Bowflex TC5 Treadmill Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Non Motorized TreadClimber is incredibly noisy for a non-motorized machine. Felt a bit cheap compared to the other models.
Not a good choice except for the price. You would do yourself a favor if you passed on this model.
The Bowflex TC5 is a non-motorized TreadClimber. We were surprised by the amount of noise produced by a machine that lacked at motor. At $999, the price is low, but this model feels cheap, as well. We think it would be a good idea to look at other options in the TreadClimber lineup or to look at standard treadmills in this price range.
The walking area is much smaller than most treadmills. The length is well below standard treadmills. The width is also smaller, especially when you consider that it is essentially cut in half to give you a separate area for each foot. This is the price you pay to get the unique workout that a TreadClimber offers.
An impressive cushioning system comes on this model. The way this machine moves helps to increase the efficiency of the cushioning. Since it mimics an elliptical, it gives you a lower impact workout than most treadmills. You won't be able to find a more forgiving running surface on a standard treadmill in this price range.
The noise levels of this machine are very high. Almost all of the treadmills we reviewed are quieter than this one is. It was particularly surprising to us that this TreadClimber was so loud because it isn't powered by a motor. If quietness during operation is a major concern for you, you need to look at a different option.
As far as projected reliability is concerned, this model is pretty price appropriate. Most of the standard treadmills in this price range have comparable life expectancies. The quality of parts used is also decent considering the cost.
The warranty on the Bowflex TC5 is horrible. The entire machine is covered for 1 year. You would have a hard time finding a treadmill with worse coverage than this one has.