Wondering which one is right for you?
You’re not alone. These are two very popular mid-range treadmills that are built for runners and walkers alike.
They’re both also built for streaming and next-level style training from home.
You get full-color consoles with both treadmill as well as extra-long 60-inch belts for room to stretch out and run.
But there are some key difference between them.
The Nordictrack Commercial 1750 treadmill has been one of Nordictrack’s most popular treadmills for over 5 years now. Nordictrack updates it almost every year and it has pulled in several impressive “Best Buy” awards over the years
The Horizon 7.8 treadmill is a newer model – but it’s one of the top premium models in the Horizon lineup with all of Horizon’s best “bells and whistles” included.
While it’s not as well known as the Nordictrack 1750 – it is growing in popularity. So it should be a serious contender this year.
So what are the differences between them and which is best for you?
In this post, we’ll cover the main differences between the Nordictrack 1750 vs Horizon 7.8 Treadmill. So you can choose the best fit for you:
Nordictrack 1750 vs Horizon 7.8 – Price
Prices do jump around a bit on these two models. However right now, the Nordictrack 1750 treadmill has the edge. It’s currently the more affordable of the treadmills – coming in around $1899 with Free Shipping here.
The Horizon 7.8 AT treadmill comes in a bit higher. You can get it direct at around $1999 with Free Shipping here.
So it’s not a huge difference – but still worth noting.
Nordictrack 1750 vs Horizon 7.8 – Console
The console is really where you see the biggest difference between these two treadmills. Let’s break it down.
The Horizon 7.8 AT treadmill comes with a full-color console as you can see below. There’s also a place to put your tablet above the console display.
You also get an array of speed and incline buttons as well as several of built-in programs like heart rate, calorie burn etc.
Another thing you may notice is the special quick-dial controls (which the Nordictrack 1750 does not have). These are great for making quick, on-the-fly changes, especially if you’re trying to keep up with streaming workouts:
Here is the Nordictrack 1750 console – it’s a 10-inch, full-color, HD, touch-screen:
You can connect directly through the touch screen to Nordictrack’s online streaming service – iFit. You can then run trail or take classes that way.
While there are one-touch buttons for speed and incline on this console, it’s much more streamlined and modern-looking vs the Horizon 7.8 console.
It’s also worth noting that Nordictrack updated the graphics in the console screen this year – so they’re brighter and more fun to watch than last year’s model.
Is one console better than another?
Well, it depends on what you’re planning to do and what you want with your treadmill. Read on.
Horizon 7.8 vs Nordictrack 1750: Streaming Programs
Everyone these days wants streaming programs – studio classes or the ability to explore different world trails, get online coaching, track your progress etc.
With more people choosing to skip the gym, this is understandable. You want a treadmill that can give you more – hence the move to streaming and more personalized coaching programs.
These 2 treadmills take a different approach to streaming.
With Horizon, you have to add your own tablet and choose the streaming program of your choice – Zwift, Studio, etc. This will be an extra cost of course, depending on which streaming program you choose.
Plus the treadmill will not actually work with the streaming app to change the treadmill for you – you have to work the controls yourself. So this treadmill is a little more DIY. But on the upside you get to choose from several different options.
With Nordictrack, most of the work is done for you. You just connect with iFit, Nordictrack’s streaming service online, with a button on the touch-screen console.
From there you go into the iFit library and can choose to run trails all over the world – by yourself or with a coach. You can choose from thousands of studio workouts – or even take a live class.
You can also track your progress over time to see how far you’ve come. So it’s pretty easy.
But of course you only have once choice of streaming – iFit. And while you can try iFit out for free for a limited time, eventually you’ll have to decide whether you want to continue with the full iFit membership or not.
(You don’t need iFit to use the treadmill – and there is a limited “free” version of iFit with a few programs you can use).
Another benefit to iFit is that, because it was designed to work directly with the Nordictrack treadmill, it will respond to the streaming program for you if you want.
Unlike Horizon, you don’t have to work the controls when the class instructor tells you to speed up or slow down or increase your incline. The treadmill can automatically do it for you (you can override this if you wish).
Also, the Nordictrack 1750 will also incline and decline automatically to match the world trail terrain that you’re running for a more “virtual reality” type experience. So while you can only work with iFit on this machine, it also gives you a more integrated, seemless training experience.
Is one better than another?
Again, not really – it just depends on what you want.
Nordictrack 1750 vs Horizon 7.8 – Motor Power
The Horizon 7.8 AT treadmill comes out slightly ahead here as far as motor power – 4.0 HP vs 3.75 HP.
It’s not a huge difference – both motor powers are excellent. But if you want the absolute highest motor power – then the Horizon is the better option here.
Nordictrack 1750 or Horizon 7.8 AT Treadmill – Incline/Decline
The Nordictrack 1750 comes out slightly ahead here. Both treadmills give you up to 15% incline – which is great for building in high-intensity intervals.
However the Nordictrack 1750 also gives you up to 3% decline. So it gives you more ways to crosstrain. Decline is also nice to have for walking downhill after a particularly intense training session.
The Horizon 7.8 treadmill does not, as of this writing, offer decline.
So which is better when comparing the Nordictrack 1750 vs Horizon 7.8 treadmills?
They both have their advantages.
The Horizon 7.8 AT Treadmill gives you a more DIY approach to streaming. You have to add your own tablet but you can then choose which streaming apps to add. Plus it comes with a slightly stronger motor.
The Nordictrack 1750 treadmill gives you a more streamlined console where you don’t have to add your own tablet – but can connect online through the console screen.
While you’re limited to Nordictrack’s streaming service – iFit – it’s also one of the most comprehensive services out there with thousands of studio workouts, world trail runs and even LIVE training.
Plus the treadmill with work with iFit and respond automatically to give you a more immersive experience. You also get decline and a slightly lower price (as of this writing).
So it really depends on what you’re looking for.
Want to learn more? Check out the links below for more on either treadmill.