Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill Review

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The BXT116 is an impressive treadmill built by Bowflex. To see why we felt this model falls short compared to competitors like the NordicTrack 1750, read our detailed review below. For more great treadmills, take a look at our list of Best Buys.

Features

7/10

Tech Specs

8/10

Build Quailty

7/10

Treadmill Review

The Bowflex BXT116 treadmill faced stiff competition from the other treadmills in its price category and unfortunately, did not land a spot among the Treadmill Review top three best treadmills under $1,500.

There are many good features on the BXT116 ranging from the incline range of 0% to 15%, 3-ply treadmill belt, and a high weight capacity of 375 lbs. But these features are matched or outclassed by the NordicTrack Commercial 1750, ProForm Pro 2000, and SOLE F80. As these are all equal in price to the BXT116, you may want to consider them over purchasing the BXT116.

Price

The BXT116 is priced at $1,499.

The BXT116 Is Built For Users who:

  • Need multiple user profiles - If you are buying the BXT116 for family usage, it comes with 4 different user profiles you can easily access.
  • Like simple treadmill consoles - The console on the BXT116 is simple and easy to navigate so that you can easily hop on a start working out.
  • Want a sturdy treadmill deck - Able to hold a user weighing up to 375 lbs, the BXT116 is a sturdy treadmill and will hold up under heavy usage.


Why The BXT116 earned 3.8 out of 5 stars

While the BXT116 is a good treadmill, it fell short of a higher ranking once we compared to other treadmills in its price range.

  • Fewer programs than the Commercial 1750 - The BXT116 has only 9 workout program while the Commercial 1750 has 38 workout programs.
  • Smaller belt than the Pro 2000 - With a 20” wide and 60” long treadmill belt, the BXT116 falls short compared to the 22” wide and 60” long Pro 2000 belt.
  • Greater screen on the F80 - Both the BXT116 and F80 have backlit screens but the F80 screen is 1.5” larger than the BXT116.


As you can see, there are several ways the BXT116 falls short of its competition.

Main Specs - 8/10



Specs “Quick Review”:
  • Motor Size: 3.75 CHP
  • Running Area: 20” x 60”
  • Weight Capacity: 375 lbs
  • Folding: Yes
  • Footprint In Use (W, L, H): 36.3" x 84.6" x 55.2"
  • Incline Range: 0% to 15%
  • Max Speed: 12 MPH
  • Treadmill Best For: Walkers Joggers, Runners
  • Electrical Requirements: 120V


Motor Size - One of the few ways the BXT116 overcomes competing treadmills is its motor, which is 3.75 CHP. The motor action is smooth though a bit loud as it changes incline levels.

Running Area - There is decent running space on the BXT116 which measures 20” wide and 60” long.

Weight Capacity - The BXT116 is able to accommodate up to 375 lbs, which is only rivaled by the F80, which can hold the same weight.

Folding  - Able to fold easily thanks to a built-in hydraulic system, the BXT116 can be lowered and raised easily with this technology.

Space / Footprint - Measuring 36.3" wide, 84.6" long, and 55.2" tall, the BXT116 is of average size when compared to other treadmills in its price range.   

Max Speed - The BXT116 has a speed range of 0.5 to 12 MPH, which is standard on most good treadmills.

Incline - A good incline range of 0% to 15, the BXT116 is outclassed by the Commercial 1750 which has the incline range of -3% to 15%.

Features - 7/10



Features “Quick Review”
  • Display: 7.5” screen
  • PreInstalled Workout Apps: 9
  • Speakers: Yes
  • Fans: Yes
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: EKG contact monitoring, chest strap
  • USB port: No
  • Audio Jack: No
  • Water bottle cubbies: Yes
  • Device holder: Yes




Workout Apps - There are only 9 workout programs built into the BXT116. They fall into three different categories which are endurance, weight loss, and performance.

Display - A multi-colored, 7.5” screen is embedded into the console of the BXT116. It displays an exertion meter, the time, your heart rate, speed, incline, and visual display of your workout.

Speakers - There are 2 speakers mounted above the console of the BXT116. They are only of good quality and are somewhat fuzzy sounding which becomes more pronounced the louder the volume level.

Fans - A small fan is mounted directly below the BXT116 console. The breeze is weak and only will cool you at a walking pace.

Heart Rate Monitoring - A heart rate monitoring telemetry-sending chest strap is a great way to track your heart rate during a workout. There are EKG heart rate sensors on the handlebars, but they are not very accurate.  

Other Tech Features
  • Speed and incline controls on handlebars
  • Bowflex Results app
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • USB charging port


Build Quality - 7/10



BXT116 Review: Build Quality
  • Warranties - 15-year drive motor and frame, 5-year electronics and parts, 2-year labor
  • Belt - 3-ply
  • Roller Size - 2.75”
  • Cushioning - Comfort Tech
  • Customer Support - Live chat, email, phone
  • Return Policy - 6-week return window


The BXT216 has a surprisingly short warranty period. While the 5-year electronics and parts, as well as 2-year labor warranty, are decent, the 15-year warranty on the drive motor and frame are more restricted than on competitors’ treadmills.

A six-week return window exists for the BXT116 if you are not satisfied with the treadmill. The shipping and handling costs will be deducted from your refund in the event of a return.

Bottom Line Review Of The Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill

The BXT116 is a good treadmill but does not quite outmatch our best treadmills under $1,500. If you are able to secure it at a lower price than $1,499, then it may be worth it to purchase the BXT116 over similarly priced treadmills.

Best Place To Buy The Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill

You can find Bowflex treadmills many places as they are one of the more recognizable names in the fitness industry. We prefer to recommend working directly with the manufacturer when buying any treadmill, as you will receive better and faster service through the Bowflex website. However, if you can receive a better deal through an authorized retailer, that may be the way to go.

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