I Would Choose the Treadclimber TC5000, - Here's Why:
First of all, it's the topselling model on Amazon, a very trusted retailer. If more people are buying this model, one can safely assume that this model will fit most people's needs.
Second, according to other reviews and opinions, most people recommend this model, and consumers are very happy with it.
With all the models, there were a few grumbles about assembly, and a few consumers were surprised that it was so heavy. My solution to these two problems are as follows. If you aren't too handy, and the directions confuse you, and no one else in the house is comfortable with assembly, it might be worth your time to hire a local handyman to put it together for you. (Yes, people actually do this! As far as the treadclimber being heavy, be sure you know where you'd like to keep it before it arrives, as this will minimize having to move a 185lb. machine once it's put together.
The general action choices are the same for all treadclimber models:
- Treadmill - treadles lock together, allowing you walk forward as if on a treadmill
- Stairclimber - you move the two treadles separately, stepping up as if on a stair climber
- Elliptical - combines the two actions for a "walking in sand" intense workout with the low impact benefit of an elliptical
So, in my humble opinion, any of the three models would provide a great workout, but if you want to get in shape without spending a fortune, I would recommend getting the
Bowflex TC5000 Treadclimber
Amazon has better prices than the Bowflex website (usually by $50-$100), and they offer free shipping, which can save you quite a bit. I recommed using some of that saved money to invest in the 3-Year Service Plan for Treadmills
**Just make sure you get the right plan for the cost of the Treadclimber. The above link goes to the $2,000-$4,999 plan.
When you're investing this amount of money into your health and fitness with a piece of equipment like this, that you'll most likely have for years, it just makes sense. That way, if anything goes wrong with the machine, it's 100% covered. You'll have peace of mind that they will either fix it for free, or give you a brandy new one.