Smooth CE 3.6Smooth CE 3.6

Web Price: $2,097 | Sale Price: $1,299

At only $1300 for the Smooth CE 3.6 that comes equipped with 10 built-in workouts and 16 different intensity levels, it sure is a steal of deal. While many had issues with customer service, the product alone seemed to be a great value for its high quality at a low price.

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 3.5 / 5.0

300 lbs
Stride Length:
76″ L x 26″ W x 67″ H
UPDATE: The Smooth CE 3.6 elliptical is no longer being offered by the company. It has been replaced by the all new Smooth elliptical lineup featuring four updated front-drive models to choose from.

Expert Reviews

“Smooth decided to upgrade the CE 3.2 and have produced a solid offering under $1500.” – Treadmill Doctor

“The Smooth CE 3.6 is one of the best values in its’ price range based on the overall design, durability, service record, features and the 2-year labor warranty. This is one elliptical I am quite comfortable recommending.” – Fred Waters, Spark People

“The Smooth CE 3.6 offers a great value for a pretty affordable price. It seems to be a pretty well-built machine and Smooth has a great reputation for their engineering. Even if the machine does have any problems, Smooth offers a great warranty to back it up.” – Treadmill Sensei

“The CE 3.6 by Smooth Fitness is a great choice for those who want a compact rear drive elliptical machine. Smooth uses ergonomically pivoting foot pedals with cushioned rubber inserts to lessen impact on your knees. Smooth has packed most of the features of its higher priced machines onto this new consumer model. Recently they have dropped the price by $200 all the way down to $1299.” –

User Reviews

“Delivery was prompt & efficient. A little disappointing was that after the first use, one of the foot pedal posts loosened from the wheel and fell out from under me. It took them a little while to get things straight and to get it fixed but once they did it worked wonderfully…The machine lives up to its name and is very smooth and quiet. It is also very sturdy, I was afraid it would be something flimsy that wouldn’t hold up but it is great. You will be very happy with it.” – Reviewing Parent (Martinez, GA), Amazon Customer

“Good solid product that gets the job done. Took no time at all to receive & assemble. Display & programs easy to understand & use. Price was very competitive for similar products. I was not disappointed by misleading ratings & reviews. Could use a water bottle holder. Only complaint I have.” – DLB, Amazon Customer

“I use this elliptical machine every day. It doesn’t even feel like exercise. I watch a TV show while I exercise and the time passes quickly. I actually look forward to a workout, and that has never happened to me before. The only complaint I have is that there seems to be a clicking hitch like sensation on the right pedal that I can’t diagnose or fix.” – NVM, NM

“Overall, my husband and I are both happy with the machine we purchased. The stride feels shorter than most that you would use at a gym, but it works for both of us (since neither of us is very tall). Good solid elliptical machine, especially for the price.” – JuliaV, WI


While the Smooth CE 3.6 elliptical received many great user reviews on the machine alone, Smooth’s customer service seemed to be an issue among many users. If anything wrong happened with the machine it took quite a bit of time for any action to take place. Yet not many users had problems, as most seemed to rave about the quality build of their machine. While some did complain of noise, I’d say that was more due to assembly issues rather than the product itself. You may be able to find other ellipticals in this price range with more features, such as more than 10 workout programs, a larger stride length and a water bottle holder. Yet if you are not over 6 foot and don’t care about the lack of a water bottle holder the Smooth CE 3.6 is sure to give you a solid workout as it is still a very quality built machine and a great value at only $1300.

**2015 UPDATE** This elliptical is no longer available for purchase. If you are interested in a Smooth elliptical trainer you can check out all of the latest models here.