So, let’s take a look at the Nautilus Recumbent Bike offerings. Here we will take a look at the Nautilus R614, Nautilus R616 and Nautilus R618 recumbent bikes, to find out which one would be the best match for you. So let’s start with the older models and work forwards.
Our quick recommendation is the Nautilus R616. This has almost all the functionality of the Nautilus R618 recumbent bike with a price point closer to that of the R614… $550 gets you this strong and sturdy recumbent bike with excellent functionality. That makes it, in our opinion, the best value Nautilus recumbent bike.
Nautilus R614 Review
Nautilus’s cheapest recumbent bike option, the Nautilus R614, at under $350, is a good starter option. You get 25 workout programs, the usual connectivity (although do be aware it doesn’t support heart rate monitor telemetry, you can only use the contact sensors), and 20 levels of resistance, as well as a 300lb weight limit. All in all more than enough to get you started. The seat isn’t as well padded as some of the newer models though, which may be off-putting, and if you’re going to spend $350 it may well be worth spending the extra $200 from the start for the Nautilus R616, rather than buy the R614 to start and then upgrade later…
Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike Review
At around $550 the Nautilus R616 is probably the best value machine made by Nautilus at the moment. It has very similar functionality to the R618, for around $250 less… Featuring 29 workout programs and 25 levels of resistance, the Nautilus R616 recumbent bike matches the R618 in terms of functionality in terms of programmes. It also benefits from good ergonomic design, so you’re unlikely to hurt yourself using it. For instance the seat is well padded and has a ventilated back, and slides to get you in a comfortable position to use it, much like the R618. It has the same 300lb weight limit as the Nautilus R614 as well. In terms of connectivity it can be linked to your MyFitnessPal app to enable you to track your performance over time and the all important calorie burn.
Nautilus R618 Review
So why would we suggest paying the extra for the R618? Well you’re right it is about $250 more, with exactly the same functionality as the Nautilus R616… We can’t really defend it to be honest. Both have very similar functionality. In fact the only slight difference we could find would be that the Nautilus R618 has an extra 25lbs weight capacity, at a 325lbs user weight limit compared to the Nautilus R616 or R614. For us, just not worth the extra $250.