NordicTrack T6.3 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
If you are in the market for an $800 treadmill, this is one to consider. The problem is that in this range you will probably need to use customer service and that could prove problematic.
Votes in favor of the treadmill
Belt size is just correct for an unhurried walk
The running area, or should we call it walking belt, measuring 20" x 55" is 5" short of the belt that is now standardized in value treadmills and is well suited to normal users. It is a reasonably good surface for walking. Running is ruled out as the structure and motor is too weak with only 2.6 HP at your disposal.
Cushioning offers decent support to walkers
The FlexSelect cushioning is about as good as it gets in this low end price segment. You can expect decent impact tolerance that will save muscles and joints from injury. The cushioning will not be tested too much as running is ruled out. Anything superior will have to wait for prices to touch $1,000.
At 2.6 HP this treadmill is vastly underpowered
A 2.6 HP motor generating maximum speeds of 10 mph and the incline motor provides inclines up to 10% isn't suited for power running or jogging; this is purely for walking, period.
You will search in vain for value in the sub $1,000 price range
With NordicTrack working feverishly to cut corners and bring in cheaper parts, you won't find the T6.3 impacting the quality stakes. The only T series NordicTrack to come close to the Best Buy Award in the $400 to $699 segment was the T6.1 with a $699 price tag.
Warranty cover is meaningless
The lifetime warranty for frame, 25 years for motor and 1 year for parts and labor is too insignificant to merit attention. Ultimately the company is passing on the burden of after sales care, with mounting operations costs, to the public.
User Capacity of 325 pounds is exaggerated
When the unit weight is barely above 200 pounds and with downgraded parts across the board, taking on user weight of 325 pounds or more is unsustainable. Users need to get accustomed to worn out parts and increasing maintenance costs.
The final analysis
Serious runners and vigorous fitness freaks would do well to give the NordicTrack T6.3 a wide miss, saving their money for higher models $1,500 and above.Great looking machine that doesn't need any introduction. The Nordictrack name doesn't need any introduction but you will pray that you never heard of them if you have a need for their customer service.