The Smooth 890 is one of the higher priced treadmills in the series, although given the number of features included the $2000 price tag is quite justified.
With an HDTV built in plus incline, decline and a powerful motor, this one is definitely worth a close look.
The 890 features a 10" full color touch screen display with internet browsing capability as well as a 15" integrated HDTV. It features a spacious runner's belt with SRS cushioning and a 400 pound weight capacity.
Let's take a closer look at the specs...
UPDATE: As of our latest review it looks like Smooth Fitness may be out of business. For a comparable machine check out our NordicTrack treadmill reviews, made by the same company.
The Smooth 890 treadmill is popular with the experts who appreciate the combination of quality and features that you get from the company.
The 10" touch screen display is larger than the one found on the A35T elliptical and is also web-enabled, which the other is not. So if internet access while you work out is key, opt for the 890.
The motor is also bumped up to 4.25 CHP here, a commercial model powerful enough to handle the most demanding runs. You have both incline and decline, and SRS Surface Response Suspension Cushioning to minimize impact from the generously sized 22" x 60" deck.
Another feature not found on the A35T or the base 800 model is the free wireless chest strap for accurate heart rate monitoring. This is a nice plus and it helps keep you in your ideal zone.
The HDTV is a nice addition, especially if you don't have a television in your workout area. It's separate from the display so you can easily glance down to check your workout stats while you are watching your favorite program.
You have 40 workouts to choose from plus more with iFit, a program with additional workouts, tracking capability and Google map integration to virtually run anywhere across the globe. The machine actually adjusts itself to match the terrain which is very cool.
User reviews also highlight the SpaceSaver design for easy folding and storage, the iPod compatibility and the adjustable CoolAire fan.
The Smooth 890 is more of a runner's treadmill than the A35T or other models as it has a very powerful motor, advanced cushioning and a wider belt. So if you plan to use it alot or there are multiple people hammering away at it day after day, it's definitely a great choice.
If you don't train very hard and/or you already have a TV, the A35T should be just fine, but remember that it does not have the internet capability that this one does.
As we are runners we appreciate the build and power of the 890 and it is one of our top picks in the $2000 price range.
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