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Bowflex BXT216 Review

Quick Summary

If you didn’t know that the BXT216 is a folding home-use treadmill, you might think it’s a light commercial model from the performance specs. The 4.0 CHP motor and Comfort Tech deck suspension are high-end. The belt system has a three-ply track and 2.75″ rollers, which is exceptional for a home gym. Digital technology on Bowflex Results equipment is outstanding as well. An integrated 9-inch color screen is your portal to 11 built-in workouts and especially immersive cardio training with the Zwift exercise app. Four users can save their profiles, and workout data can be exported to the manufacturer’s Results mobile app or a variety of third-party fitness apps such as Apple HealthKit, Google Fit, and MyFitnessPal. A chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring and an 8-week trial subscription to Dailyburn video workouts are also included with purchase. All in all, the new BXT216 exceeds our expectations for an under-$2000 treadmill.

Specifications

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Model Bowflex BXT216
Rating

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93.5%
List Price

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

$2,999
Best Price

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$1799
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.

4.0 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).

22" 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.

Programs: 11
Max. Weight

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

400 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.

Wireless Monitoring
Dimensions

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

84.5" x 38.5" x 54.7"
Display

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

9" Color 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: 93.5%

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • 22″ wide x 60″ long workout surface.
  • Folding treadmill frame.
  • Three-ply tread belt that requires no maintenance.
  • 4.0 CHP drive motor.
  • Top speed of 12 mph.
  • Power incline.
  • 9″ full color screen.
  • Burn Rate console shows per-minute calorie burn.
  • Supports four user profiles.
  • 11 built-in workout apps.
  • Allows real-time customization of workouts.
  • Includes 8 week trial of Dailyburn workouts.
  • Includes ability to integrate with Zwift virtual workouts.
  • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless stats sharing.
  • Media shelf with USB charger.
  • Wireless heart rate receiver & strap.
  • Contact heart rate reader.
  • Speed and incline controls built into the handgrips.
  • Coated handrails.
  • Water bottle holder and accessory tray.
  • 400-pound load capacity.

Cons:

  • Bowflex Results is new on the market and has not bee tested long-term use.

Full Review

The Bowflex Results T216 is a foldable treadmill designed for low maintenance and high performance. It carries a decent warranty for home use (2 years) and could likely hold its own against light commercial models. Some high-end features include a 4.0 CHP drive for serious running, a robust system of variable cushioning, a three-ply workout belt, and an oversized workout surface. Impressive workout variety is accessible with a 9″ color touchscreen. Besides the 11 built-in treadmill training programs, users can use Zwift digital workouts for treadmills, ellipticals, and exercise bikes. Additionally, Dailyburn video access is supplied for 8 weeks.

Workout Programs

Bowflex Results cardio trainers have full-color workout displays. The BXT216 console has a 9-inch screen and eleven built-in training programs for speed training, calorie burn, and other objectives. With a unique real-time customization feature, you can save any speed and incline changes that you make during a workout.

Additionally the treadmill’s media shelf make it convenient to integrate external programs with your tablet computer. Zwift integration is also included with Bowflex Results trainers.  Zwift lets you exercise in immersive digital environments such as parks, city sidewalks, and even underwater realms ot volcanoes! You can design a custom avatar and virtually train with your real-life friends in the Zwift platform.

Dailyburn workout video access is included for two months. Dailyburn lets you can get a tailored workout anytime, for on or off the treadmill. Here you can choose from light treadmill walking workouts, HIIT (high intensity interval training), yoga, pilates, strength training and much more. Choosing a just-right program is easy with the Dailyburn menu setup.

Features

This top-of-the-line model has a 4.0 CHP drive motor to support your toughest training. The workout belt is extra roomy at 22″ wide and 60″ long, giving any trainee enough room to run at top speed in comfort.

To support efficient weight loss, the BXT216 features a Burn Rate Console. The display indicates your calorie burn per minute to add motivation and help you train harder for longer.

For faster calorie burn and lean muscle definition, a power incline is included.

The 9″-wide color screen is backlit for easy viewing. The console has Bluetooth, a tablet computer ledge and a charging port. The Bluetooth connectivity lets users export data to the Bowflex Results app and other mobile apps for tracking fitness activity.

Four user profiles are supported, which helps make this a “family treadmill” in addition to a great trainer for the single runner.

The deck is very well-cushioned, even for trainees approaching the machine’s 400-pound weight limit. Called Comfort Tech, the high quality suspension system will minimize fatigue compared with outdoor running surfaces, promoting better endurance and faster progress toward fitness goals.

The BXT216 features a three-ply belt for maintenance-free performance and the belt rollers are 2.75 inches in diameter. Both of these specs are expected on light commercial treadmills but not on the average residential model.

A high quality wireless chest strap ships with the machine. Additionally Bowflex Results fitness machines have grip heart rate monitors on their handlebars.

Warranty & Guarantee

The factory-direct parts and labor warranties give excellent value for customers who buy Bowflex Results treadmills on sale. The warranty package includes:

2 Years Coverage

Additionally the BXT216 is sold with a six-week money-back guarantee.

Conclusion

Exceptional for its price class, the BXT216 will make an excellent addition to any home gym. It’s the top machine in the Bowflex Result series for a reason. This is a high end machine built to last that delivers all of the features and programs anyone could want out of a home treadmill. Highly recommend for anyone with enough space and/or money to fit it into their lives.

Rating 93.5/100

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