The Bowflex 7-Series treadmill is the top model from Nautilus. It retails for $2500 but you can often find it on sale for $1500 or less. What do you get that the 5-Series doesn't have? For an extra $300 you get an additional three workout programs, a more powerful 3.5 hp motor and a higher user weight capacity. In other words, it’s a treadmill for dedicated runners.
No doubt, the larger 3.5 hp continuous duty motor makes the Bowflex 7-Series Treadmill a serious contender. You can use it for intensive interval workouts and the 60" running surface is suitable for tall runners with a long stride. The 7-Series treadmill has all the features of better known brands:
UPDATE: Bowflex has phased out their traditional treadmill line in favor of the more popular TreadClimber series.
Fitness pros don't comment much on the entire Bowflex treadmill line. They concede that the Bowflex 7-Series treadmill is the best of the entire series and a great machine for tall runners. They like the impressive selection of workout programs that include hill intervals, a heart strength recovery test, calorie and distance goals, fat burn and custom programs.
Bowflex treadmill users say the have no trouble staying motivated with such a variety of workouts to choose from. This is definitely a big plus for anyone who has purchased this model, considering that lack of motivation is the prime reason for turning a treadmill into a coat hanger. Consumers who bought the Bowflex 7-Series commented on its stability during use, ease of storage and portability.
Yes, it's a great model. But it's quite expensive considering the plastic parts Nautilus uses to lessen manufacturing costs. The Bowflex 7-Series is known to develop noise as some of the plastic parts start to wear down with continuous use.
The 2-year parts warranty and 1-year labor warranty is nice to have if problems develop during that timeframe, but after that, repairs become expensive.
We suggest you take a serious look at the Sole F83 which has comparable features, a better warranty and a better sticker price. If you just have to have a Bowflex, the Bowflex 7-Series treadmill is as good as it gets.