Smooth 5.65 Treadmill Review:
If you’re looking for a strong treadmill under $1000, you’re probably considering the Smooth 5.65. It’s a popular choice for buyers on a budget who still want strong construction quality and a solid warranty – both of which this treadmill has.
But how does it stack up against the competition? Here’s a brief overview of what you should know:
What You Get:
The 5.65 is covered by one of the best warranties at this price point – lifetime on the frame and motor, 5 years on parts and electronics and 2 years on service. This alone gives you an idea of the quality of construction on this treadmill (and also gives you some peace of mind that your investment is covered.)
The 2 years on service is a cut above most other treadmills at this price point including the Sole F63 and Nordic Track C900 Pro (which only give you 1 year).
While it doesn’t have some of the flashy upgrades as other Smooth models, you do get some strong features. For example there are side handrail controls for easy speed and incline changes.
So you don’t have to reach up to the front of the console to change your speed or incline (which can throw off your stride).
The 5.65 folds up easily for storage. The folding frame comes with a gas shock-assist lift so you don’t have to do the heavy lifting. There’s also a foot-operated lever you can use to gently lower the treadmill deck back into place.
You get Smooth’s Impression Cushioning system which is actually quite good. It gives your foot a little more flex where it hits the belt and a firmer surface where it pushes off. This is similar to many commercial treadmill systems and can help return energy to your stride.
The console itself is a 3 window LED with LCD Dot Matrix. It shows your time, distance, heart rate, calories, speed and incline. While the window is on the small side, it’s bright and easy to read.
The console also has an iPod jack and speakers. So you can plug in your iPod and listen to your favorite workout tunes. There are 14 built-in workouts to challenge you and a built-in reading rack that can hold books, newspapers or audio devices.
Another plus to the Smooth 5.65 treadmill is the maximum 15% incline. At this price point you usually only get 10 – 12% so it’s a nice feature to have here that can give you more of a challenge when building in your fitness intervals.
“For the price an excellent value. Sturdy, rugged, fun, and meets all my expectations. Could not want anymore in a treadmill. I run 90 minutes a day and it supports my 110 pound body, no problem. My husband runs every other day and he weighs 175, no problems.” – D Moose, Washington
How Does It Compare To the Competition?
The Nordictrack C900 Pro gives you a stronger motor, more workout programs and iFit LIVE – which takes your training to a whole new level. The Sole F63 gives you a stronger motor and a larger walking area.
The Smooth 5.65 gives you a better warranty, side hand rail controls and is more compact than the other treadmills.
So while it compares pretty well with the competition – it really comes down to what you, as the buyer, want. Where the Smooth 5.65 shines is in the strong construction, excellent cushioning and fantastic warranty.
How To Save:
You can get the new Smooth 5.65 treadmill direct from the Manufacturer. They often have online-only sales and you can also get Free Shipping to your home.