Nordictrack C900 compared to Smooth 5.65

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All eyes are turned today on the Nordictrack C900 and the Smooth 5.65, as they prepare for an unforgettable faceoff.

We’re going to get down into the small details of these treadmills to determine which comes out on top. Both are very impressive treadmills in their price class, and can probably take on the majority of the other models in their class, but let’s see how they do when pitted against eachother.

The first thing I’m going to check into today is their suggested weight capacity..Why? Because when you get down into the sub-$1000’s, your main concern should be whether or not the treadmill will hold up to your weight. How often and intense you run, and how heavy you are will help you determine if the treadmill will be sufficiently strong for you. The weight limit, while it doesn’t always seem correct, does give you an idea of how strong the treadmill is built. You don’t want a treadmill made of cardboard.

The Nordictrack C900 has a suggested weight limit of 350 lbs. From my knowledge its one of the few treadmills under $1000 with that high of a weight capacity. No matter how light you think you may be, the higher the weight capacity the better. So a 350 lb weight capacity is a great start for the Nordictrack. The Smooth has a weight limit of 300lbs, which isn’t bad, but it’s more average. The smooth does, however, provide a 4 year warranty on parts, and 2 years on labor, compared to nordictrack’s 3 years on parts and 1 year on labor. So Smooth shows a bit more confidence in their treadmill’s durability.

The Engine on the Nordictrack is equally impressive. The 3.0 CHP engine is one of the largest under $1000. It is covered by warranty for life, so if it ever stops working, they’ll send a new one for free. The motor on the Smooth is 2.5 CHP, which is high quality, but somewhat smaller than the Nordictrack.

The C900 can reach up to 12MPH, while the Smooth 5.65 can reach up to 10MPH. Both can reach up to 15% Incline, both have a 20″ x 60″ treadbelt, and both are folding treadmills an easy lift assist feature. The Nordictrack has slightly larger 2.5″ rollers compared to Smooths 2″ rollers. The consoles are somewhat different. The C900 has a 7″ Backlit LCD screen, and the Smooth has a small LED Dot display. Both consoles have a built in fan, heart rate grips, and have an Ipod/MP3 port with built in speakers. The Nordictrack is Ifit Live compatible, and has 20 programs, while the Smooth has 40 built in programs.

Here’s a little comparison table:
Weaker specs are shaded out.

Nordictrack C900

  • 3.0 CHP motor
  • 350 lb weight limit
  • 20″ x 60″ treadbelt, 2.5″ rollers
  • 12MPH
  • 15% Incline
  • 7″ LCD blue display
  • Fold up w/ Easy Lift
  • Ifit w/ 20 built in programs
  • Quadflex Cushioning
  • Cooling Fan, Heart Rate
  • Ipod/Mp3 port with speakers
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 3 year parts, 1 year labor
Smooth 5.65

  • 2.5 CHP motor
  • 300 lb weight limit
  • 20″ x 60″ treadbelt, 2.0″ rollers
  • 10MPH
  • 15% Incline
  • Small Dot Matrix LED
  • Fold up w/ Easy Lift
  • 40 built in programs
  • Impression Shock Absorption
  • Cooling Fan, Heart Rate
  • Ipod/Mp3 port with speakers
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 4 year parts, 2 year labor

The Nordictrack C900 is one of the highest selling sub $1000 treadmills in the entire market. That could be due to effective marketing, but also, it’s almost impossible for any other company to compete with what Nordictrack offers on this treadmill for the price. Nordictrack excels past the Smooth in this round. The Nordictrack C900 Wins!

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