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Nautilus T516 Treadmill Review

treadmill Doctor Note :

The value member of the Nautilus lineup. If you must have a Nautilus treadmill, this is the one I would buy. If you look at others in this range, you will probably end up buying a Sole.

Nautilus T516 Treadmill Review

MSRP:

$1599

Walking Area:

8.15

Power:

7.15

Cushioning:

5.8

Reliability:

5.4

Noise Level:

6.1

Quality:

5.4

Value:

5.4

Warranty:

3.9

Overall Rating: 5.76

If you can get a big discount on it, buy it. Otherwise, wouldn't you rather have a Sole?

The Nautilus T516 is arguable the best Nautilus you can get. At $1,599, however, it's still not a great deal. There are much better options in this price range, particularly from Sole. Still, if you can get a decent discount, this treadmill is certainly worth considering.

The walking area is decent size. The belt measures in at 20" x 58", which is a solid 2" shorter than the standard 20" x 60" walking belt that is found on many of today's treadmills. This should still provide plenty of room for larger users to run on comfortably.

A nice motor powers this machine, but you can easily find treadmills in this price range that have greater power producing capabilities. Speeds of up to 15 mph are attainable, so very few users will have trouble challenging themselves.

A disappointing cushioning system comes on this model. A Softrak suspension deck is used to reduce the impact that running has on your joints and back. You can find similarly forgiving and durable running surfaces on treadmills that sell as low as $600.

As far as projected reliability is concerned, this machine is awful. There are treadmills that sell for $1,000 less than this one that have a comparable life expectancy. The quality of parts used is equally unimpressive in this price range.

The warranty on the Nautilus T516 is horrible. Wear parts are covered for 90 days, parts and electronics are covered for 2 years, and the motor and frame are covered for 15 years. Treadmills that sell for $800 less than this one often come with more extensive warranties. Even considering the lack of durability, you should be getting better coverage than this.

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