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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill Review

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Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 for a better than average warranty, wide running area, and plenty of program options
Price: $1499.99
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Everyone knows Horizon Fitness is my favorite brand for cheap treadmills. But let’s move on to the mid-range treadmill category and take a close look at the Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill. Bowflex is known for having lots of bells and whistles, but are these features gimmicks and fluff or does the Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill stack up to my rigorous treadmill standards? Read my review to find out!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Bowflex engineering team, the Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill has an extremely stable and solid frame. That means you are not likely to suffer from the quakes, extreme shaking and wobbling that can ruin your treadmill and workout with loud noise and improper posture. Every Bowflex Treadmill is rated to support users up to 300 lbs making this an excellent treadmill for users of all sizes.

I really liked the layout of the Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill Console. The buttons were intuitively placed and easy to navigate. It made switching speed, program, and incline settings quick and easy. The display is large, clear and easy to read, excellent for people like me who need glasses to see most things.

Most Treadmills under $1500 fold. The Series 7 is not an exception and folds up nice and neat for storing in corners and closets. That means you have the option of making things more comfortable for polite guests and less pleasant for pesky guests like mothers in law and that brother of yours who comes over to eat your food. (Yes, I have one of those too.)

The Series 7 Treadmill includes heart rate monitoring and control. Heart Rate Monitoring is a fancy way of saying it can track your heart rate and heart rate control can use your heart rate to automatically adjust the intensity of your workout to deliver the best results possible. It’s a very useful feature, particularly for people trying to lose weight.

Just for convenience, Bowflex added cup holders and fans for cooling. Being a runner myself, I know how much further a cool cup of water can push your body onward and forward. The fans are a nice idea, but I don’t personally care for them because they dry out my eyes. This probably won’t be the case with you and that’s coming from a man who uses Visine just about every day.

Just a couple more things to wrap up my Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill Review then I’m out. The warranty covers parts for 2 years rather than the industry standard 1 year. I know Bowflex did this to give themselves an advantage on paper but it’s not worth a whole lot. I like the two year parts warranty more for what it tells me about Bowflex in terms of how much confidence they have in their equipment rather than monetary value. I would also like to mention that the deck is 20” x 60”, that’s incredibly wide and mostly seen in higher end treadmills that cost upwards of $2000 - $4000. If you like running in wide open spaces, the Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill is one of the best you can do inside.

Overall, the Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill is one of my favorite mid-range treadmills. It offers value, an excellent look and feel, and offers the users plenty of program options to keep them motivated and getting the most out of their routines. The Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill is a very strong buy and earned a near perfect 4.5 star out of 5 star rating.

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