NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill Review

NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill Review

The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill is one amongst the advanced treadmills available in the latest T Series of NordicTrack. It is an affordable series designed by the company and it offers some amazing features and abilities at a reasonable price.

The T Series has three more models – The NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill, NordicTrack T 7.5 S Treadmill, and the high-end NordicTrack T 9.5 S Treadmill, however, all these models have similar features and are worth checking out.

The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill was introduced in the year 2020 as one of the models of the T Series of treadmills. This model is the third treadmill in the series that has the highest specifications other than the NordicTrack T 9.5 S Treadmill that has higher specifications, namely with a slightly better specifications that include a stronger motor, a monitor that is quite big and a higher premium of $400 MSRP.

The T 8.5 S Treadmill is a level up from the NordicTrack T 7.5 S Treadmill and has a bigger console along with a stronger motor. The most impressive portion of this machine is its console – it is HD, multi-color and also touch-screen.

With the help of iFit Coach, the user can access and run on trails located worldwide and also have a look at various popular landmarks across the world while they run. These treadmills have taken over the C Series with their amazing features and a reasonable price.

It offers about 50+ workout programs and everything needed is available at the fingertips and you will not need someone to assist you with personal training. Read through our NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill Review 2020 to know more about its specifications.

Best Suited to Whom?

The NordicTrack T 8.5 S is a good option for all those fitness enthusiasts who intend to go for a run more than 3 times in a week because this is where a good treadmill is needed. Low-cost treadmills can damage the ankles, kneecaps, as well as hips.

The low-cost models do not come with the shock absorption cushioning of A-grade quality such as the popular FlexSelect which is found in most of the models of NordicTrack.

It comes with a strong motor and this enables the user to have many workouts in a day, due to the continuous horsepower. The machine offers 4 distinct profiles and is a great option for families where multiple users can use the treadmill.

Be it walkers or runners, both kinds of users can make use of this treadmill. It is perfect for a family where the fitness levels and fitness goals vary from person to person. Cheap machines are in plenty in the market, however, they can breakdown, cause damage to your body, and will not last long.

If you want a strong machine that is affordable, the NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill is exactly what you need. It also offers a 1-year membership of iFit Coach that is normally found on the high-end machines.

NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill Assembly, Design and Build Quality

Assembly

The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill can be assembled easily by the user in whichever room they prefer. A large portion of the treadmill arrives pre-assembled. All you have to assemble is the front masts and the console.

You might need to adjust the position of the belt before you begin using the treadmill. The tools needed for the assembling are included with the machine. It also has an instruction manual that is very simple and clear to follow. A user can assemble this treadmill in about 2 hours.

As treadmills are heavy, it is recommended to assemble the machine in the room that you wish to use it.  This treadmill can be folded and it rolls easily to be moved around short distances.

But, the width of this machine is 36 inches and moving it might be a challenge. The machine has transport wheels located at the front for ease in relocation.

Design and Build Quality

A majority of the treadmills of this quality come with a frame that has been constructed out of steel, and even the NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill is no exception. It has a frame of steel that makes it solid and strong.

It has a user weight limit of 300 lbs or 136 kg. The steel bars of this treadmill has a powder coating finish that makes it corrosion resistant and avoids abrasion. The upright masts are gray in color and the frame’s base is black in color.

It is a heavy-duty treadmill and is not very lightweight. The machine has a weight of about 200 lbs (90 kg) when it is completely assembled. Hence, transporting this machine and assembling it would need two people.

However, once the treadmill is fully assembled, the machine can be relocated easily by a single person as the front base comes with transport wheels.

The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill is furnished with a strong multi-ply belt that has a top layer of rubber which gives high adherence. The internal rollers of this treadmill come with a crowned design and include sealed ball bearings that are heavy-duty ones in order to ensure the belt motion is smooth.

They are quite large and have a diameter of 1.9″ and it ensures the belt has better traction. Additionally, the crowned design increases the belt’s lifespan. The price of this machine can vary, but generally, it is available for $1,299.

NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill Features

1. Motor: T 8.5 S Treadmill has a DurX Commercial Plus motor of 3.5 CHP that produces stable and regular power.  When you need to check the durability and longevity of the treadmill, the motor is one vital feature that you have to consider.

The commercial motor of this treadmill of 3.5 CHP has been designed to support daily use and to last for a long time. It supports a run over 30 minutes and also supports the use of the treadmill by many people. It also features dual fans that change as per the intensity of the workout.

2. Incline: This treadmill offers 12 incline levels, the range being 0% to 12%. That is about 9° of incline. The increments for incline adjustment are 1%. The console has some quick selection keys on its left side where the incline can be adjusted from 0% to 12%. The lower keypad features controls for gradual incline adjustment as well.

With the incline is fixed at 0%, the deck is elevated at about 11″ (28 cm). On the other hand, when the incline is fixed at the maximum, the deck’s front part gets elevated by additional inches.

Therefore, when you use this treadmill, it is recommended that the ceiling of the room must be 20″ (51 cm) higher than the height of the user. The incline system has two levers located beneath the deck’s front. When you adjust the incline, the 2-lever system either raises or lowers the deck’s front.

3. Console: The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill has an impressive display – a 10” HD touchscreen. The high-quality display allows the user to track the workout data easily, operate the various workout programs, and engage themselves in iFit Coach workout programs.

4. Running Belt: The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill features a multi-ply belt that has a top layer of rubber in order to ensure better adherence. The belt is a heavy-duty one.  To make sure the motion of the belt is very smooth, the internal rollers consist of solid sealed ball bearings.

These are very large and have a diameter of 1.9” thereby ensuring the belt has good traction. The rollers come with a crowned design that increases the lifespan of the belt.

5. Transport Wheels: The NordicTrack T 8.5 S treadmill has transport wheels that are located at the front of the treadmill. This enables the user to shift the treadmill easily whenever required.

But, the treadmill is quite heavy at 200 lbs and its dimensions are such that, it is advised to assemble the machine in the room you desire to use it. Also, it is recommended to use a treadmill mat

6. FlexSelect Cushioning System: The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill has a FlexSelect cushioning system that maximizes the user’s performance when running outdoors. This cushioning system permits the user to select how much cushioning their run requires.

So, in case a user feels like having a run outdoors, all they have to do is select the cushioning and they get the feel of an outdoor run. In case they need a cushioned surface, it can be selected.

The deck comes with six cushioning components– three on each side. These elements can absorb approximately 40% of the shock while running. The user can either enhance or minimize the flexibility of the cushion easily.

7. Folding: An important feature of this treadmill is its foldability. The deck of this machine comes with a folding mechanism that has a hydraulic cylinder. So, when the treadmill deck is unfolded, the user will not have to control the movement or hold it.

The hydraulic mechanism lowers the deck automatically. Also, when the deck folded up, the length of the machine is about 40″ (101 cm).

8. Speakers: It comes with in-built Bluetooth speakers that permit the user to sync their smartphone with the treadmill and listen to their favorite audio. An audio jack is also available.

9. Others: 

  • Fans: The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill has a strong exercise fan that keeps the user cool during the workouts. The fan comes with multiple speeds that ensure the sweating is minimum.Also, the fan has an option of auto-speed, wherein the speeds change as per the intensity of the workout, automatically.
  • USB port: It does not have a USB port
  • Audio Jack: The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill has an audio jack to connect your device.
  • Water bottle cubbies: The machine has a place to keep your water bottles.

NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill Workout Programs

The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill has about 50 different workout programs that can be used by users at any time. They are included in the treadmill and users need not bother about monthly subscriptions like the iFit app.

These programs are classified in two – firstly, the user can select the type of workout, be it cardio, calorie burn, or interval. Secondly, the user can select either beginner, intermediate or advanced workout programs based on their level of fitness.

The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill gives its users a one-year iFit subscription. This enables users to access about 16000+ on-demand workout programs that are inclusive of destination runs that are led by trainers.

The user is provided guidance by popular elite trainers who not just challenge but also motivate users to achieve their fitness goals. The programs include strong cross-training workouts, weight training programs, yoga as well as studio classes that are streamed into the console of the treadmill in HD color right at the comfort of the house.

The trainers include some of the top trainers in the world such as Tanya, Betina, Giddy, Hannah, and John, who train celebrities and have won awards like Women’s Health trainer of the year and Men’s Health trainer of the year.

iFit works well with Google Maps thereby enabling users to run on any route across the world. All they need to do is design their route and the speed as well as incline automatically changes so as to follow the map.

iFit also provides the user with destination runs, that can be used by users via a library of video routes that range from beaches, mountains, to historic monuments. T 8.5 S Treadmill is iFit enabled and users can synchronize the incline, speed, and decline automatically with their on-demand exercises that are streamed on the console.

The treadmill has wireless connectivity that allows users to connect the machine to the WiFi and access iFit workouts.

Note: Though the iFit program has been popularly promoted, you must understand that the NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill does not offer a free 1-year iFit membership. Users will have to pay for the program upfront and post use for a year, if they do not need the subscription, they can cancel the subscription and get the money back.

NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill Warranty

The manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, a 5-year warranty on the parts and 2-years of labor. The manufacturer also offers a 30-day return period when purchasing the NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill.

In case the user wants to return the machine, they have to get in touch with the customer service of ICON within 30 days of purchasing the treadmill. A restocking fee of 10 percent is assessed unless the product being returned is damaged or defective.

NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The treadmill has a sturdy steel frame
  • The machine has about 50+ workout programs
  • It has an incline range of 0-12%
  • The machine has a DurX Commercial Plus motor of 3.5 CHP
  • The treadmill comes with the FlexSelect cushioning system
  • It has a good and large display
  • It offers a multi-speed fan
  • It has Bluetooth and wireless connectivity
  • It is iFit-enabled
  • It can be folded
  • The treadmill is affordable
  • The machine also has a water bottle holder
  • The warranty offered on the machine is excellent

Cons

  • The treadmill does not include the HR chest strap
  • The user has to pay for the iFit subscription upfront while purchasing the machine
  • There is no tablet holder

How Does the NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill Compare with other models in the T series of NordicTrack?

NordicTrack has been offering a wide variety of treadmills, and this makes it quite difficult for the user to choose from the options. However, the models have been categorized as well, which makes the selection process a bit easier.

At present, NordicTrack has the T Series, Incline Trainer Series, and the Commercial

The T Series is an entry-level series of treadmills by NordicTrack, the most affordable being the NordicTrack T 6.5 S Treadmill. It provides a Smart HD touch screen of 10”,  a motor of 2.6 CHP, incline of up to 10% and speed of 10 mph, a running area of 20″ x 55″ and 20 in-built workout programs.

The NordicTrack T 7.5 S Treadmill comes with a Smart HD touch screen of 7” which is a bit smaller,  a strong motor of 3.0 CHP, incline of up to 12%, and a speed of 12 mph, a larger running deck of 20″ x 60″ and 50 workouts in contrast to the T 6.5 S. In addition to this, it offers Bluetooth audio, a tablet tray, and an AutoBreeze fan.

The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill, as discussed above comes with a Smart HD touch screen of 10”, a motor of 3.5 CHP motor and is quite similar to the treadmill T 7.5 S  

The high-end NordicTrack T 9.5 S Treadmill is quite similar to the T 8.5 S but comes with a Smart HD touch screen of 14” and a more strong motor of 3.6 CHP.

Other than the T series, NordicTrack also has the Commercial Series as well as Incline Trainer Series. The Commercial Series treadmills are 1750, 2450, and 2950. They come with a motor of 3.75 at minimum, have a good incline and decline, a large running deck of 22″ x 60″, advanced cushioning as well as better workout fans.

The Incline Trainer treadmills of NordicTrack are X11i, X22i etc. They are similar to the treadmills of the Commercial Series. They just have an additional incline and decline ability, and a few models have larger touch screens.

The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill can be considered to be a treadmill lower than the Commercial Series 1750, which is amongst the best treadmills for home use.

Verdict

If you are on the lookout for a treadmill that is loaded with features and is affordable, for your home, the NordicTrack Treadmill is a good option. The machine comes with a good cushioning that can be adjusted as per requirements. It has an incline range of up to 12% and a speed level of 12 mph.

It has a strong motor of 3.5 CHP as well as 50 in-built workouts. The treadmill has an HD Touch screen of 10” and is iFit enabled. It can be used with Google Maps as well and users can make use of numerous workout programs under the guidance of popular trainers.

The machine also offers a workout fan, one-touch controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and a tablet holder. The treadmill deck can be folded easily. So if you want a strong treadmill loaded with features, the NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill is a good pick.

FAQs of NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill

Q1:
What is the user weight capacity of the T 8.5 S treadmill?
A1:
The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill has a max user weight capacity of about 300 lbs which is good enough for many users. However, for those users above the limit, they can check out treadmills from SOLE - these are priced in the same range but come with higher weight limits.

Q2:
Is the T 8.5 S Treadmill noisy?
A2:
Though the NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill comes with a powerful motor, the treadmill is very when in use. However, when used at full speed, it can be heard by others.

Q3:
Does the NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill have a safety feature?
A3:
The NordicTrack T 8.5 S Treadmill comes with an emergency key.