Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical Review
Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical Rating
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Bowflex BXE216 Elliptical Detailed Overview
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:
|Compact / Folding:||No|
|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.