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Bowflex Series 7 Review


Intro

Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill

Thinking about getting the Bowflex Series 7?

The only remaining Bowflex treadmill offers a powerful motor, extra long belt, large variety of workout programs, easy fold-up, quick controls and a durable frame, all from a very reputable brand at a very reasonable price. What’s the catch?

Bowflex has not updated their treadmills in several years and with the Bowflex Series 3 and 5 no longer manufactured, the days of the Series 7 could be numbered as well. Treadmills are not Bowflex’s specialty, so the 7 Series got an 81.3% rating.

Regardless, this model is likely to remain a strong seller due to its balance of sweet extras with a friendly price tag. Read our full Bowflex Series 7 review below…

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Specifications

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Model Bowflex Series 7
Rating

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81.3%
List Price

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Speed

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

0.5 - 11 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 - 12%
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.

3.0 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.

Strike Zone™
(2-Ply 1")
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.

Pre-Defined: 15
User-Defined: 2
Max. Weight

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

300 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 and Telemetric (2 Programs)
Dimensions

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

83" x 35" x 55.25"
Folded: 65.5" x 40.87"
Weight: 298 lbs
Rollers: 2.5"
Display

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

Skylight 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.

Frame: 15 Years
Motor: 10 Years
Parts: 2 Years
Electronics: 1 Year
Labor: 1 Year

Rating: 81.3%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 81.3/100. Folding treadmill, doesn’t feature mp3 compatibility or iFit Live workout options, but still includes some good features. Not Bowflex’s best product, but rated about 4 stars on average. In this price range, the 7 Series is worth considering.

Pros:
– Industry standard 3.0 CHP motor
– Large 20″ x 60″ running surface
– The Strike Zone Cushioning system
– Vibrant backlit skylight LCD display
– Built-in three-speed workout fan
– SoftDrop folding included with purchase

Cons:
– Not music compatible (iPod, speaker system)
– Some customers say it’s noisy
– No warranty coverage on deck
– Folds, but not very compact at 298 lbs.

Introduction

The Bowflex Series 7 is a contender worth a second look in the $1,000-$1,500 price range.

The motor (3.0 CHP) and size of the deck (20″ x 60″), two aspects that most consider a must for a solid treadmill are more than adequate on the Series 7.

The Bowflex Series 7 also offers 15 pre-defined workout programs, pulse grips and telemetric heart rate monitoring, Backlite Skylight LCD display and The Strike Zone Cushioning on the deck.

Workout Programs

There are a wide range of workout options on the Bowflex Series 7 including manual, cardio, fat burn, speed interval jogger, hill intervals, heart strength/recovery test, calorie goal, distance goal, cardio heart rate calculation and body mass index (BMI) test.

Additionally, the treadmill offers two custom programs for further customization as well as two heart rate programs.

Utilize the built-in pulse grips or telemetric option for quick heart rate readouts.

The trainer is not compatible with iFit Live, but the number of pre-defined workout programs will suffice.

Treadmill Features

The Series 7 keeps you motivated with Backlite Skylight LCD display which keeps you informed during intense workouts.

The 20″ x 60″ running surface and 3.0 CHP motor will accommodate just about any user on a 300 lbs. max user weight frame backed by a 15 year guarantee (read more warranty information, below).

The Bowflex Series 7 fits in your home with cutting-edge SoftDrop folding technology. The trainer folds up to a fairly compact 41″ x 35″ x 66 ” size, though the 298 lb. weight of the machine does not necessary make it extremely compact.

Reach speeds up to 11 mph and incline 0 to 12 percent, and stay cool during your exercise with a built-in 3-speed cooling fan.

The Bowflex Series 7 features The Strike Zone patent cushioning system on a durable 2-ply belt.

Additionally, the trainer has two bottle/cup holders.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Bowflex Series 7 treadmill warranty and guarantee package includes:

– Frame: 15 Years
– Motor: 10 Years
– Parts: 2 Years
– Electronics: 1 Year
– Labor: 1 Year

Return Policy: 6 weeks, 100% money-back. Call (800) 675-9973 and ship back for refund of purchase price.

Conclusion

Overall, the Series 7 from Bowflex is a fantastic choice for a treadmill. The treadmill hasn’t been updated in the past few years, which leads us to believe they might be upgrading this treadmill in the next couple years.

Regardless, thanks to the success of this best-seller, Bowflex will likely keep the Bowflex Series 7 around at a similar price with a more expensive, newly-upgraded model in the near future. We’ll update this review as soon as we hear anything from Bowflex.

Still not sure? Check out this comparison of a very similar treadmill: Bowflex Series 7 vs Sole F80.

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