Nautilus E616 Elliptical Trainer

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Nautilus E616 Elliptical Trainer Review Facts

For over half a century, the Nautilus name has been synonymous with innovation and excellence in the fitness industry. Within the last decade, Nautilus has 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 Nautilus E616 elliptical trainers, one of our favorites, so you can determine if this is the trainer for you.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Offers 29 different workout apps

Gives you 25 resistance levels to work with

Has a dual track LCD screen so you can track your workout and still do something else on the other screen


It can be a bear to put together and is much easier with two people. The instruction manual doesn’t help much but the pictures are a lifesaver.


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 dual-track 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. Your 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.​


The E616 definitely has everything you need to get an effective workout. To begin with, this machine has 25 levels of resistance so you can vary your exercise and increase it as your fitness level increases. It also features 29 workout programs that are preset into the machine. There are 12 profile programs and 9 that are designed to help your heart rate. There is a quick start program, 2 fitness tests, and a recovery test. Then there are four slots for custom programs.

It has the programs that you always look for and the common programs that are in most machines such as calorie burn, aerobic, and cross-training. They do include one program which is rarer and it is a manual one. When you use the manual mode, you can do your work out without selecting a program. You do not even have to turn on the console. The machine lets you do warm-ups, cool down, or just pedal as fast and as long as you want without having to be accountable for a program. This is different from the quick-start program that makes you set up the program on the console and skip the warm-up steps.


When you gauge comfort on an elliptical trainer, your first thoughts will be of the footplates and handlebars. In this case, Nautilus has you covered. The footplates are articulating. They have a 20-inch stride length and a nice, smooth step. They are also textured with a nice lip in the toe area which will keep your feet in place while you pedal.

The handlebars are also important as well. There is one set of fixed handlebars and another set that moves with you, allowing you to work both your upper and lower body at the same time. The fixed handlebars are ergonomically placed and have a grip heart rate sensor you can use with heart rate programs. The moving handlebars are angled to let you find the hand position which is most comfortable.


The Nautilus E616 has a tone of the built-in accessories you will be looking for when you are shopping for an elliptical. It has a book holder as well as a tablet holder. There are Bluetooth speakers with great acoustic sound and lets you sync your device to the console and listen while you exercise. It has a personal cooling fan with three speeds to help you stay comfortable while you are exercising. There is also an extra-large holder below the console which is divided. It is large enough to hold both your water bottle and your television remote. There is even a spot to charge your phone or tablet.

Computer Features

The E616 also has a lot of interesting computer features which will help you enjoy your exercising and track your workout. It will be easier to monitor how you are doing and make new goals to reach for. It starts with the DualTrack system which has two backlit LCD windows. Then there is USB and Bluetooth connectivity to the Nautilus Connect and the MyFitnessPal apps so you can download workout data. Some of the data you can keep track of are things like the speed you are going, how long you are exercising, the distance you have gone, what level you are on, your heart rate, and how many calories you have burned.

The computer gives you twelve profile programs which are perfect for keeping variety in your workout. Four of them are mountain rides, four are just fun rides and four are challenges. There are also nine heart rate programs that have custom settings. It also includes two programs that test your fitness and measure your improvements. You have profiles for four users you can use to store personal information and workout data. There is even a program to measure how fast your heart rate will recover after a workout as well as a quick-start capability.


It would be pretty difficult to find a higher quality exercise machine than a Nautilus. They are definitely a company that you immediately think of when it comes to exercise equipment. The E616 Elliptical will give you excellent workouts for a very long time. They have so much confidence in their product that it comes with a 10-year warranty. This machine is stable, durable and strong with a large footprint and well-balanced components. These features will also give you a very smooth and realistic elliptical movement.

The E616 elliptical has a 20-inch stride length, as well as a motorized ramp adjustment. It has large articulating footplates which come with cushioning. It has a 300-pound weight capacity before the machine will wobble.

Display and Console

This console features DualTrack connectivity which is Bluetooth compatible and will work with the Nautilus fitness programs available when you get the machine. This machine also has two USB charging ports, and it has connectivity to fitness programs including the NautilusConnect and MyFitnessPal. It includes a total of 29 programs preset in the console that is displayable on the dual monitors, along with the time, time spent, heart rate, and much more.

The Final Word

The E616 is an exercise machine that offers a whole array of programs with plenty of levels of resistance to keep you busy. All of the multiple options will keep you motivated and you will enjoy knowing that you have an elliptical which happens to be the perfect fit for your home gym without having to worry about breaking your budget. The best part of all is that you will definitely see results and be able to reach your fitness goals in no time at all. The E616 has a choice of two different kinds of heart rate monitors. You can use the contact type which is included or the telemetry which requires a separate purchase. This will give you the very best health and keep you nice and safe with every ride.

The E616 offers five more levels of resistance than the last model for a grand total of 25. This machine also has acoustic speakers that are sealed to give you an awesome quality of sound while you do your workout. If you have a really busy lifestyle, the unique dual-screen will let you track your progress while also letting you play or work on your phone, tablet or other devices. The Nautilus range of Elliptical trainers gives you 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. It has everything you need for a good quality workout you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Another great Nautilus product we reviewed is the Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike, as well as the T618 Treadmill so make sure to check it out as well.