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Side-By-Side ReviewThe Smooth 5.25 treadmill has had a long history. Going back 4 to 5 years from 2008, the Smooth 5.25 went by another name such as the Smooth 5.15. The Smooth 5.25 which was known as the Smooth 5.15P had won many awards and received recognition from many experts such as the Treadmill Doctor. If the past was any indication of the future, the Smooth 5.25 should be a great treadmill.
Unlike the Smooth 5.25 which has had a long history, the Smooth 6.17 is really a newcomer in the treadmill industry as it made its first appearance in early 2008. This makes the Smooth 6.17 treadmill one of the newest additions to the Smooth Fitness brand. So now that you know the history of these two treadmills, how do they fare against each other? Which is the better deal? This comparison review takes a quick stab at the answer to these two questions.
Besides the Smooth 4.25, the Smooth 5.25 is the most basic offering from Smooth. Besides the Smooth 4.25 and Smooth 5.25, the Smooth 6.17 is the third most basic offering from Smooth. In other words, you’re comparing the second and third “worst” treadmills from Smooth Fitness. By “worst”, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad treadmills but rather that you should just be aware that in buying treadmills, you usually get what you pay for so you shouldn’t be expecting the Smooth 5.25 and 6.17 to outlast a $3000 treadmill.
So how would these two treadmills hold out in real world settings? If you look at the specs, both treadmills share a 2.5 horsepower motor. They also share a belt size that’s equally wide but the Smooth 6.17 at 56” is longer than the 5.25 by three inches. I would say that the motor/treadbelt combination is good in the sense that there isn’t too much excess horsepower wasted in powering a smaller belt nor is the belt too big for the motor to handle.
In terms of actual use however, tall runners might find a little discomfort when they’re doing their full stride runs on the Smooth 6.17. On the Smooth 5.25 which is even shorter, they’ll find that their runs become even more uncomfortable. But for jogging purposes (which is really what these two treadmills are most fit for) these two treadmills shouldn’t pose any problems for users of any height. If you’re looking for a treadmill to run and train seriously on, at the very least, you’ll need to move up to the Smooth 6.25 provided that you’re not in the taller percentage of the population.
Ultimately, the Smooth 6.17 is newer, sexier and better treadmill so it’s the winner in this comparison match up. However, if you can get the Smooth 5.25 at prices less than $999, it’s also a great deal since it never once sold below $999 as far as I know in 2007.
Winner: Smooth 6.17 Treadmill
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