Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical Review 4

Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical Rating

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Pros Exercise guidance and data tracking are among the strengths of the Bowflex BXE216 in our preliminary review. Up to four trainees can store user profiles, exercise efficiently with the help of 11 built-in workout programs, and track their data long-term with a variety of compatible fitness apps. This model is above-average for upper body training, as it has multi-grip handlebars, and it provides exceptional lower body training with help from a power incline. The elliptical also features wireless heart rate monitoring and ships with a chest strap (approximately $50 value).
Cons This trainer does not appear to have adjustable stride, a feature that would help more users find a just-right fit. Another possible shortcoming is the front drive design; for trainees with poor balance a rear drive elliptical could be a better match.
Summary The Bowflex Results BXE216 Elliptical will help introduce a new line of goal oriented, data-rich fitness machines in 2017. The Bowflex Results console brings impressive training support, supports up to four user profiles, and is equipped with a media shelf for the convenient addition of music or video to workout sessions. We’ll need to test this machine before we can review its ergonomics though, and a rating for overall value would be premature; later reviews can take the warranty and durability into consideration. For now the BXE216 seems to be a promising contender in the under-$2000 elliptical class.

Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical Detailed Overview

Scheduled to debut before summer 2017, the front drive Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical ($1799 MSRP) will soon introduce the Bowflex Results brand of especially goal-oriented home fitness machines. In our preliminary review of the BXE216 we first noticed its space-conscious design, and next its enhanced calorie burn feedback: While other machines calculate just an overall calorie burn estimate, the new Bowflex Results console shows per minute burn for extra motivation and faster results. Even better, this elliptical has 15 levels of power incline. Ellipticals with inclines tend to be advantaged in our reviews because incline training can boost your metabolic rate, enhance the cardio challenge, and help you target specific muscle groups (e.g., the hamstrings or glutes).

The BXE216 Elliptical supports up to four user profiles. It will ship factory-direct with a chest strap for accurate wireless heart rate monitoring, and Bluetooth will be included so that trainees can export their heart rate, calorie burn and other data to fitness apps such as Bowflex Results, Google Fit and MyFitnessPal for advanced tracking.

Our Favorite Features 

In our preliminary review of the BXE216, the following seem to be some of its finer points.

  • Strength and cardio training that’s low-impact (gentle to your frame)
  • Power incline for extra cardio challenge and muscle toning
  • Four user profiles for customized training
  • Advanced calorie tracking with per-minute data
  • Preset workout variety (11 built-in programs)
  • Bluetooth connection to mobile apps for data logging
  • Wireless heart rate monitoring with chest strap included
  • Premium handlebars allow multiple grip positions for diverse exercise
  • Media tray (tablet/phone holder) with USB charger for a mobile device
  • Water bottle holder located beneath the console
  • Space-conscious front drive machine is a good fit for most homes

Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:TBA
Programs:11 workout programs
Weight Capacity:300 LB
Dimensions:TBA" L x TBA" W x TBA" H

Our Least Favorite Features

Overall the new Bowflex BXE216 seems to be a good quality option for the typical household seeking a front-drive elliptical trainer. At this time we can’t report about the resistance system’s force, but we expect it to be competitive for the mid-range price class. Our least favorite feature might be the stride length, which appears to be fixed instead of adjustable. This could mean that the trainer wouldn’t be ideal for especially small or tall family members. Ellipticals with adjustable stride length are mostly found in a higher price class (above $2000).

The Bottom Line

The Bowflex BXE216 seems destined to compete well in the under-$2000 elliptical category. It’s an especially good match for people who care to track their health data, and we like how it supports up to four user profiles and has power incline. The console lacks the sort of integrated touchscreen you might find with another brand, but this helps keep the cost under control — plus the console has a media shelf at eye level in case you’d like music or video with your training. All in all, if you’re shopping for a family elliptical in mid-2017 or later, the BXE216 could be worth a look.