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NordicTrack Treadmill Reviews

NordicTrack treadmills have always been at the forefront of the home fitness industry, with innovative features that are just as likely to aid you in your workouts as they are to entertain you.

Even their entry level models often combine features that you would expect to see on higher priced machines, like the tablet attachment above the console on the NordicTrack C 630.

But with such a range of treadmills, each with their own unique combination of features and entertainment options, it isn’t always easy finding the design that best suits your fitness goals and budget.

That’s why we’ve put together this quick reference guide, to walk you through the key benefits of each machine.

If you would like to find out more about any of the treadmills listed below, we’ve also written an in-depth review for each one. These go into greater detail about everything from the entertainment options and motor power, through to the warranty coverage and what to expect from the assembly.

C Series

The NordicTrack C Series treadmills are more affordably priced than their Commercial series machines, although you’ll be missing out on the decline running deck angles. That is unless you opt for the top-of-the-line C 1630 Pro.

Each treadmill offers a foldable running deck to reduce its footprint when not in use, and a variety of onboard, iFit, and ‘Set-A-Goal’ workout programs.

One of the big differences between the ‘C’ series treadmills and those in their Commercial series is the display console.

Whereas the NordicTrack Commercial treadmills are each fitted with a full colour, web-enabled touch screen, the models in the ‘C’ series are limited to being backlit LED. You can still follow iFit workouts, but you won’t be able to browse the internet or view your route progress the way you can with the screens on the Commercial models.

NordicTrack C 630 Treadmill

NordicTrack C 630 Treadmill

Review rating: 4 star review rating
Being an entry level model, the C 630 doesn’t quite have the same incline range, motor power, or running area size as other treadmills in the series.

Measuring 55″ (L) x 20″ (W), and with a top belt speed of 10 mph, this is a treadmill that’s better suited to walking and jogging workouts than it is running and sprinting, particularly for taller users.

You still have the 7″ backlit screen for keeping you updated with workout feedback, which is the same throughout the series (with the exception of the C 1630, which measures 8″), but you’re looking at a slightly more limited 10% incline.

This is compared to the 15% incline of the C 970 and C 990 models. On top of this, you can benefit from a 3% decline if you were to choose the C 1630.

  • Workout Apps: 20
  • Tread Belt: 20″ x 55″
  • Cushioning: FlexSelect™ adjustable
  • Incline: 10°
  • Decline: No
  • Console: 6″ backlit screen
  • Speed: 10 mph
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
  • iFit: Enabled
  • Motor: 2.6 CHP DurX™
  • Roller: 1.9″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: No

You’re also looking at the only treadmill in the series to be fitted with 1.9″ rollers, which may lead to more wear on the treadbelt over time. Add to this the fact that the C 630 is missing the lifetime warranty on the motor (25 years instead), and you may want to consider stretching your budget to the NordicTrack C 970 Pro.

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NordicTrack C 970 Pro Treadmill

NordicTrack C 970 Pro Treadmill

Review rating: 4 star review rating
With the C 970 you’re getting features that support running, sprinting, and interval training much better than the C 630.

The incline has been increased to a maximum of 15% (the limit across all NordicTrack treadmills), and the motor power increased to a more powerful 3.0 CHP.

You’re also getting a longer running area to cater for taller users and longer running strides, which now measures 60″ (L) x 20″ (W). The only running surface larger than this is on the NordicTrack Commercial models, where the width is increased by 2-inches.

An increase in motor power has also led to an increase in motor warranty, and it joins the frame in being covered for life.

The C 970 is also fitted with a similar tablet shelf as on the NordicTrack 1750, although this isn’t on top of the console so could hide the iFit workout buttons during your workout.

  • Workout Apps: 32
  • Tread Belt: 20″ x 60″
  • Cushioning: FlexSelect™ adjustable
  • Incline: 15°
  • Decline: No
  • Console: 7″ backlit screen
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs
  • iFit: Compatible
  • Motor: 3.0 CHP DurX™
  • Roller: 2.5″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: No

Touch and telemetry heart rate monitoring are both available, with your heart rate displayed alongside a range of useful workout stats on the 7″ backlit screen.

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NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill

NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill

Review rating: 4 star review rating
In moving from the C 970 up to the C 990 model, we haven’t seen the same level of feature upgrades that we did when comparing the C 630 with the C 970.

The incline range, belt speed, and size of the running area all remain the same, as does the size and style of the console screen.

The motor power remains at 3.0 CHP, with the same FlexSelect adjustable running deck cushioning as on the earlier model.

However, there are some slight differences, with the tablet holder now being moved to the top of the console to prevent blocking visibility of workout stats, or access to the buttons. You also now have an integrated accessory tray for storing small items like water bottles, your phone, or iPod.

  • Workout Apps: 34
  • Tread Belt: 20″ x 60″
  • Cushioning: FlexSelect™ adjustable
  • Incline: 15°
  • Decline: No
  • Console: 7″ backlit screen
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 325 lbs
  • iFit: Enabled
  • Motor: 3.0 CHP DurX™
  • Roller: 2.5″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: No

You’re still getting the lifetime warranty on the motor and frame, and the EasyLift Assist / transport wheel combination makes it easier to fold and store the treadmill between workouts.

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NordicTrack C 1630 Pro Treadmill

NordicTrack C 1630 Pro Treadmill

Review rating: 4 star review rating
As the top-of-the-line model in their C Series, the NordicTrack C 1630 is the only treadmill in the collection to offer a 3% decline in addition to the 15% incline.

This is the same range as NordicTrack’s Commercial series machines, and is controlled by a motor that’s more powerful than the earlier 990 model, at 3.25 CHP.

The maximum belt speed remains the same at 12 mph, as does the size of the running area. But the precision balanced rollers now measure 2.5″, which is an upgrade over the entry level C 630 model, and doesn’t get upgraded again until their Elite 9700 Pro treadmill.

  • Workout Apps: 34
  • Tread Belt: 20″ X 60″
  • Cushioning: QuadFlex™ dampener system
  • Incline: 15%
  • Decline: 3%
  • Console: 8″ backlit screen
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 375 lbs
  • iFit: Enabled
  • Motor: 3.25 CHP DurX™
  • Roller: 2.5″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: No

You do get a slight increase in the number of onboard workouts, but are still missing the ‘Pace’ goal program that doesn’t get introduced into NordicTrack treadmills until midway through their Commercial series (NordicTrack 2450).

Another feature that gets upgraded by choosing the C 1630 over the C 990 is the LED display screen, which now measures 8-inches corner-to-corner.

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Commercial Series

Although there are some similarities between the ‘C’ series treadmills and those in the Commercial series, there are also a lot of upgrades, especially if you choose the 2450 or 2950 model.

The NordicTrack 1750 is regarded as the entry level treadmill to this collection, and as such doesn’t have the same 15″ HDTV as the other two machines.

You’re still getting a web-enabled colour touch screen, but are only left with a tablet shelf on the console if you want to watch TV or movies while you workout.

Motor power varies between all three machines, and you’re also looking at a wider range of workout programs compared to what’s on offer with the ‘C’ series treadmills.

Once you get past the entry level C 630, every treadmill in both collections comes with a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor (C 630 offers 25 years on the motor), with parts and labor coverage varying between models.

NordicTrack 1750 Treadmill

NordicTrack 1750 Treadmill

Review rating: 4 star review rating
Despite being the entry level treadmill in the Commercial series, the NordicTrack 1750 has a number of upgrades over the ‘C’ series.

The running area now measures the full 60″ (L) x 22″ (W), which is 2-inches wider than the belt on the NordicTrack C 1630, and continues to be a feature on the 2450 and 2950 models.

This is also the first time we’re seeing dual AutoBreeze workout fans, with one built into the console, and the other centered on the accessory tray below.

Unfortunately being an entry level model means missing out on some of the features on treadmills later in collection, which in this case means the 15″ HDTV screen. However, you can still use the tablet holder to watch your favourite TV and movies, providing you already own a tablet device.

But the main upgrade over the ‘C’ series treadmills is the console screen.

  • Workout Apps: 30
  • Tread Belt: 60″ x 22″
  • Cushioning: Runners Flex™ adjustable
  • Incline: 15%
  • Decline: 3%
  • Console: 7″ web-enabled colour touch screen
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 375 lbs
  • iFit: Enabled
  • Motor: 3.8 CHP DurX™
  • Roller: 2.5″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: No

In place of the backlit LED, you now have a full colour, web-enabled console that lets you browse the internet or view a map of your running route. You can also enjoy a more immersive experience through the iFit workouts, where some even show the route on-screen via Google Maps and StreetView.

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NordicTrack 2450 Treadmill

NordicTrack 2450 Treadmill

Review rating: 5 star review rating
This is the first of NordicTrack’s treadmills to offer the 15″ HDTV in place of the tablet holder, allowing you to watch TV or DVDs while you workout.

The separate web-enabled touch screen is a few inches narrower than on the top-of-the-line 2950 model, but still provides a wide enough viewing angle to keep track of important workout information.

Again we’re seeing an increase in motor power, with a 4.0 CHP DurX design that’s cooled by fans to reduce the wear on internal components.

The 2450 is also NordicTrack’s first treadmill to include ‘Pace’ in their list of targets for the ‘Set-A-Goal’ workout programs. This is in addition to existing goals for number of calories burned, distance, and time, which have been a feature on all models since the entry level C 630.

  • Workout Apps: 40
  • Tread Belt: 60″ x 22″
  • Cushioning: Runners Flex™ adjustable
  • Incline: 15%
  • Decline: 3%
  • Console: 7″ Web-enabled colour touch screen display
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • iFit: Enabled
  • Motor: 4.0 CHP DurX™
  • Roller: 2.5″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: Yes

You’re also getting a range of ‘Pulse’ workouts, which let you set a target heart rate, then have the running deck incline and belt speed automatically adjust to keep you at this level.

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NordicTrack 2950 Treadmill

NordicTrack 2950 Treadmill

Review rating: 5 star review rating
As the top-of-the-line treadmill in their Commercial series, the NordicTrack 2950 is a combination of all the best features we’ve seen so far, together with another upgrade to the motor power.

Now with a 4.25 CHP DurX motor, you’re also getting the same extra-wide running area, 12 mph belt speed, and incline / decline range as on the earlier 2450 model (+15% to -3%).

But one of the biggest changes is in the display console, which is now height adjustable. This means you can raise or lower the console and hand rails until you find the setting that best suits your height.

We’re still seeing the same 2.5″ rollers as on the other Commercial series treadmills, but this does get upgraded on the Elite 9700 Pro treadmill.

  • Workout Apps: 40
  • Tread Belt: 60″ x 22″
  • Cushioning: Runners Flex™ adjustable
  • Incline: 15%
  • Decline: 3%
  • Console: 10″ web-enabled colour touch screen display
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • iFit: Enabled
  • Motor: 4.25 CHP DurX™
  • Roller: 2.5″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: Yes

In terms of safety features, you can actually password protect the console to prevent any unauthorized access, making it an ideal choice for family environments.

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NordicTrack Elite 9700 Pro Treadmill

NordicTrack Elite 9700 Pro Treadmill

Review rating: 4.5 star review rating
Because this treadmill isn’t part of NordicTrack’s Commercial series, you don’t have the same 15″ HDTV that you do on the 2450 or 2950 models.

Unfortunately we’re also seeing a return to having the tablet shelf in front of the iFit workout buttons, rather than having a holder attached to the top of the console, closer to eye level.

This is also the only one of NordicTrack’s treadmills to be non-folding, although you do still have a 15% incline range and the same 12 mph top speed for the belt.

Treadmill deck cushioning also changes from NordicTrack’s FlexSelect system to QuadFlex, which is a system that lets you adjust the firmness of the running deck through 9 different levels.

  • Workout Apps: 40
  • Tread Belt: 60″ x 22″
  • Cushioning: QuadFlex™ Precision
  • Incline: 15%
  • Decline: -3%
  • Console: 10″ web-enabled colour touch screen display
  • Speed: 12 mph
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • iFit: Enabled
  • Motor: 4.25 CHP DurX™
  • Roller: 3″
  • 15″ HDTV Screen: No

In terms of the entertainment options, you have a shelf that can support your phone or iPod if needed. This can combine with the speakers so you can listen to your favourite motivational music while you walk, jog, or run.

The full colour, touch screen display is also NordicTrack’s largest at 10″, making it considerably larger than the console screens on most of their Commercial or ‘C’ series treadmills.

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