Is the NordicTrack T 6.5 S treadmill a good choice for running

by Jack on May 24, 2016

If you landed on this page then there is a good chance you are looking for information on an affordable home treadmill for running? More specifically you may wonder to know if the NordicTrack T 6.5 S treadmill was built for running?

budget Running treadmill

Running on a Budget

Running vs. Walking

Some treadmills were definitely built for only walking. For the most part these are usually cheaper models. This can cause a problem when a person on a budget starts searching for affordable model for running. Compounding the problem, more times than not this will problem be the first time the person ever bought a treadmill so they will not have much knowledge on how to judge the difference between a model only suitable for walking vs. an affordable running model.

Also visit our main review page of this model for more information.

How to tell the difference?

The following rule isn’t etched in stone anywhere but this is the advice we would give a person in this situation. We look at the motor and also the length of the tread belt. As a general rule of thumb:

  • The motor should be a Continuous Duty Horsepower (CHP) and have at least a 2.5 horsepower rating.
  • To provide for the longer strides require in running vs. walking the length of the tread belt should at least be 55-inches long.

Is the NordicTrack T 6.5 S treadmill good for running?

This model does meet the criteria we set. It includes a 2.6 horsepower CHP motor and the tread belt is 55-inches in length. If you are wondering what type of pace it can set? This model’s top speed is 10 MPH which would be like running a 6 minute mile.

Now with that said, in no way are we saying this is one of the top models you can buy for running. Understand it just only meets the minimum requirements we set. If you can afford to spend a little more there are better options.

But we will also say, if you are a person on a budget who wants an affordable machine to run on at home, in 2016 you will probably be able to pick this NordicTrack treadmill up for less than $600. If this is the absolute most you can spend then this model is currently one of the best choices in this price range. Other decent choices in this price range would include:

  • ProForm 505 CST Treadmill
  • ProForm Performance 400i Treadmill

If you are interest in more reviews on NordicTrack Treadmills, visit our main page where we provide details and specifications on the different models available from this company.

In conclusion, if you are a person who is currently looking to bring a model into their home for the purpose of running and you are looking at cheaper options before buying one of these it would be wise of you to make sure the motor is a CHP and at least 2.5 horsepower and that the running platform (tread belt) is at least 55-inches long.

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