Mechanically speaking, the Commercial 2950 is one of the best machines in its price range. From the motor to the drive, we find that this treadmill is excellent and will grant at least seven to 10 years of solid use.
Yet, overall, the machine also includes Icon’s attempt to include more complicated technology which, of course, comes with a great risk of glitches and system shutdowns. While brands like Landice and True Fitness have stuck to the simpler method of programming, NordicTrack is flirting with a bigger monster that can lead to all sorts of unforeseen issues. If your machine experiences one of these programming glitches, then you certainly run the risk of battling Icon’s dreaded service department.
Unlike previous years, NordicTrack has consolidated their ideas which have led to a product that we would highly recommend with slight caution to the wind. While NordicTrack has certainly gone above and beyond with their quality of parts, we cannot stress enough the continual issues some customers face with Icon’s customer service. While we also have some concerns with the iFit Subscription, the Commercial 2950 is still a solid machine. Though it may lack in company distinction, the Commercial 2950 wins points with its additional programming and durable build. With this, we have awarded the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 our First Place 2020 Best Buy Award among the $2,000 to $2,999 dollar treadmills.
The component quality has become exceptional on these higher end models. For instance, though we see a good deal of repair for the lower end NordicTrack rollers, these rollers are larger and higher quality making the overall product a better investment. Also, NordicTrack’s engineering has created a machine that works smoother and puts less wear on the parts.
One thing we have noticed is the huge touchscreen with Bluetooth compatibility as well as web connectivity. There are a few drawbacks that come with this new screen, however. NordicTrack seems to be attempting a forced partnership with the iFit Coach Plus (the more expensive iFit subscription). Though they offer a free one-year subscription, the user must pay $39 a month to continue that subscription. If you do not wish to continue, then many of the bells and whistles that come with the Commercial 2950 become inaccessible. iFit also seems to be a bit elusive as the membership prices continue to change. Yet, if you are someone who loves the idea of having an attractive hunk of muscle smile at you while you sweat, then the iFit coach could be a great investment.
Another possible drawback with this new screen is the high risk of programming issues. While we have grown accustomed to the instantaneity of Apple and Samsung, it is important to keep in mind that Icon is a company that builds fitness equipment. Web processing and device connectivity is a new arena and will increase the likelihood of programming issues.
But when it comes to the actual treadmill, the Commercial 2950 won our award for its solid structure and workout features. Unlike the other top four treadmills for this price range, the Commercial 2950 comes with three levels of decrease. You may fall on your face, or you may be able to work out some muscle groups that you haven't tapped into yet...just hold onto the railings. Additionally, NordicTrack has included a motor with bigger capacity and a 22 x 60 inch walking area (not always a guarantee in the upper price ranges) while still managing to include an okay warranty. All of these attributes combine to form a treadmill that gives you a lot of value for the money.
|Number of Programs||40|
|Heart Rate Sensor and Type||Dual CardioGrip heart rate monitor sensors & Chest Strap Compatible|
|Speed Range||0 - 12|
|Weight Capacity||300 Lbs|
|Belt Size||22 x 60|
|Footprint||72 x 34 x 72.25|
|Weight of Unit||N/A|
|Warranty||Lifetime frame and motor warranty, a 5-year parts and electronics warranty, and a 2-year labor warranty.|
|Incline/Decline Range||15% QuickControl Incline, -3% QuickControl Decline|
Over the years we have recognized the reasonable price for NordicTrack’s Commercial 2950 yet have disliked their previous attempts to integrate multiple screens as well as their continually poor customer service. Still, the Commercial 2950 has ranked as our Best Buy in the $2,000 to $2,999 price range in 2017 and 2019 as it is a very well built, thoughtfully engineered machine.
While we like the improved screen, we are a bit wary of the iFit subscription especially since there is not an equivalent model with the new touchscreen that does not require an iFit subscription for optimal use. Yet even with the iFit programming drawbacks, the Commercial 2950 is a solid treadmill and numerous features that give you a lot of bang for your buck. With a grain of salt, we recommend our First Place 2020 Best Buy Winner in the $2,000 to $2,999 dollar category as the quality products and intelligent design will more than likely not require too much need for Icon’s customer service department.
I purchased the commercial 2950 directly from Nordictrack in Nov 2017. I immediately had problems with the software which they sent out a whole new monitor. Overall, the machine works. The giant monitor is pointless since you aren't able to watch t.v. or movies or anything. If you sign up for iFit which costs hundreds a year, then you can participate in their video based workouts. Watch out if you get any type of motion sickness. The camera pans around and your body is going straight. iFit should be included with the larger price tag, but it's a business so it's not.
This treadmill is not worth the price. NordicTrack creates the impression that you are getting a 22 inch HD monitor that will be useful. There is no way to access or browse the internet. I check with NordickTrack Customer service and they confirm that there is no way to access the internet or do anything with the big beautiful monitor other than iFit. For some reason there are third party reviews that claim there is browser capability with the internet. I have to wonder how the third party reviewers got this wrong. This costs $700 more than the 2450. Why?
Treadmill itself seems solid but the touchscreen was defective on arrival with no sound. I have been trying for over one month to get a replacement with no luck.
The screen was broken when it was delivered and after four weeks of trying to get it fixed including at one point being told at one point to fix myself we are returning and they won't refund us the 500 dollar delivery and set up even though it never worked. Stay away from this company as they do not care about their customers and are very shady