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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 in reviewing the NordicTrack Commercial 1750, these machines can be an incredibly valuable (and expensive) asset in your fitness equipment arsenal. 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 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.
My Favorite Things:
The Commercial 1750 packs its biggest punch with a big, colorful screen that displays iFit programming. I’ll dive into iFit below, but essentially it’s interactive and on-demand personal training in running and other worlds: yoga, strength, HIIT, etc.
With a price tag around $2,000, you gotta know that you’re spending your money wisely. With that in mind, I’d recommend this treadmill to:
This is NOT the treadmill for:
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 $20 fee to get the machine delivered to the room of your choice, and $89 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 $90.
The footprint of the commercial 1750 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.
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.
Bonus, however, for those who live in smaller spaces: This is a folding 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:
Some other things I really like:
So, one complaint about treadmill running is the impact it has on the joints. NordicTrack sort of addresses that by adding what it calls “Runners Flex” cushioning in the tread belt. If you want more comfort, lower impact, you turn the cushioning on. If you want to mimic road running, you can turn it off. This can make a world of difference if you have joint issues.
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 breakdown of parts.
The Commercial 1750 has a 3.75 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 10-inch touchscreen display. While this isn’t the biggest screen on this line of treadmills (the 2450 has a 14-inch touchscreen, and the 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.
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 1750 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.
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 that 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.
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.
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 training, stretching, etc. You can also use your membership on other NordicTrack or Proform machines, like the NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle. And be sure to also check out dome of the best exercise bikes here.
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.
Workout Without iFit
You can use the Commercial 1750 without paying for iFit because it does have built-in programs on it. iFit itself even has some basic free programs you can use. But honestly, the reason you pay the $2,000 for this treadmill is because of iFit. Otherwise, I suggest just cutting your costs in half and going with a different machine.
Footprint: 81.25”L x 39.25”W x 62.75”H
Running deck size: 22”W x 60”L
Weight: 339 pounds
Speed: 0-12 mph
Incline: -3% decline to 15% incline
Motor: 3.75 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
NordicTrack has a 10-year warranty on the frame, a two-year warranty on parts, and one year on labor. Industry-wide, this is middle range. Brands like Horizon offer lifetime warranties, and Peloton offers a 12-month warranty.
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 like 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.
After spending some time with the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 treadmill, here are my biggest takeaways:
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’s 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 for your home.
Can you use the NordicTrack 1750 without iFit?
Yes, you can. The treadmill has a number of preset workouts like interval training, hills and more. However, I wouldn’t recommend buying this particular treadmill if you aren’t going to use iFit. You can get a similar quality machine for less money.
Does the NordicTrack 1750 fold?
Yes, one of the things I like about this treadmill is that it’s a spacesaver due to hydraulic folding. You have to physically lift the deck and lock it into place, but just the push of a lever will trigger the machine to unfold on its own (slowly and safely).
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.
What does the NordicTrack 1750 weigh?
Assembled, the NordicTrack 1750 weighs 339 pounds.
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