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Bowflex Max Trainer M3 Elliptical Review - $999.00

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EXPERT REVIEW

While the Max Trainer’s are not truly ellipticals they are close enough to be included in our reviews, sort of like the AMT from Precor and the FreeStrider from NordicTrack. The M3 is the lowest price machine that fits the adaptive motion machine style and while the price is great the quality could be better. Not a bad machine but I would much rather purchase the M5 if I liked these type machines from Bowflex.

Number of Programs 1
Front Drive, Center Drive or Rear Drive N/A
Adjustable Stride Length N/A
Flywheel Weight N/A
Weight Capacity 300Ibs
Step Up Height N/A
Unit Dimensions 46.1" x 25" x 62.9"
Resistance Levels 8
Heart Rate Sensors Included Chest Strap
Weight of Unit 143Ibs
Warranty 1-Year Warranty

General Information

The Bowflex TreadClimber is a complex design and if you want this type of high-intensity workout, you are better off- in terms of a less complex machine- with the NordicTrack incline trainers. With that, you also get NordicTrack's infamous customer service so if you want good customer service- better stick with Bowflex. Plus Nautilus has worked on the quality of the TreadClimber over the past few years and we have heard few complaints of late about quality so although we are still being cautious, they look like they have tackled the issues that the complex design creates.

Quality / Philosophy

Their design philosophy seems to be: make a beautiful package with that priority over quality. That has caused noise problems with their regular treadmills due to the plastic parts. On the TreadClimber, one point of wear we expect to see a problem with is the hydraulic shocks. It also has a very complex mechanical design with two walking belts, which doesn't bode well for long-term reliability.

Outlook

Bowflex is one of the brands of Nautilus. Nautilus on paper is continuing to improve but they are still losing money. Not sure if investors are going to want to see their equity continue to erode but that's up to the investors. For this reason, we have a murky outlook on product support on products sold by this company.

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