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Nautilus E614 Elliptical

Nautilus E614 Elliptical is very popular home elliptical exercise machine. It comes with large number of exercise programs and other features, including great warranty, at affordable price. It provides smooth cardio workout at the privacy of your home, with the features often found on more expensive ellipticals.

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 Nautilus E614 Features and Specifications

- Nautilus E614 is based on high speed, high inertia drive system with a perimeter weighted flywheel. Such system uses magnetic brake system and it provides easy start up and smooth, consistent workouts,

- stride is 20" (~51 cm) long, giving the feeling of the natural movement, while large foot pads fit any user

- for added intensity, Nautilus E614 comes with 6 possible incline levels. Note that incline change is manual, meaning that the user has to stop the exercise, change the incline and than start the workout again. Automatic (motorized) incline would be a great feature - note that many ellipticals, even ones that cost much more, don't have incline change at all.

- thanks to the magnetic brake system (eddy current), Nautilus E614 elliptical comes with 20 levels of resistance, providing the trainee with a wide range of workout intensity options, especially when combined with different incline levels and large number of workout programs.

- E614 elliptical comes with 22 built-in workout programs: 9 profile, 8 heart rate, 2 custom, 2 fitness and 1 quick start. Also, it comes with contact heart rate monitor providing the people with heart issues an option to workout at home, under direct or indirect supervision by their doctors and coaches. On-board computer can store 2 user profiles, enough for most situations found at home gyms.

nautilus e614 elliptical console- Console is large and readable, with easy access controls. DualTrack with two LCD displays display all required data during exercise: user, workout time, covered distance, resistance level, revs/strides per minute, heart rate, burned calories, programs etc.

- console has media shelf which can hold the book, tablet etc. Note that items positioned on the media shelf block upper (larger) display, but this is not major issue, since the same data is displayed on lower display, just the different format.

- console also feature speakers with MP3 input port, USB media charging, and adjustable fan with three speeds.

Unit dimensions are (H x W x L) 63.2 x 26.7 x 71.5 inches (~160 x 68 x 182 cm) and it weighs 167.3 lbs (~76 kg). E614 elliptical comes with transport wheels, to help the user move the elliptical around, if and when required.

Maximum allowed user weight is 300 pounds (~136 kg), which is good for such unit.

Warranty conditions: ten (10) year warranty on the frame, two (2) year parts warranty, one (1) year electronics warranty and 90 day labor warranty - acceptable warranty, even for parts and electronics, great for frame, but labor warranty could be better.

Obviously, E614 is large and robust unit, being stable exercise platform. Although it can be moved around, it is best practice to position the elliptical trainer on the permanent position and to use it frequently.

Nautilus E614, E616, and E618 Ellipticals - Comparison and Recommendation

Nautilus E614, E616, and E618 Ellipticals are a group of three very similar elliptical trainers. Since they share many similarities, it is sometimes hard for the user to pick the right one.

The following chart compare their most important features:

Model Nautilus E614 Elliptical Nautilus E616 Elliptical Nautilus E618 Elliptical
Number of Programs 22 29 29
Workout Programs 1 Quick Start, 9 Profile, 8 Heart Rate, 2 Fitness Test, 2 Custom 1 Quick Start, 12 Profile, 9 Heart Rate, 2 Fitness Test, 1 Recovery Test, 4 Custom  include preset programs for heart rate training, interval training, and weight loss as well as customizable training options
Performance Tracking Nautilus Connect Nautilus Connect  Nautilus Trainer / Nautilus Connect
Charging USB Port Yes Yes  Yes 
Stride Length 20" Precision Path Stride 20" Precision Path Stride  22" with Dual Slide Rails
Heart Rate Contact Contact and telementry enabled  Contact and telemetry enabled (chest strap included) 
Display Type 2 LCD displays 2 blue backlit LCD displays  2 STN Blue Backlit LCDs 
Bluetooth Connectivity No Bluetooth Smart  Yes 
Dual Track Display Yes  Yes Yes 
Resistance Levels 20  25 25
Eddy Current Brake Yes Yes Yes
Incline 6 positions (manual) Motorized Motorized
Fixed and Moving Handlebars Yes Yes Yes 
Articulating Footplate Yes Yes Adjustable Footplate
Stabilizer Frame Levelers Yes Yes Yes 
Built-in Fan 3 Speeds 3 Speeds 3 Speeds 
Speakers Yes Yes Yes 
Transport Wheels Yes Yes  Yes 
Water Bottle Holder Yes Yes  Yes 
Media Tray Yes Yes  Yes 
Maximum User Weight 300 lbs (136 kg) 300 lbs (136 kg)  350 lbs  (158 kg)
Warranty 10 years frame, 2 years parts, 1 year electronics, 90 days labor 10 years frame, 2 years parts, 1 year electronics, 90 days labor   15 years frame and motor, 5 year parts/electronics, 2 year labor
Dimensions 71.5" L x 26.7" W x 63.2" H (181.7 x 67.7 x 160.5 cm) 71.5" L x 26.7" W x 63.2" H (181.7 x 67.7 x 160.5 cm)  73" L x 26.97" W x 66.93" H (185.4 x 68.5 x 170 cm)
Machine Weight 167.3 lbs (75.9 kg) 173.3 lbs (78.6 kg)  210 lbs  (95.2 kg)
User Profiles 2 4 4
Amazon Link Nautilus E614 Elliptical Trainer Nautilus E616 Elliptical Trainer Nautilus E618 Elliptical Machine

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These three ellipticals are very similar, but there are also few very important differences:
- E616 and E618 ellipticals provide more workout programs than E614 elliptical (29 vs 22),

- E618 comes with longer stride length (22" vs 20" found in E614 and E616),

- E614 support only contact heart rate monitor, E616 and E618 support both contact and Bluetooth chest strap heart rate monitor, while E618 even comes with one chest heart rate monitor,

- E614 comes with 20, while E616 and E616 and E618 models come with 25 resistance levels,

- E614 comes with 6 manual incline levels, and E616 and E618 have motorized incline,

- E614 and E616 have articulating footplate, and E618 has adjustable footplate,

- E614 and E616 support users up to 300 pounds, while E618 support users up to 30 pounds,

- E618 comes with better warranty conditions than E614 and E616,

- E614 and E616 are of similar dimensions and weights, while E618 is somewhat larger and IMHO, significantly heavier,

- E614 support 2 user profiles and E616 and E618 support up to 4 user profiles.

- E614 is cheaper than E616 and E618, while E618 is the most expensive. Their prices vary, but even E618 can be found under $1000.

Long Story Short - E614, E616 and E618 are very good and affordable ellipticals. There are cheaper units on the market, but when prices, features and quality in general are compared, why you pay is what you get, at least with these three units.

Of course, there are more expensive home ellipticals, but personally, these three will satisfy most of the home gym athletes.

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