Nautilus 100323 E514c Elliptical Trainer
The elliptical was packaged and shipped quite well. I could schedule home delivery according to my convenience, and was delivered on time.
Assembly instructions are clear and simple. The nuts and bolts are packed to make it even easier. Some bolts have to be screwed where the allen key does not fit. You can only do it by by removing the key after every quarter turn, and it can take a good 10 minutes per bolt. Took more than 2 hours for the complete assembly.
Being below-average height (5'4"), my main concern was the stride and moving hand bar dimensions. Majority of the professional ellipticals (in my previous gym) were little too big and I could not use the moving hand bars at all. This elliptical is super-perfect for my height, and I can comfortably grab the top of the moving hand bar without stretching or leaning forward.
The stride is comfortable and the foot pedals are large enough to adjust foot position according to individual comfort.
The machine is solid and very well built. I have it on carpet (like new) with 1/2" thick foam mats on top, and the machine does not shake or sway at all. It is quite heavier than I am (hey, not bragging), so this is not a big deal I guess.
Overall, excellent value for money and works perfectly.
My only complaint so far: It shows far less calories burnt than my gym's elliptical - for the same weight, age, bpm and speed. At 150 bpm rate my gym elliptical shows at least 400 cals burnt for 30 minutes workout. This machine does not even reach 100 cals. I would burn 900 cals per hour (yummm... triple chocolate cake) at the gym and now I am burning 190 cals per hour (ugh... a banana), which is kinda disappointing.