Bowflex Treadmill 22 Review
The Bowflex Treadmill 22 joins the recently introduced Treadmill 10, two brand new cardio machines that appear to be challenging NordicTrack head on. Bowflex attempted a move into traditional treadmills previously with limited success, but these two new models might just turn things around for them.
From touch screen consoles to interactive workouts to decline training and more, the new Bowflex treadmills have everything you could ask for in a home treadmill. But are they worth buying? Our experts take a closer look to see what the Treadmill 22 is all about.
Let’s jump right into our review with the important specs, followed by some of the best features, pros and cons and final thoughts…
Click Specifications to see detailed model info
Speed : up to 12 mph
Belt : 22" x 60"
Motor : 4.0 CHP
Cushioning : 5 Cell Comfort Tech
Heart Rate Reading : Contact and Wireless
Incline/Decline : -5% Up to 20%
Maximum User Weight : 400 lbs.
Workouts : JRNY included for 2 months free
Warranty : 15 years frame, 5 years parts, 2 year labor, 1 year electronics
Tracking Ability : Yes
Bowflex Treadmill 22 - Pros
Incline & Decline Training Capability
Something you don’t find often, the new Bowflex Treadmill 22 gives you not only incline training capability but also decline training.
You get up to 20% incline, which is 5% more than you get on the Bowflex Treadmill 10, and down to -5% decline.
Incline and decline training allow you to not only ramp up your cardio but also target different muscle groups in your lower body that you couldn’t hit otherwise. So it adds another dimension to your routine, allowing you to walk, jog or run uphill and downhill…so it’s closer to an outdoor running experience.
As we mentioned, only NordicTrack has offered decline training up until now, and the NordicTrack Commercial X22i is a close competitor as far as overall specs.
Huge Touch Screen Display
Another new feature that Bowflex did not offer previously is a touch screen…NordicTrack has been offering them for years and now Bowflex does as well.
The T22, as you may have guessed, has a 22″ HD touchscreen, which is adjustable so you can find the ideal viewing angle. The NordicTrack X22i has a similarly sized touch screen, as does its Commercial 2950 model.
What separates the Bowflex Treadmill 10 from similar models at NordicTrack is the fact that you can access additional fitness apps on top of its own JRNY program, as well as stream Netflix, Hulu, Prime and others. NordicTrack currently does not offer that capability with its iFit program…but of course that could change as the companies are always trying to one up each other.
On the touch screen you can see your workout stats, watch shows and movies, or tap into the huge library of on-demand workouts through JRNY, which is a membership program for Bowflex users. They often offer a couple of months for free, so be on the lookout for that.
Complete Heart Rate Monitoring
Both the Treadmill 10 and Treadmill 22 give you wireless heart rate monitoring and include a free armband that works via Bluetooth. This is another separator as similarly priced treadmills typically only come with grip heart rate, which is less accurate than wireless.
This gives you the ability to measure your heart rate effectively and ensure that you are in your ideal zone throughout your workout.
JRNY Experience Workouts
As we mentioned above, Bowflex offers their own subscription program called JRNY, which helps to keep you motivated to reach your overall fitness goals.
They are constantly adding new features and capabilities, so by the time you are reading this review they might have added even more, but here’s what you currently get.
JRNY includes workouts that adapt to your fitness level, destinations around the world to virtually train in, workout assessments, virtual coaching, on-demand classes, music playlists, tracking, sharing and rewards.
After the free trial you can choose from a monthly or a yearly membership, and the cost is usually very reasonable.
Other Great Features
The Bowflex Treadmill 22 comes with easy folding capability, a large 22″ x 60″ runner’s deck, WiFi and Bluetooth, 400 lb. maximum user weight capacity, water bottle holder, speakers, media shelf and transport wheels.
Bowflex Treadmill 22 - Cons
Not the Strongest Warranty
Just like on the Bowflex Treadmill 10, the 22 comes with just a 15 year warranty on the frame and motor. It’s better than most, but it would be nice to see lifetime coverage, at least on the more expensive Bowflex Treadmill 22.
You do however get 5 years on parts and 2 years on labor, which is very good and better than most of the competition, including NordicTrack.
Bowflex Treadmill 22 Review - Conclusion
So far the Bowflex Treadmill 22 is looking to be a big seller for the company. They finally have a treadmill that can compete well with NordicTrack’s offerings…so this might well be a game changer.
Although it isn’t cheap at just under $3,000, it might just be worth it for all that it has to offer. Just to recap, you get a huge HD touch screen, incline and decline training, unlimited JRNY workouts, large cushioned deck, streaming capability, wireless heart rate monitoring and so much more.
If you want to save a little bit, check out the Bowflex Treadmill 10 as well. That model is very similar except it has a 10″ touch screen and slightly less incline capability. Otherwise it’s got just about everything its big brother has.