Nautilus E616 Elliptical Trainer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
The Final Word
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.