NordicTrack T 6.5S
The NordicTrack T 6.5S is a very basic entry-level treadmill that has become quite popular due to its low price tag. Although it has some good features like a wide variety of built in programs, incline training as well as folding capability, there are other, newer low cost models from the company that might be a better choice for your home gym.
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Speed : up to 10 mph
Incline : up to 10%
Motor : 2.6 HP Motor
Belt : 20″ x 55″
Cushioning System : FlexSelect Adjustable cushioning
Heart Rate Reading : Sensors in handlebars for accurate heart rate reading
Maximum User Weight : 300 lbs.
Unit Dimensions : 73″ L x 35.75″ W x 67.5″ H
Console : 5” backlit display
Cooling Fan : No
Music System : mp3 compatible music system
iFit Compatibility : Yes
Warranty : Lifetime warranty for frame, 25 year motor, one year parts and labor
Nice Array of Workouts
Like on most NordicTrack treadmills, you get a wide variety of workouts to choose from, for a total of 20 programs. Those include incline training, intervals, time/calorie/distance goals, cardio and many others.
Plus you can access a full library of additional workouts through the company’s patented iFit technology.
This is an exclusive subscription based program that gives you access to personal trainers around the world that guide you through personalized workouts in a gym or outdoor setting.
So you can literally choose a different workout every single day, and never repeat the same routine. Compare this to the typical 5 or 10 workouts you get on other entry level treadmills and you can see how the T6.5S stands out.
Easy Folding Capability
The NordicTrack T 6.5S features SpaceSaver design, allowing you to fold the treadmill up after a workout with the touch of a button.
Typically machines in this price range have very cumbersome folding procedures, but the T 6.5S makes it very easy for you with its simple hydraulic system.
One of the neat features on this treadmill, also something you don’t typically find at this price point, is FlexSelect cushioning.
You can choose the amount of cushioning for your walk, jog or run to fit your needs, and vary it from one workout to the next.
You can turn it off to replicate a true outdoor run, or turn it on to give yourself more cushioning and support to minimize impact on your knees and joints.
This is great for those times you want to feel like you are outdoors but the weather just isn’t cooperating.
As we mentioned above, the NordicTrack T 6.5S is very well priced, especially if you can find it on sale for under $600.
You get a lot of nice features that you typically will not find for under $1,000.
Note that this is an older model, so you won’t find it on the official NordicTrack site. However, places like Amazon often feature the older treadmills, and you can often find some great discounts as well as free shipping from time to time.
Other Nice Features
You also get grip heart rate monitoring, incline up to 10%, as well as a decent warranty that’s a bit stronger than the coverage you find on similarly priced treadmills on the market.
Not the Strongest Motor
The NordicTrack T 6.5S comes with a 2.6 HP motor, which isn’t really strong enough to handle heavier workouts. As such one of the newer entry level models such as the C 700 might be a better option for you.
The C 700 gives you a 2.75 CHP motor, which can better handle a more intense workout. It also features the latest construction and technology upgrades, so it’s worth considering if you’re in the market for an entry level machine.
Speed/Incline Aren't Ideal
The T 6.5S tops out at 10 mph and 10 degrees of incline. Although this is fine for most beginners and casual users, it might not be enough for those who want to do more intense training.
If you are a more serious user, look for a treadmill with at least 12 mph top speed and 15 levels of incline. It might not sound like a big jump, but those extra speeds and ramp levels make a big difference when it comes to your training.
Not the Roomiest Belt
Although the FlexSelect cushioning is great for deciding whether you want more or less support, the belt itself is on the smaller side and may not be ideal for taller users.
The T 6.5S has a 20″ x 55″ running surface, which is typical for an entry-level treadmill, but if you are on the taller side you may find it a bit cramped.
As such you should look for a treadmill with a longer deck, about 60″ is good for taller individuals.
The NordicTrack T 6.5S is a decent entry level treadmill, and it certainly has plenty of features and capabilities that you don’t always find at this price point.
You have a nice cushioned deck, incline, a large number of workouts, iFit technology, SpaceSaver design, easy folding capability, music integration and a decent 300 lb. max weight capacity.
On the flip side, you have a relatively weak motor, smaller running area and lower max speed and incline, so it’s not really built for anything more than walking and perhaps light jogging.
However, if you’re not planning on doing any serious training, and just want a basic machine for burning calories, losing weight and toning up the leg muscles, the NordicTrack T 6.5S will suffice.
Also look at the newer C700, a more advanced version of the T 6.5S.