The Nautilus E616 was, until recently, the best E-Series model produced by the company. It certainly is a vast improvement on the E614. These modifications include a motorized incline system, better resistance with more levels, and more workout programs.
As of June 2019, the fitness market was worth $30 billion, and it is being projected to continue growing at over 6% every year. This fruit is ripe for the picking, which means that fitness machine manufacturers must be at the top of their game.
The price bracket under which the E616 falls happens to be most competitive. It is where manufacturers showcase their best products to the people who can afford them. To the consumer, it just means that you get a wide range of the best products at better prices.
Nautilus E616 Elliptical Trainer Review
In a few words, this is a quality machine with great features. It delivers a steady, smooth performance that can only be had from sound engineering. Its range of convenient features is also commendable, from Bluetooth syncing to inbuilt speakers.
General Features and Technical Specifications
- Assembled size – 71.6″W x 26.7″L x 63.2″H
- Weight – 173 lbs (78.5kg)
- Color – Black
- Weight Capacity – 300lbs (136kg)
- Stride length – 20″
- Workout programs – 29 programs.
- Resistance – 25 level eddy current magnetic resistance.
- Incline – Motorized incline, maximum 11%.
- Monitoring – Grip sensors, chest strap.
- Console – Dual display console.
- Warranty – 10 years for the frame, two for parts, one for electronics and 3 months for labor.
Nautilus E616 Overall Build
The Nautilus E616 is a top of the range elliptical machine. It is a front-drive, which means that the flywheel is found in front of the pedals. Other possible designs would be rear-drive and center drive, but these are more complicated and thus costlier. Rear-drive ellipticals also occupy more space, which makes the front-drive design perfect for this one.
This machine is also great for cross-training. This is because the moving handlebars can also be used to train your upper body and core at the same time. The flywheel provides the resistance necessary for an effective workout.
A good machine needs to have a long service life. The E616 is made of a sturdy frame consisting of steel tubes. These ensure strength, support, and durability while remaining light. The frame comes with a 10-year warranty from the manufacturer.
While the machine could ideally support much heavier persons, it is rated for a maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs (136kb).
Flywheel and Drive System
The Nautilus E616 comes with a 16-pound (7.25kg), perimeter weighted flywheel. The weighting serves to enhance the inertia of the wheel, which makes it very easy to start, operate, and stop. The weight is enough to give you a smooth running experience.
For the drive system, Nautilus utilizes the V-belt drive system. Like with other Nautilus ellipticals, this system allows the machine to be silent and efficient. When the belt is properly fixed, there is little slipping and minimum wear and tear. It allows it to last for very long.
Pedals and Deck
- The basic system used in the Nautilus E616 is the same one used in the other models. Namely, the pedals move along a couple of rails on a set of rollers. These rollers, in turn, have internal ball bearings that serve to reduce the friction of movement.Â
- The rails and rollers both form the deck, and it is the part that usually needs the most careful maintenance. Every month, it is essential to clean it and lubricate with pure silicone grease, which helps it maintain the smooth and silent motion it is designed to have.
- The main advantage that this model has over the rest is that it features articulating footplates. Unlike the solid type featured on cheaper models, these can move slightly to accommodate your feet. It happens as you move through the full elliptical cycle and keeps your feet from experiencing strain.
- The footplates are also cushioned with soft rubber cushioning, which reduces the impact experienced during workouts and makes it ideal for invalids and seniors.
Resistance and Incline
- With the E616 being one of their best models, Nautilus has put in a top of the line eddy current magnetic resistance system. It gives you fine control over resistance settings and keeps the machine operating quietly since there is no contact involved.
- The magnetic resistance system involves two major parts: A servo motor and a magnetic resistance pad. The servo motor receives your instructions from the console and moves the pad accordingly to vary the resistance.
- As for the incline, this model has a motorized ramp that you can use to adjust the incline all the way to the highest setting of 11% incline. There are quick-access buttons available on the console to go the desired level of incline or resistance immediately, or you can use the gradual increase/decrease buttons.
- Since the resistance and incline are both motorized, you can only use this elliptical while it is plugged into a power source. It comes with a power adapter that you can use on a standard 110V socket.
- It is important to track your progress as you exercise, and in this, the Nautilus E616 has you well covered. You have two options as far as pulse monitoring is concerned.Â
- The first option is through the EKG sensors mounted on the fixed handlebars. Whenever you get your reading, you just grip them and get the results displayed. It is a little inconvenient and is not always accurate.
- The second option is much better, whereby you can use the included chest strap. The console is telemetrically enabled to sync with the chest strap. This option is much better as it allows you to have a continuous stream of pulse monitoring data.
Nautilus uses its proprietary Dual Display system on this model. It involves two different screens: a larger primary one which displays data like program name, resistance and incline levels, and goal percentage achieved, as well as a secondary screen which shows heart rate, time, calories burned, and mileage.
This importance of the secondary screen is apparent when you’re using a tablet. It will obscure the primary display, but in that case, the secondary one allows you to remain entertained while still tracking your workout data.
The console is the only way to interact with your elliptical, and it has all the buttons you need. There are numbered buttons for quick setting of resistance and incline levels. There are also buttons for gradual adjustments of the same.
There are 29 workout programs available on the Nautilus E616. 12 are profile currents, 9 are for heart rate exercises, 4 are custom programs, 2 are fitness tests (Advanced and Beginner), and 1 Quick Start manual test.
The profile programs consist of 4 fun-rides, 4 challenges and 4 mountain programs. All these are geared towards helping you achieve different fitness goals, and the resistance and incline levels auto-adjust accordingly.
The console operates from the mains power. It is also backlit so you can use it easily, even in poor lighting.
Connectivity and Media
When it comes to extra features and convenience, the Nautilus E616 does very well. It has Bluetooth connectivity so that you can sync your data to your mobile phone or tablet.
If you prefer, there is a USB port that can also be used for data transfer, so you also make use of a flash drive. Either way, this data can be uploaded to fitness apps like RunSocial (a mixed reality app for virtual running scenes) and MyFitnessPal.
A tablet holder is available to take your phone or tablet when you’re exercising, and you can charge it at the same time. Additionally, you can play music through the dual closed-chamber speakers to which you can connect through Bluetooth or a 3.5mm jack pin.
Finally, there is also a fan to help cool you down through your routines. The fan has three speed settings, and its airflow can be directed towards your head or chest as needed.
Nautilus E616 Pros and Cons
- Sturdy design on the frame and parts, with a corresponding warranty on each.
- Smooth, silent operation even at high speeds.
- Cushioned articulating footplates for maximum comfort.
- Comes with inbuilt speakers for playing music.
- Bluetooth connectivity for data and music.
- Chest strap included for wireless monitoring. The console is telemetric to allow you to read real time data directly.
- Tablet holder and USB charger available.
- You can sync your data to apps like RunSocial and MyFitnessPal and connect with friends.
- Very good pricing (as of October 2019, it was going for about $1000).
- Amazing customer care services.
- 20″ inch fixed stride length. For the price, it should have been at least 22″ and adjustable to accommodate most people.
- Not foldable. The result is that it takes a lot of time for initial assembly. It also occupies a lot of space when in use.
- The fan and display are underwhelming. The fan is weak, and the screen is basic.
Last update on 2020-12-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
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The Nautilus E616 elliptical machine has been greatly improved since it was first introduced. During that time, it has made a lot of customers happy, and the only issues being reported seem to revolve around squeaking sounds and sometimes faulty consoles. The manufacturer has already addressed most of these issues in later models.
If you’ve been thinking of getting the Nautilus E616, it is a quality machine that will give you great value for money. Overall, a 4.5-star rating is fair for the machine.