Looking for unbiased & in-depth Bowflex TreadClimber reviews? Curious which model is best for you? Over the past five years, we've talked with hundreds of customers and compiled data on specs, features and 1,000's of verified customer reviews, all to rank each model with our unbiased rating algorithm. Compare them all side-by-side in the table below:

Model Bowflex
TC20
Bowflex
TC10
Bowflex
TC5
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Rating

Our rating algorithm considers each model's features, specs & warranties, and 1,000's of reviews from verified customers, to save you time researching!

Rating: 94.8%
Rating: 90.2%
Rating: 75.2%
Full Review

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Resistance

Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

12 Levels 12 Levels 1 Level
Speed

Top speed is lower than a typical treadmill, but it burns about 2.5x the calories at these speeds because of the 3-in-1 motion.

0.5 - 4.5 mph 0.5 - 4.0 mph 0 - 4.5 mph
Functions

There are 5 main functions included: Speed, Distance, Time, Calories and Heart Rate.

5 Functions 4 Functions 4 Functions
Display

The Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Backlit LCD 4 LCD Readouts 1 LCD
Max Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

300 lbs 300 lbs 300 lbs
Warranty

The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

3 Years, Full-Coverage 2 Years, Full-Coverage 1 Year
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you determine how it will fit in your workout space. They both have a smaller footprint than a treadmill.

Length: 55"
Width: 31.5"
Height: 55.25"
Length: 50.6"
Width: 30.3"
Height: 52.3"
Length: 43.1"
Width: 27"
Height: 52.8"
Profiles

How many users can this model track with the Goal Coach progress tracking feature?

2 1 0
Goal Coach

G.O. Coach, or Goal-Oriented Coach, is an interactive feature to set goals, track progress, and compare your results.

Climb Indicator

The Climb Indicator will visually track the distance you have traveled in miles.

HR Monitor

Does this model come with a Heart Rate Monitor? If so, it's a Wireless Chest Strap, which can be purchased separately.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select options with the touch of a button.

Accessory Tray

Some include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Portable?

Is the machine easy to move? Does it have wheels? Portability is a great feature for space flexibility.

List Price

Suggested retail price, including shipping. Typically higher than the price you'll pay with promotions.

$3,999.00 $2,599.00 Discontinued
Best Price

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$3,299 $2,999 $2,399 $1,999 Discontinued
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Pros & Cons and Coupons

The table above compares all three models side-by-side. For a more detailed look at each, including their pros & cons and how to get the best deal with coupons, check out the quick summary and full TreadClimber reviews below:


1) Highest Rated: Bowflex TC20

Bowflex TC20Rating:  (94.8%)
Price: $3,999 - Best Price: $3,299 $2,999
Coupon: Get $300 OFF + Free Shipping (Save $499, shipping is usually $199) by entering the coupon code found at the top of the exclusive TC20 discount page above.

Pros: User profiles, 3-year warranty, heart rate function, quick controls and progress tracker
Cons: Most expensive model, heaviest and least compact of the three

As the top rated model overall, the TC20 has the most features (2 user profiles and 15 workout functions) and the best warranty (3-years of full coverage).


2) Best Value: Bowflex TC10

Bowflex TC10Rating: (90.2%)
Price: $2,599 - Best Price: $2,399 $1,999
Coupon: Get $200 OFF and Only $20 Shipping (Save $379, shipping is usually $199) by entering the coupon code found at the top of the exclusive TC10 discount page above.

Pros: Best balance of features for price, quick controls and progress tracker
Cons: One user profile, 0.5mph lower max speed, 2 year full-coverage warranty

The TC10 aims to be a solid balance of features and price. It’s the most popular choice because the quality and features are similar, but it’s more affordable.


3) Lowest Rating: Bowflex TC5

Bowflex TC5Rating:  (75.2%)
Price: Discontinued

Pros: Smallest footprint, no outlet required, quiet machine
Cons: Low quality, no motor, few functions, shortest warranty

With the lowest rating overall, the TC5 was an option we did not recommend. Thankfully, Bowflex has since discontinued it to focus on the higher-quality models above.




Overview

Woman on TreadClimberWhat makes TreadClimbers different?

Combining 3 workouts with 1 trainer burns more calories than traditional fitness equipment, and that’s the major difference Bowflex was going for when designing what has become their most popular product line.

This new style of exercise provides the walking forward motion of the treadmill with the stepping effect of a stair climber, and the smooth motion of an elliptical, therefore providing a 3 in 1 workout that burns a ton of calories.

Topping it all off, most fitness buffs are surprised by how intense TreadClimber workouts can get with top speeds around 4.0 mph. The engineering of these machines allows you to get a better workout than walking (in less time), without the joint impact of running.


Video

Here’s a good quick summary video to see how it works:

Compare them all side-by-side and check out the full reviews above.


Science

unique-treadclimber-motionI needed proof and more detail on how and why it works (how you can burn a lot of calories by just walking), so here’s what I found in my research:

Some people ask why they can’t “just walk” around the block or at the mall, but the patented 3-in-1 motion is the reason it burns so many more calories than walking or jogging.

That’s awesome, but the most interesting thing I found is a study that showed why it makes you feel less tired, even though it burns more calories as a treadmill at the same speed.

It’s because it causes less of something called Blood Lactate (mmol), which is lactic acid buildup from a workout. That’s the stuff that makes people feel exhausted after exercising, which can make it hard to stay motivated.

So, since it causes 12% less lactic acid buildup than treadmills, and 38% less than ellipticals, that makes it easier to keep working out and getting results.

That’s the key to me, because you don’t want to burn out, you want to consistently make progress over time, and this unique design helps you do just that.

That’s the reason it’s so highly-rated…it allows you to burn more calories, and feel better, so you can stick with it and achieve your fitness goals.


FAQ

From talking with hundreds of people over the years, here’s a list of answers to the most common questions:

Q: Does it actually burn a lot of calories?
A: Yes. I was skeptical about this at first too, but it burns more calories than walking or jogging, and it burns more calories than a treadmill or elliptical used at the same speed. The key with that is the fact that most people don’t do a brisk walk on a treadmill (3-4mph), but another way of looking at it is that when you work out at 4mph on the TreadClimber you’ll burn about the same amount of calories you would running ~6mph on a treadmill. That’s part of the reason it makes you feel less tired after exercising, which makes it easier to stay motivated and keep making progress.

Q: Is there an option to have someone assemble it for me?
A: Yes. You have the option to assemble it yourself with the help of their assembly walkthrough videos, or you can pay to have the delivery service assemble, setup, calibrate and test it for you, and answer any questions you have for $249 in most areas. If you don’t want the added cost, the assembly videos are very helpful.

Q: What is the minimum ceiling height?
A: For the TC20, the max distance from the floor is 17″, so for some extra headroom, I would recommend adding about 20″ to your height to make sure your ceiling is tall enough. For the TC10, add about 17″ to your height.

Q: What if I want to run or do interval training?
A: If you’re already into running but are looking for a zero-impact workout like the TreadClimber, Bowflex designed another machine called the Max Trainer that’s better for faster-paced interval training.

Q: How does the warranty work? What if something breaks?
A: The warranty is full-coverage, meaning anything that happens to the machine can be fixed free of charge (within reason of course; you can’t take a baseball bat to it and get it replaced :)). I’ve called in about an issue once in the past, and their support team walked me through a potential fix over the phone. When that didn’t do the trick, they sent a replacement part and helped me install it. They were very helpful. The warranty lasts 2 years for the TC10, and 3 years for the TC20. Beyond that, you can order replacement parts, and the resale value is very high if you decide to sell it and replace it with a newer model years down the road.

Q: Is there a money-back guarantee?
A: Yes. If you don’t feel like it’s a good investment, you can call or email Bowflex within 6 weeks to get a return number and ship it back to get a refund of the full purchase price. They sell direct instead of in stores (a big part of the reason we’ve done our in-depth reviews), which means no middleman markups, woohoo! The downside is that you can’t try it out first, but with this 6-week money back guarantee the only risk is in the shipping. Plus, their customer support team is super helpful in my experience, so if a part needs replaced at some point you’ll be well taken care of. In the past 5 years of talking with hundreds of customers, I’ve heard of very few people returning theirs. It works, which is why 1,000’s of people have rated it 4.4/5 stars (90% overall rating).


Which TreadClimber is best for you?

Our personal favorite and Editor’s Choice is the TC10 for best overall value.

If you want custom user profiles, the heart rate monitor and a longer warranty, the TC20 is a better choice for you.

To get the best deal, check out the TreadClimber coupons page.