The NordicTrack Commercial 2950 treadmill is a serious rival to the Peloton Tread with its giant screen, immersive running experience and awesome virtual content.
It’s big and expensive, but if you have the space and the budget, you won’t regret purchasing this well-made, feature-packed treadmill.
It features a powerful yet quiet 4.25 CHP motor that effortlessly handles a high 15% incline and a -3% drop. The built-in shock absorption system creates a springy, bouncy surface to walk or run on.
The crisp 22-inch HD touchscreen display really shines – it helps create that studio vibe and lets you disconnect from the world when taking one of the 17,000 iFit on-demand or live classes where instructors can Automatically adjust your incline and speed based on the workout (though you can override this if you prefer).
With two large fans, Bluetooth speaker connectivity, and a rugged design, the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 treadmill delivers a truly immersive running experience, no matter your fitness level.
It’s honestly one of the best treadmills we’ve ever used, and it’s hard to find fault with it. If you’re new to running, you might want to go for something a little smaller and cheaper; maybe even consider one of the best under desk treadmills to see how you fare before making a larger investment. Also check out our article on the five best treadmill workouts for beginners.
If you’re looking for a treadmill with an impressive incline/decline range, a ton of workouts to try, and a big, crisp screen to watch them on, the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 is a great choice.
Price and release date
- Expensive machine with monthly subscription fees
The NordicTrack Commercial 2950 treadmill is available now from NordicTrack for $3,708 / £2,699 / AU$5,113.
As well as the cost of the running machine, you’ll want to consider the price of an iFit subscription ($39 / £28 / AU$54 per month), although you get a month free when you buy the conveyor belt. You can use the treadmill without it, but you’ll miss the daily live workouts and over 17,000 virtual on-demand classes.
- Foldable design
- Roomy running belt
- Two built-in fans
The NordicTrack Commercial 2950 is a beast of a machine and not suitable for those short on space. It’s the kind of treadmill you’d expect to see in the gym, and it has all the technology and features you’d expect for such a high price. It’s not particularly pretty, especially compared to the sleek Peloton Tread, but it’s more than capable in every other aspect.
It’s designed to make the running experience smooth and hassle-free, and despite its massive size, you can fold it up. It’s equipped with SpaceSaver EasyLift Assist, which uses pneumatic tires to help lift and fold the deck, and takes most of its 297lb weight.
Its dimensions are 201 x 99 x 170 inches and it has a spacious tread of 22 x 60 inches. The built-in FlexSelect cushioning system means it’s springy for walking and running.
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to handrails on the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 treadmill – there are two on either side of the 22-inch HD touchscreen and two above the main deck. The treadmill also has the usual safety features like an emergency stop button and the belt stopping after a certain period of inactivity.
The NordicTrack Commercial 2950 treadmill has two large, powerful Bluetooth speakers, two built-in fans, two spaces for a phone or water bottles. You can easily sync and connect your headphones or Bluetooth headphones so you can listen to iFit instructors or your own music without distraction. The machine also comes with a wireless iFit Bluetooth chest strap for heart rate monitoring.
One of the biggest draws of the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 treadmill is its huge 22-inch screen, which is easy to use and makes tracking online classes a pleasure. It also has one-touch controls to make customizing your workout simple. It’s really intuitive to use and makes everything quick and hassle-free so you don’t have to get distracted during your workout when you want to change the intensity.
We liked the ability to customize and tilt the height of the console so that the heart rate sensors, display, and fan were perfectly positioned.
- Ideal for interval training and hill climbs
- Excellent classes available by subscription
The NordicTrack Commercial 2950 is a very sophisticated treadmill, which offers an excellent running experience. Fans of interval training and hill climbing will especially appreciate the wide range of decline and incline options – from -6% to 15%. This type of cardio workout is great for recruiting muscle in new ways and is great for physical conditioning.
You can also try scenic runs, strength training, or yoga and mindfulness sessions through the iFit app. This requires a subscription, but you get a 30-day free trial with the treadmill. That’s before you jump into the huge library of iFit on-demand classes as well as live workouts.
The iFit membership includes access to over 17,000 workouts, an interactive PT feature where instructors can automatically control the incline and speed of your treadmill (you can override this if you wish). The iFit app also lets you do workouts based on Google Maps and track your data over time.
If you don’t want to pay for an iFit subscription ($39 / £28 / AU$54 per month), you can simply use the manual setting on the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 or try one of the 40 preset programs.
The treadmill measures all major metrics including calories, distance, time, incline/decline, vertical feet mounted, speed, pace (minutes/mile), lap count and cardiac frequency. The NordicTrack Commercial 2950 has two CardioGrip EKG pulse sensors on the handrails to monitor heart rate, or you can also use the iFit Bluetooth chest strap that comes with the treadmill.
But it’s the iFit app where the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 excels: membership isn’t cheap, but a monthly subscription gives access to some of the best personal trainer-style training we’ve ever tried, and you get a month free when you purchase the treadmill.
The NordicTrack Commercial 2950 treadmill is sturdy and feels solid to run – it’s a similar experience to road running. The tread deck is substantial at 22″ x 60″ and feels springy thanks to NordicTrack’s FlexSelect cushioning, making it a good option for people with knee and joint issues.
For its size, the NordicTrack Commercial 2950 treadmill is also surprisingly quiet; the WhisperQuiet technology does its job well. It has a meaty 4.25CHP motor, which can handle a top speed of 12 mph, a -6% drop and a high 15% incline. It also features “Quiet Ride Incline Technology” which aims to make incline and decline changes smoother and less noisy.
As for noise, a standard walk measures around 60dB on a decibel meter (the same volume as a normal conversation), a jog with various speeds and inclines was around 75dB (the same as a vacuum cleaner ) and a run at maximum speed measured 80 dB (like a lawn mower).