Smooth Fitness CE 3.6 Elliptical Trainers (2014 Model) Review

Smooth 3.6 CE 2014

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New for 2014 the Smooth Fitness CE3.6 has been updated and upgraded.

This is a quality mid range machine that offers a good sized rear drive, rare at this price point of less than $1200.

The new home use elliptical is packed with some great features, including Heart Rate controls, Ipod dock and a Fan.

Great for shorter (under 5′ 10″) users, the 18″ stride is a little on the small side, however the machine will deliver a smooth and comfortable ride.

The CE 3.6 packs a lifetime warranty on the drive system and 5 years on all other components.

Specifications in full:


  • Rear drive system with “18” stride
  • Shock Absorbing Foot Pedals
  • 5 year parts/ 2 yr. labor warranty
  • iPod docking station with built-in speakers
  • Pulse grips on the moving handlebars
  • LCD display with Heart Rate Control built in

Smooth 3.6 CE 2014 ConsoleReview:

A high quality machine, equipped with all you need for a great workout.  The main feature over the smooth has over the competition is the pivoting foot plates.  These allow your feet to adopt the perfect position for the workout during the stride.

The main competition for this machine comes from the Sole E35.  While both machines are about the same price – $1200, the Sole comes with a longer, and adjustable stride.  For taller users this might be critical.  The Smooth 3.6CE stride length is just 18″, fine for users under 5’10” taller users might prefer to go for the 20-22″ adjustable stride of the Sole.


Comparison to other ellipticals:

The Smooth 3.6CE is the same price as the Sole E35 reviewed here.  The table below compares the two:

User Weight375lbs375lbs
Resistance Levels16
Stride Length18"20-22"
Stride AdjustablilityFixedAdjustable
Pedal TypePivotingFixed
Feature 1 -  Supports Heart RateSpeakers
Feature 2Wireless Chest BeltHeart Rate
Feature 3IpodHeart Chest Belt
Feature 4FanWater Bottle
Dimensions76" L x 26" W x 67" H 83" L x 27" W x 58" H 
Fram WarrentyLifetimeLifetime
Brake WarrentyLifetimeLifetime  - Frame Warranty
Parts5 Years5 years
Labour2 Years2 years


The $1200 price point is highly competitive.  Our pick is the Sole E35.  While the smooth machine is undoubtedly good, the limited stride length lets it down.

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