Smooth 7.35 vs. Smooth 9.35HR

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Today we’re going to see if the price jump between the Smooth 7.35 and the Smooth 9.35 HR is worth it or not.

Sometimes you get two treadmills from the same company that you can’t decide on. People often assume that a higher price means more quality. Sometimes this is true; in the world of treadmills, the price jump between two models is sometimes very worth it, but sometimes you’re just spending more for almost the same model. We’re going to pick apart the Smooth 9.35hr and the Smooth 7.35 to determine whether the price jump is worth it or not. Needless to say, both are excellent treadmills, and have come this far in the best buy competition for a reason.

The Smooth 7.35 is a fold up treadmill that costs $1,499, while the Smooth 9.35HR is a non-folding treadmill that costs $1,699. With a $200 dollar price jump, what more should we expect from the Smooth 9.35HR? I would usually look for a jump in the motor size, extra length in the running surface, a better console with more features, or an overall strength and quality improvement which gives it a higher weight capacity. Those are some general improvements that companies usually put into their higher-end treadmills.

In the case of these two, let’s start by checking out the motors. The Smooth 7.35 HR has an outstanding motor rated at 3.5CHP. The motor is strong and moderately quiet, and has a lifetime warranty on it. Smooth’s motors are all similarly designed, and all are very durable and high quality. The Smooth 9.35HR strangely has a smaller motor than the 7.35, even though it costs more. The motor is 3.0 CHP which is quite a big drop for a more expensive model. I can’t exactly make sense of that, and it definitely doesn’t add to its enticement.

The next thing is the running surface. We’ve got another strange fluke here. The running surface on the Smooth 9.35HR is only 20″ x 55″ while the surface of the 7.35 is a whopping 20″ x 62″. That’s another notable difference for a treadmill that costs more. Most of the other things are the same. You might be thinking, well, perhaps the 9.35HR has more quality, strength, and durability to it. If you’re thinking that, you’re right. It’s non-folding design gives it more strength, and some of the materials are stronger. The weight capacity on the 9.35HR is 400 lbs compared to the 7.35 HR’s 350 lb capacity. That is an important aspect, so it does shine a bit of enticing light on the 9.35HR. The 7.35 has more exercise programs, but the console isn’t quite as fancy. However with the aforementioned differences, I would suggest that the 7.35 would be the better choice even if they were the same price. Check out the specs below and see what you think.

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

Smooth 7.35

  • 3.5 CHP Motor
  • 20″ x 62″ running surface
  • 11.3MPH
  • 15% Incline
  • 350 lb weight capacity
  • Fold up design
  • 20 built in programs
  • small LED display
  • Fan, heart rate control
  • Music Port with speakers
  • Impression shock absorption
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 7 year parts 2 year labor
Smooth 9.35HR

  • 3.0 CHP Motor
  • 20″ x “55 running surface
  • 11.2MPH
  • 15% Incline
  • 400 lb weight capacity
  • non-folding design
  • 6 built in programs
  • Large LED display
  • Fan, heart rate control
  • Music Port with speakers
  • Adjustable Hydra-suspension
  • Lifetime Frame and Motor
  • 7 year parts 2 year labor

It looks like the Smooth 7.35 is going to take the victory in this one. Being a less expensive treadmill, yet still offering what it takes to compete in the besties gets this a thumbs up from me. Good job Smooth 7.35

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