Given their similarities in looks and price, choosing between the Peloton Tread and the NordicTrack 2450 can be difficult. To make your choice easier, I’ve put together a comprehensive list of over a dozen differences between the two treadmills.
Peloton Tread vs NordicTrack 2450 video comparison
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Peloton Tread vs NordicTrack 2450: storage space
The NordicTrack 2450 is foldable, but the Peloton Tread is not. When folded, the NordicTrack treadmill shrinks by almost two-thirds. For those with a more limited home workout space, this can be a huge benefit.
Peloton Tread vs. NordicTrack 2450: Build Quality
While NordicTrack relies more on plastic, the Peloton Tread uses higher-quality materials in the casing surrounding it. Peloton uses a higher quality soft touch coating, carbon steel and a nice polycarbonate cover for the handrails.
NordicTrack 2450 collapsible
Peloton Tread uses higher quality materials for the carcass
Peloton Tread vs NordicTrack 2450: Touchscreen
The Peloton Tread’s touchscreen is slightly larger (23.8″) compared to the NordicTrack 2450 (22″). However, Peloton’s touchscreen cannot rotate from side to side, while the NordicTrack 2450 has a full 360-degree functional rotation. This makes the screen easier to use for off-treadmill workouts, such as running. B. Strength and yoga classes.
Peloton Tread vs. NordicTrack 2450: fan and treadlock
Under the touch screen you will notice that the NordicTrack 2450 has a built-in fan. The fan works very well and has four settings: low, medium, high and automatic. The automatic setting adjusts the fan based on your current speed.
If you look further down you will notice that both treadmills have a red safety key. When removed, this safety key ensures that the treadmill does not turn on accidentally, a scenario that can be dangerous for small children and pets.
Peloton offers additional protection through the “Treadlock”, a password that you must enter before using the treadmill. Removing the security key after each workout can be easy to forget, so having a passcode as a backup can be a nice addition.
Nordic Track 2450 fan
Peloton pedal lock
Peloton Tread vs. NordicTrack 2450: Automatic adjustment
A big difference between the Peloton Tread and the NordicTrack 2450 is that the NordicTrack includes auto-adjustment features like Smart Adjust and Active Pulse.
Both functions automatically adjust the tilt according to the environment you see on the screen. When Smart Adjust is selected, your speed will be adjusted based on your fitness level, incline and current intent of the workout. Active Pulse works in a similar way, but adjusts speed based on your heart rate to keep you in the right heart rate zone (for workouts with that focus).
Peloton Tread vs. NordicTrack 2450: Manual adjustment
Peloton may not have auto customization, but their manual customization uses the best design I’ve seen. Rather than relying on buttons that are difficult to press while running, Peloton features a button-based adjustment system.
The buttons are in the handrails and feel great for adjusting your speed and incline as you run. Peloton’s knobs also have a center knob that allows for quicker upward adjustments.
NordicTrack adjustment buttons
Peloton adjustment knob
Peloton Tread vs. NordicTrack 2450: incline range
And when it comes to inclines, the NordicTrack 2450 has a much wider range compared to the Peloton Tread:
- Peloton Tread: 12.5 degree range (0% to 12.5% incline)
- NordicTrack 2450: 18 degree range (-3% to 15% incline)
In addition to an almost 50% larger incline range, the NordicTrack 2450 can also be adjusted much more quickly. While Peloton takes 21 seconds to move 12.5 degrees, NordicTrack takes just 15 seconds to move through its full 18 degrees.
Peloton Tread vs. NordicTrack 2450: User Interface and Leaderboard
When it comes to user interface, the Peloton Tread is well ahead of NordicTrack. Despite some improvements over the past year, browsing and discovering workouts on the NordicTrack still feels like a mess. Peloton’s interface, on the other hand, feels almost perfect.
This goes far beyond just tanning lessons. The metrics displayed during lessons from Peloton also look better and provide more useful information.
In addition, Peloton has a much better leaderboard that allows you to:
- See who’s in class with you right now;
- View others and add them as friends to follow;
- Give other runners a friendly high five.
NordicTrack has a leaderboard, but I almost always hide it due to its limited use. Not only is it difficult to tell who is taking the class with you, but even if you could, there is no way to interact with them.
Peloton Tread vs. NordicTrack 2450: running belt
Comparing the Peloton Tread and NordicTrack 2450, NordicTrack definitely has the edge when it comes to its running belt. While both treadmills have a belt that’s about 5 feet long, the NordicTrack 2450 is both wider and more comfortable to walk on.
With a width of 22 inches compared to Peloton’s 20 inches, you have more leeway when it comes to foot placement. NordicTrack also has a noticeably better shock absorption system that is more comfortable to walk on.
Peloton class selection
NordicTrack 2450 running belt
Peloton running belt
Peloton Tread vs NordicTrack 2450: Music
The music selection on Peloton is currently the best of any affiliated fitness platform. Each class has a well thought out playlist, and there are also tons of themed workouts for specific musicians.
NordicTrack doesn’t use music nearly as well. While there are 11 genres of radio stations to choose from, not having music specifically tuned for the workout makes it a worse experience.
Peloton Tread vs. NordicTrack 2450: Programs and Stacking
Where NordicTrack really shines is in its running programs. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of well-designed programs to help you improve. The programs range from recreational hikes over the first 5 km to preparation for a marathon. The programs are comprehensive and in some cases can last for several months with three to six sessions per week.
The Peloton Tread offers two running programs (at the time of writing this article) and those two aren’t as well designed as any I’ve found on NordicTrack.
However, where Peloton has done well is in their class stacking feature. This feature allows you to combine running workouts with a variety of warm-ups, cool-downs, running mobility classes, or other class types.
It’s not just the fact that you can stack these workouts, but also the fact that Peloton has so many warm-up, cool-down, and running mobility classes to choose from. NordicTrack might have a few options, but not many (if you can find them).
Peloton Tread vs. NordicTrack 2450: Live Classes and Events
Another aspect to consider when comparing the Peloton Tread to the NordicTrack 2450 is the live classes. Peloton offers nearly 200 new Live Tread courses per month, all available quickly on-demand.
NordicTrack also used to offer live classes, but they recently dropped them from the schedule altogether.
Although NordicTrack may no longer offer live courses, they do offer live and on-demand running events. Multiple races and events are added each month, ranging from 5k races to full marathons (including the Boston Marathon).
NordicTrack (iFIT) programs
Peloton Live class
Peloton Tread vs. NordicTrack 2450: Bootcamp Classes
A big highlight for the Peloton Tread are the bootcamp classes. These courses get you on and off the tread, mixing running with strength and core movements. Bootcamp classes are among the best workouts available for the Peloton Tread.
While NordicTrack does have a few bootcamp classes of their own, they’re not nearly as good, nor are there many to choose from.
Peloton Tread vs NordicTrack 2450 Pricing Options
The final area where NordicTrack excels is that there are numerous pricing options to choose from.
Peloton has a treadmill and a membership option to use with it. NordicTrack, on the other hand, has almost a dozen treadmills to choose from at various price points. This makes it easier to find a treadmill that best suits your budget and needs.
For example, the NordicTrack 1750 (which costs over $600 less after shipping) is exactly the same as the 2450, except for a smaller screen.
iFIT’s $39 monthly membership is similar in price to Peloton’s $44 monthly cost. However, iFIT also offers an individual membership for $15 per month for those who don’t need to share their treadmill with others.
Connect The Watts’ Take: Final Thoughts
There’s no denying that choosing between the Peloton Tread and the NordicTrack 2450 is tough. Personally, I go back and forth as to which I like better given the multitude of pros and cons listed above.
I suggest going through this list thoroughly and really considering which features are most important to you. Both treadmills are excellent, so while it can be a tough decision, you’ll probably be happy either way.
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