Nautilus T614 Review – Is It Worth The Money?

Nautilus has a good name in the fitness field and they've got the technology of their commercial grade equipment to back their residential ones. These are commonly sold by mall retailers like Walmart and Dicks so they're easy to come by.

At a reasonable price that's usually under $1000 it's got plenty of capability and plenty of features to keep most users happy. This is actually almost an identical piece to their Schwinn 830 with very little difference between the two models other than the name.

Nautilus T614 Review – Is It Worth The Money?

Technical Info

While the 2.75CHP motor is a little small it still has a maximum speed of 12MPH. It will go fast enough for running and has smooth motion from the 2.5” crown rollers under the belt which also help to mute the sound of the belt running.

It has SoftDrop deck technology which allows it to unfold easily without damaging your floors as well as a 4 hex cell cushioned deck to lessen the impact on your joints. It's a folding model that also has wheels on the bottom so that moving it around and storing it is much easier.

There's lots of useful features and it has 26 different workouts preinstalled and a back lit LCD that's large and easy to see. There's a 10 year warranty on the motor and 2 years on parts with 1 on labor. The track is a little shorter than standard at 55”x20” but it's still long enough for running unless you're tall. The incline can adjust from 0-12% and there's a 3 speed fan to keep you cool.

While it's not technically intended as a shelf if you choose not to use the fans the area is the perfect space to rest a tablet.

There are pulse grips to monitor heart rate and it can hold users up to 300lb. It has an aux and USB port which can charge your devices or input data for the MyFitnessPal app and create a log of your workouts.

The workouts include Fat burn, aerobic, anaerobic, quick goal, incline, and custom workouts that can be tailored to up to 4 user profiles. There's also an optional wireless chest strap.

Features

  • Folding with wheels
  • 26 Programs
  • Heart Rate Monitoring
  • 2.75HP
  • Quick Adjust keys
  • 12MPH 55”x20” deck
  • 0-12% incline
  • Backlit LCD
  • Speakers
  • USB and Aux inputs
  • MyFitnessPal App
  • Hex Cell cushioned deck
  • 3 speed fans

Pros

  • It folds and has wheels which makes it easy to store away when not in use.
  • It's compact and convenient without making a lot of noise.
  • The cushioning on the deck makes it less noisy when running and your footfalls less noisy.
    The 26 different programs and 4 user presets offer enough variety for the whole family.
  • There's something for everyone with cardio, intervals, and even custom presets so you can load your favorite workout at the touch of a button.
  • You can also track your progress and workouts with the app which lets you know how your training is going.
    The console is loaded down with features including a 3 speed fan, water bottle holders, inputs, and an easy to read LCD screen.
  • It makes working out enjoyable because everything is within reach.
    The display is very easy to read and bright so you can workout even in low light. It's easy to see your statistics and gauge your progress.

Cons

  • For barely $200 more you can upgrade to the T616 which has a bigger motor, bigger deck, and upgraded features.
  • It also includes the chest strap which is separate from the T614 and costs $50.
  • The belt is also a double ply which means it's more durable and quieter.
  • The track is shorter than standard which can make running difficult or even impossible.
  • The standard track length for a running treadmill is 60” and this only 55” with a 20”width.
  • This means it's not suited for taller users or all out running despite having a top speed of 12MPH.
  • The motor is a bit small for this price range. Considering it started out at well over $1000 comparable models have a bigger motor and a bigger weight capacity for the same price range.
  • There are no lifetime warranties on any parts, not even the frame, and while the motor warranty is a good 10 years the rest of the warranty isn't great.

Accessories

There's not a lot of things you would want to buy in addition to this. It has practically everything with the built in fan, bottle holders, inputs and speakers.

You may want to get the chest strap if you prefer to do hands free heart rate monitoring but if you're purchasing this as an upgrade you may as well swap to the T616. Good mats under the machine are also advised since it's pretty heavy and could damage your floor

Shipping/Handling

These are not available direct from the company and can only be bought at local retailers or online like Amazon. Shipping is free only if you have Prime in that case. It's pretty heavy so you'll probably need help assembling it

3 Frequently Asked Questions about the product

1. How Easy is it to Fold?

It's quite heavy to move but it does fold up and down easily. It won't store completely flat so it does still take up space but the wheels mean you can always put it elsewhere.

2. Do you have to adjust the belt?

Part of regular treadmill maintenance means adjusting the belt periodically. This is true of any model. You can adjust this simply and apply lubricant while aligning it on your regular adjustment after the initial set up.

3.Does this have Heart Rate Monitoring?

Yes it has on board heart rate grip sensors and is compatible with a wireless chest strap monitor.

Conclusion

This Nautilus T614 review designated this model as a rather poor cousin to the T616, for not much more you're getting a more durable machine with the missing accessories you'll end up buying anyway.

This feels like a pumped up version of the Schwinn 830 model they produce. It's not particularly cheap but it does have a lot of features to justify the price.

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Kelly is a personal fitness trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with clients all over the world. With over 15 years in the health and fitness industry she will be sharing her knowledge with the Fitness Fixation community.