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Smooth 6.25 vs EVO FX40HR Treadmill Review & Comparison

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It’s funny how often we spend large sums of money on things from a company that we don’t know anything from. For example, if you’re considering a Smooth treadmill for your home, how much do you know about the company behind it? Do you know that Smooth Fitness also sells treadmills under a different brand besides Smooth? If you didn’t, you know now. Smooth Fitness in fact, also sells under the EVO brand of treadmills. This will factor into our decision right now in deciding whether you should buy the Smooth 6.25 or the Smooth EVO FX40HR.

The Smooth 6.25 is one of the best deals from Smooth Fitness in 2007. It was perfect for buyers that needed something more stable than a budget treadmill but doesn’t cost an arm or a leg. But in 2008, Smooth has decided to lower their prices to one of their other models from their other brand (i.e EVO) and sell it under the Smooth name. That treadmill I’m taking about is the EVO FX40HR. If you see the EVO FX40HR selling for $1499, you have an equal if not better deal than one of the best deals of 2007 in the Smooth 6.25. Now, let’s take a look at which of the equally priced Smooth 6.25 or Smooth EVO FX40 HR is the better deal of the two.

In terms of specs, the EVO FX40 is actually slightly better than the Smooth 6.25. The horsepower rating of the motor for the EVO is 0.25 HP more than the Smooth 6.25. You won’t notice a huge difference (if any) between these two treadmills due to the small motor rating difference but in the long run, a better motor usually equates to a longer lasting treadmill so the EVO FX40HR wins out in this regard. Both treadmills are rated with the same sized belt/deck so neither treadmill holds the advantage here.

The Smooth EVO FX40HR does however come with a wireless chest strap. This in itself is at least worth $50 but some people don’t like running with something attached to their body so whether it actually makes a difference to your buying decision is debatable.

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Finally, we come to the max user weight, the weight of the machine and the warranty. These are all pretty important contributing factors to how well the machine runs and how long it lasts. The Smooth 6.25 is a bit heavier (by 15 pounds) but is rated the same as the EVOFX40 in terms of how much weight it can support. This suggests that you might feel a little more stable running on the Smooth 6.25 but don’t expect there to be a huge difference in how much use it gets before needing repairs. Both treadmills also share the same warranty further confirming my earlier statement that neither treadmill is significantly longer lasting than the other.

As these two treadmills share more similarities than differences, it’s a close call. For the little extras here and there however, if you can get the EVO FX40HR at the same price as the Smooth 6.25, get the EVO. But as the EVO FX40HR might not available for long, only the Smooth 6.25 might be available by the time you read this. This means the Smooth 6.25 treadmill is the better choice only because it’s probably your sole choice.

Winner: Smooth 6.25

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