If you’re interested in improving your cardiovascular health, treadmills are an ideal type of exercise equipment to help you do just that. No matter what type of shape you’re currently in, just 30 minutes a day on a treadmill can help you burn calories and fat, improve heart health, and build endurance.
One very popular treadmill model is the T 6.5S by NordicTrack. This treadmill is one of their more affordable options, but is it really worth nearly $600?
In this review, we’ll cover everything you need to know before deciding whether or not this is the treadmill for you.
|Product Weight||203 lbs.|
|Walking Belt Size||20×50 in.|
|Max Speed||10 mph|
|Max Weight Capacity||350 lbs.|
|Built-In Workout Programs||20|
Judging by the specifications of the treadmill, it has a somewhat average size, weight, and power for its class. Next, up we’ll dive into a more detailed overview of the treadmill’s features and explain what makes it stand out from the pack.
The NordicTrack T 6.5S treadmill has a 5-inch backlit display. It shows all of your stats like heart rate, distance, speed, time, and calories burned. The display uses one-touch controls that let you adjust your speed or incline level at the touch of a button.
There are two large built-in cup holders on the console, as well. These are also big enough to hold other items like your phone, keys, or anything else you want to keep with you while you’re using the machine.
The treadmill is compatible with iFit, a membership-only fitness app that allows you to connect via Bluetooth to Google Maps training routes and personalized workouts created from your workout data.
This feature requires you to pay for a subscription separately, but there’s a 30-day free trial, so it’s up to you to decide whether or not you consider this app worth paying extra for.
If you have no intention to use iFit, you can bypass the activation during setup by holding down the Sync/Bluetooth button until it beeps.
Intermix Acoustic Sound System
The T 6.5S comes with built-in dual 2-inch speakers that allow you to connect your mobile device via a 3mm input to listen to your favorite music while you work out. This is a nice feature, but the sound quality isn’t that impressive.
The treadmill includes 20 pre-programmed workouts to choose from, which is more than many models at this price range offer. These are designed by certified personal trainers, and they’ll automatically adjust your time and speed to provide you with an effective workout.
The T 6.5 S packs a decent amount of performance and versatility, and this is most evident in the large, 20-inch by 55-inch walking deck.
Not only does it allow you to automatically shift incline levels up to 10 percent with the touch of a button – you can also adjust the walking surface to suit your comfort level.
The FlexSelect cushioning system lets you customize the deck to suit your needs at the turn of a knob, whether you want a softer landing that’s easier on your joints or you prefer the feel of running on the road.
This treadmill lets you choose your speed in increments. It allows you to run, but don’t expect to have super intense sprinting sessions since you’ll top out at 10 mph.
The machine itself is very steady and stable during operation, and it doesn’t shake when you’re running. It’s also much quieter than expected, which is a big plus.
The NordicTrack T 6.5S is quite a large machine, but it has a SpaceSaver design that’s foldable and portable. It uses a hydraulic assist system to help you fold the machine vertically, and the transportation wheels let you roll it wherever you want to store it.
This makes the treadmill an ideal choice if you live in a smaller home or apartment. You can easily fold up the machine and get it out of the way when you’re not using it.
While $600 might seem like a steep price for an entry-level treadmill, this one is packed with features and has a very sturdy frame with a large walking surface. Not only that, the fact that you can fold it up for storage makes it an even better buy.
The treadmill comes with a lifetime frame warranty, a 25-year motor warranty, and a 1-year parts and labor warranty, which is pretty good compared to some competitors.
Since you’re getting a treadmill that feels a lot more expensive than it is, it’s safe to say that this treadmill is worth the price.
If you’re looking for a treadmill that offers a ton of options at a budget price, the NordicTrack T 6.5S is one that we definitely recommend.
Some of the biggest standout features it offers includes the adjustable FlexSelect deck cushioning and the pre-programmed workout options. The automatic incline and foldability of this machine make it even better.
The only thing we don’t really like about this treadmill is the need to purchase a separate iFit membership, but it might be worth the extra money for the versatility and personalization that iFit provides.
No matter how you look at it, the T 6.5S is at the top of its class. It’s reliable, durable, and provides you with plenty of options to customize your workout. There’s not much more you could ask for in a treadmill.
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