Wondering how they compare?
These are 2 brand new Max Trainer models that were just released for the 2019 season, replacing the older M5 and M7 Max trainer models.
Bowflex upgraded the consoles and added Max Intelligence (which is a Smart Training option to help you get a more customized, effective workout) to both models.
The problem is that these 2 machines look so much alike you’re probably wondering – what’s the difference between them?
This post will give you a rundown of the key differences between them to help you choose which is best for you.
So let’s get started.
Bowflex M6 vs M8 – Console
The Bowflex M6 Max Trainer has a single console window display that’s backlit for easier reading. It also has a new media shelf you can use to hold your tablet or phone:
The Bowflex M8 max Trainer has an upgraded LCD 2-window console display that’s also a bit larger than the M6 model (and easier to read):
As you can see, the M8 console also has a premium media shelf that’s a little nicer than the one on the M6 console.
Both consoles give you hand grip EKG heart rate sensors and the calorie burn rate meter that shows you how many calories you’re burning at any one time (which can be very motivational).
However the calorie burn rate meter is a bit more colorful and easier to see on the M8 model vs the M6 (a small difference – but worth noting).
Bowflex M6 or M8 – Price
As of right now anyways, the Bowflex M6 comes in about $600 less than the M8, making it the more affordable of the two trainers. You can get the Bowflex M6 Max with a Free Promo Code to Save here.
The Bowflex M8 comes in a bit higher as it has a few more perks (like the upgraded console). You can however save on the Bowflex M8 Max with a Free Promo Code here.
So at least budget-wise, the M6 model is a bit more attractive.
Upper Body Arms
The Bowflex Max Trainer M6 model has straight (but cushioned) upper body arm bars as you can see here:
The Bowflex Max Trainer M8 model upgrades to longer, curved cushioned arm bars as you can see here:
This isn’t just an aesthetic thing – it means you have more hand positions to choose from on the M8 model. This in turn means you get a wider range of upper body training motions on the M8 model.
Bowflex has added something different this year – but only to the M8 model.
You can buy the M8 on it’s own – or you can upgrade to the Performance pack for about $300 more and get a Samsung Galaxy tablet, exercise mat to go under your trainer and a wireless heart rate arm band to track your heart rate.
That’s not a bad deal – especially if you’re looking to pick up a tablet you can use to watch the Max Intelligence video workouts and scenery.
However on the downside, the Performance Pack option is only available (as of this writing) with the Bowflex M8 – not the M6.
Bowflex Max Trainer M6 vs M8 – Resistance
You get 16 resistance levels on the Max Trainer M6 – which is pretty good, considering the resistance levels on these machines are pretty challenging.
However the M8 model goes one better with 20 resistance levels. So if you’re already in great shape – or if you just want more room to grow as you fitness levels improve, this might be a better option for you.
Max Trainer M6 vs M8 – Built-in Workouts
The M6 model gives you 5 built in workouts for some extra challenge. However the M8 model does a little better with 7 built-in workouts.
This may not really matter to you if you plan on using the Max Intelligence feature, since that will also include a lot of customized, dynamic workouts as well.
But it might be worth knowing if you’re the kind of person who likes to do structured, pre-designed workouts.
Bowflex M6 vs M8 – Warranty Protection
The Bowflex M8 gives you a bit more in terms of warranty protection – 1 extra year to be exact. You get a 2 year parts warranty on the M6 model whereas the M8 gives you a 3 years parts warranty.
So Which is Best for You?
What’s the bottom line when comparing the Bowflex Max Trainer M6 vs M8?
Well, they both have their benefits. The Bowflex M6 comes in at a more affordable price.
And it still gives you everything you need for a fast-calorie-burning workout, including the Max Intelligence option.
However the M8 gives you a few more “perks” like the upgraded arm bars, larger console with premium media shelf, more built-in workouts and more resistance levels.
You also have the option to get it with the Performance pack if you want the Samsung tablet deal.
So it really comes down to what you want.
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