Nautilus Fitness is a brand under Nautilus, Inc., a corporation that also owns Bowflex and Schwinn. It is currently the second largest exercise equipment manufacturer in North America. The biggest is Icon Fitness, makes of NordicTrack, ProForm, Healthrider and other popular brands.
Starting in 2010, Nautilus started promoting their treadmills for home use only and they have just two models in the current catalog (T614 and T616). These two models haven’t been updated for more than 3 years, on the principle: “if the machine works, why change it”.
T916 was one of the best commercial products on the market a few years ago and Nautilus owned it. But in 2010 Med-Fit Systems bought the exclusive rights over the Commercial line, so they don’t own it anymore.
The two treadmills we’ve tested performed flawlessly for their time. If you buy one of these machines, know that you get an excellent exercise experience, but no entertainment.
Both models fold and are easy to store. Both have a stylish design. The components are durable, so that those within 350 lbs weight can use them without problems.
The exercise selection is varied enough to inspire you and follow a training program all the way. They include a BMI – Body Mass Index calculator which comes in handy for those who want to follow a strict weight loss program.
If you are a taller person, you will not have problems. If you are an avid runner, you can train without worries. If you have a small amount of money, you have options starting with $1,000.
What you may not like is the warranty. There is a limited warranty for wear parts (90 days) and a short warranty for parts. From our point of view this is related to the fact that Nautilus does not focus on treadmills manufacturing anymore.
Even if this brand was a hit a couple of years ago, it’s not anymore. Choose NordicTrack, ProForm or LifeSpan if you want to buy a home treadmill in this price category.