Smooth 9.35 Treadmill Review
The 9.35 treadmill has been updated for 2014 with a new, more ergonomic (and much improved) console and better warranty. It’s also compatible with MySmooth technology and your iPad.
The older2013 model did well – pulling in a “Best Buy” award and 4 – 5 star customer reviews.
How does the 2014 model stack up? Here’s what you need to know before buying:
Price: $1799 + Free Shipping
Motor: 4.0 HP
Speed: 0.5 12.5 MPH
Belt Size: 21 x 61″
Built-In Workouts: 30
Warranty: Lifetime on Parts and Electronics, 2 years on labor
Pros of the Smooth 9.35:
Built for Runners and Tougher Workouts
The 9.35 has everything you want in a runners treadmill – it’s built with a tougher grade of construction than standard home treadmills. For example, with a reinforced frame, heavy unit weight (almost 300 pounds) and a monster 4.0 HP motor, it can power you through long, tough workouts without blinking an eye.
The motor is engineered with an advanced Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) circuit board more typically found on commercial treadmills. And the Impression cushioning system is also excellent. It’s engineered to be softer where your foot hits the belt and firmer where you push off. This is similar to what you find in health club treadmills – and it can help you feel less fatigued after your workout.
Extra Large Running Area
At 21 x 62 inches, this is one of the largest belts on the market. It really gives you extra room to stretch out and run. Taller users will also appreciate the extra space since you won’t feel like you’re falling off your treadmill
Works with mySmooth Virtual Trainer
This is such a cool new technology that Smooth has developed for it’s higher end models – and it’s compatible with the 9.35 treadmill. Basically mySmooth is a FREE app that you download and can put on your tablet. From there you can watch workout videos of 50 different locations all around the world – from the Swiss Alps to the breathtaking Northern Italy Terrain.
As the terrain changes in the videos so does the your treadmill’s incline and resistance (provided you have the SmoothSync Bluetooth module). You can also get new workouts (free) from the workout library online. mySmooth will also track your fitness history so you can keep track of your goals and past achievements.
And for a more movie-like experience, you can also connect your tablet to your TV and see the video workouts in even greater clarity – very cool.
This is basically Smooth’s answer to Nordic Track’s iFit technology. The best part however is that unlike iFit, you don’t have to pay a yearly subscription – the app is free (however you do have to invest in the SmoothSync Bluetooth module if you want to sync the video speed to your treadmill).
Handrail Speed and Incline Buttons
While this may seem like a small thing, most users really like it. You can adjust your speed or incline on the fly from the side handrail without reaching up to change it on the console (which can sometimes throw off your stride.)
Free Wireless Heart Rate Monitor
A lot of people prefer a wireless heart rate monitor because it’s more convenient that constantly grasping the hand sensors. It also tends to be more accurate in your heart rate readings.
Lifetime Warranty on Frame, Motor AND Parts
This is pretty much the best warranty at this price point – especially considering the parts are covered for a lifetime. It shows you the kind of construction quality that is on this treadmill if Smooth doesn’t expect to have to replace it – ever.
Cons of the Smooth 9.35 Treadmill
While these aren’t necessarily cons, there are a few things you should know. First of all, while the mySmooth virtual fitness trainer is incredible and gives you a ton of options, you will have to get the Bluetooth module (about $129).
Once you install it though (it takes about 10 minutes and comes with instructions), you’re good to go. You never pay another fee – ever. Contrast this to ICON’s iFit LIVE which charges you a yearly fee and this is quite a substantial benefit.
Also, be aware that the 2013 model is different than the 2014 model. It doesn’t come with the extra long warranty and the console is not as well-designed as the 2014 model. Most of the stores however are still (as of this writing) carrying the 2013 model, so you have to look closely at what you’re getting.
You can get the new 2014 model here direct from the manufacturer.
The Smooth 9.35 is one impressive treadmill. It’s built to a higher standard than regular home models, with a tougher construction quality, better cushioning and stronger motor.
Plus with all of the options available like the iPod dock, 30 built in workouts and mySmooth Virtual Trainer, you’ll never run out of new challenges or things to try. If you’re a runner or just looking for a beefier treadmill to withstand heavy workous, you’ll love this treadmill. 5 Stars.
Where to Save
You can get the 2014 model direct from the manufacturer here. Plus they are currently offering Free Shipping to your door – which will save you about $150 on freight this heavy.