NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Review

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NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Review
Bottom Line

The foldable NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill is solidly built and feature packed. Its 60-inch belt is ample for most runners' strides and the treadmill is built to accommodate users up to 300 pounds.

Pros
  • Up to a 3-percent decline
  • Smooth, stable deck with great shock absorption
  • Internet-enabled touch-screen console
  • Excellent warranty
Cons
  • Full iFit features require subscription

Breaking it down

Performance

Terrific for the price. The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is about as solid a folding treadmill as you are likely to find at this price point. Its 300-pound weight limit is at the top of what is available in most home machines. A recent refresh (for the 2017 model) upgraded the touchscreen to high-definition to make it even more realistic to watch, and slightly redesigned the look of the console. The 3.8 HP motor (continuous duty) will keep the belt running smoothly under all conditions. At 60 inches, the belt is long enough to accommodate most runners, and the 22-inch width is wider than normal, adding an extra touch of stability and assurance for users whose gaits are a little unsteady. Two position cushioning lets you set the shock absorption level softer to reduce stress on your joints, or harder to simulate running on a hard-top road. Though it's no-longer unique in a treadmill in this price range -- or even among those that are cheaper -- the ability to incline or decline your angle (to simulate running up and down hills) is a big plus.

Ease of use

Feature packed, but not overwhelming to use. Users who crave all the bells and whistles they can get in a treadmill won't be disappointed with the NordicTrack Commercial 1750. Even better, reviews indicate that many of these features help users get more out of their treadmill. The 7-inch HD touch screen display is web enabled, so you can be entertained as you run -- and if you want to use your own tablet, there's an adjustable tablet holder above the console, as well as speakers and an audio input. There are heart-rate sensors built into the handrails, and a wireless chest strap sensor is also included. iFit Coach technology is built-in (though you do have to pay a separate subscription to make the most use of that). iFit Coach syncs with the treadmill to create interactive workouts -- for example running any route in the world that's been captured in map form, with the treadmill inclining and declining to match the terrain. It also includes nutrition, sleep and workout tracking with the iFit program.

Durability

Built to last. Experts give good grades to this treadmill's build quality. Although ConsumerReports.org did not test the 1750 this year -- they instead tested the step-down model, the Nordic Track 1650 (Est. $1,300) -- they did test the 1750 last year and found only minor signs of wear following six months of simulated use,. TreadmillDoctor.com is impressed with the quality of this treadmill, saying in their review of the 2015 model, "The solidity of the frame and the motor-drive synchronicity ensures the treadmill can take punishment without breaking down on you." (The 2017 model is identical, with a couple of small tweaks that have nothing to do with construction.)

Customer service

Hard-to-beat warranty, good customer service. The Commercial 1750 has an impressive warranty, especially considering its price range. It comes with lifetime coverage for the frame, motor and deck; five years of coverage for parts and electronics; and two years of coverage for labor. That's notably more robust than lesser NordicTrack treadmills. While warranty service used to be quite bad, there's also been a definite improvement in that area in the last year or two. Fred Walters at Treadmill-Reviews-Ratings.com says about Nordic Track's parent company, Icon Health and Fitness, "They've made vast improvements in both quality control and customer service, and consequently, offer some of the best value in the $1,000-$2,000 price range."

Our Sources

1. TreadmillDoctor.com

NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Review, Editors of TreadmillDoctor.com, Not Dated

TreadmillDoctor.com have high praise for the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill, naming it their Treadmill of the Year for 2017. "A great overall treadmill and the best in the $1,500 price point and above," they say.

2. Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com

NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Review, Fred Waters, Not Dated

Fred Waters, a former executive with Smooth Fitness, rates the 2015 NordicTrack Commercial 1750 a Best Buy in its price class, and a Best Buy for features and innovation. He notes that the treadmill is more feature-packed than the competition and that it's backed by a warranty that's "the best coverage you can find in this price range."

3. ConsumerReports.org

Find the treadmill or elliptical that's best for you, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Jan. 12, 2015

In this free-to-the-public article, Daniel DiClerico rounds up some of the best choices in treadmills and ellipticals for a variety of markets, including families and runners. The Nordic Track 1750 is in the "for weight loss" category because of its workout options and web-enabled touch screen.

4. Runner's World

Nordictrack Commercial 1750, Jeff Dengate, Oct. 27, 2014

Jeff Dengate reports on the feedback from Runner's World editor Caitlin Giddings, who tested the NordicTrack Commercial 1750, 2015 model. She praises its one-touch speed and incline controls, but says the + and - buttons were a bit sticky. Although this is an older article, the 2017 model of the 1750 is identical except for a couple of technology tweaks.

5. TreadmillReviews.net

NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Review, Editors of TreadmillReviews.net, Not Dated

The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 earns a 5-star rating here as well as a Best Buy Award. The editors find a lot to like, but say set up can be "unwieldy."