Bowflex introduced the BXE116 along with its big brother, the BXE216, in May of 2017 as part of their brand new Results Series lineup, which also includes two new treadmills.
The company is pushing back into the traditional market after enormous success with their Max Trainers and TreadClimbers, two hybrid cardio machines that have become quite popular.
The new BXE116 features a totally revamped front-drive design that is unlike any of their previous models, with generous stride length, adjustable pedals, incline capability and a unique console.
Let's take a look at some of the important specs...
It's no surprise that reviews of the new Bowflex ellipticals have been favorable thus far, as users appreciate the unique features that these cardio machines offer.
The BXE116 gives you a 22" stride, which is much longer than you typically get in this price range. You'll generally find up to 20", so this is a nice enhancement that allows you to stretch out a bit more. Taller users especially will appreciate this.
Another unique capability is incline up to 15%, another thing that not all ellipticals have, even those in higher price ranges. This allows you to work more muscle groups in the legs as well as ramp up your cardio a bit.
You have 9 different built in workouts to choose from, two less than on the up-level BXE216 elliptical, as well as 25 different resistance levels. Together with the incline you can really change things up from one workout to the next.
The pedals on the Bowflex BXE116 are adjustable so you can find the right fit. There are Quick Keys built right into the console so you can choose the resistance level or incline that you want with a touch of a button, instead of having to move up incrementally with the arrow keys.
One of the most appealing features is the Burn Rate Console, which shows you how many calories you are burning per minute based on your user inputs. It also gives you target zones to hit, so it's a nice feature for those looking to lose a little (or a lot ) of weight.
Bluetooth 4.0 is built into the machine as well, so you can track all of your workouts via the Bowflex app to monitor your progress and set fitness goals for yourself. It's nice to be able to see exactly how you are performing and improve on previous results.
Any negatives? Well, the machine is pretty well built and boasts a 375 lb. max weight capacity which is solid, but the frame warranty leaves a lot to be desired. At only 25 years, which sounds like a lot, it falls behind other elliptical warranties which give you lifetime on the frame.
At the same time, the parts/electronics and labor warranties are a bit better than you typically find, so as long as your frame holds up you should be good to go. Still, opting for the extended coverage that the company offers might be a very good idea.
We like what Bowflex is doing by introducing a mid-range linup to rival NordicTrack and Horizon, but time will tell if they are able to compete with those well established brands.
The BXE116 has some interesting differentiators, including the Burn Rate console, incline capability, large stride and adjustable pedals, but we shall see if it's enough to take a chunk of the market.
Of the two models the BXE216 is the better choice, as it offers more features for just a few hundred dollars more.
We wish their warranties were a bit stronger, an issue for all of the parent company's brands, but perhaps they will work on that for future models.
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