April 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Est. $2,200
Bowflex TreadClimber TC10

Best hybrid stair stepper

  • Offers a unique, challenging workout
  • Quick-start feature
  • Four LCD display screens
  • Ability to track your progress
  • Ergonomically designed console
  • Large footprint
Where to Buy

Bottom line

For those who want all the bells and whistles, the Bowflex TreadClimber TC10 is worth a look. One of the few models that users say rivals a commercial machine, it combines the functions of an elliptical, treadmill and stepper. We read some complaints about assembly, delivery and customer service, but gripes about performance are rare. True, it costs over $2,000, but many say it lets them give up the hassle and expense of gym membership.


Three workouts in one. Reviewers say the Bowflex TreadClimber TC10 is extremely effective because it combines the benefits of a treadmill, elliptical and stair climber. It has independent foot "treadles," or small moving belts, which produce the walking and stepping actions -- plus, the treadles rise to meet your feet as you move, the way an elliptical trainer does. The machine has a maximum motor speed of four mph, 12 resistance levels and a quick-start feature that lets you get right to work. Users find it reasonably quiet for a motorized machine. It will hold up to 300 lbs -- about 50 lbs. more than many steppers.

Ease of use

Mixed reviews about assembly and customer service. Many users find the Bowflex TreadClimber TC10 easy to put together. Nevertheless, some complain that parts do not line up correctly, and one reports drilling the holes to make them bigger. However, once the machine is assembled, most say they appreciate its well-designed LCD touch screen, relatively small footprint and smooth operation. It has wheels for easy moving. The screens show speed, time, distance and calories -- plus it will track the weekly progress of one user toward a 90-minute goal. The ergonomically designed console holds a water bottle or magazine.


Well made, with an impressive guarantee. Many reviewers praise the quality and build of the Bowflex TreadClimber TC10, with one user calling it "a great investment." Some, however, report that parts needed replacing on fairly new machines -- and some complain of frustrating experiences with customer service. The owner's manual specifies that maintenance involves a simple weekly cleaning and monthly check that all bolts and screws are tight. In addition, belts and treadles need to be lubricated every one to three months, depending on usage. The console alerts you when lubrication is needed. The TC10 has a six-week money-back guarantee and two-year warranty.

Where To Buy
Bowflex TreadClimber TC10

Buy new: $2,599.00 $2,270.01   7 Used & new from $1,700.00

In Stock.


Our Sources


More than 1,850 reviews of the Bowflex TreadClimber TC10, which are gathered from retail websites, are posted on It receives an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5, with most users applauding its performance. Some cite problems with assembly, delivery and/or customer service.

Review: Bowflex Treadclimber TC10, Contributors to, As of April 2014


The Bowflex Treadclimber TC10 earns a score of 91.3 percent on and 4.5 stars out of 5. Editors say that it is sturdy, has a premium LCD display and burns a lot of calories, but they call the warranty "not great." The review is detailed, but there's no description of a testing methodology.

Review: Bowflex TreadClimber TC10 Review, Editors of, Not Dated

Stair Climbers Runners Up:

Sunny Health & Fitness Twist Stepper with Handle Bar Est. $65

4 picks including:,…

Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistant Band Est. $40

2 picks including:,…

Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Est. $1,000

1 pick including:,…

Sunny Twister Stepper with Handle Bar
Buy from
New: $149.00 $59.79   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistance Bands
Buy from
New: $79.99 $35.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer
Buy from
New: $1,499.00 $1,230.39   
Average Customer Review:  

Back to top