NordicTrack C 990 Review

by Jack on March 26, 2016

The 2016 NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill Review

This review covers the new 2016 model which includes: Web enabled touch screen, wireless (WIFI) set up and iFit application. As soon as everything is set up, run any where in the world with the iFit.

 NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill with Ifit

We really do need to update our main page which provides of list of top treadmill recommendations in the $1000 price range as the NEW NordicTrack C 990 should now be one of, if not the top model on the list.

Why? It comes with a 3.0 CHP commercial motor and a spacious 20 x 60 inch track. We can not think of another model having this combination of horsepower and space. If you are a runner looking for an affordable home model this is one you will definitely want to consider.

The frame and deck are both manufactured from welded steel and the model has a weight capacity of 325 lbs. Which in our opinion is outstanding at this price range.

It provides the FlexSelect cushion system. This adjustable system is turned “on and off” by a simple twist of a knob. Why would you want to turn it off? Imagine using the iFit to run across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or the Brooklyn Bridge in NY. Turning the cushion system off provides the feel of running on the street. Making your experience more realistic.

NordicTrack C 990 is a folding treadmill

Space Saving Design

This model also has 0-12% incline, not only does this help increase calories burned but lends to creating a realistic experience by automatically adjusting according to the grade of the path when using the iFit.

But you don’t have to use the iFit, its entirely up to you.

You can control the speed and incline yourself with the push button controls on the console. Or you can choose to use one of the 32 exercise programs designed by certified trainers.

Is this the right “fit” for your home? For those short on space, living in small rooms is not a problem this treadmill has a space saving design which allows you to fold it up and move it out of the way.

The warranty is one of the most important features of treadmill. This model provides a lifetime warranty on both the motor and the frame. 3 years on parts and 1 year on labor. This is one of the best warranties provided at the $1000 price range.

See the price and customer reviews at Amazon.

More on individual features

…More on the motor and horsepower

The NordicTrack C 990 can be used for walking, jogging and running. However, due to the high intensity of running, we should be able to agree the amount of horsepower a motor is capable of  putting out is most important to when buying a model for running.

For runners we never recommend anything lower than 2.5 horsepower. This model has a 3.0 horsepower (CHP) motor. What is CHP? This is an acronym for a specific style of motor “Continuous Duty Horsepower”. This style is the most efficient and durable.

….Center console and touchscreen

2016 NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill review


As you can see this model has a nice big center console comparable to the commercial treadmills you may have used at the gym. The majority of the console provides buttons to control basic functions such as: Start, stop, speed, incline, exercise program selection.

Additionally, in the middle is a 7″ color screen with touch screen controls which incorporates use of the web which connects wireless through your home’s WiFi. From here you can browse the web, check email and if you want, download additional workout programs. A great convenience for a person who needs to stay connected.

… 32 workout programs designed by certified trainers

Some people prefer to control the speed, incline and overall intensity of their own workouts. However, sometimes it, especially for beginners or people needing a bit more motivation having the option to use a designed workout program can be very beneficial.

The model provides 32 pre-designed programs ranging in difficulty and specifically focused on areas of: weight loss, aerobic, general cardio vascular fitness and high intensity training. These workout not only provide well structured plans but are also motivational providing feedback on performance goals.

… iFIT ready

NordicTrack C 990 Treadmill has iFit

Let the iFit take control of your workouts. This is currently one of the newest and most popular features. Not only is it engaging but at the same time provides functionality to improve your workout and ultimately can help you reach your fitness goals.

Its engaging because it changes a boring workout into a real life experience. Through the use of  Google Maps Street View technology it enables you to run or walk almost any where in the world.

It can also ultimately help in fitness goals. You can choose anywhere in the world to run, walk or jog. You can choose the toughest terrain. You could choose to run the streets of the Boston Marathon. That’s motivation!

The iFIT application automatically adjusts the incline of the treadmill to mirror the places you run. It also increases the speed based on your past workouts to help further your fitness goals.

However, in order to use the iFIT you must have two things, a wireless WiFi connection in your house and it also requires a subscription. Visit for more details.


The center console provides touch button controls allowing instant speed adjustments. The top speed is 12 MPH which would equal a 5 minute mile pace. Overall, the response time of the controls are comparable to more expensive commercial treadmills you may have used at the gym.

… incline controls

These are controlled on the center console in the exact same fashion as the speed controls. Push button. The deck can by set at zero grade (flat) or increased to a maximum of 12 degrees of incline.

… cushioning system controls

This NordiTrack model comes with the patented “FlexSelect” cushion system. With a simple twist of the knob the system is turned “on and off”. Turning the system off provides a feeling similar to running on the street. Usually you will want the cushion system on. However, the street feel could be important in some people’s training, especially if they are using the iFIT to run in different parts of the world.


.This is not a small treadmill. The operable dimensions might seem quit large, especially for people living in small spaces. However, it is a fold-able model. Yes, you don’t need to leave it in the middle of your room. When you are done exercising you can fold it up and push it into the most convenient corner for storage.

NordicTrack C 990 – final word

If you are looking for an affordable home treadmill for running in 2016 the C 990 from NordicTrack is one of the top choices in the $1000 price range. It truly does provide many qualities not found on competing treadmills. Starting with the 3.0 horsepower motor and the 60 inch length of the running track. The warranty is perfect, providing a lifetime warranty on the motor and frame. The cushion system is at least equal, if not better when compared the competition.

On top of being greater or equal in the core features, the NordicTrack C 990 also proves iFit and a touch screen to browse the web as you exercised.  In our opinion, this is a very good choice in 2016. Visit our homepage if you need to see other suggestions.

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