NordicTrack T 9.5 S Treadmill Review
NordicTrack released its T 9.5 S just in the beginning of 2019. Though it’s been designed for home use, it offers the sturdiness of commercial machines and a great range of features. As compared to the earlier T 6.5 S in the series, the console of T 9.5 S is also superior. Moreover the machine is iFit enabled and comes with a 1-year iFit membership.
Published: November 11, 2019.
Specifications of NordicTrack T 9.5 S
- Dimensions when assembled: 78.9L x 35.5W x 59.5H inches
- Tread belt dimensions: 60L x 20W inches (152.4L x 51W cm)
- Supported weight: 300 lbs. (136 kg)
- Motor: 3.6 CHP
- Console: 50 programs, Bluetooth, iFit enabled
- Incline: Automatic, 0-12%
- Speed Range: 0-12 MPH
- Deck cushioning: FlexSelect
- Warranty: Motor lifetime, frame lifetime, parts 5 years and labor 2 years
Features of NordicTrack T 9.5 S
The deck of NordicTrack T 9.5 S with its belt, rollers, motors and other parts comes readily assembled. Hence, users just have to attach the front masts, handlebars, console and the accessory tray. This takes not more than 30-40 minutes. The package includes all the tools required for the assembly and the user’s manual provides clear instructions.
The NordicTrack T 9.5 S features a space-saving design and is very easy to fold up thanks to the EasyLift Assist. Once the deck is lifted high enough, it will lock into place automatically. Releasing the lock is equally easy; users just have to push up a little as they press the release latch and set back. The deck will descend on its own; it won’t thump down.
The motor of NordicTrack T 9.5 S is a 3.6 CHP DurXTM Commercial Plus motor. It sports a small flywheel to reduce vibration and its own cooling system. Therefore, even if users are close to the indicated 300 lbs. weight capacity, the machine would definitely not overheat or lose performance for the entire session of workout.
The motor of T 9.5 S provides a speed range from 0.5 to 12 MPH. Quick speed controls from 0 to 12 have been provided on the console and gradual speed controls are provided on the bottom keypad. The arrows for the gradual speed adjustment are bi-functional, i.e. if pressed once, they will adjust speed by 0.1 MPH, while if pressed and held down, they will adjust speed in increments of 0.5 MPH.
Frame and Deck
The T 9.5 S features a sturdy steel structural frame. Its deck has a maximum user weight capacity up to 300 lbs. (136 kg) which is quite good for a non-commercial machine. All the parts in the frame are made of steel and are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint. The base frame is painted in black, while the two upright masts are painted in gray.
The deck of T 9.5 S features a pretty large running surface, measuring 60″L x 20″W (152.4 x 51 cm), which is comfortable for users up to 6’5” (196 cm) height. It features a multi-ply belt with a non-slip rubberized top layer. The diameter of the internal rollers is 1.9” and they are crowned and non-flex so as to offer superior traction and a long life for the belt.
Size and Weight
The NordicTrack T 9.5 S is pretty large. When fully assembled, it’s around 79” long and 35.5” wide. Plus, it’s recommended that a clearance of at least two feet should be left on each of its sides and at least of two feet on the rear of the deck for an easy access and operation. All in all, the T 9.5 S may not be the best option for a small room or apartment.
Users should also keep in mind that T 9.5 S is a quite heavy machine. When fully assembled its weight is more than 200 lbs. (90.7 kg).
However, this weight offers it a great stability and users can rest assured that even if they run on the machine at a high speed, the machine won’t move or rock.
To protect the floors, when position the treadmill on the permanent location (highly recommended), place the unit on the good treadmill mat.
The deck of T 9.5 S is equipped with FlexSelect cushioning. Each side of the deck sports three cushions that offer up to 40% shock absorption. Each cushion element is adjustable i.e. its flexibility can be increased or reduced by an easy left or right rotation of a small orange device placed under the deck.
The console of the NordicTrack T 9.5 S is more advanced than that of the older T 6.5 S model. The first upgrade is its large 14” diagonal LCD full-color screen, with LED backlight and touchscreen technology. It responds to commands just like a smartphone or tablet. However, apps can’t be installed on it neither it offers internet browsing. It can just stream videos through iFit.
The machine has its own 50 preset workout programs and the console tracks all the important workout metrics like time, speed, distance, incline, pulse and calories burned. The default unit for speed and distance are imperial, but metric units can be selected.
Heart Rate Monitoring
For heart rate monitoring, there are only EKG grip pulse handlebars. Users can use a wireless HR chest strap. However, this accessory is not included.
The T 9.5 S comes with a 1-year membership of iFit and its console offers full integration for the iFit app. Wireless connectivity is also provided so that users can connect it to their Wi-Fi so as to access the iFit workout database (which offers over 16,000 on-demand workouts), trails based on GoogleMaps or take benefit of Live Interactive training.
Users should keep in mind that they have to pay upfront for the iFit membership and after one year, they can cancel the membership and take the refund or continue with the membership.
Although there is iFit membership offered with the T 9.5 S, if a user doesn’t want to use it, they can still have the own database of workout programs of the machine. The machine offers 50 preset programs that offer almost all kinds of workouts including high-intensity cardio, weight loss, stamina development, intervals and many more.
The T 9.5 S features an automatic (motorized) incline system. The system is made of a small motor and a lever system located in front of the deck. As users select a particular incline level, the levers will elevate the front part of the deck, thereby changing the slope of the running surface. However, there are no decline settings.
The incline range of the machine is 0%-12% with increments of 1%. Just as in the case of speed controls, there are quick incline selection keys provided on the console and gradual incline adjustment controls on the lower keypad too. Plus, some of the onboard programs and also the workouts from iFit will adjust the incline automatically, according to their setup.
Step-up height of the deck of T 9.5 S is around 11” (28 cm). In addition, with the incline fully set up, the front part of the deck will be lifted by a few more inches. Hence it’s advisable to place the machine in a room that has a ceiling at least 20” (51 cm) higher than users’ own height.
The NordicTrack T 9.5 S comes with a standard power cord for American-type outlets, but not an AC adapter and needs a standard 120V circuit. Its connector is located at the front side of the deck, close to the On/Off switch.
The NordicTrack T 9.5 S features a sound system and workout fan. The sound system includes two 2” digitally amplified speakers located under the LCD display. Users can sync the sound system with their smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and enjoy the entertainment.
There is an AutoBreeze fan provided on the machine integrated under the speakers. It has multiple speeds and provides a nice cooling effect.
Plus there is an accessory tray under the console in the stability bar. This is useful to store keys, remote, wallet etc.
The motor of T 9.5 S is pretty quiet. However, just like for any other treadmill, users’ running pace will produce some noise. Thus, if users live in an apartment building, their neighbors will certainly hear their running.
Although the belt of T 9.5 S comes pre-lubricated with high-grade, industrial lubricant from the factory, extra lubrication may be required after a while. Besides this, users just have to keep the belt clean, free from dirt, fibers or other objects that may be dragged under it and get trapped in the motor.
The NordicTrack T 9.5 S comes with a pretty impressive warranty. There is a lifetime warranty on frame and motor, 5-year warranty on parts and 2-year warranty on labor.
Users should register their machine with NordicTrack in order to take benefit of the warranty.
Pros of NordicTrack T 9.5 S
- Strong construction
- 3.6 CHP motor with speed levels up to 12 MPH
- Folding SpaceSaver design
- Sturdy deck with maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs.
- FlexSelect deck cushioning with adjustable cushion elements
- Transport wheels for portability
- Motorized incline
- EGK pulse sensors incorporated into handlebars
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
- Workout fan
- Quite easy assembly
- Little maintenance
- Excellent warranty
Cons of NordicTrack T 9.5 S
- HR chest strap not included
- No tablet holder
The NordicTrack T 9.5 S is an excellent machine for home use. With its 3.6 CHP drive motor, solid deck with FlexSelect cushioning, automatic incline, large LCD display, 50 preset workout programs of various types and iFit membership, it offers the best of a home treadmill with the strength and durability of a commercial machine. And although it’s not an affordable treadmill, it offers the best bang for the buck.
Comparison between the NordicTrack T 7.5 S, T 8.5 S and T 9.5 S
The T 7.5 S, T 8.5 S and T 9.5 S treadmills in the T series of NordicTrack have many similarities e.g. all offer 0-12% incline and have a tread belt measuring 20” x 60”, all feature a folding design, all have EKG Grip Pulse for heart rate monitoring, all offer a speed range 0-12 MPH, all are iFit enabled, all feature a workout fan, all have their maximum user weight capacity up to 300 lbs., all have 50 built-in workout programs and all have FlexSelect Cushioning system; but there are some remarkable differences too.
- Their motors are a bit different from each other. While the T 7.5 S has 3.0 CHP motor, the T 8.5 S has 3.5 CHP motor and the T 9.5 S has a slightly upgraded motor i.e. 3.6 CHP.
- The screen size of the three machines differs too. While the T 7.5 S has a 7” interactive HD Touchscreen, the T 8.5 S features a 10” Smart HD Touchscreen and the T 9.5 S has the largest screen in the series i.e. 14” Smart HD Touchscreen.
- There is a slight difference in the dimensions of each of the machines. While the dimensions of the T 7.5 S are 78.5" L X 35.5" W X 59" H, that of the T 8.5 S are 78.9" L X 35.5" W X 59.4" H and that of the T 9.5 S are 78.9" L X 35.5" W X 59.5" H.
- While the warranty on the T 8.5 S and T 9.5 S is the same i.e. lifetime warranty on frame and motor, 5-year on parts and 2-year on labor, warranty on the T 7.5 S is a bit shorter i.e. lifetime warranty on frame and motor, 3-year on parts and 1-year on labor.
NordicTrack T Series Treadmill Price Comparison:
All in all, the machines in the T series can meet the requirements of different types of users.
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