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NordicTrack C 1650 Review

Quick Summary

The NordicTrack C 1650 is the top model in NordicTrack’s C Series, the brand’s most affordable treadmill line.

Upgraded for 2016 with a 10″ web-enabled touch screen, it’s a formidable competitor for other treadmills at the $1,299 price point. Is it your best choice for home training? This FitRated treadmill review can help you decide.

The C 1650 Treadmill features a 3.5 CHP motor, a 20″ x 60″ running area, an iFit-enabled console, a 10″ touch screen with an Android browser, on/off track cushioning and other appealing specs.

Learn more in the full treadmill review below.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack C 1650
Rating

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91.1%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$2,299
Best Price

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$1,299
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0 - 12 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 15%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

3.5 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

Runner's FlexSelect Cushioning
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

34
Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

325 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

CardioGrip™ Heart Rate Monitor
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

78.3" x 35.75" x 56.4"
Rollers: 1.9"
Display

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

7" Web-Enabled TouchScreen
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 91.1%

Our Rating

Rating: 91.1/100. The C 1650 leads NordicTrack’s C Series of affordable home treadmills. It has an extensive menu of preset training programs and an appealing mix of tech for entertainment. Treadmills in the C Series have small rollers compared with the pricier NordicTracks, but the C 1650 carries the brand’s longest warranty nonetheless. Overall this product is a great option for walkers and runners of most sizes. Our main caution is that NordicTrack’s customer service tends to be inefficient at times.

Pros:

  • Long track (20″ x 60″)
  • Power incline (Maximum 12%)
  • Customizable cushioning (On/off)
  • Music friendly (iPod-compatible, 2″ speakers)
  • 34 built-in workout apps
  • iFit-enabled for unlimited workout variety
  • Lifetime guarantee on frame, deck and motor
  • 10″ full-color touch screen with Android browser
  • Adjustable tablet holder
  • SpaceSaver design (Foldable)

Cons:

  • Although foldable, the C 1650 has a large footprint when in use (78.3″ L x 35.75″ W).
  • If problems arise, they won’t necessarily be rectified quickly.
  • Assembly can be cumbersome.
  • Rollers on C Series treadmills are 1.9″ in diameter. Those in the Commercial Series are larger and reduce strain on the machine.

Introduction

The NordicTrack C 1650 has the same horsepower as treadmills far above its price point. With a 3.5 CHP motor and a top speed of 12 mph, it can handle the typical trainee’s workouts without any strain. It stands out from competitors’ $1,299 options with a bevy of creature comforts: a 10″ touch screen, a web browser, iPod compatibility and more.

Training guidance is extensive. The C 1650 has 34 apps designed by a certified personal trainer. These are grouped by workout goal (e.g., weight loss or speed training). It’s also iFit-enabled for automated data tracking and literally endless workout variety.

Most appealing perhaps is its large full-color touch screen. This console feature serves as both a control center for workout programming and a screen for browsing the web. Additional on-board entertainment includes an iPod-compatible port with speakers and a holder for your own tablet computer. The computer bracket is adjustable and located above the console, so anyone can get a great view without obstructing the treadmill’s touch screen display.

The C 1650 Treadmill has a great warranty package for a $1,299 fitness machine. Overall it’s one of the best values in its price class.

Workout Programs

Keep fit with guidance from 34 built-in workout apps. The NordicTrack C 1650’s programs were designed by a certified personal trainer and are grouped into four categories: calorie burn, heart rate control, interval training and speed training. Each app takes the guesswork out of training by adjusting the treadmill’s speed and incline. The upper limits are 12 mph and 12% incline.

For unlimited workout variety the C 1650 Treadmill is iFit-enabled. With an iFit subscription you can access iFit’s benefits on your own mobile device. Download a new and personalized routine daily, access hundreds of video workouts, virtually race against Facebook friends and track your data long-term. Best of all perhaps are iFit’s Google Maps workouts. This feature lets you specify any real-life route and virtually experience it on your treadmill! As the C 1650 automatically inclines to simulate the terrain, the Google Street View will show on the console screen or your mobile device.

Heart rate monitoring is supported too. The NordicTrack C 1650 Treadmill has contact pulse grips and is compatible with a chest strap for wireless monitoring.

NordicTrack C 1650 Features

The NordicTrack brand stands out with its focus on features. On the C 1650 Treadmill, features range from a power incline to support for digital entertainment.

Motivated by music? Connect your MP3 player and play tunes through the treadmill console’s 2″ speakers.

To go online during workouts, use the C 1650’s full-color 10″ touch screen with Android browser. To access your own apps, set your tablet computer or smartphone in the treadmill’s sturdy adjustable-angle bracket.

To keep cool, use the console’s AutoBreeze workout fan. It can automatically adjust its speed to match your workout intensity.

On/off cushioning is another NordicTrack feature. FlexSelect™ cushioning on the 20″ x 60″ track can be used for impact reduction or deactivated to approximate an outdoor running surface.

Adjusting your workout program at any time is safe and convenient. OneTouch controls on the handlebars let you alter the C 1650’s speed and incline without missing a beat.

A final feature is SpaceSaver technology. When workout time is over, you can easily fold the treadmill deck upward to reveal more floor space.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack C 1650 Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Deck: Lifetime

– Motor: Lifetime

– Parts & Electronics: 5 Years

– Labor: 2 years

NordicTrack also provides a 30-day money back guarantee on all of their treadmills.

Conclusion

The NordicTrack C 1650 is a best buy at the $1,299 sale price. It’s powerful enough for intense training and is loaded with features to make exercise sessions appealing. Even so, be sure to compare prices before you commit. Occasionally NordicTrack treadmills in a higher series are sold for a similar price.