NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Review
Cons: Fairly expensive, iFit app adds monthly cost, speed and incline controls could have better ergonomics
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|Pros||Large tread surface, works with iFit app, 14-inch touchscreen, adjustable fan, -3 to +15 incline, AutoAdjust speed/incline changes||Folds small for storage, easy to move around, good size running surface, 12 mph top speed, works with Echelon app||Large running surface, 12 mph top speed, 350 lbs weight limit, works with third-party training apps, good warranty||10 mph top speed, up to 10% incline, fairly large tread surface, connected features, 300 lb weight limit||Affordable, 9 mph top speed, folds when not in use|
|Cons||Fairly expensive, iFit app adds monthly cost, speed and incline controls could have better ergonomics||Less cushioned than other high-end models, doesn't feel as sturdy as some, ongoing cost of Echelon app (if you choose to use it)||Moderately expensive, larger size||Using iFit app adds monthly cost, 10 mph top speed may not be enough for serious runners||Smaller running surface, manual incline adjustment, 220 lb weight limit|
|Bottom Line||A commercial quality treadmill that integrates with the iFit app through its swiveling touchscreen for a unique and immersive exercise experience||A compelling option for those with limited space though not without some minor compromises||Connected features, a large running surface, and a huge speed range make this median-priced model a compelling option for any fitness level||A reasonably priced model with a great exercise quality enhanced by connected features||A relatively basic but impressively affordable treadmill that gets the job done for lighter intensity workouts|
|Rating Categories||NordicTrack Commerc...||Echelon Stride||XTerra Fitness TRX3500||NordicTrack T6.5 S||Sunny Health and Fi...|
|Exercise Quality (35%)|
|User Interface/Ease of Use (25%)|
|Ease of Assembly (10%)|
|Noise Level (5%)|
|Specs||NordicTrack Commerc...||Echelon Stride||XTerra Fitness TRX3500||NordicTrack T6.5 S||Sunny Health and Fi...|
|Belt Dimensions||60" L x 22" W (measures 60.5 x 21.5)||55" L x 20" W||60" L x 20" W||55" L x 20" W||49" L x 15.5" W|
|Speed Range||0-12 mph||0.5- 12 mph||0-12 mph||0-10 mph||0.5-9 mph|
|Motor||3.5 CHP||1.75 CHP||3.0 HP||2.6 CHP||2.2 HP|
|Incline Adjustment||Electric with AutoAdjust||Electric||Electric||Electric||Manual|
|Incline Levels||-3% to 15%||0 to 10%||0 to 12%||10 (0 to 10%)||3 (0, 2%, 4.37%)|
|Weight Limit||300 lbs||300 lbs||350 lbs||300 lbs||220 lbs|
|Open Dimensions||80" L x 38" W x 64" H||69" L x 31" W x 49.5" H||77.2" L x 35.5" W x 56.1" H||73.5" L x 36" W x 54" H||62" L x 26.5" W x 50" H|
|Folded Dimensions||52" L x 38" W x 68 " H||69" L x 31" W x 10" H||51.2" L x 35.5" W x 65.8" H||34 L x 36" W x 67" H||36" L x 25.5" W x 58" H|
|Display||14" HD tilt and rotating touchscreen||Digital display with integrated device holder||6.5" LCD blue/backlit, Bluetooth connects to devices||5" backlit, Blutooth work with your device||7" backlit LCD display|
|Workout Programs||iFit app (subscription required)||8 programmed workouts, works with Echelon app (subscription required)||30 pre-set programs, 2 custom, 1 heart rate control, plus it works with Zwift, Kinomap, Wahoo SYSTM through Bluetooth FTMS connection||20 programs, also works with iFit app||9 programs|
|Heart Rate Sensors||works with Bluetooth heart rate sensor (sold separately)||Integrated handlebar sensors||Integrated handlebar sensors||Integrated handlebar sensors||Integrated handlebar sensors|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth, WiFi, works with iFit app||Bluetooth, works with Echelon app||Bluetooth FTMS and Auxilary input||Bluetooth and Auxiliary input, works with iFit app||No|
|Additional Features||AutoAdjust, ActivePulse technology, Runners Flex cushioning, Google Maps integration, adjustable fan, Premium Audio Speakers, bottle holders, swiveling touchscreen, works with iFit app, transport wheels, folding deck with soft-drop||Transport wheels, folding design, 2 bottle holders, integrated device holder, safety stop lanyard, metal safety bracket underneath running deck to prevent objects from being pulled under||Transport wheels, folding deck with soft-drop, heart rate sensors, auxilary plug, 2 bottle/cup holders, XTRASoft deck cushioning, quick jump speed and incline buttons, handlebar speed and incline controls, safety lanyard, built-in speakers, built-in cooling fan, accessory tray, Bluetooth, works with third-party apps||Folding, soft-drop, device shelf, bottle holders, transport wheels, safety shutoff lanyard, speakers, auxilary input, Flex Select cushioning, heart rate sensors, Bluetooth, works with iFit||Folding, soft-drop, transport wheels, bottle holders, shock absorption, quick speed buttons, manual incline adjust, device shelf, safety shutoff lanyard|
|Warranty||Frame: 10 years, Parts: 2 years, Labor: 1 year||12-month limited parts and labor||Frame and motor: lifetime, Deck and parts: 2 years, Labor: 1 year||Frame: 10 years, Parts: 2 years, Labor: 1 year||Frame: 3 years, Parts: 180 days|
Our Analysis and Test Results
NordicTrack has been making quality treadmills for some time, and the Commercial 1750 was recently updated for the 2022 model year. The latest version of this popular model has a streamlined, modern design, and is loaded with high-end features and performance. It boasts an excellent exercise quality suitable for any fitness level or training plan thanks to its large tread surface, 12 mph top speed, -3 to +15 incline, and integration with the iFit app through the swiveling HD touchscreen. It's big, bulky, and relatively expensive, but we feel it is one of the best home treadmills we've tested.
The Commercial 1750 is one of the best we tested in terms of its exercise quality. This is thanks mostly to its large tread surface, 12 mph top speed, and incline adjustment range. Whether for manually controlled workouts or following along to iFit videos through the swiveling HD touchscreen, this model is sure to please users of virtually any fitness level.
NordicTrack claims the Commercial 1750 has a 60-inch long by 22-inch wide running surface, but our measurements showed that it is actually 21.5-inches wide, as the side rails cover just a tiny bit of the belt on both sides. Regardless, it's still one of the largest tread surfaces we tested, and we never found the missing half-inch to be an issue. Whether walking at a brisk pace or hammering out a sprint interval, the large tread was comfortable and didn't restrict our stride length with little fear of accidentally catching the side rails. NordicTrack has equipped the tread deck with Runners Flex cushioning to help reduce the impact on your joints, but unfortunately, users no longer have the ability to turn the cushioning off as they could on the previous version.
With speeds up to 12 mph, this model can satisfy users of any fitness level, from those just getting started all the way up to serious runners training for distance events. We did find, however, that the 1750 was slightly less accurate in terms of belt speed than the other high-end models we tested. Using a rolling measuring wheel we performed a speed-accuracy test with the belt running at 6 mph for one minute. In this test, we got a measurement of 550 feet, 22 feet, or 4% over what it should have been. While this is by no means a deal-breaker it is notable compared to the other models that were 1.3% or less off the mark. The 1750 has a relatively impressive incline adjustment of up to 15% and decline to -3%. Sure, there are other models on the market that are more specifically designed for incline training that offer way more adjustment range, but realistically, -3% to +15% is probably more than adequate for most people's needs. The decline helps to simulate gradual downhills, and 15% incline is plenty to get the glutes firing and calories burning. When using iFit, the 1750 even auto-adjusts your incline based on the terrain in the video you're following.
Regardless of how you choose to use the Commercial 1750, you will need WiFi to connect with the treadmill to do manual workouts or a small selection of free programs (if you choose not to use iFit). These workout programs include speed, intervals, calorie burn, and heart rate control, and you can always do any manually controlled workout that suits your fancy. Of course, one of the best things about the 1750 is the iFit app and the unique, engaging, and immersive workout experience that it provides.
One of the real highlights of and one of the main reasons to get the Commercial 1750 is its integration with the iFit app. This treadmill uses WiFi to connect to iFit through its swiveling console and 14-inch touchscreen, and once connected, you've got literally thousands of great videos, classes, and programs to choose from. The 1750 also uses Bluetooth to connect to wireless headphones/earbuds and heart rate monitors (not included).
iFit has been around for some time, and it is one of the most well-developed and popular training apps around. The Commercial 1750 comes with a free month of iFit, but after that, iFit does have an ongoing cost to consider to keep using the service. A Family Plan allows up to 5 user profiles and will set you back $39 when billed monthly or $396 for a full year. You can also opt for an individual plan for $180. Your iFit membership will work across other iFit-ready equipment like the NordicTrack Commercial S22i exercise bike, and you can also pull it up on your tablet or smartphone and use it just about anywhere.
iFit sets itself apart from the more studio-focused competition with its extensive library of trainer-led scenic workouts that take place in beautiful locations around the world. There are thousands of these videos led by enthusiastic and engaging trainers who give prompts, tell stories, and provide training advice while you tick away the miles. The trainers add a little personality, expertise, and often some interesting information about the area where the video is being filmed. One particularly cool feature of the 1750 is that the treadmill has an AutoAdjust feature that changes speed and incline automatically based on the terrain in the video and the prompts of the trainer. When combined with the stunning scenery on the screen, this provides a really unique and immersive experience that makes it feel like you're almost there with the trainer. Of course, there is a huge variety to choose from with lots of different trainers, locations, types of workouts, and durations, along with training programs and challenges and loads of off-treadmill content to work your whole body (the swiveling screen provides the ability to optimally position it for viewing workouts off-treadmill). If you do happen to like the studio classes, there's a healthy selection of those too. Another cool feature is the Active Pulse technology which NordicTrack calls "cruise control for your heart." When using a paired heart rate monitor (not included), the 1750 can auto-adjust to keep you within a target heart rate zone range.
iFit also gives you the option to design your own courses through Google Maps. You can basically create a course anywhere in the world and follow it on the treadmill while looking at Google Street View images as you go. While this is certainly a unique feature, it was far from our favorite way to use the machine. The app also has a progress page that keeps track of all of your workouts so you can monitor your progress. Through your settings menu, you can also sync with fitness apps like Strava, Apple Health, Garmin Connect, and Google Fit to track and analyze your data on your preferred platform.
User Interface/Ease of Use
One of the standout features of the Commercial 1750 is the swiveling console that is home to a 14-inch HD touchscreen. The screen is the primary way that users interact with this model, along with several buttons to make adjustments to belt speed and incline. The controls are intuitive in their use, but we found their ergonomics to fall a little short of some other models we tested. That said, they are still easy enough to use, and when using iFit, the machine can auto-adjust speed and incline for you. Overall, though, the 1750 is straightforward to use, and typically choosing the iFit workout to follow is the hardest part.
The console of the Commercial 1750 has a nice, bright 14-inch HD touchscreen that has good color, picture quality, and touch sensitivity. The screen is a very important part of the system, as it is where you navigate the iFit app and view the workouts while on the treadmill. App navigation is done using the scroll and tap method that we're all so familiar with, and filters help you narrow down the daunting number of options available. On the right side of the screen are quick jump speed buttons, with quick jump incline buttons on the left. Below the screen are front-facing Premium Audio speakers that produce pretty impressive sound. Controlling the speaker volume, sound levels (trainer vs music), and connecting to Bluetooth accessories like headphones and heart rate monitors is also done through the screen. The console has a small amount of tilt adjustability to optimize its angle, plus it swivels so you can position it for viewing off-treadmill workouts as well.
Below the screen console, there is an adjustable fan that does a surprisingly decent job of blowing some cooling air at you while you work out. There are start and stop buttons, controls for the fan and speaker volume, a safety key/lanyard, as well as speed and incline + and - buttons to make smaller adjustments to either. While these controls are relatively easy to reach while you run, we found the ergonomics to be a little lacking when compared to models that have controls integrated into the side handrails. Definitely not a deal-breaker, but certainly not as easy to reach while running at full clip.
NordicTrack equipped the Commercial 1750 with pretty much all the features that you'll ever need. While it might not be the most feature-packed model we tested, we also never really found it to be lacking the things we wanted or needed.
Structurally, the Commercial 1750 is a very sturdy and well-built machine. It has a 300-pound weight limit and we found it to feel stable and sturdy at all times. The deck has Runners Flex cushioning that does a fine job of absorbing impact, with incline adjustable up to 15% and decline down to -3%. The tread deck folds up to save space when not in use with a lift assist/soft drop system that makes folding and unfolding the deck very easy. When it is folded up, it is fairly easy to tilt it back onto its transport wheels to move it around on firm, flat surfaces. The handrails are sturdy, and there are two bottle holders to keep fluids or smaller items like a phone at arm's reach.
The 1750 has a swiveling and tilting console with a 14-inch HD touchscreen. The screen serves as the primary interface with the machine, and it integrates with the iFit app through WiFi and can pair with accessories through its Bluetooth connectivity. Connected features associated with iFit include AutoAdjust speed and incline changes and ActivePulse heart rate zone control. The console is also home to quick jump speed and incline buttons and front-facing Premium Audio speakers. Below the console, there is also a 3-speed adjustable fan that is surprisingly effective. Like every other treadmill we've tested, it also has a safety key/lanyard that stops the tread down when it is removed and can be used to keep to keep kids from starting the treadmill if it is not attached.
Ease of Assembly
Due to its involved and time-consuming assembly process, the Commercial 1750 is one of the lowest scorers in this metric. Not only is it big and heavy, but there are simply a lot of steps, and you'll want the assistance of another person for some of them. Like the other treadmills we assembled, it isn't necessarily that difficult, but it takes a fair amount of time.
With a claimed assembled weight of 309-pounds, the Commercial 1750 is very heavy, and even heavier in its shipping box. You'll want to recruit the help of a couple people to move it, particularly if it needs to go up or down a flight of stairs. We suggest moving it in its box to the location you intend to use it before assembling it, as it is easier to deal with in the package than out. Once you open the box, you'll also want some assistance getting the heavy tread deck out due to its weight and size.
Once out of the box and all the packing materials have been removed, it's a bit of a project to get the Commercial 1750 assembled. NordicTrack has partnered with an app called BILT, and most of their equipment is on the app with detailed step-by-step 3D instructions. Unfortunately, the newest version of the 1750 wasn't on there yet when we assembled ours, so we couldn't use it this time around. Fortunately, it comes with detailed printed instructions, and the owner's manual can also be found on the NordicTrack website. We found it best to follow the instructions exactly, and while nothing is too difficult, there are a lot of steps and it is pretty involved. You will definitely want the help of another person for several steps like attaching the support arms, console, and especially the soft-drop piston under the tread deck. It comes with several tools, but you'll also need a Phillips head screwdriver and an adjustable wrench or socket set. In all, it took right around 2 hours to complete the process.
The Commercial 1750 is a large machine, in fact, it's the second-largest we've tested. With a claimed weight of 309 lbs, it's also very heavy. It's reasonably easy to move short distances on flat surfaces on its transport wheels, but realistically it is best suited to a workout room with its own dedicated space. Fortunately, NordicTrack gave it a "SpaceSaver" design with a tread deck that folds up to decrease its footprint when not in use.
The Commercial 1750 is a big and bulky machine with open dimensions of 80-inches long by 38-inches wide and 64-inches tall. With the deck folded up, the length decreases by almost 30-inches to 52-inches, and while that does open some floor space, it still takes up quite a bit of room. The 38-inch width means that it won't fit through most doorways, and at 309 lbs, moving it between rooms or up and down stairs is something you'll likely want to avoid.
The Commercial 1750 was decidedly average in our noise level testing. The 3.0 CHP motor emits a very reasonable level of noise that is neither silent nor distractingly loud. At 1 mph we recorded 45 decibels with just the belt running, which increased to 57 decibels with a person walking. At 4 mph that increased to 56 decibels and 62 decibels with a user at a brisk walking pace. And finally, at 7.5 mph, we measured 61 decibels with the tread on its own and 66 decibels with a person running.
Should You Buy the NordicTrack Commercial 1750?
The Commercial 1750 is an excellent treadmill that should work well for the vast majority of users. Its sturdy build, large running surface, 12 mph top speed, adjustable incline between -3 and +15%, and compatibility with the iFit app make it a great option for all fitness levels, including hardcore runners. iFit is a refreshing departure from the studio-style classes offered by other apps, with motivating and engaging trainer-led scenic runs, walks, and hikes in beautiful locations around the world. The swiveling HD touchscreen seamlessly integrates with iFit with AutoAdjust speed and incline changes that simulate the terrain and allow you to get immersed in the workout. Sure, it's pretty expensive, but we feel the features and performance justify the expense.
What Other Treadmills Should You Consider?
If you're after a connected treadmill experience, but you prefer live and on-demand studio-style classes, then the Peloton Tread is a good option to consider. It's more expensive, but it's a sleek, sturdy, high-performance treadmill with an excellent touchscreen that integrates with the Peloton app. If you're an apartment dweller, or you're simply short on exercise space, and you still want a treadmill that can provide you with a great workout, the Echelon Stride folds down impressively small for storage. Given its storability, it still boasts a 12 mph top speed, up to 10% incline, and it works with the Echelon app for a connected exercise experience.
— Jeremy Benson
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