The E614 is definitely an improvement on the previous 514 model, although there is stiff competition in the price range from NordicTrack and ProForm. Still, this elliptical is popular and is a decent value for the price.
The Nautilus E614 has an enhanced two window LCD display showing time, distance, calories, resistance level and other metrics.
Let's take a look at the important specs....
Nautilus E614 reviews have definitely been more positive than those on the previous E514 model. They have added a longer stride length, more resistance levels and more workouts.
The new dual window display is also a nice change as it allows you to use your tablet and still be able to view your workout stats.
You still have a 20" stride, eddy current brakes and heart rate monitoring in the handles. The 22 workout programs include 9 profile, 8 heart rate, user profile, fitness test and a Quick Start option, giving you plenty of choices as far as workouts are concerned.
Also new is the option to track and export your workouts through NautilusConnect or My Fitness Pal via the USB connection.
Those are all of the positive aspects of the E614. As far as the negatives, you have to manually adjust the incline as opposed to motorized as you'll find on most comparably priced ellipticals from NordicTrack and ProForm. You'll have to opt for the up-level E616 model to get power incline.
Also, the warranties are lackluster on Nautilus ellipticals, as well as their sister company Schwinn. You only get 10 years on the frame on both models, as opposed to the lifetime frame warranty you find pretty much everywhere else at this price level.
So these are not going to last forever, and if you do decide to buy one, you'll want to get an extended warranty with it just to cover yourself.
There are currently three Nautilus elliptical trainers to choose from: the base E614, the mid-level E616 and the top of the line E618. As you move up in the lineup you get additional features and capabilities.
Let's take a look to see how the three models stack up...
The base Nautilus E614 gives you a 20" stride length, 6 manual incline positions, basic display, an 18 lb. flywheel, 20 resistance levels, 22 workout programs, contact heart rate grips and a 300 lb. max weight capacity.
The step up E616 gives you 10 degrees of power incline, advanced display, an 22 lb. flywheel, 25 resistance levels and 29 workout programs.
You also get wireless heart rate monitoring and Bluetooth workout tracking via the Nautilus Trainer and Run Social apps, both of which are not available on the base Nautilus T614.
The top end E618 is very similar to the E616 in many ways, but has an increased 22" stride, an even more advanced console, a heavy 30 lb. flywheel and the unique Suspension Adjust Performance cushioning system not found on the E614 or E616.
It also has the heaviest max weight capacity, at 350 lbs., and a better warranty overall.
Which one should you choose?
If it just comes down to budget, and you are OK with an entry level machine, the E614 could be a good choice for your home gym.
However, if you're a little more open we would recommend at least the E616 as you get so many more features, as well as more accurate heart rate monitoring and the ability to track and share your workouts.
If you think the machine might get more heavy usage, with multiple people using it regularly, you might want to consider the E618 as it gives you a higher weight capacity, heavier flywheel and a stronger warranty.
You also get that advanced cushioning that will reduce impact on your knees and joints more effectively than the other Nautilus ellipticals will.
The E614 from Nautilus is definitely a step up from the previous model, but not enough to make it a great choice, especially when there are many models out there with more features and better warranties.
Still, if you can get one on sale, it's not a bad option. The E614 lists at $999 but we've seen it as low as $599. At that price, it's a good deal.
You get incline, a nice stride, large footpads, 20 resistance levels, speakers and a good variety of built in workouts.
Also take a look at the E616 which gives you more workouts, Bluetooth capability, power incline, wireless heart rate monitoring and additional resistance levels, as well as the top model in the series, the E618 which can accommodate heavier usage.
The elliptical lineup from their sister company Schwinn is very similar, so one of those models might appeal to you as well.
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