Bowflex BXT216 Review

Treadmills Editorial Team | Last Updated - May 13, 2020
Editor's Rating: 9.0/10

Designed to surpass expectations, the Bowflex Results BXT216 is one mighty tempting treadmill. This top-of-the-line machine is powerful to please the most serious runner and versatile enough to satisfy the average active family. Bowflex Results treadmills offer high-end features from top to bottom: maintenance-free workout belts, variable cushioning, full-color workout screens, advanced calorie burn calculators, wireless heart rate monitoring, Bluetooth connectivity, and so much more. This particular model allows extra elbow room and can support up to 400 pounds.

It’s a bit surprising that this model has a foldable frame. Generally speaking, that home-friendly feature comes at the expense of some another desirable quality. But with this treadmill, all the components seem to be top-notch. Folding and unfolding the BXT216 is also made easy thanks to shock-assist.

What We Like:

  • Horsepower: Ready for heavy traffic, BXT216 Treadmill is equipped with a 4.0 CHP belt motor. That’s right – four whole horses! The norm on home treadmills is 3.0 CHP. This peak horsepower virtually guarantees that the machine will smoothly handle multiple workout sessions per day, as well as marathon training sessions and/or an especially large user.
  • Belt Size & Quality: The BXT216 has the biggest workout belt surface in the new series. It measure 22″ wide x 60″ long. Unlike many home treadmill models, those from Bowflex Results have three-ply maintenance-free workout belts. This means you won’t need to wax the belt, and you won’t need to recalibrate it due to stretching.
  • Belt Rollers: Besides the belt itself being high grade, it runs over 2.75″ diameter rollers. This helps explain why the treadmill is especially durable for its price range. The roller diameter is wide for the home treadmill industry, and the size helps minimize wear on the belt as well as the motor. (For comparison, very cheap treadmills tend to have 1.9″ rollers. Health club treadmills have rollers sized 2.75″ and up.)
  • Burn Rate Console: “Results” is in the brand name and there’s substance to the claim. The Burn Rate data console is a great example. It’s named for its unique feature of displaying per-minute calorie burn. Other fitness machines obviously show calorie burn, but only your cumulative total for the session. Getting more precise calorie burn data can encourage you to train harder.
  • Heart Rate Monitoring: BX Results treadmills are packaged with chest straps for “hospital accurate” wireless heart rate monitoring.
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth connectivity on the Burn Rate console makes it easy to export your fitness stats. The treadmill can sync with the manufacturer’s new Results mobile app and more widely used fitness tracking apps like MyFitnessPal and FitBit.
  • Color Display: Built-in workout programs are shown in full color on a 9″-wide screen.
  • Device Holder & Charger: A media shelf with USB charging port is built into the Burn Rate console.
  • Built-In Workouts: Eleven training programs are built into the BXT216 Burn Rate console. These offer good variety with choices optimized for weight loss, speed performance, heart rate zone training and more. Workouts can be customized in real time.
  • Folding Frame: The BXT216 is a folding treadmill. Folding and unfolding is made safe and easy with hydraulic assist.
  • Warranty: The Bowflex Results treadmill warranty is a decent deal with 15 years on the Frame and Drive, 5 years on Motor and Mechanical, and 2 years coverage on Parts, Electronics and Labor.

Bowflex BXT216 Treadmill - Key Specs:

Star Rating:4.5-stars
Motor:4.0 HP
Incline:0 - 15%
Running Area:22" x 60"
Top Speed:12 MPH
Weight Capacity:400 LBS
Dimensions:84.5" L x 38.5" W x 54.7" H
Built-In Programs:11
What We Don’t Like:

  • New Series: This treadmill model might have unexpected problems down the line, like the folding technology or Bluetooth connectivity.

See the Bowflex BXT216 Promotional Video

Our Verdict:

The BXT216 has all the traits of a light commercial cardio trainer, but it’s priced for home use (and somehow foldable!). Whether you prioritize comfort, durability, electronics, or high performance, this machine will deliver the goods. With so many home treadmills competing for attention on the marketplace these days, this model strives to be the complete package. It doesn’t disappoint. If you’ve been tempted by this machine, take the plunge without fear.

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Bowflex BXT216 FAQs

Are Bowflex treadmills any good?

Bowflex is a pioneer in home fitness equipment and continues to be a leading provider of innovative and top quality exercise machines. Bowflex treadmills are optimized for exercising with minimal harsh impact and achieving rapid results.

How do I connect my Bluetooth to my Bowflex BXT6 treadmill?

This machine is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity using the Bowflex Results Series Fitness App. Download the free Software App, named the “Bowflex Results Series Fitness App” from the App store on iOs devices or Google Play Store. Once you’ve done this, you can follow the connection instructions on the app. Your machine has a Bluetooth connection display on the top of the console that lights up when the app is connected.

What is the weight capacity of the Bowflex BXT216? I am on the heavier side, is this a good treadmill for me?

The weight capacity of this machine is 400 lbs. This is one of the highest weight capacities of any treadmill making it a great option for those on the heavier side.


  • Eric April 25, 2019 at 6:24 pm from Wyoming
    Question: Models used for the video are beautiful but I'm a 6'2" and 220 lbs guy that according to my wife can move you foresee me being happy with a purchase of the Bowflex BTX216? Thank you for your time.
    • Amanda B. April 26, 2019 at 6:37 am
      Hi Eric, this is definitely a great treadmill! Considering your height, it would definitely be wise to purchase a strong sturdy treadmill as your impact on the belt will be different. This machine would be great for you and I would also recommend looking at the NordicTrack brands.
    • Ryan April 28, 2019 at 7:40 am from Ohio
      Eric, this is probably the best treadmill you can buy for under 2.5k.
  • NICK June 16, 2019 at 11:22 pm from Florida/US
    Thank you for your great review! Would you recommend this brand/model over the Nautilus T618? I am a heavier runner (6'2"/215lbs) and plan to run 25-30miles/week...Any other brands/model you would recommend in this price range? I am not very happy with NordicTrack/ProForm approach of iFit/coaching... Take care!
    • Amanda B June 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm
      Hi Nick, this model has a higher motor capacity (4.0 CHP) than the Nautilus T618 (3.5 CHP). The higher motor capacity on this treadmill would be beneficial for the amount of running you want to do. The advantage of the Nautilus T618 is that it has more built in workout programs than this Bowflex model. It really depends on what you value most. You can also try out our treadmill comparison feature to see all the specs side by side:
  • John Walsh June 19, 2019 at 7:43 am from NY
    Is this a quiet treadmill?
    • Amanda B July 10, 2019 at 4:47 pm
      Hi John, according to a handful of customer reviews, this treadmill has a surprisingly quiet motor for something so powerful!
  • Jan Bush August 12, 2019 at 3:58 pm
    I am considering the Bowflex T216 treadmill or the Nordictrac 1750. I am not really interested in the membership parts like a having a trainer or anything but rather more interested in it holding up and large motor and being quiet. I like the idea of bluetooth and a fan as long as it is adjustable. Some treadmill fans tend to hit me in the face only.
    • Amanda B August 19, 2019 at 3:33 pm
      Hi Jan, this treadmill is a great option for you and checks off all of your criteria. This treadmill has a quiet 4.0CHP motor, which is higher than the NordicTrack 1750 (3.75CHP). This treadmill also has Bluetooth connectivity so you can sync your stats with the Bowflex app or other compatible fitness apps. It also has an adjustable 4-speed fan.
  • Emmanuel September 17, 2019 at 7:22 pm
    I weigh 340 and I am looking for something that can handle my weight. Is the BX216 a good fit?
    • Amanda B October 21, 2019 at 4:14 pm
      Hi Emmanuel, the BX216 is definitely a great fit. We also suggest looking at the Landice L7 and the SoleF85 Hope you find the right treadmill for you!

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