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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Bowflex Series 3 Treadmill Review

Bowflex Series 3 TreadmillBowflex Series 3 Treadmill Review
Bowflex Series 3 Treadmill Rating:
3 stars out of 5 for being outclassed by other treadmill manufacturers
Price: $999
Click To Buy The Bowflex Series 3 Treadmill

I read an article about consumer spending about a week ago indicating consumers frequently perceive products with higher price tags to be of superior quality. If you’ve been through my treadmill reviews and elliptical reviews you’ll know that this is definitely not the case in the world of fitness equipment. Today I’ll be writing a review of the Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill and answering the question “Does paying more money buy a better treadmill?”

I hate to give this disclaimer for the billionth time, but I will not be questioning the quality of the Bowflex Series 3. The cushioning system is superb, approaching the quality of Horizon Fitness Treadmills; the frame construction is solid and shouldn’t shake too much so long as users stay within the 300 lb. user weight capacity, and Bowflex is an excellent company to deal with if there is a customer service issue. My Bowflex Series 3 Treadmill Review will focus on the technical specifications and features of the Bowflex Series 3. Let’s take a closer look.

Frankly, for a thousand dollars I expect a whole lot more from Bowflex or any other treadmill manufacturer. The running area has been shortchanged, 20” x 54” falls short of my recommended 20” x 55”. A 54” running length is enough for me to disregard the Bowflex Series 3 Treadmill as a viable treadmill; still the transgressions of Bowflex go even further. The Bowflex Series 3 Treadmill runs on a frail 1.75 HP motor. If you’re pushing the limits of the 300 lb. maximum user weight and decide to start a running routine, there’s a strong chance the treadmill belt will start to slip. Slipping can damage a treadmill belt and trip up the runner or walker. I’ve run on treadmills with major slipping problems and tripped, it’s not fun and very painful!

Well, let’s say you’ve decided to overlook the weak horsepower and small running area, do the fitness programs offer a saving grace? No. There is a paltry six fitness programs. Fitness programs are essential for developing an effective and regular cardio routine. Fitness programs can be likened to personal trainers who help determine what an exerciser needs to do to reach their goals and encourage them to reach them.

I strongly disagree with the near perfect 5 star rating Amazon users have given the Bowflex Series 3 Treadmill. Most users who bought and use the Bowflex Series 3 Treadmill say it is solid and smooth. They’re right it is very solid and it is very smooth. The reason why the Series 3 has not earned a 4 or 5 star rating is price. There are better treadmills out there for less money. The Horizon T83 Treadmill is an excellent example of value and quality combined.

Just do some shopping and research. That’s all I’m saying.

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