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Smooth CE 8.0LC Elliptical Review

(Product out of stock. See the home page for the elliptical score summary table) The Smooth CE 8.0LC is an elliptical made for the home and can still be used in light commercial settings hence the "LC" in the model number. I would always consider a light commercial or full commercial elliptical for the home because you just know it will last a long time.

Do make sure you have room for this elliptical as it's a substantial machine needing a length of 85 inches when set up. This is the maximum length needed. Once you get going you'll be glad you got what is an impressive elliptical.

Console3 stars
Programs5 stars
Features5 stars
Max User Weight5 stars
Warranty5 stars
Value4 stars
Overall90%

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Smooth CE 8.0LC Elliptical
Smooth CE 8.0LC Elliptical
Console3 stars
The console does everything you'd expect as you ride like give you all your workout information and more. It's just missing a fan. Nearly all Smooth ellipticals come with a 3 speed fan built into the console. This is a really nice feature that when you workout a lot you need as you do get hot. You could always buy a separate fan or you can open a window but with a commercial elliptical I would have expected a fan.

The console itself is a little old fashioned and together with the fan is why it gets 3 stars. It won't hinder what you can get out of this elliptical or your workouts, it's just an average console. It still has ipod docking with speakers. Although the speakers are very small. There are a great selection of programs and these are shown graphically on the console once they're selected.

Programs5 stars
There are an excellent selection of programs on this CE 8.0LC elliptical, there are programs that cater for novices as well as experts. So as you get fitter and more healthier the programs can still be used in a beneficial way. An example of this is that you have a novice interval, intermediate interval program and an advanced interval. These exercise you both aerobically as well anaerobically which means they tone the muscles as well as losing you weight.

There are a selection of hill programs where the name of them tell you what to expect. You have hill climb, rolling hills and a mountain climb. As you can imagine the mountain climb is quite an intensive program but one that has a lot of benefits if you're willing to take it on. The graphics on the console displays the different intensities as you ride so you know when to expect a hill or valley.

What I like are the custom courses. With these you create your won course and you can make them as easy or hard as you like. There are 2 available for you. They are a great advantage because as you get more advanced and your fitness improves you can adjust these programs to match your fitness level. These are programmed using the buttons on the console and it's quite simple to do.

Features5 stars
Stride length is a very important part of an elliptical. You want the longest stride length possible or even better a stride length that can be changed. On the CE 8.0LC you have a long 21 inch stride length. This gives you a long smooth and natural ride. This will workout your lower body and legs in the full range of motion. This means your lower leg, thighs, quads and buttocks all get a good workout, shape and toning.

When you buy a Smooth Fitness elliptical, you buy it straight from their factory and this includes the CE 8.0LC. This means that can offer lower prices than a retail store. They have a range of delivery options. Curbside delivery is free and this means the elliptical will be left on your property. Remember the CE 8.0LC weighs 304 lbs so you may need help to bring the elliptical into your home. There are higher delivery options like assembly into the room of your choice if you want, for a price.

There is a wireless heart rate chest strap that is included with this elliptical. With most other ellipticals you have to buy them separately even though the machines pick up the signals they still won't provide you with one. They're usually made by Polar and cost $50 upwards. You get one free here and you know it will be compatible with this elliptical. This means the heart rate chest programs that use your heart rate by picking up the strap signal will be available completely for you.

Max user weight5 stars
The maximum user weight is 400 lbs or 181 kg. This is a mammoth weight and the most I've seen on an elliptical so it gets 5 stars. It's not surprising really because this elliptical is approved for light commercial use. So it has to be able to take the weight of all kinds of users on it. This is a plus for the home. Everyone in the family can use it and you know that no matter how much exercise you perform on it, it will be able to take it.

Warranty5 stars
The warranty is lifetime for the frame and braking system, 10 years parts, and 2 years labor. Like I've said with the maximum user weight you won't see any better with this warranty either. This is for the home though and a light commercial warranty will be different. They would have to ask you a few questions before they can confirm the commercial warranty based on usage so they ask you to call them first to discuss.

Value4 stars
At the time of writing this CE 8.0LC is $1,649.00. This does change so check with the Smooth Fitness website for the latest. I think value wise this elliptical is perfect for the home. It's about what you can spend to get a great elliptical. For commercial premises this represents great value and only you can decide whether it's worth it by you knowing how much it will be used. You maybe better off with a full commercial elliptical for heavy usage.

Overall 90%
I've always believed that when an elliptical or any other piece of fitness equipment is labeled light commercial then it's going to be great for the home. I think this about the CE 8.0LC. Let's face it, the price is a price you'd expect for a mid to high end home elliptical, and that is just what you're getting. This is recommended, any score of 90% and above is. Everything is taken into account for the score so you can't go wrong.

The Smooth CE 8.0LC gets the equalled highest score of any Smooth Fitness elliptical. The only other one is the Agile DMT which is $2,199.00 so if you're looking to spend less than $2,000.00 and you've got your eye on Smooth. Then the 8.0LC is perfect for you. The other reviews on the web by owners will tell you it's one that's definitely worth going for. Ok the console isn't great but don't let that put you off what is a great machine.

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