S 20i

NordicTrack S 20i Review

Last Updated: February 13, 2021

If you’re looking for a budget home treadmill under £1000, the NordicTrack S 20i is worth considering. Being the first of three S-series treadmills available in the UK, it’s a fairly straightforward piece of equipment without most of the bells and whistles of modern-day running machines.

Here are some notable features of the S 20i:

  • 5-inch LCD Display

The S 20i features one of the simplest displays offered by NordicTrack. The modest 5-inch LCD screen is minimalistic yet functional, showing your workout stats right on the console. While it doesn’t come close to the full-color HD touchscreen in most other treadmills by the brand, they have been kind enough to leave space for your tablet by incorporating a tablet holder into the console. 

  • iFit Bluetooth Smart Enabled

iFit is a fitness app with over 16,000 workout videos, challenges, stat tracking, live personal training, and virtual running locations to offer. The S 20i treadmill itself doesn’t offer an iFit-enabled screen. However, you can enjoy the app over your own device, propping it up on the tablet holder and linking it to the treadmill via Bluetooth. 

You get free access to a single iFit profile for a year with the purchase of this treadmill. While most other NordicTrack machines come with free iFit family memberships as of 2021, even single-member access is appreciable for the price here.

  • 51 x 140 cm Tread Belt with Optional Cushioning

We love how NordicTrack always makes sure to offer a cushioning feature on all their equipment. This enables you to switch between a hard, road-like running surface and a shock-absorbing, cushioned surface that protects your knee and ankle joints. As for the belt dimensions, they’re good enough for running, although not as roomy as the commercial-grade machines.

  • 2.5 CHP Motor

The motor power on the S 20i is unremarkable, although it’s pretty quiet. We recommend against this treadmill if you’re on the heavier side and plan to run excessively for long periods. However, most individuals should be able to make it work for themselves as a casual home treadmill for brisk walks, jogging, and infrequent running.

  • 18 km/h Speed and 10% Incline Limit

NordicTrack treadmills are known for reaching speeds as high as 22 km/h. However, this one isn’t meant for high-speed runners. It still offers a top speed of 18 km/h, which should be enough for most people. You also have ten levels of incline to choose from, with the S 20i.

  • EKG Grip Heart Rate Monitoring

Heart rate sensors are incorporated into the handgrips of the S 20i. This helps you stay in the right heart rate zone as you work out and keep an eye on the console feedback.

  • Convenient Foldable Design

A useful attribute on a home treadmill is foldability, and the S 20i doesn’t disappoint. EasyLift™ Assist technology enables you to conveniently fold up the running deck after you’re done working out, freeing up valuable floor space.

  • Other Features

Other notable features include 1.9” precision-balanced rollers, dual 2” speakers, and a good warranty package.

Positives

  • Good budget treadmill for home use
  • Convenient foldable design
  • Quiet, self-cooling motor
  • iFit Bluetooth compatible with free 1-year single membership
  • Max 18 km/h speed
  • Max 10% incline
  • Optional cushioning technology
  • Heart rate sensors in handgrips
  • Built-in tablet holder
  • Dual 2” speakers
  • Good warranty package

Negatives

  • Extended heavy running sessions may compromise motor life
  • A few have noted mixed customer support from NordicTrack for this model
  • Additional tablet or device required to enjoy iFit features
  • iFit will require paid subscription after a year

Warranty Summary

The NordicTrack S 20i comes with:

  • Lifetime Frame Warranty
  • 2-Year Parts Warranty
  • 2-Year Labor Warranty
  • 10-Year Motor

Conclusion

The S 20i can be a practical choice if you’re looking for a home treadmill for light to moderate workouts. While it might seem lackluster to tech enthusiasts who love ultra-modern equipment, it can work impressively well when synced with iFit on your device. From the wide speed and incline range to the sturdy construction, it has a promising set of features for casual use.

4.0

NordicTrack S 20i Treadmill

Specifications NordicTrack S 20i
Rating
4.9
Motor 2.5 CHP
Speed 18 km/h
Incline 0 – 10%
Running surface 51 x 140 cm
Folding
Display 5" LCD screen
Training programs iFit Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Web Connectivity
Heart rate monitor
Dimensions 199 L x 84 W x 160 H cm
Product weight 80 kg
Max user weight 125 kg
Warranty Motor: 10 years
Parts & Labour: 2 years
Frame: lifetime