It has been almost 10 months since I bought my NordicTrack Commercial 2450 Treadmill, and I still LOVE that thing! I figured I should update my review now that I’ve been using it nonstop for almost a year now. Hope this is in time for all you Cyber Monday shoppers!
Ok, first… what happened to the price?!! I just looked at the NordicTrack website where I bought mine and they are selling it for $3,299! I guess timing is everything. If you want a treadmill right before winter, you’re going to pay a lot for it. I got mine in March of this year and I paid, no joke, less than half of that price for it. But I will say that this treadmill is so worth it that if I knew how great it was back when I was looking for treadmills, I probably would still have found a way to shell out the $$$ for it (at least I would have wanted to!).
You can read about when I originally purchased it here. When I first reviewed it, I had only just set it up and gone on one or two runs. Right now I’m coming off a fall marathon – one that I trained for almost exclusively on my NordicTrack.
Here are some of my thoughts, in no particular order, 9 months later…
I chose the NordicTrack Commercial 2450 mainly because I liked the large video screen attached to it. Some minor issues aside (and they may really be due to my home wifi systems – all have since been corrected!) the video monitor may be it’s best feature The screen is at a slightly lower level to my straight-ahead viewing (I’m 5’8″) for those who want to know where the monitor will sit. And, like I said in an earlier post, I have Apple TV hooked up into my monitor so I can watch movies. It has been the best thing ever! I was even offered a 40″ flat screen tv to put up in front of my treadmill and I declined because the NordicTrack Commercial 2450 monitor is so perfect already. I can’t stress enough how great it is when you have to crank out 2+ hours on a treadmill and can flawlessly watch tv shows or movies on a great, large screen at a perfect viewing level.
Oh and I never thought about this before but the remote for the Apple TV is really easy to use while running. The NordicTrack controller is larger like a regular tv controller and is meant, I think, to change channels if you have your cable tv attached to it. Sometimes when I just can’t figure out what to watch to distract me from a run, I’ll end up holding that Apple TV remote for FOREVER. But it’s so light and easy to hold that it’s not a problem.
The Fan – Well the fan still works great. It gets pretty hot in my house all year round (I live in south Florida) and inside my house it’s a steady 78 degrees. But even running for hours on the treadmill in a 78 degree house, I only use Level 1 on the fan and it feels great. I think it has like 5 or 6 levels, so that shows you what kind of wind you could have on you to cool you off if you want. Basically I don’t think you will ever be there pushing the fan button like mad and wondering why the heck you can’t get more wind! The fan is powerful and efficient. And, like I said before, they have it perfectly designed to blow on you from various points.
The Belt – The belt, billed as being “extra long” is, in fact, extra long. I never get remotely near the edge of it (sorry I don’t have a longer picture here but this is when I first set it up and I didn’t think about it). If you’re one of those people who worry about falling off of it or tripping when your foot falls off the back, you don’t have to worry with this one. I even sometimes make myself back away from the console front, just to space myself out, and yet I’m still not close to the back of it.
I haven’t even adjusted the adjustable belt since I opened it from the factory. The belt just feels fine. I have actually found that it feels softer on my feet and knees than the concrete from my run route. Who would have guessed that I’d feel far less pain on this treadmill than outside? But that’s how it is. I run outside and have to deal with the hard roads and the bevel in the road to allow for heavy rain and water. My NordicTrack treadmill, however, is flat! I really have come to depend on the predictability of runs on my NordicTrack vs going outside.
Distance Training – Now just to show you how much I really use this, the longest run I’ve done on it has been 18 miles. Boy, that was a fun day. The most mileage on it per week was about 40 miles. The treadmill holds up great. Though, it does this thing where it says it needs to refresh or something and shuts off and on for a second. It only happens in the middle of a really, really long run, spanning hours, but the screen will flash and it will go back to normal instantly. It freaked me out the first time it happened because I thought it was erasing all my data, which I hadn’t been tracking myself.
The Noise – This treadmill isn’t as loud as you might expect. Well, I’m not sure how loud you think an indoor treadmill will be. But I personally do not find it loud, and I have very young children sleeping nearby when I run. They are in a different room of course but even in an otherwise quiet house they are not bothered by it and it does not wake them up. This was true even back when I had only first started using it and they weren’t used to the sound. Also, I do a lot of running at night when everyone is asleep or has been asleep for hours. And it still doesn’t wake anyone up.
Headphones – The headphone feature on the console comes in handy when everyone in the house is asleep and I want to watch something on the monitor (which is always!). It’s aligned to the left, which kind of made it weird when I ran because of my arm swings while running, but I solved this by taping the headset cord so that it would only be loose coming from the middle of the console just like the safety string. It’s not a big deal with the taping method. And it keeps the two strings separate as well.
Other Features – I’ve used the heart rate monitor handles a couple of time and they were easy to use. I don’t use many of the features on the Nordictrack outside of tracking my run and adjusting the incline. But the heart rate thing went well. The other features such as plotting a course somewhere in the world and racing people virtually, I haven’t used any of them outside of the first try and they were fine. It’s just not my preference.
What I do like is the lap screen visual. I never knew I would like that visual so much. I tell you, seeing myself virtually go around a 400m lap is that something I never knew I always wanted. It helps me when I feel like quitting early (“Just finish this lap!!”… turns into me getting through 5 more miles) and it has been amazing when I do speed intervals on the treadmill too. Speaking of speed intervals, it’s really easy to do those on the Nordictrack. I thought it would be me frantically pushing buttons and flying off the machine and all kinds of crazy. But it’s so easy! The pace levels on the right make it easy to just hit a certain pace and then adjust with the + and – signs a little as needed. It’s really easy to do while you’re running too.
Verdict – Love my NordicTrack!! I tell people I love my treadmill at least several times a week. This treadmill makes me look forward to running with all its luxuries (for lack of a better word). Like a lot of you busy people out there, I feel so busy with my job and grad school and 2 kids and my spouse and my spouse’s work schedule… I don’t have much spare time so I have to choose carefully what I do with that time. Maybe it sounds bad but I love that I can get a run in and also mentally relax by watching a movie or a tv show while I’m running. Conversely, there are times when I have a training run to do and I’m exhausted from work and school and it’s 10pm at night. Having a treadmill and a great tv show to wake me up (or to entice me on there) is priceless. Well, according to NordicTrack it’s $3,299, but you know what I mean. Being able to have a great treadmill to take the edge off of everything else is great. You won’t regret the NordicTrack Commercial 2450.