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.
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.
More than 1,850 reviews of the Bowflex TreadClimber TC10, which are gathered from retail websites, are posted on Buzzillions.com. 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 Buzzillions.com, As of April 2014
The Bowflex Treadclimber TC10 earns a score of 91.3 percent on FitRated.com 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 FitRated.com, Not Dated