NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Review 2017

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It is our #1 best buy and highest rated treadmill we have reviewed at this pricepoint. If your looking for a model that is the best bang for your buck, this is it. The top selling model from the top selling manufacturer in the world.

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Features

9/10

Tech Specs

9/10

Build Quailty

9/10

Treadmill Review

Updated: 6-19-2017


The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill (model updated in 2017) is by far the most popliar and highest selling treadmill on the market today. If you are looking for a bang for your buck, then the 1750 by NordicTrack is hands down your best buy - and is also why we have it as our #1 rated treadmill for 2017. Simply put, out of all the treadmills we have reviewed, there is not a better machine for less than $1,500 that lets you accomplish your running goals and provides you with first-class entertainment.


  • Features: 9/10
  • Specs: 9/10
  • Build Quality: 9/10
  • Treadmill Review Score: 5 Stars



The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill is built for runners who need a good, solid treadmill that:


  1. Doesn't take up a ton of space.
  2. Costs less than $1,500 (great buy for the money).
  3. Provides Fantastic Entertainment and keeps you motivated to achieve your fitness goals.
  4. Has a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame, and won’t break down.

Why The 1750 is Rated #1 for Home Treadmills Under $1,500


We’ve looked long and hard at the 2 best options for treadmills under $1,500, the NordicTrack 1750 vs the Sole F80, and we gave the ‘Best Buy’ award to the 1750 for two main reasons:


  1. We feel the build quality on the NordicTrack 1750 is slightly better than the Sole F80. The F80 is rated for more weight, but just doesn’t feel as sturdy to us as we use it. Note: this is not to say that the build quality of the F80 is bad by any means - it’s very well built as well, just not quite as sturdy feeling as the 1750.
  2. Entertainment Factor. A lot of runners we have talked to question why we think it’s so important to have a treadmill the has a cool screen and a ton of different workout options. The answer is simple: Our goal at TreadmillReviews is to help you get fit, period. We love treadmills and believe they can be a great tool in your personal goal to become/stay fit. However, the people we find who are the most successfull and actually use their treadmill (and not just as a coat hanger in their garage) are those people who ENJOY it. The 1750 by NordicTrack will help you achieve your goal more than the Sole F80. You have more workout options, the additional option of iFit, better speakers, and better entertainment in general.

Main Specs - 9/10



When we review the specs of the NordicTrack 1750, we are impressed. Again, for the money (yes, this is a theme you will find throughout our NordicTrack Commercial 1750 review) it’s really hard to beat these specs, which is why we rated it 9 / 10 - one of the highest of any treadmill under $1,500.


The other treadmill to look at spec-wise in the under $1,500 category would be the Sole F80. The F80 isn’t quite as good when it comes to the features (see features of the 1750 below), but the F80 main specs are comparable to the 1750 with one advantage - the weight capacity on the F80 is 50 lbs heavier than on the 1750. As such, if you do weigh more than 300 lbs we would encourage you to look at the Sole F80.


Specs "Quick Review":


  • Motor Size: 3.8 CHP
  • Roller Size: 2.5" Precision Machined and Balanced Non-Flex Roller
  • Running Area: 60” x 22”
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Folding: Yes
  • Footprint (in use): 72.25" L x 38" W x 61" H
  • Footprint (folded): 44” x 38.5” W x 69.25” H
  • Decline/Incline: -3% to +15%
  • Screen: 7” Touchscreen, web enabled, iFit enabled
  • Speakers: Two 3” speakers
  • Noise Level: 60 - 78 dB (background noise at 50 dB when measured)
  • Max Speed: 12 MPH
  • Treadmill best for: Walking, Running

Motor Size- As stated, the 1750 motor is rated at 3.8 CHP (Continuous Duty Horsepower), which is one of the highest rated on market at this price point. It’s also good to note that CHP is more powerfull than just simple horse power (HP), giving you the power you need to run...and keep running for years to come.


Running Surface - The tread belt is plenty roomy at 60 x 22 inches, making it 2 inches wider than most treadmills. We found that someone who is 6’6” is completely fine running (one of our team members is 6’6”, and he didn’t have any problem with the surface not being large enough for his long stride). If you are taller than 6’6”, then you might want to consider a different model though (see our recommendations for best treadmills for tall people).


Space / Footprint - Note - our measurements were a little different than what we originally found on NordicTrack’s website (we worked w/ their engineers to get the official numbers and also make sure those measurements are accurate on NordicTrack’s website, which they are now).


Measurements: (Length x Width x Height):


  • While In Use: 72.25" L x 38" W x 61" H
  • Folded and in Storage: 44” x 38.5” W x 69.25” H

It’s also important to note that it’s super easy to fold / unfold the 1750 due to what NordicTrack terms its “Easylift technology”. To lift, you simply lift from the firm metal bar under the track and the machine will assist you. Basically, it feels as if you are doing about 15% of the work. To lower, you just push in the lift bar with your foot and start to manually lower the treadmill. The desk essentially self-lowers from there, so if you are someone who can’t lift much you don’t need to worry. Anyone can lower this deck.


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Noise Level


Treadmill running at (baseline room noise of 50 db):


  • 12 MPH, w/fans: 78db
  • 6 MPH, w/fans: 70db
  • 1 MPH, w/fans: 60db

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What those numbers translate to is a fairly quiet machine that you could use in a room next to your sleeping baby - it will produce some background noise, but it’s less than a vacuum cleaner and should not wake up your baby and ruin your workout (unless of course you are blaring the music through the rocking console).


Max Speed - If you're a competitive runner or love doing speed intervals, don't worry. The top speed of the Commercial 1750 is 12 mph, making it one of the fastest treadmills available. The nicest part about the speed adjustments though is that you don’t have to press the tiny “+” or “-” buttons to increase or decrease your speed. On the side of the console you have the ability to choose whatever speed you would like, from 1-12. This is a HUGE advantage for the busy person who only have 15-20 minutes to work out and thus wants to do some HIIT (high intensity interval training) on the treadmill - you can go from 2 mph to 12 and back with a simple touch of the screen (and the transition from 2 to 12 is smooth, so you don’t have to worry about tripping yourself up).


Incline/Decline - The 1750 offers an incline of up to 15% - a little more than your average treadmill. Not only that, but those interested in a downhill effect can decline the deck by up to 3%. This helps users access different muscle groups, relieve joint pressure, and add variety to their workouts. Also, like the speed controls, you can change the incline/decline level with a touch of the button on the side of the console - again very nice for interval/HIIT training.


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Features - 9/10



No NordicTrack 1750 review would be complete without an in-depth review of the features. This is one area where you can tell the NordicTrack engineering team focuses on. This is also the main reason why we awarded the 1750 as the ‘Best Treadmill Under $1,500’ - in this price range you won’t find a more feature-packed treadmill.


Features “Quick Review”:


  • 38 Workout Apps (no iFit required)
  • Web Enabled Touch Screen
  • Two 3” Powerfli Speakers
  • Fans
  • iFit
  • Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor
  • Cushioned running surface
  • Tablet holder

Workout Apps - We start with the workout apps because these are 38 apps that do not require an iFit membership. Some people are bothered by the fact that you have to pay extra to get access to all of iFit’s features, so it’s important to note that you don’t need a subscription to iFit to get one of the best treadmill workouts possible while running on the NordicTrack 1750.


The workout apps come in 5 main sections:


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Heart Rate


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Calorie Burn - 9 different running programs


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High Intensity - 9 different running programs


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Speed - 10 different running programs


NordicTrack-1750-Speed-Workouts

Incline - 10 different running programs


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You can see from the pictures that you really do have a ton of different options with these workout apps. Also, remember the track will incline/decline according to the program, giving you an even better workout!


Web-Enabled, 7” Touchscreen - Even without an iFit subscription you can watch/listen/read content on YouTube, Fox News, ABC News, Fox TV, Fox Sports, Yahoo, Google and Facebook. From Google you can go anywhere, so you can search the web. One caveat: I personally can’t navigate that stuff very well while running, call if the fat finger running syndrome. Because of that I like to plan out my media during the 5 minute warm-up and have my workout going before because if you leave the media to then go to your workout you have to start back over again, which I just have a hard time doing since I tend to bounce up and down too much while I run.


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Speakers ROCK! Seriously, I was very happy with the sound quality and volume of the speakers. If you are someone who likes loud music to get you going, but don’t like to wear earbuds while you run, then there isn’t a better machine in this price range. We tested the speakers at full volume, and got a reading of around 86 decibels. Note: the sound quality did start to suffer when I turned up the volume to 100%. I’d recommend to keep it down 1 or 2 notches from there for better sound (you still have plenty of volume).


Workout fans that really put out some air! There are 3 different fans to keep you super cool while running, and we do think they are better than the other models we tested and reviewed in this price range.


Bluetooth heart rate monitor. We personally don’t love measuring heart rate by holding handles (it just seems like it can’t be as effective as something super close to your heart), and love the chest strap that NordicTrack has. You basically just put it on, then start the machine and you can start getting your heart rate readings. This is great for those looking to do targeted heart rate workouts without having to grip the handlebars every minute or two.


Cushioning - NordicTrack's new cushioning system is designed to make workouts more comfortable, especially for runners. When active, it decreases the physical shock by approximately 30% – a pretty big difference. Users wishing to get the feel of outdoor asphalt can even turn the cushioning off.


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Other Tech Features


  • An adjustable tablet holder keeps your device secure, no matter how tough your workout.
  • Auxiliary Music Port so you can plug in your phone or iPod and listen to your own music through the 3” speakers (again, these are LOUD)
  • EKG Grip Pulse heart monitor, in case you don’t want to use the chest strap you can simply place your hands on the monitors and get your heart rate (we struggled with this feature a little bit, and found it best if we stood on the side rails while we measure our heart rate - another reason why we are such big fans of the chest strap).
  • Accessory trays on the right and left of the 7” monitor so you can store your keys, phone, etc. while running.

iFit Enabled


We have this feature listed towards the end of our 1750 review. That does not mean it’s not an important feature - we just wanted you to see that even without an iFit subscription there is a lot you can do with the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill.


However, one of the biggest advantages of purchasing a NordicTrack brand treadmill is that you do have a machine that is integrated with iFit (for those who don’t know, iFit is owned by the same company, ICON Health and Fitness, that owns NordicTrack - hence the natural integration. You can do a ton of great things with an iFit subscription on the 1750 including:


Run Anywhere via Google Maps. This is my personal favorite, as you can run in some really cools places in the world right from your living room.


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iFit WOD (Workout of the Day). The machine comes with free access to a run in Lavatnet, Norway - which makes me really want to go Norway. FYI - this feature will make you want to travel the world. Consider yourself warned.


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Train w/ a Personal Trainer. With iFit you can connect with personal trainers and have them help you set and achieve your personal goals.


iFit-Trainer

Compete: Race w/ Anyone. We love this feature, as you will train harder and thus get more out of your treadmill when you compete with others. With this feature, you can compete on a variety of courses against anyone.


iFit-Compete

Track your workouts. Track your workout history, calories burned, weight loss and more.


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Set personal goals for your workouts


iFit-Goals

Do Video Workouts. These are awesome! I am a huge fan of running the road to Hana, and with iFit you can recreate that run with the video workout. This is different than the map fun feature, though. During the video run you will learn cool facts about the area/terrain as you run in amazing places.


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Lose Weight w Jillian Michaels. This program will help you set precise goals so you know how far and how long you need to run in order to lose your targeted weight.


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Build Quality - 9/10



The build quality of the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is fantastic. While this technically is a review of the 2017 NordicTrack 1750 (so we can’t say we have put 10,000 hrs of running on this specific model), we have been reviewing past 1750 models for about 10 years now and haven’t had any problems with the treadmills - even the ones we’ve had for 10 years.


Build Quality ‘Quick Review’


  • Warranty- lifetime warranty on both motor and frame
  • Parts and Service - 5 years on parts, and 2 years on service
  • Customer Support - NordicTrack fitness consultants are available online and over the phone to answer the questions of both users and prospective buyers.
  • Return Policy - NordicTrack offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for anyone not satisfied with their purchase.

When we are running on the 1750 we do not find any abnormal shaking, creaking, or hint that it will not hold up to very hard running. And, with a lifetime guarantee on the motor and frame you generally know that a company doesn’t like to offer that if the motor and frame are going to break down.


One thing to note about NordicTrack - when you search for NordicTrack treadmill reviews you need to be careful with what you read when it comes to build quality. The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is the most highly sold treadmill in the USA (hands down, no other machine compares). As such, when you are reading reviews from consumers you will find a combination of 1) more positive reviews, and 2) more negative reviews. This is the nature of the beast when it comes to reviews - a machine that almost never sells obviously won’t have bad / negative reviews.


When it comes to customer service you also need to be careful. Whenever we have had issues NordicTrack has been extremely responsive. In fact, just yesterday we went to their online help/chat feature and pretended to be someone else (We don’t want special treatment because NordicTrack knows we are reviewing the 1750). I got an American customer service rep in less than 2 minutes answering all of my questions - not bad response time at all.


Bottom Line Review of the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill


There is a reason the NordicTrack C 1750 is the most popular-selling treadmill for 2017 (and for the past several years) - it’s a solid treadmill that enables almost anyone to get a great run in and is packed with features that you typically only find in more expensive models. Again, while features like the web-enabled touchscreen and great speakers don’t make it so you can magically run 26.2 miles overnight, they definitely help you enjoy running on the treadmill more - which means you are much more likely to continue using the treadmill and actually get into shape.


Best Place to Buy the 1750 Treadmill


Hands down the best place to buy the NordicTrack 1750 is directly from NordicTrack.com. You can follow this link here and find the best deal possible on the machine.

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Note - it’s almost always better to buy directly from the manufacturer, as you get the best price which makes sense given NordicTrack doesn’t have to sell it to someone who then sells it to you. NordicTrack also offers special financing on the Commercial 1750, so you have more payment options going direct as well.
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