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Commercial treadmills are what you would typically see in big box gyms, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t live in your garage as well. As I found while doing this NordicTrack 1750 review, these treadmills can be an incredibly valuable (and expensive) asset in your fitness equipment arsenal. Overall, keep an eye out for good deals during specific times of the year, such as Black Friday or Labor Day.
After testing some of the best treadmills, I truly believe that this is one of the best-motorized options available–as long as you want interactive programming, a tech-friendly machine, and are willing to pay for it. NordicTrack has three treadmills in its commercial line, with the 1750 treadmill as the most affordable. In this NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill review, I’ll dive into what it’s like to assemble it, run on it, and use it with iFit.
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My team and I at Garage Gym Reviews might be partial to a great barbell or squat rack, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t tried our fair share of treadmills. I’ve tested manual treadmills like the Tru Grit Runner, AssaultRunner Elite, and the TrueForm Trainer. Motorized treadmills like the ProForm Pro 9000 and the Sole F63 Treadmill have also received full evaluations from yours truly.
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NordicTrack Commercial 1750
The NordicTrack 1750 treadmill features a 14-inch HD adjustable touchscreen with which you can stream iFIT programming on (sold separately). The under $2,000 machine can be financed through the NordicTrack website where you can get deals as low as $49 per month with 0% for 39 months.Models from 2013-2021 of the 1750 had adjustable cushioning, but the 2023 model no longer has this feature.iFIT workouts incorporate Automatic Trainer Control, which allows your trainer to digitally adjust your incline, decline, and speed. This is a nice feature to have because all you have to do is focus on the workout at hand versus frantically switching the controls.
A Quick Look at the NordicTrack Commercial 1750
NordicTrack is a mainstay in the cardio space, so I always expect nothing less than the best from their equipment. The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill impresses (as I hoped it would) in a variety of ways.
- Make sure you grab a friend or family member to help you properly assemble the Commercial 1750. It’s way easier with two people.
- Take full advantage of your free trial of iFit; there are a variety of classes to try besides running-related ones!
- Free trial of iFit subscription with purchase
- Treadmill with incline and decline training
- Foldable to save space (EasyLift Assist)
- Run that feels similar to road running
- Financing options available through NordicTrack
- Requires an electrical outlet
- Big footprint, heavy and not the easiest to move
- Price is around $2,000, which is mid-range
- Warranty is voided if the treadmill is used/stored in a garage (what the heck?)
Is the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Worth It?
The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 packs a big punch but it might not be the best option for everyone. Check out who I think should purchase this treadmill and who might be better off with something different.
- Someone who wants on-demand programming
- People who have the space for a large machine
- Anyone who wants a treadmill with conveniences: fans, speakers, big screen, etc.
- Those that need financing options.
Not Recommended for:
- People living in or dealing with very small spaces (though it does fold, it’s still big)
- Someone whose budget is a concern, due to the initial price and cost of iFit
- Anyone who needs a simple, no-frills machine
- Athletes looking for something like a manual treadmill or form-correcting treadmill
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Specs
|Footprint||80” L x 38” W x 65” H|
|Running Deck Size||22”W x 60”L|
|Incline||-3% decline to 15% incline|
|Motor||3.5 CHP DurX Commercial Plus Motor|
|Weight Capacity||300 pounds|
|Warranty||10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year labor|
|Wifi||Dual 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz Wi-Fi Connectivity|
|Speakers||Two 3” Digitally-Amplified Speakers|
|Monitor||14” Smart HD Touchscreen|
Changes from 2021 to 2023
Although subtle, the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill did get a slight facelift in 2023. Here are the improvements you can expect to see:
- Bigger HD touchscreen (from 10 inches to 14 inches)
- Quicker decline and incline adjustment
- Easier to step up on due to lowered deck
- Better quality speakers
- “ActivePulse Technology”
Using the NordicTrack Commercial 1750
You instantly know if you’re on a crappy treadmill because it’s jostling as soon as you step onto it. Not with this guy. Even as the treadmill adjusts incline and decline and faster or slower, there is little to no shaking or jolting. I tested the NordicTrack commercial on workouts that went from 0 to 12 mph on speed and tested the full range of incline and decline. It’s a smooth run.
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I really liked the fans that are built into the handlebar. Just depending on the conditions in your home gym, it can get real hot, real quick. Crank up the fans and enjoy the breeze.
NordicTrack advertises that it has “quiet drive” technology which means that as the treadmill inclines and declines, you don’t hear it. Well, it’s not silent. No treadmill is. However, it is pretty quiet compared to other treadmills I have been on, especially commercial-grade ones.
Footprint and Portability
The NordicTrack 1750’s footprint is 81.25 inches long, 39.25 inches wide and 62.75 tall. In other words, it’s not small. If you have ever been in a commercial gym, it’s about the size of the machines you see there which can feel even bigger when put in a small space like a garage or spare bedroom.
The running surface itself is 22 inches wide by 60 inches long, which is ideal for runners of just about any height. Short decks don’t often accommodate tall people, so I’m glad to see a standard-sized running space on this machine.
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This is a heavy machine at 339 pounds, definitely one of the heavier motorized treadmills. NordicTrack made it slightly portable with wheels along the bottom to scoot it around, but it’s not easy to move.
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Bonus, however, for those who live in smaller spaces: This is a compact treadmill. To fold it, you have to essentially deadlift the deck and lock it into place. Most healthy adults should be able to do it without a problem, though it’s a bit heavy and could be scary for children to do. To unfold it, you pull a little latch knob on the hydraulic piping, which puts it into auto-unfold and the deck slowly lowers.
If you want it, this machine has it:
- 14-inch, full-color, HD touchscreen
- Water bottle holder
- Tablet holder, in case you want to stream something while you run
- Big accessory tray to put your smartphone or headphones
- Two speakers
- Bluetooth connectivity to your headphones
- Two cooling fans that blow on you as you run
So, one complaint about treadmill running is the impact it has on the joints. Previous iterations of the 1750 NordicTrack had “Runners Flex” cushioning in the tread belt, which meant you could automatically adjust the cushioning level yourself. Unfortunately, in the 2023 update of this machine, they did away with this feature.
Incline And Decline Training
One feature you don’t often see on treadmills is the ability to do decline running. It adds to the size of the machine as well as the cost. But, if you really want to feel like you’re running hills, without actually going out and running hills, then this is what you need. The Commercial 1750 can go to a -3% decline and up to a 15% incline which is a nice value add.
For a home treadmill, having a super high-powered motor isn’t exactly all that important because, unlike treadmills at commercial gyms, at-home machines aren’t used by multiple people all day long. But, you also don’t want a super weak motor, because that can lead to the breakdown of parts.
The Commercial 1750 has a 3.5 continuous horsepower motor. I’d say the best treadmills for runners are the ones with a 3.0 chp motor or higher. This supports higher speeds and heavier usage. (Just an aside, NordicTrack’s other treadmills in this line – the 2450 and the 2950 – boast motors at 4.0 and 4.25 chp.)
Right away, you notice the 14-inch touchscreen display. While this isn’t the biggest screen on this line of treadmills ( 2950 has a 22-inch touchscreen), it’s still a beautiful sight.
During your run, all the data is on a scroll across the top: time, distance, calories, speed, heart rate, etc. There is heart rate monitoring via the sensors on the handlebar, but of course, Bluetooth connectivity enables you to use a wireless heart rate monitor (strap not included).
There are two speakers through which the iFit personal trainers give instruction, or you can listen to the iFit music. The treadmill is Bluetooth enabled so you can sync your headphones with the machine and cut down on noise that others in your home or area would hear.
iFit Interactive Programming
Arguably the most impressive aspect of the Commercial 1750 is iFit. Most major cardio brands are coming out with apps that provide some kind of interactive training: Peloton, Bowflex, Echelon, and many others have online programming of some sort. (Check out the Echelon vs Peloton comaprison here.)
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NordicTrack is part of the ICON Fitness family (as is ProForm and FreeMotion). iFit has actually been around for decades. Yeah, it’s been on VHS and CDs, that’s how old it is. However, it wasn’t until 2016 that iFit Coach was released, which is really what drives the connected fitness machines because it integrates Google Maps, health tracking, and more.
Why does this matter?
Because iFit is like having a personal trainer with you while you’re on the treadmill. It will automatically adjust your speed and incline through different workouts. Also, you can run through Costa Rica or the mountains or countless other locations displayed on that big touchscreen.
Here’s something little that I really like about using iFit on the treadmill: You can choose if you want to listen to the trainer, the music, or both. Or neither, really. You just adjust the volume for either one right there on the screen. I’m not much of a talker when I run, so I just turned down the trainer.
iFit isn’t just running: You can do all kinds of workouts. So your subscription covers everything: bike workouts, floor exercises, HIIT treadmill workout, stretching, etc. You can also use your membership on other NordicTrack or Proform machines, like the NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle or the ProForm Pro 9000, both of which I have tested and reviewed. And be sure to also check out some of the best exercise bikes here.
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You get a year of an iFit family membership with the 1750, which means you can set up different user profiles for three other people. When that year expires, you can renew it for $396 a year or $39 a month. You can also opt for an individual membership for $180 a year (there doesn’t appear to be a monthly subscription for individuals.
If you use other apps, like My Fitness Pal or Strava, iFit syncs your data … sort of. You have to log into your iFit account, export the information to a file and then upload that into My Fitness Pal. I like the idea of it, but I think this is definitely something that could be improved upon in future models.
Financing, Warranty, Returns
NordicTrack has a 10-year warranty on the frame, a two-year warranty on parts, and one year on labor. Industry-wide, this is the middle range. Brands like Horizon offer lifetime warranties, and Peloton offers a 12-month warranty.
Irritatingly, I’ve heard from some people that the warranty will be voided by NordicTrack if you store 1750 in the garage. I find this to be ridiculous, but it is unfortunately in the fine print and something to be aware of.
There is a 30-day window for trying out the treadmill. If you don’t like it, you have to return it before those 30 days are up to even be eligible for a refund, which isn’t actually a full refund. Even if the product is new, you will have to pay a 10% restocking fee, and you have to pay $250 for shipping. If there is damage, you could be held responsible for it.
Ordering and Assembling the NordicTrack Commercial 1750
You can order the Commercial 1750 from Amazon, which gives you free shipping to the “first dry area” at your residence. Probably your driveway or porch. Other options include a fee to get the machine delivered to the room of your choice and an extra charge for delivery and assembly.
I put the machine together myself because I like to know what it’s like and pass that information on to you. Also, I’m pretty good at assembling fitness equipment by now. That said, paying $89 might be worth the professional assembly if you aren’t comfortable with the thought of using tools and doing some heavy lifting.
This treadmill weighs 339 pounds, so be prepared for a bit of a sled push workout in addition to assembly as you scoot the box around your space. Word to the wise: assemble the machine where you plan to use it.
It took me about 90 minutes from start to finish, which isn’t surprising for a machine with all these bells and whistles (if you want a treadmill with a super-easy assembly, check out the Echelon Stride). Attaching the console, doing the wiring, and putting the hydraulics in under the deck really makes this a two-person job. The wiring you have to do involves pulling a few wires up from the bottom of the treadmill through one of the arms to plug into the console. You can really mess this up if you don’t follow instructions or you’ve never had to thread wire before.
NordicTrack includes the tools you need, but I used my own socket wrench and screwdriver to speed up the process. Overall, the instructions are really clear and easy to follow. If you’ve ever put together furniture from IKEA, you will probably be just fine to do this on your own. Otherwise, just spend the money.
Final Verdict of Our NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Review
After spending some time with the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill, here are my biggest takeaways:
- Really love the workout programs offered through iFit membership
- Machine performs really well in terms of offering a smooth, comfortable run
- The extras are cool, like the big screen and fans
- The assembly can be complicated and overwhelming
If you’re into tech, interactive programming, and a bunch of conveniences, this could be a great fit. However, it’s important to note that with more features, there are more things that could eventually require maintenance. If these things aren’t as important to you then there are plenty of other options for finding the best treadmill and best cardio machines for your home.
Full Rating on the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill
Commercial treadmills are what you would typically see in big box gyms, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t live in your garage as well. As I found in reviewing the NordicTrack Commercial 1750, these machines can be an incredibly valuable (and expensive) asset in your fitness equipment arsenal.
Product Brand: Nordictrack
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Product Price: 1899
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NordicTrack Commercial 1750 FAQs
Can I watch TV on the NordicTrack 1750?
Despite the big beautiful screen, there is no streaming functionality on this treadmill. There is a tablet holder where you can place your own device.
Is NordicTrack 1750 quiet?
It’s as quiet as any treadmill can be, which is to say it makes minimal noise but there is some sound from the tread.
Does the NordicTrack 1750 screen tilt?
No, it does not.
Is NordicTrack worth it?
NordicTrack makes some of the most high-end treadmills and cardio equipment on the market today, but they’re not a good choice for people who are on a budget.
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