NordicTrack T5.5 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Cheap components on this machine give you the same result you get when a mangy dog tangles with a chicken... a real mess!
Votes in favor of the TM
Good walking area for its price
At 20" x 55", it is a good 5" shorter than what is becoming the standard walking belt in reputed treadmills (20" x 60"). Surprisingly there are a few higher priced models that are repeating the same specifications. It's long enough to match strides with the normal user.
Cushioning offers support to walkers
A treadmill less than $1,000 is unlikely to give you anything more forgiving than this surface. The DualShox cushioning gives just adequate support for leg and back muscles but don't expect the world and don't dare to overuse this machine.
You really get what you pay for
It's not easy finding a good treadmill below $1,000. This is mainly because of all-round cost increases in raw materials and logistics. This makes it's very difficult for companies to hammer prices below $1,000 unless they bring in cheaper parts.
Votes against the TM
Suitable for walking at slow speed
A 2.5 HP motor, 10 mph speeds says it all. You are getting a seriously underpowered model that is really not suited for running. Anything more than a brisk walk and you will have the motor screaming for mercy in a high pitch whine.
Warranty: the less said the better
Warranty is pathetically 1 year on parts and labor, 25 years on the motor, and lifetime for the frame. Once the warranty period is over you are at the supreme mercy of ever spiraling operational costs. This is about all that you can legitimately expect for treadmills in the low end.
User weight capacity is not as claimed
Single user weighing less than 200 pounds would be OK but weight capacity beyond 325 pounds is science fiction.
Reliability factor as bleak as chilly whether
With the price tag hovering at the low-end, component quality suffers, warranties are bleak and longevity can't be expected, so reliability goes sailing out of the window. This may not register initially when you use a new product but committed users will be shocked to find replacement parts costing them a good percentage of the machine's original value!
The final analysis
At the $700 price point this is a treadmill only in name, and the reality is that it is selling purely on the reputation of NordicTrack and a low price tag. If you want a faster, cushioned and smoother run, aim for higher end models in the NordicTrack lineup.
The entry level of the NordicTrack line. These don't have the quality of the higher end machines but they sell a ton of them due to the price.