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Review Overview


Bowflex Brand Overview

Bowflex is the extension of the parent company Nautilus Inc. originating in Vancouver, USA. It has been involved in trading activity about fitness and training equipment since 1986, when they first released Bowflex 2000x. Bowflex has diversified its product line ranging from max trainers, bikes, home gym set, selecttech, treadmills, treadclimbers, body towers, and other sophisticated fitness accessories. It revolutionized the market of fitness equipment by designing and manufacturing equipment for home users instead of hefty machines for gymnasiums and strictly professional use.

Overview of Bowflex’s Treadmill Collection

Bowflex BXT Series Review

The Bowflex BXT series is the signature branch of the brand’s product line. Bowflex BXT Treadmills interests the customers with all their required fitness needs for high-intensity cardio workouts with a suitable price range.

Bowflex BXT6

The Bowflex BXT6 is the ultimate classic treadmill with a motor capacity of 3 CHP and its dimensions are 78.2” L x 35.6” W x 55.1” H. It weighs 300 pounds. Its HD touchscreen control panel, with a blue backlit screen and Bluetooth capacity elevates the user experience. The maximum speed limit of 12 mph with a range of 0 to 15 percent inclination is ideal for a high-intensity workout. The built media rack, mp3 player, integrated speaker sound system, heart rate sensors, USB port, stowable technology, and transport wheels make it a durable and high-quality investment. Bowflex treadmill reviews reveal that this machine is sometimes perceived as too noisy and the nine workout programs are insufficient for expert users. It is something that it is not currently available on the Bowflex site.

Bowflex BXT116

Bowflex BXT116 is an economically viable model given its price point below $1500. Its dimensions being 84.6″x36.3″  x 55.2″, inclination range, and max speed same as BXT6, make it comparable to the older model with the differences in user weight capacity i.e. 375lbs and motor capacity at 3.75 CHP. This directs the debate of Bowflex BXT6 vs BXT116 in favor of the 116. This treadmill also has the option of four user profiles making it favorable for family use.

Bowflex BXT216

The Bowflex BXT216 treadmill has a powerful motor of 4.0 CHP and a sturdy weight capacity of 400lbs and 11 pre-installed workout programs. However, these are not too impressive within the price point. It has an attractive display of 9’’and considerable tech features but Bowflex bxt216 lacks overall grandeur compared to other machines in this price bracket.

Bowflex BXT128

This is part of the new treadmill series with its counterparts 226 and 326. Like its ancestors like Bowflex bxt216, this treadmill sustains the same max speed and incline range but the surface area for workouts is different i.e. 22’’x 60’’. It provides all kinds of connectivity and 2 cell Comfort Tech Cushioning. This treadmill is a suitable choice for customers seeking quality features but is also looking for cheaper purchases.

Bowflex BXT226

Upholding all the features and specifications of the previous models of the treadmill, the BXT226 introduces a new feature to compare Bowflex treadmills i-e connectivity to the new JRNY App. It facilitates a 7’’ backlit LCD, 3 Cell Comfort Tech Cushioning, and a weight capacity of 400lbs but no handrail control.

Bowflex BXT326

The most sophisticated version provides a 9’’ Full-Color Backlit LCD, a safer user weight capacity, 5 Cell Comfort Tech Cushioning, and freshly introduced handrail controls on top of all old features. It comes with a Soft Drop folding system which makes it easy for storage.

Bowflex Max Trainer Review

The Bowflex Max Trainer crosses a traditional elliptical with a stair-climber effortlessly providing the low impact movements of a stair climber along with the resistance controls of an elliptical. They elevate the runner exercise experience and provide variety with your workouts.

Bowflex Max Trainer M3i

The M3i 49″ L x 26″ W x 64.7″ H  is the most basic version in the sub-product line with no Wifi, Bluetooth, iOS, Android, and USB connectivity and no association with JRNY membership, and no custom workout and fitness coaching. It also is the cheapest in the Max Trainer series yielding all the key features. This makes it highly sought-after in the market for people who are looking for economically feasible fitness options.

Bowflex Max Trainer M6

The M6 treadmill is significantly higher in price. It provides a full-color backlit LCD, multivariate connectivity, and access to JRNY apps and all its coaching and custom workout features. It contains a 60-day premium subscription to JRNY and 5 workout programs (3 more than the M3i) with upgraded ergonomic grips. All these incremental features are incorporated at a higher price. Hence, it makes for the perfect machine for a fitness enthusiast/aspiring runner looking for a comfortable workout experience.

Bowflex Max Trainer M8

Aside from the display and connectivity features and the JRNY premium membership, Max Trainer M8 treadmill is comprised of  dual-positioned, sculpted handlebars with aero bar upgrade and larger surface area as well as 7 separate workout programs.

Max Total – Equipped with Heart Rate Monitoring

The Max Total treadmill provides the elite workout experience with larger standing space, 8 workout programs (7 Minute Interval, 14 Minute Interval, 21 Minute Interval, Upper Body Interval, Calorie Burn, Fat Burn, Stairs, Manual) accessorized with triple-positioned, sculpted handlebars, dual rail system and heart rate tracking in the built-in display.

Bowflex Treadclimbers Series Review

This series of treadmills offer incline trainers explaining the prices with the expensive and sophisticated technology. Bowflex has failed to master this technology since competitive brands are offering the same technology at more affordable prices. All in all, enthusiasts searching for the best home treadmill are not satisfied with the price-benefit contrast. However, people who want low impact on their knees often prefer the treadclimbers because of their shock absorption.

Bowflex Treadclimber TC100

The TC100 is a lightweight mostly uncomplicated machine for customers looking for ease-of-use but most Bowflex treadclimber reviews pros and cons reveal that customers do not feel that the price is justified with the features being offered. This review is given keeping in mind the absence of any workout programs, no control over the incline range, limited cushioning, and that the speed and pace are similar to that of a walk.

Bowflex Treadclimber TC200

People on the look for the best Bowflex treadclimber explore the option of TC200 but in vain. Bowflex has kept the motor capacity, running area, and incline range unknown at the price of $2999 which puts it at a tactical disadvantage in the market. It goes up to 4.5 miles per hour keeping in mind that this machine is desirable for walkers. There are 5 preinstalled workout sessions on the TC200.

Bowflex Treadclimber TC10

This machine has a minimalistic and compact design. Its built-in incline functionality aids cardio workouts and increases burn rate. It produces a minimal amount of noise and has a water bottle holder, phone holder, and space to keep reading material. The equipment, however, does not contain any workout program, cannot connect to smart devices, and does not have any heart rate monitor.

Bowflex Treadclimber TC5

It is a small machine that is considered a thrift-buy as the price point is lower than $500. Its motor capacity is confined to walking speed and the overall build quality is unimpressive. Its incline reaches up to 5 percent. But for an incline machine, it surprisingly offers no control on the incline and makes it a questionable investment especially about Bowflex treadmill competitors.

Max Trainer VS Treadclimber: Make the smart choice 

If you’ve read all about the Max Trainer Series and Treadclimber Series then you already have a pretty good idea of where they stand in terms of workout value. But let’s take another look for clarity in case the number of models has left you more confused. 

Important to note: both are from the same brand. Therefore some features are consistent, such as the calorie burn at a ‘faster than normal’ pace. In simpler terms, the Max Trainer and Treadclimber ellipticals burn calories at 3x and 2x faster rate than normal elliptical machines. 

An added plus, in our opinion, is the feeling of bringing the gym to you. The comfortable space on Bowflex Max Trainer and Treadclimber Series for putting your phone or water bottle, along with connectivity (depending on the model) all create a sophisticated machine that can urge you to start moving. 

The Fundamental Differences 

The Max Trainer Series is all about a full body workout. Both your arms and legs are fully engaged- not to mention abs- whereas the Treadclimber Series is similar to a treadmill in terms of its functionality. 

Your legs are the main limbs being worked on, with features to increase incline and resistance on the tracks. The question boils down to whether you want a full body cardio workout or just sculpted legs. 

The Treadclimber Series is leisurely. Not only does it have lower impact on the knees because of their shock absorption, but it has a maximum speed of 4.5 miles. If you’re fine with only targeting your legs, this might do the job for you. 

This machine caters to multitaskers; if you’re looking to watch videos and walk at a normal pace, this could work in your favour. But in all honesty, there’s better alternatives in the market. 

The Max Series is a calorie killer. If you’ve ever stayed on an elliptical longer than 10 mins, the sweat production is evidence of how intense it can be. Staying focused to reach your time limit or calorie burn requires motivation. It’s the A-L-A (arms, legs, abs)  combination that pushes your body out of its comfort zone. 

To Sum It All Up?

The variety of home treadmills and fitness machines offered by Bowflex based on all these reviews is immense. Bowflex treadmills come in all sorts of price ranges. The model differences make them ideal to cater to the needs of users. For people looking for an affordable buy, the most suitable treadmills can be Bowflex bxt216 or TC5. If you are looking for a strength trainer, you are most likely to set your goals for a Max Trainer. 

Max Trainers are there to help you with your intense workouts and you won’t need to hit the gym anymore. A more leisurely way for workouts is ensured by going for a TreadClimber. With its incline workouts, but the adjustable speed and pace, you can easily choose if you want low, moderate, or high-intensity workouts. 

The journey memberships of max trainers are also very attractive for certain buyers. You can visit the site and analyze the features or explore more reviews for these treadmills before deciding on the perfect treadmill for you. For more information about each model type, visit Bowflex’s official website!

Fatima Ahmed

Fatima Ahmed

Fatima Ahmed is a Nutritionist currently working online and helping people to improve their health and lifestyle. Her goal is to bust the nutrition myths that have been living since ages about nutrition and certain foods. She wants people to get robust knowledge about food and health as nutrition sciences have changed over years.

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