Smooth Fitness 800 Treadmill Review

Overview

The Smooth Fitness 800 treadmill is another one of their sub $1000 offerings along with the 760, offering good value and a number of interesting features, especially for the price. Take a look at our review to learn more about this model and see if it’s the right choice for you.

Specifications

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Speed : up to 12 mph

Incline : up to 15% Incline adjustments are located on the display deck, conveniently close to the front handles.

Decline : NA

Motor : 3.25 CHP

Treadbelt : 22" x 60" Commercial-Grade

Cushioning : SRS Surface Response Cushioning

Folding : SpaceSaver with EasyLift Assist

Maximum user weight : 300 lbs.

Warranty : Lifetime for frame and motor, 3 years for parts, 1 year for labor

Features

Display Info

The 800 has a 7-inch backlit display; you can clearly see your stats when running or walking uphill or downhill at any pace. The screen on the 800 shows calories burned, speed, distance, and time, all necessary for anyone who is serious about measuring performance and tracking goals. If screen size is a priority, consider the 760. It has a larger screen for the same price.

Workouts

The Smooth Fitness 800 treadmill has 32 different workout options ranging in emphasis from speed to cardio and weight loss. A certified professional trainer designs all the workouts. If you prefer more workout variety, take a look at the 890, which boasts 40 workout options.

Speed and Incline Controls

Control the speed, incline of all 32 workouts easily with 1-stepTM control; this allows you to control the speed of the belt and the incline or decline of the deck with the push of a button. The buttons are located conveniently close to the handrails, keeping you from having to interrupt your stride. With the 800, you can work with inclines up to 15%. Unlike the 760, the 800 does not have a -3% decline option.

Smooth-800-console

Heart Rate Info

The 800 has handrail sensors for intermittent heartrate monitoring, but does not come with the Polar® wireless chest strap like the 760 model.

Cushioned Deck

The 800’s Surface Response Suspension Cushioning helps to alleviate joint pressure by providing a smoother, softer running surface.

iPod Compatibility/iFit integration

The screen deck is also iPod compatible, so you can listen to your favorite songs while you work out. The Intermix Acoustics 3.0™ sound system, combined with the 3-inch speakers, ensures a quality sound experience.

Smooth treadmills now have iFit technology since they were purchased by ICON Health & Fitness. However, it is interesting to note that the Smooth 800 is only iFIt compatible, as opposed to iFit enabled. This means you will have to purchase a separate module to use the iFit. For those who don’t know, iFit allows you to run anywhere in the world via Google maps, choose from countless customized workouts and track and share your progress with others.

Weight Capacity and Space Saving

The 800 can accommodate up to 300 pounds. It also comes with SpaceSaver® and Easy Lift Assist™. Its warranty includes lifetime for the frame and motor, three years for parts, and one year for labor. For the same overall price, the 760 comes with a five-year parts two-year labor warranty.

Conclusion

Pros

The best part about the Smooth 800 treadmill is its price tag, ease of use, incline, cushioned belt and iFit technology. You also get a good number of workouts, which can be expanded if you opt to use iFit. Now that they are part of ICON, the world’s biggest fitness equipment manufacturer, you can expect more features to be incorporated without a major price hike.

Drawbacks

While the 800 is about the same price as the 760, it doesn’t really compare to the 760 in terms of features most runners would prefer. It does have a better suspension system and a wider belt, but joint problems can be alleviated through non-running exercises if that’s your concern. The belts are also the same length, so two extra inches of width isn’t much to shake a stick at for most runners. For the same price you can get the wireless heartrate monitoring, decline capability, 8-inch backlit display (vs. the 7-inch display of the 800), and a better warranty, plus the iFit is built in.

Bottom Line

If you’ve got under $1000 to spend on a treadmill, the Smooth Fitness 800 is not a bad choice, although the 760 seems to offer a little more value. If you’re interested in purchasing this model, check out the official Smooth site for the best prices and to compare the different models.

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