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NordicTrack T5.7 Treadmill Review

Compatible with iFit Technology powered by Google Maps

Uses low end components embedded in cheap metal frames and wrapped with a lot of plastic


There once used to a time when NordicTrack was synonymous with quality when it came to all of the products that they released. Even though they primarily focused on ski equipment for skiers, they were still widely known as the go-to company for high quality products and customer service. That all changed in the mid-90s when their sales dropped drastically and they were forced to claim bankruptcy. Their high-quality name was then tarnished by the low-quality name of ICON, a company that is infamously known for producing only low-budget, low-quality products. Instead of matching the quality products that NordicTrack used to offer, ICON decided to release a new line of low-quality, low-budget treadmills and then just stamped the NordicTrack name on them to sell more units.

You should definitely not become blindly attracted to any available NordicTrack treadmills because they are clearly not up to the standard of quality and efficiency that NordicTrack was known for once upon a time. Do not be fooled by the 50% off sales signs that you may see in Sears hanging from the handles of the NordicTrack treadmills, because these low-budget exercise machines are not even worth paying those discounted prices. That is one of the main reasons why we felt that it was necessary to review the pros and cons of one of their leading treadmills, the NordicTrack T5.7 treadmill so that we could determine once and for all if, in fact, it is actually a quality machine.

NordicTrack T5.7 Treadmill PROS

  • iPod Compatible
  • Quality LCD display for progress reports and analysis purposes
  • Pulse grips used for accurate heart rate monitoring
  • Compatible with iFit Technology powered by Google Maps
  • Pre-programmed workout guidance from Jillian Michaels

NordicTrack T5.7 Treadmill PROS

  • 2.5 chp motor
  • Top running speed of just 10 mph
  • Low-quality, low-budget equipment with high-quality price tags
  • Assembling the treadmill is extremely difficult, even with assistance
  • Very restricted running area (only 20” x 55” of available space)
  • Expensive accessories required for full use of all features


What We Think

The NordicTrack T5.7 treadmill is currently available for purchase exclusively through Sears and many customers throughout Canada are still debating whether or not to invest in this “leading product”. The short answer, based on the many different NordicTrack treadmill reviews that we have studied about the NordicTrack T5.7 and the NordicTrack C2150 treadmill, is that you should stay as far away from this treadmill and any other NordicTrack treadmill as possible. There truly is no need for you to waste any of your hard-earned money on this treadmill that is clearly only going to disappoint you shortly after you have made the bad decision to purchase it.

There truly are not that many advantages to purchasing the NordicTrack T5.7 treadmill at all besides the few little bells and whistles that really have nothing to do with the treadmill’s efficiency and quality whatsoever. If you really do want to be trained by pre-programmed workouts and advice from fitness expert Jillian Michaels, she has an entire collection of DVDs and video games that you can purchase. The NordicTrack T5.7 treadmill is nowhere near the only treadmill, or product in general, that is also compatible with your iPod and other MP3 players. Therefore, you have a wide variety of other options if the bells and whistles are all you care about besides wasting your money on the NordicTrack T5.7 treadmill.

However, if you are truly looking for a powerful treadmill that is known for its quality and efficiency and is truly worth every single penny that you use to purchase it, then you need to look no further than the Horizon T101 treadmill. The Horizon T101 treadmill also has a 2.25 horsepower motor but it is able to work hard for you continuously and quietly day in and day out.

It is able to reach an incline of 10% which means that you can truly maximize every inch of the 20 x 55 inch belt that comes with it. There are close to ten different programming options that you can choose from in order to truly get the most benefits out of your workout, including time, calories, intervals and overall weight loss. You also will not have to worry about losing the additional benefit of MP3 compatibility, because the Horizon T101 allows you to enjoy the music on your favorite MP3 player through the sonic surround speakers that come built in. Most people will not have to worry about being too heavy for the treadmill, because it comes fully equipped with a maximum user weight of 300 pounds. Even though this treadmill comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labor, you will be provided with a lifetime warranty on both the frame of the Horizon T101 treadmill as well as the motor.

NordicTrack T5.7 Treadmill – Key Specs:

Frame Type: Standard
Drive Motor: 2.5 CHP
Speed Range: 0 – 12 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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