What We Like
- Stability: Nautilus home treadmills are known for being strong and sturdy. The T516 is foldable but supports users weighing up to 350 pounds.
- Motor: The T516 has a powerful 3.2 HP continuous duty motor. This can easily support a runner’s daily training. Users can reach a top speed of 15 mph.
- Track: Nautilus’s patented Softrak suspension deck reduces the impact to users’ joints and has received excellent customer reviews. The 58” track is long enough for most users.
- Incline: The T516 offers a 15% incline, which is significantly greater than the typical home treadmill incline of 10%.
- Console and programs: The Nautilus T516 is loaded with 26 workout programs. These include 4 heart rate programs, which are used in conjunction with an included grip monitor, and 9 time/distance programs. The console can save four user profiles. Progress is monitored with backlit LCD windows.
- Compactness: Nautilus machines are best for homes with plenty of workout space; the T516’s footprint is 78”x32”. However, the machine does take up less space when SoftDrop folding technology is used.
What We Don’t Like
- Warranty: The T516 has a somewhat discouraging warranty package. The treadmill is sold with a decent 15 year warranty on the motor and frame, but electronics are only covered for two years. Some parts are only covered for 90 days.
The Nautilus T516 includes a number of upgrades over the T514, such as a longer track, more programs, and a greater incline. This model’s excellent suspension provides a comfortable workout, and the treadmill’s 26 built-in workout programs provide a lot of variety.
One cause for concern is the relatively skimpy warranty package; 90 days on wear parts is discouraging. Prospective customers should also note that the treadmill may be difficult to transport; it’s heavy and is wider than most home doorways.