From time to time we here at the Treadmill Sensei dot Com head online and place an order for a piece of equipment we haven’t been able to get a hold of through our regular channels. Some machines are just tough to come by. That was the case with the Smooth 9.25x Treadmill. I had been searching around for one for a couple of months — trying to beg, bribe and borrow a unit from everyone we know. When our quest came up empty, I pulled out my trusty credit card and went directly to the source to buy one.
The ordering went smooth enough, but there were some delivery issues which caused the 9.25x treadmill to be delayed for almost 2 weeks before we were finally able to get it here to the DOJO. In Smooth’s defense, it was an issue caused by the freight company and Smooth’s customer service was a pleasure to work with and very friendly no matter how many times we were on the phone to bug them. Once the original unit was determined to be lost (how you lose a 350 pound package is beyond me), Smooth had a replacement unit out the next day.
When our Smooth 9.25x Treadmill arrived after the delay, I was surprised at how solid its design was. If I had gotten on the 9.25x without any information beforehand I would have guessed that it was a full commercial unit meant to go in to an upper class gym or hotel workout room. The treadmill itself weighs a bit over 300 pounds and is rock solid. Both my partner and my son, two big burly guys, took turns working out on the unit and it held up marvelously to the tortue they put it through. There was almost no visible shaking in the uprights or console when either ran on the Smooth 9.25x treadmill and no creaking or bending in the deck itself. Smooth did an excellent job when they designed and constructed this unit.
The Smooth 9.25x is powered by an absolutely monstrous 3.5 horsepower motor. We tested it with both my son and Hikaru on the machine at once (totally over 500 pounds) and it ran smoothly even from a cold start. The combination of the huge, cool-running motor and the precision machined 2.5″ commercial quality rollers keeps the treadmill’s belt running like butter during even the most gruelling of workouts.
The 9.25x treadmill also features a sound system which, while nice to have, really doesn’t do anything to improve the treadmill. What’s more important is the solid incline motor, powering the treadmill to a great 15% incline, the large 20″x62″ running area, the 12.5 mph top speed, the 12 preset programs, wireless heart rate monitoring and heart rate control programs. Sure it’s nice to have a decent sound coming out of your treadmill but the workout you get is more important. Luckily, the Smooth 9.25x treadmill delivers on that workout in spades.
Another feature we all like, and was especially nice to have with my old-man eyesight, was the large and easy to read console. The multiple windows and very readable quick start buttons are great for those of us who don’t like to hunt and peck through screens to find what the information we need to adjust our workout. Everything is there and immediately visible while you’re working out. Other manufacturers should take note of the 9.25x’s flawless console design.
During out 10 days of review the Smooth 9.25x treadmill met or beat all of our tests and passed with flying colors. For being an absolute dream to workout on, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Smooth 9.25x treadmill 5 out of 5 golden buddahs.
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Smooth 9.25x Treadmill Specifications
Running Area: 20″x62″
Rollers: 2.5″ commercial grade
Readouts: 1/4-mile running track, speed, distance, time, calories burned, heart rate and more
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Max User Weight: 400lbs
Unit Weight: 300lbs
Price: Under $2500
-The Treadmill Sensei