Smooth CE 3.6 Elliptical Review (Discontinued) 4

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Pros Like many of today’s ellipticals, the CE 3.6 has many convenience features like an iPod docking station. It is also very easy to use and promises a smooth, quiet performance which makes it perfect for an in-home gym.
Cons There is no incline on this machine, and the stride is fixed. In a market where so many elliptical machines now offer an adjustable stride, this is a deal breaker for some.
Summary Enjoy the pivoting foot pedals and various built-in workout programs with the CE 3.6. Smooth is known for its high-quality machines and this one is certainly no exception.

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Smooth CE 3.6 Elliptical Detailed Overview (Discontinued)

Home fitness enthusiasts love Smooth elliptical machines, and the CE 3.6 is a popular buy. While ideal for multiple family members, the 3.6 is usually recommended for those who are 5’10” and below due to its fixed 18” stride. Durable and somewhat reasonable in price, those in the market for an elliptical will be pleased with this machine.

Our Favorite Features

Some of our favorite parts of the Smooth CE 3.6:

  • Rotating foot pedals prevent numbness and muscle strain
  • A heart rate monitor is included to help you see physical impact
  • A built-in workout fan keeps you cool and comfortable during intense sessions.
  • Lifetime warranty on the frame and brakes, as well as a five-year parts and two-year labor.
  • Maximum user capacity of 300 lbs, generous for a machine that weighs less than 200 itself.

Our Least Favorite Features

 A few downsides to the CE 3.6:

  • A lot of today’s elliptical machines come with a full color screen console – this one does not.
  • 10 preset workout programs – this is lacking compared to many that offer upwards of 22.
  • Not ideal for tall users over 5’10”.
  • Customer service has been reported as inconsistent and long in response time.


The Bottom Line 

The CE 3.6 is a strong, reliable machine that will serve a home fitness user well. Durable enough to endure daily workouts from multiple users, this is not necessarily the best pick for tall members of the family. Due to its 18” stride limit, those under 5’10” will fare best on this elliptical. With ten built-in programs, the CE 3.6 certainly isn’t leading the way with variety, but the programs that are included are impactful, easy to use and cater to a wide variety of fitness goals. Poor customer service may be the one thing to truly plague the sale of a CE 3.6, as the machine itself is simple, straightforward and reliable.

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