PROS / Smooth Fitness treadmills have the best warranty in the industry.
CONS / This treadmill weighs 425 pounds.
VERDICT / The Smooth Fitness 9.65LC is the most powerful treadmill in our review and has an unmatched warranty.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Treadmills here.
Smooth Fitness has been in the fitness business for over 30 years and has established a reputation for excellence in the process. The company upholds that reputation with one of the most powerful treadmills around, the Smooth Fitness 9.65LC. This treadmill comes with all of the trappings of a successful treadmill without the burden of overly complex technology. The warranty offered by Smooth Fitness is the best in the industry.
At first glance, the Smooth Fitness 9.65LC is the heaviest treadmill in our review at 425 pounds. In fact, it outweighs its closest competitor by 100 pounds. If you're familiar with treadmills, this isn't so much of a bad thing when it comes to the overall stability of the machine. However, if you wish to move the treadmill to another location, you may need help from several people to do so.
This is also the most powerful treadmill in our review with a 4-horsepower motor. This beefy yet quiet motor is necessary to help move the running belt across the longest running surface of any treadmill in our review. At 64 inches, this treadmill is a full four inches longer than the competition.
This treadmill comes with 28 preloaded workout programs that offer you a variety of running situations to spice up your exercise routine. The console has some quick-start buttons to help you choose different speed and incline levels with relative ease. The standard controls for speed and incline are located on the handrails for easy access, which adds a nice touch to the control scheme of this treadmill. This motorized treadmill comes with an Im-Pression Shock Absorption Cushioning System that reduces harmful impacts so you can have longer, more comfortable runs.
The Smooth Fitness 9.65LC doesn't have very many extra features. The LCD screen and sound system are good additions to the unit. However, there is no cooling fan, touchscreen display or customizable cushioning. Luckily, if you're up to spending a little extra, you can add interactive video workouts using the Smooth Sync Bluetooth Module and the mySmooth Virtual Fitness Trainer app for Android and iOS. This treadmill is not foldable.
The warranty offered by Smooth Fitness is unmatched in our comparison of the best treadmills. The frame, motor, parts and electronics are all covered with a lifetime warranty, which is an amazing value. All in-home labor is covered for two years.
With this treadmill, you have all of the most common support options. If you run into trouble with this unit, you can contact Smooth Fitness via email, telephone and live chat. It's easy to find information on your own within the FAQs and PDF user manual on the Smooth Fitness website.
The Smooth Fitness 9.65LC is the epitome of burly and powerful treadmills. This durable machine is backed with a lifetime warranty on the unit itself while also catering to taller runners. If you want a large treadmill with a light feature set in your home, this treadmill is definitely a viable option.