Smooth Treadmill Review Index
General Information:Smooth Fitness was started by the Alter family who were specialty fitness retailers in Philadelphia. They had the remarkable idea in the 1990's that people would buy fitness equipment on the web. The brand grew into one of the largest specialty fitness companies in the world but when everyone else woke up, Smooth began experiencing business issues. At the end of 2014, the brand was acquired by Icon Health and Fitness and is now part of other storied brands like NordicTrack, Proform, and HealthRider.
Manufacturing Philosophy:Smooth is produced by Icon, a company with thousands of employees and large resources. Put simply, their machines have the best design in the business. Icon has a long, storied history that provides an example of how the big keep getting bigger. Icon used to be the mass-market darling because of their cheap prices but they used to have quality to match. These days they put quality into the machines and pack them with features. Service by most of the lower priced companies can be spotty but you get what you pay for.
Company Outlook : Icon is the largest fitness equipment producer in the world with over $1 billion in sales. If the fitness industry were a solar system, Icon is so powerful that they would be the Sun. Although you get a great value price for the product, you also get value service so keep this in mind when buying their machines. We don't get nearly as many complaints about Icon's service as we have in the past. Due to the sheer number of units they produce, we pick up support in many cases where this factory leaves off.