Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill Review

Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill Review

By J. Maki

Overview

The Bowflex BXT116 is the more cost-effective version of the T216, and quite honestly, though it is a couple hundred dollars cheaper, it is very comparable to its “better” equipped counterpart. 

The primary areas I look for immediately when analyzing a new treadmill are a) the motor, b) the running belt, and c) the user weight capacity. While not exciting features of a treadmill, these components are important in determining the quality of a particular unit. The BXT116 is more than adequate in all three of these areas.

With a 3.75 continuous duty horsepower motor, a 20” x 60” running belt, and the ability to handle users up to 375 pounds, the BXT116 will more than meet your needs for exercise, even if your workouts are moderate to higher intensities/mileage. If you look at these measurables in comparison to the T216, you can see they are only slightly below (4.0, 22” x 60”, and 400). You will have to ask yourself whether or not these small bumps specs are worth the additional $300 for the T216.

The BXT116 has all of the same technology capacities as the T116, including the ability to connect with the Bowflex JRNY program and the Run the World app, which will personalize your workouts based on past results. For those of you looking for specific guidance on how to adjust your workouts for continuous improvement, and you are willing to pay a subscription fee, JRNY is an excellent tool. 

The display for your workout metrics is smaller than the T216 at 7.5”, but that is to be expected with the price difference. Very straightforward what you get here, and not video-capable like higher-end treadmill competitors. But what more do you need than to know the basics of your workout–duration, speed, calories, burned, etc.?

The T116 and the T216 are very similar, and the gaps in their specifications are quite small. For a few more dollars, you could access the betterments that come along with the T216, but that doesn’t make the T116 a bad investment. 

Check out the BXT116 at Bowflex’s website here (not an affiliate link)

What makes the Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill unique?

Like the T216, the ability to connect to Bowflex’s JRNY program which can provide you with personalized workouts based on your results. This is an awesome way to achieve your fitness and health goals, as your walks/runs are tailored to your specific needs. 

What is the Bowflex BXT116 missing?

No ability to control the speed or incline of the model with the side handrails like the T216. This is a super convenient feature that I wish was accessible with the T116. 

General Specifications

BXT116
User Weight Capacity375 pounds
Unit Weight309
Model Dimensions84.6” x 36.3” x 55.2”
FoldabilityYes
Running Belt20” x 60”
Motor3.75 Continuous Duty Horsepower
Display7.5” LCD color display
TechnologyAbility to connect with smart devices to access Explore the World app; compatible with Bowflex JRNY; Bluetooth enabled; USB charging ports
Preloaded Workouts9 “push and go” workouts
Maximum Speed12 mph
InclineYes, up to 15%
DeclineNo 
Shock AbsorptionComfort Tech shock absorption cushioning system
FanYes, 3 speeds
WarrantyFrame – 15 years, Drive Motor – 15 years, Mechanical parts – 5 years, Electronics – 5 years, Labor – 2 years

What are customers saying about the Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill? (from Amazon.com)

  • “Belt is very well-made and sturdy. The rubberized surface provides good grip that feels natural. Easy to adjust belt tracking if needed.”
  • “Treadmill itself is very well built and stable. Platform is smooth, wide and rock solid.”
  • “Assembly was less than an hour.”
  • “Overall, I’m happy with this product. It was easy to assemble, it’s quiet and good quality. I like that it safely unfolds itself, Has speakers, charges phone with USB, and has a fan.”  
  • “I do notice that it speeds up and slows down slower than most treadmills that I’ve run on.”
  • “The flexing frame significantly reduces stress on my knees and shins.”
  • “My only complaint is I wish it didn’t take so long to speed up, it’s hard to do some interval programs that switch quickly.” 

What is your experience with the Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill?

We want to know your experience with the Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill! Please provide your feedback below and share with those considering this model! Also, if you have any questions about the BXT116, let us know, and we will do our best to answer them!


Would you like to have my personalized recommendation on whether or not the Bowflex BXT116 Treadmill is right for you? Email me at jmaki@thetrustedtreadmill.com

Check out my review of the BXT216 here to compare to the T116 yourself!

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