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NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Review

Quick Summary

Meet the champ! The Commercial 2950 is NordicTrack’s premium treadmill for any workout intensity. Optimized for iFit Coach treadmill workouts, the 2950 has a 22” HD touchscreen and a track with power incline/decline to mimic outdoor routes. High-end performance features include a 4.25 CHP motor, 40 on-board workout programs, and Runners Flex™ Cushioning. Durable and high-performing, this machine is ready to handle a full household’s exercise needs.

NordicTrack has launched their 2021 update to the treadmill with a host of improvements. It now has faster graphics processing and improved dual-band WiFi connectivity to improve streaming quality of live and on-demand workouts. They have also expanded the treadmill’s Bluetooth capabilities, allowing users to pair their Bluetooth headphones to the treadmill in order to listen along to interactive training sessions. The incline drivers have been upgrades as well, and run much more quietly than they have in the past. The 1-year iFit membership that comes with the treadmill is now a family membership that allows for multiple users.

Specifications

Model NordicTrack Commercial 2950
Rating

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96.8%
List Price

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

$3,599
Best Price

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$2,749
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).

-3 - 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.

4.25 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).

22" 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.

Runners Flex 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.

40
Max. Weight

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

300 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.

EKG Grip Pulse
Dimensions

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

79.5” L x 39.2” W x 66.6” H
Rollers: 2.5"
Display

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

22” Smart HD 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: 10 years
Motor: 2 years
Parts: 2 years
Electronics: 2 years
Labor: 1 year

Rating: 96.8%

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Display: Large 22″ HD touchscreen
  • Workout Variety: 40 built-in workout programs
  • iFit-enabled: Delivers unlimited workout program downloads
  • Spacious: Roomy exercise surface (22″ x 60″)
  • Power incline and decline: Includes -3% decline as well as +15% incline
  • Powerful Motor: 4.25 CHP DurX motor
  • Flex Cushioning: Runners Flex™ Cushioning with soft and firm settings
  • Quiet: WhisperQuiet deck
  • Easy Folding: SpaceSaver frame with EasyLift™ Assist  design

Cons:

  • Assembly: It isn’t quick or easy, so plan to spend extra for pro assembly service
  • Customer Service: This is sometimes slow to send replacement parts

Full Review

The NordicTrack Commercial 2950 allows you to tour the world with iFit Google Maps routes from the comfort of your treadmill. Motivation is easy to find with 22” widescreen views. From its advanced deck to the enticing console, the new 2950 is built to support diverse treadmill workout goals like managing weight, toning your body, building speed and endurance, and improving cardiovascular health. This model is NordicTrack’s top-of-the-line treadmill for 2021.

When you first meet the NordicTrack 2950, you’ll be wowed by its appearance; its flat screen is wonderfully wide and has HD resolution, allowing you to view iFit interactive training videos and running trails in full view and clarity. But it’s not just the supersized display and iFit capability which make the 2950 one of our favorite treadmills on the market. High-quality performance features include a powerful 4.25 CHP motor and an extra-roomy workout surface for runners, power incline/decline to kick up calorie burn for walkers, and a WhisperQuiet deck to minimize the volume of your footfall.

Programs

Workout programs control a treadmill’s speed and incline. Most home treadmills have diverse preset programs, and the best treadmills let you save personalized programs too. With NordicTrack’s 2950 you get exceptional variety:

  • Unlimited programs are available with an iFit Coach membership (of which you get a 1-year free membership included with your purchase)
  • Forty workout routines are built into the console

iFit Coach provides you with infinite workout program possibilities, as well as delivering customized workout suggestions too. Choosing a program is easy and the coaching stays relevant even as your fitness goals and activities advance. If you use iFit to treadmill train with Google Maps Street Views, the Commercial 2950 track will tilt to replicate the terrain you are viewing on your 22” screen. Set new virtual training paths and explore the world; you can try a new workout anytime and go anywhere.

As well as Google Maps routes, iFit Coach also provides interactive videos with world-class personal trainers and classic personal training that’s built to your specific goals for calorie burn, speed, and elevation.

The 40 built-in exercise programs on the Commercial 2950 were designed by a certified personal trainer. Each program is optimized for one of four treadmill workout goals: calorie burn, interval training, speed training, and heart rate control.

Features

The standout feature of the new Commercial 2950 treadmill is the 22” touchscreen which supports high-def images for your workouts. The 2950 also has a ledge to support your own tablet computer or smartphone during workouts if you’d prefer. There’s also an auxiliary music port for connecting your smartphone to listen to workout guidance, music or podcasts through the set of 3” speakers built into the console.

Ready for runners, the 2950 Treadmill has a roomy 22” x 60” workout surface and supports sprinting speeds of up to 12 mph. Its runner-ready cushioning (which they call Runners Flex™ Cushioning) can be activated to bring about 30% improvement in joint protection or deactivated for a more road-like workout surface. What’s more, it’s a quiet run; the 2950’s WhisperQuiet deck technology helps absorb the sound of your footfall to help make the treadmill home-friendly. 

A set of AutoBreeze™ workout fans is provided for climate control; they can automatically adjust to match your workout intensity or you can set the fan speed manually. Other amenities include an integrated tray below the console for your water bottle or phone.

To help make the most of your living space, treadmills in the NordicTrack Commercial Series can easily be folded after a workout.

Warranty & Guarantee

The factory-direct NordicTrack Commercial 2950 Treadmill warranty package includes the following coverage:

– Frame: 10 years

– Motor: 2 years 

– Parts & Electronics: 2 years 

– Labor: 1 year

NordicTrack also gives a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The new Commercial 2950 with 22” screen and iFit Coach is NordicTrack’s most advanced treadmill in terms of mechanics and electronics. With enviable tech and a spacious yet foldable frame, it’s a good fit for just about any trainee and home workout area. 

Buying this model does mean you’re paying a premium for nonessential features like the widescreen display. Cost-conscious shoppers should look elsewhere for a machine that provides a similar workout experience without all of the expensive bells and whistles. However, if it suits your budget you won’t regret it. 

Overall, it’s an excellent machine for home gym enthusiasts who value high-end electronics and for whom cost is not an issue.

Rating: 96.8/100

What’s Changed For This Year

Each year a few models get upgrades. Larger screens, stronger motors, or better tech are common. Occasionally you will see two treadmills with the same name on the manufacturers site, which is confusing enough for us treadmill experts, let alone a new consumer. Below is a quick breakdown of what is new on the latest version of this treadmill.

New for 2021 (November 2020 release)

  • Updated HD Touchscreen: Improved processing and dual-band WiFi compatibility will ensure a more seamless video experience when following along to live or streaming workout classes.
  • New Mobile App: iFit is now also available as a mobile app for your smartphone.
  • Quiet Drive Incline Tech: The incline drivers on the 1750 are smoother and quieter than ever, and allow for more precise control during instructor-led classes. Quieter is always better, especially when you need to follow guidance/instruction.
  • Bluetooth Upgrade: Previously you could use Bluetooth to pair your phone to your treadmill, allowing you to listen to your own playlists while working out. Now, you can pair your Bluetooth headphones to your treadmill, so that you can listen to your instructor without disturbing the whole house.
  • Expanded iFit Offer: In previous years, these treadmills would come with an individual 1-year iFit membership, but for 2021 these memberships have been upgraded to family memberships—perfect for households with multiple runners.

12 Comments

  • Gordon September 9, 2020 at 4:02 pm
    2950 Treadmill has very high score from you but can It support wired or bluetooth headphones as we have found much to our cost we think it may not? Everybody in the household has to listen to the treadmill speakers. that cannot be right on a treadmill of this cost surely? Tell us we are wrong please. Help, as if it doesn't have this basic feature should you not be saying so in the review?
    • FitRated September 16, 2020 at 5:06 pm
      Hi Gordon, this treadmill does not have a headphone jack, but there is a way to connect your bluetooth headphones. You can find a step by sep guide if you search "Nordictrack unlock bluetooth settings." Thank you for your feedback. We will definitely look into updating this review to address the headphone issue.
  • Jorge Aizpurua January 31, 2020 at 6:45 pm
    I have no issues at all with my C2950 which I bought on September 2018. I do the updates manually and it works as it should be and YES it has browser capability and of course web connectivity as well. When your c2950 starts scroll up fom the very bottom of the screen and click on the "Left arrow symbol" to get you to the main screen of the OS
    • FitRated February 18, 2020 at 10:32 am
      Thanks for the feedback, Jorge! We are glad that you are enjoying your C2950!
  • Brian Houck May 10, 2019 at 6:13 pm from Chicago
    This treadmill is an expensive hunk of garbage .... The overall construction doesn't warrant the price, specifically the motor hood is flimsy and was damaged on delivery and there are other pieces that don't install flush and are flimsy. They did send a replacement part, that I apparently need to figure out how to install myself. The biggest issue is that iFit doesn't work. We have had the machine for two weeks and nothing but trouble. I got in one successful workout out of 14 attempts where the machine didn't restart itself, freeze, or the video stopped playing. Three long calls with support, multiple factory resets, and backends system changes and still the same results. I have spend 35 minutes working out on the machine and over 2 hours trying to fix it. Clearly the software was not ready for market, clearly adequate testing was not complete prior to shipping the machine. On the one positive note, the help desk has improved greatly and has been very responsive
    • Courtney Grafton May 13, 2019 at 11:04 am
      Hi Brian, were you able to get in touch with customer service? Is the overall machine working now? Have you tried troubleshooting the machine from the manual?
  • Terri Wynn March 25, 2019 at 1:59 pm from Chesterfield, Mo
    Worst purchase I’ve ever made. This unit has caught fire twice. Now after replacing the entire console, unit started smoking this morning. When I called in, I was told to turn unit on so that tech could see the smoke. Seriously! Nordic track obviously aware of problem as the 2950 is no longer in their lineup. Tech came back on line without further questions to say they’re shipping replacement fan parts and console, unfortunately it will be 6-8 weeks or more before parts are available. Nordic track needs to replace the unit!
    • Courtney Grafton March 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm
      Hi Terri. We are so sorry to hear about your experience with your machine so far. Have you been able to contact a representative about replacing the entire unit? We hope they are able to resolve this issue for you in a timely manner and apologize for the inconveniences you've been experiencing.
  • Duncan Stuart March 13, 2019 at 12:33 pm
    This review is highly misleading. I just received a NordicTrack Commercial 2950. There is no web connectivity. There is no browser capability and there is no way to access entertainment on the web. All you can do is connect with iFit. This is a major disappointment, and I don't know why anyone would want a big 22" HD screen if there is no significant use for it. Where did the reviewer get the information that this machine had web connectivity and browser capability.? I check with NordicTrack and they confirm it doesn't have this capability.
    • Courtney Grafton March 14, 2019 at 10:36 am
      Hi Duncan. We are sorry to hear your disappointment with this machine. Most of the treadmills on the market with a screen only provide use for the iFit coach app. I took a look into this for you and it appears that it is only used for the iFit coach app however I would verify with NordicTrack directly if there is an alternative mode to access web browsing instead. You can contact them at 1-888-308-9616. I will make note of this and update our system accordingly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Hans Vangilder March 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    • Amy Tokic March 5, 2019 at 3:29 pm
      Thanks Hans, I'm glad we were able to help you!

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