New for 2013, the Nautilus E514c, priced anywhere between the $800-$1,000 mark, is the latest elliptical trainer from Nautilus.Due to its fixed stride of 18 inches, it is suitable for everyone to use with the exception of very tall individuals, and comes equipped with a generous number of workout programs and resistance settings.
The Nautilus E514c features 21 built-in workout programs, including 8 profile, 6 heart rate, 2 custom, 2 feedback, 1 quick start, and 1 distance goal program. It’s nice to see so much variety, as it means that it’s unlikely that you will get bored of your workout, particularly as the programs do a good job at challenging you while avoiding the danger of monotony setting in.
With 16 levels of resistance to choose from it’s a good bet that you will be able to find a resistance level that will be challenging enough for you, even if you think of yourself as a bit of an athlete. On the other end of the spectrum, if you just want to take it easy then finding a suitable resistance level will be no problem.
As mentioned, the Nautilus E514c stride, which measures 18 inches, allows anyone apart from very tall users to get into a comfortable workout position. While many elliptical trainers suffer from a jerky, unnatural stride motion, thankfully, this isn’t the case with the Nautilus, as the flywheel, which weighs 17.6 lbs, is heavy enough to ensure that your stride motion feels both smooth and natural. This holds true when exercising at a walking pace as well as when you feel like pushing yourself to the limit.
With the exception of very tall users, who may feel confined as they workout, the Nautilus E514c does a good job in providing users with a comfortable workout experience. This is down to the articulating foot plates with large foot pads, allowing anyone to get into a comfortable position, regardless of their foot size.
6 integrated levelers have been included for a solid workout platform to avoid the Nautilus from swaying from side to side, which is something that is often a problem with cheaper ellipticals.
The handlebars have also been positioned with optimal spacing to ensure that both smaller and larger users can get into a comfortable position and won’t feel confined as they work out.
The computer console, with its large 2.25” x 5” LCD window with multi-colored brickyard, provides you with feedback on time, interval time, distance, speed, calories burned, watts, RPM, profile and resistance level. Your heart rate can also be recorded, thanks to the inclusion of both contact and telemetric enabled devices.
While the telemetric enabled heart rate device on the Nautilus E514c is more accurate, a chest strap has not been included and so must be purchased separately. However, the contact heart rate sensors are still accurate and should certainly suffice for most. To measure your heart rate, simply place your hands on the contact heart rate grips (found on the handlebars).
Nautilus have done a good job at keeping the price of the E514c down while still including a few useful extras that are usually found on more expensive ellipticals. For example, a 3 speed fan has been included, but most will find the cool breeze of air directed at their core won’t provide enough relief during a particularly tough workout.
Speakers have also been included, although it’s worth noting that the sound quality is simply adequate, which tends to be the norm with exercise equipment anyway. An integrated water bottle holder and retractable reading rack have also been included.
The Nautilus features transport wheels, making storing the machine a relatively simple process despite weighing 165 pounds.
The Nautilus E514c is backed by a 10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year mechanical and electrical, 6-month wear parts, and 90-day labor warranty.
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NAUTILUS E514C USER REVIEWS
The E514C currently has an average rating of 4.0 out of 5.0, based on over 30 reviews. Users feel that the elliptical is well-constructed: “exceptionally well made with very high quality parts.” The assembly process appears to be simple and the instructions easy to understand.”
However, no elliptical trainer is perfect and there are certainly a few things that could be improved upon.
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There are a couple of things to complain about, although they are minor in the grand scheme of things, considering that the Nautilus’ build quality and workout effectiveness can’t be faulted. As mentioned, the fan is unlikely to provide you with much relief and the sound quality of the speakers is adequate at best.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW?
You should also keep in mind that the Nautilus E514c maximum user weight capacity stands at 300 lbs. Besides this, the only thing left to say is that the E514c is definitely a better than average elliptical trainer and is able to provide users with a comfortable, effective workout experience.
While the inclusion of speakers and a fan are appreciated, we can’t overlook the fact that they are a little disappointing. And while very tall users will want to look at an elliptical that has a longer stride, we recommend having a look at the Nautilus E514c if you’re looking for a sub $1,000 elliptical.