NordicTrack was founded in 1975. Based in chilly Minnesota, the company was well-positioned to gain fame with its innovative cross-country ski machines. Today the NordicTrack brand is owned by ICON Health and Fitness, a global player in the treadmill business. ICON also manufactures HealthRider, ProForm and several other treadmill brands. Their extensive collection of NordicTrack treadmills for 2014 includes four series with everything from budget treadmills to Incline Trainers and the high-end Commercial Series.

The Commercial Series was designed with frequent or intense use in mind. These treadmills have strong motors and great warranties, and they’ve been identified as some of the best treadmills by professional reviewers. The Commercial 2950, NordicTrack’s top Commercial Series treadmill for 2014, has a heavy duty 3.8 CHP motor, a 15” television, a tablet screen powered by Android, 40 workout apps plus iFit readiness, and other great selling points.

The Elite Series These NordicTrack treadmills have extra-wide tracks and powerful motors (3.8 and 4.2 CHP) to support long runs. For 2014 the Elite Series includes the 9500 PRO and the 9700 PRO. Both have iFit, 10” tablet screens, a 15% incline and a 3% decline.

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The C Series features treadmills with patented QuadFlex cushioning to help prevent joint damage from exercising. An example from the NordicTrack C Series is the very popular C 1750 PRO — one of our top picks! For 2014 it has a 7” web-enabled touchscreen and is iFit Live compatible. Like treadmills in the Elite Series, it has a 15% incline and 3% decline.

The Incline Series features treadmills with dramatic inclines and declines. These help people burn calories much more quickly than when exercising at a 0% grade. NordicTracks in this series have a maximum 40% incline and 6% decline, making them fantastic weight-loss aids. For 2014 these special treadmills have options including touchscreen technology, Internet and 15” HDTV.

What We Like:

  • Motors: NordicTrack treadmills tend to have more powerful motors than other brands in their price category – generally 3.0 HP or greater commercial-grade motors.
  • Consoles: NordicTrack doesn’t skimp on the extras that make exercising fun. Their treadmill consoles include luxuries such as Android browsers, flat screen televisions, audio ports and high-end speakers, and iFit compatibility. They also have smart basics such as self-adjusting fans and backlit displays.
  • Inclines: Incline training is the newest craze with good reason. It boosts metabolism, builds muscle, helps hearts and has many other benefits. NordicTrack is leading the industry with its innovative Incline Trainers.
  • Tracks: The brand’s newer treadmills have adjustable cushioning to reduce impact up to 33% compared with road running. Also, many of the tracks are 60” long to accommodate taller runners. Extra width is now available too.
  • Warranties: NordicTrack’s premiere treadmill warranty includes a lifetime guarantee on the motor and frame. Customers also get up to six years of parts protection and up to three years of in-home labor.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Overall size: Some NordicTrack treadmills have a larger-than-average footprint. The Commercial 2450, for instance, is about three feet wide and almost 7’ long. However, NordicTrack also makes sturdy SpaceSaver treadmills that can be folded vertically.

Our Verdict:

NordicTrack has established an enviable reputation in the treadmill industry. We highly recommend various treadmills from each series, from the simpler models to the Incline Trainers and the Commercial 2450. They have powerful motors and almost all are backed with generous warranties that instill consumer confidence. The variety of price points, physical features and programming offers something for most shoppers.