Well this is interesting and a welcome development for 2013 … Smooth Fitness has developed and released a compact elliptical trainer costing well less than $1,000. If you’re not terribly familiar with Smooth, you won’t know that they sell mid-range quality elliptical trainers and this is their lowest-priced model to date.
This is cool because now you get the Smooth quality for less than $1,000.
It’s time to get fit with an elliptical that fits almost anywhere
Yes, this is truly a compact elliptical, which this Smooth CE 2.5 elliptical review reveals. Compact may not sound all that great, but trust me when non-compact equipment can take up a lot of room.
Okay, wrong “compact” image … but you get the point.
Here’s the image of the new Smooth CE 2.5 Elliptical Trainer – It’s kind of hard to see that it’s compact by just the image.
Pretty slick, eh?
Smooth thinks so too … but it still costs well under $1,000.
Do you give up performance with its compactness?
Nope. It’s a rear-drive elliptical with a 19 inch stride. The 19 inch stride is great for shorter people. If you’re taller, check out the Sole E25 (comparable price, but longer stride).
This elliptical is the space-saver answer to ellipticals (what folding treadmills are to treadmills).
Do you give up strength?
Not too much. This elliptical has a maximum user weight of 275 pounds, lifetime warranty on the frame and a 3 year warranty on all parts and electronics.
You have a good variety of programs to choose from including a manual (my favorite because I like to control my destiny), preset programs, 1 heart rate control program, 1 random program (for those of you who don’t want to follow anything specific) and the option to create 2 custom workout programs … HIIT anyone? … just program it.
This is admittedly, a basic elliptical when it comes to features … but this makes it easy to use. Nothing complicated, yet you benefit from the quality Smooth delivers. Smooth is routinely one of the most highly rated elliptical trainer retailers/manufacturers out there … hence this machine doesn’t cost $300 (don’t spend $300 on an elliptical … you’re just asking for trouble).
Buying the Smooth CE 2.5 Elliptical
The only tough decision after you’ve decided to buy the Smooth CE 2.5 elliptical, is deciding where to put this machine … because it fits pretty much anywhere. Personally, I like my fitness machines in front of a TV because I go stark-raving crazy staring at the wall for 40 minutes. But you can put it anywhere.
Oh yeah, don’t forget to give some consideration to the type of shipping you want. It does make a difference whether you have it deposited at the curb or in a room of your choice. Yes, even with this elliptical, as small as it is, it’s still a heavy lift in the box.