Exceptional for its price class, the Bowflex BXT216 Folding Treadmill will make an excellent addition to any home gym. It’s the top machine in the Bowflex Result series for a reason. This is a high-end machine built to last that delivers all of the features and programs anyone could want out of a home treadmill.
Some high-end features include a 4.0 CHP drive motor for serious running, a robust system of variable cushioning, a three-ply workout belt, and an oversized workout surface. The workout belt is extra roomy at 22″ wide and 60″ long, giving any user enough room to run at top speed in comfort.
The 9″-wide LCD color screen is backlit for easy viewing and is Bluetooth enabled. The Bluetooth connectivity lets users export data to the Bowflex Results app and other mobile apps for tracking fitness activity.
Zwift integration is also (included) with Bowflex Results trainers. Zwift lets you exercise in immersive digital environments such as parks, city sidewalks, and even underwater realms to volcanoes! You can design a custom avatar and virtually train with your real-life friends on the Zwift platform.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: Bowflex BXT216 Folding Treadmill
Warranty: Frame 15 years / Motor 15 years / Parts 5 years / Electronics 5 years / Labor 2 years
My rating: 9.4/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 84.5L x 38.5W x 54.7H inches (215L x 98W x 140H cm)
- Tread belt dimensions: 60L x 22W inches (152.4L x 60W cm)
- Assembled weight: 304 lbs (137.9 kg)
- Max. weight capacity: 400 lbs (181.4 kg)
- Deck cushioning: 5-cell Comfort Tech™
- Motor: 4.0 CHP
- Speed levels: 0-12 MPH
- Incline: Automatic, 0-15%
- Console: 11 workouts, Bluetooth enabled
- Amenities: HR chest strap, sound system, cooling fan, USB charging port, 2x bottle holder, an accessory tray with towel support
- Warranty: Frame 15 years / Motor 15 years / Parts 5 years / Electronics 5 years / Labor 2 years
Just like the BXT116 model, the Bowflex BXT216 treadmill features a folding frame. It integrates the SoftDrop™ hydraulic folding mechanism which assists you when lowering the deck to help prevent any damage to its components. With the deck folded up, the unit’s length is approx. 32″ (81.2 cm).
With the frame fully assembled and with the deck in the operational position, this fitness machine is relatively large. It takes 84.5″L x 38.5″W (215 x 98 cm) of floor space. Additionally, it’s advisable to assign at least three feet of clearance at the rear and at least two feet of clearance on each side, for safe and unhindered operation.
This Bowflex treadmill is considerably heavy. The fully assembled unit weighs over 300 lbs (304 lbs – 137.9 kg). This means its transport, assembly, and unboxing requires at least two people. But on the other hand, all this weight plays a significant role in the unit’s overall stability and sturdiness.
You can be sure that it won’t wobble even if you run on it at full speed. Plus, the front metallic base of the frame integrates four adjustable stabilizers. Despite its weight, this treadmill isn’t too difficult to relocate, once assembled. Its front base frame is equipped with transport wheels so you can quickly move the folder unit to a storage location.
The base frame and the console mast of the machine are heavy-duty, precision-welded steel bars. All the steel tubing within the unit’s construction is double-coated with a corrosion-resistant and chip-resistant powder finish. The colors used are black for the base frame, and silver for the console masts.
The Bowflex BXT216 treadmill features an extremely durable deck; it’s rated for a user weight capacity of 400 lbs (181.4 kg). It integrates the Comfort Tech™ cushioning system, but as opposed to the BXT116 model, it has five cushioning cells on each side.
The front, more abundant cushioning elements soften the landing of each foot reducing impact, while the rear ones propel the kick-off providing an energy boost to the stride. Due to these features, the workout-related pain is minimal, which allows you to undertake more extended and more consistent runs.
This treadmill offers a 60″ (152.4) long and 22″ (60 cm) wide running path. This means the unit can accommodate users up to 6’6″ (198 cm) with no problem, promoting a natural, healthy stride. It uses a stretch-resistant, highly-adherent 3-ply / 2.5mm belt.
The belt is powered by large, 2.75″ rollers which are precision-machined, crowned, and integrate top-quality, sealed ball bearings to deliver a smooth belt motion, and improve the lifespan of the belt.
BXT216 Incline & step-up height
This Bowflex treadmill features an automatic incline system. It has a small lift at the front of the deck which is powered by the incline motor. Since the incline system is motorized, it’s only adjustable from the control unit. The machine also required being connected to a power source to adjust the incline.
The incline range offered by this treadmill is between 0% and 15%. The incline adjusts in increments of 1%. The console features quick incline controls for the 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, and 15 incline settings, but keys for gradual incline adjustment are also available. Additionally, some programs control incline and speed. So, by using one of them, the machine will auto-adjust the slope of the deck according to the current workout segment.
The running surface of the machine is approx. 12″ (30.5 cm) above floor level with the incline set at 0%. Conversely, with the slope set up to 15%, the highest point of the deck reaches a height of 16″ (40.6 cm). Therefore, it’s recommended to place and use the machine in a room with a ceiling that is at least 16″ (40.6 cm) higher than your height.
The Bowflex BXT216 integrates a high-performance 4.0 CHP motor. It can withstand prolonged workout sessions even if the user is close to the 400 lbs (181.4 kg) weight capacity of the machine, without losing performance or overheating.
It also has a small flywheel which reduces vibration and improves motion stability, resulting in a very smooth running experience.
The unit’s speed range is 0.5 – 12 MPH. There are speed adjustment controls both on the console and on the right handlebar of the unit. The speed is adjustable in increments of 0.5 MPH or 0.1 MPH. Also, the console has quick adjustment keys for the speed settings of 1, 3, 6, 9, 10, and 12.
The machine comes with a standard U.S. 3-prong plug, not an adapter. It requires a 120V 15A power circuit. It’s advisable to connect the treadmill to a power circuit solely, without other devices connected to the same circuit, to avoid surges.
Also, it’s not a bad idea to use a surge suppressor, to prevent any damage to the motors or console, in case a surge happens.
This Bowflex treadmill is equipped with a high-performance console, featuring a 9″ LCD color display, with significant digits and LED backlight for excellent readability. It tracks all the important workout metrics, including time, distance, speed, incline, total calories burned, average calories burned per minute, heart rate, and heart rate zone.
It also has a multi-color Burn Rate Display which shows the rate of calories burned for a minute at the current workout levels. Additionally, it has a Sprint Display section for the remaining sprint segment during an interval program. It also shows the grid of the workout program in use.
There are both standard and metric unit settings available for the speed and distance readings. The front grips of the machine integrate pulse sensors, and the console is also telemetric. It can read your pulse via the included HR chest strap transmitter or any other similar chest strap that operates within the 4.5kHz – 5.5kHz range.
As opposed to the BXT116, this treadmill offers 11 workout programs. These are Manual, Fat Burn, Calorie Burn, Calorie Goal, Target Heart Rate, 5k Distance, Varied Interval, 8 Min. Interval, 16 Min. Interval, Strength, and Custom.
The Manual program allows you to freely exercise on the machine, adjusting the incline and speed as you like during your session. The Custom program gives you the possibility to design your workout. The rest of the programs are preset, but you can always adjust them.
The console unit offers four user profiles. Each user can have their settings. Also, for each profile, the user can input data such as age, weight, or gender, so that the console can provide a more accurate calorie reading.
Bluetooth 4.0 enabled
This treadmill is part of the Bowflex Results Series™; thus, its console is Bluetooth 4.0 enabled. This means you can sync it with a tablet or smartphone that has the Bowflex Trainer app. So, you can directly stream your workout data to it to keep a better track of your progress.
The unit also has a USB port so you can transfer your workout data online via USB flash drive. The file is also compatible with Bowflex Connect, MyFitnessPal, or UnderArmour. Also, the USB port doubles as a recharging port for your smartphone or tablet.
Not only that the trainer is compatible with the Bowflex Trainer app, but it’s also compatible with RunSocial. This application allows you to view and run on a virtual trail on your smart TV, tablet, or phone. There are 19 locations available with 27 routes on which you can run alongside your friends in real-time.
The console of the Bowflex BXT216 integrates a sound system, a cooling fan, accessory trays, and a tablet holder. The sound system consists of two speakers situated at the top of the console. This sound system is compatible with most MP3 players, tablets, or smartphones so you can play your music through it anytime you exercise.
The cooling fan is at the bottom of the unit; it has four settings (off, low, medium, and high). The tablet holder is located in-between the speakers. It’s anti-slip and conveniently placed above the console display, so if you place a tablet on it, it won’t block the view of your workout stats. Finally, the console dashboard features four accessory trays molded directly into it. The top ones are large enough to hold most types of sports water bottles.
BXT216 Assembly and Maintenance
The unit’s deck and motors are pre-assembled. Therefore, you only need to attach the console masts, the accessory tray, the console, and the handlebars. This shouldn’t take more than 45 min. The manual provides excellent step-by-step assembly instructions and the tools required for it are (included).
When it comes to maintenance, it is recommended to lubricate the deck after every 25 hours of usage. For this, 100% pure silicone lubricant is advisable. The belt and the surface underneath the deck should be vacuumed and cleaned periodically to prevent any objects, textile fibers, or dust from being dragged into the motor or clog the air vents. It’s also recommended to inspect the machine for loose or damaged parts regularly.
- Substantial deck – can hold users up to 400 lbs;
- Professional-looking design;
- Adjustable stabilizers with rubber caps;
- Transport wheels;
- Folding deck, equipped with a soft-drop hydraulic cylinder;
- 5-cell Comfort Tech™ deck cushioning system;
- The 3-ply light commercial belt for a prolonged lifespan;
- 4.0 CHP, heavy-duty motor;
- Speed range between 0.5 and 12 MPH, offering the possibility to perform a wide array of workouts;
- The belt speed can b adjusted in increments of 0.1 and 0.5 MPH;
- Automatic incline, 0% – 15%;
- 11 workout programs;
- A Bluetooth enabled console, allowing you to use the Bowflex Trainer app directly, or stream your workout data into your MyFitnessPal account;
- The USB port for charging your tablet or phone, and for workout data transfer;
- RunSocial compatible;
- Various amenities, such as sound system, tablet holder, 3-speed fan, bottle/accessory holders;
- Pulse sensors and telemetry enabled console;
- An HR chest strap transmitter included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Smooth and fairly quiet operation;
- Little maintenance required;
- Consistent warranty plan.
- The cooling fan is not too overpowering.
Bowflex BXT216 Summary
The Bowflex BXT216 is a heavy-duty treadmill featuring a 4.0 CHP motor, automatic incline, and an advanced console with Bluetooth connectivity, 11 programs. It has an extremely sturdy deck that can hold users up to 400 lbs. It’s equipped with the ComfortTech cushioning system and can also be folded up.
The unit is compatible with the Bowflex Trainer app and RunSocial. In all, it’s a solid piece of equipment and offers outstanding value for the price.
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