Smooth CE Elliptical
Smooth Motion to Fit Your Whole Family
Comfort and durability stand out on the Smooth CE elliptical trainer. In fact, this model was designed with input from Porsche engineers. It provides excellent ergonomics and operates almost as smoothly as a commercial elliptical trainer. The adjustable stride lets people of any height customize the elliptical motion. This popular crosstrainer had an original MSRP of $1499 and sells
for less since it’s been discontinued.
When comparing prices for elliptical trainers, remember that prices for Smooth Fitness trainers include shipping.
Features of the Smooth CE (A Discontinued Elliptical)
- Upper body workout
- Adjustable stride
- Reverse motion
- Silent eddy current brakes
- 7 pre-set programs
- Pulse grip & wireless heart monitors
- LCD console window
- Warranty: Lifetime on frame; 3 years parts; 1 year service
Although there are few extras on this model, it has excellent basics. That’s a lot more than competitors can honestly say. In particular, Smooth Fitness helps make cardio training feel easy by combining eddy current braking with an adjustable stride. The resulting motion is so smooth and natural that people burn more calories than they realize. The Smooth CE is an excellent example of how elliptical exercise is associated with low perceived rates of exertion. That is, people get more efficient workouts and feel less stressed with elliptical exercise than with training on treadmills and other fitness machines.
Physical Trainers’ Opinions of the Smooth CE
Fitness professionals agree that the Smooth CE provides almost a good a ride as a Precor. (Precor ellipticals are the cream of the crop and cost up to $6000.) They praise the smooth motion that’s available for people of any height. The machine is so low-impact that they especially recommend it above others to walkers and runners with ankle or knee problems.
The warranty on this machine is above average. Three years of parts protection is hard to find at around $1000, which is what the Smooth CE now sells for. Besides that, you can expect this trainer to outlive its warranty without requiring repairs.
Tip: If you do buy the Smooth CE, schedule a maintenance call shortly before your warranty expires. A Smooth Fitness technician will lubricate and recalibrate your elliptical trainer, helping it be more like new.
Our Overall Review of the Smooth CE
We recommend this
trainer to almost anyone weighing up to 300 pounds or so who is serious about exercise. This crosstrainer doesn’t have fancy features such as video games or audio. Resources have clearly gone toward stability, durability and ergonomics. You’ll get
a sturdy frame, a heavy flywheel, and a silky-smooth workout.
If you can’t find this bargain (it’s been discontinued) – or if you’re willing to spend more — check out the newer Smooth ellipticals. The CE 3.6 sometimes sells for as low as $1299. It’s similar to the standard CE but has an iPod dock and a few other perks.