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NordicTrack T 6.5 S Review

Quick Summary

NordicTrack’s T 6.5 S is in the same category as the other budget friendly treadmills for home use. The sale price is $599 – a significant drop from the $1,299 MSRP. It’s incline (10%) and speed make it better suited to jogging or walking – a light or moderate cardio session. What makes it standout in this category relative to other brands is that it comes with 20 workout programs whereas the competition normally comes with less than 10. A large running track (20”x 55”) is engineered with the FlexSelect cushioning which allows the user to use the support to decrease impact on joints or choose a firmer landing similar to running outdoors. The Spacesaver, Easy Lift Assist features makes it easy to fold up in just one step.

Specifications

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Model NordicTrack T 6.5 S
Rating

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85.2%
List Price

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

$599
Best Price

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$599
Speed

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

0-10 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 - 10%
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.

2.6 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 55"
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.

FlexSelect™
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.

20
Max. Weight

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

300 lb
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.

Handlebar sensors
Dimensions

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

67.5" x 35.75” x 73”
Display

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

5” backlit console
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: 25 years
Parts: 1 year
Labor: 1 year

Rating: 85.2%

Our Rating

Rating: 85.2/100. The NordicTrack T 6.5 S treadmill is a relatively inexpensive home treadmill, but solidly built, with a proven powerful motor (25 year warranty). The track is large, which is always a nice feel especially if you want to change things up in your running activities. Furthermore, for runners the joints are always a concern and prevention is always better; the Flex Select Cushioning allows you to add extra support for knee and ankles or you can choose to run on a firm surface equivalent to running outside on tougher surfaces. The incline raises 10%, which is not the best for interval training, in fact this model is probably best for light or moderate cardio training. Speaking of training, the option of 20 programs is great for a treadmill at this price point, others in this similar category usually come with no more than 10. The iFit capability is also a great feature, but you will have to actually get the iFit monitor, which is an additional cost of $99 along with the monthly subscription. The console is basic, it allows for water bottles, but there is no cooling fan or space for personal items.  There is a port for your Ipod and two speakers to listen and pump up your music. The only problem is that there may be a bit of an issue hearing your music properly as the treadmill is a little on the noisy side. You can monitor your heart rate with the built in sensors on the handlebars. The console controls are easy one-touch keys, so you can keep on moving without any interruptions. With the SpaceSaver and the EasyLift Assist design, it is easy to fold and move out of the way in just one step.

Next are lists of pros and cons about this treadmill.

Pros:

  • Free shipping
  • 5” backlit console/display
  • Price: MSRP was $1299, now on sale for $599
  • FlexSelect Cushioning: Allows for personal choice of an outdoor feel or more joint support.
  • iFit-ready for simulated outdoor workouts
  • 20 built-in workout programs
  • Smartphone compatible: dual 2” speakers
  • Folding Design: Easy Lift Assist makes it easy to lift and fold in one easy step.
  • Weight capacity of up to 300 lbs.

Cons:

  • Noisy: the motor is a little on the noisy side.
  • Cooling fan isn’t available with this model
  • Although iFit ready, it still requires a separate purchase for iFit module in order to work
  • Incline: average incline, could be more for better workout
  • No cooling fan

Introduction

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill is a good option for light or moderate cardio workouts.  The NordicTrack brand is known in the fitness industry for workout equipment, and this is probably the least expensive of their choices. It is a good place to start for someone who is looking to start working out at home – and is a beginner; an experienced runner would need a more advanced model.

Workout Programs

There are more than enough programs on the NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill; especially if you include the iFit compatibility. Twenty to be exact, enough to work with one’s unique fitness level and goals – and a very good deal for a treadmill at this price point. In addition to the 20 programs, the iFit is a very cool option that allows you to run on various terrains around the world while the treadmill simulates and increases or decreases your resistance level based on each. However, in order to use the iFit option you will need to purchase the iFit monitor which is sold separately along with a paid  monthly subscription.

NordicTrack  T 6.5 S Features

Display: 5” Backlit display – Allows you to easily view progress and results of your personal choice of programs.

20 Built in Workout Programs: A good variety of workouts to choose from that should fit with your personal goals. You can rate your progress based on the standard selections: speed, calories burned, time remaining, elapsed time, incline, distance, pace (min./mile) and heart rate.

Running Track: The track is nice and roomy with a running surface measuring 20”x 55”.

FlexSelect Cushioning: Two cushion isolators allow extra support to reduce impact on joints, while running or have the option of a firmer surface equivalent to running in the natural elements of the outdoors.

One-touch button controls: Easily adjust your incline and speed, without interrupting your run, walk or jog.

Heart rate monitor: Monitor your heart rate through handlebars with built in CardioGrip TM sensors.

Sound System: Music always makes working out that much more fun. The Nordic Track T6.5s sound system is Ipod compatible, and your music, podcast or whatever your listening pleasure can be heard and amplified through the dual 2” speakers.

Move and Store: Once you’ve done your workout the EasyLift Assist feature makes it easy to lift up the track and fold it away.

Warranty & Guarantee

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill warranty includes:

– Frame: Lifetime

– Motor: 25 years

– Parts: 1 year

– Labor: 1 year

NordicTrack also provides a 30-day money back guarantee.

Conclusion

The NordicTrack T 6.5 S treadmill is designed for light to moderate cardio. The incline and speed options makes it ideal for walking or jogging. The FlexCushioning is an important feature that helps to protect joints while at the same time allowing you to feel the grit of the outdoors if needed. iFit capability would definitely add a little excitement to the workout routine. Overall it provides the basics required to improve cardio at the beginner level, and would be a good starter home treadmill.