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NordicTrack C1250 Review

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The NordicTrack C1250 is one of the best value treadmills on the market.

Built with Quadflex cushioning, the C1250 provides four different points of shock absorbent support to your joints.

The C1250 features all of the components you expect with a treadmill in this price range including an impressive 3.5 CHP motor, 20″ x 60″ running surface, amazing 10″ color Touch-Screen display, music compatibility and iFit technology.

Learn more by reading our full NordicTrack C1250 treadmill review below…


Model NordicTrack C1250

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

0.5 - 12 mph

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%

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

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"

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.

QuadFlex Cushioning

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


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

Max. Weight

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

350 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.


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

80" x 38" x 72"
Rollers: 2.5"

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

10" Full-Color Touch Screen
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.


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).


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
Deck: Lifetime
Motor: Lifetime
Parts: 5 Years
Electronics: 5 Years
Labor: 2 Years

Rating: 93.3%

Our Rating

Rating: 93.3/100. Commercial-grade treadmill features large 3.5 CHP motor and spacious running surface. Bulky trainer takes up a decent amount of space, but can’t argue with design of frame or deck. Lots of electronics at your disposal, including Internet access.


  • Powerful 3.5 CHP motor among the best
  • Great for larger runners (20″ x 60″ deck)
  • Very durable frame (350 lbs. max user weight)
  • Large 10″ full-color touch screen display
  • iFit Live already built-in to console
  • Music friendly


  • Folds but not the most compact treadmill
  • No negative decline (compared to NordicTrack C1750)
  • A few customer complaints related to customer service


The NordicTrack C1250 is a clear example of where the industry is headed. NordicTrack has actually found a way to not only make treadmills efficient but also highly entertaining.

The C1250 treadmill combines all the latest technology available in one unit including mp3 compatibility, built-in speakers, internet capability and a 10″ full color Touch-Screen display.

Android powers your internet connection saving you time during your workout as you browse through the latest sports, connect with friends on Facebook and catch up with email. The display doesn’t forget you are working out and still tracks speed, time, incline, pulse, distance and calories burned.

If working out to music is your preference, simply plug in your mp3 or iPod to the music port and stride to your favorite tunes.

Workout Programs

The NordicTrack C1250 offers 26 workout programs — a good variety of exercise routines, including seven high intensity, seven incline, six speed and six calorie-burn workouts.

Along with the pre-defined workout selections, users can further customize their exercise routines by instantly accessing iFit Live (via the console).

Download new workouts, train with Ann Jillian or fulfill a dream by running a route on Google Maps through popular European cityscape routes. Or, trek the mountainous trails challenging you in National Parks.

Treadmill Features

NordicTrack C1250 has combined over 25 years of manufacturing experience to provide you with a sturdy, safe treadmill that has a built-in thermal cut-off switch if the motor gets too hot.

In addition to the outstanding electronics, the NordicTrack C1250 also sports one of the most powerful motors on in the industry (3.5 CHP) and environmentally safe precision balanced rollers.

With the one touch incline adjustment and speed control, the NordicTrack C1250 guarantees you will not experience any annoying disruptions to your workout. The C1250 helps you climb to a 15% incline while pacing yourself to reach a target speed of 12 miles per hour.

Monitoring your heart is important to NordicTrack and they make it easy by providing sensors built into the handle grips. The airflow automatically adjusts to your speed or simply choose a low or high setting on the cooling fan.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack C1250 treadmill warranty and guarantee includes:

– Frame: Lifetime
– Deck: Lifetime
– Motor: Lifetime
– Parts & Electronics: 5 Years
– Labor: 2 Years (in-home)

NordicTrack has a 30-day money back guarantee on all exercise equipment. Dial 1-866-896-9777 for questions and concerns.


The C1250 competes with any commercial treadmill on the market.

Between the space saving folding feature, all the latest in current technology, the lifetime warranty on motor and the 30-day money back guarantee from NordicTrack; you truly can’t go wrong with this purchase.

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