NordicTrack T 8.5s Treadmill Review

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NordicTrack T 8.5s Treadmill Review

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First impressions of the NordicTrack T 8.5s Treadmill

The NordicTrack T8.5s is the middle treadmill in the very popular NordicTrack T Series.

Coming in at just under £1,600, this treadmill is one of the more expensive in the at-home treadmill market, designed to cater to a wide variety of users, from beginners to intermediates and even allow the more advanced athletes get a serious sweat on.

Like many other pieces of gym equipment that NordicTrack produce, the T8.5s is designed to be a gym-quality standard of treadmill but made for at-home use.

This is reflected in the look, style and feel of the treadmill, as well the high build quality, performance features and therefore the higher price tag.

There are also a wide variety of performance features, such as the massive 10-inch touch screen display, max user speed of 22 km/h and up to 12% incline variety.

This is great for allowing the user to achieve a varied and diverse workout, as well as allowing you to push yourself and make progress easier to achieve.

NordicTrack T 8.5s Treadmill Review

Product Specifications:

As mentioned, the T Series is designed to mimic commercial grade treadmills. This means that whilst the bulkier and sturdier frame produces a much stronger feel, the overall weight of this treadmill is pretty heavy, 97kg (over 15 stone) in fact!

With this in mind, when it comes to assembly and moving the treadmill, I would definitely recommend having two people on hand.

One thing I really like about the T8.5s is the large tread belt. Often on much cheaper at-home treadmills, the running surface can be quite narrow and short, resulting in a much more unbalanced and uncomfortable running experience.

However the 51cm x 152cm belt that the T8.5s comes with, produces a much more confident inducing feel and is useful for those with longer stride lengths.

When it comes to storage, keep in mind that the T8.5s is a sizeable piece of equipment, so if you are limited on space, this could be an issue.

One thing it does have going for it, is that it does have a SpaceSaver design and is foldable, which can help for storage.

The assembled dimensions of the T8.5s are L202cm x W91cm x H152cm and the folded dimensions are L106cm x W91cm x H181cm.

Technology:

Like all treadmills in NordicTrack’s T Series range, the T8.5s comes with iFit integration and a 1-year free membership. It will cost extra to renew this subscription each year, so keep this in mind.

With iFit, you get access to over 16,000 on demand workouts, world-class trainers who can take you through live interactive training and new daily workouts.

If you really want to get that gym class style of workout, the trainers through interactive classes can even control your incline and speed for you, meaning all you need to do is run.

This is a great way to add variety to your workout programme, pushing yourself to try different things, as well as working on different performance goals.

iFit also allows you to create up to 4 different user profiles, which is great if you are a family or have others in your household who are also looking to use the treadmill and get a more personalised experience.

One really cool feature is how the T8.5s has Google Maps technology built in, which allows you to access different routes from all around the world and looks amazing on the huge 10 inch display screen.

You can run through mountains, countryside and beaches, all designed to keep your workouts interesting and varied. There are also two built in Bluetooth speakers, so you can listen to music if you want to.

Performance:

The NordicTrack T8.5s scores highly across the board in terms of providing a comfortable, efficient, and intense workout.

With incline options of 0-12% and a max speed of 22km/h, this treadmill should be able to cater to even the more seasoned runner.

The OneTouch controls make the console and settings easy to use and adjust and the FlexSelect cushioning softens the impact on your joints as you run, as well as imitating a real road running surface.

There is also a SMART-Response Drive System, which utilises a 3.0 CHP DurX Commerical Plus Motor. This powerful motor reduces vibration and allows you to get a stable and solid workout throughout and also comes with an AutoBreeze workout fan.

Pros

  • iFit integration
  • Up to 12% incline
  • 51cm x 152cm Tread Belt
  • Google Maps Integration
  • Max speed 22km/h
  • FlexSelect cushioning
  • Lifetime frame warranty
  • 10 Inch Display

Cons

  • Very heavy at 97kg
  • Extra cost having to pay for a yearly iFit membership
  • Quite expensive

How does the NordicTrack T 8.5s compare to the T 7.5s Treadmill?

The T8.5s is the slightly bigger brother in comparison to the T7.5s and commands a slightly higher price tag, around £150 more. Both treadmills are very similar in terms of technology and performance features available, with both treadmills having the same incline, speed, motor and iFit connectivity. The main difference is that the T8.5s is slightly larger.

The T8.5s has assembled dimensions of L202cm x W91cm x H152cm, whereas the T7.5s is L187cm x W91cm x H151cm, meaning the T8.5s is slightly longer, although they both have the same sized running surface.

The T8.5s also has a larger console screen at 10 inches compared to the T7.5s, which makes it just that bit clearer and easier to use.

Overall, you can’t really go wrong with either of these treadmills but if you want that slightly larger treadmill, which provides slightly more stability and the larger screen, then it might be worth spending that little bit more.

If you’re still deciding whether the higher price tag is worth it for you, you can read our full review on the NordicTrack T 7.5s Treadmill here.

Final thoughts on the NordicTrack T 8.5s Treadmill

The overall commercial quality grade and feel makes you believe that you are really investing in something of high quality.

The price is certainly expensive and puts the treadmill towards the pricier end of the market, however you get what you pay for with the NordicTrack T8.5 s.

The iFit connectivity is a real selling point for me and something I particularly enjoy about the treadmill, however if you don’t think this appeals to you or you wouldn’t use very much, then it might be worth saving your money and investing in a more traditional treadmill.

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The NordicTrack T8.5s is the middle treadmill in the very popular NordicTrack T Series. Coming in at just under £1,600, this treadmill is one of the more expensive in the at-home treadmill market.

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Danny Foxton
Danny Foxton is a personal trainer and gym tech enthusiast. He has written more than 50 reviews over the years for various gym equipment after he was in the privileged position of being tester for a large UK high street retailer.
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