The Bowflex treadmill comes in pretty much all price ranges, so whatever your budget, you should find one that suits you. They are divided into three different series, with similar characteristics within the series. There is the series 3, series 5, and series 7. There are some differences between the series, but overall they have a better quality than others in the same price ranges. The main difference between each series is the size of the motor. The series 7 has a 3.0 HP motor; the Series 5 and Series 3 each have a 2.5 HP motor.
The deck on all series has a longer and wider expanse than other models of Bowflex treadmill. The width is 10” on all, the length on the series 3 is 56” and on the series 5 and 7 is 60” long. This is longer than the majority of models in their price ranges. Most are around 48”. There has been some concern expressed by some reviewers that the smaller motor on the series 3 might not be capable of handling this large of a deck adequately. However, no evidence has been shown that this is a problem.
The deck on these models appears sturdy is well cushioned, and gives a firm lift-off, making them extremely comfortable. With use, the deck operates smoothly, quietly, and with no hesitation or appearance of strain on the motor, regardless of concerns expressed by some about the series 3 motor. As some suggested, keeping to walking or light jogging speeds with the series 3 should avoid any problems with the smaller motor. It is still superior to most others models in its price range.
A Bowflex treadmill has an excellent reputation for durability. They have some of the best-built models, with the most features, of any others. Their weight exceeds others, which gives more stability. The machine won’t be sliding or moving about as during a workout. The drawback here is, though it is fold-able, it cannot be moved around. A permanent location should be chosen.
Large, 2.5” rollers even if not the largest, are still large enough to prevent drag and allow for smooth operation. These models are feature-rich. They have attractive monitors with convenient backlit windows. They have the ability to monitor wireless. Depending on the model, there are a large number of things that can be monitored, larger than most other brands in the price range.
Price is another plus. Though they out-perform most all other units, they are priced very comparably. With recent discounts offered by the company they are even lower in cost. With the excellent consumer reviews they are receiving, they are the best-selling brand of all.
The only negative that has been expressed with these models is the warranty. They warranty is, at worst, somewhat lower than the industry standard. At best they are only average. For example, the series 7 has a 10 year warranty on the motor, 2 years on parts, and 1 year on labor. Other comparable models offer lifetime on motor, 5 years on parts and 2 years on labor. With these qualities and attributes, you can tell that a Bowflex treadmill is a good brand.
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