The Max Trainer M7 was first introduced by Bowflex for the 2016 model year, and became the new top-of-the-line model in the series. With learning capability and Bluetooth syncing it is the most technologically advanced model yet. It joins the base M3 and mid-level M5, both very popular hybrid ellipticals that have been top sellers for years.
The M7 loses the red accents of the other models in the series in favor of a silver/black design with more commercial grade touches and longer handrails.
Let's look a closer at the most important specs...
With each new model Bowflex is really improving on the previous incarnations. The M7 is no exception. Before this one was introduced, the M5 was considered the top of the line model. But now this one sits at the top, with more features, more capabilities and advanced technology built in.
For those who are not familiar with the Max Trainers, they are called hybrid machines, in this case an elliptical and a stepper in one. They offer a way for you to get in shape with minimal impact and less time than you would need on a traditional machine to achieve the same results.
They are quite popular for this reason as well as the fact that they are so compact, taking up about half the room as a traditional elliptical or treadmill.
Getting back to the Max Trainer M7, it is a nice step up from the M5 and a huge step up from the base M3 model. The biggest upgrades are its performance targeted programming that actually learns how you work out as you use it and sets goals for you, the extended handrails for more hand position possibilities and enhanced console with dual LCD display and a tablet holder that doesn't block the display when you use it.
Other nice upgrades? You get 20 resistance levels, as opposed to 16 and 8 on the M5 and M3, respectively. You get 11 built-in workouts, a chest strap for more acccurate heart rate monitoring (not on M3), sport performance pedals, up to 4 user profiles (2 on others) and Bluetooth syncing with the MaxApp2 for monitoring your workouts, setting fitness goals and winning awards for new records.
So all in all the Max Trainer M7 improves upon nearly every aspect of the current models and is sure to be a very popular model. The only sticking point might be the price, which we're about to come to...
What are the negatives? Well, one of the only real negatives here is the price. At $2,199, it's right up there with some of the best elliptical trainers out there, and doesn't necessarily have as many features or capabilities. You can get a Life Fitness E1 for that price.
The other models are a little more reasonable. The M5 is $1599 and the M3 is only $999. So definitely take a look at all three.
We also would like to see a more advanced display for that money, perhaps a touchscreen with internet capability as you can get elsewhere. Lastly, the warranties on the Max Trainers is not great. You get 3 years on the M7, 2 years on the M5 and 1 year on the M3.
People often ask about the Bowflex M7 vs the M5 or the base M3 model, wondering which would be the best choice for their home gym. We discuss this topic on our main Max Trainer review page, but it's worth going over again.
The M7 definitely has the most features and capabilities of all of the models. You have the 20 resistance levels, 11 workout programs including the two additional Max 7 and 21 Minute Interval workouts, Bluetooth capability and lots of upgrades and additional comforts.
However, we believe that unless you have multiple users hitting the machine hard every day, the Max Trainer M5 is your best bet of the three. Why? Because it has pretty much everything you need, and is a nice happy medium between the base M3 and top of the line M7.
When you compare the M7 to the M3, the M7 wins hands down because the M3 lacks workouts, resistance levels, Bluetooth capability and app integration. However, the M5 has all of that, and although it might not have as many resistance levels or workout programs, there are enough that you don't need to spend an additional $600.
So to summarize, when it comes to the Max Trainer M7 vs the M5 vs the M3, our expert's top choice is the M5, followed by the M7 and then the M3. If money is tight, go with the M3. If the budget is open, go with the M7. For everyone else the Max Trainer M5 is your best bet.
Bowflex has really stepped it up with the M7 and it is a definite upgrade in design and technology. Early user reviews on the new Max Trainer are very positive.
You now get more resistance levels, more workouts, upgraded grips, pedals and console, extended handrails and Bluetooth syncing for workout tracking. You also get their Max 14 Minute interval workout as well as a new 7 minute and 21 minute version, so there's plenty of built in programming to keep your sessions interesting.
There's a lot to like about the new Max Trainer M7. If you're in the market for a compact machine that offers you both an elliptical and a stepper, it's a good choice. Again, if the price is a bit too high for you, look at the other two models, the M5 and the M3, which are both good machines in their own right.