Nautilus Elliptical Trainers Review 2018
updated December 1, 2018
For over half a century, the Nautilus name has been synonymous with innovation and excellence in the fitness industry. Within the last decade, Nautilus have brought that same innovation and attention to detail to the home fitness market. One result of this has been a range of elliptical trainers that are second to none in terms of functionality and ergonomics. In this article, we review the best Nautilus elliptical trainers, along with some noteworthy alternatives.
The Best Nautilus Ellipticals
There are just 4 machines in the Nautilus Elliptical range. The cross trainers are uniformly stylish, solid and functional. They all feature bi-directional movement, allowing you to effectively work the hard to reach hamstrings and glutes. The differences between the units generally comes down to the number of progams and levels of eddy current resistance.
The Nautilus Elliptical range encompasses the following machines:
Our review takes in the two most popular Nautilus ellipticals, the E616 and the E614.
With 25 levels of variable eddy current resistance, a motorized incline ramp and up to 29 workout programs, the E616 constantly provides ways to challenge you, regardless of your fitness level. The backlit dualtrack LCD monitoring system allows you to watch your favorite TV shows while still keeping track of time, calories used during exercise and distance. The dual LCD displays allow you to view 13 workout metrics at once.
The E616 provides you with a 20 inch stride length, allowing you to get full activation of the glutes and hamstrings with every stride taken. Acoustic chambered speakers provide the awesome sound quality that you need to keep you motivated - and it doesn’t require headphones. You heart rate is monitored by a grip pulse sensor, although the machine is set up for a telemetry heart rate strap.
The console unit of the Nautilus E616 features Bluetooth connectivity that offers seamless transfer of all of your workout data to other devices. You also get a 0-11% automatic incline to enhance the intensity of your workout. The E616 also features a perimeter weighted flywheel to produce a very smooth, natural stride cadence.
- 29 workout apps
- 25 resistance levels
- Dual track LCD screen
- Difficult to assemble
The Nautilus E614 is a slightly pared down version of the E616, with not quite as much functionality and power to match its reduced price point. However, it still offers enough to meet the needs of most trainers. It has 20 levels of eddy current resistance and 22 workout programs.
The dual track LCD monitoring system of the E614 is identical to that of the E616, providing you with two high resolution LCD monitors that allow you to keep track of 13 training parameters at one time. A stable multi-media support allows you to watch your favorite shows while also keeping track of your training data. Thanks to Nautilus Connect, your results sync seamlessly to MyFitnessPal, making it easier than ever to track your progress.
The Nautilus E614 features a high speed drive system and perimeter weighted flywheel to deliver a smooth, fluid stride cadence. High quality in-console speakers provide extra motivation to keep training. The 22 programs on this device include 12 profiles, 9 heart rate control programs, 2 fitness tests, 1 recovery test and 1 quick start program. This provides you with all the training options that you’ll ever need.
- 22 programs and 20 resistance levels
- Perimeter weighted flywheel
- High quality in-console speakers
- Calorie counter not accurate
The Nautilus range provides functional performance at mid range pricing. There are alternative models, however, that offer just as good, if not better, options at comparative prices. The Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 is far more comfortable than anything in the Nautilus range, thanks to its unique Six Star frame technology, cooling fan and sonic surround sound speakers. The Schwinn 430 matches Nautilus with its dual track monitoring but throws in gold tracking of your progress.
Rounding out our three best Nautilus alternatives is the NordicTrack C7.5, offering nearly double the level of auto incline, a heavy duty 20 pound flywheel and adjustable footpads.
The Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 features Horizon’s exclusive Six Star certified frame technology, providing ideal body alignment for a comfortable workout. The18 inch stride, while not quite as long as that on the Nautilus E616, simulates a natural running or walking motion. 10 levels of electronic resistance allow you to start at any fitness level and work your way up. You can easily adjust the intensity at any time using the one touch quick keys.
The EX-59-02 offers plenty of motivating features to keep you going. Integrated sonic surround speakers allow you to connect your iPod and turn up your favorite playlist. The 10 programming options add variety to your workouts. A built-in cool fit fan keeps you comfortable.
- Six Star frame technology
- Chain dool fit fan
- Integrated sonic surround speakers
- Just 10 programs and resistance levels
The Schwinn 430 Elliptical trainer matches the functionality of the Nautilus monitor with a dual track monitoring system that allows you to view 13 piece of workout data at once. You get 22 workout apps (the same as on the Nautilus E614). A unique feature here is gold tracking, which allows you to monitor your training progress. 20 levels of eddy current powered resistance also matches the E614 from Nautilus.
The Schwinn 430 provides extra large footplates to make it easy to get on and off the machine. The heart rate monitors built into the handles make it easy to monitor your training pulse. With the help of Schwinn Connect technology you can also sync your training data to the Schwinn Connect website.
- Dual track monitoring system
- Gold tracking of your workout
- Schwinn Connect
- Big and Bulky
The NordicTrack C7.5 elliptical is the lowest priced cross trainer in the NordicTrack range, providing some of the ranges high spec features at a competitive price point. It features a heavy duty 20 pound flywheel to give you a smoother feeling ride between resistance levels. The C7.5 also gives you an extremely impressive 0-20 degree power incline, which is a full 9 degrees more than you get within anything in the Nautilus range.
NordicTrack’s iFitLive connects your device to the internet. This allows you to download new workouts and to track all of your training data. You can also run famous trails all over the world, right in the comfort of your living room.
- Auto incline to 20 degrees
- 20 pound flywheel
- Fully adjustable footpads
- Have to pay for iFit subscription
Although it contains just four models, the Nautilus range of Elliptical trainers provides a great combination of price functionality and performance.The E616 offers a dual track LCD screen, 25 resistance levels and a huge 29 workout apps. The pared down 614 delivers 22 workout programs and 20 resistance levels, along with a perimeter weighted flywheel.
When it comes to Nautilus elliptical alternatives, the Horizon Fitness EX-59-02 provides a superior frame with its Six Star frame technology and is fitted with such comfort features as a cool fit fan and integrated sonic surround speakers. The Schwinn 430 provides dual track monitoring to match the Nautilus range, but with the bonus of gold tracking of your workout and Schwinn Connect through Bluetooth.
Finally, the NordicTrack C7.5 provides an auto incline to 20 degrees, a 20 pound flywheel and fully adjustable footpads.
My name is Jim Roose. I'm a former competitive power lifter and gym owner. I've bought millions of dollars of fitness equipment over the last 20 years. This site is my way of giving back to the fitness community that's done so much for me. Every article on here is carefully researched and written by me. Leave a comment if you have any questions.