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Nautilus E514 Review

A variety of onboard programs and strong workout tracking software are what sets the Nautilus E514 apart from the rest. This elliptical offers a lot for the money, but those looking for a machine with tons of entertainment features or incline capability will want to keep searching. Buy Now

Andre Ashley

Andre Ashley

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Updated: January 17, 2014

The Good

Elliptical software:

One really nice feature of the Nautilus E514 that isn't found in many other machines is their workout tracking software. The elliptical can store two different user profiles and track your workout information over time, including custom workouts you have created. All of this can be extremely helpful to anyone who is trying to achieve any fitness goal. If these features are particularly important to you, it is definitely worth your while to consider the Nautilus E514.

Low price:

For those shopping on a budget, the Nautilus E514 elliptical trainer is worth a closer look. This machine is reasonably priced and should fit comfortably into most people's budgets. And with the easy-to-use console and excellent workout tracking software, you can be sure that you are getting a lot for your money with the Nautilus E514.

Great workout program selection:

The Nautilus E514 elliptical has many onboard program options that can keep your workouts interesting and varied. In addition to the manual mode, this elliptical comes with several heart rate programs, distance and calorie goal programs, a fitness test, as well as custom program options for each individual user of the machine. Though this machine is lacking several common workout options, including interval programs, these could easily be added in as a custom program.

Excellent console features:

The Nautilus E514 console offers a lot of desirable features, including a chest pulse sensor for monitoring heart rate, and a built-in console fan that helps keep you cool during your workout. Those who enjoy reading or surfing the Internet on a tablet while exercising will really enjoy the console's reading rack. Features like these can play a huge role in making your workout experience comfortable and enjoyable, and should certainly be considered in your purchasing decision.

The Bad

Missing entertainment features:

Those who find exercise to be rather tedious would likely be very interested in the entertainment features that accompany some ellipticals. This is one area where the Nautilus E514 misses the mark, however, as it does not provide any sort of entertainment options to its users. For some, this may come as a big disappointment, but for others, it may not be a big cause for concern and the Nautilus E514 may still be a good fit.

No incline capability or stride adjustment:

One thing that can be really useful for increasing the difficulty of your elliptical workout is incline capability. Some ellipticals even offer powered incline, so that all you have to do is press a button and the machine will do the rest. Those looking for these features will be disappointed in the Nautilus E514. This machine also doesn't allow its users to adjust the stride length, which means that if you are not comfortable with the length of the stride as is, this is not the machine for you. While these features may not be deal breakers for everyone, they are something to be aware of and could help sway your decision between two ellipticals if you are on the fence.

Mediocre warranties:

Warranties can be lifesavers if your elliptical breaks down. Although if you're the owner of a Nautilus E514, that protection is going to run out pretty fast. Unlike most ellipticals, this machine doesn't even have a lifetime frame warranty — it only lasts for 10 years. Warranties on electronics, parts, and labor are similarly short compared to the best elliptical machines. If you are looking for a machine with really strong warranties, there are several better options for you to consider.

No assembly option:

Moving and assembling an elliptical on your own can be a daunting task, to say the least. Many companies help ease this burden by offering the option of in-home assembly, though this often comes with an additional fee. Unfortunately, Nautilus does not even give this option to its customers, which is a bit disappointing as this may deter some from purchasing this machine. As it stands, it's important to make sure you are up to the task of assembling the elliptical on your own before you purchase the Nautilus E514.

The Details

Price
Price $687.56
Shipping and Assembly
Assembly N/A
Front Door Free
In-Home $135.49
In-Room N/A
Specs
Elliptical Machine Length 62"
Elliptical Machine Width 26"
Incline Levels N/A
Max Weight Allowed 300 lbs
Product Weight 165 lbs
Resistance Levels 16 Levels
Stride Length Levels 18"
Warranty
Electronics 1 year
Frame 10 years
Labor 6 months
Parts 2 years

Features

Frame and Pedals

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  • Heart Rate Hand Grips - Hand grips that can measure your heart rate are included.
  • Resistance - You can add levels of resistance to the stride.
  • Transport Wheels - Wheels are included for easy transport.
  • Adjustable Stride - You can adjust the stride length.
  • Incline - The elliptical machine can incline.
  • Pivoting Pedals - Foot plates or pedals that can pivot to match your foot movement are included.
  • Powered Incline - You can adjust the incline with the push of a button.

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