Smooth 7.35 or Smooth 8.35?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: In this first category, the Smooth 8.35 wins against the Smooth 7.35. Although the losing treadmill has a sufficient motor at 3.25HP, the stronger one is still better at 3.5HP motor.
Belt Width: When it comes to the belt width category, it is a tie between the two treadmills. Both the Smooth 7.35 and the Smooth 8.35 have 20”-wide belt which is considered to be the standard for most models.
Belt Length: In this category, the two are tied with a belt length of 62”. If you are a tall user, this is more than enough room for you to be comfortable.
Preprogrammed Workouts: In this category, the Smooth 8.35 beats the Smooth 7.35 with a 31 to 25 advantage on preprogrammed workouts. The more options a treadmill has, the least likely the user is going to get bored.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, both treadmills are tied. Both the Smooth 7.35 and the Smooth 8.35 offer identical features.
They both support the mySMOOTH Virtual Fitness Trainer which can help you keep track of your progress easily as all the data of you workout go directly to a USB stick which is then going to be uploaded online. However, this technology can only be activated once you pay the minimal fee.
Parts Warranty: The Smooth 7.35 and the Smooth 8.35 are tied in this category. 7 years of parts warranty is a long time according to industry standards. It should be noted too that the longer the warranty is, the more confident the manufacturers are about their products which means that both treadmills are of quality.
Labor Warranty: In terms of labor warranty, it is another tie between the two models. The Smooth 7.35 and the Smooth 8.35 both offer 2 years of free labor coverage. This is a good thing especially since costs for labor are soaring these days and having a treadmill also needs regular maintenance.
Machine Weight: The Smooth 8.35’s 250-lb machine wins this round as it is heavier than the Smooth 7.35’s 231 lbs. You will know how sturdy a machine is by how heavy it is which means that the Smooth 8.35 is definitely sturdier than its counterpart.
Machine User Weight Capacity: The Smooth 8.35 wins this category as it can accommodate up to 400 lbs of user weight. On the other hand, the Smooth 7.35 only has a capacity of 350 lbs. You should keep in mind though that for your safety, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual weight of the machine and the maximum capacity which means that both models may not be as safe as they are made out to be.
Money Back Guarantee: It is a tie in this category as both machines offer a 60-day money back guarantee. Most treadmills only offer up to 30 days which means that you can have twice the length of time you can test your machine and if you are not satisfied with its performance, you can easily return it.
Conclusion: There is a $200 difference between the two models at the time of the comparison review. Both treadmills are considered to be among the top-of-the-line products of Smooth which can be foldable. Both gained praises specifically the 2012 Best Buy Treadmill by a leading consumer magazine for the Smooth 7.35 and the Smooth 8.35 is the latest model as well as the improved version of its counterpart.
The Smooth 8.35 wins the motor, preprogrammed workouts, machine weight and weight capacity categories. However, it comes down to your willingness to pay the extra $200 for four slightly improved features. If you don’t have more dollars to spare, then you can still end up with a good treadmill in the Smooth 7.35.