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Bowflex Treadmill 22 Review

Quick Summary

Home fitness fans shopping for a new treadmill know the new 2022 lineup is out and with it, the Bowflex Treadmill 22. The top end model to the Bowflex Treadmill 10’s entry-level, the Treadmill 22 comes in priced at $2,699 and compares well with the NordicTrack 2450 in most respects. Equipped with a 4.0 CHP motor and 22-inch adjustable HD touchscreen, the relatively large folding treadmill also affords users a 20% incline and -5% decline with top speeds reaching 12 mph. Designed to work with the JRNY Fitness App which offers some of the most inclusive features on the market, this treadmill also comes with a Bluetooth armband heart rate monitor and has contact sensors integrated into the handlebars.

Measuring 85″ x 39.6″ x 70″ and weighing 336 pounds, the Bowflex Treadmill 22 has a massive 400-pound maximum user weight capacity, 22″ x 60″ running surface, speed and incline controls in the handlebars, and cushioning. Additional comfort features include an accessory tray, built-in media shelf, water bottle holder, transport wheels, and Bluetooth speakers. Bowflex offers a 15-year frame and motor warranty with five years for mechanical parts, one year for electronics, and two years for labor.

The only real downside we see is that without the JRNY Fitness App the treadmill loses many of its bells and whistles. Purchase includes a one-year membership valued at $149, but after that the subscription is required otherwise the 22-inch screen is effectively useless. Yes, one can operate the unit in what’s like a store demo mode, but this is a pricey machine for that. As far as workout apps go, we’d give JRNY a big thumbs up in terms of price and performance but keep in mind when checking out this treadmill that it really is designed for interactive streaming and if that’s not your thing, check out some of our top treadmills here.

Specifications

Model Bowflex Treadmill 22
Rating

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95%
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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$2,699
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 - 20%
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.

22" x 60"
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.

JRNY
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.

Bluetooth-enabled, integrated contact 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).

85" x 39.6" x 70"
Display

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

22" HD Touchscreen
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: 95%

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • 22″ adjustable console HD Touchscreen
  • 4.0 CHP motor
  • 1-year subscription to the JRNY Fitness App
  • Incline/decline range of -5% to 20%
  • 22″ wide x 60″ long workout surface
  • SoftDrop Folding treadmill frame
  • Speed 0-12 mph
  • Connectivity with Zwift, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and HBO
  • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless stats sharing and included armband heart rate monitor
  • Integrated contact heart rate monitors
  • Accessory tray, media shelf, Bluetooth speakers, USB charger, transport wheels
  • Speed and incline controls built into the handgrips
  • Coated handrails
  • 400-pound load capacity
  • Respectable warranty of 15 years for frame/motor, 5 years mechanical parts, 1-year electronics, 2 years labor

Cons:

  • Without the $149/year JRNY Fitness App most of the treadmill’s functions are void
  • At 336 lbs the machine quite large

 

Full Review

The Bowflex Treadmill 22 comes in atop the Treadmill 10 with a significantly larger screen and greater incline. A large machine at 85″ x 39.6″ x 70″ and 336 pounds, the machine can hold up to 400 pounds of user weight. Priced at $2,699, purchase comes with a full year of the JRNY Fitness App and a Bluetooth armband heart monitor. Keep a look out as discount specials are frequent with Bowflex. In addition to the 22″ HD Touchscreen and adjustable console, the treadmill offers -5% decline and 20% incline as well as top speeds of 12 mph. Integrated contact grips also provide heart rate monitoring, and overall, the machine is a top-of-the-line make. One point of note, without the JRNY Fitness App, most of the machine’s functions revert to a generic demo mode. Unless the $149 per year subscription is worth it to you, we’d recommend shopping around.

Workout Programs

Built to work with the JRNY Fitness App, the Bowflex Treadmill 22 does not have any pre-programmed programming. That said, the JRNY program is terrific at $149 per year and works with both iOS and Android devices. The app can be used on the road, at the gym, or with other Bowflex equipment, including free weights, bikes, and ellipticals. Designed to offer daily adaptive workouts, on-demand videos and classes, and all-in-one metrics tracking, the family membership plan allows for unlimited users. This app also syncs with Zwift and can be used in conjunct with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and HBO. Other great features include around-the-world workouts and real-time coaching.

All in all, we’d recommend the JRNY Fitness App highly for those interested in interactive training. Compared to the $39-per-month iFit program built for NordicTrack and ProForm machines it’s very comparable and only lacks the trainer’s ability to control the machine from remote locations. As with any of these programs, the app can be downloaded onto a smart television and used for yoga or other types of exercise as well.

 

Features

In terms of features, the Bowflex Treadmill 22 stacks up well against the NordicTrack 2450 in terms of both price and specs. The only advantage we’d give the NordicTrack 2450 is it does afford more features if one opts away from the iFit package whereas the Treadmill 22 just doesn’t do much without the brand’s app.

Quite large for a folding treadmill, the unit measures 85″ x 39.6″ x 70″ and weighs 336 pounds with a maximum capacity of 400 pounds. A 22″ inch HD Touchscreen is built into an adjustable console, the treadmill has Bluetooth-speakers and heart rate functions and purchase comes with an armband monitor. Integrated contact grips in the handlebars also offer heart rate monitoring and are right next to the speed and other machine controls. Incline/decline is a generous -5% to 20% and the machine’s top speed is 12 mph, all of which function on a 22″ x 60″ tread belt by way of a 4.0 CHP motor.

In terms of comfort features, the treadmill offers an accessory tray, built-in media shelf, water bottle holder, and transport wheels. A folding unit, one should keep in mind this is a large treadmill nonetheless.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Bowflex Treadmill 22 weigh?

The machine weighs 336 pounds.

What are the folded dimensions of the Bowflex Treadmill 22?

When folded for storage, the machine measures 39.6″ x 44.5″ x 70″.

How hard is it to assemble the Bowflex Treadmill 22?

Set-up of the Bowflex Treadmill 22 isn’t complicated, but having extra people around to help makes it easier. Figure an hour for assembly if one has help

Can I play music through the Bowflex Treadmill 22’s speakers via Bluetooth?

Yes, the speakers are designed to work with both music, entertainment programs, and workout videos.

What is the recommended ceiling height for the Bowflex Treadmill 22?

User height +16″

Warranty & Guarantee

The warranty package includes coverage for:

15 Years Frame and Drive Motor

5 Years Mechanical Parts and Electronics

2 Years Labor

Conclusion

The Bowflex Treadmill 22 is a top pick for high-end home treadmills so long as one is willing to buy into the JRNY Fitness App. Without the app, the screen is a null and void feature and there are other units which can offer comparable speeds and incline features. That said, if the app is good to go for you, the total package is well worth the price. We’d recommend comparing this to the NordicTrack 2450 reviewed here as both are solid choices.

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Trainer’s Tips for the Bowflex Treadmill 22

Whether preparing for a bodybuilding contest or using a treadmill for general fitness, I like to incorporate a 45-pound weighted vest into my cardio. As any exercise calculator will demonstrate, the more one weighs, the more calories one burns when exercising and the difference can be significant. One of the great features of the Bowflex Treadmill 22 is the 400-pound weight capacity. Even heavier users can afford to earn a little more burn with this kind of load. The Bowflex Treadmill 22 also features both a -5% decline and 20% incline, which will significantly increase the weight loss when used in conjunct with a weighted vest.

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