NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Treadmill Review – 2019

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2019 NordicTrack Commercial 2950 - Treadmill Reviews

Features

10/10

Tech Specs

10/10

Build Quailty

9/10

Treadmill Review

Last Updated: 7-26-2019


Treadmills over $2500 are tricky to rate because they all have really great features that you aren’t going to see in home treadmills under this price point. Some will have incredible displays while others have unbeatable motor strength. So while we go through all of a treadmill’s impressive features, we look for features compared to the price tag. The goal in rating home treadmills over $2500 is to find a machine with features that justify a high price tag. The NordicTrack Commercial 2950 does that! It’s just over $2500 but has many features you’ll find on home treadmills that are priced at $4000+. If you’re shopping in this price range for a home treadmill, add the 2950 to your list of considerations and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you might have about this NordicTrack treadmill.



Buying The NordicTrack Commercial 2950

While the Commercial 2950 retails for $3,599, it is frequently marked down. We see the price regularly float between $2,699 and $2,999. All treadmills, ellipticals, and home exercise bikes we get our hands on are purchased out of pocket, without special deals from the manufacturer. We don’t even let them know that we’re an exercise equipment review site with a high readership. That way, we can experience the buying process the same way our readers do.

The Commercial 2950 Is A Great Treadmill For The Following People:

  • Someone who runs or walks 15+ miles a week on their home treadmill. The Commercial 2950 has a strong frame and highly rated motor that’s built to handle heavy, regular use. So if you’re running or walking 15+ miles a week on your treadmill or sharing it with other household members, you need a treadmill of this caliber.

  • Familiarity with modern tech (iPads, tablets, and apps) - The 22” touchscreen mounted on the Commercial 2950 is the eye-catching tip of the technology iceberg. This treadmill also comes with an iFit Bluetooth chest strap so you can monitor your heart rate as you workout. The user interface is super similar to what you would see on your smartphone, so even though the pre-loaded programs are different than what you might be used to at your local gym, the learning curve is very minimal if you’re already able to work a smartphone or tablet.

Why The Commercial 2950 One Of Our Top Picks For Treadmills Over $2,500

While many treadmills in this price range are great products, the Commercial 2950 outshines competitors with a more reasonable price tag and just as many enticing features. Here are some of the main reasons we think the 2950 is a great option for any home gym.
  • Powerful motor - Its 4.25 CHP motor is larger than most home treadmills, including many more expensive models.
  • Pre-loaded workouts that are current with today’s tech and fitness trends - Between the 40 pre-programmed workout apps and the required purchase of the iFit Coach Ready, the Commercial 2950 has more workout options than any other treadmill in its price range.
  • Large display - The 22” touchscreen on the Commercial 2950 makes a huge difference when you’re viewing video workouts directly on your console.

A home treadmill that costs around $2,999 should give you an experience that’s comfortable, effective, frustration-free, and reliable - and the Commercial 2950 meets all of those requirements for us. We can confidently recommend this purchase after months of testing and getting to know this product. Keep reading to get the full rundown of build quality, available features and added accessories, and the iFit Coach subscription service that comes free for 12 months with your purchase of the Commercial 2950.


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NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Build Quality 4.5/5

MODEL OVERVIEW

Motor Size: 4.25 CHP
Running Area: 22” W x 60” L
Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
Folding: Yes
Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 39.2” x 79” x 66.9”
Footprint Folded (W, L, H): 39.3” x 41.9” x 70.7”
Max Speed: 12 MPH
Incline: -3% to 15%
Electrical Requirements: 120V
Warranties - Lifetime frame and motor, 5-year parts and electronics, 2-year labor
Belt - 2-ply, Non-stretch Commercial tread belt
Roller Size - 2.5” Precision and Balanced Non-Flex Rollers
Cushioning - Runners Flex™ Cushioning, not substantial.

Motor Size - With a 4.25 CHP motor, the Commercial 2950 offers a higher rated motor than most home treadmills, including many in the $2500+ category. It’s a must-have for any home treadmill that gets a lot of heavy, regular use.

Running Area - The running area for this treadmill measures 22” in width and 60” long. Users can utilize the high speeds and inclines without worrying about running out of running space. Also, the 2-ply belt on the Commercial 2950 is stretch-resistant and able to stand up to the pounding of multiple daily users. The only downside to a larger running surface is that a treadmill like this takes up a bit more space.

Weight Capacity - The max weight capacity of the Commercial 2950 is 300 lbs. This is one of the 2950’s few limitations. For heavier users, we recommend taking a look at Sole Treadmills. They have a notably higher weight capacity and are super sturdy.

Folding - The Commercial 2950 folds easily. A lot of the weight is carried by the hydraulic arm so the deck is easy to raise and lower. Once fully folded, the deck locks into place and is very secure.

NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Folding Treadmill
Space / Footprint - For being a fairly sturdy machine, the Commercial 2950 isn’t as large as you might expect. It measures 34” wide, 72.25” long, and 61” high. While it isn’t as compact as a budget treadmill would be, it is not take up as much space as other treadmills in its price range.

Max Speed - The treadmills max speed is 12 MPH. This is the standard treadmill speed cap as most people will never need their treadmill to reach 12 MPH.

Incline - This treadmill has an incline range of -3% to 15%. With the added difficulty of declining combined with incline ability, this treadmill offers its users a wide scope to train on.

NordicTrack 2950 Incline Treadmill
Warranties - Lifetime frame and motor, 5-year parts and electronics, 2-year labor
Belt - 2-ply
Roller Size - 2.5”
Cushioning - Runners Flex™ Cushioning
Customer Support - NordicTrack has live chat customer support from their website as well as phone and email support.

Return Policy - 30-day money back guarantee with a 10% restocking fee. There is no fee to return if the treadmill is damaged or defective when it arrives.

The Commercial 2950’s Build Quality Almost Supports The Price Tag

For a high-end, expensive home treadmill, we would expect it to be built tougher than most home treadmills and it is. The metal frame of the Commercial 2950 is thicker than less expensive NordicTrack treadmills, adding stability and durability to this treadmill. To keep the extra weight from overwhelming the user, there is a hydraulic system set up to make it easier to fold up this treadmill.

The cushioning isn’t quite what we were hoping for. The deck has two modes for cushioning, on or off. Off gives you a firmer deck and on gives you a subtly softer deck. The difference is really minimal but it’s there. If you need something heavily cushioned, there are better options out there than the 2950. Take a look at the NordicTrack incline treadmills:


Overall, the build of the Commercial 2950 is incredibly sturdy. With a heavy-duty metal frame, a highly-rated motor, and thick molded plastic to offset some of the treadmill’s weight, this treadmill is up for daily use by multiple users.

NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Features & Accessories 5/5

Incline Range: -3% to 15%
Display: 22” HD Touchscreen
On-Board Workouts: 40+
Speakers: Yes, Bluetooth Capable
Fans: Yes
Heart Rate Monitoring: EKG pulse grips, Bluetooth Chest Strap
USB port: No
HDMI port: No
Audio Jack: Yes
Water bottle cubbies: Yes
Tablet holder: No
Other:
  • iFit Compatible
  • Accessory trays
  • “Interactive Training” - Incline and speed auto adjust to match your trainer on the screen.

Workout Apps

There are 40 pre-programmed workout programs on the Commercial 2950. They have options for beginners, intermediate, and advanced fitness people. Also, when you buy the Commercial 2950, they include a 12-month subscription to iFit Coach. What we really like about the onboard workouts on the 2950 is that they’re on trend with current tech and fitness styles. NordicTrack has dumped the old model of LCD bar graphs and limited workout programs and has put a lot of time and money into developing a really engaging and versatile home fitness program. Even if you don’t want an iFit Coach membership, you’re still getting the same quality of workout programs preloaded on your equipment. Here’s a look at the display and pre-loaded workout options.

Home Screen

From the Commercial 2950 home screen, you can find the three new recommended daily workouts for you to try out.

NordicTrack 2950 iFit Home Screen

Workout Library

You can scroll through the continually updating workout library, finding everything from speed workouts to HIIT full body programs.


Workout Overview

When you select a workout program, you will be given an overview of what the workout will be like before you start it. That way, you can choose one which will suit your fitness needs.

Workout Overivew - Commercial 2950

In-Progress Workout

World-class trainers can lead you through your workout or you can choose a program which just gives you a beautiful street view of a far-away running locale.

2950 In progress WorkoutWorkout in Progress NordicTrack 2950

Exercise Data

There is also a ton of workout data available when you use the Commercial 2950. The information is automatically saved to your iFit Coach profile, so you can track your progress.

NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Exercise Data

Display

The massive, 22” HD touchscreen is likely the first thing people notice on the Commercial 2950. It can transport you beyond the confines of your home with a high-energy personal trainer that pumps you up for the duration of your workout—all while tracking and displaying data for time, distance, calorie burn and more.

Commercial 2950 Display Screen

Speakers

Located just below the console fans, the speakers have great sound quality. You have to have them turned up to at least mid-range volume if you have the fans on, but the speakers retain their crisp and clear sound.

Fans

As this treadmill was made for those who are looking for serious cardio training, it comes with 2 fans. They are located right below the touchscreen display and the put out an effective breeze for cooling your body temp.
NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Fans

Heart Rate Monitoring

An adjustable, iFit Bluetooth chest strap comes with your purchase of a Commercial 2950. This allows you to accurately train in your ideal heart rate zone. There are also EKG handlebar grips, but these are not as accurate as the chest strap. You can also pair non-iFit brand chest strap heart rate monitors to the 2950. We were able to pair a Sole chest strap, Polar, and Gramin to the 2950 console.

Other Tech Features

  • iFit connectivity
  • Audio Jack
  • Device/water holders



NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Subscription Service 5/5


Name: iFit Coach
Brief Description: View an expansive library of studio treadmill classes, outdoor running, walking, and hiking tours, google maps, and more. iFit classes control your treadmill to change your incline/decline and speed to mimic real-world terrain and training scenarios.
Cost: $15+
User Profiles: $15 per month for one user profile OR $33 per month for up to 5 user profiles
Class Varieties:
  • Cycling
  • Running
  • Elliptical
  • Bootcamp
  • Outdoor
  • Strength
  • Yoga

Community: Share results, create and join challenges, post to message boards

Subscription Limitations: We’re crossing our fingers that iFit can make their UX more user-friendly and intuitive. Currently, the learning curve is a little uncomfortable.

Other: iFit has apps that track nutrition, daily activity, and more. These apps are good, but a bit more reliable with additional purchases like the iFit Sleep App’s heart rate monitor and an iFit wearable and/or bluetooth chest strap heart rate monitor.

Bottom Line Review Of The NordicTrack Commercial 2950

The NordicTrack Commercial 2950 is a great option if you’re looking at treadmills over $2500. It’s packed full of high-end features like a powerful motor, a wider incline range, and a massive display screen. On top of that, the engagement and entertainment you get from iFit Coach is unbeatable.

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