A Summary of the NordicTrack T 6.5 S
Nordictrack T6.5s Treadmill is a basic treadmill with a folding frame, suitable for home use. Due to its strength and size, this Nordictrack treadmill can be used for light and light cardio training (strength walking and jogging) but this Nordictrack treadmill is not ideal for frequent long runs or intense interval workouts. It is worth noting that this Nordictrack model is now discontinued and replaced by the Nordictrack T 6.5Si. However, it is still available on Amazon for now.
This Nordictrack model Includes lots of exercise support. The iFit-compatible NordicTrack T 6.5 S treadmill provides access to automatic stats tracking, endless Google Maps workout routes, an ever-expanding library of exercise videos, Flexselect Cushioning, and other benefits.
If you plan to take advantage of iFit, you should take a closer look at the updated T 6.5 Si, which has an integrated 10 ″ HD touch screen. If you should be using the T 6.5 S with iFit, you will need to launch the app and watch your workout via an iPad or tablet.
Let’s look into its specifics
Although the T 6.5Si treadmill is NordicTrack’s cheapest machine, its features are certainly far from disappointing, but they are rather impressive.
We should begin this treadmill review by saying that this folding frame treadmill is equipped with a standard 2.6-liter continuous-running motor and EasyLift Assist Technology. This treadmill can support a weight of up to 300 lbs (weight capacity: 300 lbs). The 20-inch and 55-inch long treadmills feature FlexSelect Cushioning/ padding, which can be tailored to the preferences of the treadmill user.
With this feature, you can strengthen certain programs to replicate road running or instead add more cushioning to the treadmill to reduce the impact on your joints while you run. Additionally, the treadmill offers great speed and incline controls with an incline of up to 10% and a modest speed of 10 mph. This is such a great incline and speed control option that comes under this price range.
While there is no built-in fan, there are two reasonably large storage/ cup holders. It also has two built-in speakers and auxiliary audio input, but there’s no USB port to charge the device. The machine offers 20 predefined built in workout programs in addition to the thousands available through iFit, so if you don’t continue in iFit after the subscription, you still have a number of workout plans at your fingertips that are free for life.
In terms of the warranty, the model offers 10 years of frame warranty, 1 year of parts, and 1 year of labor. The engine is covered by a parts warranty, but the brand sometimes offers promotions with an extended warranty, so consult your NordicTrack customer service representative before purchasing. The customer service of Nordictrack is also very great. This Nordictrack T6.5 S Folding treadmill although is a starter treadmill, but has some great built in workout programs.
What did we find the best here?
This shock absorption system allows users to customize their training experience with the ability to turn the suspension on or off. When turned off, the bridge is firmer and simulates running or walking outdoors. When turned on, the bridge is more padded for greater joint support.
Without iFit, this treadmill still offers 20 workout routines. These have been designed by a certified personal trainer to support effective calorie burning and resistance training. Each program can control the speed and incline of the treadmill.
Strength incline with up to 10% incline helps increase metabolic rate, adds cardio challenges, and allows for additional muscle toning while walking and running. Using the incline can also reduce pressure on the knees by shifting the body position. Performance bias can be checked with buttons, interactive training in Google Maps, and other training programs.
The T 6.5 S treadmill is easy to fold. The EasyLift hydraulic system does most of the work by pushing the deck upright and freeing up floor space.
This treadmill has a user capacity of 300 lbs.
- The running area is 20 inches by 55 inches
- Has at max an inclination of 10%
- Has a star rating of 3.85
- Weighs 300 LBS
- Has dimensions of 67.5″ L x 35.75″ W x 73″ H
- Comes with 20 built-in programs
- The maximum speed is up to 10 mph
20 Integrated Workouts:
This treadmill comes standard with 20 different workouts to choose from. This gives you many training options in case you don’t want to sign up with iFit.
Like all NordicTrack treadmills, this machine is iFit ready. Sync your tablet with your personal training app and access thousands of workouts online. I think you get one month of iFit for free with your purchase.
One-Touch Speed / Incline Adjustment :
This is a great feature when it comes to interval training. Speed or incline can be adjusted immediately by pressing the button without having to make manual adjustments using the up and down buttons.
Built-in Speakers :
Although this Nordictrack T6.5s Treadmill has a spacesaver design which is a great feature in it self, but one must think that maybe this treadmill doesn’t have that much of options but it has Dual speakers built into the console which allows you to listen to music on a treadmill if you want. There is a plug-in port for your mp3 player or phone.
Heart Rate Monitor:
by just gripping on to the handles, the T6.5S will be able to read your heart rate. This is useful for measuring exercise intensity, especially if you are shooting for a target zone.
Heart rate monitors are challenging to use while running; fortunately, this treadmill is compatible with most chest strap monitors. Attention: just like any treadmill, the motor of Nordictrack T6.5s also needs to be evaluated carefully.
The T6.5S is equipped with a 2.6 CHP DurX Commercial Plus motor. Most users agree that this motor guarantees a smooth and rather noiseless experience. It uses 1.9-inch rollers, which aid its smooth experience. (The rollers are part of the machine that comes into contact with the belt and causes it to move). The motor falls on the weaker end of our expected HP scale (2.0-4.0 CHP) but is okay when you keep the price in your mind.
Larger rollers typically equate to smoother belt operation and less motor stress. Although 2-2.5 inch rollers are preferred for home treadmills, the T6.5S’s 1.9″ is fairly standard for treadmills in this price range. The T6.5S is capable of a maximum speed of 10 mph and a maximum incline of 10%.
This is probably more than enough speed for people who need it for use at home, but elite runners may need more than what this machine can offer. Looking at the motor and tread, it is clear that the T6.5S is better suited for walking and jogging rather than for serious running.
What was not a very glad tiding for the fitness enthusiast inside us?
No Wireless Pulse Receivers: This treadmill has contact heart rate sensors but no wireless pulse receiver.
No Fan: Unlike many other NordicTrack treadmills, the T 6.5 S does not contain a personal cooling fan.
Lack of iFit direct integration: Unlike the T 6.5 Si, this model requires a separate display device to take advantage of iFit. It also doesn’t include the annual subscription that you get with the upgraded model.
Monitor: The T 6.5 S has a 5-inch display, which is very simple compared to other NordicTrack treadmills. The treadmill can be upgraded with a high-resolution iFit monitor, however.
Motor: The T 6.5 S treadmill has a 2.6 CHP motor with a 25-year warranty. The Industry standard since 2016 is 3.0 CHP engines with lifetime warranties. The treadmill is designed for people who would jog rather than run.
Small Rollers: The treadmill runs on 1.9-inch rollers. More expensive treadmills use 2.5-inch or larger rollers to extend the life of the machine.
The tread belt: The treadmill is shorter than the belts on the health club treadmills. It is 55-inches long, suitable for strength walking and jogging, but not for running.
Shorter Warranty on its Parts: One-year parts warranty is short. For a treadmill retail price of $ 799, we’d expect somewhere around two years of coverage.
So, the final part of Norictrack T6.5S treadmill review is our final word and verdict which is as follows:
NordicTrack T 6.5 S is cheap but not necessarily profitable. For $ 799, a customer can reasonably expect more than one year of parts protection. As the components of this treadmill are entry-level, we wouldn’t expect the machine to exceed the warranty for very long; it’s a great choice for those who want to start training at home and complete their fitness goals, that too by paying a modest price.
If you are in search of something that is bigger in size and more durable, the NORDICTRACK T 7.5 should do. Or, if you are fine with this one but need something that is more elegant with a spacesaver design, upgrade to the NORDICTRACK T 6.5 Si. Unlike its predecessor, the T 6.5 Si HD has a 10-inch touch screen, which allows you to properly monitor your training programs and the landscape you have chosen.