Though the E616 offers a lot of features that help it stand out, the build is average if not a little below average. Consequently, we would not recommend this elliptical for someone who cares the most about how long their machine lasts. If you are a light user who works out a few times a week and values features, then the E616 would be a decent elliptical review. We would like to note, though, that taking care of your machine is of utmost importance especially when it does not have much quality, to begin with. Simply unplugging your E616 after use can protect from surges and keep your components lasting longer.
For there to be shining stars there must be those dull ones that help the shiny ones stand out. The Nautilus E616 is a dull star if there ever was one when compared to the top contenders in this price point. But as an elliptical up against all thousand-dollar ellipticals, the E616 does offer more programmed workouts, features, and warranty with an okay build. Accordingly, we have awarded the Nautilus E616 our Third Place 2021 Best Buy Award for the $700 to $999 range.
The E616 is not our most spectacular elliptical in the lineup but it does offer some redeemable features. For starters, Nautilus included twenty-nine preprogrammed workouts which is the most in our top four. Granted, you have a simple LCD screen, but you at least have two that show your workout status. The E616 also offers twenty-five resistance levels which is also the most out of our top four. But those are the only two notable features. The warranty is decent. Nautilus offers ten-year frame, three-year parts and electronics, and a one-year labor warranty. <br/> That then leaves the average and unimpressive features. For starters, the build for the E616 is really not all that great especially because you can get a much stronger elliptical for this price. We notice the flywheel is only seventeen pounds, while not the lightest it is a few pounds lighter than the average weight for this price. A good rule of thumb for ellipticals is the heavier the flywheel, the better the workout because the weight of the flywheel keeps the momentum moving in between your force from one foot to another. We also think Nautilus could have updated the design just a bit. With the below-average build and subpar console, we see that you are paying more for the name than the actual elliptical.
|Number of Programs||29|
|Front Drive, Center Drive or Rear Drive||Front|
|Adjustable Stride Length||yes|
|Flywheel Weight||17 lbs|
|Weight Capacity||300 lbs|
|Step Up Height||N/A|
|Unit Dimensions||71.5" L x 26.7" W x 63.2" H|
|Heart Rate Sensors||Contact and telementry enabled|
|Weight of Unit||173 lbs|
|Warranty||10 Yr Frame 2 Yr Parts 1Yr Electronics 90 Days Labor|
We have said the Nautilus E616 is an ok elliptical at this price but hasn’t stacked up well from offerings from Proform, NordicTrack, or Horizon at this price point. Our past reviews have also noted that you pay more for the Nautilus name and a substandard machine prone to breakdowns.
Overall, we are not overly impressed with the Nautilus E616, but we do see the few features that help this elliptical to stand out. Nautilus did not offer the best build or console, but they did include an okay warranty and above-average features. Thus, we have placed the Nautilus E616 in our Third Place 2021 Best Buy slot for the $700 to $999 range.