Smooth CE 3.0DS or Smooth CE 3.6?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In this first category, the Smooth CE 3.0DS beats the Smooth CE 3.6 with its 21” stride length as opposed to the latter’s 18”. Having a longer stride would mean taller users can be accommodated.
Resistance Levels: In terms of resistance levels, both elliptical offer the same number of levels which is 16. It should be noted that most residential ellipticals have 16 too.
Max Ramp: It is a tie for the two machines in this category as they both do not have an incline/ramp feature.
Built In Programs: The Smooth CE 3.0DS gets another win as it has 16 built-in programs as opposed to Smooth CE 3.6’s 10. Having a variety always helps users not to get bored easily.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, the Smooth CE 3.6 beats its counterpart because it offers more features. Although it doesn’t have a water bottle holder, it has other features that offer convenience such as a built-in cooling fan, fixed and moving handlebars, pivoting foot pedals and an on-board sound system which you can even attach your iPod to. This machine can also save your workout data which can then allow you to upload it to the internet and receive customized workouts. Having this feature can almost make your feel that you are working with an actual fitness trainer.
One the other hand, the Smooth CE 3.0DS which is slightly more affordable than its counterpart, can also function as an adjustable stair stepper and it has safety handrails which are within reach. It also has a 50” compact footprint which can definitely save some space.
Parts Warranty: In this category, the Smooth CE 3.6 beats the Smooth CE 3.0DS with a 5 to 3 years advantage. Having a longer parts warranty means that manufacturers are more than confident about their product that it won’t break down within the given time period.
Labor Warranty: It is a tie between the two models as they both offer 2 years of labor warranty. It should be noted that most elliptical machines offered in this price group have 2-year deals too.
Machine Weight: In this round, the Smooth CE 3.6 beats its counterpart with its machine weight of 175lbs. The Smooth CE 3.0DS only weighs at 140lbs. It should be noted that the heavier the machine is, the more stable it should be.
Machine User Weight Capacity: When it comes to the machine user weight capacity, the two are tied. Both machines can accommodate users who weigh up to 300lbs. However, looking at both of their actual machine weights, the two figures seem unlikely and unsafe. There should only be a 100-lb difference between the weight of the machine and the user weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: Both machines are tied in this category with their 60-day money back guarantee which means that you can easily return the product if you are not satisfied with its performance and if you want to get a refund. It should be noted thought that most elliptical machines only offer 30 days which makes both offer above average.
Conclusion: At the time of the comparison review, the Smooth CE 3.0DS was sold at $1000 and the Smooth CE 3.6 was also at a sale price of $1299.
The Smooth CE 3.6 offers more features but it lost in the stride length and built-in programs categories. However, it makes up for it by having a longer parts warranty and being the heavier equipment which are two factors that make it durable.
Although it is $300 more expensive than its counterpart, the Smooth CE 3.6 is just better than the other model but it still depends on how much you are willing to spend for an elliptical as either of the two would be a great choice.