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It is a workout that is unparalleled on any treadmill. The exception to that rule would be a workout on one of the Incline Trainers from NordicTrack. The highest end model when compared with the rest of the lineup is a heck of a machine. When you compare it to treadmills in this price range it is just so-so. You'd be better off with an Incline Trainer from NordicTrack. A $3,300 check will get you a heck of a treadmill from True or less than that will get you the brand spanking new X22i model from NordicTrack which has a HUGE touchscreen that would make a Tesla owner jealous.
|Number of Programs||9|
|Heart Rate Sensor and Type||N/A|
|Speed Range||Up to 12mph|
|Incline/Decline Range||0 - 15%|
|Weight Capacity||375 Ibs. (170 kg)|
|Footprint||84.6" x 36.3"|
|Weight of Unit||280 Ibs. (127 kg)|
|Warranty||15/15/5/5/2 (Frame/Drive Motor/Mechanical Parts/Electronics/Labor) Years|
Starting with the original Bowflex, this company has been around for awhile and the brand name is one of the best known brands in the business. The Bowflex TreadClimber is a complex design and for the estimated number of units they have on the market, they have more problems that a regular treadmill. One TreadClimber customer we spoke with recently was on their 4th motor in 3 years. They have a new line of regular treadmills with excellent quality for the price for 2018.
Quality / Philosophy
Their design philosophy seems to be: make an irresistible offer and then try to cut corners where you can. The factory has really worked to get this complex design to perform very well with cheaper parts and the workout you get on a Bowflex is much more intense than on a regular treadmill. We have noted that they have problems with these machines and you tend to get lower quality for comparably priced models from other manufacturers.
Bowflex is one of the brands of Nautilus. Nautilus has turned the tide on the losses of the past and has reported strong results compared with the last few years. Apparently, they have really got their financial and business houses in order.