Smooth 7.35 vs. Proform Power 1080

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In the ring today is the Proform Power 1080 and the Smooth 7.35.

The proform Power 1080 and the Smooth 7.35 are almost the same price. The smooth is $1,499 and the proform is $1,299. So the smooth might have a big of an edge on this proform, but we’ll give it a chance. The 2 treadmills are in a competitive price range. The Smooth 7.35 is a very smooth and comfortable treadmill. The Impression shock absorption system works great and gives it a soft but strong feel. The steel frame is welded and so it stays in place without any problem. You could probably put almost as much weight as you want on it and it should be okay. This is one of the strong points of almost every Smooth treadmill.

Proform on the other hand, has a lot of great specs, but as far as feel and solidness goes, can’t quite live up to the smooth. The Smooth 7.35 has a nice 3.5 Horsepower motor that stays fairly quiet, and puts out a lot of power. The speed is set to max out at 11.3 MPH for some reason. I imagine that’s completely okay with most people as the average runner stays between 4 – 8 MPH while running. The motor would have no problem at all going up faster even to 15 or 16 MPH, but that would pose hazard risks, so 11 or 12 Max is alright with me. The proform has a 3.25 Mach Z motor. The motor is decent quality, about the same loudness as the Smooth, and keeps itself cool. It goes up to 12MPH if anyone absolutely loves being able to go up that fast.

The Smooth has an extra large treadbelt, offering 20″ x 62″ inches of running area. The proform comes close with the standard 20″ x 60″ but doesn’t quite match up to Smooth’s extra effort. Both treadmills have a set weight capacity of 350 lbs. Sometimes this weight limit is about right, and you should follow it, but sometimes it seems like they just picked it out of a hat. The Smooth can probably hold an extra 100 pounds without having much problems. These treadmills are not created equal. The smooth was made with welded steel frames and a very strong deck, while the Proform frame is mostly held together with nuts and bolts, and even some plastic. While it feels fairly decent and doesn’t have a lot of shaking and rattling, the difference between the two is easily noticeable when you run on both side by side.

When it comes to features and console, the Proform steps it up. The Proform Power 1080 comes with a sweet 7″ full color touch screen. It’s integrated with Google maps and ifit, one of the best combinations ever designed, making it one of the best consoles ever. Hopefully soon all treadmill manufacturers will see the extra dimension this adds to treadmill workouts, and will start integrating this as a common practice. It looks like it’s heading that way. In addition to the screen and ifit, the proform has 30 built in workouts. Good luck doing all of them. The Smooth on the other hand, seems to have put all of its budget into its quality and strength rather than functions. The screen is a small LCD screen that shows the regular statistics as well as a brickyard display. It doesn’t have Ifit or google maps built in unfortunately. Both treadmills have a heart rate sensor, built in speakers, and a music port.

Here’s a little comparison table:

Smooth 7.35

  • 3.5 CHP motor
  • 20″ x 62″ running surface
  • 350 lb weight limit
  • 11.3 Max speed
  • 15% Incline
  • Fold up design
  • Lcd brickyard display
  • 20 built in programs
  • No ifit
  • Impression shock absorption
  • Music port with speakers
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 7 year parts, 2 year labor
Proform Power 1080

  • 3.25 CHP motor
  • 20″ x 60″ running surface
  • 350 lb weight limit
  • 12 Max speed
  • 15% Incline
  • Fold up design
  • 7″ full color touch screen
  • 30 built in programs
  • Ifit/google maps built in
  • Proshox Elite 2 cushioning
  • Music port with speakers
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 5 year parts, 2 year labor

The Smooth has a better warranty for a better designed and built treadmill. It doesn’t have the functionality in the console that the Proform does, but when it comes down to it, the fundamentals are going to be more important in the long run. The Smooth 7.35 is better. It wins!

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