Smooth 5.65 or Smooth 6.75?
~~Side-By-Side Treadmill Comparison Review~~
Motor: Treadmills must have strong motors in order to perform better. In this category, the Smooth 6.75 wins with a 3.0HP as compared to the Smooth 5.65’s 2.75HP motor.
Belt Width: In terms of belt width, the two are tied with 20”. Both the Smooth 5.65 and the 6.75’s belt width are considered to be the average for most treadmills nowadays.
Belt Length: The Smooth 6.75 wins this category with 60”-long belt. On the other hand, the Smooth 5.65 only has 55”. If you happen to be tall, you should really choose longer belts but if you are shorter than 5’7”, then the losing treadmill is already sufficient for you.
Preprogrammed Workouts: The Smooth 6.75 edges out the Smooth 5.65 with its 15 to 14 preprogrammed workouts advantage. The success of a workout also depends on the variety of the treadmill and having more options means that the user will not get easily bored.
Notable Features: When it comes to the bells and whistles category, the Smooth 6.75 gets another win over the Smooth 5.65. The winning treadmill comes with a mySMOOTH Virtual Fitness Trainer as well as a wireless heart rate monitor which made the difference between the two models.
The Smooth 6.75’s mySMOOTH Virtual Fitness Trainer allows you to easily keep track of your progress by automatically saving all the data of your workout into a USB stick and then you get to have a tailor-made program for you. However, there is a fee to be able to use this feature.
Parts Warranty: It is a tie between the two models as they both offer a 5-year parts warranty. The average for a treadmill that belongs in the $1000 to $1500 price range such as the Smooth 6.75 is only 2-4 years while the average for treadmills belonging in the $1000 and below category is 1-2 years. This means that you get to have more than the average for either model, implying that Smooth really makes quality treadmills.
Labor Warranty: It is again a tie between the two models. This time, they are tied with 2 years of labor warranty.
Machine Weight: When it comes to machine weight, the Smooth 6.75 wins against the Smooth 5.65. The former weighs at 231 lbs while the losing treadmill weighs at 195 lbs. It should always be noted that the heavier the machine is, the sturdier it is supposed to be.
Machine User Weight Capacity: In this category, the Smooth 6.75 wins with a 350-lbs weight capacity over the Smooth 5.65’s 300-lb capacity. For safety purposes, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual weight of the machine and the weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: It is a tie between the two models as they both offer 60 days of money back guarantee. This offer leads the industry as most treadmill models only offer 30 days. This means that you get to test the machine longer and you can have more time to help you make up your mind.
Conclusion: There is a $400 difference between the two models at the time of the review. If you are serious about running and being able to keep track of your progress as well as monitoring your heart rate using a wireless chest strap, you should go for the Smooth 6.75. However, if you think that the additional price is just too much for you and you only intend to use the machine for regular exercise at home, then the Smooth 5.65 should be enough for you.