You expect us to brag on our own excellent treadmills and ellipticals here on the Smooth Fitness blog. That’s only natural, right? But we’re grateful when an outside source has good things to say about us, so we were pretty happy to see that in the February issue of the magazine, Consumer Reports rated treadmills and ellipticals, including four of our models.
Since 1933, Consumer Reports has been providing the public with impartial ratings of consumer products based on extensive testing performed in their own labs and facilities. None of the products they rate are provided to them, nor are they paid to test them. As such, Smooth Fitness did not provide any treadmills or ellipticals, nor did we pay for any testing or ratings.
Consumer Reports does not accept advertising in their magazines or on their Web sites, either. They buy all the products they rate with the money generated by subscriptions and other products sold to, and with donations from the public they serve. We’re very proud to have received some wonderful ratings for four of our products—two treadmills, and two elliptical machines.
Consumer Reports rated treadmills in two categories: nonfolding and folding. Both the Smooth Fitness models they tested were in the folding category. Twenty-five folding treadmills were rated. One of our treadmill models, the Smooth 7.35, is listed in the top five, while the Smooth 6.75 also received very good ratings.
Because of a Consumer Reports policy, we are unable to list the actual ratings published in their magazine and on their Web site. As we said, it is through subscriptions that they earn the money to assist the public by testing products, so not all information is freely available. We hope you’ll agree that it’s a good organization to support, and that the information they provide is worth seeking out.
We hope once you’ve checked Consumer Reports’ impartial ratings for yourself, they’ll tell you what we already know—Smooth Fitness treadmills and ellipticals are great pieces of exercise equipment to own! If the rated models aren’t quite right for you, our buying guides will show you how to buy a treadmill and how to buy an elliptical. If you still need help, we invite you to call our customer service line at (888) 211-1611 anytime between 8 a.m. to midnight EST. We’ll be glad to help you pick the best model for you, and answer any questions you may have.