Yowza Smyrna

Editor's Rating: 8.4/10
Update: This model has been discontinued. To find a suitable replacement, check out our treadmill finder here.

Yowza Fitness manufactures two non-folding treadmills: the Smyrna and the Juno. The Smyrna model is the pricier of the two, but both are affordable. Compared with the Juno, the Smyrna can reach a faster top speed (11 mph versus 10 mph). It also has a more powerful motor and a longer track.

What We Like:

  • Motor: The Smyrna’s quiet 3.0 HP continuous duty motor provides excellent power for runners.
  • Console: The Smyrna’s ergonomically designed console has a quick start button, single-touch resistance adjustment, and quick speed/incline control buttons. You’ll also find cup holders, hi-fidelity speakers, an iPod dock, and a 3-speed fan. A grip pulse monitor and wireless heart rate monitors are included too.
  • Tracks: The Smyrna track is 60”x20”, which is long enough and wide enough for all but the largest runners. Its “whisper-quiet” multi-ply track provides better durability than the single-ply tracks used by other companies.
  • Deck: With triple phenolic lamination, the reversible Yowza Smyrna deck is designed for a lifetime of virtually maintenance-free use. The floating deck with elastomer rings provides great shock absorption.
  • Warranties: Yowza’s excellent standard warranty includes: a lifetime guarantee on the motor and frame; 5 years on parts; and 2 years of in-home labor. Additional service plans are offered for a fee.

What We Don’t Like:

The Smyrna’s console is easy to use, but it’s also pretty basic. The red digital readout is hardly a hallmark of 2014 technology. For comparison, NordicTrack offers a 7″ full-color screen on its affordable Commercial 1750. You can also attach your iPad.

Our Verdict:

The Smyrna treadmill combines high-quality basics with entertaining extras. The long track, high fidelity sound system, and superior shock absorption system provide excellent value. Like all Yowza treadmills, it’s sold with a best-in-class warranty package.

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