For 2016 NordicTrack has integrated some of their latest and greatest technology into one of their most affordable treadmills, the C 700. The latest model comes with an iFit-enabled console, allowing it to work directly with smartphones or tablets without any specialized monitors. The iFit system allows users to take full advantage of customized workouts using 20 different apps. The treadmill’s speed and inclination are fully adjustable either directly or through its iFit apps; maximum incline is 10 percent and top speed is 10 mph. The C 700 treadmill features integrated speakers and a port for an MP3 player, too.
This latest model is not entirely without its limitations, though. Earlier versions of the C 700 featured a higher incline range and a longer track. (The current model’s track is 22 inches by 55 inches.) We’ve reviewed other NordicTrack models that may be more appropriate for users who are looking for a spacious running area.
The Good Parts
Variety Of Workouts. NordicTrack’s new C 700 comes with 20 different workout routines, each one designed by professional trainers. The workouts are responsive, altering the treadmill’s incline as required to ensure that the user meets his or her endurance and energy usage goals. An iFit subscription allows for an even greater range of completely personalized workouts accessible through the user’s smartphone or tablet. (The treadmill comes with a built-in tablet stand.) With iFit, users can take advantage of Google StreetView workouts, HD video programs, virtual races, downloadable workout programs, and more. The monthly subscription price is $9.99.
Motorized Incline: The power incline system on this treadmill offers a range of different inclines up to 10 percent. There are manual controls available, and the incline can also be adjusted automatically by workout programs. The adjustable incline system allows for faster calorie burning, better muscle targeting, and a more exciting and varied workout experience.
Heart Rate Sensors: The C 700 features pulse sensors in the handlebars to monitor the user’s heart rate. There isn’t a wireless receiver for tracking the heart rate through a different device, though.
Audio System: NordicTrack’s treadmill comes with an InterMix Acoustics 2.0 sound system featuring a pair of 2″ speakers. The MP3 player port is compatible with iPods and a range of other portable devices.
Strong Motor: The treadmill is powered by a 2.75 HP DurX motor that is backed by a 25-year warranty.
AutoBreeze Fan: This simple add-on is linked to the treadmill’s speed so that a faster pace results in more air. The fan speed is also manually controllable.
Adjustable Cushion: NordicTrack’s C 700 comes with FlexSelect cushioning. This makes ordinary workouts more comfortable; alternatively, it can be disabled for a more authentic road-training experience.
Flexibility: The treadmill is rated for up to 300 pounds of weight, but it folds up for compact storage. The unit can be folded and moved without any heavy lifting.
The Bad Parts
Short Track: With a 55-inch track surface, this treadmill simply won’t suit some users. The track surface is fairly flimsy, as well. It features small rollers and a single ply. With heavy use, the track may need replacement in just one or two years.
Short Warranty: NordicTrack guarantees the labor and materials that went into the C 700 treadmill, but only for one year. The motor warranty is for 25 years, but comparable motors on other treadmills regularly come with lifetime warranties. Taken altogether, this is not a lot of protection for a treadmill this expensive.
Cost: At $1,200, the C 700 is rather pricey. NordicTrack’s own C 630 is an equally capable treadmill, and it’s regularly available for $799. Last year’s model of the C 990 is a better value at $999.
The C 700 is a treadmill that’s clearly designed for walkers who will appreciate the structured workouts and the power incline feature. It has a variety of different programs and iFit works nicely with this model.
Although this treadmill is fun and easy to use, ultimately it’s not the best value available from the manufacturer. It’s worth considering a purchase if you find it on sale, though.
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