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In May of 2017 Bowflex ellipticals hit the market as part of the company’s new Results Series, which also includes two new treadmills.

It represents the brand’s reentry into the traditional cardio machine market, after focusing exclusively on their popular Max Trainers and TreadClimbers, two very successful products for the parent company, Nautilus, Inc.

Bowflex focuses on results, building machines that give you a solid cardio workout to achieve your fitness goals, whether it is burning calories, losing weight, building endurance or sculpting muscle. The new lineup gives you more choices to reach your potential.

There are currently four new Bowflex ellipticals to choose from. There are two traditional models, the BXE116 and up-level BXE216, and two lateral trainers: the LX3 and up-level LX5.

(Note: We dedicated an entire separate article to the new Bowflex LateralX Trainers that can can read here. The rest of this article is about the two traditional elliptical models: the BXE116 and BXE216.)

The Bowflex BXE116 features a heavy 30 lb. flywheel, a generous 22″ stride, 9 preset workouts, 20 resistance levels and up to 10% incline with the AdjustSelect Cushioning System. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity so you can sync your workouts to the free Results Series app and a Burn Rate console that shows you how many calories you are burning per minute.

The Bowflex BXE216 is a step up model, with a 35 lb. flywheel, 22″ stride, 11 preset workouts, 25 resistance levels, AdjustSelect with incline as well as Bluetooth syncing and Burn Rate console like the BXE116 elliptical.

Both models come with LCD displays, grip and wireless heart rate monitoring (chest strap included), media shelf, USB charger and a high max weight capacity (375 lb. and 400 lb.)

Check out the exciting new ellipticals on sale now at the Bowflex Store!

Bowflex Elliptical Trainers – The Pros

Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical Trainer
The new Bowflex ellipticals have plenty of features and capabilities, and the built in workouts are diverse. The BXE116 can be found on sale for about $1499 currently, and the BXE216 is about $1799 on sale. So they are very well priced, especially given all of the features.

Some of the highlights include the heavy flywheels, which make the motion quieter and more natural. It’s also nice to have 4 different user profiles, something you don’t typically find at this price level. Incline is another key feature typically found on higher end commercial brands, and that really lets you target additional muscle groups.

We also like the fact that the wireless chest strap for more accurate heart rate monitoring is included in the price, so you don’t have to buy that separately. The Burn Rate console is also quite unique as you can challenge yourself to increase your calorie expenditure. Bluetooth is also a nice touch as it gives you control over your workouts and the ability to set goals for yourself as well as share your results with friends and family.

Bowflex Elliptical Trainers – The Cons

It’s not all great, however. As the new Bowflex ellipticals have some very unique features that you don’t always find elsewhere, we don’t love the warranty. Although 5 years on mechanical parts and electronics as well as two years on the labor is very good and a definite improvement over previous models, 15 years on the frame is not ideal.

Most other ellipticals in this price range will give you a lifetime frame warranty. You might want to consider a protection plan for a few hundred extra just to cover yourself.

What’s the Bottom Line on Bowflex ellipticals?

The BXE116 and BXE216 are a nice addition to the Bowflex lineup, and give you traditional elliptical choices along with the hybrid Max Trainers for those who prefer to work out the old fashioned way. With incline capability, long strides, cushioning, diverse workouts, heart rate monitoring and Bluetooth syncing, there’s something for everybody.

The BXE216 gives you a bit more, so if you can swing the extra few hundred, that would be the better choice of the two. There is currently free shipping on that model as well to help with the costs.

Take a look at the new ellipticals on sale today and decide if they are the right choice for you.