A couple of weeks ago I went to test out new treadmills!!

 

Went to @sears last night to test out @nordictrack treadmills! I purchased my treadmill used in 2010 and it’s seen it’s fair share of miles since then – including that time I ran 30 miles on it *for fun* 🤷🏻‍♀️😜 A lot has changed in 7+ years – like omg you can share your workout directly to @facebook by clicking on a touch screen or running a route you run using google maps?! Excited to share with you soon what model I went with and what I thought of other popular models @sears sells. The treadmill I picked is on sale right now for $1,000 off!! Hello budget friendly {link in my profile to my latest article about the thoughts we sometimes have while running on a #treadmill} 😜 #irunthisbody #searsfitness #runner #run #ad #ihavearunnersbody

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Back story on my old treadmill: It was on the fritz and I haven’t really been able to run on it the way I wanted for over a year. At first I didn’t realize the treadmill was dying – I thought I had lost my mojo and just wasn’t able to mentally run on it anymore. Every run felt labored and I had the hardest time running anything over a couple of miles on it. It’s like my body was moving in slow motion only I couldn’t run any faster because it felt like 7 minute effort when I would at times be running 10 minute miles.

At that point, it wasn’t worth it to keep trying to run on it so I started using it to walk up hill on cross training days. Other than that, it sat in my basement gathering dust. When we purchased it over 7 years ago, it was used and since then I’ve run thousands of miles on it. I had debated passing it along to a family member but after running on my new Nordic Track Treadmill from Sears, I’m convinced it belongs in the trash.

I didn’t know where to start when it came to buying a treadmill. When I sat down to do my research I learned that Sears is America’s #1 fitness retailer. I bought my first treadmill used, so was excited to get a brand new one and was surprised by the incredible selection Sears has. Once I started talking to friends about where they bought their treadmills I learned that Sears is a pretty popular place to buy them at.

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Is it possible to love a treadmill? I think yes!

It completely makes sense now that I’ve been in store and have seen how affordable their prices are compared to other stores/websites. Another reason so many friends have treadmills from Sears is because of how many treadmills you are able to test out in store before making a decision on which one you want! I personally tested out quite a few.

In my opinion the first thing to think about when picking out a treadmill is what your budget is.

I believe it’s good to have a range. What you would prefer to spend, what’s the lowest you think you should spend to get what features you want and what’s your max upper limit. This way you can narrow down your choices to what is in your budget range and then work on what features you really want out of each.

The models listed below are some of the most popular at Sears!

NordicTrack T 6.7i Treadmill – Retail $899.00 – Currently on sale for  $613.79

NordicTrack T 6.7c Treadmill  – Retail $899.00 – Currently on sale for  $599.99

NordicTrack C 850s Treadmill – Retail $1199.99 – Currently on sale for  $799.99

NordicTrack C 850i Treadmill – Retail $1199.99 – Currently on sale for  $811.79

NordicTrack C950 i Treadmill – Retail $1499.99 – Currently on sale for $899.99

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I assumed that because they were on sale on the Sears website that all of them would also be on sale on the NordicTrack site, but that’s not the case. When I price checked on other sites, Sears consistently came back as the place to purchase for the best price.

The treadmill I ended up going with – the NordicTrack 1750 Commercial Series – is on sale on the NordicTrack website for $1599.99 but it’s $1499.00 at Sears.

I tested out models in various price ranges to see if I could spend less and still get a treadmill I’d be happy with. The truth is that I could have picked one of the models that is under $1,000 and been VERY happy with my choice. My thought process behind picking a treadmill that had a higher retail value, and one that was part of the commercial series, is that I know come summer time this is going to be where the majority of my runs are done. I wanted something that could handle long distances on a near daily basis for years to come.

The next thing I would consider is how much space you have in your home for a treadmill. 

Many of the treadmills at Sears fold up. I had imagined this feature was reserved only for inexpensive treadmills but the reality is that it’s a really great feature that comes on treadmills in every price range. I wish I had been able to fold up my treadmill back when it was two feet from my bed at our previous home! This is great if you don’t have any space for a dedicated workout space in your home. My treadmill is easy to fold up and move around as it has wheels on the front, which allows me to tuck it away if needed.  

The next thing I would consider is if you want it to only incline or if you would like a decline option as well. The decline is not necessary but I wanted it. I had never run on a treadmill that declined before and if it’s in your budget, it’s a pretty sweet option!

Once you consider your budget, how much space you have, and the decline and incline option, it’s really just about bells and whistles from there. Do you want it to have a touchscreen or does that make no difference to you? Do you want built-in fans {mine has two sets of them} or are you fine using an external fan to keep cool? Are you fine with not being able to adjust how the belt beneath you feels while you run or do you want the feel of different surfaces for different runs {I’ll be honest and didn’t even know this option existed before!}? Is Wi-Fi a must have or you don’t really care, you just want to be able to run on it?

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Because I want to review the specific model I purchased and why I went with that one, I’ll do a separate dedicated review post on the 1750!

Be sure to follow along this month as I talk about treadmills! I’m going to have a pretty sweet giveaway from Sears and you need to be following @mileposts on Instagram to enter!

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Note: This is part of a series of conversations sponsored by Sears about treadmills.

 

Comments

  1. Great info and very useful as we are looking for a treadmill 👌🏻

  2. Did you post about why u choose that one yet?!

  3. Thanks for sharing this post! I’m curious to know how many minutes can you run on the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 before it shuts off? I couldn’t find that even on NordicTrack or Sears’ websites. Thank you!

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