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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. Take fitness to new levels with a chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring and compatibility with the JRNY™ app that customizes and auto-adjusts running workouts based on individual progress. (JRNY™ integration replaces the 8-week trial subscription to Dailyburn video workouts that used to be included with purchase). All in all, the new BXT216 exceeds our expectations for an under-$3000 treadmill.

Specifications

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.

$2,699
Best Price

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$2699
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.

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.

Frame/Drive Motor: 15 years; Mechanical Parts/Electronics: 5 years; Labor: 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 JRNY™ app custom programming
  • 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
  • Customer service is responsive and helpful

Cons:

  • No longer offers 8 week trial of Dailyburn workouts
  • JRNY app subscription ongoing subscription fee ($149/year or $19.99/month)
  • Difficult to move at 304 lbs. with no transport wheels
  • Loud compared with similar models

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, JRNY™ app integration allows you to enjoy progressive programming based on your goals.

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.

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 machine requires Bowflex JRNY App membership.

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.

There’s no shortage of ways to keep your exercise varied and exciting. The 11 preloaded “Push and Go” programs each have their own button for ease in use. When connected with the Explore the World app, you can enjoy three free courses. If you enjoy them, purchasing a subscription unlocks even more. You can also take advantage of JRNY App AI technology integration for personalized workouts and feedback.

The BXT216 is loaded with beneficial features to prevent injury. The gentle gas shock SoftDrop Folding System promises safety, and you’re always covered in case of an emergency with the large, red “Stop” button and Safety Key.

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

Speakers connect Bowflex Radio, although it doesn’t appear Bluetooth can be used for music.

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 coverage for:

15 Years Frame and Drive Motor

5 Years Mechanical Parts and Electronics

2 Years Labor

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Bowflex BTX216 treadmill weigh?

304 lbs.

What are the folded dimensions of the Bowflex BTX216 treadmill?

52.5″L x 38.5″W x 67″H

How hard is it to assemble the Bowflex BTX216 treadmill?

Assembly of the Bowflex BTX216 is easy. With just three screws and washers, there’s not a lot to keep track of in terms of hardware, and all tools are included. The only thing you may need is a pair of scissors. The step-by-step instructions come complete with pictures and are very simple to follow. 1. Connect input-output cables. 2. Attach the uprights and cross bar to frame assembly. 3. Place lower junction covers to uprights. 4. Connect cables, attach console assembly, and fully tighten all hardware. 5. Connect cables and attach side handlebars to frame assembly. 6. Snap upper and lower junction covers in place. 7. Attach crossbar tray and base shroud before connecting power cord.

How long does it take to assemble the Bowflex BTX216 treadmill?

Assembly only takes a half hour to an hour. While it’s easy to put it together, you should still have someone around to help, because it’s heavy.

Can I play music through the Bowflex BTX216 treadmill’s speakers via Bluetooth?

You can sync with the “Bowflex™ Results Series™” Fitness App on supported devices

What are the dimensions of the box that the Bowflex BTX216 treadmill comes in?

90″ L x 34.75″ W x 17.25″ H

What is the recommended ceiling height for the Bowflex BTX216 treadmill?

User height +16″

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5 Comments

  • Venkat May 11, 2020 at 4:42 pm from Ohio
    Bowflex Bxt216 Vs Commercial X22i which one do you suggest?? If price and space is not a problem. Which is one worth for Money? Any suggestion
    • FitRated May 28, 2020 at 12:06 pm
      Hi Venkat, it really depends on the kind of features you need for your workouts. One of the major differences between the two treadmills is the incline capability - the X22i can reach an incline of up to 40% while the BXT216 can only go up to 15%. If getting a 40% incline to simulate hills is important to you, then the X22i is the better option! It is also important to note that these two treadmills have different options for workout programs. The X22i runs solely on iFit, while the BXT216 has built in programs and runs on the Bowflex JRNY app and other compatible apps.
  • Angie Kelly Richardson September 16, 2019 at 11:13 pm from 32506
    Looking forward to getting one
    • Yolanda Ornelas April 30, 2020 at 1:32 pm from Az
      What the size of all the machine
      • FitRated April 30, 2020 at 3:02 pm
        Hi Yolanda, the dimensions of this treadmill are 84.5" x 38.5" x 54.7". The size of the treadmill deck is 22" x 60".

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