Our Smooth CE 3.2 elliptical trainer review examines a mid-range model from Smooth, which whilst well-equipped fails to excite.
As popular as they are, I fail to be convinced by Smooth ellipticals generally.
They’re not bad, but whilst Smooth treadmills have justifiably established Smooth as a quality brand, the ellipticals are for the most part no better than fair to middling machines when compared to the best of the competition, like Sole or Spirit.
The CE 3.2 is basically the same machine as the CE 2.1 but is $400 more expensive – so why invest the extra money in the CE 3.2?
Smooth CE 3.2 Elliptical Trainer Review – Features
Our Smooth CE 3.2 elliptical trainer review found the same compromises that have been made on the cheaper model to sell it at what is a competitive price, usually around $1,899.The Smooth CE 3.2 is for all intents and purposes identical to the CE 2.1 and shares its good and bad points.
The CE 3.2 has the same rear drive configuration with electromagnetic braking. It does have a quiet, fluid motion and smooth ride but at this price the superior eddy current braking (ECB) system is the norm.
The pivoting foot pedals help to ensure a comfortable ride and the dual action upper body workout handles provide a whole body workout. A useful feature to maximise the calorie burning effects of a fitness or weight loss program.
The build quality with its heavy guage steel frame is what would be expected in this sector of the market. But as with the CE 2.1, the design still looks a little flimsy although the machine is stable enough when in use.
The 16 resistance levels should be sufficient for most people, as are the nine preset workout programs.
So what do you get for the extra couple of hundred dollars?
Basically an upgraded display console, which is an improvement on the CE 2.1 – but is it worth the extra cost?
I don’t think so. If the choice is between the CE 2.1 and CE 3.2, I’d go for the CE 2.1 and save my money.
The warranties are the same as the CE 2.1 with lifetime warranties on the frame and brake, two years on the parts and one year on labour.
You can pick up a Smooth elliptical at a wide range of online and offline retailers. Our Smooth CE 3.2 elliptical trainer review found it for ÂŁ1,699 at Treadmills Central.
Smooth CE 3.2 Elliptical Trainer Review – The Bottom Line…
Our Smooth CE 3.2 elliptical trainer review would suggest that there are better value for money choices in the Smooth range and better ellipticals available from competing brands.
I wouldn’t be swayed by the higher price tag as the CE 3.2 is not $400 better than the CE 2.1.
If you want a Smooth elliptical, go for another model. Better still, choose another brand as there are better options around in what is an extremely competitive market.
For more information and to check out the current price you may want to visit Treadmills Central.