NordicTrack has been a respected name in home fitness since the mid ’70s, when owner and inventor Edward Pauls developed his famous cross-country skiing machine. The American brand has come a long way since then, having added everything from strength training machines to treadmills to their ever-growing catalog.
The 1750 – the most affordable offering in NordicTrack’s top-of-the-line Commercial Series – is a premium home treadmill that nicely strikes the balance between high-end performance and a price that won’t completely demolish your savings.
Today we’re taking a closer look to understand what makes it so highly-rated by industry experts and home users alike.
The first impressions of the 1750 are undoubtedly ‘now, that’s a treadmill you’d see in a commercial gym’. With a chunky lifetime-guaranteed frame and a large belt, this is a machine that inspires confidence.
It’s also a heavy machine, so prepare to unpack and assemble in the room in which you are going to use it, as it’s not particularly portable!
Having said that, it does feature a foldable design, allowing you to reclaim some of your floor space after a running session.
This makes it great if you are using it in a living room, apartment, office, or anywhere that isn’t a dedicated gym space. Considering the heft of the deck, the EasyLift assistance – where hydraulic shocks aid in lifting the deck to a vertical position – is a welcome feature.
Talking about the deck, this is fitted with a commercial-grade 22” x 60” belt, which will make you feel right at home if you’ve ever used a gym treadmill. This generous width, combined with a long-stride-friendly length, makes it suitable for runners of all proportions.
Under the belt, the 1750 features NordicTrack’s Runners Flex cushioning. This versatile system allows you to adjust the amount of flex in the deck, so you can either mimic the firm surfaces you’d encounter while running outdoors (perfect for training for upcoming outdoor events) or go softer to protect your joints on longer, less intense sessions.
You would expect a sub-$2,000 treadmill to have a pretty powerful motor and the 1750 doesn’t disappoint.
While it’s not as powerful as the 4.0 CHP offerings of some of its peers, this treadmill still boasts a 3.75 CHP DurX commercial-grade motor. This durable motor is packed with tech, allowing it to self-cool and operate with less vibration, so a smoother ride is guaranteed.
This motor delivers a good max speed of 12mph, allowing users of all abilities to walk, jog and run with ease – and with no concern over whether the machine can keep up.
The motor also deals with user weights of up to 300lbs, so whether you are already pretty svelte or are planning to use a treadmill specifically to lose weight, the 1750 has you covered.
A feature that pushes the 1750 slightly ahead of some others in this range is the gradient options. You can add up to 15% incline, which delivers a considerable slope that can enhance all kinds of workout – from marathon training to HIIT sessions. Notably, this treadmill also offers a decline function, with up to -3% to mimic a slight downhill slope.
While this decline may not be useful for every day-to-day runner, having this option available just boosts the versatility, whether you are working on your turnover rate or just want to work your legs in a different way.
Core performance is one thing the 1750 does very well, although you are entitled to expect plenty of secondary features when spending up to two grand on a treadmill. Thankfully, NordicTrack deliver the goods.
The main console is simpler in layout than some of the others in this range, which isn’t a bad thing. Everything you need is where you need it. There is plenty of space either side and on the tray below for water bottles, devices and energy gels, while the 10” Smart HD touchscreen takes center stage.
While this screen is a bit small compared to other treadmills in the sub-$2,000 range, it is high-quality and displays all the vital stats from your workout – time, speed, distance and calories burned.
It also gives you a window into pretty much any running scenario you can imagine thanks to the iFit compatibility. In fact, the 1750 includes a one-year membership to the iFit system, which – overall – is a big plus.
If you have read other treadmill reviews, you may already know that iFit is one of those love-hate systems. On one hand, it’s an incredible service, making workouts entertaining and motivational, as you traverse the coasts of Croatia or run the Boston Marathon (two examples from thousands of workouts).
The fact your virtual trainer automatically adjusts incline and speed on your treadmill makes it simple to just focus on what’s important – the running.
Yet, there are several issues that users regularly encounter, especially when trying to bypass the service because you aren’t paying for a subscription. This isn’t an exclusive problem to this machine mind you – it tends to happen with any iFit-compatible treadmill.
It’s worth reading more on iFit as well as some user reviews to decide if it’s a system worth your time and money. If it’s not, the 1750 still comes with 50 standard onboard workout programs, which are guaranteed to keep you burning calories.
Screen and iFit compatibility aside, the rest of the console is ultra-simple, with NordicTrack’s OneTouch controls allowing you to instantly set speed or incline levels, without having to manually scroll up or down (although these options are available on touch controls nearer the handles).
Below the main console you’ll find two separate fans, offering varying levels of cool air for a comfortable ride. Just below this are your pair of 3” speakers, which blast out your iFit instructions, or your Spotify playlist from your device via Bluetooth. This is a good-quality sound system, which makes it worth having.
Of course, the 1750 is also fitted with EKG heart rate monitors on the handles below the central console, with the data relayed to the HD screen, while a safety tether completes the features list.
Taking into account the powerful motor with wide-ranging gradient and speed options, as well as the robust build, it’s no surprise to hear that the 1750 performs like a dream.
Reaching top speed is quick, while the motor remains quiet and consistent throughout your session. Ultimately, that’s the most important thing.
However, the extra features really boost the appeal of this treadmill. This includes things as simple as the OneTouch controls. Want to go from a -1% decline at 3mph, up to a 7% incline at 10mph? Two taps are all it takes.
The 50 onboard programs give you everything you need to work up a sweat, while taking advantage of the iFit system, beautiful screen and impressive sound system puts the fun back into working out at home.
Truthfully, there aren’t many negatives to report, as you may expect from a machine pushing $2,000. The biggest gripe tends to be over the iFit system and trying to bypass it if you choose not to go for a membership. But you pay for performance – and the 1750 delivers.