NordicTrack T5.7 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
We think NordicTrack putting out entry level models like this one is a mistake on the scale of a sculpting error on Mt. Rushmore.
Votes in favor of the treadmill...
Walking area is OK for a treadmill in the lower end of the spectrum
The walking belt measuring 20" x 55" is a good 5" shorter than the standard belt that is in vogue in reputed treadmills. It is OK for normal users for purely walking purposes as it is grossly underpowered by a puny 2.5 HP motor.
Cushioning offers some degree of support to walkers
The DualShox cushioning is not something you can brag about to grandma but you can still expect it to reduce some impact that walking has on muscles and joints. Users can only see some improvement if they move up the price ladder to $1,000 and beyond.
At 2.5 HP the motor has no place in a treadmill
A 2.5 HP motor the size barely larger than that of a coke bottle, giving you maximum speeds of 10 mph isn't the candidate to fire your imagination. In power generating capability it can't get worse than this. This motor can't withstand the pressure of running, so we can't say this treadmill will satisfy a normal user.
It is difficult looking for value under the $1,000 price point
Overall it's difficult to identify a "good" treadmill below $1,000 as you can expect companies to work overtime cutting corners through cheaper components. The only NordicTrack to enter the popular award stakes was T6.1 with the $699 price tag.
Warranty coverage is meaningless
The warranty cover of 1 year on parts and labor, 25 years on motor, and lifetime for the frame is discouraging. The company is clearly telling users there is no market for this product beyond a year of sustained use. You may as well include the treadmill in your garage sale next Christmas.
User capacity of 325 pounds is wishful thinking
"If wishes were horses beggars would ride" goes a popular saying. Well, you won't find 325 pound users riding this pony unless they are intent on running the treadmill into the graveyard. The cheaper parts will wear out soon enough, increasing your maintenance costs.
Did someone say there are reliability issues?
For users, the logistics of purchasing this 2.5 HP wonder are simple enough. They think they are getting NordicTrack's reputation and quality for a song, when in truth they end up paying more in maintenance costs in the long run. And there is no "long run" here; it's a "short sprint" to a dusty death.
The final analysis
The NordicTrack T5.7 only goes to prove the fact that investing hard earned money on treadmills below the $1,000 mark doesn't improve your bottom line, it only adds to your operational costs - the money you are forced to pay for its upkeep.
One of the best treadmills you can get for $700... with that said, you still are getting a cheap treadmill and keep that in mind if you buy one of these.