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Nautilus Elliptical Trainer Reviews

Nautilus elliptical trainers are produced alongside the Schwinn and Bowflex brands by the Nautilus, Inc. company, and are now designed entirely for home gyms, rather than commercial installations.

In the past, Nautilus have produced several less advanced ellipticals that have since been discontinued, including the NE3000, EV716 Pro and the Commercial Series E916.

Their current collection features the E514c, E614 and E616 machines, which is somewhat limited compared to the dozens of elliptical models produced by ProForm and NordicTrack in recent years.

However, because Nautilus have focussed on a single product line, this makes it much easier to identify the features being upgraded.

This guide contains a quick summary from each of our Nautilus elliptical reviews, along with a brief comparison with similarly priced machines.

For a more in-depth look at the design features, workout programs, warranty coverage, assembly, console functions and entertainment options, it’s worth having a read of the full review.

Why should I buy Nautilus?

After fully reviewing the E614 and E616 ellipticals, it’s clear that they offer one of the highest specifications for their respective price ranges.

For example, the Nautilus E616 is usually priced at around $900, which makes it in direct competition with the entry level model from Sole Fitness (E25), as well as ellipticals from Reebok, ProForm, Best Fitness and Yowza Fitness to name a few.

But as you’ll discover in our reviews, after taking everything into account (warranty, workout program variety, stride length, resistance levels, etc.) the Nautilus ellipticals came out on top in the mid-range under $1000 category.

As a parent company, Nautilus, Inc. has a wealth of experience in designing and creating high quality home fitness equipment. As of 2016 they now manage the Bowflex, Nautilus, Schwinn, Universal and Octane Fitness brands.

Schwinn vs. Nautilus elliptical trainers

If you’re already familiar with the Schwinn line of elliptical trainers, you might have noticed how similar they are to the Nautilus ellipticals.

Both the Schwinn and Nautilus brands are listed under the same parent company of Nautilus, Inc. which explains why the machines are practically identical.

Based on features and price, the following list is a rough guide to how the Nautilus and Schwinn ellipticals correspond to each other:

Nautilus E616 Elliptical

Nautilus E616 Elliptical Trainer Review

Review rating: 4 star review rating
The Nautilus E616 offers some significant upgrades over the E614, but one of the ones we’re most excited about is the transition from manual incline to power incline.

This means that you can adjust the gradient of your run without having to step off the machine, which along with the 5 extra resistance levels, allows you to create much more challenging workout programs.

Despite the higher price, Nautilus have built in enough features and improvements to ensure the E616 stays top of its class, with the highest number of workout programs and user profiles we’ve seen on any elliptical at this price.

The only slight downside is the lack of entertainment options. Although you have the built-in speakers and media shelf for your tablet, you won’t find any full color touch screens, web browsers, or HDTV Personal Viewing Systems like you do with some of the higher priced Precor or NordicTrack ellipticals.

Instead Nautilus have chosen to design the E616 around a combination of effective workout features and affordability, with the added bonus of being able to sync your workout data to NautilusConnect and MyFitnessPal.

  • Workout programs: 29
  • Stride length: 20″
  • Incline: 10%
  • Nautilus Connect: Yes
  • Resistance levels: 25
  • Workout feedbacks: 13
  • User profiles: 4
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs

To find out more about how the E616 measures up to ellipticals from ProForm, Horizon Fitness, Yowza Fitness and more, it’s worth taking a look at our full review. This is where we take a more in depth look at everything from the design features and console, through to heart rate monitoring and fitness tests.

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Nautilus E614 Elliptical

The E614 is the mid-range Nautilus elliptical

Review rating: 4 star review rating
As an upgrade from the earlier E514c design, the E614 elliptical offers a wide range of impressive features for under $600.

As with the later E616 model, you have the option to sync all of your important workout data to one of 2 user profiles, before uploading it to your NautilusConnect account.

From here you can import your data to a MyFitnessPal profile, where it can be combined with other exercise and nutrition data for a complete overview of your health and fitness routine.

The stride length measures an impressive 20″, which is the longest we’ve found on an elliptical under $1000, and capable of supporting the natural running stride of users to around 6ft 3ins tall.

You’ll also struggle to find an elliptical at this price range with more resistance levels, with 20 available on the E614.

In fact, the only real downside is that the incline settings require manual adjustments before you step on the footplates. This means you can’t adjust the incline mid-workout like you can with some higher priced machines (including the E616).

This is the same as on the equivalent 430 model from Schwinn, which also offers a 10 degree incline with 6 manual adjustment settings.

  • Workout programs: 22
  • Stride length: 20″
  • Incline: 10%
  • Nautilus Connect: Yes
  • Resistance levels: 20
  • Workout feedbacks: 13
  • User profiles: 2
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs

So how does the Nautilus E614 compare to ellipticals from other well known fitness companies such as ProForm and Horizon Fitness?

This is one of the questions we answer in our review, where we also walk you through everything you need to know about the workout programs, design features, warranty, and console functions.

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