The T616 is one of three current treadmills from Nautilus, with a few more features than its little sister, the T614, but not much else that makes it an appealing choice.
The T616 console features a dual, blue backlit LCD display showing you your workout metrics such as time, distance, calories and incline level. It also features acoustic speakers and a 3 speed fan.
Let's take a look at the specs...
The Nautilus T616 treadmill doesn't get great reviews from experts or customers and there is a lot of competition out there in this price range.
It is only one of three treadmills currently offered, along with the entry level T614 model and the new top of the line T618 treadmill, so we're not entirely sure the company is focusing on their treadmills. With other more popular brands under the Nautilus umbrella, including Bowflex, it's not surprising that these machines would take a back seat.
At any rate, the T616 does give you some decent features. Unlike the T614 this one has a dual display, so you can still see your workout stats if you are using your tablet or reading a magazine.
You have speeds up to 12 mph and incline up to 15% which is nice for targeting different muscle groups. You get 26 workouts including weight control, custom, manual, heart rate, training and goals, and you can sync your workouts to NautilusConnect for tracking and motivational purposes. There are 4 user profiles.
The tread belt is an ample size, longer than that on the T614, and is 2 ply rather than one. It also has a decent cushioning system.
What don't we like? There's nothing inherently wrong with the Nautilus T616, it just seems to be a few years behind the times as far as what it offers. At its list price of $1799, it would be nice if it had a touch screen rather than a basic LCD display. But that is not really a deal breaker.
The real issue is with the sub-par warranties on both Nautilus treadmills. The T614 and T616 come with the same 10 year frame warranty (15 years on the T618), which just goes to show you that the company does not have that much faith in the durability of these machines. You'll find a lifetime frame warranty pretty much everywhere these days, especially on treadmills in this price range.
The one saving grace here is that the company is discounting these treadmills hugely these days. Last we checked the T616 was 50% off at Amazon, at around $1000+.
Now at that price, we can forgive many of the shortcomings. The reviews aren't wonderful, but there are some positive ones out there. So if you do get a good machine at this price, it's not a bad option. But look into an extended warranty.
The simple fact is that there are better treadmills out there than the NordicTrack T616. However, if you can pick one up at half off it really is not a bad deal at $1000.
You do get nice incline, up to 12mph speed, a heart rate monitor included, good cushioning, a generous sized deck and the ability to track and monitor your workouts through NautilusConnect and sync them to your favorite fitness apps.
As we mentioned the warranties aren't great, so you might want to opt for an extended warranty to cover yourself in case something happens.
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