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Nordictrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Review – Is It Worth The Investment?

Nordictrack is a company that has been around for a good deal of time, accumulating a fanbase over the years. They are a personal training equipment manufacturer, producing products like elliptical machines, rowers, exercise bikes, and, of course, treadmills.

Nordictrack considers itself an expert in cardio training equipment, designed for all levels of fitness and experience, and they claim to provide new innovations and technological advancements with each new model. But is it really living up to the hype?

The Nordictrack Commercial 1750 is one of Nordictrack’s popular treadmills. It is relatively affordable, simple, and technologically capable. But choosing a treadmill can be a difficult task, so to help you out, we’ve compiled some information on this treadmill that can help you decide whether it is for you or not. Without further ado, here is our Nordictrack Commercial 1750 Review.

Nordictrack Commercial 1750

Specifications

Finally, to get technical, here are the specifications of the Nordictrack Commercial 1750.

Physical Treadmill:

  • Motor size: 3.75 CHP
  • Maximum speed: 12 MPH
  • Power: 120V
  • Incline/Decline Range: -3 to 15
  • Dimensions: 78.8” (length) x 39.2″ (width) x 63″ (height)
  • Footprint: 72.25″ (length) x 34″ (width) x 61″ (height)
  • Running surface: 60″ (length) x 22″ (width)
  • Product weight: 109 lbs
  • Maximum user weight: 300 lbs
  • Return Policy: 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Warranty: 10-year warranty for the frame, 2-year warranty for parts, 1-year warranty for labor

Console:

  • 10″
  • Touchscreen
  • HD screen
  • Web-enabled
  • 50 programs built-in
  • Elapsed time display readout
  • Time remaining display readout
  • Distance readout
  • Incline display readout
  • Vertical feet climbed display readout
  • Speed readout
  • Calories burned readout
  • Lap number display readout
  • Pace display readout in minutes per mile
  • Heart rate display readout
  • Quarter-mile track

Features

The most obvious deciding factor for how likely you are to want to purchase a treadmill lies in its features. Here are the features of the Nordictrack Commercial 1750:

1. Incline & Decline Abilities

Just like any other treadmill worth its salt, the NordicTrack 1750 also has an incline/decline feature that goes from -3% to 15% – something that the aforementioned Google Street View feature takes advantage of.

Aside from workout immersion, this also means that injury-prone users can adjust the gradient percentage to reduce the impact on their joints. Other users may also find this feature helpful in crafting a workout session that achieves any targets they have – from a better cardiovascular conditioning level to a higher resting metabolic rate.

Folks who also want to avoid running during interval sessions may find this feature helpful, as an increased incline removes the need to break out into a run.

2. Tread Belt

What Nordictrack Commercial 1750 Review would be complete without examining the actual surface you’ll be running on? With a tread belt that is 60 inches by 22 inches, this treadmill is about 2 inches wider than most of its competitors. The belt itself is also quite thick, which simultaneously minimizes noise and gives it a longer lifespan.

3. Programmed Workouts

16,000 workout programs – which we’ll get to later! – can be overwhelming to some folks – especially if you’re not interested in all the interactive media the iFit Coach program provides. Thankfully, the treadmill is a perfectly functional standalone device and comes with 50 onboard programs.

The programs themselves have a variety of preset options for targeted workouts, such as for calorie or fat burn, or interval training. Each program comes with a visual graph, so users will be informed of what the workout session consists of and what is coming up next. If you would like to keep things as simple as possible, you can also bring up a manual lap screen.

None of these programs have any audio tracks or cues, so they will not interfere with any entertainment you may wish to peruse while exercising.

4. Touch Screen Control Panel

Instead of using buttons, this treadmill offers a 10-inch touchscreen panel. This panel allows the user access to typical functions such as mileage and calorie numbers, and workout program selection. It also has synced functionality with the famous iFit Coach program, allowing you to take advantage of the remote, personalized training.

The use of a panel also allows users to virtually run through real exercise paths or streets around the world, thanks to the built-in Google Street Views and HD video feature. It can also be used in conjunction with iFit’s other programs as well.

5. Motor

The NordicTrack 1750 has a 3.75 CHP motor that generates very little noise. In fact, it is famous in the industry for being one of the quietest motors available on the market! This makes the treadmill a very quiet machine, which can be important for certain users.

The motor is also capable of achieving speeds up to 12 mph, which makes the treadmill suitable for long-distance running. It is also very good for gradual interval training as well, thanks to its smooth and steady transitions between different speeds.

6. Heart Rate Monitoring

The NordicTrack 1750 comes with the standard contact sensors on its bars for monitoring heart rates, which makes it easier to log more data for your fitness stats and tracking. It also comes with the option to use a Bluetooth heart rate system via chest strap tracking, though the chest strap must be purchased separately.

Both tools can be used simultaneously for more precise monitoring, should you wish to ensure you are achieving the correct intensity you need in your workout.

7. Cushioning Preferences

For those who find it important, cushioning is a feature that can be switched on or off as desired. This can be attractive for those who want to have a more real-world experience, especially if you’re taking advantage of the treadmill’s compatibility with iFit and Google Street View. It can also be helpful for those training for a road race or wish to increase the difficulty of their workout.

That said, turning off the cushioning is not recommended for long-term use. This is because keeping cushioning off adds more impact on your joints, which can be harmful to your joint health.

8. Audio

The NordicTrack 1750 is equipped with 3” Bluetooth speakers that are digitally amplified. While you shouldn’t be expecting stellar sound quality, it does give you the option for a wireless speaker experience.

9. Cooling Options

If putting the treadmill in an air-conditioned room isn’t practical or enough for you, the NordicTrack 1750 does come with a pair of AutoBreeze workout fans. These fans are situated under the device’s touchscreen panel and do a decent job of keeping you cool while exercising.

10. Tablet Holder

Like most treadmills at this price point, the NordicTrack 1750 also comes with a built-in tablet holder. This means that you have the option to enjoy your own entertainment, instead of relying wholly on what the machine provides.

Do bear in mind that the 2019 version of this treadmill, the holder is really a lip formed by the machine’s built-in fans. This means that any device you set up for easy viewing will be blocking the treadmill’s touchscreen panel.

11. Foldable Options

The NordicTrack 1750 is a folding treadmill and can be stored upright for easy packing and storage. When unfolded, the device is 78.8 inches long by 39.2 inches wide by 63 inches high.

12. Weight Capacity

Despite its wider tread belt, a powerful 3.75 motor, and its’ solid build, the treadmill is only rated at a 300 lb maximum weight capacity. This is quite strange since the specs and build suggest otherwise. It doesn’t help that most of its competitors at this price point are capable of up to 350 lbs, with some capable of pushing the weight limit further for the same price.

13. NordicTrack iFit® Membership

The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 comes bundled with a 1-year membership for the company’s iFit program. This means that users have full access to all of the treadmill’s features from the getgo, and have a chance to continue paying for the program if they would like.

Please be advised that iFit requires an internet connection. The machine will direct you to connect it to your WiFi network during the initial setup, making it relatively user-friendly.

The iFit membership itself gives subscribers access to a large, online database that includes over 16,000 workout and training options. The database also gives subscribers access to a variety of classes and motivational trainers and provides sharp visual images on the treadmill’s touchscreen.

Aside from offering personalized coaching and training, the iFit access also allows users to incorporate all sorts of options and programs into your existing workout. This makes the iFit well-integrated with the treadmill, and highly accessible as well.

14. iFit Coach Treadmill Workouts

Users who wish to increase the difficulty of their exercise routine or be more immersed in the iFit’s virtual maps feature will find this feature useful. The treadmill’s built-in incline-decline feature is capable of replicating the elevation of real-world locations. This allows the fitness device to emulate the physical landscape of the paths they choose to explore virtually.

For people who struggle to overcome the mundanity of running in place on a treadmill – even with the help of the iFit program – this incline variation may make workouts more interactive and motivating.

15. iFit Coach Data Tracking

Thanks to its integration with the iFit Coach program, the machine is capable of automatically logging any data collected from an exercise session. This data can then synced with any other device that you are running the iFit program on.

For folks who are serious about keeping to their personalized training program, this cross-device pairing allows the user easy, constant access to their nutrition and exercise details. It also makes adjusting your lifestyle per recommendations much easier as well.

16. Warranty

The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 has 3 separate warranties. The frame itself has a 10-year warranty, while its parts and labor have 2 years and 1 year respectively.

Construction

We’ve touched on some construction-related features in our previous coverage of the Nordictrack Commercial 1750’s features. But given the importance of construction and structure in ensuring durability and quality, we’re diving more in-depth here:

1. Frame

The base of the NordicTrack Commercial 1750’s running platform is built with steel sides and crossbeams, making it very strong. Meanwhile, the actual platform itself is made of a unique composite material, giving it a durable and robust construction. It also has 29-inch long steel feet at the base of its handrails, giving the whole build extra sturdiness.

That said, it is still light enough to be folded up for storage, if you’d like to put it away. When you’re ready to set it back up, the treadmill also comes with a hydraulic system that helps lower the deck down onto the floor.

2. Deck

According to the manufacturer, the treadmill’s cushioning system is designed to reduce the impact on the joints by as much as 30%. This effect seems to be noticeable, as just about every Nordictrack Commercial 1750 Review has noted a significant difference between the activated cushioning system and the lack of it.

The cushioning system is on the 22” x 60” deck is on by default, and is provided by four 3-inch tall springs. The first pair is situated in the back, and the second pair is at the midline. Both of them can be found right under the side rails, where they support the base.

When you turn off the cushioning, a bar that runs along the deck’s underside is moved up so that it can brace the running platform. This then reduces the flexing capabilities of the deck. Otherwise, the bar is turned downward and away to allow deck flex.

It is recommended that you leave the cushioning in its default ‘on’ setting since it helps reduce impact and potential joint injury.

3. Running Belt

The Nordictrack Commercial 1750’s 2-ply running belt is 60 inches long and 22 inches wide, which should fit most runners. Its size is also compact enough for the machine to be relatively balanced when folded up for storage. Underneath the belt is a series of large rollers, which support and move the belt when the treadmill is in operation.

Due to how treadmills, in general, are designed, most people will position themselves relatively close to the machine’s touchscreen panel. This shouldn’t cause any issues if all you’re doing is just walking and some light running.

If you’re at an incline or doing some fast running however, your feet may occasionally graze the hood of the running belt. This isn’t necessarily a design problem, or that the running belt is too short – rather, it is often just a positioning issue. If you find this happening to you, just move a little closer to the middle of the platform instead.

Noise Level

One seemingly innocuous issue that a lot of runners who use treadmills are concerned about is the noise level. Excessive noise from a treadmill can point to issues with the motor, be too loud for others in the home, or simply be distracting. Here’s what you need to know about the Nordictrack Commercial 1750’s noise level.

1. Fast Running

While the rhythm of the motor increases at higher speeds, the Nordictrack Commercial 1750 is overall a relatively quiet machine – especially with the speakers and the fans turned off. At most, all you will hear is the motor and the cadence of your own footsteps.

2. High Fan Speed

The treadmill has a pair of AutoBreeze fans that are built into the treadmill’s console. They have two modes – low and high. While the fans themselves generate a fair bit of noise, there isn’t a perceptible volume difference between the different modes.

A slight motor whine can also be heard while the fans are in operation. Thankfully, this isn’t too much of an issue.

3. Full-Volume Speakers

The Bluetooth speakers themselves are of decent quality and are akin to just about any other TV speaker. That said, if you’re running hard, you will have to raise the speaker’s volume to a decent amount so that you can hear it over the sound of the fans and your own running.

This does mean that anything you play over the speaker will be generally audible to anyone else in the room.

4. Impact Noise Differences

Raising the platform will create a louder impact noise, though this largely stems from the distance your foot will have to travel. When level, however, running on the platform is much quieter than you’d expect. This is because the deck’s unique cushioning minimizes a lot of the typical thudding noise you’d find in most treadmills.

iFit Capabilities

While the treadmill itself is a solid exercise machine, the biggest draw about the device is arguably its integration with the iFit Coach program that the Nordictrack offers.

iFit itself is a service and fitness database that is created and maintained by the same company that manufactures the Nordictrack Commercial 1750 treadmill. Aside from the existing selection of 16,000 different programs, the program also gives subscribers access to various studio-based classes. This means that users can remotely participate in a workout session that is being hosted live from a studio.

The trainer will guide both the user and fellow participants through a training session, giving you a personalized experience. The iFit program is capable of adjusting your treadmill’s settings per the trainer’s directions, though you can override this whenever you wish. Simply access the QuickControl option or press the incline buttons to adjust the settings as necessary.

In addition to virtual outdoor runs, iFit also offers programs where you can run alongside an actual person through exotic locations. A camera allows users at home to see the real terrain and your chosen companion’s progress. As the companion makes their way through the running path, the iFit program will alter the treadmill’s elevation to match. This can be helpful for people who are primarily socially motivated to exercise.

Your options aren’t just limited to treadmill-based exercises. Since iFit is in and of itself a service separate from the treadmill, you can access it from just about any device you own. This means you can continue your workouts while traveling, or vary your exercise sessions by picking a different activity from the thousands of classes that are available.

For certain users, iFit may be comprehensive with its classes and options that it is capable of replacing a gym membership.

Considerations

We’ve talked a lot about the good and neutral features of the Nordictrack Commercial 1750. Now, here are a few considerations to keep in mind before purchasing it:

1. Assembly

Setting up the Nordictrack Commercial 1750 may require the assistance of one or more other people, as it can be an unwieldy process due to the size and weight of the treadmill.

2. Portability

Sure, the treadmill is foldable, but with a 300-pound-plus weight, it’s far from portable. If you’re aiming to bring a treadmill out of storage to unfold, use, and store again, this one won’t cut it.

3.  No Chest Strap

Most modern treadmills that allow for heart rate recording and readouts typically come with a chest strap. The Nordictrack Commercial 1750 does not, though it can connect to any Bluetooth-capable strap of that kind.

4. Weight Capacity

The weight limit of 300 lbs means that this treadmill can’t be used by everyone. This can pose some issues to those who are of this weight or who plan to use the treadmill with others of this weight.

5. No USB Port

For a treadmill that claims to be technologically savvy, the lack of a USB port does reduce some convenient functionality that might be present in other models, or in other brands of treadmills at the same price point.

Final Thoughts

Is the Nordictrack Commercial 1750 worth the investment? That depends on your personal needs. If you need a simple and straightforward treadmill with plenty of workout options and lots of monitored readouts, but don’t need portability or a lot of bells and whistles, it could be a good option for you.

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