PROS / You can track your heart rate with hand-held sensors or a chest strap.
CONS / This elliptical has a fixed 18-inch stride.
VERDICT / This elliptical trainer boasts 21 workout programs and 16 resistance levels that give you an excellent exercise session, but may not be well-suited for tall people.
Nautilus is a well-known name in the fitness world, especially when it comes to home gyms. The company manufactures an extensive variety of gym equipment, and among its offerings is the Nautilus E514c Elliptical.
Upgraded from an earlier version, this new exercise machine is equipped with 21 workout programs. You can also store profiles and fitness data for two different users.
You also get 16 different resistance levels on this machine, which can add diversity to your exercise program to keep you from being bored and also work muscle groups at different levels as you train. Another welcome feature is the ability to pedal backwards, which can add yet another dimension to any workout.
Unfortunately, the stride length is set at 18 inches. That length is quite acceptable for many people. However, if you are tall or have a lengthy stride, the 18-inch length with this elliptical may feel too short and perhaps uncomfortable.
As you are working out, you can check the blue, backlit LCD monitor to see how you are doing and take note of your pulse. You can check your pulse by holding the heart rate sensors on the elliptical’s stationary handlebars. You can also purchase a chest strap with this machine for another, typically more accurate reading of how your heart is working. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a chest strap. Along with heart rate, you can check the time, interval time, RPMs, watts, distance traveled, speed, calories burned, resistance level and course profile.
This machine comes with a 17.6 flywheel, which is a bit lighter than some of the other elliptical machines we reviewed. The device is 62 inches long, 26 inches wide and 71 inches high, and it weighs 164 pounds. Someone who weighs up to 300 pounds can use it, which is on the low end when compared with some of the best elliptical machines.
To make your exercise routine more pleasant, this elliptical comes with a water bottle holder, a retractable reading rack and a cooling fan. However, this elliptical does not come with a locking pin, speakers or an auxiliary jack to play music.
The warranty on this elliptical provides 10 years of coverage for the frame. In the warranty package, you also get two years of coverage on parts and 90 days for labor.
Nautilus offers customer support through phone and email, and the company has online product manuals. There is a FAQs section regarding warranty matters, but no FAQs section to answer questions specifically about the machine’s functionality.
Although this is a lower-end elliptical bicycle in terms of price, it presents a generous number of workout programs, several resistance levels and a generally good warranty package. However, it does have some limitations, such as the 18-inch stride, which doesn’t adjust for people of different heights. It is also has a 300-pound weight limit, which is on the low end when compared with other elliptical machines. Overall, this is a great machine and, if you are the right size for it, the Nautilus E514c cross trainer will facilitate an effective exercise regimen.