NordicTrack has numerous treadmills and potential customers often get confused by the differences, which is the case with one of my readers. Here is her question…
I am an avid runner and the Pacemaster Pro Plus II that I purchased many years (and miles) ago is no longer working. I have been researching treadmills online and found your insight very beneficial. I enjoy running outside but in bad or very cold weather I run on a treadmill. I did visit a “fitness equipment” store which sells Precor, Landice and Spirit. Unfortunately the Precor is just out of my price range.
Online, many reviews like the NordicTrack. The man at the store cautioned me to buy anything by NordicTrack. I am looking for a dependable treadmill and like the decline feature of the NordicTrack. My question is:
What is the difference (besides warranty) between the Nordictrack Commercial and the Elite Pro?
I am looking at the Elite Pro 9700 or the Commercial (1750/2450/2950). Or do you, like the man at the store, recommend a different brand for the money?
If you are a serious runner and not concerned about a bunch of frills, you may want to consider the Sole S77, which sells for $1,699. Sole treadmills are designed for the abuse that comes with running. Not to say the Elite Pro 9700 would not handle your needs, but you are paying for a bunch of bells and whistles. Sole is built by the same company that sells Spirit, and they are very similar. Sole has some other great machines like the Sole F80 and Sole F85. Here are a few comparisons we’ve done on the very popular F80 and the Commercial 1750:
Sole F80 vs. NordicTrack Commercial 1750