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Bowflex BXT116 Review

Quick Summary

The BXT116 kicks off the Bowflex Results treadmill series, a collection launched in May 2017.

“Best Treadmill” awards are likely in this fitness machine’s future, as the T116 is built for best-in-class performance, durability and programming.

Our review below shows how it inherits classic Bowflex strength and adds an interest in modern tech.

A full color screen, Bluetooth connectivity, Dailyburn workouts, and a unique calorie burn rate console are some programming highlights.

Sale price $1,499 (MSRP $2,499).

Specifications

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Model Bowflex BXT116
Rating

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90%
List Price

Suggested retail price, typically higher than the price you'll pay with our recommended retailers.

$2,499
Best Price

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$1,499
Speed

Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0 - 12 mph
Incline

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 15%
Motor

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

3.75 CHP
Deck

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 60"
Belt

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

Durable 3-Ply 2.5mm
Folding?

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Programs

Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

9 Programs
Max. Weight

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

375 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Pulse Grips
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

84.6" x 36.3" x 55.2"
Display

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

VA Full Color Backlit LCD
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

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

Speakers

Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

2 Years

Rating: 90%

Our Rating

Rating: 90/100. The new fitness brand Bowflex Results has joined the home treadmill race. This brand debuted in May 2017 with the BXT116 and BXT216 Treadmills, and both cardio trainers should give competing brands a run for their money. The T116 in this review is officially “entry level” for the series but Bowflex Results sets high standards. Power, programming and durability make the treadmill a top contender at the $1,499 sale price — and it’s not a bad deal at full price either.

Supporting four user profiles, and featuring a foldable frame, the BXT116 strikes us as a great match for the typical family. Some highlights are a 3.75 CHP motor, a maintenance-free belt, nine preset workouts and Bluetooth for use with fitness apps. With several unique features it’s also nudging the home treadmill industry along in terms of innovation.

Bowflex Results treadmill sale prices in 2017 include an 8-week free trial of Dailyburn workouts and it also works with free apps RunSocial and Zwift. RunSocial is a popular “mixed reality” fitness app with an optional social component; you can choose to run solo or with other avatars. Zwift is a newer exercise app for treadmills but has already wowed the world of indoor cycle training. The new treadmill workouts for Zwift let you virtually explore volcanoes and otherwise make cardio workouts anything but ordinary! Also included with the T116 purchase price is a 2 year warranty.

Pros:

  • 20” wide x 60” long track
  • Three-ply tread belt
  • 3.75 CHP drive motor
  • Top speed 12 mph
  • Power incline
  • 7.5” full color screen
  • Burn Rate console provides motivating feedback
  • Supports up to four user profiles
  • 9 workout apps
  • Real-time customization of workouts
  • Includes 8 weeks of Dailyburn workouts
  • Two-month trial of Zwift virtual workouts
  • Two-month trial of RunSocial mixed reality workouts
  • Bluetooth enabled for wireless stats sharing
  • Media shelf with USB charger
  • Wireless heart rate receiver and chest strap
  • Contact heart rate reader
  • Speed and incline controls built into the handgrips
  • Coated handrails
  • Water bottle holder
  • 375-pound load capacity

Cons:

  • New on market; not tested long-term
  • Not the best treadmill for extra-large trainees

Introduction

The Bowflex Results BXT116 is an all-around impressive new treadmill for home use. It’s one of the newer designs available in 2017; it just hit the market in May. Though this fitness machine hasn’t been tested in homes long-term, it has the specs to serve a whole household for many years. Overall it stands out for meeting or exceeding competitors’ deals and adding a mix of other features you won’t see anywhere else. Read on for details about the new Bowflex treadmill workout programs, features and factory-direct warranty.

Workout Programs

Bowflex Results treadmills have color screens for built-in workout programs. The BXT116 has a 7.5″ color screen and nine preset training programs. Examples of overall goals for the different programs are calorie burn, speed, and cardio endurance. These workouts are designed by fitness pros and can be customized by you; with controls on the handlebars, you can easily make program adjustments as you move. With real-time customization, you can also save program changes that you make during a workout.

For endless options the machine’s media ledge and charging port make it easy to integrate workout programs with your tablet computer.

8 weeks of Dailyburn workouts is included when you choose Bowflex Results equipment. With Dailyburn you can get a tailored workout anytime by selecting your preferences. (An example of an intense Dailyburn treadmill exercise video is the “20-Minute Treadmill HIIT Workout to Crush Calories.”) Dailyburn also offers hundreds of workout videos to use away from your treadmill.

Free Zwift access is included with Bowflex Results equipment too. Zwift digital reality workouts can help keep any family member entertained as they train. Like Dailyburn, Zwift is also useful away from the treadmill; it can sync with exercise bikes and other fitness machines too.

Finally, the free app RunSocial can be used with BX treadmills in 2017. RunSocial delivers “mixed reality” outdoor training in scenic settings. One of its social features is the option to invite friends to join you along virtual routes and sync your accounts when you train or race together outside.

Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill Features

Programming is shown on a 7.5”-wide full color screen. It’s backlit for easy viewing regardless of your home gym lighting. As noted above it has Bluetooth connectivity.

To support weight loss the Bowflex Results machines use a Burn Rate Console. This console indicates your calorie burn per minute, which can add motivation and help boost your performance. This console supports four user profiles.

For stats sharing the Bowflex Results console is Bluetooth enabled. You can export your numbers for management with the Bowflex Results app, MyFitnessPal and other popular mobile apps for health.

To power through long walking and running workout sessions, the T116 has a 3.75 CHP drive motor. It supplies ample power for most trainees. The 4.0 CHP of the T216 might be better if your home gym will be used for marathon training. The bigger motor can also handle a higher user weight.

The T116 belt system has specs we’d expect from a commercial cardio trainer but not from a home treadmill under $1500. First, the belt is three-ply whereas the norm is just one or two layers. The thickness makes a significant difference, making the Bowflex Results treadmill belt longer-lasting, very low-maintenance and quiet-running compared with alternatives. Second,the belt rollers are 2.75 inches in diameter, which is larger than what competitors often supply. Larger rollers promote the tread belt’s longevity and minimize demand on the motor.

Heart rate monitoring is available with wireless and contact monitors. A wireless chest strap ships with the treadmill.
A media shelf at the top of the console can keep your mobile device handy and includes a USB charging port.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Nautilus warranty here is a good value for customers getting the $1,499 treadmill deal. It includes…

-2 Years Full Coverage

This cardio trainer is also sold with a six-week money-back guarantee.

Conclusion

With a $1,500 treadmill budget the BXT116 could be a top deal for shoppers stocking their gyms this summer. Building our lists of pros and cons above, we found plenty to praise. Our main concern is that this fitness machine hasn’t been on the market for long. But backed as it is by a six-week guarantee, overall we’re inclined to give it a thumb’s up. For a great sale price you can get traditional Bowflex strength plus the extra benefits of Bowflex Results extras..

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