Bowflex TreadClimbers combine the best features of ellipticals, stair climbers, and treadmills to offer low impact cardio workouts that are not only great for losing fats, burning calories, and increasing stamina, but are also very easy on the joints. This article compares three popular TreadClimbers i.e. TC5, TC10, and TC20.
Following are some important aspects compared for these TreadClimbers:
- 1 Bowflex TreadClimber TC5 vs. TC10 vs. TC20 (Detailed comparison)
- 2 Bowflex TreadClimber TC5 vs. TC10 vs. TC20 (Pros and Cons)
- 3 How do you choose between the TC5, TC10 and TC20?
Bowflex TreadClimber TC5 vs. TC10 vs. TC20 (Detailed comparison)
The Bowflex TC5 offers one level of resistance. The TC10 and TC20 models both offer 12 levels of resistance, an incredible step up from the entry-level TC5.
The increased levels of resistance allow you to set your workout program to match your comfort level and fitness, from the easiest level gradually up to the expert level.
The Bowflex TC10 and TC20 tie this round.
The Bowflex Treadclimber TC5 offers up to 4 workout functions, as does the TC10 model. The TC20 takes it a slight notch higher with 5 workout functions which are just enough to give it a win in this category.
There is no winner here, as all three models have the same weight limit of 300 pounds. This may just be the only feature where all three models perform at the same level.
When it comes to belt speed, TC5 can max out at 4.5 mph. TC10 has relatively reduced speed as it can reach 4 mph. TC20 can also reach the belt speed of 4.5 mph.
The size of the model that you decide to purchase would obviously determine how easy storage would be and it also has an effect on how portable the product will be.
So it is important to take a look at the dimensions of each one to get an idea of its physical size before you get an actual look at the product.
The Bowflex TC5 has dimensions of 43.1” Length, 27” Width and 52.8” Height. The TC10’s dimensions are 57” Length, 31.5” Width and 59” Height.
Finally, the TC20 has dimensions of 55” Length, 31.5” Width and 62.5” Height.
From these dimensions, we can surmise that the TC20 is the largest of the three. The TC10 is not so far off though, and the TC5 is the most portable of the three.
|TC5||a one year warranty|
|TC10||a full-coverage of two years|
|TC20||a full-coverage of three years|
These aren’t exactly the best offerings on the fitness equipment market, but if these three are your options, then the Bowflex TC20 offers the best in this regard.
Custom user profiles are unavailable in the Bowflex TC5, which may be a little limiting since you cannot set and save the terms of your own workout easily. The TC10 and TC20 address this issue, with the TC10 and TC20 offering 2 custom user profiles.
Having two user profiles means that two individuals can store and track their weekly workout programs via the G.O. Coach program.
The Bowflex TC10 and TC20 win this round.
All three TreadClimbers are equipped with LCD display that includes readouts of distance, time, speed, etc. The main difference is that TC5 and TC10 both don’t have backlit consoles.
TC20, on the other hand, has a backlit console that will allow you to read your workout stats easily even in low light situations.
Budget is usually a key determinant when trying to purchase exercise equipment. Sometimes, it is even the most important factor especially with people that have very limited budgets. If the same applies to you, here is how the three TreadClimbers compare to each other regarding pricing.
As of the time of writing, the Bowflex TC5 can be purchased for about $999.99. The Bowflex TC10 for $1499.99 and the Bowflex TC20 will set you back $2199.99. Obviously, the TC5 is the cheapest of the lot, and this is understandable considering the fact that it is the oldest model of the three.
The TC5 wins this round.
All three models have a climb indicator and an accessory tray. The TC10 and TC20 also added the beneficial Goal Coach and Quick Controls, while the TC20 went one step ahead of the rest of the bunch with the inclusion of a heart rate monitor.
The Bowflex TC20 wins this round.
Bowflex TreadClimber TC5 vs. TC10 vs. TC20 (Pros and Cons)
How do you choose between the TC5, TC10 and TC20?
In conclusion, all these TreadClimbers have many similarities but there are some differences as well.
- If your budget is around $1000 and you want to enjoy the benefits of 3-in-1 motion of a TreadClimber than TC5 would be a good choice for you.
- On the other hand, if you are looking for a reasonably priced TreadClimber with a beefy motor, user profiles, and variety of resistance levels, then TC10 would be a better choice for you.
- Finally, TC20 is a great choice for those who are looking for a high-end TreadClimber with a backlit console, great performance, and heart rate monitoring.