Bowflex Treadmill Reviews – Pros & Cons (2022)

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Last Updated: January 7, 2022

Bowflex was introduced into the world by Nautilus, Inc. in 1986. The very first product designed by the company was Bowflex 2000X, which was considered a futuristic strength trainer. The low-impact tension resistance offered by the strength trainer was first of its kind.
Since then, Bowflex has designed a vast multitude of fitness machines, including elliptical hybrids, treadmills, tread climbers, and more. On this page, we’ll take a quick look at Bowflex’s Treadmills and Max Trainers. These are a few of the cardio machines offered in Bowflex’s extensive lineup of fitness equipment.

Bowflex Treadmills


Bowflex Treadmill 22

Bowflex’s Treadmill 22 looks like it’s about to launch into orbit with the rugged deck and space-age console! This hearty machine has a 22” touchscreen that is Bluetooth compatible and includes the option of a subscription to the JRNY app for onboard training. With a JRNY subscription, you can also access NetFlix, Hulu, and other social media apps – or you can sync with Zwift for virtual training. The Treadmill 22 inclines to a whopping 20% and declines to -5% for impressive hill work. It also has deck cushioning and the Easy SoftDrop system that allows the deck to fold up and lock into place when you are finished. It is unusual for a treadmill that inclines to 20% to also fold, and we love Bowflex’s innovation here. The space-age console and multiple position handlebars make it so you can walk or run in any incline and still access the console. We are impressed with all the Treadmill 22 has to offer!

  • 20% Incline
  • -5% Decline
  • 12 MPH Speed
  • 4.0 HP Motor
  • 400 Lb. User Capacity
  • Folds up and locks into place
  • 22” x 60” Tread belt
  • Footprint: 85″ L x 39.6″ W x 70″ H (215.8 x 100.5 x 177.7 cm)

Check out our full review of the Bowflex Treadmill 22


Bowflex Treadmill 10

The Bowflex Treadmill 10 maintains much of the functionality of the Treadmill 22 with a slightly smaller touchscreen and reduced incline to keep it more affordable. You can get precise training on this treadmill since the handrails have controls for both speed and incline. The deck lifts to 15% and descends to a -5% grade for plenty of hill options. Deck cushioning improves foot and joint comfort while you run and the JRNY app offers training programs and access to third party apps! We like that Bowflex offers great functionality at an affordable price on the Treadmill 10.

  • 15% Incline
  • -5% Decline
  • 12 MPH Max Speed
  • 400 Lb. User Capacity
  • Deck cushioning
  • Folds up and locks into place
  • 22” x 60” Tread belt
  • Footprint: 85″ L x 39.6″ W x 65.3″ H (215.8 x 100.5 x 165.9 cm)

Check out our full review of the Bowflex Treadmill 10.


Other (bikes, rowers, ellipticals)

In addition to treadmills, Bowflex also offers exercise bikes, home gyms, free weights, and other fitness accessories


Pros / Cons of Bowflex Treadmills

Pros
  • Bowflex offers two treadmills with impressive functionality on an upgraded model (T22) and more affordable (T10) option
  • Both Bowflex treadmills fold up, which is a huge benefit to users who may need to clear floor space when not using their treadmill
  • When you subscribe to the JRNY app, the Bowflex treadmills will sync with Zwift!
  • A JRNY subscription also includes access to NetFlix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more.
  • The Bowflex T22 inclines to 20% and the T10 inclines to 15%. Both decline to a -5%.
  • Handlebar controls make it easy to adjust speed or incline
Cons
  • There are only two treadmill options available
  • These are large treadmills with a sizeable footprint even when folded

Overall Rating of Bowflex Treadmills:

Bowflex has been manufacturing fitness equipment for several decades now, so they know what works and are willing to regularly update and change their lineup to match the current market. While there are only two treadmills currently available from Bowflex, both have impressive functionality and overall design. The JRNY app provides good training content and allows access to external apps as well! You can sync with Zwift or another virtual program for more options. We love that both treadmills incline to an impressive grade but fold up as well! Bowflex has earned its reputation as an industry leader and continues to impress with their current treadmills.

Bowflex Max Trainers


Bowflex Max Trainer M9

If you want to kick up your training with both upper and lower body strength and cardio conditioning, the Bowflex Max Trainers are a great place to start! With wide, comfortable pedals and extended handlebars, the Max Trainer M9 provides a full-body workout. The 10” touchscreen and JRNY app provide good training content with curated content based on your workout abilities. A JRNY subscription allows for unlimited users so anyone in your home can create a custom profile with their personal metrics recorded after each workout. The M9 is Bluetooth enabled so it will sync with compatible heart rate devices to display your heart rate on the screen. Four basic workouts are included without a JRNY subscription, which include manual, fat burn, calorie burn, and stairs. You also get 20 levels of resistance and a 300lb weight capacity.

  • 20 Resistance Levels
  • Wide cushioned pedals
  • 4 Position handlebars
  • Transport wheels
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • 300 Lb. User Capacity
  • Footprint: 49.2″ L x 30.5″ W x 65.1″ H (125 x 77.5 x 165.4 cm)

Bowflex Max Trainer M6

The M6 Max Trainer has many similar features to the M9 except it has a digital display rather than a touchscreen. The theme of the Max Trainer M6 is that you should work smarter, not harder. With the combined design of stair stepper and elliptical, the Max Trainer M6 allows you to push your fitness level faster with its challenging design. There are 20 resistance levels to keep your body pushing hard, and the M6 will sync via Bluetooth with your phone or tablet so you can enjoy the extensive training options in Bowflex’s JRNY app. The digital LCD screen displays your heart rate, calories, burn rate, target burn rate, interval count, total workout time, resistance and RPM’s. You can also adjust your resistance level at any time for a custom workout. For full body training the M6 is a great option at an affordable price.

  • 20 Resistance Levels
  • Wide cushioned pedals
  • Functions as stair stepper or elliptical
  • 4 Position handlebars
  • 300 Lb. User Capacity
  • Transport wheels
  • Bluetooth compatible
  • Footprint: 46″ L x 26″ W x 64.2″ H (116.8 x 66 x 163 cm)
  • Check out our full review of the Bowflex Max Trainer M6.


    Pros / Cons of Bowflex Max Trainers

    Pros
    • Plenty of resistance levels to keep your workouts interesting.
    • Convenient media entertainment rack.
    • Bluetooth compatible for workout tracking and other engagement features.
    • Well-positioned handlebars for static or motion-enhanced movement.
    • Compactly designed machine.
    • Compact design that is sleek and stylish.
    • M9 JRNY subscription comes with performance targeted workouts that adapt to your fitness level over time.
    • Handlebar controls make it easy to adjust speed or incline
    Cons
    • Assembling these machines is not easy.
    • The Bowflex Max Trainer M9 is a pricey cardio machine model.

    Overall Rating of Bowflex Max Trainers:

    Bowflex offers a wide range of cardio workout equipment for all types of fitness needs. Whether you are looking for a durable treadmill, a full-body workout machine, or gentle incline training, you can find something for your needs with Bowflex.

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