NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Review

If you’ve been searching for a treadmill, NordicTrack is a name that you will have become familiar if you weren’t already. The world’s largest manufacturer of home fitness equipment has been making high-quality treadmills for decades. All the treadmills in the current range are loaded with goodies and feature iFit capability (more on that later). There have been a few versions of the C1750 and this one (NTL14221-INT) is one of the higher-end models in the range. We were keen to see how it compares with the previous version so we took a closer look. Here’s what we found…..

Assembly, like with all treadmills, is a two-person job but thankfully it’s not a particularly difficult one. Once unpacked, it took us about 45min to complete the build which went smoothly with all the parts fitting neatly into their respective places. All a good sign that the manufacturing process and the quality controls in operation work and while it’s easy to say that this should always be the case, it’s really, really not always so.

Once assembled the C1750, like its predecessor, really looks and feels the part. The steel used in construction is heavy-duty from start to finish, while the spacious running deck, the stabilising crossbar and the general heavy-set appearance give it an air of being just like something straight out of a commercial gym, making the reality of the actual machine a good fit for its name. The specs on this machine impress. Compared with the previous model there’s a much larger 4.25 horsepower motor (it was 3.6hp on the previous model) and the oversized 55cm x 152cm (22” x 60”) running deck provides acres of space to run on. There’s a 10-inch touch-screen display to access interactive training services directly rather than using a tablet and other elements such as the rollers, the cushioning, the top speed and the incline system are all top-spec to the point that you’ll struggle to find better on just about any domestic treadmill, at least keeping within this price range.

Before stepping aboard, giving this C1750 the ‘shake test’ simply confirms that this unit is as solid as it looks. Like on the previous version NordicTrack has decided to use a crossbar that sits in between the two main struts. This adds a significant amount of structural reinforcement which results in an impressive level of stability. This treadmill feels substantial and that expansive running area really allows you to move around during a run without every drawing too close to the boundaries. At 152cm in length, the deck is long enough to accommodate even the tallest of runners and at 55cm wide it feels nice and safe with plenty of room to move around on, a very nice thing to have when you’re running out of steam.

In terms of power, the 4.25 horsepower continuous-duty drive motor really does a great job of keeping the noise level down. Small motors can often be noisy as they work hard to propel the running belt but here there are no such issues. The motor that the manufacturer has decided to use here seems to not even notice that it’s being asked to work. Driving the belt and runner up to a maximum speed of 22km (13.7mph) which is more speed than 98% of users of this treadmill will ever need and even seasoned competitors won’t find this model lacking for pace. Once again NordicTrack has opted to use 2.5″ (6.5cm) diameter rollers which as well as keeping noise levels low also contribute to an increased treadmill lifespan. This diameter means that the rollers rotate more slowly than thinner rollers, and slower is quieter. The incline system also sticks out here and the fact that this is now a tried and tested system only serves to underline the credentials of the new C1750. With a 15% incline that will challenge anyone no matter how fit (most common treadmills incline up to about 10%) the C1750 also features a -3% decline simulating downhill running which is particularly useful if you’re training for real-world events but even if you’re not it adds an extra dimension that almost all other domestic models are missing.  The fact that there’s a decline, as well as a challenging steep incline, makes this model a decidedly good choice for both general fitness and no-nonsense competition training.

In keeping with all the latest NordicTrack offerings, the C1750 has no workouts stored within the memory of the console. Rather, all of the workouts require a WiFi-based internet connection. Without this, you can still use this model but only in manual mode. In practice, for most users, this means that it’s absolutely necessary to have a wireless internet connection to use this treadmill and a good one at that as slower connections will tend to result in less than smooth delivery of the workouts. That being said most broadband connections these days will be up to the task though it is worth bearing this in mind if your internet connection happens to be a slower one. Access to all of the workouts is via a larger 10″ Android-powered touch-screen which makes selecting your chosen routine that much easier. The responsiveness of the controls on the touchscreen is noticeably faster than the preceding version making the experience feel smoother and slicker, it’s a nice upgrade. The basic keys of start/stop and speed and incline are still, very sensibly physical buttons on the treadmill console while all other functions are accessed via the sort of interface that just about anyone with a smart device will already be familiar with making navigating through the various menus intuitive. As with all modern NordicTrack cardio machines the C1750 is based around the iFit interactive training platform which provides access to a multitude of training modes such as racing against other iFit live members, mapping out and running your own running routes using Google Maps, and high-definition videos featuring elite personal trainers 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. For more information on iFit and what it offers check out the website. A free 30-day family membership is included so you can dive in deep to see what’s there before making a commitment to subscribe.

Other features include a Bluetooth™ Smart wireless receiver for monitoring your heart rate, integrated device shelf, accessory tray, dual water bottle holder, a pair of 3″ stereo speakers and dual workout fans to help keep you cool during your run. The C1750 is also covered by NordicTrack’s lifetime frame, 10-year motor and 2-year on-site parts and labour warranty.

Best Price

The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

Review Summary - In Brief

If you have the space and the budget this is, in our view, quite simply, an awesome treadmill. It's built like a tank, has a wonderfully high spec, there is what feels like an acre of running space and the incline/decline function and top speed will challenge anyone, even the most hardcore running fanatic out there. At the same time, it's easy to use, is suitable for absolute novices and offers so many ways to train that it's very unlikely you'll ever get bored with it. All around, this is a very, very good treadmill and one that's easy for us to recommend.

NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Specifications

  • 4.25 CHP motor
  • 0-22kph (0-13.7mph) speed range with QuickSpeed® keys
  • -3% decline to +15% incline range with Quick Decline™/Incline™ controls
  • 55cm (22”) x 152cm (60”) running area
  • 2.5″ precision machined and balanced non-flex rollers
  • Runners Flex™ cushioning system
  • 10″ full-colour touchscreen display
  • Feedback: several display modes available (the display mode that you select will determine which workout information is shown). The screen can show: incline level, elapsed time, calories, distance, speed, heart rate
  • Programmes: Manual mode, access to 50+ video workouts and a daily updated map-based workout
  • iFit® Coach enabled: Yes (30-day Family membership included)
  • All programmes, as well as iFit® Coach require a Wi-Fi based Internet connection
  • Heart Rate Measurement via Bluetooth Smart wireless receiver (chest strap optional)
  • Extras: Dual Autobreeze™ workout fan, integrated device shelf, accessory tray, dual water bottle holder
  • Audio: music port for iPod®/mp3 player and dual 3-inch Bluetooth® speakers
  • SpaceSaver™ folding design with EasyLift™ Assist
  • Max. user weight: 135kg (298lbs)
  • Product weight: 143kg (315lbs)
  • Dimensions in use (L x W x H): 206cm (81”) x 99cm (39”) x 159cm (62.5”)
  • Folded dimensions (L x W x H): 94cm (37”) x 99cm (39”) x 187cm (74”)
  • 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

NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill - User Reviews

The Pros

  • Large runnign area
  • Decline as well as steep 15% incline
  • Rock solid
  • Easy to use
  • A ridiculous number of different ways to train

The Cons

  • Subscription is really a must if you want to get the most out of this treadmill
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill Reviewer Ratings

Power - 9.5
Appearance - 8.5
Running Area - 9.5
Comfort - 9
Reliability - 9
Noise - 9
Ease Of Use - 8.5
Controls - 9.5
Warranty - 8.5
Value for Money - 9
Best Price

The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 is not currently available from any retailers we're aware of in the UK.
It may be worth looking for a used machine on ebay

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