I'm sure you've seen or heard about the Treadclimber by Bowflex.
It's the machine that looks like a cross between a treadmill and a stepper machine. This combination alone could be something great!
The commercials continue to be all over the TV and probably will be for some time.
I've always been interested in one myself because I do think it's a great cardio machine just by the concept alone.
The Tread climber reminds me of a stepper machine on steroids. I love stair stepper machines and good ones are very hard to find now.
Steppers are very expensive cardio machines — and so is the Bowflex tread climber.
Are stepper machines worth all the money for the results they provide? Many experts at fat loss swear by them for optimal fat loss.
Climbing stairs is a very difficult cardiovascular exercise that conditions your body and raises your fitness level quickly if you stick to it. It's tough.
The Bowflex Treadclimber Looks Great… Looks Can Be Deceiving, Though, Right?
Why do I think the treadclimber is a great cardio machine just by looking at it? Let's see…
- Low Impact
- Stepper Motion
- Treadmill Motion
The treadclimber is like having 3 machines combined into one — incline treadmill walking is a great aerobic exercise activity.
Add in steps to that and that makes it one of the best aerobic fat burning exercises in existence.
Let's see if the Bowflex Treadclimber is really worth the cost.
BUT, Hold On Just a Second… Is The Treadclimber Worth It?
A cardio machine has to be worth it's cost.
Is the Bowflex Tread Climber worth the money? How much does it cost?
If you have the extra money to spend a few thousand dollars on a Bowflex Treadclimber, I would definitely get one. It's an awesome cardio machine that you can use in the privacy of your home.
But most people do not have $3000 or even $2000 to spend on any piece of cardio equipment. I know I don't. I wish I did, but I don't.
I just have other priorities in my life that need the $3K more than I need that tread climber. I can do other forms of cardio and save my money.
Sled dragging, sled pushing, running hills, jogging outdoors, cycling outdoors, playing basketball, and other great exercise activities are free. And I can get outside and get some sunlight while exercising.
I personally have never purchased one of these machines and probably won't. Money isn't the only reason I haven't purchased one, though. You need to read this…
Read the Treadclimber Reviews before Buying…
I am a big believer in reading reviews on products at Amazon.com before buying anything. I love Amazon because you get real people giving you truthful reviews on products.
I love it for that reason alone.
And because the customer service is absolutely amazing. If you have any problems at all with any order, you can get an Amazon rep to call you in a few minutes. You just put in your phone number and they will call you directly. No waiting on hold for long periods of time.
Even if I don't buy from Amazon I get truthful opinions and reviews from their website.
If you're thinking about spending a few thousand dollars on a cardio machine, you should ALWAYS read the reviews at Amazon first.
At the time of this writing, the average review of the Bowflex Tread Climber at Amazon is 3 stars out of 5 stars. There's some really good reviews that you can trust at the link above.
Those reviews will really make you think twice about spending that much money on this cardio machine. There are actually more 1 star reviews than any of the others. Not a good thing.
This review in particular caught my eye…
Part of a Review from Amazon
“At the end, you'll have to take your machine apart and fix it yourself.
Below is our tally of contacts with Bowflex after our machine broke down.
– 13 phone calls to Bowflex – too many wasted hours to recall without pain.
– 10 days delay for Bowflex to return our 1st phone call.
– 9 Bowflex representatives – some inept, 2 helpful, 1 knowledgeable.
– 3 wrong diagnoses (replacement of speed sensor, jumper wire, and circuit board).
– 3 failed attempts to take the machine apart pursuant to wrong diagnoses.
– 1 correct diagnosis (motor replacement), finally given by the 6th representative.
– 1 shipment delay due to bad data entry – wrong shipping address.
– 4 e-mails sent to 2 representatives – no reply received.
– 3 weeks delay for new motor – part not available.
– 1 run-around attempt to get supervisor's contact information – wrong information given, still no clue who's the head honcho of customer service.”
The Problems Need to Be Resolved By Bowflex
Personally, even if I had the money laying around, I would not buy one until all the problems are resolved that many people are having.
These are mechanical issues that Bowflex may resolve in their newest model.
I am a design engineer who also works on quality at this time. I work in a huge production plant so I know a little bit about quality of products, launching new products, and fixing big issues with products.
Bowflex needs to address all of the design issues and quality issues with the Bowflex Treadclimber before I would even think about purchasing one of these cardio machines.
They also need to fix machines that stop working early in their life even if it's out of warranty. No one wants to purchase a VERY expensive product just so it stops working right after it's out of warranty.
Bowflex knows that's going to happen if they monitor quality data like they should. They most likely do know and continue to sell the Treadclimber with known quality issues. This isn't some low cost machine either. This is expensive.
Even repair technicians say they can't repair these Bowflex Treadclimbers!
WLC Cannot Recommend the Bowflex Treadclimber Due to Below Average Ratings
I just can't recommend this cardio machine because of it's high cost and mechanical issues that many have had. You can get great cardio workouts through other less expensive and less troublesome ways.
I hope this page has really helped you to make a better decision with your thousands of dollars. Save your money for now until Bowflex fixes their problems. They should not have put a product out costing thousands of dollars until the issues were fixed.
These problems and issues were probably all known issues and still released to the public… just a guess.
Someone in management at Bowflex most likely decided to go ahead and release the product with known issues. That or extensive testing was not completed on the product. It also could be a supplier issue or assembly issue from their production plant.
I could be wrong. No matter what, though, you should get a robust design for that amount of money.
Stay away for now. Maybe design improvements will be made to the Treadclimber and the known issues will go away. Customer service looks to be horrible so definitely don't take a chance for now.
I sure hope this truthful review on the Bowflex Treadclimber helps you!