Smooth CE 5.5 Elliptical Review (Discontinued) 3

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Pros This machine is smooth and silent, featuring the rear drive favorite of many elliptical users. It also has an adjustable stride length
Cons The display size is disappointing and is a blue back lit LCD screen – this hardly compares to the many full-color consoles now available on elliptical machines today. The pedals are also fixed, which is a disappointment after many prior Smooth models including rotating ones.
Summary When purchasing the CE 5.5, you are signing up for a world of variety with 24 different intensity levels on its 26 built-in workout programs. There is not only a range of options with this machine but an adjustable user focus as well – the stride length can be set from 18-inches to 21-inches so it can be used by multiple family members.

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Smooth CE 5.5 Elliptical Detailed Overview (Discontinued)

This machine certainly carries more diversity than prior models, and this combined with the satisfying rear drive design will keep many home gym owners happy. This smooth and silent machine will allow for daily workouts without disturbing other family members, and its tablet/iPod compatibility makes room for efficient workouts. Multitask by checking your email or watching your favorite show on your tablet as you get in shape.

Our Favorite Features

Some of our favorite parts of the Smooth CE 5.5:

  • Adjustable stride length of 18-21” so it’s adaptable for multiple famil members.
  • Huge range of intensity levels and workout programs
  • Lifetime warranty on frame and braking, as well as a generous warranty for parts, electronics and labor.
  • Smooth rear drive technology
  • Very quiet when in motion – perfect for those early morning or late night workouts at home.

Our Least Favorite Features

 A few downsides to the CE 5.5:

  • Smooth doesn’t have a very impressive console display.
  • More expensive than some of the competitor’s elliptical machines that perform the same – like the Sole E35, for example.

The Bottom Line

 The Smooth CE 5.5 is a high-quality, durable elliptical trainer with the rear drive set up that’s familiar to many gym users. To bring home a similar machine is ideal when trying to maintain a committed workout schedule. With 24 intensity levels paired with its 26 built-in workout programs, the CE 5.5 is more diverse than many prior Smooth machines. Purchasing directly from the manufacturer also includes free home delivery to the room of your choice. Not bad for a machine that costs less than $1600 and comes with a lifetime guarantee on frame and brake system.

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