NordicTrack T 9.5 S Treadmill Review – 2019

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Features

9/10

Tech Specs

8/10

Build Quailty

8/10

Treadmill Review

The NordicTrack T 9.5 S treadmill is one of the new, 2019 additions to NordicTrack’s treadmill line up. This treadmill fits well between the C 1650 and the Commercial 1750 for those who were looking for an affordable treadmill that still had many of the exciting features that come with the commercial treadmill series.

Overall, here at Treadmill Reviews, we recommend the T 9.5 S as a treadmill you may want to consider as your next home gym purchase.

Price

Usually, you can find the T 9.5 S for $1,399, though that price can fluctuate throughout the year depending on sales and other factors.

The T 9.5 S Is Built For Users who:

  • Want higher-end fitness technology - In years past, having a 7” touchscreen was remarkable in affordable treadmills. Now with the T 9.5 S, you can have access to things like a 14” touchscreen, Bluetooth speakers, a year membership to iFit Coach, and more.
  • Are looking for a variety of programs - Speaking of iFit Coach, you can unlock literally thousands of workouts when you buy the T 9.5 S through NordicTrack, as it gives you access to their premier training programs. There are also 50 workout programs built-in.
  • Prefer a more durable treadmill - Along with the T 9.5 S sturdy build, it also is protected with a great warranty, which will keep your investment safe for years to come.

Why The T 9.5 S earned 4.2 stars out of 5

The T 9.5 S reviewed well with us due to a variety of factors, though the most important are the features which directly impact the user experience.

  • Powerful features for an affordable price - With the T 9.5 S, you have a powerful 3.6 CHP commercial motor, as well as features like a 14” touchscreen and a free year iFit Coach membership. Considering these features and others on the T 9.5 S, the price is great.
  • Smooth running and low on noise - An aspect that isn’t always accounted for but is important when you have a treadmill in your home is how smoothly the treadmill operates and how quietly it runs. Not only does the T 9.5 S run well, but it is also a surprisingly quiet machine for the strong motor in it.
  • A little low on incline range and belt space - A couple of areas where the T 9.5 S lost points was when we looked at the incline range and treadmill belt area, since the incline range only went up to 12% and the belt width wasn’t at 22”, which we’ve come to expect from NordicTrack in this price range.  

Main Specs - 8/10

Specs “Quick Review”:

  • Motor Size: 3.6 CHP
  • Running Area: 20” W x 60” L
  • Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
  • Folding: Yes
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 35.5” x 78.9” x 59.5”
  • Incline Range: 0-12%
  • Max Speed: 12 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walking, Jogging, Running
  • Electrical Requirements: 120V


Motor Size - A powerful, 3.6 CHP DurX commercial motor comes with the T 9.5 S. With this motor, exercisers whose needs range from just walking to daily running can count on this treadmill to keep up with them. However, it may not be up to frequent, intense running.

Running Area - The running area on the T 9.5 S measure 20” wide and 60” long. This length works for even those with longer strides, so you don’t have to worry about feeling like you are going to fall off the back when using the incline, which feeling some shorter treadmills can induce.

Weight Capacity - As is standard on NordicTrack treadmills, the T 9.5 S can accommodate a user who weighs up to 300 lbs.

Folding  - You are able to easily fold up the deck of the T 9.5 S with one hand, as it is both light and comes with a hydraulic folding system. With this system, the treadmill will lock in place once brought up high enough, and all you need to do to release it is press the latch. From there, it will descend down hands-free.

Space / Footprint -  When this treadmill is in use, it measures 35.5” wide, 78.9” long, and 59.5” tall.

Max Speed - The max speed of the T 9.5 S is 12 MPH, which is standard for NordicTrack treadmills.

Incline - Available incline range on the T 9.5 S goes from 0% to 12%, which is a good enough amount to add difficulty to your workouts and allow you to burn calories at a faster rate.  

Features - 9/10

Features “Quick Review”

    • Display: 14” Smart HD touchscreen
    • PreInstalled Workout Apps: 50
    • Speakers: Yes
    • Fans: Yes
    • Heart Rate Monitoring: EKG grip pulse
    • USB port: No
    • Audio Jack: Yes
    • Water bottle cubbies: Yes
    • Device holder: Yes

    Workout Apps - On the T 9.5 S, there are 50 workout programs for you to choose from when you want some direction to your treadmill time. These programs are separated depending on fitness level, so you can choose from beginner, intermediate, or advanced workouts.

    You will also have a free year of access to iFit Coach. This access means you can choose from over 16,000 workout programs, from stunning running videos to full-body cross-training.

    Display - One of the most impressive tech features which are included with the T 9.5 S is the 14” high-definition touchscreen display. This display is crisp and helps you engage more with the iFit Coach workouts as the personal trainers lead you through specially-designed workouts. Also, the touchscreen is responsive even if your hands are a bit sweaty.

    Speakers - Choose to either plug your music in via the audio jack or sync with the T 9.5 S Bluetooth and play your media so you can go headphones-free. The sound quality is clear and bright, though the highest volume levels can be somewhat grainy sounding.

    Fans - Use the powerful workout fan located below the speakers to keep yourself cool as you workout. You can adjust your fan speed manually or leave it to change automatically based on your exercise intensity.

    Heart Rate Monitoring - On the T 9.5 S, you will only have EKG grip pulse handlebars to take your heart rate. This type of heart rate monitor isn’t overly accurate on any machine, so we recommend you use something else to track your heart rate if that’s important to you.

    Other Tech Features
    • iFit Coach membership free for one year
    • Integrated tray
    • One-Touch controls

    Build Quality - 8/10

    T 9.5 S Review: Build Quality

    • Warranties - Lifetime frame & motor, 5-year parts, 2-year labor
    • Belt - 2-ply, Commercial Tread Belt
    • Roller Size - 1.9” precision and balanced non-flex rollers
    • Cushioning - FlexSelect™ Cushioning
    • Customer Support - Phone, live chat, email
    • Return Policy - 30-day trial period


    Overall, the build quality of the T 9.5 S is very similar to the NordicTrack C series treadmills which we have previously tested. The frame is sturdy even when running, and not even the console shakes, thanks to the crossbar’s added stability. This treadmill also has grippy side rails that help keep your feet in place.

    Another feature we are a fan of on the T 9.5 S is the FlexSelect™ cushioning. By rotating the little orange devices located under the deck of the T 9.5 S, you can adjust the flexibility and cushion. That way, if you want to train on a tougher surface, you can do just that or set it, so you enjoy a more cushioned workout.

    If you aren’t positive that the T 9.5 S is right for your workout needs, NordicTrack has a 30-day money back guarantee. You will need to set up the return with a customer support rep, but you can return the T 9.5 S within 30 days of your purchase for a full refund, minus a 10% restocking fee. However, if there is something wrong with your machine, you can have it exchanged or refunded with no fee.   

    Bottom Line Review Of The NordicTrack T 9.5 S Treadmill

    With the addition of the T 9.5 S and the rest of the T series, the NordicTrack treadmill series is sure to have something that will suit your fitness needs. The T 9.5 S, in particular, is a good and affordable treadmill which can help fill in the gap between the C series treadmills and the Commercial treadmills.

    Best Place To Buy The NordicTrack T 9.5 S Treadmill

    While you may be able to find the T 9.5 S through a third-party retailer, you are better off buying it directly from the manufacturer, NordicTrack. By working with NordicTrack, you are likely to receive the best price possible as well as receiving better customer service, free delivery, and the free year membership to iFit Coach. All that equals an incredible value that no discounted retailer can offer.
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