Treadmills, like an exercise bike and elliptical machines, are very popular for home exercise.
When it comes to getting a near commercial quality treadmill for your home at a price that won’t break your budget, it’s pretty hard to look past a Nordictrack treadmill. As one of the most established names in the fitness industry, Nordictrack has established itself as a producer of top quality equipment backed up by excellent after sales service.
This review will be a Nordictrack vs Nordictrack treadmill comparison rather than competing brands ( for example vs Proform – Proform Pro Treadmill 900 or Sole F80 or the Horizon t101).
Once, you’ve narrowed your home gym equipment choice to Nordictrack, however, things start to get a little tricky, especially if you are after a home treadmill. That’s because Nordictrack offers a selection that, on the surface, appears quite similar. In this article we put two of their top selling home treadmills head to head: the Nordictrack T9.5S and the Nordictrack 1750. Our treadmill comparisons will help you decide which ones deserves pride of place in your home gym.
The Nordictrack 1750
The Nordictrack 1750 is the lowest priced model in Nordictrack’s Commercial range of home treadmills. This model is also the most popular treadmill that they sell, having established itself over 7 years on the market. A main reason for its popularity is that it delivers more power, larger rollers, a wider running tread belt and a larger HD touchscreendisplay screen than most other models that they sell. Of course, for this extra firepower you generally pay a greater price.
The NordicTrack T9.5S (#ad)
Compared to the 1750, the Nordictrack T9.5S is the new kid on the block, having been released in 2018. This is the premium model in Nordictrack’s T series of home treadmills. The T Series is designed to give you many of the extra features that you find on commercially graded treadmills but at a more affordable price than their commercial range.
In this comparison, then, we are comparing the top offering in the Nordictrack T series with the bottom offering in the Commercial series. Let’s check out how they stack up against one another.
Feature by Feature Nordictrack Comparison
Build – including deck size
Being part of the Commercial series, the Nordictrack 1750 is built to a higher standard than most of the home use range that they produce. This is seen with its more powerful motor and wider treadmill deck running belt dimensions. It also has larger rollers than the T9.5S. The rollers are largely responsible for the smoothness, consistency and friction reduction of your treadmill running experience.
The rollers on the 1750 are 2.5 inches, compared with 1.9 inches for the T9.5S.
Both treadmills come with adjustable running belt cushioning. The T9.5S is equipped with Nordictrack’s FlexSelect cushioning system. The 1750 makes use of the slightly more advanced Runner’s Flex cushioning system. The main difference is that on the T9.5S you have to manually adjust the dampers which sit under the running belt. However, on the 1750 there is a control knob which makes it easier to do the job.
Both support a 300 lbs max user weight capacity, never exceed the user capacity, are folding treadmills and have hand grip pulse monitoring (heart rate monitoring).
There is an exception to the general rule that Nordictrack Commercial treadmills cost more than their other models – and the T9.5S is it! You can pick up both the T9.5S and 1750 for around the same price, ranging between $1500 and $2000 depending on the deal. What’s more, free shipping is offered on both models (that’s a big deal when we’re talking about a hefty item like a treadmill).
The display console on both of these treadmills are impressive, featuring high definition touch screens in full color. They both come with an iFit membership subscription, too, allowing you to get a virtual running experience on some of the most famous running tracks on the planet.
Both the Nordictrack T9.5S and the 1750 provide you with a dual speed cooling fan and built-in speakers, along with ports to plug in your phone. However, the speakers on the Nordictrack 1750 are larger and better quality than those on the T9.5S.
On the other hand the screen size on the T9.5S is bigger, being 14 inches across compared to 10 inches across for the 1750. That allows you to more easily read your training diagnostics when you are in full running mode.
Both the 1750 and the T9.5S are iFit Coach fitness app enabled.
Both the T9.5S and the T1750 allow you to adjust the angle of the running bed, the incline range, in order to increase the intensity of the incline trainer workout. However, only the 1750 provides you with both incline and decline options. There is no decline on the T9.5S, while you get a 3% decline on the 1750. The 1750 treadmill comes with a 15% incline compared with a 12% max on the T9.5S.
When it comes to ramp capacity, then, the 1750 has it all over the T9.5S! as you have a better incline range
The output on the T9.5S is powered by a grunty 3.6 HP motor, which allows for a top speed of 12 miles per hour. This will allow you to get an extremely intense home treadmill workout day after day. Once again, however, the 1750 comes out on top with an even more impressive 3.75 HP motor. This also allows for a top speed of 12 miles per hour but the extra commercial motor power provides you with a more durable and smooth running experience.
In terms of motor capacity, the 1750 is the winner.
Both of these treadmills provide you with a generous amount of space to run on. The Nordictrack T9.5S treadmill belt measures in at 60 x 20 inches. However, the 1750 tops it with 60 x 22 inches. Those extra two inches of width may not sound like much but can make all the difference for larger individuals.
If you are a heavier or taller person we recommend going with the Nordictrack 1750 as it will provide you with the freedom of movement you need to maintain a natural running gait.
For both you get a 10 year frame warranty, 2 years on parts and 1 year labor warranty. Although a lifetime warranty if not offered, this is decent. We would advise Nordictrack offer a lifetime frame and motor warranty.
While the Nordictrack T9.5S and the 1750 may look very similar at first glance, our analysis has uncovered some important differences. Even though the 9.5S has a larger display screen, this is outweighed by the more powerful motor, wider running belt, more advanced cushioning system and better incline / decline options provided on the 1750.
For those reasons, and considering that they both cost about the same price, we believe that the Nordictrack 1750 is a better buy than the T9.5S.
We hope you found this article a useful treadmill buying guide in helping you make your choice to determine which one is best for your fitness goals.