NordicTrack T7.2 folding treadmill review

NordicTrack T7.2 treadmillPrice: £599
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Overall Rating: 4
Build Quality: 3.5
Ease of use: 4
Console Features: 4
Comfort: 4
Value for Money: 4

The NordicTrack T7.2 is a really good value treadmill. At £599, you get a really great machine for your money.

Technology focus

What I find really appealing about the NordicTracks is their technology focus. They’re well known for being innovators in the industry and this machine is great if you want lots of ways to bring variety into your training. With 20 workout apps to choose from to help motivate and track your training, it really helps to make running more fun, and means you can track your goals more easily.

Another key selling point for this treadmill is its iFit Live compatibility. By purchasing the iFit Live module, you’ll be able to take your training pretty much anywhere in the world by connecting to Google Earth. I really enjoyed running around Paris with my favourite running tracks playing on my iPod (the treadmill has an iPod compatible port). The Jillian Michaels personal training program is particularly impressive. I thought this was a really great program. Easy to follow, you can tailor it to you and it’s definitely one to get you motivated!

The module costs about £99, but you could check out higher spec models such as the NordicTrack T9.2 folding treadmill, which comes with iFit Live included when purchased through Fitness Superstore. It’s a bit pricier at £699, but a superior machine so you do get more for your money.

Comfortable training

The T7.2 includes the innovative cushion-deck, provided by DualShox cushioning which marries a cushioned strike area with a firmer take off very well. Of course, the higher spec models still offer a more comfortable experience but, for a treadmill at the lower end of the price scale, it’s certainly more than adequate.

Another good feature is the gym-width belt – 51cm wide by 140 cm long. What’s really good about a wider belt is that you have less chance of stepping off the belt, which can be dangerous. Lots of us tend to drift slightly when we run, so I really do recommend a belt of this width. Although the belt length area isn’t as long as a treadmill you’d find in a gym, it certainly caters to most. Only the exceptionally tall would have any difficulty. So if you are over 6 feet, you might want to consider alternative machines or at least test it out before buying.

With a 2.25 CHP DurX Motor, it has a self-cooling drive system with an axial fan, which reduces noise. Not the quietest treadmill ever, but certainly not offensively loud. Again, in this price range, I rate it as fairly good.

Safety

NordicTrack T7.2 treadmill folded

There are some good safety features with this treadmill, namely the EasyLift assist, which makes the treadmill easier to manage. The great design also allows the treadmill to be stored vertically, which is a great space saver and prevents it from being a hazard.

The standard warranty is 1 year parts & labour. However, you can get this extended free of charge to 2 years parts & labour if you register it with Nordic Track by warranty card or via their website within 28 days.

Summary

Overall, a really good value treadmill in this price range, ideal for most users, though you may want to look at treadmills with a longer belt if you’re really tall. I also strongly recommend purchasing the iFit module to boost your training as this is what makes these treadmills stand out from the crowd.

 

NordicTrack T9.2 folding treadmill review

NordicTrack T18 TreadmillPrice: £699
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Overall Rating: 4
Build Quality: 4
Ease of use: 4
Console Features: 4.5
Comfort: 4
Value for Money: 4.5

If you’re looking for a good value treadmill that delivers in terms of technology, I would recommend the NordicTrack T9.2. At a price of £699, the T9.2 has much to offer including iFit Live technology compatibility, a wide range of programmes so you can adapt your workouts and good safety features.

Far superior in terms of spec in comparison to other treadmill brands in this price range, I was particularly impressed with the inclusion of iFit Live when purchased via Fitness Superstore. Although I’ve tried this out before on the NordicTrack T7.2, I had to purchase this as an additional module to reap the benefit of it.

If you’ve not used iFit Live before, you really should give it a try. It’s certainly helped me get through a 15k run when I’ve not been in the mood. Basically, it allows you to log onto the web and connect to Google Earth. You can then choose any destination to run in, taking your training pretty much anywhere you like in the world. I’ve tested out loads of pre-programmed destinations via my TV (you can also use your computer/laptop), such as the Sydney Harbour, but you can try pretty much anywhere. It definitely beats staring at a wall!

Comfortable training experience

NordicTrack T9.2 treadmill belt

Comfortable belt with DualShox cushioning

With a cushion-deck, provided by DualShox cushioning, this is definitely one of the softer treadmills on the market in this price range. The result is a comfortable, smooth running experience, whether it’s a light jog or a run. However, when really sprinting, it did feel a bit uncomfortable and was quite noisy so serious runners may want to look at alternative, higher spec models.

The motor size is really good with a top speed of 20kph, which caters for most runners. Despite the larger motor, I also found the T9.2 treadmill quieter in comparison to earlier models, though still quite noisy compared to other treadmills.

The treadmill belt is a nice size. At 51cm wide by 140 cm long, it’s the width you’d find on treadmills at the gym. The benefit is that it caters to most (except the really tall) and also means you don’t need to worry about slightly drifting as you run, which is very common. With a 150kg maximum user weight, the overall feel was very sturdy too and though I’m only 85kg myself, I feel confident it would provide a comfortable running experience even if you’re closer to the weight limit.

Peace of mind

A key feature of this folding treadmill is definitely the soft drop lowering system. When folding the treadmill away, it effectively self-lowers, making it far more manageable, meaning less chance of damaging the machine or yourself. I tested this out by asking my wife to fold it away. At 5 feet tall, she managed it without any problems at all.

The standard warranty is 1 year parts & labour. However, you can get this extended free of charge to 2 years parts & labour if you register it with Nordic Track by warranty card or via their website within 28 days.

Summary

Overall, a really good treadmill in this price range, ideal for most users. However, if you’re very tall, I would suggest looking for a longer treadmill belt (longer than 140cm) and trying before you buy. Serious runners may also want to look for a stronger model too to get superior comfort.

NordicTrack T9.1 Treadmill Review

NordicTrack-T9.1-TreadmillPrice: £699
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Overall Rating: 3.5
Build Quality: 3
Ease of use: 3
Console Features: 5
Comfort: 4
Value for Money: 4

 

The NordicTrack T9.1 folding treadmill is the entry level model in the Nordic track range to embrace the iFit live concept. The old version of iFit consisted of pre programmed SD cards designed to give users motivational instruction with their workouts. The latest concept works in conjunction with Google earth whereby users can log onto the web and choose a location to run in.  By using your laptop or tablet pc and the wireless module plugged into the treadmill you can take a run almost anywhere on earth!

The treadmill adjusts incline according to the contours of the terrain and you can select street view which is pretty impressive as motivational programs go.  I tested the feature running around Sydney harbour which made a nice change from staring at the TV or out of the window.

NordicTrack-T9.1-Treadmill-ConsoleThere are many other facilities with iFit live too.  Apps for your mobile phone including exercise diary and dietary recording options all come as part of the subscription. This costs £99 for the module and 1 years use except for some of the higher spec models in the Nordic range which have the module included.

In addition to iFit there are also the usual variable intensity programmes available pre built into the console and an ipod compatible music system.

The 2.5Hp commercial grade motor is reasonable and capable of 20km/h although it was quite noisy at higher speeds. There are one touch hot keys on the console for adjusting speed and the 10% motorised incline.

The belt is a healthy 51cm wide by 140cm long so suitable for all but the tallest users and the FlexResponse cushion deck claims impact reduction levels of upto 15%.  I did feel that the sprung deck was a little bouncy as I am quite a heavy footed runner and this made running at speed quite noisy when compared to some of the orthopaedic belt model treadmills from other manufacturers at this level. Despite this, the deck did otherwise feel pretty sturdy and the 150kg maximum user weight should cope comfortably with the vast majority of users.

Nordic’s warranty of 2 years parts and labour with a 10 year motor warranty is somewhat lower than alternative brands at this price point but in terms of purely spec and console sophistication the T9.1 treadmill scores pretty well.

PROS

  • Fantastic innovative programming with iFit live surely will provide motivation to anyone.

CONS

  • The deck is quite bouncy for heavier runners creating higher noise levels compared with alternative brands.
  • Quite a short warranty and not the greatest build quality.

Summary

In summary then, if you want the latest motivational and entertainment facilities provided as part of a treadmill then the T9.1 is for you. If comfort, noise levels and build quality are more important features then there are other treadmills out there that will be more suitable.

Best Price: £699
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NordicTrack T9 SI Treadmill Review

NordicTrack-T9SI-TreadmillPrice: £599
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Overall Rating: 4
Build Quality: 3
Ease of use: 4
Console Features: 4
Comfort: 4

 

The T9 Si treadmill from NordicTrack is a great everyday user treadmill. This treadmill has a lot of features designed specifically for easy use for a variety of users. This treadmill is one of a series from NordicTrack that have evolved to being one of the most popular treadmills in its era.

The NordicTrack T9 Si treadmill can be used by people weighing up to 135kg and can go to speeds of up to 20 KPH with a 2.25 CHP commercial grade motor. Its belt’s dimensions are 51 cm x 140 cm. That takes care of all the technical stuff. Now let’s get into the specifics and tell you what you will like and not like about this treadmill.

PROS

Comfort - This treadmill comes with the patented DuraStride 3 adjustable cushioning absorption system which makes it very easy on your joints. Many people find it impossible to run because of the impact on their joints. This system makes running and getting a better cardio workout possible to those who may not have been able to before due to joint stress. You can adjust the amount of cushioning you need for the best comfort. The T9 Si also comes with a CoolAire workout fan built right onto the console so that you can feel nice and fresh while training on the T9 Si.

Easy to Use – This treadmill was built to be used by everyday people without having to read a manual. The console is easily read due to its red LED lighted display that tells you your speed, distance, time, calories burned, incline and heart rate. The T9 Si also features the One-Touch incline system which allows you to up your workout difficulty by adding incline to your treadmill workout without having to skim through various buttons or stop walking and adjust the treadmill manually.

Technology – The NordicTrack T9 Si is a modern treadmill with many extra features that make running on a treadmill a pleasant experience. The biggest feature that many users want that is included with this treadmill is the iFit SD workout card technology. The iFit workouts are preprogrammed interactive workouts loaded onto an SD card that you can buy according to your needs whether you are trying to lose weight or train for a marathon. These cards are like having a personal trainer telling you how fast to go and what to do next.

The T9 Si itself comes with 16 preprogrammed workouts with varying speeds and inclines. You can also create and save two of your favorite workouts to keep programmed into the treadmill to reuse automatically whenever you choose at the push of a button. Another important technological feature that helps you keep track of your peak level of workout is the EKG grip pulse built into the handlebars that allow you to display your heart rate on the LED console to let you know whether you should speed up or slow down for maximum fat burn. There is also an optional Polar chest belt that is said to monitor your heart rate more accurately. It too displays your heart rate on the console. This treadmill also has a spot to plug into your iPod or mp3 player and Acoustic 2.0 speaker system so you can enjoy your favorite music to keep you motivated.

Warranty – This treadmill comes with a very good lifetime warranty on the frame, 10 year warranty on the motor, and 2 years parts and labor.

Down Time – Whenever not in use the T9 Si can be easily folded with the easy drop shock that won’t allow the treadmill to drop onto your hands or feet and secure lock that ensures it not to pop open and bang you in the chin. When folded, this treadmill can easily be stored away and out of sight.

CONS

Design – This treadmill isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing at its price. The black and grey design isn’t a beautiful piece to add to your house.

Lack of Power – The 2.25 CHP motor is fine for moderate running but many of its competitors have up to a 4.0 CHP motor leaving the T9 Si to shame.

Best Price: £599
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NordicTrack T12 SI Treadmill Review

NordicTrack-T12SI-TreadmillPrice: £799
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Overall Rating: 5
Build Quality: 4.5
Ease of use: 4
Console Features: 5
Comfort: 4.5

 

The NordicTrack T12 Si Treadmill is the big brother of the NordicTrack T9 Si. Therefore it has a little more powerful motor, some extra features and is a little more expensive. It does, however, have all the same things we love about the T9 Si and more.

The T12 Si has a 3.0 CHP commercial grade motor, can go at speeds of 20 KPH, and can hold up to 135 kg. Let’s take a look at how this treadmill stands up to the others by checking out its pros and its cons.

PROS

Comfort – The T12 SI treadmill comes with the patented DuraStride 5 adjustable cushioning absorption system which makes it very easy on your joints. This is an upgrade from the DuraStride 3 making even more of a shock absorber than the before. You can still adjust the amount of cushioning you need for the best comfort. The T12 Si also comes with a CoolAire workout fan built right onto the console so that you don’t overheat while getting a great workout.

Space Saving – Whenever you are finished with the T12 Si for the day or if you need extra space it can be easily folded with the easy drop shock that makes a safe and slow drop to a folded position and the secure lock will keep it folded until you are ready to use it again. When folded, this treadmill can easily be stored away and out of sight.

Easy to Use – The console of this model has a fancy Solaris illumination screen that easily displays your speed, distance, time, calories burned, incline and heart rate. The T12 Si also features the One-Touch incline system which allows you to increase the incline of the walking platform with just the touch of a button. No more adjusting the treadmill manually, you don’t even have to stop your workout.

Technology – The NordicTrack T12 Si has many technologically advanced features that make working out on a treadmill easier and more fun. The T12 Si itself comes with 12 preprogrammed workouts with varying speeds and inclines.

You can also create and save four of your favorite workouts to keep programmed into the treadmill to reuse automatically whenever you choose at the push of a button. The T12 Si also features the famous iFit SD workout card technology.

The iFit workouts are preprogrammed interactive workouts loaded onto an SD card that you can buy according to your needs whether you are trying to lose weight or train for a marathon. These cards take the guess work out of your workout and help you to achieve greater results. This treadmill also has a spot to plug into your iPod or mp3 player and Acoustic 2.0 speaker system so you can enjoy your favorite music to keep you motivated.

The EKG grip pulse built into the handlebars calculates your pulse through your fingers and displays your heart rate on the console to let you know whether you are reaching your target heart rate. The new optional Polar T34 chest belt is said to monitor your heart rate more accurately. It too displays your heart rate on the console.

CONS

Weight Limit – I would have thought that with the upgrade in price would be an upgrade in user maximum weight but it is still the 135kg as before. This rules this treadmill out for those over 135kg/297lbs/21 stone.

Warranty- Although it does have a lifetime warranty on the frame, this model does not have a lifetime warranty on the motor like most of the other treadmills have in this price range.

Best Price: £799
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NordicTrack C2500 Treadmill Review

NordicTrack-C2500-TreadmillPrice: £699
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Overall Rating: 3.5
Build Quality: 3
Ease of use: 3.5
Console Features: 4
Comfort: 3.5

 

The NordicTrack C2500 Treadmill features a powerful 2.5 CHP motor which allows it to run smoothly and consistently at all speeds.

Equipped with a large 50 x 150 cm running deck which has Adjustable Soft System™ Cushioning (5 positions) provides the user with reduced impact on the joints, meaning a greatly reduced chance of injury and comes with an assisted lift and soft drop folding deck for easy set up and storage and the transportation wheels allow the user to move the product out of the way when not in use.

The NordicTrack C2500 is a great heavy duty treadmill. There are some great features found on this model. This really is a great treadmill for either a beginner athlete or a more advanced runner. As with all treadmills, the most important factor of a treadmill is the design of the motor.

The C2500 has a powerful 2.5hp commercial motor. This motor has enough power to give you a top speed of 19kph. Your speed can be changed in 0.1% increments up to 12% this is a great way to build up your endurance or to cool down after a strenuous workout. Maximum user weight for this series of treadmill is that of 325lbs / 147kg / 23 stone

PROS

Workout Programmes – The C2500 comes with the great iFit technology that has 16 preset programmes, 8 of which are weight loss workouts and 8 are classic iFit workout sessions. These programmes are between 20 min to 45 min long. If you have a busy lifestyle these workouts would be perfect for you!  You can also purchase separate digital workout cards that are loaded with 24 great workouts, and few of the cards have 3 different workout levels, which will get your endurance built up in no time.

The voices of the instructors are heard through the MP3 player speakers, and this will give you motivational points throughout your workout. Needing to train for an upcoming marathon? The C2500 has a fun competition programme that allows you to race against either several runners or just one. A race track is even displayed on your display screen and will show your position throughout the race. This will sure give you some serious motivation!

Comfort – The C2500 has a comfortable 50 x 150 cm deck that is designed using the Dura Soft V adjustable cushioning system. This system reduces stress on your joints by up to 33%. This can be adjusted according to your fitness needs. At the push of a button you can control the softness or firmness of your belt’s drive. Needing to give your workout a step up? Incline levels can be adjusted up to 12%. All this can be done as easy as a push of a button.

Console – The NordicTrack C2500 has a well lit LCD console screen that can easily be read in any type of lighting. The screen is pretty big, measuring 2” x 6.5”. Your console records your fitness progress in the preloaded fitness journal. This way you can track your fitness progress as it reads how many miles you have ran in your fitness journey and how many calories you burned on a day by day basis. Included in your console are 2 convenient H2O cup holders. We all know how important it is to keep well hydrated during workouts.

Extras – The motor is designed by CHP Dur X motors and is extremely quiet and has a built in internal fan that keeps the internal components cooled during use. The NordicTrack company has taken in comfort with using the Club Designed Cardio-Grip heart rate monitor provided in the handle grips. This way you can keep track of your heart rate during those intense workouts.

Price and Warranty – Pricing for this treadmill is fairly reasonable for all the amenities provided. NordicTrack has been a well known fitness company, and has provided many with high quality fitness machines for many years so you can expect to receive a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor on the C2500, and 1 year on the labor and parts.

CONS

One of the only CONS of this product there have been many complaints about the speed customer service resolves matters and sends ordered parts.

Best Price: £699
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NordicTrack T7.0 Treadmill Review

Price: £599
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Overall Rating:4

Build Quality: 5

Ease of use: 4

Console Features: 3

Comfort: 4.5

 

The NordicTrack T7.0 Treadmill, has a maximum speed of 18 km/h (11mph) and a maximum 10% 1-Touch power incline. Whether you like to walk, jog or run the 2.25HP continuous duty motor provides more than enough power for a smooth and comfortable workout.

It has 16 pre-set workouts featured on the bright LED console display giving you fast and easy access to a whole range programmes that will get you fit fast.

In addition to the built-in programmes the T7.0 has an iFit SD card reader built into the console giving you goal and ability specific exercises designed for you by certified personal trainers to keep your workouts interesting.

The NordicTrack T7.0 Treadmill has several high quality features for its price range. With a maximum user weight of 135kg/297lbs/21stone, the treadmill provides more than enough support for the vast majority of its users. Its maximum speed of 18kph (11.25mph) and maximum incline of 10% are also better than average. Additionally, the speed and incline can be adjusted with one touch from the four-window LED console, minimizing interruption to the workout session.

 

The console also provides many other convenient and useful functions. The console displays reports of the time elapsed, distance covered, current speed, calories burned, and current heart rate for the user’s workout session. It includes numerous motivating features, such as the racetrack graphic to visualize the workout and sixteen built in workout programmes designed by certified personal trainers for users of all fitness levels.

Eight of the programmes are designed by duration of time and eight of the programs are designed to meet a number of calories burned. The console also includes the iFit SD card reader for personalized workouts and training (with tips and advice from celebrity trainers like Jillian Michaels from Biggest Loser USA), an mp3 player connection, and the Intermix Acoustics 2.0 sound system with speakers.

 

The NordicTrack T7.0 also includes a drinks holder and handheld heart rate sensors on the console for even more convenience and fitness tracking. The treadmill’s heart rate monitor can also pick up a wireless signal from a Polar Heart Rate Monitor chest strap, interfering even less with the user’s session.

 

The surface of the running deck of the NordicTrack T7.0 is larger than average at 140cm x 51cm (55inch x 20inch), providing a comfortable running space for all users. While in use, the treadmill measures a total 148cm x 86cm x 182 cm (58inch x 33.5inch x 71.5inch).

The running deck is textured to ensure a safe and secure foothold during a run, and the surface is enhanced with NordicTrack’s FlexResponse cushioning to reduce impact, reduce injuries, and improve comfort. Due to the large running deck area, the NordicTrack T7.0 will take up more space than other small or medium sized treadmills while in use. However, because it is a folding treadmill, it can be stored in a much smaller space than is required for use.

While folded and stored, the treadmill measures a total of 154cm x 86cm x 88cm (60inch x 33.8inch x 34.6inch). Although it is relatively heavy at 84kg/185lbs/13stone, the hydraulic assisted folding mechanism makes the process of folding and storing the treadmill between uses quick and easy.

 

The NordicTrack T7.0 provides a smooth run with little noise and strain due to its powerful 2.25HP motor. The motor peaks at 3.0HP and is self-cooling, so it runs more efficiently and quietly than models without self-cooling motors. The motor withstands a much longer duration of use for any individual workout session, and it will also have a much longer life overall because the wear of the treadmill’s parts will be significantly reduced by the self-cooling mechanism.

Additionally, the lifetime warranty on the frame, ten year warranty on the motor, and two year warranty on parts and labor provide a substantial guarantee against failure of the machine (registration of the treadmill with NordicTrack within four weeks of purchase is required to receive these warranty terms).

 

Overall, the features of the NordicTrack T7.0 Treadmill meet its purpose of providing a complete, convenient, and affordable home treadmill. The slight disadvantage of its above average size is easily offset by its many other convenient and advanced features.

 

Best Price: £599

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