The Nautilus T514 Treadmill – Bad Choice Compared to Other Brands

The Nautilus T514 treadmill is an entry-level model with a short warranty from a struggling company that should stick to home gym equipment.

The Machine

The display features two backlit LCD windows for feedback. The pre-programmed workouts include 6 time/distance courses, 4 heart rate, calorie goal, 2 custom programs, 5k and 10k courses.

The full specs on the Nautilus T514 are:

Nautilus T514 Treadmill
  • 2.75 HP Motor
  • 0 to 12 mph Speed
  • 0% to 12% Incline
  • 20" x 55" Tread Belt
  • SoftTrak™ Suspension Deck
  • 19 Workouts; 2 User Profiles
  • Remote Speed/Incline Controls
  • Hand Grip Heart Rate Monitor
  • 350 lbs User Weight Capacity
  • SoftDrip™ Folding Design
  • Transport Wheels, Fan, water bottle holder
  • Dimensions/Weight: 39 x 32 x 60 inches / 285 pounds
  • Warranty: 10 years motor & frame, 2 years parts, 6 months labor

The Buzz

Nautilus T514 Console

The Nautilus T514 treadmill has a 2.75 hp continuous duty motor, a 1.6mm thick belt, a 20" x 55" walking area, a 12% max incline, and a 350-pound maximum user weight capacity. The SoftTrak deck suspension alleviates some of the jarring motion on your joints. It has contact hand grip sensors for heart rate monitoring as well as handy speed and incline controls on the handlebars.

UPDATE: As of 2016 the T514 is no longer available.  It has been replaced by the updated T614 model.  Check it out here.

They’ve left off the frills such as speakers and an audio plug port, which is a good thing since they can at least focus more on putting in a better motor and deck. But it isn’t completely austere – they made room for a console fan, water bottle holder, and reading rack on the console which is a nice touch.

On the downside, the Nautilus T514 has a ton of cheap plastic on the console surrounding two small screens for workout feedback in a very boring arrangement. If you are used to treadmills with bright LED displays and bold colors, you’ll be disappointed in this dinky blue window provided for your workout feedback.

What We Say About the T514 Treadmill

While the company has been hit and miss with their treadmills, we are hard pressed to find something to like about the Nautilus T514 treadmill for $999.

The reviews are average at best and there are some mechanical issues to this cheap-looking treadmill, and if you do have problems, you will have to deal with the notoriously bad customer service offered by Nautilus as well as a very weak parts and labor warranty.

We won’t mince words here; compared to what you can get from other brands, the Nautilus T514 is just a bad choice for a home treadmill.

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