The CE3.0 XT is a good compact elliptical for the money, our 3rd Runner Up in our 2014 Best Buy Awards
<strong>Smooth CE 3.0 XT</strong> The Smooth CE 3.0 XT is our Best Buy 2014 4<sup>th</sup> Runner Up in the $999 category. Although it has a relatively compact design, it can never exceed the quality provided by the NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial. <strong><em>The good points</em></strong> <strong>A multi user trainer</strong> The Smooth CE 3.0 XT has an adjustable stride length to support different users with different exercise needs. On the other hand, other ellipticals with the $999 tag have adjustable stride from 16" to 22" inches. <strong>A variety of workout programs</strong> Arming this machine is 19 pre-defined workout programs. It includes manual, 12 preset cardio programs, 2 heart rate control, body fat, and it even gives you an option to record 2 of your own custom workouts. Coupling this feature is the Silent Magnetic resistance, with 24 intensity levels that'll help you get more out of your workout. <strong>Awesome warranty</strong> The warranty of the Smooth CE 3.0 XT is awesome. Has a lifetime warranty for its frame and brakes, 3 years for parts, and 2 years for labor. Smooth Fitness did a really good job offering a warranty like this. It shows that they are confident in the quality of this trainer. <strong><em>What you won't like</em></strong> <strong>Not for music lovers</strong> Looks like this trainer is only intended for pure exercise only. People who enjoy exercising while listening to music will miss the mp3/iPod compatibility on this machine. If you're a music lover and can't workout without listening to your favorite songs, this is not for you unless you whip out your earbuds. <strong>Less useful heart rate monitoring</strong> Although it has a heart rate monitor, this trainer doesn't have a wireless chest. This makes the heart rate monitoring only work if you are using the hand grips. Some trainers in this price range have a wireless chest strap to maximize the usage of heart rate monitoring. <strong><em>Conclusion: </em></strong> Overall, the Smooth CE 3.0 XT is a good trainer. It is one of Smooth Fitness' products that they should be proud of. BUT, in terms of quality with a $999 tag, nothing else can outdo the NordicTrack A.C.T. Commercial, our Best Buy 2014 Winner.