NordicTrack T7.0 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Another so-so treadmill from NordicTrack. If you pony up extra for one of the C900 models, you really won't regret it.
Votes in favor of the treadmill...
A reasonably good motor nicely supporting the tread belt
At 2.75 HP the motor stands up to scrutiny in the sub $1,000 category. It can rev up speeds of 12 mph that should reassure casual runners. But serious running and high intensity routines are ruled out as the motor drive combination can't handle the extra load. If treadmilling is confined to walking the noise levels and the stress to the machine are tolerable.
Great walking area and good incline variation
The walking area of 20" x 58" benefits all categories of walkers, and with inclines topping 12% walkers can add reasonable variety to their daily routine.
Cushioning does a good job considering the lower pricing
The Dualflex cushioning protects muscles and joints from undue strain and is better suited to walking than extreme running. But it must be said in favor of the T7 that this level of cushioning quality can be observed in some higher models priced at $1,000 and above.
Folding feature economizes space
With dimensions of 72" L x 34" W x 58" H this is not a miniature machine. So, being a folding treadmill is a definite plus point for users inhabiting smaller homes and apartments but it is never a "small" treadmill.
Is it meaningful looking for "best treadmills" in the sub $1,000 price range?
Finding value in treadmills like "finding Nemo" is possible, but rendered difficult in the sub $1,000 segment. It's not easy to zero in on " the best treadmill" in this category as companies make too many sacrifices to price machines this low. The NordicTrack C 900 priced at $899 is marginally superior to the T7.
Warranty cover is low end and low profile
The warranty on the NordicTrack T7.0 is 1 year on labor; parts are covered for 2 years, and the motor and frame have lifetime coverage. Unfortunately, this is symptomatic of the malaise affecting products under $1,000 - the parts are cheaper and wear out faster, and this dilutes the warranties.
User Capacity is not as claimed
When the unit weight is barely 185 pounds, taking on user weight of 350 pounds is unthinkable. Heavy users will increase turnover of parts and incur higher maintenance costs.
The final analysis
If you assess the treadmill purely on the basis of a good motor, a nice walking area, comfortable cushioning and reasonable component quality, then the NordicTrack T7.0 makes all that available at an affordable price tag. Don't expect it to perform miracles and be thankful for what you have, but be prepared for problems the day you call customer care. Don't say we didn't warn you.The T7.0 is not a bad effort but it is not a great effort either.