Smooth Fitness CE 2.1

Update: this model has been discontinued.

This is Smooth’s entry level elliptical machine that gives you all of the same quality and design features but there are a few items found on the other machines that you will be giving up. It really comes down to a slight difference in the warranty, no chest strap, LCD display, no custom user profiles and a shorter 16” stride. Now this list is not meant to be a list of negative must haves, these are just items you will find on the other Smooth ellipticals that are a great bonus.

The Smooth CE 2.1 is still a great machine but you may find that the Smooth CE 3.2 is worth the extra money to you. Please read the other Smooth elliptical reviews to see if upgrading from the Smooth CE 2.1 is worth it to you.


  • heart rate control programs
  • no chest strap, but moving handle bar heart rate sensors do the trick
  • blue backlit LCD console
  • great warranty on parts and electronics in addition to the lifetime on the frame
  • great price and value


  • 16″ stride will not fit taller users as comfortably
  • no water bottle holder
  • no chest strap
  • no custom profiles like on the Smooth CE 3.2

Pedals and Motions

Stride Length 16” (fixed)
Pedal Spacing not available
Resistance Levels 16

If you are shorter than 5’6”, you will do fine with either the Smooth CE 2.1 or the Smooth CE 3.2 so the choice is yours.

Programs and Console

Console LCD
Programs 8
Heart Rate Control Yes

The LCD console is blue backlit which is still above the average for this price range where you will usually get just the standard LCD with little display information. Even without the wireless chest strap, you can easily use the pre-programmed heart rate control programs because the heart rate grips are positioned on the moving handlebars.

Product Design

User Weight Limit 300 lbs
Footprint 76” L x 26” W x 67 ” H
Warranty Lifetime on Frame and Breaking System, 2 years Parts and Electronics, 1 year for labor

Hand grip pulse sensors are conveniently located on the moving handlebars which eliminate the need for a chest strap heart rate monitor. Of course the chest strap is convenient but this is certainly not a must have if you like the price of this machine. You’ll have everything you need. This heavy duty elliptical also supports a pretty heavy user and comes with a great warranty.

Extra Accessories

This elliptical does not have a water bottle holder.

Price and Where to Buy

Retail Price $1,679
Best Price Online $1,499

You will probably have trouble finding a great rear drive elliptical like this for the same affordable price. This machine can only be purchased online through Smooth Fitness but they are able to pass down substantial savings to you by avoiding the overhead of retail stores and cutting out the middle man.

Check out the Smooth CE 2.1 elliptical machine if you are looking for a solid mid-range budget machine. If you want to spend a few hundred more, I would upgrade for a few more feature and read my Smooth CE 3.2 elliptical machine review.

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