Schwinn Elliptical Reviews: 470, 430 & 411 Models Compared

So you're looking for a new elliptical, but what next?

We receive many questions each week from confused customers asking which brand of fitness equipment to buy, so we thought it would help write an in-depth review to help our customers make the best decision possible.

Today we'll be taking a look at the brand Schwinn. Let's dive in!

Elliptical Specs

Preview

Schwinn Fitness 470 Elliptical

Schwinn Fitness 430 Elliptical

SCHWINN Fitness 411 Compact Elliptical...

Schwinn Fitness A40 Elliptical

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Frame Type

Front Drive Elliptical

Front Drive Elliptical

Front Drive Elliptical

Front Drive Elliptical

Seated Elliptical

Flywheel

20 Lbs.

20 Lbs.

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Stride Length

20”

20”

18”

17.5”

14”

Step on Height

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Approx 9"

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Resistance Range

25 levels

20 levels

16

8

Infinite Airdyne

Electrical Requirements

220V - 240V AC, 50Hz

90-240V, 50-60Hz AC power adapter included

Input Voltage: 100-240V AC, 50-0Hz, 0.4A

Output Voltage: 9V DC, 1.5A

4 D Batteries

Operational Voltage 6VDC

2 AA Batteries

Operating Voltage: 1.0 - 3.3VDC

Assembled Dimensions

70.1" x 28.2"x 63.2"

70.1" x 28.2"x 63.2"

53.8” x 24” x 62.5”

64”x 22.5” x 59”

61.7" x 28.3" x 40.2"

Max User Weight

300 Lbs.

300 Lbs.

300 Lbs.

275 Lbs.

300 Lbs.

Workout Programs

29

22

13

6

3

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Why Choose The Schwinn Brand Of Elliptical Trainers?

Sturdy Frames

All Schwinn ellipticals boast sturdy and durable frames that can support over 275 pounds. In fact, 4 out of 5 models have an impressive 300-pound weight capacity.

Compared with similarly priced models, Schwinn vastly outperforms the competition. Other models we tested in this price bracket were flimsy, unstable, and moved around when in use.

20-inch Strides

Stride length refers to the distance between both feet when they are their furthest apart on the elliptical. The Schwinn 470 and 430 models come with 20" strides, which is comfortable for most users. However, the Schwinn 411 has a reduced 18" stride, making it more suited towards shorter individuals.

Range of Resistance

Schwinn ellipticals offer some of the best range of digitally-controlled resistance out there on the market today. The top performer is the 470, which provides a whopping 25 resistance levels. This makes this machine suitable for beginners through to advanced gym-goers.

Power Incline

Unlike manual incline machines, where you need to physically change the incline yourself, power inclines work at the push of a button. The steeper the incline, the more efficient your workout will be as you will be burning more calories per minute working out.

Workout Programs

As well as working to your own routine, most Schwinn ellipticals offer pre-programmed workout sessions built into the device. Some of the best ellipticals can store more than 20 individual workout programs.

Multiple User Profiles

Saving your workout process is simple by creating a user profile that is stored within the machine itself. If you're planning on sharing your device with others in the home, chances are you'll want a machine that offers multiple profiles so everyone can keep track of their workouts. All Schwinn models allow users to create multiple profiles, conveniently stored in the ellipticals memory.

Wireless Telemetry

If you're keen to track your vitals while working out, Schwinn has you covered. Schwinn elliptical trainers are compatible with chest straps and other wireless accessories to help you keep better track of your heart-rate and other metrics.

Mobility (easy to move-caster wheels)

Caster wheels are conveniently attached to the base of Schwinn ellipticals for ease of transport.


5 Best Schwinn Ellipticals Reviewed

1. Schwinn 470

Best For The Avid Exercise Fan

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The Schwinn 470 is our top pick for those looking for a durable machine for daily exercise. With 25 levels of resistance, it also makes it an excellent choice for a shared home-gym, where the intensities can be tailored to individual fitness levels.

Offering the largest number of workout programs out of the three models we tested, the 470 boasts an incredible 29 different pre-programmed routines designed to put you through your paces.

These programs can be selected via the backlit LCD display, which displays heart rate, distance traveled and calories burned as you work out. To keep you cool and refreshed while exercising, the 470 comes with a built-in fan and an accessible water bottle holder.

The 470 also boasts Bluetooth connectivity, which wirelessly syncs with the Schwinn Trainer App for convenient fitness tracking. It also works flawlessly with Apple Health, Google Fit, and MyFitnessPal for those who prefer to use third-party apps. This is a particular favorite feature of many users.

“I love that it has a fan and an app to keep track of my workouts, plus it connects to my google fit.”

– Happy Schwinn Customer

Schwinn has installed a media shelf for those who prefer to watch their own devices while working out, perfect for resting a tablet or mobile phone. You can also keep your devices charged with the built-in USB port. The shelf is installed at the ideal height to help you keep a close eye on your workout - or your favorite television show!

This elliptical also comes with Schwinn's Precision Path Foot Motion Technology, designed to mimic a natural running motion that works incredibly well. The foot pedals are generously sized without being too big, and the 20" stride was very comfortable during testing.

In terms of cost, the Schwinn 470 is the most expensive of the models we tested. Despite this, customer reviews praise the ability of the 470 to strike a nice balance between affordability and features. To put it simply, the Schwinn 470 is a fantastic elliptical perfect for regular home use, whether you're a complete beginner or regular gym-goer.


2. Schwinn 430

Best Model For Beginners

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If you're entirely new to exercising, getting started can be overwhelming. After all, how do you know which features you need vs. those that would be 'nice to have.' If you're a gym newbie, the Schwinn 430 is the perfect entry-level elliptical as it strips things back to the essentials.

We all know the importance of goal setting, especially when it comes to exercise. The 430 comes with a Goal Track feature that enables you to set goals in terms of time, distance, or calories burned. The machine will keep track of your progress and let you know exactly where you are meeting your goals.

Although it doesn't come with as many preset workout programs as the 470 model, the 430 does come with 22 varied exercise programs designed to put you through your paces, which is more than enough for beginners. Besides, you can always resort to a manual program.

The 20 levels of resistance help you crank up the intensity directly from the onboard module. This is incredibly convenient when it comes to performing high-intensity workouts, great for calorie burning.

The 430 also boasts comfortable, cushioned footplates, which help to create an insanely low impact workout. Low impact workouts are ideal for those who suffer from joint problems, as they take much of the stress and strain out of exercising.

Much like the 470 model, the onboard console helps you conveniently track your workouts. It also comes with a media shelf with USB charging to keep you fully charged. You can even play your own workout soundtrack through the built-in speakers.

If you're looking for something simple to use from the get-go but still delivers an effective workout, you can't go wrong with the 430.


3. Schwinn 411

Great For Smaller Spaces

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Strapped for space? Let's face it, most of us could do with a little more room at home. But that doesn't mean owning your own elliptical is entirely off-limits. Enter the Schwinn 411.

The standout feature of the Schwinn 411 is its compact design. While both the 430 and 470 models are big and bulky, the 411 manages to fit in a ton of great features in a neat little package.

Obviously, with the size reduction, you should expect to make some sacrifices. One of which is the reduced stride length of 18 inches. While this is not enough to concern most of us, taller users may find it a little less comfortable than the other models.

Out of the three models, the 411 also comes with the lowest number of workout programs pre-installed, with just 16. However, this shouldn't be given too much thought as you can literally program your own workout program with ease, completely customized to suit your own goals.

One of the benefits the 411 has over the 430 is that it is Telemetry enabled, working flawlessly with chest straps and other wireless monitoring devices.

Better still, the Schwinn 411 is compatible with the Explore the World app, an app that helps you exercise in real-life locations around the world, all from the comfort of your own home. This is an excellent alternative if you're fed up with your workout playlist.

The slimmed-down console displays everything you need for an efficient and effective workout. It can be used to monitor the time, speed, and calories burned during each session. The movable handles also feature a built-in heart rate monitor, which can also be displayed on the screen.

Despite being the cheaper of the 3 models, the 411 offers incredible value for money. 

“Wanted an elliptical that was not huge and without a bunch of bells and whistles but would last for years to come.”

One customer writes


4. Schwinn A40

Best Machine For Shorter Individuals

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If none of the ellipticals so far have taken your fancy, check out the amazingly affordable Schwinn A40. While anyone can comfortably use this machine, we think it's particularly suited to shorter individuals, as it has a reduced stride distance of 17.5 inches.

Another great plus point of the A40 is that it is very light, weighing in at just over 90 pounds. This means it's effortlessly portable. It also offers a minimal footprint, saving space at the same time. We think this elliptical would work well in a small apartment or home office, where space may be limited.

While this machine won't blow any of the previous ones out of the water in terms of features, if you're after a stripped back basic elliptical, the A40 is a great choice. It features 7 preset programs with 8 levels of resistance, which is perfect for infrequent use.

 “The 6 programs are each challenging yet enjoyable.”

A user comments

Despite its affordability, the A40 still boats an LCD console to track all the specific details of your workout. The built-in heart rate monitors allow you to keep an eye on your vitals as you work up a sweat.


5. Schwinn 520

Best For Rehabilitation Or For Those With Joint Troubles

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One of the benefits of training using an elliptical is that it provides a low-intensity workout. The movement generated by the elliptical means that your feet will never leave the pedals, placing less stress on your legs and joints.

Taking it one step further is the Schwinn 520, which positions the user in a seated position, putting even less strain on your joints. This makes the 520 perfect for those who suffer from joint complaints or those recovering from surgery looking to stay active.

The seat itself is well ventilated, preventing an uncomfortable, sweaty back when you're working out. It's also contoured to promote good posture and deliver a comfortable workout, helping you go on for longer.

If you wonder why you would choose this elliptical over an exercise bike, this seated elliptical actually engages more muscles and therefore provides a more efficient workout than your typical bike does.

As with all Schwinn models, the 520 comes with an easy read to display, showing your progress, as well as enabling you to log and track previous workouts. While this machine doesn't connect to your smart device, you can get around this by recording your workout sessions manually.


Pros & Cons Of Schwinn Ellipticals

What We Like

  • Schwinn offers various workout apps that help to track and make your exercises more fun.
  • Stellar brand reputation
  • Range of equipment available to suit a variety of budgets
  • Ellipticals are quiet and easy to use
  • Schwinn ellipticals offer a wide selection of pre-programmed workouts, with the ability to create custom workout programs

What We Didn’t Like

  • Labor warranty is relatively short (90 days)
  • Experienced users may find some models not challenging enough

Comparing Schwinn With Other Popular Elliptical Brands

Schwinn Vs. NordicTrack

The first thing you will notice is that Schwinn is far more affordable than NordicTrack ellipticals. This price difference means that NordicTrack can provide an extended lifetime warranty on the frame.

NordicTrack also focuses heavily on the technology used, where Schwinn tends to focus on creating the best possible equipment. NordicTrack might be a better option if you tend to enjoy the tech and gadgets side of working out.

Schwinn Vs. Sole

Sole is another big name in the fitness industry and a worthy choice for your hard-earned cash. Comparing models at a similar price point, you can expect Schwinn to feature more pre-programmed workouts and resistance levels.

Schwinn Vs. Bowflex

Schwinn and Bowflex are part of the same company, Nautilus Inc.

Schwinn is generally known as the budget-friendly brand under the Nautilus group of companies. Generally speaking, you shouldn't expect all the bells and whistles that come with BowFlex devices. Still, you can expect a much more wallet-friendly price.

Schwinn Vs. Horizon

Horizon is another giant in the fitness industry. They offer a ton of different options when it comes to ellipticals. They are probably most famous for the ViaFit and Passport services, which add workout tracking and live video footage to your routine.

This is very similar to some of the features Schwinn offers in their own suite of applications. Whichever brand you decide on, we are confident you'll be happy with your purchase.

Schwinn Vs. Proform

Proform offers some great options if you're working with a small budget. Despite their affordability, they also add some great features you would see on more expensive models. The downside is that Proform is less durable and hard-wearing than Schwinn models and are intended for infrequent use.

If you want to use your elliptical daily, it makes sense to invest in something more robust, like Schwinn.


Schwinn Elliptical Assembly, Use & Troubleshooting Guide

So you just bought a shiny new Schwinn Elliptical and are itching to get it set up and get sweating. Before you start ripping through the packaging like it's Christmas, slow down a little. Check out our top tips below to make sure you get the best out of your new elliptical.

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    Check the manual to ensure everything is present and correct. It's much easier to spot something missing before you begin assembly and much easier to get it sorted out should you need to speak to the manufacturer.
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    Measure your space carefully to ensure the elliptical will fit. It's always best to assemble within the room your new elliptical will sit to avoid any unnecessary transport.
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    Clear enough space and leave yourself enough time to finish assembly from start to finish.
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    If you're not usually handy with DIY, ask a friend to help.
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    Most importantly, always follow the manufacturer's instructions! Taking shortcuts could lead to damage or, even worse - accidents.

Troubleshooting Common Issues With Schwinn Ellipticals

Hopefully, your elliptical will give you years of trouble-free use. But hey, sometimes things go wrong. Here are a few common issues and how you can fix them. You can find more troubleshooting guides for you model by search the web.

My Schwinn Elliptical Is Making A Weird Noise

Check this handy video to solve any issues relating to a noisy elliptical.

The Screen On My Schwinn 418 Elliptical Does Not Work

If you're having trouble with your screen, the best thing to do is give Schwinn customer services a call. If it's still under warranty, they'll work with you to solve the issue. If not, they can advise you on the next steps.

The Screen Is Showing An E2 Error Message On My Schwinn Elliptical

An E2 error message suggests there is an issue with the power cable running to your machine. Check out this handy guide for details you can take to solve the problem.


Additional Schwinn Elliptical Care & Maintenance

Cleaning

Spend a little time cleaning your elliptical after each use to ensure it's good to go the next time you work out. Avoid using abrasive cleaners. Instead, a damp microfiber cloth will work wonders.

Preventive Maintenance

Taking regular care of your elliptical will ensure you get many years of use from your machine.

This video explains the type of preventative maintenance you can perform on your elliptical.

Lubrication

As elliptical trainers have moving parts, keeping them well lubricated ensures your machine runs smoothly.

The good news is ellipticals don't need to be lubricated very often - in fact, once every six months should be sufficient. However, if you notice clunking or squeaking, it's a good indication that your elliptical could need some extra lubrication.

How to Contact Schwinn?

If you need to speak to someone about your elliptical, you can contact Schwinn quickly in several ways. Schwinn Customer Support can be contacted through their contact form or on Facebook and Twitter.

Alternatively, you can phone Schwinn on 1(800) 626-281 or email their helpful team at customerservice@schwinnbikes.com.


People Also Ask (FAQs)

What is the history of the Schwinn fitness brand?

Schwinn has been in the fitness game since 1895, quickly earning a name for itself as one of the best recreational fitness brands in the world. Founded in Chicago, it wasn't until 1965 when the first introduced home workout equipment.

Nowadays, Schwinn is known for producing high-quality recumbent bikes, treadmills, and of course, ellipticals.

Is it safe for pregnant women, the elderly, or anyone with health issues to use Schwinn elliptical machines?

Because they are low impact, used carefully, Schwinn ellipticals can be enjoyed by a whole host of users who may find traditional exercise difficult. That being said, it's essential to consult with a doctor before conducting any physical activity if you're in one of these higher-risk groups.

What are the main differences between the 430 and 470 models?

To put it simply, the 470 could be considered as the top of the range model, whereas the 430 is more budget-friendly. Check out the table above for a full side by side comparison of both models to determine which is better suited to you.

How do I measure and determine my stride length?

While you may think calculating your stride length is common sense, the process is actually a little more mathematical.

This article over at Healthline helps explain the process, step by step.

Where can I buy Schwinn ellipticals?

The best place to buy Schwinn ellipticals is from Amazon, who source and provide all Schwinn ellipticals directly from the company.

Not only do you benefit from Amazon's excellent customer service, but you get free and fast delivery as well as an option to have them set up the elliptical for you, saving you the hassle.


Conclusion

So there you have it, our complete guide to Schwinn ellipticals. Hopefully, you're in a much better position to decide which model works best for you. Still not decided? Go back and read our review of the Schwinn 470. We recommend this model to all of our customers as it strikes the perfect balance between cost and performance. You won't be disappointed!

Last Updated on August 19, 2021