As always, with the Smooth CE 7.4 elliptical trainer, Smooth Fitness has introduced a sleek, stylish elliptical machine that will appeal to buyers looking for a high end product at a price that’s still reasonable. At $2,000 it is very close to commercial grade. Weighting in at a hefty 275 pounds, it’s a machine that can take all kinds of punishment and will stand up to even intensive use.
The Smooth CE 7.4 model has many of the features that Smooth Fitness elliptical trainers are known for plus a few extras that are added that bring it up the price tag.
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You won’t hear many fitness pros that reject any Smooth Fitness product, and the Smooth CE 7.4 elliptical trainer has plenty of devotees. There’s an indefinable something that lots of professionals say bring this model closer to Club quality than the lower priced Smooth models.
Part of this is attributable to the design – the LED display has 4 independent windows that indicate a wide range of readings that you won’t find on most other elliptical trainers, including metabolic equivalents.
The attention to detailed readings appeal to serious exercise enthusiasts. The Smooth CE 7.4 elliptical trainer also has a 19” stride length, which is generous enough to accommodate users of almost any height.
Buyers either love or are confused by the Smooth CE 7.4’s complex LED display. It gives information on calories burned, metabolic rate, target zones and lots of other information that some people find motivating.
Others find this superfluous and distracting and don’t really use it. The user profiles are appreciated by families where more than one person uses the elliptical trainer on a regular basis.
The Smooth CE 7.4 is another classically designed, excellent machine by a company that’s made its name in the elliptical trainer market. The extra features that increase the price on this model are primarily the extraordinary LED console’s many functions and the increased stride length. The weight capacity, at 350 lbs., is also a bit higher than other models. We’re not sure these added features add up to an additional $500 for most users, though.
If you’re a big fan of the bells and whistles or really need that extra inch or two on the stride, it could be worth it. For most people, you’ll get a great workout with other Smooth Fitness ellipticals and save yourself the extra $500 that the Smooth CE 7.4 elliptical trainer costs.
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