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#1 JaneDoe2010

Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:46 AM

I can't decide between a couple of brands - Vision Fitness or Nordic Track.

My two choices have been pretty much narrowed down to these:

http://www.fitnessmarket.com.au/shop/nordi...-treadmill.html

or

http://www.visionfitness.com.au/t9700hrt-treadmill.html

One has more bells & whistles but is that at the expense of quality? I don't know. I am able to get the Vision one at cost price (don't ask how wink.gif) so price is very comparable.

What you you think?

Edited by JaneDoe2010, 07 December 2012 - 12:28 PM.


#2 KeepTheFaith

Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:51 AM

I have only used Nordic Track, but have always found them to be excellent. Many gyms stock them, which I guess says something about their durability.

I'd be thinking about costs (and ease of doing) of repairs and maintenance (eg. oiling the belt every 25 km), as this may factor into your choice.

#3 ASDivine

Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:54 AM

Are you a heavy person? A lot of treadmills will slip if you're heavy and you try to run on them. I'd go for which ever has the wider deck and whichever takes the highest weight.    
If you're of average weight the weight restrictions of the machine won't matter as much so go for the wider deck. If you're only planning on ever using it for walking you won't needs bells and whistles anyway so again, go for wider deck.

#4 JaneDoe2010

Posted 07 December 2012 - 11:50 AM

Yes I'm overweight, hopefully not so much after owning a treadmill. wink.gif

Both of them say that their weight limit is well above my current weight - one is about 160kg the other about 180kg.

It will have someone running on it, either myself or DH.

Edited by JaneDoe2010, 07 December 2012 - 11:52 AM.


#5 greengoddess

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:07 PM

Which Nordic Track is it? I just bought the T7.0 and absolutely love it. I was actually talked down from a higher model by the sales staff!

http://www.fitnessma...-treadmill.html ://http://www.fitnessmarket.com.au/sho...treadmill.html - this is the one I have.

It's very quiet, easy to lift the track up, good features (I don't need a lot of bells and whistles as I only walk), and overall it's a pretty solid machine.



#6 Bazinga

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:20 PM

I personally prefer rowing machines to treadmills. Treadmills are so boring. With rowing machines you get a cardio workout as well as muscle development which will in turn burn more fat. Just a thought.


Remember weightloss is 80% diet and 20% exercise so you need to make a change in your eating habits also.

Maybe save your money and follow some HIIT training workouts from youtube?

#7 JaneDoe2010

Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:30 PM

Sorry I didn't realise the link didn't go to the specific Nordic treadmill. It's this one: http://www.fitnessmarket.com.au/shop/nordi...-treadmill.html - the T14.2

Thanks for your thoughts Bazinga but I'm looking at a treadmill for a number of reasons and yes of course I'm aware of exercise and diet. I'm not here for general health advice, just treadmill advice. Thank you anyway. original.gif

#8 JaneDoe2010

Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:07 PM

Oh and one folds up the other doesn't. Will be in the garage.

#9 Rolex

Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:12 PM

QUOTE (greengoddess @ 07/12/2012, 12:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Which Nordic Track is it? I just bought the T7.0 and absolutely love it.

It's very quiet, easy to lift the track up, good features (I don't need a lot of bells and whistles as I only walk), and overall it's a pretty solid machine.

I have the T7 as well and I love it.  Although it's collecting dust at the moment thanks to all day morning sickness sick.gif  Just can't bring myself to get back on it for now, but it is a great treadmill.


#10 beaglebaby

Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:23 PM

They both look pretty good, and really, as long as you are keeping it relatively dust free and not using it in a gym environment - ie, going hard at least 12 hours a day, both should stand up to what you want.

They both have similar sized decks, same incline, same sized motor and one goes to 22km the other just under.  Both seem to have good cushioning systems.  Any chance you can have a run on them both and see which one feels the best and has the easiest to use controls as really the differences now come down to cost and personal choice.

#11 JaneDoe2010

Posted 07 December 2012 - 01:29 PM

That's the problem - I don't think I'm going to get the chance to try either.

For me it seems the Nordic has a lot more in the way of extra's, which are cool, but not 100% necessary. I like that it folds up, that's handy. It's also $200 cheaper than the price I've been given for the other (thank you to a friend who works in the right place wink.gif).

I'm leaning to the Nordic, but just wanted to ask here as I've done Googling and heard both sides, just wanted to see if I'd missed anything.

Thank you all!

#12 saxa

Posted 07 December 2012 - 05:51 PM

We have just sold our Nordic Track strider and I will be purchasing the Nordic Track T7.0 in a few weeks.

We had the strider for 2 years it was mostly used by my DH I used it a bit but really wanted a treadmill.

The quality of them is fantastic which is why we will stick with the Nordic brand.

#13 JaneDoe2010

Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:38 PM

Thanks everyone. I think I'm pretty much sold now, I just wanted some reviews from people who have them. Seems Nordic will be the one. original.gif




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