Nautilus E618 Elliptical Review
Nautilus E618 Elliptical Rating
Nautilus E618 Elliptical Detailed Overview
For the upper body the E618 provides moving handlebars. These have premium grips, meaning they allow more than one comfortable grip position so you can work your body in different ways. For the lower body the E618 Elliptical has a 22” stride that can be diversified in many ways. Each trainee essentially gets not just one elliptical path but many, because there are three footplate angles and multiple power-incline levels to choose from.
New Nautilus ellipticals for 2017 support up to four user profiles. The E618 has a Nautilus stats tracking app built into its console, so each trainee can get accurate calorie burn feedback and assess long-term progress. The console has a Bluetooth connection too, which is designed for syncing exercise data with popular fitness apps such as Apple Health and MyFitnessPal.
Our Favorite Features
Here are features that help make the E618 superior to many alternatives in terms of smooth operation, useful training guidance and data, and targeted body sculpting for all ability levels.
- Heavy flywheel (30 pounds) and cushioned pedals allow especially smooth low-impact striding, even for trainees who carry more weight
- Wide range of resistance with 25 settings for a just-right challenge
- Power incline up to 15% for a higher cardio challenge, faster calorie burn, and targeted muscle toning for the lower body
- Three options for the angle of the footplates, adding to the possibilities for lower body muscle engagement
- Deluxe handlebars allow multiple grip positions to diversify upper-body exercise
- Quick-start exercise sessions with 29 programs to choose from
- Four user profiles allow more personalized workout programming and feedback
- Wireless heart rate monitoring; one chest strap included
- Built-in Nautilus tracking app, plus Bluetooth for syncing workout data with other mobile apps for fitness
- Media shelf and integrated speakers
- Cooling fan and water bottle holder
Also worth noting is the five-year warranty on parts and electronics, which leads the industry for ellipticals under $1500.
Our Least Favorite Features
Here are a few potential drawbacks of choosing the E618.
- Data windows use simpler technology compared with those of some other ellipticals; the saving grace is the media shelf for bring-your-own entertainment.
- The 22” stride, depending on your body size, could be ideal or too long; for some households an adjustable stride elliptical is best, but those tend to cost more
- Front drive ellipticals on average require more maintenance compared with rear drive ellipticals… but at the same time this trainer seems engineered to serve trouble-free for at least several years
The Bottom Line
The Nautilus E618 seems to be one of the better values among ellipticals under $1500. It has one of the heaviest drives in its price class, which helps create very smooth motion, and it supports all ability levels. This cross-trainer also excels in terms of helping you make the most of your exercise stats and target specific muscle groups from head to toe. The main potential drawback is that the 22” stride is too long for shorter trainees.