Nautilus, much like Exerpeutic with their release of the Exerpeutic 1000Xl, are better known for their range of exercise bikes, such as the Nautilus U514, rather than their elliptical trainers. However, the Nautilus E514 Elliptical Trainer (along with the Nautilus E514c) features the same high level of quality that we have come to expect from the company.
The elliptical features a fixed stride which measures 18″. The 18″ stride feels smooth and natural and does a good job of mimicking your walking or jogging motion. While it’s a bit of a shame that the stride isn’t variable, 18 inches tends to be the sweet spot for ellipticals, as smaller, taller and users who are of average height can usually find a comfortable fit.
You can also pedal both forwards and backwards, which is useful, especially as this isn’t always the case with elliptical trainers, even the more expensive ones. This is beneficial because you can work out different muscle groups
The Nautilus E514 comes with a generous number of workout programs. In total, there are 16 built-in programs, including 6 Profile, 3 Heart Rate Controlled, 2 Custom, a Calorie Goal, Distance Goal, Fitness Test, Quick Start and Results Mode programs. There are also 16 levels of resistance, which can be controlled electronically, and when you combine both the number of programs and levels of resistance, it’s likely that your workout will be challenging while avoiding any chance of monotony setting in.
The computer monitor is backlit and oversized, making it easy to read. You can track the course profile, resistance level, number of calories burned, speed, distance, watts, rpm, time and interval time, all to a high degree of accuracy.
When it comes to tracking your heart rate you have two options. You can either use the contact heart rate sensors which can be found on the handlebars to obtain a reading, or you can use the telemetry enabled heart rate monitor. Both give you an accurate reading, although the telemetry enabled monitor is more accurate.
A few other features worth mentioning include the built-in fan, which can provide you with some much needed relief during a tough workout; the oversized foot pedals, which make it unlikely that your feet will slip off as you exercise; as well as the inclusion of a water bottle holder, magazine rack and transport wheels for easy storage.
NAUTILUS E514 ELLIPTICAL TRAINER USER REVIEWS
The Nautilus E514 Elliptical Trainer has received mostly favorable reviews from 55 owners. Many have stated that the assembly process is simple thanks to the well written instruction manual and the fact that the parts are clearly labeled.
Others have said that the elliptical is very quiet when in operation, making it a good choice for those who live in apartments or for anyone who likes to watch TV as they work out. Many others have also stated how the stride feels very smooth and that they appreciate the wide range of workout programs and resistance levels. However, a few users would’ve liked the E514 to have come with a variable stride and for the fan to be more powerful.
Overall, we feel that the Nautilus E514 is one of the best ellipticals in its price range, and it’s not surprising that it won aBest Buy award from a leading consumer magazine. While it has a couple of issues, they shouldn’t put you off what is otherwise a very good piece of fitness equipment.
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