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Smooth CE 7.4 Elliptical Review

(Product out of stock. See the home page for the elliptical score summary table) The Smooth CE 7.4 is one of the better Smooth Fitness ellipticals. It has the best warranty you'll find on fitness equipment which includes 7 years of parts. You normally only see 5 years at the highest.

The ride is a smooth and natural one with the pedals designed for the exact shape of the foot. There are 16 resistance levels that are delivered to the flywheel magnetically. This is how modern ellipticals work and it extends their lifespan.

Console4 stars
Programs4 stars
Features5 stars
Max User Weight4 stars
Warranty5 stars
Value4 stars
Overall86%

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Smooth CE 7.4 Elliptical
Smooth CE 7.4 Elliptical
Console4 stars
There are 4 windows on the console giving you your readings and up to date information as you ride. The left window will show you what intensity level you're at. The main window you see in the middle is the dot matrix display. This gives a graphical display of your intensity and the program you're on if selected. This will show any hills or valleys you can expect.

The upper windows are the number displays and will give your time, heart rate bpm, distance, calories burned and much more. At the bottom is a green start button and a red stop. The black buttons allow you to change the intensity up or down and the blue button to the left is the fan. To the right are the many heart rate control programs available to you. Here you select a percentage of your maximum.

Programs4 stars
As said above there are plenty of heart rate control programs. These use the included heart rate chest strap so you get a very accurate reading of your heart rate for the machine to work with. Athletes use a heart rate system when they do their training so now you have the ability to use it with this Smooth elliptical. You enter your age and weight and the elliptical works out your maximum heart rate for you.

There is a program called MET. This means metabolic equivalent rate and is a measurement of physical exertion. On this CE 7.4 you can choose from one MET up to 16. So the higher you have it the harder you'll be working. This is a good way of burning calories because it's scientifically calculated that the higher you go the more physical exertion and therefore the more calories you'll be burning. It's worth trying.

There is also a special fitness level test program that will determine how fit you are and shows you the best programs for you based on the results. You hit the fitness level test button and the elliptical takes you into a fitness level test by measuring how well you're working in relation to your heart rate. For this reason you'll need to wear the included heart rate chest strap. Not many ellipticals offer this and I think it makes this elliptical stand out.

Features5 stars
Smooth Fitness is embracing new technologies and this is true of the CE 7.4. It features MySmooth which is like a data pen you plug into the side of the console. This stores various workouts and other readings on it. You then plug it into your PC and you have an online health and fitness manager, it prescribes workouts that would benefit someone of your fitness level. This will help you reach your goals faster.

There is a media shelf so everyone who likes reading as they ride you can do here. It can easily hold an ipad or any other electrical device. There is an ipod input so your ipod could fit neatly onto the shelf while your music comes out of the built in speakers. The speakers are a bit small so you may prefer using earphones or having some sort of other amplification device going on in the room.

There is a heavy duty flywheel. This is essential for a smooth and natural ride. There are no bumps or sudden movements with this elliptical. It does mean that the elliptical is heavier so you might need some help in the transporting and assembly of the machine. However the benefits of having a large heavy flywheel far out weigh any downsides. The flywheel is at the back of the elliptical and the pedals reach out from there.

Max user weight4 stars
The maximum user weight is 350 lbs or 159 kg. You can get better than this if you pay more though you shouldn't need it. I like this weight, it means that the elliptical is sturdy and will last through years of riding which is why you buy an elliptical in the first place. The unit weight of the elliptical itself is 210 lbs which is why you may need more than one person to be in for the delivery.

Warranty5 stars
The warranty is lifetime for the frame and braking system, 7 years parts, and 2 years labor. As I said at the beginning this is an industry leading warranty. The frame and the braking system have a lifetime warranty. You wouldn't expect the frame to brake or go wrong but the lifetime on braking is good because that's the part that is in constant use.

Value4 stars
At the time of writing this CE 7.4 is $1,499.00. I think for a good quality elliptical this represents good value. I think if you utilize the MySmooth technology you'll get a lot out of this elliptical. Far more than when you use an elliptical in a gym or health club. Let's face it all we do with those is ride with no programs or features you find above available.

Overall 86%
When commenting on the Smooth CE 3.6 I point everyone to this Smooth CE 7.4 because it gets a better score and it is a better elliptical. I would say when buying this always take advantage of the MySmooth option as that will really enhance your enjoyment and how much you'll get out of your workouts with this elliptical. Currently there is free inside the door delivery (value $99) so it's worth getting it quick while you can.

This elliptical fits in well into the Smooth range. They have an elliptical slightly cheaper and one slightly more expensive and this is better than the cheaper one and a little not so good as the more expensive one. That's to be expected. If you like this one and you have $1499 to spend then you will be buying a great elliptical. It gets 86% because it has many great features and will work to help you achieve your workout goals.

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