Several reputable outlets have many good things to say about NordicTrack fitness equipment. Foremost among them is Runner’s World, one of the largest communities of runners online. In 2010 they named NordicTrack “Biggest Bang For Your Buck”. They have also reviewed various NordicTrack models and give treadmills like the Commercial 1750 high ratings.
Other experts online have good things to say as well. This is from treadmill review expert Phillip Sanders:
“After experiencing some shakiness around a decade ago, NordicTrack has established a fine reputation in the treadmill industry. We highly recommend various treadmills from each series, from the simpler models to the Incline Trainers and the Commercial 2950. They have powerful motors and are backed with warranties that instill confidence, including the promise of in-home service if needed. The variety of price points, physical features and programming offer something for most shoppers.”
“The treadmills are beautifully packaged machines and look great in your home. NordicTrack is quickly becoming known for making a solid quality machine at a bargain price, and they are selling more units that anyone else in their respective price range. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. The NordicTrack brand as a whole has improved dramatically over the past 5 years, and service improvements give us hope that this can be the leading brand in the home market.”
Something we can see from both of these is an acknowledgement of lower quality in the past from NordicTrack. This is something to keep in mind as you encounter negative reviews of NordicTrack online. Some of these are several years old and pertain to models that haven’t been produced in years. Current NordicTrack machines are much better than their predecessors. This is confirmed by another online expert, the Treadmill Review Guru:
“Their treadmills are really some of the best around. The features you get for the price you pay is really astounding. Years ago the quality of NordicTrack treadmills was a bit suspect. But now they are very durable, very reliable and come with an excellent warranty. Just be warned- if you see a used NordicTrack machine that was built before 2008 or so, don’t go for it. But if you are looking to buy a new treadmill, NordicTrack just may be your best option. Not only do they come with great motors for the price, but their new machines are all iFit compatible and boast color touch screen web browsers. The treadmill I use at home is a NordicTrack so that probably says it all right there.”
He also has several video reviews with helpful comparisons of NordicTrack treadmills to other brands.
Another treadmill guru with a review website is Fred Waters who is very positive when it comes to NordicTrack. In his review he says this:
“I’ve been to the manufacturing facilities in Logan, Utah on several occasions, and it is an impressive operation. This is one of the few treadmill companies that actually builds their machines in the USA. The company has approximately 5,000 employees. I met with various directors, managers and VPs, and overall was impressed. They devote considerable resources into the construction, design and innovation of NordicTrack treadmills. In fact, they have a room designed to mechanically abuse their machines. Heavy weights are continually dropped on the deck and motors are run at high speeds for hundreds of hours. One of the major focuses of NordicTrack treadmills is innovation, and this is where they excel. Their iFit technology, adjustable cushion decks, full color displays with Internet browser, and incline trainers are several reasons why NordicTrack is so popular.”
There really is no end to the number of sites with praise for NordicTrack machines online. Here are a few more examples:
NordicTrack also allows consumers to post their own reviews right at NordicTrack.com. If you look through them, most are very positive with very few negative reviews. To see an example, look at the reviews of the X9i. It gets a 4.5/5.0 from users.
One of the reasons NordicTrack machines are so popular is because of a cool feature called iFit. Not only is it another way to track your fitness, it is also an entertainment feature. It can sync with Google Earth to show you various trails throughout the world. As you run on the treadmill, the scenery changes. The incline even adjusts automatically for hills!
But iFit isn’t the only advanced technology feature on NordicTrack equipment. Some of the models that came out in 2013 (and presumably many more moving forward) come with iPad holders. This opens up a lot of entertainment features as an iPad can come with plenty of them. Their machines also feature full color screens with built in web browsers. The touch screens are sleek and well beyond the consoles you see from brands like Sole Fitness.
The Treadmill Doctor touches on something else in his review that has generally been a sore spot for NordicTrack: customer service. There are a lot of complaints about this online. But they recently made changes in management over this department, so there should be improvements soon.
Overall NordicTrack makes high quality machines at affordable prices. They come with the best features in the industry and are backed by strong warranties. Treadmill experts like Treadmill Doctor, Phillip Sanders and Fred Waters all agree that NordicTrack is the cream of the crop.