NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Review
Various incarnations of the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 have been around for a good few years now. They have topped customer reviews and lists of best machines pretty much every single one of those years, with its great utility, powerful motor, easy to use interface, iFit Coach connection and, importantly, its startlingly good value for money.
There is a newly finagled version fresh and ready for 2021, all set to go with a few tweaks and upgrades, ready to up your running game and user experience. These are all pretty minor, but they stack up – an improved graphics processing capability in its 10” HD screen; faster dual 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity; the ability to pair Bluetooth headsets; an improved incline drive system which promises even quieter operation than before, and improved, automated incline and speed control for live workouts.
NordicTrack have also got a little bit more generous with their latest offering. The Commercial 1750 has always come with a year-long iFit membership, which isn’t set to change. However, it’s now a family membership, which can be a pretty big deal for many people.
Is it all worth it? What is this upgraded model like?
Let’s take a look.
NordicTrack Commercial 1750 First Impressions
There is a lot of past generations’ DNA still visible in the updated model – which is a massive plus. The touch screen is HD, still 10”, just with better software. The quiet 3.75 CHP motor is still there, as is the iFit Coach capability and the workout programs that make NordicTrack such a joy to work with.
It isn’t the best looking exercise machine going – all heavy black and chrome plastic that makes it look a bit like a bachelor pad wannabe – which is in-keeping with models of old. It’s also chunky as hell – there are far more streamlined options out there if this is important for your usage.
However, it isn’t about looks, it’s about performance. On first impressions, it looks like it will behave exactly as a 1750 should – which is superfluous. It is also foldable, making it far easier to handle and store – and thus live with – than its chunky framework would have you believe.
So, it’s a bit of a beast (though not at all unwieldy) and could maybe do with some cosmetic work, but, as above, how does it perform? What does it deliver?
NordicTrack 1750 Specs
Let’s talk about size, first. As mentioned above, the 1750 is a chunky beast. Unfolded, it is 81.25 inches long by 39.25 inches wide by 71 inches high. You will need to make sure you have a decent amount of dedicated space in which to train if you’re looking to get it as a home workout machine.
However, it does fold up, so is storable when not in use. Its size also lends it a good amount of robustness – the 1750 has a top user weight of 300 pounds / 136 kg. It is perfect for larger athletes looking to push themselves hard, or for overweight individuals looking for a comfortable way to create a calorie deficit with a power walk.
I’ll go into the motor in more detail below, as it forms a cornerstone of what makes the 1750’s user experience so good, but for now let’s look at some simple facts. It offers 3.75 CHP and can reach speeds of up to 12 mph. This is pretty fast, though not the fastest, making the 1750 more suitable for longer distance running than sprint training, though steady interval training works quite well on it.
You can use this in all its variety across the 1750’s quite staggering 50 different workout programs, all designed by some of the best personal trainers in the industry. You will be able to choose these based on the usual metrics, such as target calorie burn or heart rate, as well as routines like interval training schedules. These are all accessible through the 10-inch touch screen, which enables you to choose the best workout programs for your goals, and which shows you the metrics you need (calorie burn and heart rate, as well as distance and time run and so forth). It’s loaded with iFit Coach, for all the guidance and variety you could ever need in your training, and can show Google Street Views or HD video scenery as you run. This is all synced with the 1750’s incline and decline capacities, which go to +15% and -3% respectively.
The 1750 has a 60 by 22 inch tread belt (a couple of inches wider than is industry standard), which will give even longer limbed athletes enough room to get a decent stride going. It is thick, and is built with a variety of cushioning preferences to choose from, so you will be able to minimise noise and joint impact as you train. This is truly vital to longevity.
There is also a tablet holder included on the 1750, so you can have your iPad, book or magazine there to keep you entertained if you need it. This will block your view of the screen, but it’s still a nice touch.
If you want to listen to music as you train, you’re in luck with the 1750. It has Bluetooth audio capabilities, so you can listen to your favourite training tunes. It has a set of 3” digitally amplified speakers that can be used wirelessly, or you can run everything through your headphones.
Finally, the 1750’s dual AutoBreeze workout fans can be set to keep you cool as you train. This may sound frivolous, but I loved it. It genuinely allowed me to put more effort into my runs.
Using The NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill
The Commercial 1750 is a silent giant. As above, it is bulky, with a large footprint and a large top user weight allowance. However, it has one of the quietest motors you can find on any treadmill. Given that it can reach a relatively impressive 12 mph, this is quite extraordinary.
I always say that noise can make or break a piece of home gym equipment. If you’re training in a busy gym with people grunting and crashing around all over the place, nobody cares about a noisy treadmill motor. If you’re training at home, with neighbours to worry about, the kids in bed, and your partner trying to get on with their evening in peace, it means everything. Having a quiet motor is a godsend.
So, if your domestic situation means you need to keep the noise down, you should seriously consider getting a Commercial 1750.
The run itself is also smooth, even for larger athletes (I can vary upwards to 98 kg and found no issues with the 1750.) Though I’m shorter limbed, I’ve been assured by taller athletes that the expanded running belt is very welcome, as even those topping six feet by a margin can get a decent stride going. It’s soft, too, thanks to the cushioning tech and the hardy belt material itself. The cushioning can be adjusted to replicate the feel of different surfaces, which, whilst not vital to a workout, is really cool. What is vital is making a run low-impact on the ankles, knees and hips. The 1750 does this very well.
If you’re into tech, you will likely have a bit of fun with the 1750. The built-in speakers are good quality, both clear and loud. The Bluetooth is also good quality, though, and will allow you to stream everything through wireless headphones, making a quiet workout that much more manageable. The interface is as navigable and user friendly as past iterations of the 1750 have boasted, with improved clarity in the graphics (very handy when using Google Street View during your runs).
The iFit Coach Data Tracking ability is also quite useful. It allows the iFit Coach to track your stats and metrics each session, logging it all and pairing the data with any of your other linked devices. This will make it easier for you to spot progress and choose training options, meaning that you will be far likelier to adhere to the principle of progressive overload over time.
Frivolous as it sounds, I think that the 1750’s dual AutoBreeze workout fans are my favourite part of the machine. Plenty of machines are robust and quiet (though few as much so as the 1750) and plenty give you iFit connectivity and so on. However, pair it with these fans and you’re in for a real treat. They will keep you cool as you walk or run. This will improve both comfort (especially in heavy sweaters like me!) and your performance. I meant it when I said I worked harder with the fans going.
As above, the Commercial 1750 is a silent giant. It can take a lot – a lot of punishment, certainly, but also a lot of user mass – without flinching or losing any kind of stability. The belt is built for all-comers.
The software is impressive, as is the connectivity, and the tweaks and enhancements NordicTrack have given to the display really do show.
The 1750 will also give you a really good, solid, pretty tough workout when you want it; it will be perfect for powerwalking and using at lower intensities when needed; it will keep you comfortable throughout all of it.
Combine the cushioning tech with the fans and you’re onto a winner. Combine it with the sturdy durability of the main machine and you’ve got a treadmill well worth your investment.