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NordicTrack T 6.5s Treadmill - Plus the Combination of an Interactive 'Personal' Trainer. Pros and Cons From an Owner

At the moment we're all home bound, so this is a great idea to get some indoor exercise.

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How we decided on a NordicTrack 6.5S Treadmill

Well after eight years with our Sole Fitness F80, things were beginning to fail and it was getting fairly expensive to replace parts.

So, we went looking for a replacement. First thing we noticed is that since we bought our F80, prices have come right down for a big line up of treadmills. What was $1500 all those years back is now $600/$700. The features and options are now huge. We wish we'd thought about a replacement a couple of years ago.

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Comparison Treadmills - (1) Reebok Jet 100 Treadmill

Price:

$631.00

Motor

2HP

Maximim Speed

10mph

Programs

24

MP3 Compatible

Yes

Folding mechanism

Hydraulic

Maximum User Weight

242lbs

Incline

Up to 12%

Belt Size

Length: 51" x Width 16"

Warranty - Frame

Two years

Warranty- Computer

Two years

Warranty- Motor

Ten years

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(2) Nautilus T614 Treadmill

Price

$799.00

Motor

2.7HP

Maximum Speed

12 MPH

Programs

22

MP3 Compatability

Yes

Folding

Hydraulic

Maximum user weight

300lbs

Incline

12%

Belt size

Length 55" x 20" wide

Warranty - Frame

10 years

Warranty - Motor

10 years

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(3) Sunny Health & Fitness Treadmill

Price

$525.00

Motor

2.2HP

Maximum Speed

9MPH

Programs

9

MP3 Compatability

?

Folding Mechanism

Soft drop

Maximum User Weight

220lbs

Incline

12%

Belt Size

Length 49" x 16" wide

Warranty Frame

3 years

Warranty Motor

3 Months

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(4) Proform PFTL59515 - 400i Treadmill

Price

$674.00

Motor

2.5HP

Maximum Speed

10MPH

Programs

18

Folding Mechanism

Hydraulic

Maximum User Weight

250lbs

Incline

10%

Belt Size

Length 55" x 20"

Warranty Frame

Lifetime

Warranty Motor

25 Years

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(5) Schwinn 810 Treadmill

Price

$699.00

Motor

2.6HP

Maximum Speed

10MPH

Programs

16

Folding

Soft Drop

Maximum User Weight

270lbs

Incline

10%

Belt Size

Length 55" x 20" Width

Warranty Frame

10 Years

Warranty - Motor

10 Years

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(6) NordicTrack T6.5S Treadmill

Price

$599.00

Motor

2.6HP

Maximum Speed

10MPH

Programs

20 Plus iFit

MP3 Compatibility

Yes

Folding mechanism

Easy hydraulic Lift Assist

Maximum User Weight

300lbs

Incline

10%

Belt Size

Length 55" x 20" wide

Warranty Frame

Lifetime

Warranty Motor

Ten years

All Up Comparison

Well if you thumb through the above specifications, treadmills that compare in this price bracket of $500 - $700, show the following, in comparison to the NordicTrack T6.5S:

Reebok: Motor has less power, smaller belt and cost $130 more than the Nordic.

Nautilus: Fairly much the same in specifications but the Nordic costs $200 less.

Sunny Health: The belt is a lot smaller and the motor warranty of a dismal 3 months does not inspire confidence. However it is $75.00 less than the Nordic.

Proform: Similar specifications but the Nordic is $75 less cost.

Schwinn: Similar specifications but the Nordic is $100 less cost.


What we love about the NordicTrack T6.5S

Firstly, we love the big wide belt area. If things get a bit out of control you've got enough area to steady yourself. The belt also has a really nice feature called Flex Select Cushioning. With this you can add extra support if you choose for the belt to run on an outdoor type surface, or you can offer more protection to your ankles and knees by softening the belt up.

If you're a heavier person, the T6.5S will take up to 300lbs, much more than it's competitive treadmills.

It's incline raises by 10%. You can raise this by a single one touch button, or, what we love, is that if following a streaming class. The incline as you work out is set by the instructor. That can be quite a surprizing workout.

There's 20 different workouts, which is more than enough for us (we only use eight programs regularly). It includes a heart rate monitor on the handle bars.

Nordic offer with the T6.5S an interactive personal trainer with iFit. iFit is a streaming program with trainers doing routes from running up the stairs at Machu Picchu to being on the beach in Hawaii, Paris to Germany and around the globe There's hundreds of them. Also many studio workouts on demand too.

With iFit, bluetooth connection allows access to these workouts where the trainer will adjust your incline and speed as you go through a run or jog, walk, do yoga and cross training with them. iFit is an option that comes with the treadmill. It's around $15.00 per month. Have to say after subscribing we dropped it after the 30 day free trial it comes with and we stick with the 20 very good inbuilt programs it comes with.

We find the fold up mechanism excellent and can easily be operated by one hand.

Overall, the NordicTrack 6.5Si is a great little unit and we're super-happy with the investment. Precise and well-crafted, the unit smoothly folds upright to reduce the footprint in my living space. The console immediately synced with my home WiFi. Graphics/audio on the 10-inch monitor are crystal clear.

We really enjoy the treadmill automatically making incline and speed changes to match the on screen workout as you go along. This treadmill makes the old, boring, mundane workouts fun as time passes quickly with the interactive on screen trainer guiding you through the workouts.

What we don't like about the T6.5S

Although it comes with a couple of cup holders, there is no cooling fan. We have set our own one up.

It's huge. Although it folds up best to assemble it in a dedicated part of a room. Delivery is free but I'd suggest paying the extra $20 to have it taken by a couple of guys to exactly where you want it. It does weight about 200lbs.

There are countless varieties/workouts/levels to choose from. That said, we wish there were a few in which the trainers didn’t speak at all. Most of them won’t stop yacking, which is disruptive when you're trying to get your head into the zone.

There isn't a headphone jack. It does have two pretty good inbuilt speakers though.



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Questions and Answers on the T6.5S

Can you enter your weight?

No

 

You loud is this treadmill?

I can talk on the phone while it is running

 

Does this unfold slowly?

Yes. It has a gas hydraulic spring that slowly lowered the belt side.

 

Is there an iPad holder?

Yes

Is the touchscreen web enabled?

Yes

Is it standard or touchscreen display?

Touchscreen

What is the slowest and fastest speed for this treadmill?

You can set it from 0.5mph to 10mph

More thoughts on the NordicTrack

We still need to work out how the iFit works on this machine as it’s included but we’ll just have to connect to our Wi-Fi and work it out from there.

Assembly took about an hour and a half but that was us being cautious through the assembly. Make sure to have a ratchet set handy as this makes assembly an awful lot easier and quicker. They do provide a hex key but that will take a lot longer to do manually. Utilizing my ratchet set I was then able to make certain everything was nice and tight. Another tip is follow the directions for assembly carefully. For example there is a reason they tell you not to tighten the screws all the way sometimes.

Another thing is something we forgot once assembled, the treadmill won’t turn on until you’ve put the magnetic key in. I came to realize that after I assembled it, plugged it in and the screen then turned on and then turned off again.

So a quick test run, the incline week works, speeds good, and all the information is tracked just as you would expect from a good treadmill.

We are yet to try the MP3 input for music, but we have a TV that we placed in front of the unit so we may not use the MP3 anyway. The bottle/cup holders on each side will do the job. Folds up well and the provided pump make certain that it unfolds smoothly without crashing down on your feet if it happens to slip from your hands. Our plan is to get the extended service plan just in case any of the important parts were to fail in the first couple of years. But the treadmill seems very solid and I can’t anticipate any problems.


There are more advanced and better treadmills out there for sure, but for the price of this one, you just can’t beat it. I'm a runner, who regularly trains for marathons and I feel confident saying this treadmill is everything you will need unless you’re a competitive sub six minute mile runner.

For about a month and a half I’ve been using it now, mostly because I’ve got a newborn at home, so difficult to get out, but with this I can get some runs in. So far I haven’t been disappointed in anyway. A lot of home treadmills I've used are very fragile but this one is solid; I’m 180 pounds and run hard even at various inclines, but this thing is solid as a rock. I’ve never been worried that it’s going to fall apart or break.

I’ve yet to play with the various training programs that are built in, that's only because I have my own running plan but you can auto adjust the pace in incline which is great.

I decided to put this together myself and found it actually quite simple, the whole thing was together and up and running in perhaps an hour?
As the treadmill is so sturdy it’s also very heavy. I asked them to deliver it straight into my garage and there I took everything out of the box and piece by piece moved it down to my basement. Most pieces are very light except for all the running deck/track. I did move it around myself with a hand truck but I recommend you not doing it until at least one other person is there to help. I had a friend organized but through impatience, couldn't wait for him and so went for assembly myself. I slowly move the deck down step-by-step.

My only complaint, which to me is barely a complaint at all since I didn’t order it with this feature, is the speakers. "There is a 3 mm input for your phone or tablet but the speakers are a joke"…… However if you couldn’t care about sound quality, then perhaps they're okay, but my recommendation is just use your own headphones. I have mounted a television to the wall in front of the treadmill which I find the treadmill even when running to fast pace the volume doesn’t have to be turned up very loud. Motors on other home treadmills when you run the track at speed are a lot louder than this one.

So if you are in the market for a treadmill, to me this is the one, because you don’t have to spend thousands and also Amazon offer free shipping which for something that weighs over 200lbs …and for the cheap price I reckon is great value.


We’ve now owned our Nordic track treadmill for around three months and really like it. Through our dark rainy winter months I bought it as a way to continue walking as a walking exercise and I thought I’ll probably try the iFit training but unlikely to ever use it. I was very wrong. The iFit has been a big part of the program with this machine. The treadmill is great, and delivery was reasonably easy (we had to take it to the basement in pieces after unboxing it, but it worked).

Assembly was fine but we did come across a broken piece when assembling it which made it a lot harder to assemble. We contacted NordicTrack customer service and they were great and got replacement parts to us very quickly.

I love the iFit training and we all use the treadmill. At first I like to be entertained by watching the walking tours (London, Edinburgh, Portugal, Morocco, etc). That enticed me to do some running and walking. I’ve never been a runner but now using the iFit program with trainer Tommy Rivers Puzey, I’m working on increasing my running ability by working on a six week program and love it.

This treadmill has been the excuse for wanting to exercise. It's fun to use. We highly recommend it and I’m sure you will too.


The NordicTrack is a great product. I wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first treadmill purchase other than having read reviews from other customers.

The delivery men were fast and polite and delivery was on time.

The downside on assembly was I found the assembly instructions consist of 15 steps, which I thought was a little too much. However the only tools you need are a Phillips screwdriver and an adjustable wrench. Once it was together, to activate the machine I had to login to iFit.com. Contrary to some reviews you don’t have to give your credit card info, to register for your 30 day trial account.

After that, I went to start my treadmill, and had no luck. I kept going back to the site and going through the same procedure. It would welcome me, then tell me to go back to the machine and put the info in yo unlock it. Finally what I found was that I had to download the iFit app and link my treadmill through Bluetooth to the app. After doing this the treadmill was unlocked.

Checking on the manual it said nothing about downloading it, or unlocking it by syncing the treadmill to the app. The treadmill works great and his many functions. It’s not noisy as in some reviews I’ve read. The inclines and the speeds work absolutely fine. As far as I’m concerned it’s worth the money.
















Why get one?

Happy with our choice, saves me time in the morning, kids use it, can just hop on it anytime. That said if you’re looking for a solid treadmill that does most everything you need that feels very close to the weight and stature of a gym model this unit has really impressed me. It’s heavy duty, belt is lighter than a gym model but still solid, cushions are just right for aggressive runs, deck it a good thickness (I weigh 195lbs) and it feels much like a commercial unit without the $2k and north price. I would suggest that you not overspend and buy a unit with a bunch of bells and whistle‘s that you ultimately will not use. The T6.5S has all of the core features every treadmill offers. It has iFit, don’t use it, and solid program options to vary the work out. What it lacks is a lot of hi-tech features that I personally think are what most of us really don’t use because we have better alternatives at home. Example is Bluetooth. No BT on this unit. It has an 1/8th jack and speakers in the console. To be honest no treadmill can out perform my little $150 Bose Sounddock mobile speaker or BT headphones connected to my phone. So why pay for subpar audio equipment. No cooling fan. I use a far more functional Vornado fan when it gets warm that circulates air throughout the room. I would have liked to have it Polar compatible so my pulse chest strap would feed the console. I have to wear the watch. By the way, the console is great, simple, easy to read and has several modes and rotations to monitor different aspects of your run. Ok, so no complaints on this unit at all and I am pleased that it was extremely inexpensive. Highly recommend for a near-commercial home unit.

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