Smooth CE 2.1 is structurally the same elliptical trainer as the Smooth
CE 3.2, minus a couple of key features. Like the 3.2, it is built with heavy
duty flywheel and Electromagnetic Braking System. Both contribute to an extremely
smooth and fluid elliptical motion.
is apparent when you stop and the machine gradually slows down. You'll find other
brands in this price range that have a motion that jerks and grabs. Not what you
want in an elliptical trainer.
CE 2.1 is equipped with pivotal foot pedals. Obviously, one of the reasons you
want to purchase an elliptical trainer is to reduce the impact and strain to your
joints. The pivotal foot pedals further decrease the strain by allowing your ankles
to maintain alignment.
the CE 3.2 you do not get heart rate control, but you do get heart rate monitoring
sensors on the handgrips. I personally never use heart rate control. I prefer
to regulate my workout on my own. But that doesn't mean heart rate control doesn't
serve a purpose. If heart control is a must in achieving your fitness goals, move
up to the 3.2. If you are uncertain about the benefits of heart rate control,
check out the article on Heart Rate Control.
other compromising feature, in comparison to the CE 3.2, is the display and electronics.
The 3.2 has a four-window, dot matrix LED display, allowing you to read numerous
readouts at once. The 2.1 has a less expensive LCD display. The 2.1 has the same
programs as the 3.2, but lacks the nine programmable user profiles, which is beneficial
if there are going to be several people using the machine.
eddy-current brake system|
frame, 2 years parts including electronics, 1 year service|
Smooth CE 2.1 elliptical trainer usually sells for $1,299, which includes shipping
(Although Smooth Fitness is constantly changing their sale prices). It is one
of the best elliptical machines available in that price range. In addition to
the price and the quality of the machine, Smooth has an excellent reputation for
customer service. An important issue if you ever have problems. The CE 2.1 gets
two thumbs up.
Manufacturer's web site: www.smoothfitness.com