(Product out of stock. See the home page for the elliptical score summary table) The Smooth CE 3.6 elliptical is a tried, tested and successful product of the Smooth Fitness line up. It has stood the test of time as a good quality elliptical that will get you successful workout results. Here I discuss all the features about it and rate every aspect.
It comes in a price of $1,299.00 which as I've said on a lot of reviews is approaching the price where you'll find the best ellipticals for the home. Smooth Fitness is a reliable manufacturer who were one of the first companies to start selling their equipment exclusively online. For this reason they are able to keep their prices low.
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Smooth CE 3.6 Elliptical
The console is deliberately oversized so you can easily see the numbers and change any settings no matter how fast you ride. There is a speedometer like function which you can see in the picture on the right. This changes the quicker you ride. Other readings are shown in clear blue.
There is a fantastic 3 speed fan which is almost expected these days. You have an ipod dock with "high clarity" speakers. However these speakers are quite small so the sound isn't that good from them. If you have a sound system elsewhere in the home that you can move into the workout room then you'll be using that more often.
As with all home ellipticals you get a good wide choice of exercise programs. I like the random one. There are 50 variations and you never know which one you'll get. It's the sort of program you'll choose when you feel like a challenge or something a bit different from your usual ride. There being 50 you'll have to use it a lot to experience the same ride twice.
I also like the endurance program. This as the name suggests is not for the faint hearted. The program first takes you into a warm up to prepare you for the main ride. The main part of the program gradually increases the settings over time. By doing this you'll workout to a peak which will really burn calories and increase your stamina. A cooling down period follows this to soothe your muscles and cardiovascular system when the hard work is done.
The watt control program is great and very underused. The wattage is determined by the power you put into your ride. So if you go fast on a high level of resistance you'll be generating a high wattage. The program has a preset or you can choose your own and the settings will change to keep you riding at the same wattage. If you go fast or slow the resistance will change to keep you riding at the same power.
Like all ellipticals the handlebars match your stride so you'll be working out your upper body as well as the lower. This really gives you an advantage over treadmills because how hard you ride and push the handlebars really makes a difference. Also there is very little stress on the joints so if you're overweight or injured you can still get a good workout with an elliptical.
The Smooth CE 3.6 elliptical will require some assembly or if you don't want to do it then Smooth Fitness will set it up for you for an extra fee. Obviously it's best if you assemble it in the room you want it to go into. However if there just isn't the room then the assembled elliptical is able to be tilted and moved along on it's wheels. It can then be moved to exactly where you want it to go.
Not only are ellipticals by their very design soft on the knees and other joints. The CE 3.6 has pivoting and ergonomic foot pedals. These makes the elliptical even easier on your ankles and lower leg. The pedal moves with your foot enabling you to ride smoothly no matter how hard or soft the resistance. Ergonomic means they are designed especially for the shape of the foot.
Max user weight
The maximum user weight is 300 lbs or 136 kg. This can only get 3 stars because it's rated in comparison to other ellipticals. So others have more than 300 lbs, some go as high as 400 lbs. This shouldn't detract what is a very sturdy machine. 300 lbs is average which is why it gets 3 stars but will serve most individuals or families more than adequately.
The warranty is lifetime for the frame and braking system, 5 years parts, and 2 years labor. It's always good when a company stands by it's products by offering a good warranty and that's what we have here. Smooth clearly expect this elliptical to last especially by having 2 years of labor. You can be sure its been manufactured to the best standards.
At the time of writing this CE 3.6 is $1,299.00. This represents good value which is why it gets 4 stars. It has all the features and options you expect in a good home elliptical. It's better than Smooth's CE 3.0DS ($1,0000.00) because you get the workout fan, speakers with an ipod dock, a better warranty and an included heart rate chest strap.
The overall rating of 76% doesn't compare too well with other Smooth Fitness ellipticals. All of them except one score higher than this. Does it make it a bad elliptical? No, it scores above average on all points except maximum user weight and 300 lbs is fine it's just you can get better. There is a particular Smooth elliptical I would point you to.
The Smooth CE 7.4 elliptical is only $100 more and scores 86% and has a better warranty. If you can stretch that little bit further where money is concerned you'll get a far better elliptical. If you pay more you get a better machine generally. I like the Smooth CE 3.6 elliptical, 76% is not bad. If you've got you're eye on this one and have compared others and you still want it then it will serve you well.
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