Nautilus T616 Treadmill Review

Nautilus T616 Treadmill Review

By J. Maki


This is the treadmill that got me started on my treadmill journey, as it was the one I decided on after navigating the many impersonal and overwhelming treadmill websites, hence the creation of The Trusted Treadmill. When the stay-at-home order began for my state, I purchased the T616 back in April and have been satisfied with my purchase. When investigating the T616, I spent a lot of time reading customer reviews of this model, and while they were not all positive, the majority were. Coupling that with a modest price, a lower one than the T618, this was a good investment for me. In looking back on the specifications of the T618 and reflecting on my experience with the T616, the T616 is very much the same model as the T618, just with a few less bells and whistles. 

What makes the T616 most unique?

The Nautilus Strike Zone Cushioning System makes for a low-impact experience. I am accustomed to running on hard surfaces, and the T616 makes for a lower stress running/walking experience. Even at higher speeds, my foot strikes are absorbed and distributed amongst the running deck, and it is done so quietly, which helps to not wake up my sleeping children in the early morning hours when I am getting my run in. 

What is the T616 missing?

Like the T618, its technology leaves much to be desired, but ultimately, this is secondary to its many strengths in terms of value in regarding fitness. Audio jack connection, inability to work with Strava or Runkeeper. Not essential, but a bit disappointing.

General Specifications

  • There are 26 pre-loaded training sessions on the T616 that address a variety of fitness goals. 
  • Bright LCD display shares multiple data points such as time, distance, speed, pace, Fitness Score, heart rate, incline, etc.
  • Can connect to Nautilus app via Bluetooth via smart device for workout results/progress tracking. 
  • Utilizes Nautilus’s StrikeZone technology to provide for soft foot strikes
  • Can be folded up for convenience and relocation.
  • Speakers built in to play music from smart device connected via audio jack. 
  • USB charging capability
  • Built-in fan to cool down during workout
  • 20″ x 60″ running path
  • 2 ply, 2.0mm belt thickness
  • 300 pound weight capacity

Customer Feedback

Overall, customer feedback in reviews on the T616 have been positive. See a few excerpts below (from

  • “The incline action is smooth and I love the range – up to 15%. I’m very happy with this purchase and feel that the price was great for what it is.The incline action is smooth and I love the range – up to 15%. I’m very happy with this purchase and feel that the price was great for what it is.”
  • “Perfect for home use.”
  • “It is not a loud treadmill and I can watch my ipad, propped up on the treadmill, without headphones, and the volume if fine”
  • “I LOVE IT! It has run smoothly since I purchased it. It is very very heavy and has a lot of plastic around it, but over all it’s GREAT!”
  • “Speaker works ok, not great, but this is not a stereo system, this is a treadmill so didn’t expect bose quality sound out of it.”

What is your experience with the Nautilus T616?

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