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NordicTrack C1500 Treadmill Review

-3% to 15% Incline Settings

Made by Icon Health and Fitness. Uses low end components embedded in cheap metal frames and wrapped with a lot of plastic.


One of the most popular at-home and commercial brands of fitness equipment is NordicTrack. NordicTrack makes a variety of treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical machines, incline trainers, and ski machines. Many homes have the consumer level of models while gyms and other workout facilities have their commercial/professional line of exercise equipment. The quality of NordicTrack treadmills is highly dependent on whether or not it is from the personal or the professional line. The NordicTrack C1500 Treadmill is iFit compatible to make exercising more engaging.

NordicTrack treadmills in Canada typically receive middle of the road reviews; depending on the model and the user. Individuals that are just starting out on an exercise regime and are not convinced that they will stick with it, may want to try one of the lower end models to start. However, they should realize that within a year, most individuals outgrow a NordicTrack treadmill and seek something with more stability, a longer running platform and more flexibility in programming.

NordicTrack treadmills are made exclusively by ICON, one of the largest manufacturers of fitness equipment. They focus on the production of lower-end treadmills to meet the budgets of the general public. Uses low end components embedded in cheap metal frames and wrapped with a lot of plastic. These treadmills are targeted to consumers looking for an attractive plastic wrapped treadmill. Consider it treadmill infused with Botox.

Once the NordicTrack brand was synonymous with quality skier machines; however, after bankruptcy, ICON purchased the brand name and the quality has definitely deteriorated. NordicTrack treadmills can be purchased online through NordicTrack and in Sears locations. Sears often heavily discounts the price on NordicTrack which can lead people to believe they are getting a great deal.

With all of that said, the C1500 does have a couple of benefits over similar models in the same price range. Namely not only does it reach to a 15% incline, it also features a -3% decline. This helps individuals that are training for trail runs, mountain climbs and other events where not only do you need to condition your body to run up hills, but also adjust to the dynamics of running down hills. Additionally, the Quadflex cushioning has been well-received throughout the industry to help guard against knee pain and injury.


Pros Of The NordicTrack C1500

  • Patented Quadflex Cushioning System
  • iFit Compatible, Hallmark of NordicTrack Fitness Equipment
  • 3.25 HP Durx Commercial Motor
  • -3-15% Incline Settings
  • 20×60 Walking, Jogging, Running Area
  • 0-12 MPH
  • Chest Pulse Strap Included

Cons Of The NordicTrack C1500

  • 350 Pound Weight Capacity
  • Requires iFit Wireless Modules Sold Separately
  • Requires iFit Subscription To Get All The Benefits
  • Folding Treadmill

The big downsides for the NordicTrack C1500 include the extra modules and subscriptions required to optimally use the iFit components. Additionally, it has a strict 350 pound weight capacity and this may be a challenge for heavier individuals that want to do more than walk; the stability of this unit can be compromised by heavier individuals when jogging or running. The warranty leaves a lot to be desired when compared to other manufacturers and many individuals report that customer service and technical support are difficult to contact.

What we Think

Individuals seeking a treadmill for home use should look elsewhere. Despite the “C” in front of the model number, the NordicTrack C1500 is built for home use and should not be confused with a professional or commercial treadmill. Users interested in a reliable and well-built treadmill should instead consider the AFG 7.1AT treadmill. The AFG 7.1AT has a non-folding frame, which is a necessity for individuals who want to run; folding treadmills, have a tendency to be a bit off balance.

The commercial grade 3.25 HP motor is ultra-quiet and gives you the feel that you are working out in a gym versus your home. The Passport is an interactive media player that allows you to wander through the American Southwest or Northern Italy while you work out and shed pounds. The built in speakers work well because of the quiet motor and you do not have to crank up the volume to hear over the hum of the motor. The workout tracking gives you a great idea of your pace and how you are progressing from week to week or month to month. The Telemetric receiver with chest strap accurately measures heart rate and this is a much better way than with the typical hand-grip type of heart rate monitors on most treadmills.

The running area boasts a 20×60 treadbelt platform that is long enough for even tall individuals or runners to easily manage their gait and stride without the fear of falling off the back of the treadmill. The USB port is convenient and allows for quick and easy downloads of new software updates to ensure the treadmill is always in top form. While NordicTrack fitness equipment get the lion share of buzz and attention, in reality, they are over-priced for their quality, construction, features, and warranty. The AFG 7.1AT treadmill is considered an outstanding buy and gives users the flexibility and stability desired.

NordicTrack C1500 Treadmill – Key Specs:

Frame Type: Standard
Drive Motor: 3.25 HP
Speed Range: 0 – 12 mph
Incline Range: 0 – 15%
Running Area: 20×60
User Capacity: 350lbs
Warranty – Frame: Lifetime
Warranty – Motor: Lifetime
Warranty – Labor: 1 Years
Warranty – Parts: 5 Years



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