Smooth 9.65LC Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
The 9.65LC is a home run! Our best buy winner for the $1999 price range. Big and beefy with a large motor to go with the huge belt is what we like to see in a treadmill.
Smooth Fitness is a company that has the internet mapped like no one else, and by unloading feature-heavy treadmill marvels steadied by high performing motors and spacious running areas, it's easy to judge why they make a helluva first impression.
What we can say in favor of the Treadmill
A heavy-duty 4 HP motor and a juicy 21" x 64" belt deliver all promises
The 9.65LC comes loaded with an aggressively powerful 4 HP motor that makes mincemeat of a 21" x 64" belt and for robust runners and ace athletes it will be love at first sight. Makes it easily one of the longest and healthiest running areas we have noted in this price range, promising a smooth landing and vigorous takeoff at a moment's notice.
Where there's a will there's a "28 preset workout program" waiting for you
Compared to the average offering of 12 to 23 programs that come with models in this price range, the 9.65 brings you 28 varied workout programs challenging every ounce of your willpower and stamina.
Warranty that is convincing and genuinely ahead of the pack
Firmly leading the brat pack of heavy duty TMs, the 9.65LC promises a lifelong warranty that encompasses the frame, its high performing motor and all parts. Additionally you get 2 years labor warranty that ensures peace of mind while you crunch serious running distance. By far this is the best coverage you'll see in the industry and a sure indication of the company's confidence in the quality of components and reliability of service.
With unit weight being 325lbs, this is a heavy-user friendly machine
The larger frame, zappy motor and heavy duty cushioning makes this treadmill ideal for heavier users exceeding 300 pounds, and the machine can take a pounding and weather all storms pretty confidently. The drive system takes away the stress of repeated use and goes a long way in minimizing wear and tear, so there will be fewer reasons to claim that warranty.
What goes against the TM
Big black beauty doesn't fold
You need to plan your home space to locate it to ensure it doesn't come in the way of daily routine and turn from beauty to beast.
A healthy treadmill requires a healthy budget
You might get sticker shock when you see that for a runner's quality machine, the cost is right at $2,000! That's a bunch of money for most people and may make you swallow heavy before you take the plunge.
Not a great looking machine
There are much better looking treadmills on the market. From the durable but chincy-looking console to the less than stellar industrial design, this one is definitely a case of where looks can be deceiving and the personality is better than the looks.
Our verdict: There's value for your investment, motor-drive quality is high, and you have an acre of real estate to run on, so why worry, especially when you are covered by an outstanding warranty? The best treadmill that Smooth has ever built and with the praise that we have had for them with some of their machines in the past, that is saying quite a bit.