Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical Review

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Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical Rating

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Detailed Overview

The front drive Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical is an especially goal-oriented home fitness machine. While other machines merely calculate an overall calorie burn estimate, the Bowflex Results console shows per minute calorie burn for extra motivation and faster results. Even better, this elliptical has 15 levels of power incline. Ellipticals with inclines can boost your metabolic rate, enhance the cardio challenge, and help you target specific muscle groups (like hamstrings and our old friend the glutes).

The BXE216 Elliptical supports up to four user profiles. It ships with a chest strap for accurate wireless heart rate monitoring and Bluetooth connectivity 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 

  • Low-impact strength and cardio training.
  • Power incline for extra cardio challenge and muscle toning.
  • Four user profiles for customized training.
  • Advanced calorie tracking.
  • 11 built-in workout  programs.
  • Bluetooth connection to mobile apps for data logging.
  • Wireless heart rate monitoring with chest strap included.
  • Premium handlebars that allow multiple grip positions for diverse exercise.
  • Media tray (tablet/phone holder) with USB charger for mobile devices.
  • Water bottle holder located beneath the console.
  • A space-conscious front drive machine that is a good fit for home use.

Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:4-stars
Compact / Folding:No
Stride Length:22"
Flywheel:35 lbs
Programs:11 workout programs
Weight Capacity:300 LB
Dimensions:77" L x 31" W x 70" H

Our Least Favorite Features

Our least favorite feature is the stride length, which fixed rather than adjustable. This means 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 fairs well in the under-$2000 elliptical category. It’s an especially good match for people who value tracking their health data. The console lacks the sort of integrated touchscreen that you might find in another brand, but that obviously helps keep the cost down  (plus the console has a media shelf at eye level so you can always use a tablet to replace some console functions). This machine isn’t destined to be a star of The Bowflex line or within it’s price range, but it is certainly a strong machine worth considering.

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