmill is not in use, the screen and treadmill lock after 10 seconds. A passcode that you create upon getting the treadmill is used to unlock the screen and deck.
Construction Quality & Durability
The Peloton Tread and NordicTrack 2450 feel incredibly stable and sturdy to use. These treadmills are heavy and hold up to 300 lbs. The 2450 weighs a little more than the Peloton Tread at 353 lbs vs 290 lbs, but the deck on the NordicTrack folds up when not in use. The Peloton does not.
When folded, the 2450 can be moved by tilting the deck back to engage the transport wheels. It’s fairly easy to move. The Peloton Tread requires lifting the back of the deck to engage the wheels and move. With the Tread, we recommend having a designated space for it to stay put.
NordicTrack 2450 Vs. Peloton Tread Frame
These treadmills have steel frames and similar layouts when it comes to the uprights and handles. The steel uprights connect up to the handles for a stable design. I really like the handles on both of these treadmills. The side handles offer a luxurious coating to keep your hands from slipping, and they offer a front continuous crossbar handle to help with balance.
NordicTrack 2450 Vs. Peloton Tread Motor
While both of these treadmills are suitable to handle walking, jogging, hiking, and running, their motors differ. The Peloton has a 3.0 HP motor while the NordicTrack has a 3.6 HP motor. The Peloton Tread adjusts the speed quickly and evenly while remaining consistent. The 2450’s motor adjusts the treadmill evenly as well. Generally, 3.0 HP motors are on the low end for treadmills that we recommend for running. Even though both treadmills perform well, we’re inclined to prefer and recommend the NordicTrack’s motor, especially for long-distance runners and heavy use.
As far as speed, you get a touch more with the Tread that goes up to 12.5 mph, while the 2450 increases to 12 mph. The NordicTrack offers more variety in your training though. The deck inclines to 15% and declines to – 3%. This decline range might seem small, but it really makes a difference, especially when it comes to working the muscles in your legs. The Peloton Tread doesn’t decline and inclines up to 12.5%.
NordicTrack 2450 Vs. Peloton Tread Deck
The 22” wide tread belt of the NordicTrack 2450 is 2” wider than on other folding treadmills and also the Peloton Tread.
The 60” length on the 2450 is impressive and provides plenty of space for a long stride or tall runner. Even though the Peloton is 1” shorter, we don’t notice a difference, and all of our reviewers are able to use both decks without feeling constricted.
I find I use this to help center myself, plus it just looks cool. The edges of the deck on both treadmills are tucked under the side rails for a clean, sleek look that I prefer.
These two treadmills also have similar profiles with the Peloton Tread’s deck being slightly lower to the ground compared to the NordicTrack, but the difference is only an inch.
Performance & Functionality
As I mentioned above, we recommend and prefer using the NordicTrack 2450 over the Peloton Tread. Overall, the 2450 offers more functionality within the treadmill and more versatility in your training.
Definitely, if you’re a diehard Peloton fan, you’ll probably be more inclined to get the Tread because you can use Peloton’s programming on it. However, the amount of outdoor content with iFit on the NordicTrack is really unmatched.
The cushioning on the 2450 within the deck is some of the softest that we’ve tested. With this amount of shock absorption, I don’t feel discomfort in my feet and ankles like I do on other treadmills, including the Peloton Tread. The Peloton Tread has firmer cushioning underfoot that feels more comparable to models that are a fraction of its price.
NordicTrack offers their standard warranty with purchase of the 2450. This includes 10 years for the frame, 2-years for parts, and 1-year for labor. Peloton offers a less extensive warranty of 5 years for the frame, 3 -years for the deck and motor, and 12 months for the screen, treadmill components, and labor.