Smooth Treadmill Review 

 

 

If you want a home treadmill, perhaps you have heard of the Smooth treadmill brand, and wonder how these machines compare with regard to workmanship, performance, and features.  Committing to the purchase of a piece of home fitness equipment is a big decision, and since it is a fairly big-ticket item that you will rely upon for many years to come, you need to be sure that you are getting a quality machine with all of the features that you truly want and need, without paying for options you will never use.  To help you in this decision-making process, we have reviewed all of the smooth treadmills, and compared them against the other brands to see how they stack up against the competition.
 
Before we review the smooth fitness treadmill, we want to say a few words about the manufacturer.  Smooth Fitness has been recognized for quality and value by leading health and fitness publications (including Prevention and Runner's World magazines).  Smooth Fitness does 90% of its business through online sales; by keeping overhead low, Smooth can afford to pass on savings to customers, giving them excellent products at often lower prices than their competitors.
 
Our top-rated Smooth treadmill model:  Smooth 5.65 ($999)

For under $1000, the Smooth 5.65 treadmill is the best overall value on the home treadmill market, because it gives you the most for your money.  In a nutshell, this treadmill provides you with the most essential features and options, nothing less and nothing more, at a very competitive price.
 
Specifications of the Smooth 5.65:

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2.5 horsepower continuous duty motor.

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14 preset workouts.

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0.5 - 10 mph speed range.

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Warranty:  lifetime on frame and motor, 3 years on parts, 1 year on labor.

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20" X 53" belt.

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Swing Arm Suspension System:  absorbs shock and protects your joints; shown to help you burn up to 14-23% more calories than other types of suspension systems.

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LCD console display.

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Handgrip heart rate sensors.

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Heavyweight frame for added stability.

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Patented " Soft Drop" folding capability for easy storage.

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Deluxe sound system.

Other Smooth treadmill models

There are 6 other Smooth treadmills in addition to the top-rated Smooth 5.65.  Their prices range from $1500 - $2500. 

Overall, increases in smooth treadmill prices reflect:

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Larger motors.

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Additional preset programs.

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Longer belts.

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Improved shock absorption.

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Upgraded console features.

If you are a competitive runner, you might need these additional high-tech features to monitor your workouts and provide you with superior shock absorption.  However, we feel that for most people, who want to jog or walk a few miles a few times per week within the privacy of their own homes, the Smooth 5.65 is an ideal choice.

How do Smooth treadmills rank on overall value when compared to the other brands?

We feel that for your money, smooth treadmills are the best buy on the home treadmill market.  This is for a few reasons.  First of all, as we stated above, Smooth Fitness can afford to price their treadmills lower than other manufacturers because they sell online directly to the customer.  Secondly, when compared to many of the other manufacturers, for the price of a Smooth treadmill, you get the best total package of features you really need.  In general, when compared to other well-known manufacturers, a Smooth fitness treadmill provides you with:  

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More powerful, longer-lasting motors (more horsepower per dollar).

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Better shock absorption (which saves stress on your body and prevents injuries).

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Bigger belts (larger belt dimensions can accommodate your stride more
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Longer warranty (lifetime warranty on the frame and motor).

UPDATE:

The Smooth Fitness company has been bought out by ProForm, and their treadmills are being phased out. As a comparable brand, we suggest you look at LifeSpan Treadmills. They are well made and have superior features to comparable treadmills in the same price range. Our top rated all around LifeSpan model is the TR 1200i Folding Treadmill. Just follow the link to view it on Amazon.

 

More than smooth treadmill review on our treadmill buying guide page

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