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NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill Review - $999.00

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The C 990 is one of our Best Buy Runner Up Treadmills for 2018. It is one of the best sub $1k treadmills ever made. With that said, a serious trainer will need to step up to the $1,499 range to train for a marathon but if you aren’t the serious type, this one can serve you well for years with what we believe will be minimal upkeep. A fantastically designed treadmill that can easily fool you into thinking that you can come across a $2,500 treadmill. When you remove the motor cover, the motor looks like one from a $2,500 machine but when you run on it, you will notice that the lower quality electronics has a hesitation that the high end machines simply don't have. When you realize the heart rate grips don't work you might not care because you got such a deal on the rest of the machine.

Number of Programs 32
Heart Rate Sensor and Type CardioGrip sensors
Horsepower 3.0 CPH
Speed Range 0 - 12 mph
Incline/Decline Range 0 - 12 %
Weight Capacity 300 Ibs. (136 kg)
Belt Size N/A
Footprint 78.3" x 35.75"
Folds N/A
Weight of Unit N/A
Warranty This machine comes guaranteed with a lifetime frame & motor warranty, a 3-year parts warranty, and a 1-year labor warranty.

General Information

These products are produced by Icon Health and Fitness. They are the largest retail fitness company. This well-known brand name is heavy on features and their newer units are holding up quite well in the home if you don’t count some of the glitch prone features. The treadmills are beautifully packaged machines and look great in your home. NordicTrack is quickly becoming known for making a solid quality machine at a bargain price and they are selling more units that anyone else in their respective price range.

Quality / Philosophy

NordicTrack is produced by Icon, a company with thousands of employees and large resources. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. Icon has a long, storied history that provides an example of how the big keep getting bigger. Icon used to be the mass-market darling because of their cheap prices but they used to have quality to match. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. We can no longer say Icon has the worst customer service in the business after experiencing the cheap treadmills sold on Amazon. We rate the machines by the individual machine quality, not the quality of their service.


Icon is the largest fitness equipment producer in the world with over $1 billion in sales. If the fitness industry were a solar system, Icon is so powerful that they would be the Sun. In terms of stability they are the best, but overall their customer service isn’t up to the standards of any of the lower volume producers. Although you get a value price for the product, you also get value service so keep this in mind when buying their machines- apparently they price their machines so low in comparison to other companies that they don’t have money left for service. Due to the sheer number of units they produce, we pick up support in many cases where this factory leaves off.



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