NordicTrack T9.2 folding treadmill review

NordicTrack T18 TreadmillPrice: £699
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

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

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 T18.0 Treadmill Review

NordicTrack T18 TreadmillPrice: £899
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

Overall Rating: 4
Build Quality: 3.5
Ease of use: 4
Console Features: 5
Comfort: 4
Value for Money: 4

 

The T18.0 is a treadmill from the upper end of the NordicTrack range.  As a brand Nordic are well known for being innovators in the fitness industry, often the first to include the latest technology on their products.

Starting with the 3.0 CHP Durx TM  Commercial Pro motor, it is dynamically spin balanced which provides superior performance, claiming to reduce both vibration and noise. With a peak power output of 4.5HP, this motor is well capable of propelling users up to a maximum speed of 22km/h with a maximum incline of 15%. This puts it near the top of the pile in terms of out and out performance amongst the majority of folding treadmills. You would normally associate these sort of figures with non folding or even commercial machines.

The belt is large (51cm wide by 152cm long) and well capable of accommodating users of any height and the 160kg (25 stone) maximum weight capacity means the T18.0 really does cater for everyone.

The result of a treadmill this large and robust is that it takes up a fair amount of space at 210cm long by 97cm wide when in use.  The impact reduction control TM cushioning system is well sprung, reducing impact by 15-33% and incorporates a movable isolator to allow users to change the support from mimicking road running to providing a softer, joint friendlier workout.

The deck is foldable, using the patented Spacesaver design with Easylift TM assist and soft drop mechanism so that despite its substantial size, literally anyone can fold or unfold it very easily indeed.  The console is large, but then it does incorporate a lot of features.

NordicTrack T18 Treadmill ConsoleThere are 28 different preset workouts utilising speed, incline or both at the same time and calorie burn, all designed to get maximum results. The LED display shows all the feedback and program profiles clearly and brightly and there is a Polar heart rate sensor and included chest strap to go with the pulse grip sensors on the handles. These will only monitor heart rate however, as there are no heart rate control programs included.

If that isn’t enough variety for you then there is also the option of subscribing to iFit Live as reviewed in more detail on other Nordic Track models. A years subscription will cost £99.95 including the wireless module. An ipod compatible music port with speakers is the icing on the cake for this feature packed console.  As is often the case with NordicTrack products, specification is the first priority, sometimes at the detriment to build quality.

Not so here, this is a lot of treadmill for the money and with the standard 2 year parts and labour warranty with 10 years on the motor you do actually feel as though it would stand the test of time which is not something you can say about all of the Nordic range!  One annoying gripe I did have however, was that there is nowhere on the console to put a water bottle!

PROS

  • Massive amount of specification
  • Huge motor and belt size suitable for all user types
  • Easy to fold

CONS

  • Very large treadmill for the home market
  • No water bottle storage facility

In summary then, if you have the room for a big treadmill, want to spend less than £1000 and you want loads of program options, entertainment features, a soft adjustable running deck and the ability to run at very fast speeds in absolute stability then look no further.  Just remember you will have to get off every time you want a drink of water!

Price: £899
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

NordicTrack T7.2 folding treadmill review

NordicTrack T7.2 treadmillPrice: £599
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

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 T9.1 Treadmill Review

NordicTrack-T9.1-TreadmillPrice: £699
Buy From: Fitness Superstore

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
Buy From: Fitness Superstore