Nautilus T514 Treadmill Review

The Nautilus T514 Treadmill is a superb treadmill that is powerful, supportive and loaded with plenty of features, but is it worth the price tag ?



Product Features

  • Powerful treadmill for the home with 2.75 HP motor, 12 MPH maximum speed, and 12 percent incline
  • Cushioned walking/running surface area (20 x 55 inches); Softrak suspension deck reduces impact to joints
  • 19 workout programs, including 6 time/distance courses, calorie goal, 2 custom programs, and pre-set 5k and 10k courses
  • 4 Polar heart rate programs, with telemetry, grip and chest belt (included); folding convenience with SoftDrop technology
  • 350-pound maximum user weight; 10-year warranty on motor, 10 years on frame, 1 year on electronics, 2 years on parts

Product Specifications:


    The T514 features a backlit LCD monitor to track your key metrics while exercising.

  • Powerful 2.75 horsepower continuous duty motor
  • Softrak suspension deck with cushioned surface area (20 x 55 inches) reduces the impact running and walking may have to your joints
  • Four Polar heart rate programs, with telemetry, grip and chest belt (included)
  • Conveniently situated remote speed and incline controls, right at your fingertips
  • 19 workout programs, including 6 time/distance courses, calorie goal, 2 custom programs, and pre-set 5k and 10k courses.
  • Unique fan design integrates convenience and comfort
  • SoftDrop folding technology for easy and safe storage
  • 12 percent maximum incline
  • 12 MPH maximum speed
  • Water bottle holder
  • Magazine rack
  • Transport wheels
  • Integrated fan
  • Folding frame
  • Switchable from miles to kilometers (KM)
  • Maximum user weight: 350 pounds


Nautilus T514 Treadmill Review



First off, the nautilus T514 Treadmill retails at around the $1300 mark. Expensive? Well as we know, everything is relative. Personally I think the price is OK for the features/specs it carries.


I received my Treadmill promptly and it was delivered in perfect condition. As usual with these higher end treadmills, this is big and heavy – it is 74 x 32 x 54 inches and weighs 350 pounds. Get the delivery guys to put in in the room you want it to end up in – if not you might not be able to lift it (1 person would really struggle), and if you put it together in the wrong room you are probably not going to be able to get it through a doorway to another room. Using my trusty electric screwdriver it took me just less than an hour to put together.


It is a fold up/down treadmill that is pretty damn big either way you have it. I love that – plenty of room to run on. However make sure you easily have enough room to put the treadmill in before you order it. As with a lot of Nautilus machines you are required to lubricate the machine with 100% silicone before you first use it. Either ignore this but be prepared for a possibly lessened life time, or else buy lubricant when you order the treadmill. I heard a lot of people buy the treadmill, put it together and then realise they cant use it until they pick up some lubricant.


The Nautilus T514 Treadmill has plenty of programs on it already. It has the usual count down programs (10 minute run, 20, etc), a calorie based program (my favourite as I am forever calorie counting) and distance based programs. The display is clear and easy to read, but nothing remarkable. It allows you to create two personal profiles where you can monitor your progress over time.


The speed controls and the incline controls are on on the handbars which is helpful. There are also heart monitors on the handles, that you just hold down on for a few seconds and you get a reading. As always, these treadmill handle heart rate monitors seem a little inaccurate, for me jumping up and down 40 beats and random. However it does have a chest strap  heart monitor that seems very accurate, so fear not.


One of my niggles with certain running machines is the “safety feature” where you clip something onto your clothing whilst the other end magnetically attaches to a power button so if anything should happen to you – you fall off it – it will rip off the magnet and the machine will lose power and stop dead. This has caused more danger to me than anything else about the machine. I listen to my iphone as I’m running and somehow get my ear phones looped in the string and next thing you know I yank it off, stop the treadmill dead and fly forward over the treadmill… well ok that’s an exaggeration but it has caused me some pain.


Another problem with the Nautilus T514 Treadmill is the location of the on/off button. It is at the front bottom of the machine and is a pain to get too – you will have to duck down to turn it off each time, trying not to hit your head. Also the power chord is tiny and you are probably going to need an extension wire unless you are lucky enough to have a plug socket right next to where you plan on having the machine.




The Nautilus T514 Treadmill is a great treadmill, comes at a reasonable cost, and has a couple of slight problems. Not much different from a lot of other treadmills that cost around a $1000! It is a solid choice and I’m sure you will be happy with it – I know I am.


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