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Experts prefer Nautilus E618 over Bowflex Max Trainer M8

On 7 Feb 2024 (19 days ago) we went through 78 Elliptical Trainer expert endorsements .

Currently, Nautilus E618 received 3 endorsements from Byrdie (1 Aug 2023), TopTenReviews (18 Feb 2022) and CNET (20 Jan 2024). Meanwhile, Bowflex Max Trainer M8 did not receive any endorsements this month.

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Treadmill Review Guru
Chicago Tribune
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Nautilus E618
The Nautilus E618 Elliptical Trainer is a versatile and durable exercise machine that offers customizable workouts, comfort features, and advanced tracking capabilities, making it suitable for individuals who want a challenging and enjoyable workout experience.
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Endorsement summary:

  • On 1 Aug 2023 Byrdie ranked Nautilus E618 as #8
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    #8 out of 11 Nautilus E618
    Best App-Based
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  • On 18 Feb 2022 TopTenReviews ranked Nautilus E618 as #6
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    #6 out of 8 Nautilus E618
    A great cross-trainer if you need a wealth of workout data
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  • On 20 Jan 2024 CNET ranked Nautilus E618 as #4
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    #4 out of 6 Nautilus E618
    Most classic elliptical
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Critic Consensus Common points from expert reviews summarized.
As can be seen below, Nautilus E618 is mentioned by key experts in Feb 2024, while Bowflex Max Trainer M8 is not.
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Treadmill Review Guru
Chicago Tribune
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Schwinn 470
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical Trainer is a versatile and feature-rich machine that offers a wide range of workout options, comfortable design, and advanced tracking features, making it a reliable choice for users of different fitness levels and goals.
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Sunny Health SF-E905
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-E905 Elliptical Trainer is a budget-friendly and compact option with adjustable resistance levels, a front-drive design, and a solid construction, making it suitable for those looking for a reliable and noise-free workout experience.
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NordicTrack FS14i
The NordicTrack FS14i Elliptical Trainer is a highly praised machine that offers adjustable resistance, stride length, and incline options, making it ideal for users who want to customize their workouts and target multiple muscle groups.
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Sole Fitness E35
The Sole Fitness E35 elliptical trainer is a highly praised and versatile workout machine that offers a range of features, comfort, and durability for individuals looking to improve their fitness levels.
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Expert Reviews There are people on the Internet whose job is to review products. Below are their opinions.
No expert reviews linked yet for Bowflex Max Trainer M8.

Expert reviews [14]

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Total expert reviews: 14
  • with a score: 4
  • without a score: 10
Highest score by TopTenReviews
88
Average score based on 14 reviews
76
Lowest score by garagegymreviews.com
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Score distribution:

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From Seller:
  • MAGNETIC RESISTANCE: 16 levels of magnetic resistance.
  • DISPLAY: Interactive full color backlit display and magnetic media rack for tablet or smartphone.
  • HEART RATE: Bluetooth heart rate compatible and integrated contact grips.
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From Seller:
  • Your purchase includes One Nautilus Elliptical Trainer E618
  • Elliptical dimensions: 27" W x 73" L x 67" H | Item weight – 210 lbs. | Weight Capacity: 350 lbs. | Ceiling height clearance – Consider the height of the tallest potential user, and add 21 inches minimum
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Video Reviews Most popular unboxing/review videos.
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Nautilus E616 - Best Elliptical Review
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EAN Numbers: 0708447913364
UPC Numbers: 708447913364
EAN Numbers: 0708447911070
Model Numbers: 100656
UPC Numbers: 708447911070
Physical Features
Weight
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209 lbs
 
Dimensions Ellipticals range from 4 feet long (1.2m) to 7 feet long (2.1m) and 4 feet high (1.2m) to 5+ feet high (1.7m). The most important thing to consider is the space in which you plan to place the elliptic ... Show more
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Location of Flywheel Flywheels can be front-drive, rear-drive, or center-drive. In a front-drive flywheel, the wheel that powers the pedals is located in the front of the machine below the console and handlebars. Front-dr ... Show more
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Front
Flywheel Weight The heaviest part of an elliptical is the flywheel. They weigh anywhere from 13-30 pounds (5.8kg to 13.6kg), with basic models averaging 15 pounds (6.8kg). Generally speaking, the heavier the flywheel ... Show more
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30 lbs
Maximum User Weight Every elliptical has a weight restriction based on the machines capacity for use. Weight limits range from 250-350 pounds (113kg to 159kg), though most hover around the 300-pound mark. As a general ru ... Show more
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350 lbs
Stride and Incline
Maximum Stride Length Stride length describes the distance the pedals cover from front to back when you “run.” It ranges from 12” to 21” (30cm to 53cm). The length you need will depend on the height of the user. If you hav ... Show more
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1.7 ft
Adjustable Stride An adjustable stride allows you change the distance your feet move from front to back while using the elliptical. This can be useful if you have several users of different heights that plan to exercis ... Show more
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No
Reverse Stride Reversible stride ellipticals allow you to essentially run backwards while exercising. This is best for targeting different muscle groups. Running forwards mainly works your quadriceps, upper body and ... Show more
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Yes
Type of Incline Inclining the elliptical allows you to raise the front of the pedals or tracks to simulate running uphill, which leads to a tougher workout and exercising different muscle groups. Inclining can be don ... Show more
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Automatic
Capacity and Handling
Type of Resistance Resistance describes the level of effort it takes to move the pedals back and forth along the track. The higher the resistance (or pressure against movement), the tougher the workout. Ellipticals come ... Show more
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Automatic
Wheels Some ellipticals will have wheels on the front or back of the base, so you can tip the machine and roll it to a different spot in your home. This is especially useful if you want to transport the elli ... Show more
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Yes
Foldable A folding elliptical can be reduced in size for easy storage by folding elements up or inward. This is especially helpful if you need a machine that doesn’t take up a lot of space. The drawbacks to a ... Show more
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No
Hybrid Machine Hybrid machines can be an elliptical-bike or an elliptical-stair stepper. An elliptical-bike has a seat built onto the base, so you can sit down to use the machine as an exercise bike or stand up on t ... Show more
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Elliptical
Movable Handles While using an elliptical, you can place your hands on the vertical handles on either side of the console. These handles can be stationary or movable. Stationary handles are common in less expensive m ... Show more
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Yes
Heart Rate Tracking and Programs
Heart Rate Monitor Does the elliptical include heart rate monitors on the handles?
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Yes
Chest strap
Location of Heart Rate Monitors Ellipticals can support heart rate monitoring in several ways. First, there could be metal heart rate monitors on the stationary handles under the console or on each side of the console (or both). Bec ... Show more
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Stationary Handles
Progress Tracking In order to keep a log of your workouts and stats, such as time, distance traveled, calories burned, etc., you may want an elliptical that does this for you automatically. Some machines come with auto ... Show more
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Yes
Number of Workout Programs Preprogrammed workouts on ellipticals guide you through an activity focused on a certain goal or type of workout. Examples range from hill climb, where the elliptical automatically adjusts incline and ... Show more
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Display Screen

Elliptical displays offer a wide range of features that vary greatly from one machine to another. The display can be as simple as analog LED lights that show time and distance traveled or as complex as a fully functioning TV screen with cable network connectivity. Displays vary in size and type, with higher end machines displaying more stats (time, distance, incline, speed, heart rate, workout program status, etc.) and offering more advanced features (such as a virtual tour that simulates traveling through real-life environments). There are positives and negatives to this level of complexity. On the plus side, sophisticated displays allow you to easily monitor and adjust your workout based on the information presented. They may also provide a distraction from the dull pace of elliptical exercise. At the same time, this kind of distraction can be harmful to your workout because it may cause you to fall or injure yourself or be overly conscious of the clock and distance.

Advanced display screens or TV screens could have the added benefit of linking with your smartphone, so you can watch video content on the display as you run. The suite of features will be dependent on your needs but know that you’ll pay significantly more for complex displays and TV screens.

Display Screen Does the elliptical console have a screen?
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Yes
Type of Display
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LCD
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Media/TV Capabilities Can the elliptical’s screen play TV or media, such as movies?
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No
Metrics Displayed What metrics are displayed on the elliptical console/screen?
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  • Time
  • Speed
  • Distance
  • RPM
  • Resistance level
  • Calories burned
  • Heart rate
  • Workout program profiles
  • Selected goal
  • Progress
Touch Screen Is the display touch screen?
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Dashboard
The elliptical dashboard can have a number of useful features. A device shelf allows you to place your smartphone or tablet on the dashboard, so you can use your device—safely—while you work out. Yes, that means watching Netflix or reading an ebook!


Similiar to the device shelf is the water bottle holder. This may seem insignificant, but believe it or not, the placement of the water bottle holder can have a huge impact on the productivity of your workout. You want your water bottle to be within arm’s reach, so you don’t have to stop to grab a drink.

Finally, some ellipticals come with a built-in fan on the dashboard, which is great for some added comfort while you exercise.

Water Bottle Holder
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Device Shelf For holding your smartphone, tablet, or other media device.
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Yes
Built-In Fan Does the elliptical console include a fan?
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Yes
Console Extras
USB Charging Port If the elliptical has a USB port, you’ll likely be able to charge your smartphone or tablet, which is great for long workouts. If you like to watch TV or listen to music, this can help save battery, t ... Show more
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Yes
Headphone Jack An auxiliary port or headphone jack lets you connect your smartphone or tablet directly to the elliptical’s media system to listen to sound directly through its speakers, so that you don’t have to get ... Show more
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Yes
Built-In Speakers Some ellipticals have speakers built into the dashboard. Through Bluetooth or a basic auxiliary cable, you can connect your phone or media device to the machine’s console to play music, listen to podc ... Show more
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Yes
Mobile App Connectivity Some elliptical companies also have proprietary mobile applications (such as Schwinn Connect, LifeSpan’s Activ Trac, Nautilus Trainer, etc.) that extend the features of the machine. This can include a ... Show more
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Yes
App Subscription Cost Some ellipticals will require a monthly or yearly subscription cost to access certain features. This might include advanced progress tracking, additional workout programs or syncing with a brand-speci ... Show more
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Free
Software Features
Sync with Third Party Apps Can you sync workout data with third part apps, such as MyFitnessPal and FitBit?
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Yes
Compatible Apps If you’re using a fitness app such as Google Fit, MyFitnessPal, or FitBit, some smart ellipticals allow users to transfer their workout details from the elliptical’s tracking system directly your favo ... Show more
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  • Nautilus Trainer
  • Nautilus Connect
  • MyFitnessPal
  • RunSocial
Bluetooth Connectivity Ellipticals that are Bluetooth capable can connect wirelessly with your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. This is most commonly used to play music on the elliptical’s speakers. Some ellipticals ... Show more
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Yes
Wi-Fi Connectivity Ellipticals that are Wi-Fi enabled can connect to your home wireless network for enhanced features. This could include syncing with or data transfer to external devices, such as a smartphone, computer ... Show more
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No
Warranty

Ellipticals separate their warranties into four sections: Frame, Parts, Labor and Brake System. Across all of these categories, warranties are an important feature to assess in ellipticals because the length of the warranties are an indication of the company’s confidence in the machines ability to last. 90-day warranties show that the manufacturer doesn’t believe the elliptical hold up past the first 90 days of ownership.

Frame warranties should be lifetime warranties. Anything less than that is an indication of a cheaply made machine and buyers should be wary.

Parts warranties range from 90 days to 5 years to lifetime warranties. For light use, 90 days to 1 year might be an acceptable parts warranty, though you should not expect that machine to be extremely durable.

Labor warranties range from 90 days to 3 years. For light or moderate use, choose an elliptical with at least 1-year labor warranty. If you plan to use the machine long and often, it’d be best to find a labor warranty of 2-3 years. Note that labor warranties are typically shorter than parts warranties, which means that, up until a certain point, the company will cover the cost of parts, but not the cost of paying someone to fix it. 

Finally, like the frame warranty, the best brands offer you a lifetime warranty on the brake system, which provides resistance on the elliptical. If you have an electromagnetic brake system, you likely won’t have any issues, but it always helps to have reassurance that you’re covered if something goes wrong.

Parts Warranty What is the parts warranty for this elliptical?
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5 years
Labor Warranty
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2 years
Frame Warranty What is the warranty on the frame alone?
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15 years
Brake System Warranty
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5 years
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Bowflex Max Trainer M8 is a very popular option on the higher end of the price range. It's in the top 3 bestselling elliptical trainers and has quite a few popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Teeter FreeStep LT1 or Sole Fitness E35 .

Bowflex Max Trainer M8 is $640.53 more expensive than the average elliptical trainer ($899.99).

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