Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill Review
UPDATE: As of late 2020 it looks like the BXT116 has been discontinued. Check out the all new Bowflex Treadmill 10, which seems to be replacing both BXT models.
The Bowflex BXT116 is one of two new Results Series treadmills from the popular brand. Due to overwhelming demand, the company recently decided to come back into the traditional treadmill market, building on the success of their TreadClimbers and Max Trainers.
The new line-up has some great features that will hopefully separate them from the pack. However, there is a lot of competition at this price level from companies like NordicTrack, ProForm and Sole. Time will tell if the new Bowflex treadmills will be able to hold their own.
Still, if you’re looking for a feature-packed machine for your home under $1,500, the BXT116 is a good option.
Click Specifications to see detailed model info
Speed : up to 12 mph
Belt : 20" x 60"
Motor : 3.75 CHP
Display : 7.5" LCD
Cushioning : 3-Cell Comfort Tech
Heart Rate Reading : Contact and Wireless
Maximum User Weight : 375 lbs.
Incline : up to 15%
Workouts : 9 Built in Programs
Warranty : 15 years frame, 5 years parts/electronics, 2 year labor
Tracking Ability : Via Bluetooth
Bowflex BXT116 - Pros
Large Cushioned Deck
One of the nice features of the BXT116 treadmill is the large, 20″ x 60″ deck, which is an ample size for most users. Although not as wide as the belt on the up-level BXT216 model, it is still larger than you will find on most models in this price range.
The deck also has CushionTech built in, which offers the ideal amount of support and cushioning to minimize any impact on your knees and joints. This allows for longer workouts with less pain.
Heart Rate Monitoring
You can measure your heart rate using the hand grips, or if you have a wireless monitor you can measure it wirelessly, which is even more accurate.
Keeping yourself in the ideal zone is important to maximize the results you get from all of your workouts. It ensures that you are working out properly, which makes your training more efficient.
Burn Rate Console
Both the BXT116 and BXT216 come with the Burn Rate Console, which is unique to the company. It is a dial which shows you how many calories you are burning per minute as you train.
It also gives you targets to hit based on your user inputs and fitness levels, so you can challenge yourself throughout the workout.
You won’t find that on any other treadmill.
You can track your workout results via the Bowflex app, which keeps tabs on your performance, and allows you to set fitness goals for yourself, share your results with family and friends, and various other tools to keep you motivated.
Keeping tabs on your workouts is one of the most popular features these days, and you’ll find more and more treadmills offering this capability.
Other Great Features
The Bowflex BXT116 gives you 9 different workout programs to choose from, a nice 7.5″ LCD display, media rack, USB charger, easy folding design and a 375 lb. max weight capacity.
Bowflex BXT116 - Cons
Warranty Could Be Improved
The Bowflex BXT116 comes with a 15 year frame warranty, which is OK, but we’d be a lot more impressed with a lifetime warranty, like you find on most other treadmills in this price range.
However, the warranty on the parts/electronics and labor is impressive, as you get 5 years and 2 years, respectively.
The frame should hold up and not be an issue, but hopefully they will bump this up on future models.
Bowflex BXT116 - Conclusion
If you’re in the market for a treadmill under $1500, the Bowflex Results Series BXT116 is a good choice.
It has a strong motor, good cushioning, nice programs, Bluetooth tracking, high max weight capacity and the Burn Rate Console.
Also take a look at the up-level BXT216 model, which gives you better cushioning, a larger deck, more workout programs and other advanced features. It’s only an extra few hundred dollars and worth it for the extras.
With either choice, opt for the extended warranty to give yourself some added coverage, just in case something comes up along the way. Chances are you won’t have any issues, but you want to protected just in case.