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NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Review

Est. $1,500
Reviewed
December 2014
by ConsumerSearch
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Review

Best home treadmill

Pros
  • Up to a 3-percent decline
  • Smooth, stable deck with great shock absorption
  • Internet-enabled touch-screen console
  • iFit Live built-in
Cons
  • Customer service concerns

Bottom line

The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is solidly built and feature packed, including the ability to plot and run a course based on a route anywhere in the world -- the treadmill will incline and decline to simulate the terrain. The touch-screen console is web enabled so you can stream video, read email and more as you run. Its 60-inch belt is ample for most runners' strides and the treadmill is built to accommodate users up to 400 pounds, yet the deck can fold up to minimize its footprint when not in use.

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 400-pound weight limit is at the top of what is available in most home machines -- including non-folding models. A recent refresh beefed things up to "help reliability and performance," TreadmillDoctor.com reports. 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 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. For example, though some Runner's World testers found the controls to be a little finicky at times, they also found that the one-touch speed and incline controls were convenient. The 7-inch 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 a tablet holder above the console. iFit technology is built-in (though you do have to pay a separate subscription to make the most use of that). iFit syncs well 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. There are heart-rate sensors built into the handrails, and a wireless chest strap sensor is also included.

Durability

Built to last. Experts give good grades to this treadmill's build quality. One review looks at durability over the long haul and reports that following a half year of simulated use, signs of wear were minor. Though TreadmillDoctor.com has very little nice to say about the customer service offered by parent company Icon Health and Fitness (see below), it is impressed with the quality of this treadmill. "NordicTrack is quickly becoming known for making a solid quality machine at a bargain price," editors say.

Customer service

Hard-to-beat warranty, easy-to-beat 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. If there's a concern, it's in the area of warranty service, however. Fred Walters at Treadmill-Reviews-Ratings.com says that Icon Health and Fitness has improved in that regard in recent years. "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," he notes. The experts at TreadmillDoctor.com, whose business is the repair of treadmills, agree with Waters as to the quality of the company's higher end machines, but as far as service goes, they still hold the company in low esteem. "Icon … has the worst customer service in the business but we rate the machines by the individual machine quality, not the quality of their service," they say.

Where To Buy

NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Reviews

1. ConsumerReports.org

The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is one of dozens of treadmills tested in ConsumerReports.org's current round of ratings. Each machine is evaluated using criteria such as ease of use, construction and ergonomics; they're also assigned comparative rankings that make it easy to compare any given treadmill's relative merits.

Review: NordicTrack Commercial 1750, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

2. Runner's World

Runner's World tests 20 treadmills, and the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 makes the cut to be among the eight best for 2014. The ability to interactively plot and run a simulated route anywhere in the world draws the lions' share of commentary and praise.

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

3. Treadmill-Ratings-Reviews.com

Fred Waters, a former executive with Smooth Fitness, rates the 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."

Review: NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Review, Fred Waters, Not Dated

4. TreadmillDoctor.com

TreadmillDoctor.com expresses very little admiration for the manufacturer of the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill, but they praise the treadmill itself, naming it the best buy in its price range. "A great overall treadmill and one of the best in the $1,500 price point," they say.

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

5. TreadmillReview.net

The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 earns a 5-star rating here. "Upgraded for 2015, the popular NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill is more powerful and engaging than ever, the editors say.

Review: NordicTrack Commercial 1750 (Folding), Editors of TreadmillReviews.net, Not Dated

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