Like most of you reading this, I did a lot of on-line research before making a purchase. It seems there is no perfect treadmill in a modest price range. I read professional reviews which contain a large number of Icon machines under various names (Proform, Nordictrack etc.) and decided on Nordictrack/Icon with the Proform 995 as a runner up. The extra 10% Sears discount helped me decide on the Elite 3700 by Nordictrack. I?m a ?DIY? guy so customer service reviews don?t scare me off do long as they send out the parts I need while under warranty. Treadmill was delivered to the end of my driveway so I had to get it in my basement. The 200+ LB Deck/motor unit is heavy and difficult to grab onto. We used cargo straps Slung under unit as handles to provide a good two handed grip which made stairs much easier. In hindsight, the assembly fee may have been money well spent but I?m a hard core DIY guy (translated to cheap by my wife). Assembly took about 3 hours not including leveling my baseme nt floor. All holes matched up perfectly for a stable treadmill free of annoying rattles. Some holes appeared misaligned at first but once they were snapped in properly the holes matched up perfectly every time. Finger tight all hex drive bolts first to avoid cross tread and use only hand tools, no motorized. There are 18 self tapping Phillips screws that drive into hard plastic. Hard plastic is nice as it won?t break but makes for difficult assembly. Use a quality Phillips #2 screwdriver (new) with a large comfortable handle to produce torque. I leveled my basement floor using the 12? stick tiles, .39 cents each at HD. The front of the unit is about 3x3 feet and the rear of the unit has adjustable feet to level the rear deck. I used 24 tiles in the process. Treadmill display is monochrome giving the basic feedback. This works for me as I did not want to pay for color screens and have to interest in surfing the internet while running. I watch TV while running or Velcro my iPad to the console for ip TV. Deck is very stable and, in my humble opinion, looks to be top quality. It is a full one inch thick with two cushion settings. I don?t know the material but know it is very ridged. Deck makes noises while running if the rear feet are not sitting perfectly against the floor. Aligning them is an easy turn of the adjustable feet and back to quiet. Motor holds up nicely! It gets to speed fairly quickly. I am 210 LBs and run about 6 MPH. If I lose synch the motor never changes sound, just keep humming along. My previous treadmill would complain and take time to get back up to speed. Motor has not trouble moving the 22? wide belt (which is fantastic in itself) Treadmill runs quiet, most of the noise produced is from my feet hitting the deck. I have only a few days with the treadmill but love it so far. I?m normally difficult to please but feel good about this purchase, would not make another choice given the opportunity. I looked at Sole, Smooth and decided on Icon due to their experience and resources.
I bought this treadmill less than a month ago and used it twice before it broke within the first week. I also had problems with the electronic console. Thankfully I bought the 5 year warranty and Nordic Track is sending me a replacement. If this continues I will not buy another Nordic product again!
Best investment ever.
Great, sturdy treadmill. It has a wide variety of speeds and inclines. The speakers and fan are a great bonus.
Great treadmill at a fair price
I love my new treadmill. Very worth the money I speant!
The Nordic Track Treadmill I purchased is great. The treadmill is very sturdy, the screen is very easy to understand.i like that it has different workouts to challenge yourself.
It's a pretty good treadmill. Only thing is that it is pretty big so you'll need tall ceilings. It is a little louder so if you watch tv while you workout, it might be hard to hear.
The delivery from Sears was fast and professional. The delivered and assembled my system and informed me how to use the features all within 15 minutes. The treadmill looks impressive and works like a charm. I did purchase the 5 year warranty for the Elite 3700 model. So I hope I don't have much to worry about this going bad any time soon. I read many reviews on many treadmills under $2000 and most have some negative review of some kind. I tried this one at Sears before buying and it feels sturdy and motor feels powerful. Now that I have the unit at home I am very secure in my purchase. We will see how easy or difficult it will be if things go bad. I will call Sears each month to come do some calibrations and adjustments for the first year. I was told the 5 year warranty covers everything on the treadmill. From the console to the belt and motor and frame. This treadmill feels bomb proof but they might all feel this strong. I am very happy with my purchase and I would buy treadmill of this kind again.
While the workouts were getting easier we did not realize the machine was getting older. The new treadmill is alot harder but the workouts are more productive. So far no complaints!
This is a nice treadmill,
Here is what I Like about it.
1. I am larger 240 lbs and there is no slippage in the belt, when I clop along.
2. The workouts are OK I don't use them a lot, but my wife loves them.
3. I bought it mainly for the drive components and deck (again cause I am a Clydesdale). Both of these are awesome. I love that you can lock out the deck to make it more like running on pavement. This is what I believe is what I am paying more for, and because I think this is a good area to invest in for me and my needs, I give this treadmill a 5 in this department.
4. I also love the power of the motor so that I don't feel like I am slipping when running.
The main complaints that I have with the main board are.
1. I don't think the pulse pads are very accurate. I wear a HRM and the treadmill always saying my pulse is way below my HRM monitor. It also seems to take a lot longer to reflect a somewhat close range, way longer than the treadmills at the YMCA or my old one.
2. The board doesn't show PACE. I have never had a treadmill that doesn't show you pace per mile when adjusting speed. I confirmed with NordicTrack support that its not available. I resolved this by making a chart so that I know my pace. I tend to not always run at the same speed.
3. The details should be more customizable. I don't run with an incline much, but the distance and elevation share the same window and scroll back and forth too fast. I would like to turn off some scrolling for the items I don't use like elevation gain. I would rather not have elevation gain, but rather have pace.
4. The center progress graph tracks a lot of cool things, but if you press stop because you have to tend to a child or grab some water, instead of resuming where it left off, its spikes the graph and starts all over.
5. The fan on it isn't anything better than cheaper models.
I took off 2 points because of all the repairs and problematic repair service, I especially liked the power of the motor, and the decline. Being able to walk or run down really stretches and warms you up. The fan does't work very well, the speakers are poor, the display is too bright and unadjustable, the on off switch is in an inconvenient place, it bunches up the pad because of the way it drags it close when you decline it. It gives little shocks, the lower shelves are not level enough to put a cup of water. IFit is not easy to use. On the plus side the targets (buttons) are large enough to find and press, if there is a light source to see. But all that is not as important as the powerful motor, because if you walk up hill slowly, you want that, and the ability to decline by 3 degrees is very nice, but it has needed a lot of repairs that the warrantee service requires the user to repair with free parts (It feels like they are throwing parts like spaghetti to see which one fixes it).
This was a big buy. It's a lot of money to drop. But overall, it's been great so far. The one thing, is that the machine started to make this CRAZY loud squeaking sound about 3 weeks after instillation. I called (I bought the extra warranty) and the woman said it was the orange shocks under the machine and they needed replacement. I thought that was odd as it was brand new. She sent the new shocks out and sent my info to a local guy to fix it. He called me and we scheduled an appointment. He came out, diagnosed it as NOT the shocks, and fixed it in about 30 minutes. It was some of the places inside the machine where major components come together. They hadn't been greased well. He said the people installing should have done it better. So if you have Sears install, make sure they guys installing grease all the connecting parts to the running board.
Now it's quiet (but not silent....I mean, it's a treadmill...it makes noise), and I love all the features. The easy way I can switch speeds is great, the speakers and hook up for music or tv (on my ipad) is wonderful. And the fan is...okay. I wish it was adjustable. It hits me in a weird spot. ONe reviewer said she was too short. I feel too tall. So if you are totally average height, you will love the fan. But that's not a deal breaker.
Overall, great machine....so far. I have only had for about 3 months.
The machine works well but is very noisy and the fan is built for tall people. If you are shorter that 5'5", the fan is of little use. You also have to buy the I-Fit subscription at an additional $99 per year in order to take advantage of the different exercise modulars. The I-Fit purchase is only worth it if you are an avid runner. For me it would have been nice to have a timer modular that would automatically change the incline when walking.
Everything I expected an more.
It works great but I do wish The timer went longer then a hour.