Of the many models put out by home gym mainstay Total Gym, two of the most popular are the Total Gym 1400 and the Total Gym 1600 .
The stalwart 1400 was upgraded to the 1600, but some are of the opinion that the new features aren’t worth it or do not don’t add enough to the Total Gym experience.
We reviewed the Total Gym models for you, let’s take a look at a rundown the two models side by side, here is the Total Gym 1400 vs Total Gym 1600 .
First, let’s see what both models will do for you.
Both the 1400 and the 1600 come standard with all of the extras people have come to expect from Total Gym.
The exercise DVDs, nutritional guide, and exercise chart are all included with your purchase, provided it is new and not second hand or refurbished.
For exercise variations, both models come with nearly identical dip bars, press-up bars, multi-function attachments, leg pulley attachments, and squat stands .
The two machines also come with a one-year limited warranty. Not the best guarantee on the market, but the machines are well put together and come at decent prices, so it isn’t a deal breaker.
Both models function the same way to help you get in shape. The Total Gym 1400 and 1600 use your bodyweight instead of resistance bands, rods or weights. To adjust the resistance, you simply increase or decrease the incline.
The 1400 and 1600 are also capable of offering over 60 different exercise options . Because they come with nearly the same accessories and attachments, these exercises are mostly identical. There is no radical departure from functionality or design, so your decision will likely come down to the details.
These models are so similar that they almost take up the same amount of space. The 1600 is technically broader, but the difference is negligible . Both machines weigh about 74 pounds including attachments.
- Total Gym 1400 Dimensions: 92.5 inches long, 15.5 inches wide, 43.2 inches high
- Total Gym 1600 Dimensions: 92.5 inches long, 16 inches wide, 43.2 inches high
Folded up in storage mode, both models measure about 56 inches long, 19 inches wide, and 10 inches high.
It appears that the updated Total Gym 1600 is made of better materials than its predecessor, the 1400. For starters, the weight capacity has gone up 25 pounds to 275 from the 1400’s weight limit of 250 pounds . So if you are larger or just want a stronger model, the 1600 is where it’s at.
Additionally, there appear to be fewer instances of the 1600 wearing down or breaking, but that may just be because it is a somewhat newer model. Both the 1400 and 1600 are constructed from steel with top quality plastics and nylon used for other components.
Shipping, Moving and Operation
The Total Gym 1400 has a slight advantage over its younger cousin when it comes to shipping and assembly. The 1400 comes fully assembled right out of the box so you could conceivably begin using it within minutes of it arriving. Just unbox, set up and enjoy!
The Total Gym 1600, on the other hand, requires a bit of assembly after receiving it before it is ready to use. It could take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour to put together depending on how mechanically savvy you are and if you have someone to help you.
Since these models are so much alike, there is not a whole of price disparity.
Also, since neither model is the most recent, they are a great value and quite affordable for what you get.
You’ll see some different price ranges depending on the vendor but beware, the Total Gym company may not honor the warranty, fix your machine or even sell you replacement parts if you don’t buy your Total Gym from an official retailer. Make sure you do your homework before making a commitment.
However, you will likely notice that the Total Gym 1600 is marginally more expensive than the older 1400. This won’t be a huge amount of money, but it is significant; especially when you take into account how similar the models are. Also, you may even find a 1600 model on sale that is cheaper than a 1400. Just be careful, these might be refurbished or non-official retailers. Best to stick with trusted retailers and websites.
Almost Too Close to Call
Our Total Gym reviews show that the differences between these two models are very slight.
You would be hard-pressed to tell them apart at a glance. Both are excellent home gym systems that are safe and simple to use. The both utilize your body weight for resistance and offer eight levels of adjustable incline to customize the weight that you are working with. Both fold up easily to be stored in a closet or under a bed in minutes.
There are only a couple of minor considerations when deciding between the two.
Probably the most tangible difference is the weight limit. 250 pounds is a rather low weight limit for a home gym. After all, many people who buy products like these are overweight and wish to do something about it. Also, muscle is heavier than fat, so if you get ripped and pack on the muscle you might get too heavy for it!
An extra 25 pounds on the weight limit may not seem like much, but it could mean the difference between a functioning product and a pile of debris.
And don’t forget the price difference. You aren’t going to save a fortune opting for the older 1400 model, but if you are looking at the 1400 and the 1600 Total Gyms, odds are you are hunting for a bargain already by avoiding the newer, much pricier models.
So if you are a big person who wants an extra sturdy Total Gym platform, then the 1600 is your best bet. If your smaller and want a cheap, easy, ready to use product out of the box then the 1400 has you covered .
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