Treadmill Reviews

Smooth 6.17- Substance and Style

The Smooth 6.17 looks classy with its white frame and trendy design; much different from what we usually see. It is nice and strong too, with a maximum user weight of 325 pounds. It's not just good looks here; the features are great for a treadmill costing less than 1,100 dollars.

The Smooth 6.17 is brilliant for both walking and jogging. You get a sturdy feel and the shocks are great too. The impact on your joints, knees and hips reduce significantly, giving you literally a smooth ride. The patented Swing Arm Suspension System offers a unique advantage: At the front where you land your foot the absorption is high. At the back, it is less so you get a solid liftoff. Several models of Smooth have this feature.

The 20" x 56" treadbelt is wide and long enough for most; it is two inches longer than the typical length for belts. Very tall joggers need to go for a 60" belt.

The Smooth 6.17 incorporates wireless heart rate control for your cardio programs. There are also hand grip pulse monitors positioned conveniently at the front.

There are a total of 8 built-in workout programs to keep you motivated. You can customize 3 of them. As much as 9 profiles can be stored; useful if there are several people in your family.

The motor, a 2.5 HP Continuous Duty, is not as powerful as some of the competitors provide. But it comes with a lifetime warranty; so you can trust it to last long even with heavy jogging.

The console is the most attractive feature of the Smooth 6.17. It has a bright blue LCD display under a scratch-proof screen, and touch-screen controls to add style to convenience.

The Smooth 6.17 is a folding treadmill. Folding and unfolding is easy; there is a gas system which makes for a "soft drop" feature. You only need to apply a gentle force and the treadmill comes into position effortlessly.

The warranties are excellent. The motor and frame are secured for a lifetime and wear parts for three years. Labor is free for one year. They also have a 30-day return policy, though you will never need that.

The Smooth 6.17 gives excellent value for money and not surprisingly it is highly recommended.

Summary:

* Cost: $ 1,099
* Motor: 2.5 HP Continuous Duty
* Speed: 0.5 - 10 mph
* Incline: 0 - 15 %
* Treadbelt: 20" x 56"
* User weight: 325 lb
* Folding: Yes
* Built-in programs: 8
* Heart rate monitor: Yes
* iFIT compatibility: No
* Warranty: Lifetime on motor and frame, 3 years on wear parts, 1 year on labor