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NordicTrack T5.1 Treadmill Review

16 preset workouts

You are overpaying for the name Nordic Track. This machine will should be scrapped.


Here we have a nice treadmill that is great for the home, as a basic kind of treadmill. The NordicTrack T5.1 has an affordable price, and some features that will help to keep you motivated. Starting with the motor, it is rated at 2.25 CHP. They call it a DurX motor, which is explained to be “commercial grade” with the ability to cool itself. It is powerful enough to endure most workouts, and pretty decent on the noise level. But don’t run at full speed or for too long, because it probably can’t withstand that.

The deck on the NordicTrack T5.1 measures 20 x 55 inches which is usually good enough for most people to run at a full stride and wide enough to allow you to feel more comfortable and less crammed. They have something called Flexstride Cushioning, which is not really as fancy as it sounds, but basically it is more cushioned than NordicTrack’s lower end models. It is still in our opinion, about average when compared to other treadmills in this price range. The more spacious deck of course, makes the unit as a whole a little larger too, but that’s not a big deal. There is a SpaceSaver feature on this treadmill, which basically means that it is similar to other treadmills which fold up vertically. It has a self-latching lock, which makes it easier to fold and unfold than a treadmill that would have a manual locking mechanism.


The NordicTrack T5.1 treadmill offers you 16 preset workouts, with various inclines and speeds programmed in. There is obviously a manual mode as well. There are pulse sensors built into the handlebars, so that you can monitor your heart rate while working out. The speed capability goes from 0 to 10mph, and the incline goes from 0 to 10%, both with “1-Touch” buttons to make quick adjustments. The console only has one small window to display workout feedback. It shows you all the usual: speed, time, distance, pulse, etc. It also displays your race track when you are running a preset program. The console also features and mp3 player input jack, and a pair of speakers. The speakers are decent, better than what you will see on NordicTrack’s lower models. But they are comparable to other treadmills in this price range.

The NordicTrack T5.1 is iFit Live compatible, but if you want to use the iFit Live function, you will have to buy the wireless adapter which is sold separately. There is no iFit card slot on this unit either. That’s kind of pointless in our opinion, but at least you have the Live option. It is a neat feature, but we prefer the Passport system offered by Johnson Fitness on some of their treadmills under their AFG and Livestrong models because Passport is just more visually engaging.

The NordicTrack T5.1 does not have a fan on it. Most of the time the fans on treadmills are only a little helpful in terms of cooling you down, so it is not that big of a loss. At the same time, as a customer, you would expect something as small as a fan on this treadmill, especially at the price they are asking for it. So to conclude, this is a nice treadmill, but at the same time, it should be priced cheaper. If you keep reading you will see that we’ve found other treadmills that offer more, especially in terms of the motor size, which translates to stability and durability.

NordicTrack T5.1 Treadmill – Key Specs:

Frame Type: Folding
Drive Motor: 2.5 CHP
Speed Range: 0 – 10 mph
Incline Range: 0 – 10%
Running Area: 20×55
User Capacity: 325lbs
Warranty – Frame: Lifetime
Warranty – Motor: 25 Years
Warranty – Labor: 1 Year
Warranty – Parts: 1 Year



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