Peloton vs. NordicTrack: Disruptor vs. “Tried and True”

Amy Tokic | Last Updated - Nov 5, 2018

Peloton vs. NordicTrack; is it a fair competition? After all, Peloton is new on the scene with only one treadmill while NordicTrack, a worldwide treadmill manufacturer has almost 10 times the amount of offerings and years of experience. On further review, it might be the concept of  Peloton that gives NordicTrack cause to take notice of Peloton.

A Brief Overview

PelotonNordicTrack
ProgramsLive streaming: connect live to round the clock classes /instructors based out of NYC.

10 built-in programs

iFit, built-in programs quantity is different for each model bu they range from 20-44 workouts.
ModelsTreadTreadmill 11 models-2 desk treadmills, 6 traditional and 3 commercial grade
Price range$3,995 plus delivery $1,599-$3,599

 

Choosing  a Treadmill

  • What will you be using your treadmill for –  walking, jogging or running?
  • How often will you use your treadmill – daily, 3X/week, weekly?
  • Space: What are you working with – full basement, small apartment?
  • What’s your budget? Are you strict with it or will your spending depend on the best machine for best value?
  • Check out the reviews of manufactures and models online, to help with making your decision.

Peloton

Peloton launched five years ago and is definitely changing how we work out at home; working out alone can actually be an interactive  group activity. The concept uses media technology to stream live or on demand classes from the comfort of home but still allows you to  interact with others in a boutique class. Although you are in your home by yourself, you still feel and get the support you would in a class. Hence the name Peloton which means, “the main group of riders in a race. Riders in a peloton work together, conserve energy and perform better because of one another.” It’s a brilliant concept reflective of the times we live in. A few celebrities have signed on, the likes of David Beckham and Kate Hudson. Founder John Foley started it out of the need to fit exercise into busy lifestyles, and the annoyance of not being able to get into popular classes. Their product lines include one bike and one treadmill, named Tread.

NordicTrack

NordicTrack is located in Logan, Utah, and is  owned by ICON Health and Fitness, the same company that manufactures Proform treadmills. NordicTrack is known in the industry for being innovative in its designs and providing top tier treadmills; from  traditional treadmills, incline trainers to desk treadmills.

Models/ Peloton vs. NordicTrack

Peloton Models

The Tread

NordicTrack Models

Offerings include traditional treadmills, incline trainer treadmills and treadmill desks. All are foldable.

Incline Trainer Series (great for weight loss goals): Choose from three models (X22i, X11i and X9i) 40% incline, (MSRP $2499-$3999).  

Commercial: Choose from the following three models (Commercial 2950, Commercial 2450 and Commercial 1750), (MSRP $2299-$3599- but find them for 40-50% off)

Compact C Series (foldable, space saver design) Also has an option of three models to choose from (C700 (walkers), C1650 and C990) (MRSP $1599-$1999)

Desk Treadmills: Two models offered however the platinum version is the improved version of the Treadmill Desk.  Treadmill Desk and Treadmill Desk Platinum also fold to save space.

Workout Programs/ Peloton vs. NordicTrack

Peloton

Peloton’s ios mobile app, will monitor your workout history, allow you to choose from on demand classes and schedule your workouts. It comes with 10 built-in programs.

Users have access to live and on demand treadmill group classes 24/7 based out of  New York City. Through the soundbar and console you can communicate directly with the instructor and others in the class. There are different workout options for varying degrees of fitness, inclusive of strength training. Four types of classes are available for the Tread: Walk (low impact); Run (new to marathoners); Total body (combination of treadmill cardio and strength training) and Floor workout (strength, flexibility and toning).

NordicTrack

NordicTrack’s built-in programs vary from machine to machine; however the iFit app has a whole host of additional workout programs – virtually. It is designed to work interactively with Google maps; in such that whatever terrain you choose around the world your treadmill will increase or decrease resistance and raise or lower your incline based on the elements of the area. All recent models come with a one year membership.

Console/Display Peloton vs. NordicTrack

Peloton

  • 32” diagonal with high definition; the largest size screen being used
  • High-fidelity audio: the soundbar allows for communication between the user and instructors, and hearing the workout music clearly and loudly
  • Bluetooth connection, jack (wired head phones) and wireless headphones
  • Two bottle holders

Nordictrack

  • Sizes of consoles on the various models range from 7” to 22” inch.
  • Fans, AutoBreeze ™ Workout Fan
  • Heart rate monitors: in-handle, wireless chest strap compatible

Price/ Peloton vs. NordicTrack

Peloton

$3,995

Expensive for a residential treadmill, but it includes a monthly studio membership, shipping and treadmill assembly. 

NordicTrack

Price range: $1,599-$3,999

NordicTrack collections are on the pricier side; but they are known for their quality and durability.

Motors/ Peloton vs NordicTrack

As far as  horsepower (HP) and treadmills, your activities will determine the best treadmill for you.  Treadmills with 2.5 HP are best for walking while 3.0 HP and above are better for joggers and serious runners.

Peloton

2.o HP

NordicTrack

The HP range for the NordicTrack treadmills run from 2.6-4.25. Desk treadmills being the lowest in HP, the rest at 3.0 and higher, are more durable and made for regular use.

Speed/NordicTrack vs. Peloton

Peloton

0-12.5 mph

NordicTrack

The range on the various models is 0-12 mph.

Track/NordicTrack vs. Peloton

Peloton

Incline 0-15% grade

Dimensions: 72.5” L x 32.5” W x 72” H

Running Area : 67”

Rubber slat

NordicTrack

Incline: The range between all the models; – 6 to 12 and 40%

Belt: Range- 22” x 60”

Warranties/ Peloton vs. NordicTrack

Peloton

One year limited on parts and labor on screen and most original parts.

NordicTrack

There are a variety of warranties; each are specific to the model of treadmill.

  • Lifetime on frame and motor
  • One, three, five, six years on parts and electronics
  • One, two, three on labor

Extras/ NordicTrack Vs. Peloton

Set up is included in your purchase

Package includes a floor mat, two dumbells, headphones, and a wireless heart rate monitor.

Conclusion

NordicTrack vs. Peloton, it’s like comparing apples and oranges – you can’t. However, Peloton is definitely what they would refer to as a “disruptor” in business circles. The concept of having a home gym but having access to real people, comradery and support 24/7 offers the best of both worlds. There is no racing to the gym to sign up to make sure you get in, or get your favorite machine. Furthermore; treadmill workouts at the gym are usually a lone activity, with Peloton you now have a fitness trainer, and other folks to run, walk or jog with- and more than that if you include strength training and floor workouts. On the other hand, some people don’t need the interaction and like to be in their own little world while they are on the treadmill, and the NordicTrack options will continue to satisfy their needs.

4 Comments

  • Monica Caballero November 22, 2019 at 1:38 am from Ft worth
    Targeted the highlights of each product without taking up too much of my time, very honest. Didn't seem to be one sided or throw shade at either products. After hours of searching for tips and reviews, this article nailed it on what I needed to know and helped me make an informed and confident discussion. Thank you
    • Amanda B December 4, 2019 at 3:36 pm
      Glad this comparison was helpful, Monica!
  • Shannon March 30, 2020 at 3:34 pm from Toronto
    I want the Peloton SOOO badly as I have the bike and absolutely love it. However, I live in Canada and can’t get one here. I will try the Nordic track and connect the Peloton app to my TV in my gym so that I can do their classes. I think that’s my best option. Thank you for your information!
    • Amanda B April 3, 2020 at 3:34 pm
      Hi Shannon, glad that this was helpful! Let us know about your experience with the NordicTrack connected to the Peloton app.

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