The Smooth CE 7.4 elliptical trainer is the subject of some debate among reviewers. Although its performance isn't in doubt -- reviewers are clear about Smooth's reputation for high quality -- the question is whether it's a good value. Most reviewers, experts and users alike, say the Smooth CE 7.4 offers excellent quality and features for the money, and several experts name it a best buy. Those who like the Smooth CE 7.4 say it's solid and smooth, with well-considered design features like a 21-inch stride and articulating footpads. However, several users report problems getting the Smooth 7.4 to operate correctly from the beginning, along with unhelpful or slow responses from customer service. Some users also dislike the Smooth 7.4's relatively large footprint; one 5-foot 3-inch reviewer reports struggling to use the machine comfortably, although her much taller husband likes it. A few reviewers say that consumers are better off saving money and buying the Sole E35 (Est. $1,300) .
TreadmillDoctor.com, the top review site for elliptical trainers, includes a review of the Smooth CE 7.4 elliptical trainer. We also found a detailed write-up at Fitness-Equipment-Source.com; it's worth noting that the owner of this website is a former Smooth Fitness sales executive. Building-Muscle101.com offers a detailed assessment, written by a fitness enthusiast rather than a professional. We also found dozens of user reviews at Amazon.com.
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TreadmillDoctor.com ranks the Smooth Fitness CE 7.4 as first runner-up in its price category. It was previously ranked a Best Buy, but this short review notes that the 7.4 wasn't upgraded, while its competitors innovated.
Review: Smooth CE 7.4, Clark and Jon Stevenson
Author Fred Waters, a longtime fitness-industry professional, has nothing but praise for the Smooth CE 7.4 elliptical trainer. He especially likes its stability, durability, service record, 21-inch stride and articulating foot pedals. Note, however, that Waters is a former Smooth Fitness sales executive.
Review: Smooth CE 7.4 Elliptical Trainer Review, Fred Waters
The Smooth Fitness CE 7.4 averages a 4-star ranking after more than 50 user reviews on Amazon.com. Owners say they appreciate the unit's quiet operation and solid build, but they also warn that the elliptical is heavy and frustrating to assemble. One female user says that if you're "a smaller personÉ this machine is NOT for you." Several owners also complain about the company's customer service, including unhelpful responses and long waits for parts.
Review: Smooth Fitness CE 7.4 Elliptical Trainer, Contributors to Amazon.com
4. Building Muscle101.com
Blake Bissaillion, a fitness enthusiast, is the owner of Building-Muscle101.com. Although he doesn't discuss how he evaluates equipment, his reviews tend to be lengthy and quite detailed. He doesn't mention any drawbacks to the Smooth CE 7.4; his long list of likes includes value, programs, stride length and customer service.
Review: Smooth CE 7.4 Elliptical Trainer, Blake Bissaillion