The Good, the Bad and The Ugly
Smooth 9.65 TV Treadmill Review – The Good:
TV treadmills are hard to find these days – especially if you don’t want to spend $4000 on a commercial, health club TV treadmill. So it’s nice to find that Smoot has a version coming in at under $2000.
The 9.65 is actually almost the exact same treadmill as Smooth’s 9.65 Light Commercial treadmill – but with the added LCD TV.
The large 10.5 inch LCD TV comes with high fidelity built-in speakers. It comes cable ready and you can also hook up your DVD player to it if you want to watch movies.
If you’re like most people, you’ll find that watching your favorite shows while walking or running helps the time pass much faster. You may even end up working out for longer and burning more calories without even noticing it.
But it’s not just about the TV with this treadmill – there are some other incredible little goodies too:
- Super Powered 4.0 HP motor – This easily powers the belt and you can run, even at high inclines, without feeling like you’re straining the motor.
- Extra Long 64″ Belt – This is the longest belt in the industry and really gives you a lot of room to stretch out and run at high speeds without reaching the edge of the belt.
- 8-Point Impression Cushioning System – This is similar to several commercial brands in that it gives you extra cushioning where your foot hits the belt and a firmer surface where you push off. This can reduce drag and muscle fatigue – and it just feels much more natural (and easier on the joints) than running on a standard treadmill. This is something you’ll notice especially after several long workouts.
- Commercial Grade Construction – The Smooth 9.65TV treadmill is made with large 3″ rollers which help the reduce static and prolong motor life. You also get a sturdy commercial running frame and very heavy unit weight that gives you a solid, stable treadmill feel.
The console display itself is in front of the TV and shows your time, distance, heart rate, calories burned, speed and incline levels.
You get 55 built-in workouts for an extra challenge and there’s also a port for your iPod if you want to listen to mustic instead of watching TV.
“Last year I purchased the 9.65 TV Model and it has performed flawlessly. You can hook up your dvd player to the console and watch a dvd while you are exercizing and I usually do this to pass the time quicker.
On rainy or cold days now there is no excuse for not running! The treadmill seems very durable and with the warranty I never have to worry about it. It’s very easy to operate and the belt is quite easy on the body, I feel a lot less ‘wear and tear’ than pounding the pavement outside. Overall I am very satisfied with this treadmill.” – Dave Joliet, IL
Another thing you’ll notice about this treadmill is how quiet it runs. Smooth tends to make very quiet-running equipment and the 9.65 is no exception. You can easily hear the TV without having to turn up the volume too high.
The Bad and the Ugly:
While this may not be considered a ‘drawback’, you should know that this treadmill is very large and heavy. So if you don’t want to move it yourself, you may want to opt to get in-room delivery and save the strain on your back.
Another thing you need to know is that this treadmill does NOT fold up. While this helps to make it much more stable than other treadmills, for some people it may be a drawback.
Worth The Money?
If you are looking specifically for a commercial TV treadmill without a commercial price tag, then the 9.65 is your treadmill – a great buy at a bargain basement price. However if you don’t care about having the TV and just want a commercial machine, you may want to save a bit and go with the Smooth 9.65 Light Commercial unit.
How To Save Money on the 9.65 TV treadmill:
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