Nautilus are one of the best-known makers of high-end consumer-grade & light commercial elliptical trainers. In this article, we take an in-depth look at two of their most popular models, the Nautilus E614 vs E616.
If you are in the market for an elliptical trainer to use at home, there are many factors to consider, including these:
- Physical size of the machine
- Number of built-in workout programs
- Number of resistance levels
- Size & technology of the display
- Extra features (e.g. heart rate monitoring)
- Warranty length
How well do these two ellipticals address these factors, and which one is the best for you? Read on to find out…
Nautilus E614 vs E616 – Specifications
Nautilus E614 vs E616 – Similarities
These are both Elliptical Trainers, using the Magnetic Resistance principle
- An elliptical trainer (also known as a cross-trainer) is a stationary exercise machine. It can be used to simulate stair climbing, walking, or running, and offers a lower-impact method of carrying out these exercises.
- An elliptical trainer offers both upper body and lower body workouts.
- The resistance is adjusted using magnetism (see this article for a technical description).
Both the Nautilus E614 and E616 have USB charging ports
- Both machines have a USB port making it easy to charge your smartphone or tablet while exercising on the elliptical. However, it is important to note that the ports are only used solely for charging your devices.
Both ellipticals can measure your heart rate via their handles
- Both ellipticals can measure your heart rate through metal contact plates on the handles, though the E616 can also connect to a chest strap.
Both machines have the same maximum user weight
- Both the Nautilus E614 and E616 have a maximum weight of 300lbs per user.
Both machines have a fixed stride length of 20”
- 18” to 20” stride length is a standard recommendation. However, both offer up to 20-inch stride length for those of short or tall stature.
There is a built-in tablet/book holder with both machines
- Depending on your mood and need, both machines have a tablet/book holder, which helps you multi-task while exercising.
Both machines have built-in fans
- Both the Nautilus E614 and E616 elliptical have built-in fans for proper ventilation while exercising.
Both Elliptical Trainers have transport wheels
- To make it easier to maneuver these quite bulky machines, they have included transport wheels to make moving them a one-person job.
Both Nautilus E614 and E616 have built-in speakers and a water bottle holder
- Both machines offer built-in speakers so that you can spice up your workout through music. Aside from that, both the Nautilus E614 and E616 have built-in water bottles for your convenience.
The Nautilus E614 and E616 both have identical frame warranties
- Both offer a 10-year warranty for the frame.
Nautilus E614 vs E616 – Differences
The E614 and E616 have different flywheel weights
- The E616 has 22lb flywheel, while the Nautilus E614 makes do with a lighter 18lb flywheel.
Both elliptical trainers offer a different number of resistance levels
- The Nautilus E614 has 20 resistance levels, while the E616 has 25. Both are enough to provide a challenging workout for anyone.
The Nautilus E614 has an incline range of 6 positions, while the E616 elliptical offers an incline range of 0-10 degrees
- The E616 has an incline range of 0-10 degrees, while the Nautilus E614 elliptical offers six fixed incline positions, but the manufacturer doesn’t quote the range in terms of degrees.
Both offer a different incline adjustment method
- The Nautilus E614 has a manual incline adjustment wherein you need to stop your workout routine, get off the machine, and manually change the incline setting. On the other hand, the E616 has a powered incline adjustment wherein you can adjust the incline from the console without stopping your workout.
Both have a built-in LCD Display, but the Nautilus E616’s display is backlit
- The Nautilus E614 has 2 LCDs; however, the E616 has a backlit display making it easier to read, even with low lighting.
Only the E616 has Bluetooth
- Your smart devices cannot be connected to the Nautilus E614, whereas the E616 elliptical has a Bluetooth option. This allows you to connect the E616 to the Nautilus Connect app, or other popular fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal.
Only the E616 can connect to a chest-strap pulse monitor
- The E614 can only measure your heart rate via the handles, while the E616 comes with a chest strap for more accurate measurement & recording (you can still use the contact type heart rate monitor on the handles of the E614 if you wish).
The Nautilus E614 and E616 have different total built-in workout programs
- The Nautilus E614 offers 22 integrated workout programs, while the E616 has a total of 29 workout programs you can choose from, to ramp up your exercises daily.
Both have a different amount of user profiles
- The Nautilus E614 can save up to 2 profiles, perfect for couples, while the E616 can save up to 4 profiles, ideal for families who exercise extensively using the elliptical.
Both offer different warranties for the mechanical components and electronics
- The Nautilus E614 has a 2-year warranty for the mechanical components and a 1-year warranty for electronics.
- The E616 has a 3-year warranty for the mechanical parts and a 3-year warranty for electronics.
The Nautilus E614 and E616 have a fair share of similarities and differences. It might be challenging to choose between the two, so here are some notable facts that might help:
- The E616 has more resistance levels than the E614.
- There are more workout programs offered by the E616 making your workouts more challenging compared to what E614 offers.
- The E616 has a better warranty than the E614.
- Though this might not be a huge concern, the E616 has a better LCD display.