Smooth 9.35HR or Smooth 9.65LC?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: It is a tie in the first category between the Smooth 9.35HR and the Smooth 9.65LC. Both their motors at 4.0HP are considered to be the strongest in the industry today. A powerful motor means a smooth operation.
Belt Width: In terms of belt width, it is still a tie between the two models as they both have a 21”-wide belt. Having a wilder belt means that there would be more running space.
Belt Length: The Smooth 9.65LC wins this round with a 64”-long belt as opposed to the Smooth 9.35HR’s 62”. If you are a tall user, you should always opt for a treadmill that has a longer belt so that you won’t have to worry about falling off the machine while working out.
Preprogrammed Workouts: When it comes to preprogrammed workouts, the Smooth 9.35HR wins with 31 while the Smooth 9.65LC has 28. Both are already considered to be above average since most treadmills offer 10 to 24 programs.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, the Smooth 9.65LC wins over the Smooth 9.35HR. More or less, both treadmills have identical features except for the Smooth 9.65LC’s slight edge with its 3.0” rollers. Having bigger rollers means that the treadmill is more durable when used.
Parts Warranty: The Smooth 9.56LC wins this category with its lifetime offer of parts warranty. This assures users that they can always easily have a replacement for their parts because of this. On the other hand, the Smooth 9.35HR also offers quite a generous deal with 7 years.
Labor Warranty: It is a tie when it comes to labor warranty. Both the Smooth 9.35HR and the Smooth 9.65LC offer 2 years of free labor coverage.
Machine Weight: In this category, the Smooth 9.65LC wins with its 315 lbs. The Smooth 9.35HR on the other hand only weighs at 297 lbs. You should always go for a heavier machine as it is sturdier.
Machine User Weight Capacity: When it comes to weight capacity, it is a tie between the Smooth 9.35HR and the Smooth 9.65LC as they both can accommodate users up to 400 lbs. However, as a safety precaution, the difference between the actual weight of the machine and the weight capacity should not be more than a 100 lbs.
Money Back Guarantee: Both the Smooth 9.35HR and the Smooth 9.65LC offer a 60-day money back guarantee which means that you can have a longer time in deciding whether or not you are satisfied with the performance of the machine.
Conclusion: Although both treadmill models are already considered to be solid choices, the Smooth 9.65LC still comes out on top with its better features. This includes having a longer belt, weighing heavier, bigger roller and the big difference which is a lifetime warranty on parts, frame and motor.
Even though the Smooth 9.35Hr is $100 cheaper at the time of the review, having a lifetime warranty on those components means you can get a better value of your money with the Smooth 9.65.