Top 5 Bowflex Machines for Home Gym

Intro

If you are planning to make your own home gym, the Bowflex machine can be one of the best options for your dream.
Once you build your home gym, you don't need to commute to the gym every day and you don't need to wait in the long line for your chest workout.
But even you figured out the Bowflex machine can be a good choice for you, there are still a lot of options in Bowflex.

So we prepared a detailed breakdown of the top five Bowflex machines that can be a part of your home gym right now. Let's dig.

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Bowflex-Revolution

Model

PR 1000

PR 3000

Xtreme 2SE

Blaze

Revolution

Rating

Price

$

$$

$$$

$$$

$$$$

Exercise

30+

50+

70+

60+

100+

Resistance

Power Rod

210 lbs.

Power Rod

210 lbs.

Power Rod

210 lbs.

Power Rod

210 lbs.

Spiraflex

200 lbs.

Upgrade

310 lbs.

410 lbs.

410 lbs.

300 lbs.

Quick Change

Bench

Horizontal

Vertical

Vertical

Horizontal

Vertical

Squat Bar

Foldable

Aerobic Rowing

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1. Bowflex PR 1000 - Best Value for Money

Brand / Model

Bowflex PR 1000

Feature

Best Value for Money

Cost

$

No. of Exercises

30+

Resistance

Power Rod / 210 lbs

Upgrade

Quick-Change System

Foldable

Dimension (L x W x H)

103" x 80" x 82"

Pros

  • Relatively affordable price  
  • Rowing machine for fat burning
  • Best entry level home gym

Cons

  • weight is not upgradable
  • No quick-change system

You can perform over 30 exercises with Bowflex PR 1000. Comparing other home gym machines of Bowflex it sounds like a small number,
but it covers various exercises targeting major muscle groups. Also, you can perform aerobic rowing workout for fat burning.
In Home Gym Mania's opinion, it is good enough for beginners as it provides balanced workout options.


The big plus of PR 1000 is it's a very affordable price. It provides the best value for the money you invest.


PR 1000 does not have a quick-change system, so it can require some time to change between your workout.
And you cannot upgrade the weight. It's weight covers up to 210 lbs. For advanced people, it can be a minus factor.
But overall there are more upsides than downsides.

Take away :

Bowflex PR 1000 is the best choice for you if you are a home gym beginner or tight on a budget.

2. Bowflex PR 3000 - Best Efficiency

Brand / Model

Bowflex PR 3000

Feature

Best Value for Money

Cost

$$

No. of Exercises

50+

Resistance

Power Rod / 210 lbs

Upgrade

Upgradable to 310 lbs

Quick-Change System

Foldable

Dimension (L x W x H)

64" x 41" x 83"

Pros

  • More than 50 strength exercises
  • Quick-change system
  • Upgradable to 310 lbs

Cons

  • No rowing
  • No flat bench

You can perform over 50 strength exercises with Bowflex PR 3000. You can upgrade the resistance system up to 310 lbs from 210 lbs if you are looking for heavier resistance.


The best advantage of PR 3000 is its efficiency. Bowflex PR 3000 is equipped with a quick-change system. So you don't need to
change cables between your workout set. That is a huge time saver and it also saves space with a compact configuration.


PR 3000 does not have aerobic rowing functionality and it has a vertical bench. If you are looking for a simulating bench press workout, a vertical bench can be a minus factor. But the advantage of PR 3000 is bigger than the downside.

Take away :

Bowflex PR 3000 is the best choice for you if you want the best efficiency. Its compact configuration and quick-change system enable to save space and time for your workout.

3. Bowflex Xtreme 2SE - Best among Power Rod machines

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Brand / Model

Bowflex Xtreme 2SE

Feature

Best among Power Rod machines

Cost

$$$

No. of Exercises

70+

Resistance

Power Rod / 210 lbs

Upgrade

Upgradable to 410 lbs

Quick-Change System

Foldable

Dimension (L x W x H)

53" x 49" x 83"

Pros

  • More than 70 strength exercises
  • Quick change system
  • Upgradable to 410 lbs
  • Compact design
  • Squat Bar

Cons

  • No rowing
  • heavier than other models

You can perform more than 70 strength exercises with Bowflex Xtreme 2SE. You can upgrade the resistance system up to 410 lbs from 210 lbs if you are looking for heavier resistance.


Like Bowflex PR 3000, it is equipped with a quick-change system. So you don't need to change cables between your workout set.


It has a vertical bench, which means you can not perform aerobic rowing. But the squat bar is a big plus of Xtreme 2SE.

The only downside is that it is a bit heavier.

Take away :

Bowflex Xtreme 2SE is the best choice for you if you want the best machine among power rod resistance machines.


Its price line is a bit higher than other models, but it is worth it.

4. Bowflex Blaze - Upgraded version of PR 1000

Brand / Model

Bowflex Blaze

Feature

Upgraded version of PR 1000

Cost

$$$

No. of Exercises

60+

Resistance

Power Rod / 210 lbs

Upgrade

Upgradable to 410 lbs

Quick-Change System

Foldable

Dimension (L x W x H)

90" x 38" x 83"

Pros

  • More than 60 strength exercises
  • upgraded leg workout from PR 1000
  • Upgradable to 410 lbs

Cons

  • No Quick-change system

Bowflex Blaze can be a great choice if you can invest a little bit more money. Blaze is an upgraded version of PR 1000.
You can upgrade the resistance system up to 410 lbs from 210 lbs if you are looking for heavier resistance.
You can perform more than 60 strength exercises with Bowflex Blaze. It comes with an angled lat bar and squat bar.

A downside is it does not have a quick-change system. So it can be a minus factor.

Take away :

Bowflex Blaze is a great upgrade from Bowflex PR 1000 if you can spend more money.

5. Bowflex Revolution - Most Professional home gym

Bowflex-Revolution

Brand / Model

Bowflex Revolution

Feature

Most Professional home gym

Cost

$$$$

No. of Exercises

100+

Resistance

Spiraflex / 200 lbs

Upgrade

Upgradable to 300 lbs

Quick-Change System

Foldable

Dimension (L x W x H)

112" x 38" x 73"

Pros

  • SpiraFlex Technology
  • More than 100 strength exercises
  • Quick change system
  • Upgradable to 300 lbs

Cons

  • expensive

Bowflex Revolution adapted SpiraFlex technology which is different from the usual power rod system. As discussed above, it is initially designed to help astronauts' muscle maintenance in the space station.


SpiraFlex gives more consistent gym-quality resistance throughout your movement with the relatively lightweight disk. You can perform more than 100 strength exercises with the Bowflex Revolution. You can upgrade the resistance system up to 300 lbs from 200 lbs if you are looking for heavier resistance.


It also has a quick-change system to save your time between workout sets. Revolution has a leg press station and rowing functionality for cardio.

The only downside is that it is expensive.

Take away :

Bowflex Revolution is the best choice for you if you want the best quality machine for a full-body workout.


It is the most expensive model among Bowflex lines.

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Home Gym Mania's Final Thoughts


We reviewed the top five Bowflex Home Gym machines. But there is no one size fits all choice because each person is standing at different points of their home gym fitness journey.


If you are just starting and looking for the most value for the money, Bowflex PR 1000 is the way to go.

If you want one extra mile from PR 1000, Bowflex Blaze is the way to go.

If you want maximum efficiency, PR 3000 can help you to save time and space with its compact design.


Overall, if you are an intermediate level and want to invest more for the next level, Home Gym Mania recommends Xtreme 2SE or Revolution.

Xtreme 2SE is the best in the traditional power rod line and Revolution adapts new SpiraFlex technology. 


Hope this review helped you to choose the right Bowflex machine for your home gym. Boom!

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