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Side-By-Side ReviewThere’s a decent possibility that I may be wrong on this but to me, the Smooth 9.45ST treadmill looks exactly like the Smooth 9.35HR albeit with one difference – it has a belt/deck that’s 5” longer.
Now I’m not saying a longer belt on a treadmill is not important but when you have a price gap between them that’s equivalent to a new budget treadmill (something like the Smooth 5.25 for example), when you spend the extra money on the Smooth 9.45ST? It just doesn’t make sense. If you’re reading this review and you were originally thinking of dumping your hard earned cash on the Smooth 9.45ST, better just get a Smooth 9.35HR and a Smooth 5.25 at the same time and you’ll still probably have more cash left. If you feel you need a 60” long belt like the one you find in the Smooth 9.45ST, you certainly do not need to pay premium for it. Just check competing brands such as Sole or even from Epic or Proform.
The sharp eyed observer might notice that the Smooth 9.45 ST has a lifetime warranty on parts while the Smooth 9.35 HR only has a five year warranty on parts. Isn’t it generally accepted that a longer warranty is indicative of a treadmill that is of better quality? Generally yes but in this case, it’s probably not accurate.
Think of it like this. Although you can’t get an extended warranty on Smooth Fitness products, you can get it from other brands such as Proform. A three year extended warranty which includes labor (not just parts) costs $200. So you can sort of say that a $1000 premium buys you 3*5=15 years of labor and parts although of course, no extended warranty goes for that long. But food for thought here. The lifetime warranty is just not worth it if you have to pay that much of a premium.
Bottom line - Getting the Smooth 9.35 HR for your home is the better financial decision in most cases.
Winner: Smooth 9.35HR Treadmill
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