Smooth 6.17 Treadmill Review

The Smooth 6.17 residential treadmill with modern slim line styling and swing arm shock absorption.eview by Treadmill Adviser

Although mainly aimed at the domestic market, the Smooth 6.17 still has enough power for the serious fitness enthusiast.

This is quite a departure from the styling of the most of the Smoothfitness range and with it’s white frame and minimalist design, but still retains Smoothfitness’s reputation for build quality.

Aside from the rather elegant styling there are many innovative features. These include Swing Arm shock absorption, a “Whisper Weave” tread belt and “Polar” wireless heart rate control.

The feature that really makes this model stand out, however, is the brilliant blue LCD panel mounted under a scratch-resistant screen. You simply move your fingertips over the touch screen controls and the machine responds immediately.

Drive motor

The treadmill utilizes a 2.5 HP continuous motor which should give years of maintenance free service with a high horsepower output for all types of fitness users and delivering a strong performance without overheating. The motor is also covered by a lifetime warranty.

Touch screen controls

A common problem with operating many treadmills is the awkwardness of pressing mechanical console buttons while running. This model eliminates this difficulty by the use of a highly sensitive touch screen makes operating the unit is as simple as a tap of the finger. Changes to speed, incline and other settings while in motion can be made without throwing you off your rhythm.

Shock absorption

The running surface is supported by a “Swing Arm” suspension system.

With Swing Arm technology the entire running deck and frame are suspended on two pivots. This will reduce harmful impact on your ankles, knees, hips and back and ensure that you enjoy the same silky smooth performance gym quality treadmills.

Some recent research has shown that as your front foot gets a soft landing, while launching your rear foot with a firm push-off. Pressure is relieved on the lower back, muscles and tendons.

There is also an added benefit in this type of cushioning – muscles contract at a lower peak intensity for a longer period of time, so they burn 14%-23% more calories.

Heart rate monitor

Conveniently positioned at the front of the console, the hand grip pulse monitor is comfortable to use. Through programmed settings you control, the wireless heart rate monitor automatically adjusts the intensity of your workouts.

Storable user profile

The equipment has nine storable user profiles. This facility is especially useful for households with multiple treadmill users. Eliminating the need to key in personal settings. Up to nine people can save age, weight and target heart rate information for instant access.

Workout programs

This model gives the user a choice of eight workout programs from which to choose:

These include Target Distance, Target Time, Target Calories, Interval Incline, Interval Speed, Weight Loss, 5K Self-Learning/Competition, Heart Rate Control. There are also 3 User-Defined Custom Programs.

Folding frame

The equipment has dual-stage, soft drop folding. This is in essence a gas shock-assist “soft drop” feature that makes it easy to fold away after use. The facility allows you to unfold and fold the treadmill by gently tilting the deck the treadmill can then be gently dropped back when it is time for use.

Warranty details

The Smooth 6.17 treadmill is protected by a lifetime warranty on the frame and motor together with 3 yrs warranty on all parts and 1 yr labor.


  • 8 Challenging Preset Programs
  • 3 User-Defined Custom Programs
  • 9 Storable User Profiles
  • Swing Arm Shock Absorption
  • Heart Rate Control
  • Whisper Weave Tread belt
  • Super Wide Blue Backlit LCD
  • Touch Screen Controls
  • Dual Stage Soft Drop Folding
  • Transport Wheels
  • Water Bottle Holders


  • Motor: 2.5 CHP
  • Frame: Glossy White Coated Steel
  • Speed: 0.5 – 10 MPH
  • Incline: 0 – 15
  • Belt size: 20″ x 56″
  • Folding: YES
  • Rollers: 2″ Non-slip Crowned
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • User weight: 325 lbs
  • Power Supply: 110v / 220v


  • Frame (Lifetime)
  • Motor (Lifetime)
  • Parts (3 yrs)
  • Labor (1 yr)

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