NordicTrack was established in Minnesota, a state with an average high temperature of just 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Naturally it’s somewhere you’d want to train inside, and exactly the sort of place you’d expect as the birthplace of one of the largest manufacturers of indoor fitness equipment. NordicTrack’s founder first designed and sold indoor cross-country ski machines, and in the ’80s NordicTrack expanded its roster to include treadmills, ellipticals, and other cardio trainers, growing into the top international fitness brand we know it as today. It is currently owned by ICON Health and Fitness, along with other world-leading at-home fitness brands such as ProForm, iFit, and FreeMotion.
NordicTrack’s 2019 treadmill series includes traditional treadmills and incline trainer treadmills. If you’re looking for their treadmill desks, you can still find these on Amazon and elsewhere online; we’ll talk you through them below too. In each series (except the treadmill desks) at least one of the models have touch screens and all of the models support the iFit Coach app. With the app, users can take advantage of unlimited workout program downloads including scenic interactive workouts built with Google Maps, customized training advice, and automated logging of your fitness stats.
Compare the range by browsing our NordicTrack comparison chart below which will give you more detailed descriptions of each treadmill line.
Traditional NordicTrack Treadmills
When browsing the 2020 NordicTrack product line, we see three different levels of machines–the entry-level T Series, the higher spec Commercial Series and then the Commercial Incline Treadmill Series. All these lines offer great machines that can accommodate a wide range of fitness goals and exercise styles including walking and running.
By bumping up to the Commercial Series from the T Series, you’ll benefit from several additional features, including:
- Extra wide tracks, which give you plenty of room to run comfortably
- Advanced cushioning systems for superior joint protection and comfort
- Sturdy and more durable construction, ensuring that you feel stable at all times
- Smooth and quiet operation
- Steeper inclines which can provide even greater sculpting benefits and better simulate hill running outdoors if you prefer training in that way
Regardless of which of these lines you choose, the following features are also available:
- Foldable capabilities, so that you can neatly tuck your treadmill away when not in use to save space.
- Continuous-duty horsepower motors that range from 2.6 on the T 6.5 Si model to 4.25 on the Commercial 2950. The T 6.5 Si is an ideal treadmill for walking and jogging but it doesn’t perform as well for more serious running. For running, any other model in their line should serve you well.
- The top level T Series treadmill offers a power incline that goes all the way from zero to 12%, giving you the ability to crank up the intensity of your workout sessions whenever you please. If you opt for a Commercial Series treadmill you’ll get a power incline and decline setting from -3 to 15%, giving you an even greater range.
- If you want apps, the NordicTrack range won’t disappoint. The treadmills come with many built-in applications including iFit which gives users access to a vast array of workout programs and personalized coaching to help kickstart your fitness journey or recharge your current exercise routine.
- All the treadmills contain responsive cushioning to give your joints better impact protection.
- As NordicTrack continues to update these models, their HD touch screens are increasing in size–currently the smallest screen available is 10 inches, as seen on the T 6.5 Si. The top spec Commercial 2950 has a 22-inch screen.
- Regarding the warranty, NordicTrack offers up to 10 years on the frame, 2 years on parts and 1 year on labor depending on the machine.
The C Series is slowly being phased out by NordicTrack; a line that includes the C590, C700, C990, C1070, and C1650 models. That said, most of these models are still available for purchase at significantly discounted prices on Amazon. Though not as high tech as NordicTrack’s latest and greatest models, these treadmills still offer good build quality and are capable of running iFit training programs.
Incline Trainer Treadmills
When you decide to train on an incline, your calorie burn increases dramatically. A severe incline is a great way to increase fat burn and optimize weight loss–especially for those who are unable or unwilling to get into running. This is precisely what made the NordicTrack Incline Trainers so popular in the first place. Think of these incline trainers as a hybrid between a stepper and a treadmill, providing you the benefits of both platforms depending on its settings during your workout.
In addition to their ability to use such a steep incline (as well as a decline of up to -6%), NordicTrack Incline Trainers also offer:
- Continuous-duty horsepower ratings ranging from 3.75 to 4.25
- iFit Coach interactive training sessions along with up to 50 pre-programmed workouts
- iFit Google Maps workouts which allow you to plot your cardio routes on real streets and different terrains around the globe
- Wireless heart rate monitoring via an iFit Bluetooth chest strap (included)
- Warranty protection offering up to 10 years on the frame, 2 years on parts and 1 year on labor depending on the machine
- High quality HD touch screens built into each console ranging from 10 inches on the X11i, up to 32 inches on the X32i
Looking for a way to get active at work? If your workplace can accommodate it, you’ll want to check out the NordicTrack Desk Treadmill Series. This series gives you just what you need to walk while you work. You can expect a sturdy work surface that has been designed to accommodate all your computer needs along with a belt that’s extra cushioned and tested to ensure it can survive the 9-to-5 daily grind.
These machines can also provide you with the stats of your exercise session. This feature is built right into the desktop and can easily connect with iFit on your tablet so you can keep tabs on the data and monitor your progress. You’ll get a new personal training workout every single day along with workouts built in Google Maps to keep you entertained. There’s no question, NordicTrack treadmill desks can make your workday much more interesting. The desktop surface itself has a built-in USB charging port as well, which is perfect for keeping your devices fully charged.
You’ll have two different options to choose from, the Treadmill Desk and the Treadmill Desk Platinum. The Platinum model benefits from a longer track and higher top speed (8 mph instead of 6) and is also the only of the two models to have an incline feature (10%).
NordicTrack Desk Treadmills are easily foldable, allowing you to save significantly on floor space. What’s more, you can still get to the desk while it is folded, so you won’t have to worry about your work being out of reach.
In addition to this, you’ll also benefit from:
- The same iFit integration as conventional NordicTrack treadmills
- Quiet, self-cooling DurX Motor, ensuring your workout won’t disturb your colleagues
- A highly cushioned deck to prevent joint strain after lengthy walking workouts
What We Like:
- Motors: NordicTrack treadmills tend to have more powerful motors than others in their price categories. Most of the models updated for 2020 have commercial-grade motors with at least 3.0 continuous-duty horsepower (CHP). The entry-level model in the Commercial Series, for example, has 3.75 CHP.
- Consoles: NordicTrack provides many extras to help motivate you to keep exercising. Their recent updates of treadmill consoles across their model range include luxuries such as high definition touch screens up to 32 inches wide, Bluetooth-enabled sound systems and iFit readiness. The consoles also have self-adjusting fans and water bottle holders.
- Coaching: Although optional, NordicTrack allows you to use their products with iFit, a virtual gym membership you can enjoy in the comfort of your home or office. You can benefit from world-class training and access to a fitness community to optimize your workouts, alongside nutrition and sleep advice tailored for your individual needs.
- Inclines: There’s a whole host of reasons why incline training has become so popular. It boosts metabolism, tones your leg muscles, works out your heart and much more. NordicTrack is leading the way with its innovative Incline Trainers, plus they’ve included automated ramps on treadmills in each of their series. Even the NordicTrack Platinum Desk Treadmill has a 10% incline.
- Tracks: The Commercial Series treadmills have extra-wide tracks (22? wide x 60? long) made from especially high-quality material to promote quiet operation and minimize maintenance needs. These and the T Series treadmills also have off/on cushioning to let you simulate outdoor training or exercise with superior joint protection.
- Warranties: This brand’s treadmill warranty includes up to 10 years of coverage on the frame, 2 years on parts and 1 year on labor depending on the machine.
What We Don’t Like:
- Assembly: Customers generally don’t describe the assembly process as easy. Paying extra for professional set-up could be worth the extra cost.
NordicTrack has established an enviable reputation in the treadmill industry. We highly recommend treadmills from each of their series, from the simpler T Series models to the Incline Trainers, and our best treadmill pick, the Commercial 1750. The wide variety of price points, physical features and programming from NordicTrack means that most shoppers can find their perfect match.