My price range was $400-$800, thought I really wanted to stay under $650. I had done some shopping around at Dick's Sporting Goods. They had steered me away from the Livestrong brands. I was looking around at some treadmills (the NordicTrack was not for sale there) at my price range. I then headed down to Sears to see what they had. They had a smaller selection, but a good selection, nonetheless. I came across a couple models of NordicTracks and some ProForms. We had a ProForm before. Though they aren't rated as high, ours' DID last us ten years (even though we'd only run on it for the past five years). I wanted to "upgrade" a bit and decided on the NordickTrack T5 zi model. It was originally $899.99 and was on sale for $599.99 (thought I have a feeling they are ALWAYS on sale).
About the NordicTrack T5zi
The NordicTrack T5 zi offers a wide variety of workout options and comfort for the ultimate fitness experience. Equipped with iFit® Workout Card Technology, this treadmill gives you personalized, interactive fitness in the palm of your hand. Each card is designed by a Certified Personal Trainer and delivers 8 weeks of goal-oriented workouts right to your console. The T5 zi also features 8 Calorie-Burn Workouts and 8 Timed Workouts. Simply select your calorie goal or time preference and you're ready to go! The T5 zi also comes with a DurX™ 2.8 HP Motor, a Compatible Music Port for iPod® and 1-Touch™ Speed and Incline Controls.
•iFit® Workout Card Technology
•DurX™ 2.8 HP Motor
•Compatible Music Port for iPod®
•Intermix Acoustics™ 2.0
•8 Calorie-Burn Workouts
•8 Timed Workouts
•0-10 MPH 1-Touch™ Speed
•0-10% 1-Touch™ Incline
•Multi-Window LED Display
•Club-Design CardioGrip™ Heart Rate Monitor
•20 x 55 Inch Running Surface
•325 lb. Weight Capacity
I have fallen in LOVE with my new treadmill!!! It does everything I need. I didn't think i would use the one-touch speed options ... but I do. I like being able to push 6PM and then increase my speed from there. In fact, it has made me start out at 7 MPH most times, instead of 6.5-6.6 MPH. And it has therefore helped me with my speedwork. I rarely mess with incline, but like that this model allows you to push 0-10% incline buttons, instead of messing with an up arrow (which is also an option). I have not, and will probably not, used the iFit Workout Card (and don't really know what it's all about). I like the little race track image. I ocassionally use it to see me "run laps" around it. I also REALLY like that you can plug your MP3Player into the treadmill and dont' need to use headphones. The speakers are a really great asset to the treadmill. The running surface is great. I haven't tripped or slipped. The belt is comfortable (though not as comfy as industrial gym-type treadmills, but very comfortable with my footing). The cup holders are great and my water bottles don't move around and spill like they did with our old treadmill. I should also mention that hubby didn't have too hard of a time to get this out of the box and put together. It took him an evening of assembly ... and we were ready to run!
The only downfalls I can see is that there isn't a fan directly on the treadmill. I use a box fan that I have propped up to give me some air. And, can happily now open windows! Though the running surface is sufficient in width, I wish it were a little wider, like the gym-type models.