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The Bowflex T22 treadmill is the heaviest and most inclusive model of the Bowflex T series. Although it comes with the same motor and has the same running area as the T10 model, the T22 is equipped with a larger console and offers a higher incline range. For reference, this is the Bowflex treadmill part number 100910.
Key Features and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 85L x 39.6W x 70H inches (216L x 100W x 178H cm)
- Tread belt dimensions: 60L x 22W inches (152L x 56W cm)
- Assembled weight: 336 lbs (152.4kg)
- Max. weight capacity: 400 lbs (181.4 kg)
- Deck cushioning: Comfort Tech™
- Motor: 4.0 HP, 0 – 12 MPH
- Incline: Automatic, -5% – 20%
- Console: 22″ display, Bluetooth & WiFi connectivity, JRNY enabled, multiple pre-installed apps
- Amenities: HR armband strap, sound system, cooling fan, USB charging port, multiple accessory trays
- Warranty: Frame 15 years / Motor 15 years / Parts 5 years / Electronics 1 year / Labor 2 years
The Bowflex T22 treadmill features a commercial-grade construction. It’s built on a heavy-duty steel frame combining oval, rectangular, and cylindrical tubes in its construction. The two thick upright bars that hold the whole console and dashboard assembly are reinforced with two extra oblique support bars similar to the Bowflex T10 model. This type of construction considerably improves the overall sturdiness of the unit’s frame.
The steel parts within the base frame, the upright support bars, and the bars that sustain the console feature a black paint finish. The two main upright bars that hold the console are chrome plated. Also, the machine integrates several parts made from a tough ABS polymer. Some of the most notable ones are the side rail covers, the console dashboard, the handrail covers, and the motor covers.
The machine is extremely heavy which results in superior stability. You can be sure that the machine won’t wobble or budge even if you’re close to the maximum load limit or run at the fastest speed. Its net weight is approx. 336 lbs (152.4 kg), so the transport of the packaged unit requires at least two people. Once assembled, it can be moved by only one person as its front base frame is equipped with a set of small wheels.
The machine is pretty large as well. It is approx. 85″ (216 cm) long, and 39.6″ (100 cm) wide, to which you should add at least two feet of clearance on each side and at the rear of the deck. But on the other hand, the deck can be folded up. Also, the folding mechanism has a soft-drop feature that slowly lowers the deck when unfolded to prevent damage.
The Bowflex T22 treadmill offers a pretty large running surface. Its active area is 60″L x 22″W (152 x 56 cm) similar to many other commercial treadmills. This being said, it should be able to accommodate users up to 6’5″ (196 cm) with no problem, allowing a complete range of motion even if running at full speed. The deck is also rated for an impressive maximum load limit of 400 lbs (181.4 kg).
Similar to the other Bowflex T treadmills, the T22 model has the Comfort Tech™ deck cushioning system. Some of the shock absorption elements can be seen on each side of the deck. These considerably reduce the impact of the ride. Therefore, a run or walk on this treadmill is definitely more forgiving on your joints and lower back than a walk or jog on asphalt or concrete.
The machine is equipped with a 3-ply belt. Its top layer is textured, designed to provide an improved grip and adherence for all athletic shoes. The inner layer adds a bit of extra shock absorption. The bottom layer is made from a polymer designed to stick better to the rollers and prevent belt slippage.
The machine is equipped with a set of large rollers. They are 2.75″ (6.9 cm) in diameter. They have a tapered design for improved traction. Also, due to their size, they have larger bearings which lead to a smoother motion and less wear. Larger rollers also mean less tension on the belt and less or no belt hesitation.
The Bowflex T22 treadmill is equipped with a power incline/decline system. This is quite a plus as even a few degrees of incline or decline can add considerably more difficulty to the ride. Needless to say, since it’s a commercial-grade treadmill, the incline and decline can be automatically adjusted by the console, depending on the selected workout program.
The unit’s incline and decline system consists of a lift element placed under the front section of the deck, and a motor (different from the drive motor). Therefore, when you adjust the incline, or when the console automatically adjusts it, the lift either elevates or lowers the front section of the deck.
The incline/decline range of the treadmill is -5% to 20%. As we’ve mentioned above, the incline is a bit higher than for the Bowflex T10 model which only goes up to 15%. The incline increments are 1%. There are incline adjustment controls integrated into the left handrails, the left handgrip, and on the console. The handrail and grip controls allow you to adjust the incline gradually, while the controls on the console dashboard are pre-set for -5%, 0%, 3%, 6%, 9%, 12%, 15%, and 20% incline/decline.
It’s also important to add here that the JRNY scenic workouts that give you the possibility to run on trails recorded from various places in the world connect to the incline system. In other words, if a certain portion of your virtual trail is uphill, the incline will adjust accordingly.
Unlike the RUNOW 6310CB, the Bowflex T22 is an electric treadmill. This being said, it integrates a drive motor and requires an external power source. A power cord with a standard U.S. plug is included with the machine. The connector for it is at the front base of the deck. The treadmill also has an On/Off switch near the cable connector.
The T22 treadmill is equipped with a high-performance 4.0 HP (peak power) motor, similar to many other commercial treadmills. Differently put, you should be able to run a marathon on the machine without the motor losing performance or overheating. It also integrates a small flywheel for improved motion stability.
The unit’s motor offers a speed range between 0 and 12 MPH. The speed adjustment increments are 0.1 MPH so you can easily adjust your pace. The speed can be adjusted either gradually, from the keys integrated into the right handgrip or right handrail. Also, the console has pre-set speed buttons for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, and 12 MPH.
The motor itself is not super loud. If the machine is set at maximum speed, it generates a maximum noise output of approx. 70 dB. However, depending on the user’s weight, their running gear, their running technique, and several other factors, the machine may generate more noise than that.
The Bowflex T22 is equipped with the largest console of the T series. It features a 22″ diagonal display, full-touchscreen, and an easy-to-use interface. It also has Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
Similar to the smaller consoles on the other T series treadmill, the 22″ console on the T22 model comes with several pre-installed apps. The list includes Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and Prime Video, as well as various apps for music. Plus, it has the Bowflex JRNY app which offers access to interactive training videos, 50+ scenic destinations, online progress tracking and rewarding, and more. The JRNY app requires a paid subscription but the treadmill comes with one-year free JRNY membership. The other apps (i.e. Netflix, Prime Video, etc) require a separate paid subscription. All these apps require a WiFi connection.
The JRNY app is not necessary, though. You can use the machine without it. The console has its own database of pre-set and customizable workouts. The base programs cover all kinds of workouts, including interval, hills, fat burn, and more. You can access any of these base workouts from the program tab. Plus, you can sync the console with various other fitness apps, like Apple Health.
The console indicates multiple workout metrics. The list includes time, interval, distance, calories, calories/minute, pulse, speed, and incline. It also has a workout summary feature which also shows step count. Speed and distance can be set either to British Imperial or metric units. Also, the console can read your pulse either if you hold on to the sensors integrated into the lower grips of the machine, or if you wear the included Bluetooth armband.
Among other notable console features, we can count a set of speakers, a workout fan, and a USB port. The speakers can sync with your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. The cooling fan is placed under the Start button; it is not too large and has four settings (off, low, medium, and high). The USB port is for charging devices only.
Assembly and Maintenance
The machine’s deck with the motors and all the drive elements comes pre-assembled. The other parts require user assembly. The manual puts the whole assembly task into 14 easy-to-follow steps. You will basically have to connect the two main upright bars, their reinforcement bars, the console dashboard, the console display, connect all the cables, add the rails and the handlebars, and finally, add multiple small covers. This may take more than an hour. All the necessary tools are included.
For maintenance, it is recommended to keep the treadmill clean and inspect it periodically to make sure that all the parts function properly. It is also recommended to lubricate the belt after every 25 hours of use with silicone lubricant.
- Extremely solid deck – can hold users up to 400 lbs;
- Heavy unit (336 lbs) which adds stability to the ride;
- Professional-looking design;
- Transport wheels;
- Folding deck, equipped with a soft-drop hydraulic cylinder;
- Sturdy handrails and two extra sets of grips;
- Comfort Tech™ deck cushioning system;
- 3-ply light commercial belt for a prolonged lifespan;
- 4.0 HP, heavy-duty motor;
- Speed range between 0 and 12 MPH, offering the possibility to perform a wide array of workouts;
- Speed adjustment increments of 0.1 MPH so you can easily adapt your pace;
- Automatic incline/decline system with a range of -5% to 20%;
- 22″ display console with touchscreen technology;
- WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity;
- Multiple pre-installed apps including Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and Disney+;
- Pre-installed JRNY app for scenic rides, online progress tracking, and training videos;
- 1 year free membership for the JRNY app;
- Multiple on-board standard workout programs;
- Bluetooth HR armband included;
- Bluetooth speakers;
- 3-speed workout fan;
- USB port for charging your tablet or phone, and for workout data transfer;
- Pulse sensors integrated into the upper handlebars;
- Fairly easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- The JRNY app requires a monthly subscription after the 1-year free membership expires.
The Bowflex T22 is a heavy-duty motorized treadmill. It is equipped with a 4.0 HP motor that offers a 0-12 MPH speed range, a power incline/decline system, a heavy-duty deck with a maximum user weight limit of 400 lbs, and a smart console with multiple pre-installed apps. It also comes with a 1-year free membership for the JRNY app. It’s a top-grade fitness machine, great for users of all levels, for low to high-intensity cardio training, stamina and strength development, and weight loss.