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LAST UPDATED: July 15th, 2024

Bowflex began in 1986 as an exercise equipment company that wanted to bring the gym to people's homes. Since its opening, Bowflex has received multiple awards, including the ISPO 2018 Award in the Health and Fitness category and the IDA Design Awards Silver Winner of 2017 in the Outdoor and Exercise Equipment category.

Bowflex offers a variety of exercise machines, including the following:

  • Max trainers
  • Home gym multipurpose machines
  • Treadclimbers
  • Treadmills
  • Ellipticals
  • Lateral trainers
  • Hybrid velocity training machines
  • Weight benches

In addition to weight machines, Bowflex offers smaller exercise equipment and accessories, including kettlebells, machine mats, blender bottles, hand grips, and more.

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The Good

  • Financing Options
  • Free Training Apps
  • Return Policy
  • Protection Plans
  • In-Home Assembly Service

Financing Options

Bowflex hopes to make its products more affordable with its Bowflex credit card. If you're approved for the credit card and use it to purchase Bowflex products, you will pay no interest if you pay within 18 months.

Free Training Apps

Bowflex offers several coaching, tracking, and motivation apps with each of its machines. With the app, you can easily keep a fitness journal and record your progress over time. You can also receive rewards for hitting key milestones and achieving your goals. Plus, Bowflex's apps sync your workout data with Apple Health, MyFitnessPal®, and Under Armour Record.

Return Policy

Bowflex's return policy is 100 percent guaranteed if you contact the customer service department within six weeks of your delivery. Your refund does not include shipping and handling costs.

Protection Plans

Bowflex knows that purchasing one of its machines can be a significant investment, so it offers an extended protection plan for each of its machines. 

For example, say you purchased the Max Total machine. There are two available protection plans (a three-year upgrade and a five-year upgrade). This particular equipment already comes with a three-year parts warranty and 90 days labor. But if you purchase the three-year upgrade, you'll receive an extra three years of labor coverage. 

If you purchase the five-year upgrade, you'll get an extra two years on parts and five years of labor coverage. 

Just about every machine Bowflex sells offers an extended protection plan. If you've already purchased a trainer, bike, tread climber, dumbbells, etc., it's not too late to add the plan, simply call Bowflex and talk to a representative about adding the protection plan. 

In-Home Assembly Service

If you're not comfortable with assembling your new equipment by yourself, Bowflex does offer an In-Home Assembly service for an additional cost. The service price will depend on a few factors (which piece of equipment, availability, etc.), so it's best to keep that in mind when putting together your budget. 

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The Bad

  • High APR 
  • Expensive

High APR

If you choose to get a Bowflex card, the incentive is 0 APR for the first 18 months. This is a pretty good deal if you're making all your payments in full and on time. 

However, it might not be such a good deal if you forget to make a payment or can't make it in full. If you miss a payment (or pay less), you will have to pay the 29.99 percent interest rate from the purchase date. 

Bowflex's APR rate is higher than the current average retail credit card APR which is between 25.90 percent and 27.52 percent. 

Expensive 

When compared to other exercise equipment companies, Bowflex is one of the more expensive. When purchasing a larger piece of exercise equipment (treadmill, max trainer, elliptical, bikes. etc.), you can expect to pay over $1,000. And you will have to shell out a couple hundred more if you plan on getting the extended protection plan, in-home assembly service, and more. 

That being said, Bowflex is known for making quality products that last. Even if you manage to find a cheaper product elsewhere, it might not last as long as a Bowflex machine or have as good of a warranty. 

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The Bottom Line

Bowflex home fitness equipment is the perfect solution for anyone wanting to start working out from the comfort of their own home. The company sells a variety of products, from treadmills to dumbbells. While the company might be a tad on the expensive side, you get what you pay for. Bowflex's equipment is durable and made to last. The larger machines and equipment are backed by extensive warranties (and if that's not enough, you can add a protection plan to extend your coverage). Bowflex does offer financing, so if you don't want to pay for everything upfront, that is an option.

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Dutch

I had a problem with my equipment which was a fault from my side, I called customer service department and the issue was solved immediately. It's nice to know Bowflex is still a company out there that has pride in their product and customer service. I highly recommend them

3 months ago

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Kyla Lisa

I bought my Bowflex in April, left incline arm switch ribbon was severed. It has been sitting in my house since i can’t use it weeks before I was able to contact customer support here it is middle of June and no part to fix the treadmill and all I get is the parts for the 10 are not made and at the Warehouse. Sent email after email for status, these were ignored. Paid over $2200.00 and two months later still can’t use it I really feel Bowflex can handle this situation better than it has. I have no doubt the treadmill is a good piece of exercise equipment, but I need it working.

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Ayomide

i love Bowflex because of its wide range of home gym equipment at standard level. Me and my brothers are able to gym at home so easily, lol, we turned our garage into our personal workout room

3 months ago

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M W

Best machines. I do with the tension bars held up longer.

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Arooj Naeem Washington, DC

Bowflex has transformed my home workouts with its innovative fitness equipment. The compact design and versatility of Bowflex machines make them suitable for diverse exercises. The resistance technology, such as Power Rods, provides effective strength training. While the initial investment may be higher, the durability and variety of workout options make Bowflex a worthwhile choice for those seeking convenient and efficient home fitness solutions.

7 months ago

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Hank Ricardo Winnipeg, MB

I love my Bowflex. I've had it for 2 years and got it as a Christmas gift. The best christmas ever. It keeps me ripped , and saves money on gym memberships. I don't what Id do without it.

5 months ago

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Samantha Madero-Craven

Bowflex offers a range of versatile home gym equipment, ideal for those looking to get a comprehensive workout at home. I appreciate their space-saving designs, especially in models like the Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells, which replace multiple sets of weights. The equipment is sturdy and well-made, though it can be an investment upfront. Their customer service is helpful, providing support for assembly or any issues. Bowflex is a solid choice for anyone serious about fitness and looking for reliable, multi-functional equipmen

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Darla Wylie Brentwood, CA

I love this company. I bought my first piece of workout equipment 25 years ago and I still use it everyday. If I had one word to describe Bowflex it would be QUALITY. I have since bought several other pieces of gym equipment to put in my home gym. One is the tread climber, I absolutely have fallen in love with this equipment. It has helped me achieve improving many parts of my work out. This past year my husband bought me adjustable free weights. I absolutely love these weights. Easy to use with great results. I will continue to keep purchasing this brand! Qualty for your money and great results!

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Angel Morales Charlotte, NC

Highest of quality , you really get what you pay for , my first Bowflex was the Bowflex Revolution and I had that for over 9 years and when i moved I couldn't fit it in my new place because it was to big for the room and i was able to sell it for just a little less than i bought it brand new because it holds its value so well and it is well recognized by many. My second Bowflex is my Bx216 tread mill . Its just great it handles my weight with so much ease like I'm not even on the machine and I weigh 260 pounds . So if you're like me or even heavier don't hesitate to try this machine many claim that they hold a lot of weight but when you get on them everybody in the home can hear you. Not the case with the Bowflex 216 it states that it can hold a person of over 400 pounds and I believe them because it handles 260 like your not even on the machine. Great products and Customer service. Will definitely recommend to all friends and family.

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Dawn Grover

Bow flex is just A classic high-quality company for workout equipment. My husband and I have stayed fit our entire lives and have found both flex to be one of the top products.

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Tyrone Walton Frankfurt am Main, HE

Oooooooo. What a ride this was when BowFlex was at its peak. I purchased the home gym and set it up in my garage. I used it monthly. Weekly and then on a daily basis. I got addicted very quickly. It’s great training device and promotes health in a different way to those that need to pump like a beast.

9 months ago

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Sodiq Ada Reston, VA

Browflex treadmill 22 is good very affordable with discount and also when i ordered it, it was shipped straight to my house for free within 1 week

5 months ago Edited January 29, 2024

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TC B Florissant, CO

Fun equipment, easy to use, and I do feel it is effective for your health/workout needs! I have not bought myself, but I have used at my family's home. Yes, it's expensive but it's quality!

11 months ago Edited August 11, 2023

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Luke Swierczynski Troy, MI

Great overall resistance based machine. The flexibility of the unit is great with options to work essentially every single muscle group. My only gripe is even detaching the resistance rods after use over time they do slightly warp, but with so many you can always group them if too much resistance is lost.

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Matthew Ohmann Lake Placid, NY

I have to say bow flex definitely works. A little pricey but you get results. I’ve been using bow flex for about two years now and it’s definitely been worth it and it definitely shows. If you’re looking to either lose weight or gain, some muscle go flex, will help you do it.

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Mavris odunayo

Bowflex has a great and good quality exercise equipments and I’m still getting more equipments from them because I loved their products

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Quiana Varner Ashburn, VA

Brought a 2nd hand tread climber treadmill that I've had more than 5yrs. No issues, was easy enough to do that my 70y.o. mother used it more than me. Love the brand!

10 months ago

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Mindy Clarke Tacoma, WA

This is the best home work out machine I have ever had. My husband uses it all the time. I feel great after a workout and I feel for the money and if you can afford it, it is a valuable investment!!

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Beth Perkins Great Falls, MT

My husband loves his bowflex and uses it daily. I may not be thrilled with the aspect of it taking up half of my garage BUT I definitely love the way my husband is looking these days!

1 year ago

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Edward Turner Karachi, SD

They are fantastic, and we cannot praise them enough. They are trustworthy, you can rely on them, they are honest and up-forward, but most importantly, they follow through on what they promise to accomplish.

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Raj R

Variety of elliptical systems available. Excellent design and quality to last, even for the novice user.

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Camilla ,

Lost 4 pounds exercising with their equipment during last 3 months. Really appreciate the results and what this company offers!

3 years ago

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Todd Vallin Tampa, FL

Great system for my wife, not going to be a body builder with this unit but great for toning, light work out, you can work out all muscles with this unit, quite versatile, one unit in garage, perfect.

1 year ago

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Veronica Lawton

We owned a bow flex and worked out on it a lot but after a while it just took up way to much room/floor space. The equipment was great just make sure you have room to put it prior to buying.

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Jason Atlanta, GA

My brother has a set of their dumbbells that I really like. I have only used them a handful of times but they are super convenient and don't take up a lot of space.

1 year ago

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Michelle W Coraopolis, PA

I love all of the different exercises I can do with the Bowflex. It currently lives at my parents, but when they downsize, I claimed it from my brother to put in my house!

4 years ago

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George Hopson IV Evansville, IN

Gives you the workout in your own home. No need to pay those membership fees and people looking at you.

10 months ago

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Alyssa Hicks Springfield, MO

Works great didn't even have to call customer service to find out how the product was to be used and making the right choice on this product yduct wfas buying it

1 year ago

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lyn riley Grand Rapids, MI

way too expensive not as easy to move around as they say, all of their machines are extremely heavy and hard to move around, they shouldn't advertise it if it's not true. very big and takes up way too much room

1 year ago Edited December 14, 2022

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Roman Christiansen Pleasant Grove, UT

The Bowflex is a great piece of exercise equipment and made me feel better about my self image. It comes at a great price also!

4 years ago

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JT Texpat

I really never got a good workout out of their system. It was OK but not up to expectations.

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Carlos Gonzalez Dallas, TX

Easy to use Overall it’s great service. Great product and quality with instructional program

11 months ago Edited July 27, 2023

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Maya My McDonough, GA

Though this is a good brand, the products were just okay. We got a pull-up bar 2 years ago and it was busted up after the first year.

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Eric Smith Riverton, UT

Provides a great workout for all muscle groups of the body all on one system so it doesn't take up too much space.

4 years ago

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Kimberly O'Callaghan Durham, NC

Great all-in-one exercise equipment that doesn't take up a whole lot of space.

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peggy cherry Kings Mountain, NC

My bow flex is really old but still workable. I think i finally have gotten my money worth.

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Jeff Gerbino Spring Hill, FL

Typical TV product it really doesn't work as advertised. Great for some women and older folks but not what I needed at the time.

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Ilspbeth Bruce

Love any and all of the Bowflex machines I have used but unfortunately I am not able to afford them myself so must go to a gym to use them.

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Bob Sharp Chicago, IL

I really love all the different workouts you can do it can really get you ripped!!

1 year ago

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Brittney Miskin Riverton, UT

Love the bowflex brand! They are great quality at a good price, and their equipment lasts a long time.

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Tom Gourley Pleasant Grove, UT

Good quality exercise equipment offered at mid level to higher pricing and reasonable customer service

4 years ago

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Meg TX

Good solid equipment, easy assembly. Great price.

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Joseph Peterson Milwaukee, WI

Versatile and easy to store. Great for a multi-muscle group workout.

11 months ago

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Rod Thompson Billings, MT

I bought my bow flex 7 years ago, and I still use it! This thing is indestructible!

1 year ago

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Bianca Youmans Orangeburg, SC

It help me so much with loosing the weight I needed to love the equipment

1 year ago

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bailey jo Orem, UT

Great quality and worth the expense. Been using this for a while and can really see the results.

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Don Boren American Fork, UT

Equipment is easy to use, but not as durable and solid as other brands. Seems to be cheaply manufactured.

4 years ago

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Joy Garcia Buffalo, NY

I brought an elliptical machine and after 7 months it started to fall apart.

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Alethea DeMarco Shreveport, LA

Easy to put together great work out plan and easy to use

1 year ago

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Gabe Dominiczak

Love the full body workout my bowflex provides.

1 year ago