Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill Review

Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill Review

By J. Maki


The Bowflex BXT216 is a large model that is sturdy and durable and has the ability to support users up to 400 pounds. Additionally, it has a running belt wide and long enough to support taller runners with long legs and strides. Combine that with 4.0 Continuous Duty horsepower motor, and the BXT216 is an excellent choice for runners looking to put in moderate to high-level mileage. 

From a convenience standpoint, the speed and incline can be adjusted using the handrails, and you can also keep track of your heart rate using the built-in hand grips or the chest strap that comes with the machine. The ability to control these variables during your workout allows you to adjust speed and incline based on your goals, and the heart rate tracking ability can show you how hard you are working. 

In terms of technology, the BXT216 can connect to your smart devices through Bluetooth technology, while providing you with USB ports for charging of devices. It also provides you with the options, through subscription services, to connect with Bowflex JRNY and Explore the World app.

With JRNY, you are provided with customized workouts based on your previous workouts so that you continue to make progress in achieving your health and fitness goals. You are able to do this in different virtual settings as JRNY interfaces with Explore the World. Definitely a cool feature, but it will cost you some extra cash. 

While the display is large, it is not a touch screen, nor is it capable of showing video like some of the NordicTrack models or the Peloton Tread. 

In reading through customer reviews of the BXT216, which I encourage you to do, there are some concerns regarding the size of the unit and assembly, but the primary concern is the delay in achieving desired speed. When adjusting the speed setting. 

Overall, this is a high-quality machine that is best suited for moderate to high-intensity exercisers. If you’d like to know if the BXT216 is right for you, email me at, and I will help you figure it out!

Check out the BXT216 at the Bowflex website here (not an affiliate link). 

What makes the Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill unique?

While available only through subscription, the customized workouts provided through JRNY are great. Based on exercise science, users are provided with personalized workouts based on their previous performances which helps to ensure meaningful progress towards achieving your personal goals. 

What is the Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill missing?

JRNY and Explore the World would be much more enjoyable with a larger, more advanced screen. The 9” LCD is very basic.

General Specifications

User Weight Capacity400 pounds
Unit Weight341 pounds
Model Dimensions89” x 35” x 55”
Running Belt22” x 60”
Motor4.0 Continuous Duty Horsepower 
Display9” 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 Workouts11 “push and go” workouts
Maximum Speed12 mph 
InclineYes, up to 15%
Shock AbsorptionComfort Tech shock absorption cushioning system
WarrantyFrame – 15 years, Drive Motor – 15 years, Mechanical parts – 5 years, Electronics – 5 years, Labor – 2 years
What are customers saying about the Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill? (from
  • “It’s quiet, easy to use, and very sturdy.” 
  • “I’ve run on quite a few commercial treadmills over the years in many gyms and the BXT216 compares well with any of them.”
  • “My only minor complaint is that the speed/elevation buttons on the console are little mushy so you need to make sure you press them firmly.”
  • “The Bowflex treadmill is a great piece of equipment for the average runner. I weigh 200LBS and run 4 times a week for 30-40 minutes per session.”
  • “It takes waaaaay too long to go from one speed to the next. Takes almost a minute – Yes 60 seconds to go from 0 to 7.0.”
  • “I love this treadmill because it is so sturdy, easy to use and it has an app that syncs with my Apple Watch, so I can finally get credit for 30 minutes of exercise a day.”
What is your experience with the Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill?

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