Smooth CE 8.0LC Elliptical Review

The Smooth CE 8.0LC elliptical trainer featuring an LCD touch screen display with heart rate control and magnetic resistance braking.

The latest elliptical trainer from SmoothFitness is the Smooth 8.0LC. It is proving to be extremely popular and is considered by many to be the best new elliptical available at this price point.

This is a solid, commercial grade elliptical which has been designed for domestic use. The trainer features a mechanism with a smooth, flowing movement and a 21″ stride length, large comfortable, pedals and a huge choice of 24 levels of intensity.

The trainer uses heart rate control technology. This feature allows the workout intensity to be modulated in sympathy with the user’s heart rate via heart rate data taken from handlebar contacts or a wireless chest belt transmitter (supplied).

There are 21 workout programs to stimulate and help you achieve your fitness goals. Other features include an LCD touch screen display a sound system with powerful, Hi-Fi speakers that can be hooked up to an MP3 player or iPOD and a book / magazine rack.

The machine is covered by a warranty which offers lifetime cover on the frame, 2 years on braking system, 2 years on all parts (including electronics) and 2 years in home labor.

Here are the main features:

computer LCD display

The operating console on the equipment has a control panel incorporating an advanced computer with a back-lit LCD display and an integral reading rack. The display is easy to read and the viewing angle can be adjusted to allow for user’s height. All relevant workout data is displayed including: time, speed, RPM, distance, watt, calories, pulse, resistance level, sex, age, height, weight and target heart rate.

… upper body workout

The elliptical trainer offers a full body workout program with moving handlebars that help you to reach your fitness goals on a single piece of fitness equipment.
… heavy duty construction

The trainer has a heavy duty construction and can accommodate users up to a maximum weight of 400lbs. This high user weight limit makes it very stable in use and made to withstand heavy use making suitable for both light commercial and home use.

… cushioned pedals

The trainer is equipped with extra large, anti-slip, cushioned foot pedals. The machine offers a comfortable workout, giving you the ability to adjust the position of your foot while working out.

… workout variety

The trainer comes with 21 workout programs pre-installed. These consist of the following: 1 manual program, 12 preset programs, 4 heart rate programs, 1 watt control program, 1 personal program, 1 random program and 1 pulse recovery program.

MANUAL WORKOUT: With the same ease that you can rapidly switch between elliptical and stepper motions, you can also switch your workouts as you go. The manual program on the equipment allows you to create your own personalized workout.

12 PRESET WORKOUTS: This program allows you to workout for greater periods of time at a reduced intensity. This type of training encourages your body to burn more calories. There are 6 preset levels for this routine, but may be customized to suit any individual user.

PERSONAL WORKOUT: This program lets you develop your own workout whether this is a casual walk or a vigorous run and have the ability to repeat this program as many times as you like. With changes in your fitness level you can modify these programs to your individual liking.

WATT CONTROL: This program alters the resistance level automatically during the course of the workout using a preset level or selecting a specific level. This can be altered at any time during the workout.

PULSE RECOVERY WORKOUT: This program calculates how rapidly you return to your resting heart rate so that you can get a feel for how you have benefited from your workout session.

RANDOM PROGRAM: The trainer makes available a diverse variety of workout programs to encourage your progress over time.

… high mass flywheel

The equipment utilizes a heavy flywheel. The high inertia of this flywheel smoothes out the action of the machine and ensures that it is free from any jerkiness of movement that is sometimes a characteristic of cheaper elliptical trainers.
… magnetic braking

The trainer offers the latest, advanced magnetic braking which results in silky, smooth speed changes and stops even during the most vigorous workouts sessions.
… reading rack

A small ledge mounted on the console in front of the display screen can be used to hold a book, magazine, phone, MP3 player or a tablet computer.

… wireless heart rate control

The trainer is equipped with wireless heart rate control. When this feature is selected a wireless transmitter sends data regarding your heart rate to the machine’s computer and this information is then used to modify intensity of the workout.

The machine is effectively changing its intensity in sympathy with your heart rate and allows you to exercise within your target heart rate zone.This method of training is popular with many athletes.

… water bottle holder

The trainer has a conveniently located water bottle holder so that you always have a drink available to keep you hydrated during your workout session.

… integral sound system

The equipment is fitted with the SmoothSound integrated MP3 audio system. To use this music feature you simply connect an iPOD, MP3 or CD player to the LINE IN jack on the console. You can then listen to the music, either through headphones or the powerful speakers. There is a conveniently placed control knob to adjust the volume.

… warranty details

The Smooth 8.0LC elliptical is underpinned by a lifetime warranty on the frame and braking system, 10 years on all parts and electronics and 2 years In Home labor.


  • Heavy Duty Construction
  • LCD Touch Screen Display
  • 24 Intensity Levels
  • 21 Workout Programs
  • Oversized Cushioned Pedals
  • Heavy Duty Flywheel
  • Magnetic Resistance Braking
  • Wireless Heart Rate Monitor
  • Wireless Heart Rate Control
  • Sound System
  • Water Bottle Holder
  • Magazine / Book Rack
  • Transport Wheels


  • Footprint: 85″ L x 26″ W x 52″ H 
  • Stride Length: 21″ 
  • Max User Weight: 400lbs
  • Unit Weight: 304lbs
  • Warranty: Frame (Lifetime)

                         Braking mechanism (Lifetime)

                         Parts (10 yrs)

                         Labor: (2yrs)

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