Smooth CE 3.6 or Smooth CE 7.4?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In this first category, the Smooth CE 7.4 edges out its counterpart with 21” of stride length. The Smooth CE 3.6 only has 18”.
Resistance Levels: It is a tie between the two in this round as they both have 16 levels of resistance levels which can add intensity to workouts.
Max Ramp: It is another tie in this category as they both do not offer an incline/ramp feature.
Built In Programs: In this category, the Smooth CE 7.4 beats its counterpart with a 13 to 10 advantage.
Notable Features: In this round, the Smooth CE 7.4 wins against the Smooth CE 3.6. The two models have the mySMOOTH Virtual Fitness Trainer technology for you to keep track of your progress easily, pivoting foot pedals for a comfy stride, more reliable wireless heart rate chest strap monitor and the Smooth sound audio system.
What makes the two different is that the CE 7.4 includes an on-board cooling fan, a fitness test program and 9 user profiles. These additional features make the CE 7.4 the better choice.
Parts Warranty: In this category, the Smooth CE 7.4 has 7 years of parts warranty while the Smooth CE 3.6 has 5 years.
Labor Warranty: It is a tie between the two as they both offer 2 years of labor warranty which is considered to be average for models that belong in their price range.
Machine Weight: The CE 7.4 wins this round with a weight of 210 lbs while the CE 3.6 only weighs at 175 lbs.
Machine User Weight Capacity: In terms of maximum user weight capacity, the Smooth CE 7.4 wins with 350 lbs while the Smooth CE 3.6 can accommodate users who weigh up to 300 lbs. However, for safety purposes, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual machine weight and the user weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: It is a tie in this category as they both offer a 60-day money back guarantee. This means that you can return the machine easily if you are not happy with it.
Conclusion: The Smooth CE 7.4 is the higher version of the CE 3.6 which also is above the latter in almost all categories. It has a longer stride length, more programs and more bells and whistles. Plus, it is better in the durability department as it has longer parts coverage and a sturdier elliptical at 210 lbs.
At the time of the comparison review, there’s only a $100 price difference between the two and with all the improvements and features it has, the additional expense is worth it for the Smooth CE 7.4. As much as the CE 3.6 is a good option, you should just add another $100 for a much improved version which includes a 2-year coverage on parts.