The Bowflex TreadClimber series of exercise machines offer all of the movements of a treadmill, stair stepper and elliptical machine in one package. The TC3000 is the midrange model of TreadClimbers produced by Bowflex, making it a compromise between fewer features on the TC1000 and the higher price of the TC5500.
The TC3000 is visibly identifiable from the TC1000 by the larger display console located on the handlebars. This console acts as the command center for the machine and has many programmable features. When compared to the TC5000, the TC3000 is less visually distinctive, but can still be identified by the uprights. The uprights on the TC3000 are silver, while the uprights of the TC5000 are black.
The TC3000 has six display functions, namely speed, distance, time, calories per minute, total calories and total steps. The TC1000 only has three features, while the TC5000 and TC5500 have eight and 15, respectively.
The TC 3000 does not have a heart rate monitor or the ability to create personalized profiles like the upper-end machines, but does allow you to monitor your calories burned and has an ergonomic display that can hold water bottles or magazines, which the TC1000 does not have.
When deciding between TreadClimber models, a user must decide between additional features. All of the TreadClimber models essentially function in the same way and offer the same 12 levels of resistance. The TC3000 and TC5000 both have a top speed of 4 mph, which is slightly faster than the TC1000 at 3.8 mph and slightly slower than the TC5500 at 4.5 mph. You cannot run on the TreadClimber machines, but how fast you power walk may be a deciding factor between them. Another difference between the models is price.
As of September 2010, the TC3000 is available for purchase on Bowflex's website for $2,099. The TC1000 is available for $1,298, the TC5000 for $2,499 and the TC5500 for $3,299. All of the TreadClimber machines received a positive review from the Exercise Equipment Expert Review Journal, so choosing between the models comes down to finding the right combination of price and features for your needs.
Whereas the TC1000 only has a one-year warranty on all parts and labor, the TC3000 extends this warranty to three years for the motor and two years for the parts, electronics and hydraulics. The upper-end models have a five-year warranty on the motor, three years for the parts and electronics and two years for the hydraulics. According to the TC3000 owner's manual, all TreadClimbers purchased through an authorized dealer have a six-week money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with the machine.