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Smooth 6.17 vs Smooth 6.25 Treadmill Review & Comparison

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Side-By-Side Review

Looking at the model numbers, you can tell that the Smooth 6.17 is just a ring below the Smooth 6.25. Although the Smooth 6.17 has a lower model number and lower price than the Smooth 6.25, it’s not inferior in all aspects to the Smooth 6.25. This is because the Smooth 6.17 is a newer model that was introduced in 2008 while the Smooth 6.25 was a model that has been around for a few years (circa 2006). That is why you’re in somewhat of a funny situation when you compare these two treadmills because there isn’t a clear cut winner in either of them. Luckily, this review breaks down just what those differences are so you can decide whether it’s worth it to shell out an extra $200 to buy the more expensive treadmill model.

Looking at the specifications of these two treadmills, you’ll see that there’s a 0.25 motor horse power difference between them. Although the Smooth 6.25 at 2.75HP is a little less than the 3.0HP that I would recommend if you’re doing heavy running, it comes pretty close. The Smooth 6.17 at 2.5HP is a little underpowered if you’re going to be running most of the time but is fine for regular jogging use. The belt is actually shorter on the more expensive treadmill model at 54” while the newer but less expensive model is longer at 56”. This unusual characteristic is the result of the 6.17 being a newly released 2008 model which offers more treadmill for less money than the older 6.25. In terms of treadbelt and motor combination, it’s a good fit for both models meaning neither the belt nor the model is excessive for one another.

When working out on these two treadmills, you might find the Smooth 6.25 to give you a better feel in the long run. If you look at the unit weight and weight capacity of these two machines, you’ll notice that the Smooth 6.25 is forty pounds heavier than the Smooth 6.17. This adds greatly to the feel and stability of the machine. Where lighter users might find the lighter Smooth 6.17 acceptable, heavier users will appreciate the more stable feel of the 6.25.

One of the coolest enhancements of the 2008 Smooth 6.17 is the console. If you follow the links below, you’ll arrive at the beautiful blue backlit LCD screen console of the Smooth 6.17. This I believe actually looks better than the red dot matrix type of console found on the Smooth 6.25 which feels somewhat dated. This is a personal preference of course but I urge you to take a look for yourself using the links below.

Ultimately, it comes down to whether you think it’s worth buying the 6.17 treadmill that has more features and a better look but might not be as constructed as well as the 6.25 treadmill that looks a bit more dated but might hold up better to your workouts in the long run but also costs more. But since there are more users out there that’s looking for a treadmill to help jumpstart their fitness program than there are runners that are looking for a treadmill to seriously train on, the Smooth 6.17 gets awarded with the win.

Winner: Smooth 6.17

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