StairMaster SM916 Stepmill Review

Are you a health nut? A workout freak bent on doing anything possible to stay fit (even if it means spending hard earned cash?). If so, stick around, I’m about to review a machine so grueling, so workout efficient and so advanced that it’ll have you begging to stop at the end of your workout.

It is none other than the StairMaster SM916 StepMill, a revolving staircase that replicates the exact workout of walking up the stairs extremely well. Now I know what you’re thinking, this baby has a hefty price tag and you need to be sure this is the right choice before you go ahead and buy it.

Key Features:

Let’s go over some of the features, and then break them down and explain what they do, and why they are good:

  • High-quality StepMill with revolving set of 8-inch stairs for cardio workouts:

This part is relatively obvious, as without the revolving stairs the cardio exercise wouldn’t be possible. These 8-inch stairs rotate downwards, giving you the illusion that you are climbing stairs.

  • Step range of 24 to 162 steps per minute; multi-stage fitness test and CPAT test:

The feature 24 to 162 steps per minute allows you to select how fast your stepmill will go. The more steps per minute, the faster it will go, which means you’ll have to work both harder and faster. Setting it on a small amount of steps per minute does the complete opposite, good for starting light and warming up.

The multi-stage Fitness Test is a nationally recognized test used to gauge your individual progress, whilst the CPAT Test is a firefighter workout that measures your cardiopulmonary endurance and muscular strength. Both good for gauging your fitness progress once in a while, or as a daily cardio workout.

Warning: both tests are very demanding and you should be prepared to be put to the limit!

  • 10 total workout programs, including fat burner, calorie burner, and intervals:

Gives you the ability to choose the exact type of cardio workout needed to accomplish your fitness goals.
The 10 workouts available are:

Quick Start, Manual, Fat Burner, Calorie Burner, Speed Intervals, Custom Intervals, Random Intensity, Heart Rate Intervals, Calorie Goal, Heart Rate Zone Trainer.

Although I have not been able to use every feature, I do suggest using Quick Start as a form of warm up, and manual to tweak the workout to your exact needs. The other 8 workouts are great to use often too, but I tend to stick to manual and quick start.

  • Backlit LCD display with slot for 15-inch TV; Polar-compatible heart rate monitoring:
The Backlit LCD display is what is responsible for keeping track of your speed, distance, floors climbed, calories burned, and more.

Now if that wasn’t enough, StairMaster then went and added a Slot capable of holding a 15-inch LCD TV (for entertainment purposes), and a wireless heart rate monitor so that you can keep trac
k of your current intensity.

  •  Measures 29 x 78 x 50 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 409 pounds; 15-year frame warranty:


Other less notable features include:

  • ergonomically designed handrails for support
  • a water bottle holder
  • reading rack
  • accessory tray that is positioned within easy reach
  • 300-pound capacity

How to use the StairMaster SM916 StepMill:

Operating heavy machinery can seem very scary, especially if you’re doing it on your own. Follow these instructions and you should find that this machine is extremely easy to operate.

Once set up, you’ll first want to hold onto the hand rails (duhhh!!), and then step onto the StairMaster SM916 StepMill carefully. Stand up straight, and the stairs should begin to rotate slowly. Don’t worry, it stops shortly after.

Now look over towards the console infront. On screen it should display “Select Workout”. I recommend you choose “Manual” so that you have control over your first workout. Press “Manual” and then “Enter” to select the “Manual” Workout.

The console will then ask you to enter your bodyweight in pounds. If you make any errors, you can retype your weight by pressing “Clear”.

After, the console will then ask you to enter a step rate between 24 (very easy) and 162 (extremely hard). As a beginner to the machine, I suggest trying a low step rate, perhaps 24 as your first workout. Do not get cocky and try as fast you can, it’ll only end badly for you.

You will then be prompted to enter the amount of time you would like to workout for. You have to choose a time between 5 minutes and 99 minutes. Once you enter the amount of minutes you would like to workout for and hit enter, the console should say “Enjoy Your Workout” On Screen, and the program should start. If you remain idle for 30 seconds, the console will return to the start screen and shut down.

The stairs will now beging rotate, indicating that you have begun the workout. As you get the hang of it, you can increase or decrease the intensity by pressing the up and down arrows. Up to increase, and down to decrease.

Once the program is finished, wait for the steps to completely stop before stepping off.

Congratulations, you’ve just completed your first workout with the StairMaster SM916 StepMill