Building on the popularity of their Max Trainer, Bowflex elliptical trainers were first introduced in May of 2017 as the company returned to traditional cardio machines with their new Results Series. It also included two treadmills, complementing the popular TreadClimbers that have been huge sellers for the company.
Currently there are only two ellipticals to choose from: the BXE116 and the BXE216.
Both are front drive ellipticals with heavy flywheels, 4 user profiles, 22" strides, 10% incline, grip and wireless heart rate monitoring, real-time custom workouts, Burn Rate calorie console, tablet holder and Bluetooth workout tracking.
The base BXE116 model comes with 20 resistance levels, 30 lb. flywheel, 9 workout programs, 3 hand positions, a 7.5" LCD display and a 375 lb. max user weight limit.
The up-level BXE216 model comes with 25 resistance levels, 35 lb. flywheel, 11 workout programs, 4 hand positions, a 9.0" LCD display and a 400 lb. max user weight limit.
There was a lot of buzz leading up to the release of the new Bowflex ellipticals, and so far the reviews have been positive from users and personal trainers.
Customers were demanding a traditional lineup to go along with the hybrid Max Trainers, and the Results Series delivers: two traditional ellipticals and two traditional treadmills.
The ellipticals have some very interesting features, some of which you won't find on similarly priced machines. For starters, you have heavy flywheels which make for a quieter, smoother range of motion.
You also get a very generous 22" stride on both the BXE116 and BXE216, as opposed to a 19 or 20" stride on some other machines. This is better, especially for taller users with a more extended range of motion.
We also like the fact that you get both grip and wireless heart rate monitoring (more accurate readings) and the chest strap is actually included for free which is quite rare.
Some other nice touches include the 20+ resistance levels, 10% incline, multiple hand positions, Burn Rate console and compact design.
The Bowflex ellipticals are also priced very well when they are on sale.
The new BXE116 elliptical is about $1499 when it's on sale, which is a good price for the features that you are getting.
The up-level BXE216 elliptical is $1799. That's probably your better option as you get more workouts, larger display and more advanced features.
The only downside we're seeing so far is the 25 year frame warranty. We would have loved to see lifetime on the frame, to go with the solid 5 year parts/electronics and 2 year labor coverage, which is very good.
So far we like the Bowflex ellipticals. There's a nice amount of workouts to choose from. You can change things up with incline capability as well as all the resistance levels.
The console is bright and clear, and the Burn Rate console helps keep you motivated, especially if burning calories is one of your goals. Isn't is always though?
Hopefully in the future they can give us a lifetime frame warranty, but everything else is pretty good.
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.