Trying to compare between the Nordictrack EXP vs Commercial Treadmill models?
Wondering how they’re different?
And which is best for you?
First of all, that’s a great question.
While ultimately it comes down to which particular treadmill models you want to compare, many people’s first question when they look at the Nordictrack lineup is:
What’s the Difference Between the Nordictrack EXP vs Commercial Treadmills?
The EXP and Commercial treadmills are 2 different categories of treadmills that Nordictrack currently offers.
Over the years, there have been various upgrades and changes to them – so this post may not apply to some of the older Nordictrack EXP or Commercial models.
However, as of right now, there are some key differences you should know that apply to the current models. Let’s dive in:
Nordictrack EXP vs Commercial Treadmills – Construction
In general, the Commercial line of treadmills has better overall construction than Nordictrack’s EXP treadmills. This is seen in everything from stronger motors and stronger decks – even to heavier machine weights (which generally makes a more stable treadmill).
There are other construction differences that we will also list below in more detail. But think of it this way: the Commercial series was built tougher and stronger than the EXP series. So it’s better for runners. It’s also ideal for multiple user families where there are runners and/or walkers.
However the EXP series is better for walkers (and maybe occasional running).
On the other hand, the EXP treadmills are more affordable – making them better if you’re on a budget.
Consider that the first model in the series – the EXP7i treadmill – starts around $1200. Compare this to the starter model in the Commercial series – the Commercial 1250 treadmill – which starts at $1999.
So if you’re on a tight budget but still want a quality treadmill, then the EXP series may be a better fit for you.
Nordictrack Commercial vs EXP: Belt Length
Another difference between these two types of treadmills is seen in the belt length. The EXP treadmills have a belt length of 55 inches – which is pretty standard for starter and mid-range treadmills.
The Commercial treadmills have an extra long belt length of 60 inches.
So you get a bit more room to stretch out and run.
Again, this makes sense since as we said above, the Commercial treadmills are built more runner-friendly. Walkers generally will be fine with a 55-inch belt (unless you’re extra tall, in which case the longer belt would be more ideal for you).
Nordictrack EXP or Commercial Treadmill – Console Differences
All Nordictrack treadmills comes iFit compatible with full-color, HD touch-screen consoles.
So you can connect with iFit streaming though the console and run trails all over the world as you watch the scenery pass you in the screen.
You can also take streaming or even live fitness classes from the comfort of your own home. And these also include yoga, stretching and weight training classes as well (not just running or walking based classes).
The Commercial treadmill consoles are built in such a way that they tilt and swivel 180 degrees. This makes it easy to turn the screen and continue your workout off the treadmill.
The EXP treadmills do not come with the swivel screens (although they do tilt forward and back).
Also, note that in general, the screeen sizes on the EXP treadmills are much smaller (from 7 inches to 14 inches) than the screen sizes on the Commercial treadmills (from 14 inches to 22 inches).
And a larger screen can give you a more immersive, enjoyable experience when training. So if you want the largest screen possible, then the Commercial treadmill series is the better pick.
The EXP series of treadmills DO however have a benefit that the Commercial treadmills do not: most of them come with a media shelf.
The media shelf sounds like a small thing – but a lot of people love this option.
You can place your phone or tablet on the shelf while walking and watch your favorites shows or movies as you walk. So it’s a handy thing to have.
Nordictrack EXP vs Commercial Treadmills: Decline
Finally there is another key difference between these two types of treadmills: decline
While all treadmills – both the EXP and Commercial treadmills – give you up to 12% incline, only the Commercial models give you the 3% decline option.
Having the treadmill decline is a great way to add some crosstraining to your workout.
The incline/decline also integrates with the iFit world trails to incline and decline to match the actual terrain that you’re running. This is a very cool way to add a virtual reality style feel to your workouts.
While decline is not essential to have, it is a premium feature only found on the Commercial treadmills.
So those are some of the key differences between the Nordictrack EXP vs Commercial treadmills.
If you’re a runner or looking for a more immersive, enjoyable experience, then the Commercial treadmills – with their larger screens and longer belts – would be ideal for you.
If you’re a walker, occasional runner or on a strict budget, then the EXP treadmills would be the better fit for you.
Regardless of which treadmill you choose, take your time to review your options and go with what feels most comfortable for you. Thanks for visiting and I hope you found this post helpful!