NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill Review

NordicTrack C990 - 2017


The C 990 is a very well designed and affordably priced treadmill from NordicTrack. The second model in the C Series and a step up from the C700, the C 990 comes with a surprisingly large number of features.

Along with an intuitive 7″ touch screen display, you get the company’s iFit Coach programming, good cushioning, a large number of built in workouts, strong motor and a large deck with plenty of room to stretch out.


Click Specifications to see detailed model info

Speed : up to 12 mph

Incline : up to 12%

Motor : 3.0 CHP DurX Commercial Plus

Belt : 20″ x 60"

Cushioning System : FlexSelect Adjustable cushioning

Heart Rate Reading : Sensors in handlebars for accurate heart rate reading

Maximum User Weight : 300 lbs.

Unit Dimensions : 78.3″ L x 35.75″ W x 56.4″ H

Console : 7” web-enabled touch screen

Cooling Fan : AutoBreeze workout fan with automatic as well as adjustable speed settings

Music System : iPod compatible music system with integrated speaker components

iFit Live Compatibility : Included

Warranty : Lifetime warranty for frame and motor, three year parts and one year labor

NordicTrack C 990 - Pros

Heavy-Duty Motor

The C 990 packs a punch with a powerful 3.0 CHP motor – something that most treadmills in this price range do not have. The motor has dual cooling fans, high quality wiring and insulation, and a thermal cut-off switch. It is also very smooth and silent, even at the highest speeds.

Innovative Cushioning Technology

The patented FlexSelect cushioning technology allows you to change the running surface depending on your preference. If you love the comfort of indoor running, you can turn the cushioning on and train on a smooth, cushioned surface that reduces impact and protects your joints.

If you enjoy the challenges of outdoor running, you can turn the cushioning off and train on a firm, hard surface.

So you get to choose your own workout experience.

Longer Running Surface

The 20″ x 60″ tread belt offers plenty of space for you to train comfortably.

The less expensive model in the series – the C 700 – only has a 20″ x 55″ belt.

The extra five inches of space available on this belt will definitely benefit taller people with longer strides.

The machine also features a 2.5” roller, which is one of the largest in this price range. This is a marked improvement from previous models, which only had a 1.9” roller.

A bigger roller prevents slippage, lowers the noise level, reduces wear and tear, and extends the life of the tread belt.

Multiple Training Options

The NordicTrack C 990 comes with 32 preloaded workout programs divided into five categories – calorie, intensity, incline, speed, and heart rate.

The machine also allows you to create your own goal-based workouts. You can set specific heart rate parameters based on your fitness goals and the machine will adjust the speed and incline automatically to make sure you stay in the right heart rate zone.

This is an excellent feature which allows you to train smart and reach your goals faster.

The machine is also iFit Coach compatible. If you have an iFit subscription, you can add a whole new dimension to your workout routine. You can download personalized workout programs and choose your favorite running trail or a world famous terrain from the HD video library or Google Maps. The treadmill will change the incline to match the terrain you choose.

Packed with Extra Features

NordicTrack is known for its ‘more for less’ approach of stacking its budget treadmills with plenty of features and the C 990 is no exception. The machine is absolutely packed with features that you will not find in most treadmills in this price range.

The NordicTrack C 990 has a bright 7″ HD touch screen display (10″ on the top of the line C 1650), workout fan, an accessory tray, an integrated tablet holder, and an iPod compatible music system.

It comes with a built-in iFit module. It also allows you to use a wireless chest strap for accurate, hands-free measurement of your heart rate.

Moreover, the OneTouch controls make it extremely easy for you to use the machine, even if you are a first time user. You can change the incline, increase or decrease the speed, and choose workout programs instantly at the touch of a button.

The unique SpaceSaver design allows you to fold the treadmill into a vertical position when not in use.

NordicTrack C 990 - Cons

The C 990 allows you to use a Bluetooth based wireless tool for heart rate training, but you have to buy it separately.

With some NordicTrack treadmills, the chest strap is included as part of the package. But this is certainly not a deal breaker.

Other than that, it’s very hard to find any negatives with this treadmill. It has just about everything you could ever ask for.

NordicTrack C 990 Review - Conclusion

The NordicTrack C 990 has a powerful motor for a budget treadmill and has a longer running track than most treadmills in its class.

It is ergonomically designed and very easy to use. It is definitely a good choice for anyone who is looking for a dependable treadmill at an affordable price.

You can take a look at the NordicTrack C 990 treadmill on the company site to get the best deals and compare it to other models you may be interested in.

If you prefer a bigger screen and a more powerful motor, check out the C 1650 model as well.

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