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Smooth 5.65 Treadmill Review

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Fantastic warranty for a $999 machine and our best buy winner! The competition is really heating up at the $1000 price point!

Smooth 5.65 Treadmill Review

MSRP:

$999

Walking Area:

7.1

Power:

6.5

Cushioning:

6.8

Reliability:

5.9

Noise Level:

6.2

Quality:

5.9

Value:

6.8

Warranty:

7.5

Overall Rating: 6.55

Smooth is a company that is extremely focused on mass marketing their treadmills through massive retailing networks like Sears and Amazon and their own website. You get the feeling that the company is pulling out all stops to score a great first impression, as they invariably load their models with an impressive array of features backed by stable frame designs.

The votes in favor of the TM

Great 2.75 HP motor-and-drive combination for smoother workouts

At the $1000 price point it's a bonus getting a 2.75 HP motor and this motor exudes enough power to work a 20" x 55" belt without much noise or fuss. The motor-drive combination works in harmony to give users a satisfying "run" for their money.

Walking area is just OK for all categories of users

The 20" x 55" tread belt is designed just right for jumping Joe and athletic Alice, and both need not fear falling off the edge of the world (tread). With 2.75 HP power backing you up and better drive quality, workouts will be smooth and steady, not bumpy and boisterous. Yes, taller walkers can jog with greater confidence without consciously checking their stride.

Solid warranty protection leaving no room for complaints

What users get is lifetime warranty for frame as well as motor. The 5 years parts and electronics warranty is a virtual bonanza and 2 years labor warranty is a bonus, making this one of the most exciting deals in the industry. The longer 60-day money back guarantee generates a feeling in prospective users that they can scout here for better quality and service.

Features that are a wee bit spotty

Not quite enough for serious exercise enthusiasts

Although it is a high quality machine for the price, you do have some shortcomings in order to get the price point down to $999. Remember, the cost to ship the treadmill to your house is going to typically average more than $100 for the factory. Since you are dealing directly with the factory, there is no middleman to pay but you still have to cut corners on a treadmill to get the price down. If you are a serious runner, be prepared to spend at least $1500.

Heavier users will find it difficult to negotiate workout routines

Users weighing over 300 pounds can't use this treadmill (that itself weighs in at 195 pounds) without jeopardizing its longevity.

Our Verdict

The improved Smooth 5.65 Treadmill offers great value in the $1,000 price category. Ideal for regular use but really not the right fit for serious runners and users clocking more than 300 pounds. Satisfying overall with smart warranty coverage. With the improvements, Smooth has another strong machine in its lineup. One of the best treadmills in the $1,000 price range.

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