The NordicTrack Commercial 1500 Treadmill – A Great Buy

Of the outstanding new models for 2010, the NordicTrack Commercial 1500 treadmill stands out for a couple of reasons. It has a flashy new profile, plus an array of upgraded features, and the new iFit Live technology!

The Machine

The brightly lit LCD Grafixx™ display shows multiple readouts, or it can be switched to a single display field. This year’s model also comes with a ton of pre-programmed workouts, iPod capability, and an iFit Live module and a one-year subscription to (a $250 value).

The full specs on the NordicTrack Commercial 1500 treadmill are:

NordicTrack Commercial 1500 Treadmill
  • 3.0 HP DurX™ Commercial Motor
  • 0-12 mph 1-Touch™ Speed
  • 0-15% 1-Touch™ Incline
  • 20" x 60" Commercial Tread Belt
  • Durastride™ Adjustable Cushioning
  • 34 Workouts; 28 performance, 4 memory
  • iFit® Live + 12-month access to*
  • Music port for iPod®
  • Intermix Acoustics™ 3.0 Sound System
  • Dual-grip CardioGrip™ Heart Rate Monitor
  • 350 lbs User Weight Capacity
  • SpaceSaver® Folding Design
  • Airlight™ Shock Lift Assist with Self-Locking Latch
  • Warranty: Lifetime motor & frame, 2 yrs parts, 1-yr labor

*Home wireless network required

UPDATE:  The Commercial 1500 has replaced by the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 model. Check it out to see if it has the specs you are looking for.

The Buzz

While iFit Live is optional on other NordicTracks, it is now standard on the 2010 NordicTrack Commercial 1500 treadmill. The iFit Live offers a selection of interactive, online training programs designed by Jillian Michaels, and you can even hook up with Google Maps to run virtual trails all over the world.

The Commercial 1500 has outstanding engineering and design, and it’s built with quality components, including NordicTrack’s DuraStride™ Adjustable Cushioning to reduce impact on your joints by 15% to 33%, just move the isolator under the treadmill belt to change from a firm, street-like workout, to a softer, more cushioned and joint-friendly exercise surface similar to an indoor running track.

Since the 1500 was introduced in late 2007, this treadmill has been on best buy lists every year in its various incarnations. (The 1500 is the same machine as the 2009 model NordicTrack ZS, and the Epic View 550 treadmill, all made by Icon Fitness.) NordicTrack is keeping the Commercial 1500 around for a few years due to its enormous popularity and proven reliability. Treadmill reviews from the past several years bear this out; in fact, Treadmill Doctor at one time pronounced it the best treadmill ever made to sell for under $1000.

What We Say

You’ll love everything about the NordicTrack Commercial 1500 treadmill: the rugged design, bright console, ergonomics, deck cushioning, quiet motor, all the programs, plus the quality and feel of the machine.

It offers tremendous value when sale priced at $1299 ($2499 MSRP) and while that is a price increase over the old model (likely the cost of including the iFit Live, yes?), it is still a Good Buy.

If the iFit Live isn’t something you want, check out the Epic View 550 treadmill – it is the exact same machine but comes with a digital TV instead.

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