Smooth CE 8.0LC or Smooth CE 7.4?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: It is a tie in this first round as both models have 21” of stride length which is just about right for a regular elliptical machine.
Resistance Levels: It is also another tie as both models offer 16 levels of resistance which can add to the intensity of the workouts.
Max Ramp: It is yet another tie as both models do not offer the incline/ramp feature.
Built In Programs: Again, it is a deadlock between the two models as they have 15 built-in programs to offer.
Notable Features: The Smooth CE 7.4 gets a win over its counterpart as it has more features to offer specifically the on-board cooling fan, fitness program and 9 user profiles.
The CE 8.0LC has a rare light commercial warranty which allows it to be used in clubhouse gyms and other small public fitness centers. Some would say that you won’t need the fitness test program and 9 user profiles if you have the mySMOOTH virtual fitness trainer. Remember that you can only avail this online feature if you pay for a subscription fee. With the fitness test, you don’t have to pay for additional expense.
Parts Warranty: In this category, the Smooth CE 8.0LC offers 10 years of parts warranty while the Smooth CE 7.4 offers 7 years.
Labor Warranty: It is a tie in this category as both offer 2 years of free labor which is considered to be the average for models in this price range.
Machine Weight: The Smooth CE 8.0LC beats its counterpart with its 304-lb machine weight. On the other hand, the CE 7.4 weighs at 210 lbs. A heavier machine is always sturdier.
Machine User Weight Capacity: In this round, the Smooth CE 8.0LC wins with its 400-lb user weight capacity. It counterpart, the Smooth CE 7.4, can accommodate users who weigh up to 350 lbs.
Money Back Guarantee: It is a tie between the two models as they both offer a 60-day money back guarantee. This means that you can easily return the product if you are unhappy with the machine.
Conclusion: At the time of the comparison review, there’s a $200 price difference between the two models, with the CE 8.0LC being pricier. The additional expense goes to the plus 3-year free coverage on parts for the CE 8.0LC for now a total of 10 years warranty as well as the light commercial warranty. It is also among the few ellipticals that surpasses the 300-lb mark which makes it sturdier.
On the other hand, the CE 7.4 includes a cooling fan feature, fitness test and 9 user profiles. Basically, it has what the CE 8.0LC mostly offers but cannot compete with the CE 7.4’s advantage in the durability category.