The NordicTrack C990 treadmill is one of the least expensive of NordicTrack’s current treadmill line up, but that doesn’t mean they skimped on quality. Many of its features are comparable to the more expensive NordicTrack treadmills models:
Add that to the fact the C990 has a better build quality than the competitor’s treadmills in its price range and it is clear why we have chosen the C990 as our best buy for under $1000.
Overall, the C990 is another quality machine from NordicTrack and is cost-effective for someone who is easing into regular exercise.
Walkers and light joggers will get the best use from the C990. The deck comes with FlexSelect™ cushioning, which allows the user to change the deck from a more flexible surface to one that has similar resistance to a regular road.
With a weight capacity of 300 lbs and a strong frame, it is ideal for those who want to begin exercising in the comfort of their own home. If the user is over 300 lbs, the Sole F63 is rated for up to 325 lbs and the ProForm Power 995i is rated for up to 350 lbs, making these better choices for heavier users.
While the frame and deck are sturdy even when running, it is not the most cushioned deck to run on over an extended period of time even with the FlexSelect™ cushioning; especially if you have been struggling with an injury. One of our testers had been previously injured and found the deck uncomfortable after 20 minutes of jogging. This tester needs a treadmill with noticeably more cushion. If you find yourself in a similar situation, you might want to consider purchasing a more expensive treadmill with better cushioning. On the positive side, you'll be better conditioned for outdoor running after training on the C990.
If you are going at a walking/light jogging pace, the cushioning is enough to ensure comfort for most standard users’ workouts.
When looking at treadmills for under $1000, we know there are tons of options. The reasons we chose the C990 for our “Best Buy” award are as follows:
Another potential issues with the C990 are the side rails. While the sides feel sturdy when standing on them, they slant inward toward the treadmill belt.