Nautilus T614 Treadmill - Review and Recommendation
Nautilus T614 Treadmill is very good home class treadmill exercise machine. It comes with numerous workout programs, two user profiles, acceptable maximum user weight and other features that justify its price. However, running deck could be slightly larger.
Nautilus T614 Treadmill Features and Specifications
Nautilus T614 Treadmill has everything what good home treadmill must have in order to meet most fitness goals.
T614 speed range is between 0 to 12 mph (0 and 19 km/h) and it covers speed range of most home users. Since I don't like fast running or even sprinting on treadmills, IMHO, this speed range is more than sufficient.
Incline can be changed between 0 and 12% with the simple press of the button, during running or walking. There is no decline level, which might be useful when preparing for specific running event and one wants to simulate actual race track profile.
Nautilus T614 is powered by 2.75 CHP motor, more than strong enough for maximum weight user of 300 pounds (136 kg). For the price of this treadmill, I expected perhaps slightly larger maximum user weight, for example, 350 pounds. But, 300 pounds user limit in combination with warranty for motor and frame (both 10 years), reveal strong and durable treadmill.
Size of the running deck could be better: 20 x 55 inches (51 x 140 cm) W x L. If a runner doesn't have extra long strides, he or she can use this treadmill with no issues. 1 ply belt is 1.5mm thick, and is powered by 2.5 inch rollers.
T614 treadmill has so-called 'StrikeZone' cushioning system, based on the 4 hex cell design. It absorb impacts during running and lower the stress on the joints. If you do have any issues with joints, fast walking is recommended over running to lower the stress even more on the joints, especially on the ankles, knees and hips.
T614 comes with 22 built-in programs (1 manual, 3 quick goals, 5 training, 3 weight control, 5 heart heath, 3 interval and 2 custom programs) and 2 user profiles.
Workout data can be export to NautilusConnect (dot) com or myfitnesspal (dot) com.
High-resolution blue backlit LCD monitor tracks workout time, distance traveled, heart rate and burned calories. Size of the monitor is 3” x 5” (7.6 x 12.7 cm) and is large enough to see all required data even during running.
Console also includes USB charging port, acoustic chambered speakers, 3 speed fan and contact heart rate monitor. T614 treadmill has option of using chest strap heart rate monitor, but it doesn't come with the unit. Built-in heart rate monitor is positioned on the handles below the display - during walking it is relatively easy to check heart rate, but during running it can be a little bit awkward - it can disrupt running pace and rhythm.
T614 dimensions: 72.2" x 35.2" x 57.6" (183.3 x 89.4 x 146.3 cm) L x W x H and it weighs ~200 pounds (90.7 kg). It is not the lightest home treadmill around and although it comes with transport wheels, it is recommended to position the unit on permanent location.
To save space, treadmill folds up and down easily.
Warranty for T614 Treadmill: 10 years frame, 10 years motor, 2 years mechanical, 2 year electrical and 90 days labor - more than acceptable.
Nautilus T614 vs Nautilus T616 Treadmill
Nautilus T614 Treadmill is very similar to Nautilus T616 Treadmill, with following differences:
- T614 is somewhat cheaper,
- T616 has 26 total workouts, while T614 has 22,
- T616 has Bluetooth Connectivity, while T614 has not,
- T616 has 3.0 CHP motor, while T614 has 2.75 CHP motor,
- T616 comes with Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor included,
- T616 has 2 blue backlit LCD displays,
- T616 incline can be changed between 0 and 15%, compared with T614's 0-12%,
- T616 has stronger and more durable belt: 2 ply, 2 mm belt, vs 1 ply, 1.5mm belt found on T614,
- T616's has somewhat better cushioning system (6 Hex Cell vs 4 Hex Cell),
- T616 running deck is longer by 5 inches: 20x60", which can be important.
As said before, T614 is cheaper and if it fits your requirements, go for it. If not, choose Nautilus T616 Treadmill.
Nautilus T614/T616 Treadmills vs Schwinn 270 Recumbent Exercise Bike
It is rather hard to compare two different types of exercise machines, but people often want to know, what is better, to buy a treadmill, in this case Nautilus T614/T616 Treadmills or a recumbent exercise bike, in this case Schwinn 270.
Well, all three exercise machines are evenly matched in terms of exercise programs, number of user profiles, burned calories per workout etc.
Main difference is the simple fact that Nautilus T614/T616 are treadmills, while Schwinn 270 is recumbent exercise bike.
Treadmills require more electric power to operate, while exercise bikes require very electric little power, at least when compared with treadmills.
Recumbent exercise bikes enable the user to workout while sitting, with excellent support for lower back - this is very important for people having issues with ankles, knees, hips and similar or have serious issues with weight.
Each of these three exercise machines (Nautilus T614 and T616, Schwinn 270) support users up to 300 pounds.
Treadmills on the other hand, enable the user to workout using natural body activity - walking and running. Walking on the well designed running deck causes almost no stress to ankles, knees and hips, and can be done for hours, burning large amount of calories. Working out that long on the exercise bike can be quite challenging, even when the extra padded seats are used.
Noise levels - due to the use of strong electric motors and the amount of moving parts, treadmills are generally more noisier machines than exercise bikes.
Warranty conditions - last time we checked, warranty conditions were:
Warranty for T614 and T616 Treadmills: 10 years frame, 10 years motor, 2 years mechanical, 2 year electrical and 90 days labor.
Warranty for Schwinn 270: 10 years frame, 2 years mechanical, 1 year electrical, 90 day labor.
These are very similar warranty conditions, just have in mind that there are more things to go wrong on the treadmills, than on the exercise bikes.
Price - all these units are medium level, home exercise machines. Recumbent bikes are slightly cheaper, but prices differ from store to store, especially when on sale.
If you need a good home recumbent exercise bike, consider Schwinn 270, especially the latest model - Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike (Amazon link, link opens in the new window).
If you need a good home treadmill, consider Nautilus T614/T616 - they are not the cheapest, but they strong, durable and have excellent warranty for home treadmills.