Smooth CE 3.0DS or Smooth V2300?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: When it comes to the stride length, the Smooth CE 3.0DS beats the Smooth V2300 with a 21” to 17” advantage.
Resistance Levels: In terms of resistance levels, the Smooth CE 3.0DS offers 16 levels while the Smooth V2300 only offers 8.
Max Ramp: In this category, it is a stalemate between the two models as they both do not offer an incline/ramp feature. It should be noted however that both can function as a stepper which would also be good for your glutes and other lower body muscle groups.
Built In Programs: In terms of built-in programs, the Smooth CE 3.0DS offers 16 while the Smooth V2300 only offers 7.
Notable Features: The CE 3.0DS has a compact frame design which measures at 50” in length. It also has a body fat measurement feature for you to be able to keep track of your progress. The V2300 on the other hand, also functions as a stepper and has a frame design which looks and functions like an elliptical bike, thus, making it a 3-in-1 equipment. It also offers reverse stride capabilities and oversized and textured foot pedals which can give you total control on how you can position your feet while on the machine. These are what makes the V2300 a better choice than its counterpart.
Parts Warranty: In this category, the Smooth V2300 offers 7 years of free parts coverage while the Smooth CE 3.0DS only offers 3. It should be noted that the CE 3.0DS is still considered slightly above average than other models that belong in the $1000 and below price group which usually offers just 2 years.
Labor Warranty: It is a tie between the two models in this category as they both offer 2 years of labor warranty which you should take advantage of as labor costs can get pretty expensive these days.
Machine Weight: In terms of machine weight, the V2300 beats the CE 3.0DS with a 166lbs to 140lbs advantage. Remember that the heavier the machine is, the sturdier it is.
Machine User Weight Capacity: In this category, it is a tie between the two models as they both can accommodate users who weigh up to 300 lbs. However, for the sake of your safety, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual machine weight and the max user weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: Both machines offer a 60-day money back guarantee which means that you get to return and/or get a refund if you are unsatisfied with the machine’s performance within the given period.
Conclusion: At the time of the comparison review, there’s a $200 price difference between the Smooth CE 2.0DS and Smooth V2300, with the latter being the more expensive one.
The CE 3.0DS won 3 categories including stride length, resistance levels and built-in programs. On the other hand, the V2300 also won 3: notable features, parts warranty and machine weight section. So it comes down to functionality against durability, quality and more bells and whistles.
The V2300 is a 3-in-1 machine which can be used as an elliptical, stepper and a stationary bike. It has an unconventional frame design which looks like an elliptical bike. On the other hand, the CE 3.0DS looks like your traditional elliptical which also offers a stepper function too, compact design and body fat test. However, it still cannot compete to the long warranty and slightly heavier advantage in machine weight of the V2300 which definitely is more significant.
Looking at all these information, the V2300 is the better choice and worthy of the additional $200 as it can already give you extended parts warranty, more functionality, and sturdier workout experience.