Currently available for £1899.00 from NordicTrack
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Review
If you’re in the market for a home treadmill then it’s more than likely that you have come across treadmills made by NordicTrack. NordicTrack are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of home fitness equipment and have been manufacturing treadmills for longer than many of their customers have been alive. With something in their range to suit just about everyone, they deal in everything from mid-priced models through to top-of-the-line running machines loaded with goodies, features and functions. Their Commercial 1750 treadmill is one of their high-end models and as such, we were keen to see how it compares with other models out there at this price point. Here’s what we found…..
Assembly, like with all treadmills, is a two person job but thankfully it’s not a particularly difficult one. In fact, when assembling the Commerical 1750 we found it was so well packaged that just getting all the pieces out of the packaging played a substantial part of the whole process. Once unpacked, it took us about half an hour to build the treadmill and the whole build went smoothly with all the parts fitting neatly into their respective places. It was satisfying that everything lined up exactly as it should and it wasn’t necessary to force anything into position. All a sure sign that the manufacturing process and the quality controls in operation are tightly controlled which is, of course, all very reassuring.
Once assembled this treadmill looks the part. The thick gauge steel frame, the large running area, the stabilising crossbar and the general heavy-set look of it do all give it an air of being a serious treadmill. It certainly won’t look out of place in any home gym and indeed you could probably put it into a lot of commercial gyms and, visually at least, it still wouldn’t look out of place. As the word ‘commercial’ has been used, now is a good time to raise a quick but important point worth a mention about the name of this treadmill. The specs on this machine such as the hefty 3.6 horsepower continuous duty motor and the large 55cm x 152cm (22” x 60”) running area do indeed compare favourably to an entry level gym class machine, hence the name. But while NordicTrack have called it the ‘Commerical 1750’, it is, in fact, a domestic treadmill not a commercial one. As such if you’re a PT and are looking at buying a treadmill for your clients to use in a private gym, it’s worth remembering that the NordicTrack warranty only covers domestic and not commercial use.
Climbing onto the 1750 and giving it the ‘shake test’ reinforces that feeling of solidity you get when just looking at it. The crossbar that sits in between the two posts adds significant structural reinforcement and when combined with the overall hefty nature of this running machine, really does provide superb stability. This treadmill feels rock-solid and that huge running area makes you feel safe, providing plenty of space to move around without getting too close to the edges. At 152cm (60″) the deck is long enough to accommodate even the tallest runner and the fact that it’s also 55cm (22″) wide means that it’s suitable for just about anyone, regardless of their stature.
In terms of usability, the 3.6 horsepower does a really good job of keeping the noise down. A noisy motor on a treadmill always makes for a less than enjoyable experience and can make even a reasonably well-built machine feel dreadful. Thankfully there were no such issues with our test unit. Quieter than one has the right to expect from a treadmill motor it comfortably drives the running belt up to a maximum speed of 22km (13.6mph) which is more speed than most runners will ever need – even seasoned competitors won’t find this treadmill lacking for pace. It’s not just the motor that’s quiet either, it’s the machine itself and this is no doubt at least partly a result of the decision made by the manufacturer to use substantial 2.5″ (6.5cm) diameter rollers which are able to rotate more slowly to deliver the same speed as a treadmill with smaller rollers. As well as reducing the noise generated by the spinning roller, the decreased rotation rate also adds to the longevity of the treadmill. It’s a win, win that we’d like to see more often. The incline system is also different to most, though certainly not all, treadmills currently on the market. It not only boasts a true, seriously steep 15% incline (most common treadmills incline up to 10% at most, and often not even that much) which is more than enough to test anybody regardless of fitness levels, but it also features a decline of up to -3% so that you can simulate downhill running as well. This is a sublime feature to have if you’re training for real-world events which of course involve running down hills as well as up them. The fact that there’s a decline as well as an incline makes this model a very good choice for both general fitness or serious competition training, while the lack of any real noise coming from the motor, the spaciousness of the running area and the more-than-competent cushioning make walking, running or sprinting on the 1750 a very enjoyable experience.
If you get bored easily running the same workout then the Commercial 1750 is probably right up your street. With more than 32 preset workouts available there’s plenty enough here to keep you busy but unlike almost all treadmills, it has no workouts physically stored within the memory of the console. Instead, all of the content is streamed via iFit. When you press the workout library button you are taken to the workout videos that are hosted on iFit and your selected workout is then streamed to your console. Even though at the time of writing an iFit subscription is included in the purchase, you do not need a subscription to access the preset workout videos so if you decide to let your free subscription lapse, then you’ll still be able to run your favourite workout. Access to all of the workouts is via the 7″ Android-powered, full-colour touch-screen which makes selecting your chosen routine an absolute doddle. It’s really more like using a tablet (though it’s a bit less responsive than an ipad for example) than a traditional treadmill and while the basic keys of start/stop and speed and incline are still, sensibly in our opinion, physical buttons on the treadmill console, everything else is done via an interface that anyone with just about any smart device such as a phone will already be familiar with. This really helps when trying to get familiar with this bit of kit and that can only be a good thing. The console is also iFit enabled giving you access to other training modes such as racing against other iFit live members, mapping out and running your own running routes using Google Maps, and running to high-definition videos featuring a personal trainer that will guide you and motivate you through the whole workout. There are other aspects too such as uploading your training data into iFit so that you can track and monitor your performance and improvement, and also get dietary and sleep advice. iFit does even more than this but there’s not enough room in this review to tell you all about it, so for more information check out the iFit.com website.
Last but not least the Commercial 1750 benefits from a Bluetooth™ Smart wireless receiver (chest strap included) for monitoring your heart rate, adjustable tablet holder, an integrated accessory tray which has more room in it than you’ll ever need for storing your stuff while working out, a pair of 3″ stereo speakers and an input 3.5mm input jack so you can plug in pretty much any music player, and two workout fans to help keep you cool during your run. It’s also covered by NordicTrack’s lifetime frame, 10-year motor and 2 year on-site parts and labour warranty.
What's not to like about this treadmill? It's got everything you'll ever need in a domestic running machine and it's absolutely rock-solid. If you're serious about training to get fit and lose weight, or if you're a serious runner that likes to compete this is a really excellent choice. But (and isn't there just always a but..) there is one aspect where it stumbles just a touch, and that's the price. The reason? Well, the Proform Pro 5000 also has the same spec, but it benefits from a larger motor and a huge 10" rather than 7" display. As good as the 1750 is, and it is a very good treadmill, we can't see any reason why you'd go for this particular model when as things stand there's another option that gives you everything and a bit more while at the same time asking you for a good bit less cold hard cash.
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Specifications
- 3.6 CHP DurX™ Commercial Plus motor
- 0-22kph (0-13.6mph) speed range with Onetouch™ speed keys
- -3% decline/ +15% incline range with Onetouch™ incline and decline controls
- Running Area: 55cm (22”) x 152cm (60”)
- 2-ply running belt; WhisperQuiet design for noise reduction of each step
- 2.5″ precision machined and balanced non-flex rollers
- 7″ full-colour capacitive touchscreen display
- Console Feedback: incline level, vertical gain, vertical loss, elapsed time, calories burned, calories per hour, distance, speed, a track representing 400m (1/4 mile), pace, heart rate, distance
- 42 programmes (manual, 38 pre-set workout videos, map workout, draw your own map workout, time/distance workout (requires iFit account)
- iFit® enabled
- Heart rate measurement via Dual CardioGrip™ hand pulse sensors + Bluetooth™ Smart wireless receiver (iFit Bluetooth™ Smart chest strap included)
- Conveniences: Adjustable tablet holder, integrated accessory tray, Dual Autobreeze™ workout fans
- SpaceSaver™ folding design with EasyLift™ Assist
- Max. User Weight: 135kg (297.6lbs)
- Product Weight: 117kg (257.9lbs)
- Dimensions in use (L x W x H): 183cm (72”) x 86cm (33.8”) x 178cm (70”)
- Dimensions folded (L x W x H): 190cm (74.8”) x 86cm (33.8”) x 94cm (37”)
- Power Supply: Mains
- Warranty: Lifetime frame, 10 years motor, 2 years parts and labour (must register within 28 days of purchase to get 2nd year of coverage)
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill - Console / Display Unit
Currently available for £1899.00 from NordicTrack
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