Smooth 5.65 or Smooth 7.35?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: In this first category, the Smooth 7.35 wins against the Smooth 5.65. The winning treadmill has a 3.25HP motor while the latter only has 2.7HP.
Belt Width: When it comes to the belt width, the Smooth 7.35 and the Smooth 5.65 are tied with 20”. This is already considered to be the average for most treadmills. It’s wide enough but not too narrow for you.
Belt Length: The Smooth 7.35 wins this category with a 62”-long belt. On the other hand, the Smooth 5.65 has a 55”-long belt. If you are a taller user, you should always opt for longer belts.
Preprogrammed Workouts: When it comes to preprogrammed workouts, the Smooth 7.45 offers 25 more than the Smooth 5.65’s 14. It should be noted that the average offer of residential treadmills is 10 to 24 which means that the Smooth 7.35 is considered to be above average in this category.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, the Smooth 7.35 gets another win over the Smooth 5.65. Both may have several similar features, an additional of two features made the difference.
The Smooth 7.35 has an extra heart rate monitor via a wireless chest strap. The Smooth 5.65 on the other hand only has metallic sensors which are not that accurate. The Smooth 7.35 also has a mySMOOTH Virtual Fitness Trainer which allows users to keep track of their progress and have a tailor-made program but for a minimal fee.
Parts Warranty: In this category, the Smooth 7.35 wins with a 7-year parts warranty while the Smooth 5.65 only has 5. It should be noted that 7 years is one of the longest offers for treadmills belonging in the $1000 to $1500 price range. However, the Smooth 5.65’s 5 years is also above average since most sub-$1000 treadmills only offer up to 2 years.
Labor Warranty: It is a tie between the two in the labor warranty category. Both the Smooth 5.65 and the 7.35 offer 2 years. It should be noted that both are above the average offer of 1 year for treadmills in their respective price ranges.
Machine Weight: The Smooth 7.35 wins this category with its 231-lb machine weight. The Smooth 5.65 on the other hand weighs at 195lbs. If you want a sturdy machine, you should choose a heavier model.
Machine User Weight Capacity: The Smooth 7.35 wins this category with a weight capacity of 350 lbs while the Smooth 5.65 has a 300-lb capacity. However, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual machine weight and the weight capacity. This means that the Smooth 7.35’s claim of 350 lbs may be a bit exaggerated.
Money Back Guarantee: Both models are tied with a 60-day offer of money back guarantee. It should be noted that most treadmills only offer 30 days.
Conclusion: Both treadmills belong in different price groups. However, in terms of its features, the Smooth 7.35 is a better model. It has a stronger motor, a long belt, almost twice as many programs as its counterpart, a wireless heart rate monitor and a mySMOOTH Virtual Fitness Trainer which can benefit you a lot if you get it activated.
However, the Smooth 5.65 is still considered to be a good model as it is even part of the Top 10 treadmills that belong in the $700-$1000 price range.
But it generally comes down to how much you are willing to spend for a treadmill. If you are a serious runner, then the much improved Smooth 7.35 is for you but if you basically want a treadmill for regular exercise, then you could still go with the Smooth 5.65.