Best Bowflex Treadmills of 2017
Bowflex has a reputation for being different. Until this year all their cardio machines have been unique blends of treadmills and ellipticals. These hybrids called TreadClimbers and Max Trainers have helped Bowflex lead the home gym industry for decades. Now in 2017 the innovative company is "going traditional" by selling standard treadmills too... but Bowflex is pushing standards to new heights.
New Bowflex treadmills are built to beat competitors in the race to home gyms. As detailed below, the new Bowflex Results BFT116 and BFT216 are stronger and lower maintenance than the competition. These treadmills are large enough for running but can be folded to maximize your living space. Each has a commercial-grade belt, so calibrating and waxing your fitness machine won’t be part of your workout. The decks are well cushioned and the consoles are up to speed with Bluetooth for data sharing. Bonuses include trials of virtual reality exercise apps and a one-year subscription to Dailyburn for video workouts.
Top 2 Best Rated Bowflex Treadmills
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Bowflex Treadmills Buying Guide
This shopping guide summarizes and reviews the two Bowflex Results treadmills for 2017: the BXT116 and BXT216. It also includes a company overview.
Bowflex Results BXT216 Treadmill
The BXT216 with 9-inch touchscreen is the most advanced Bowflex Results treadmill. It’s ideal for runners and/or busy households. Full price is $2,799 but this machine has a $1,799 promotional price online. The discount could help this brand-new model take off, as the T216 is made to outperform many of the best treadmills under $2,000 that customers have counted on for years.
Plenty of horsepower is available, ensuring that virtually anyone can train their hardest without tiring the machine. A 4.0 continuous horsepower drive motor helps put the T216 at the top of the line. (For comparison the T116 is a bit weaker with 3.75 CHP.) A second motor can push the track upward for up to 15% incline. Also making this the best Bowflex treadmill for runners is an especially spacious workout area. Measuring 22″ across, the belt is extra wide. Measuring 60″ long, it meets the standard for commercial treadmill design.
A 9″ LCD also distinguishes this model from the T116. The display works with 11 preset workout programs. Calorie burn per minute is among the feedback supplied, and the console has Bluetooth for sending your session data to a free fitness tracking app.
An integrated shelf for your tablet computer makes it easy to add entertainment/multitasking to your workout — plus your mobile device can contribute new workout programs. Included with Results series treadmills in 2017 are trials of Dailyburn workout videos, virtual reality exercise environment with Zwift, and mixed reality environments with RunSocial.
Bowflex Results BXT116 Treadmill
Sale priced at $1,499 the BXT116 is the lowest-priced Bowflex Results treadmill. It carries the same impressive warranty as the $1,799 model and shares key components for high-end performance. In areas where the T116 is simpler, the differences aren’t dramatic. This cardio trainer is clearly designed to be one of the best under-$1,500 treadmills on the market.
Ample power is provided, with the belt motor delivering up to 3.75 CHP. That’s a minor step down from what the T216 can support… but it exceeds expectations for home treadmills in this price class. Other important specs are a 20″ x 60″ workout surface and a maximum 15% incline with electronic control — ideal for enhancing your cardio challenge, calorie burn and lean muscle definition.
The 7.5″ display window works with nine built-in workout programs. The console is optimized to give motivating feedback about calorie burn per minute, and constant heart rate data can be streamed with the included chest strap for wireless readings. Additionally the T116 has a Bluetooth connectivity for exporting your workout data. A secure holder for a mobile device is included.
Like the T216, the T116 is sold with a one-year subscription to Dailyburn workout videos. Also, eight-week trials of RunSocial and Zwift are included. Both apps let you train solo or with others in simulated outdoor settings. With time to test run these three popular training apps, you’ll likely find a program that helps keep your exercise motivation high.
Bowflex Return Policy and Warranties
Bowflex home gym equipment is sold with a satisfaction guarantee. Calculating that customers should see great results quickly, the company accepts returns for refunds within six weeks of equipment receipt.
Warranties for Bowflex treadmills are competitive overall. We would like to see more than 15 years on the folding frame technology, but the standard five-year warranty on parts and electronics is a great deal for both models at their $1,499 and $1,799 sale prices. The standard labor warranty is two years. Extended three-year and five-year labor warranties may be available.
Bowflex Company Profile
Bowflex launched in 1986 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington. After finding early success with low-impact home gyms, Bowflex expanded to manufacture low-impact fitness machines that combine benefits of treadmills and elliptical machines. Most recently they’ve added high-performing treadmills to their production line along with traditional elliptical trainers and an innovative cross-training gym. While the equipment is quite varied, each unit is a home exercise solution that’s easy on joints, very efficient at delivering results, and not too demanding of floor space. Genuine customers instead of actors help spread the word in Bowflex advertisements.
Bowflex Treadmill Alternatives
The Bowflex brand is famous partly for its treadmill alternatives. Bowflex TreadClimbers have special appeal to people interested in fast weight loss through walking. Max Trainers are popular treadmill alternatives for runners. Get the details from our full reviews.