“What Treadmills are Compatible with iFit?”
Looking for a treadmill that will work with iFit?
iFit is causing quite a stir in the online fitness world. While many manufacturers are introducing their own online experiences and trying to integrate them with their fitness equipment, iFit is one of the most advanced options out there.
It’s been around for longer. And ICON/Nordictrack has spend years (and lots of money) trying to make this the best at home user fitness experience for you.
You can tailor your fitness experience to your goals and preferences – from running famous world trails to taking live classes to mapping out your own trail with Googlemaps and even experiencing live events with your favorite trainers.
The things you can do with iFit are amazing.
While many people are impressed with iFit on the Nordictrack treadmills, it might surprise you to know that iFit can also be used with several other brands.
Well, the same company that owns Nordictrack (ICON) also owns some of these other brands. Here’s a quick rundown of which treadmill brands are compatible with iFit.
Note that some older models in these brands may not be compatible with iFit – so it never hurts to check the particular model you’re buying first.
One way to make sure your treadmill is iFit-compatible?
Look for the full-color touch screen in the console (when looking at ICON brands). These were only installed in iFit-friendly treadmills.
Here are some treadmill brands that are compatible with iFit:
Treadmills that Are Compatible with iFit:
At this point, most Nordictrack treadmills produced in the last 2 years are fully compatible with iFit. You connect through the touch screen console, using the internet connection in your home.
This includes the super-high incline treadmills like the incline trainers, which are great for burning calories faster than standard treadmills.
If you use the link below you can also get a full family iFit membership included on any treadmill you choose for a limited time.
Most of the newer Proform treadmills are also iFit compatible. Howeve you should know that many older models – including some of the cheaper versions in big box stores – are not compatible with iFit.
Some Proform treadmills that do have the dual-color screens will work with iFit. But you have to add your own tablet and connect that way.
However the full-color console Proform treadmills will work directly with iFit, just like the Nordictrack treadmills.
Plus Proform puts out some unique treadmills that you won’t find with Nordictrack – like compact treadmills.
Freemotion puts out fewer treadmills and they’re about 4 times the price of a quality Nordictrack treadmill.
So I think they’re a bit high priced for what you get – based on the fact you can get a good iFit treadmill for thousands less.
However the brand itself is known to be extremely high quality and you can find treadmills with a lot of commercial grade features.
This is an interesting one since Matrix is owned by Johnson (an ICON competitor). However they still offer iFit on some of their treadmills.
Matrix is not as well known as other brands – and can be hard to find. They focus on building commercial-quality machines on the higher priced side $3500+.
They also don’t have a lot in terms of selection. But if you like the Matrix name and you want a high-end treadmill that also offers iFit, it might be worth considering.
So those are some brand options if you’re wondering what treadmills are compatible with iFit.
Now all of the treadmills above will work with iFit and even integrate with the trail that you’re running.
This means that the treadmill will automatically incline or decline to match the terrain. Or it will respond to the trainers instructions if you want to be completely hands free.
And that alone can give you a very virtual reality style experience. iFit on these treadmills will also log and track your workouts, calories, distance etc for you. So you don’t have to do it – and you can just relax and enjoy watching your progress over time.
So I think this is one of the most effective ways to use iFit on your treadmill.
However if you still like iFit but can’t get one of the treadmills listed above for whatever reason, there is another way.
You can buy the treadmill of your choice (Sole, Horizon, Bowflex etc) and then pay for an iFit membership with the iFit app.
You can put iFit on your tablet or even put it on your TV using the app and watch the trails or classes that way as you run on your treadmill.
However the downside is that, because it’s not truly an iFit-compatible machine, the treadmill won’t respond in real time to the terrain or the classes as I mentioned above. So you will have to make the adjustments yourself.
So while it’s an option, it’s not the best option. Still, if you really want a different treadmill and iFit – this is one way to do it.
So those are some ideas if you’re looking for an iFit compatible treadmill. Personally I think Nordictrack – and possibly Proform – offer the best lineup of treadmills that are iFit compatible – especially the Nordictrack incline trainers that also add super-high incline so you can burn calories faster.
But there are several other brands for you to choose from.
And the best part?
All it takes is one iFit membership – and you can use it across machines (as long as they are compatible). So you don’t have to buy a separate membership for your bike – and your treadmill and your elliptical etc. You can use one membership across machines, which is handy.
So that’s the lowdown on iFit friendly treadmills.
Want to know more? Check out the link below which takes you to the iFit FAQ section:
So What Exactly Makes iFit So Great?
Basically, iFit takes your standard dull treadmill and turns it into your own personal fitness studio and trainer.
You get workouts personalized to you based on the goals that YOU set for yourself. You also can take pre-recorded and even LIVE trainer-led studio workouts directly from your treadmill console.
Want to see the world?
With iFit you can run trails all over the world – from the Swiss Alps to the ancient temples of Thailand.
There are literally thousands of world-trail videos to watch. And the treadmill will incline and decline to match the actual terrain – giving you a very virtual reality training experience. So it’s pretty cool.
Just to give you an idea of what you get, here’s a video showing you some of the workouts you can choose from: