Schwinn Elliptical Trainer Machines Review 2018
updated October 5, 2018
Schwinn have been an American institution for over 100 years. Over that time time, they have developed a stellar reputation as a producer of quality cycling and fitness equipment. Schwinn ellipticals are so intuitive, it’s almost as if they can read your mind. They provide increased stability, customizable workout programs, and amazing comfort. In this article we review the best in the Schwinn range and then suggest 3 Schwinn alternatives.
The Best Schwinn Elliptical Trainers
Schwinn moved into the elliptical market in 2014. Since then, their elliptical range has been small but specialized.
The 2018 Schwinn range encompasses the following:
The Schwinn 430 Elliptical Trainer features a dual track monitoring system, along with a secure iPad platform. You can also view your results for 13 workout metrics. The monitor also provides motivation through every workout with 22 exercise applications, including two user settings and gold tracking to monitor your progress. As your fitness level increases you can choose from 20 levels of Eddy current resistance, providing the quietest and smoothest resistance available.
In terms of comfort, the Schwinn 430 offers a 20 inch precision pass drive with 6 ramp positions, large footplates to position your feet and a three speed fan to keep you cool during intense workouts. Transport wheels make it easy to move the machine. Ergonomically placed heart rate sensors provide you with a constant check that you are in the optimum fat burning zone.
Sealed acoustic chamber speakers mean you can enjoy your favorite sounds without having to wear headphones. Schwinn Connect technology allows you to sync your workout results to the Schwinn Connect website. Schwinn is partnered with MyFitnessPal, so you can sync directly to that app. The Schwinn 430 is a very sturdy and solid unit, with a max user weight of 300 pounds.
- Dual track monitoring
- 22 workout apps
- 20 resistance levels
- Big and bulky
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical Trainer is the showcase cross trainer in the Schwinn lineup. For less than $800, you get a lot of features that you’d pay more for from the competition. The 470 is one of the only Schwinn ellipticals that comes with a backlit console, making it much easier to read your training data. You get 13 training apps that have been created by world class personal trainers.
The Schwinn 470 provides you with a long 20 inch stride, allowing you to feel greater activation in your glutes and hamstrings and giving you a more natural, fluid feel to your workout. The ramp of the 470 is motorized, so you that you have automatic incline adjustment. The cushioned, articulated foot pedals follow the motion of your ankle as you work out. This provides less impact and significantly reduces your risk of injury.
The flywheel of the 470 is positioned at the front of the machine, allow the pedals to be positioned closer together than many competing models. This provides a more natural feel with less strain on the hip. You can even charge your tablet or other electrical device on the console of the 470. Schwinn Connect Goal Tracking allows you to upload and track your fitness progress to Schwinn Connect online.
- 20 inch stride length
- Motorized ramp
- Backlit screen
- Inaccurate calorie counter
The Schwinn A40 has a number of unique comfort features which set it apart. Biomechanically designed linkages in the foot pads provide a comfortable and natural foot motion. The ergonomic handles allow for multiple workout positions, and the compact footprint of this cross trainer means that it will fit virtually anywhere.
The Schwinn A40 has a perimeter weighted flywheel to provide smooth, consistent workouts. A fast and reliable electromagnetic resistance system provides you with 8 resistance levels. Oversized stabilizers and levellers are built into the frame to provide you with a solid workout platform. The monitor provides you with feedback on 6 vital workout metrics, including calories, heart rate, speed, rpm, time and distance.
The handles of the A40 feature an integrated grip sensor system for easy heart rate monitoring. The integrated speakers provide you with a good sound quality without having to wear headphones. The Schwinn A40 is a pared down budget model that still gives you a high quality, low impact workout. It is very quiet when in operation and is extremely compact and lightweight.
- Perimeter weighted flywheel
- Ergonomic handles
- Budget priced
- Limited resistance and program levels
Although the Schwinn range do provide a lot of performance and functionality through the mid range price bracket, we managed to find 3 other brands that compare very favorably. The ProForm Smartrider 735 provides auto adjustable incline, and is more compact and foldable than anything in the Schwinn stable. The NordicTrack C7.5 features a 0-20 degree auto incline, a 20 pound flywheel and fully adjustable footpads. Finally, the Nautilus E616 delivers more power and functionality than anything in the Schwinn range with 25 levels of eddy current resistance, 29 workout apps and a high speed drive system.
The ProForm SmartRider 735 provides a full body workout, with more features than a traditional crosstrainer provides. By pushing a button on the console, you can incline the machine for ramp training. The auto adjustable ramp provides you with a 0-10% incline. iFit technology allows you to take your workout out of the living room and into the great outdoors. You can choose between 22 workout apps that were designed by a certified personal trainer.
Assembly out of the box for the ProForm SmartRider 735 is fast and easy. In addition, it features a revolutionary spacesaver design that allows you to compactly fold it up and wheel it away for storage. ProForm’s silent magnetic resistance ensures that you get a smooth, natural workout.
- Auto adjustable incline
- iFit enabled
- Spacesaver foldable design
- Quite noisy when in operation
The NordicTrack C7.5 provides you with auto incline for more intense cross-training workouts. Fully adjustable foot pedals allow you to customize your foot positioning to reduce lower body impact. Online fitness tracking is provided by way of a full color touchscreen console. This trainer also provides you with an adjustable stride length, along with close foot pedals to reduce pelvic strain when training.
The NordicTrack C7.5 provides you with a 0-20% power ramp, a secure tablet shelf and an intermix acoustic sound system. The 20 pound flywheel gives you a smooth, natural movement that is jerk free and reliably consistent. This unit comes with a lifetime frame warranty, with 2 years on parts and 12 months on labor.
- Auto incline to 20 degrees
- 20 pound flywheel
- Fully adjustable footpads
- Have to pay for iFit subscription
The Nautilus E616 provides you with 25 levels of Eddy current resistance, a motorised incline ramp and 29 workout programs. This gives you more powerful functionality than you get from either the Schwinn 430 or the 470. The blue backlit dual-track LCD display allows you to watch your favorite TV shows while keeping track of time, distance and calories burned.
Thanks to integrated Bluetooth technology, your workout results sync seamlessly to the nautilus Connect app and MyFitnessPal. The high speed drive system and perimeter weighted flywheel deliver ultra smooth workouts. The 20 inch stride length allows you to get full engagement of the gutes with every stride. The frame features two integrated levelers as well as a pair of center frame supports for maximum rigidity.
- 25 levels of eddy current resistance
- 29 workout programs
- High speed drive system
Schwinn have built a century old reputation for excellence in the fitness industry. Their stable of elliptical trainers is high on performance and functionality. Schwinn’s most popular offering is the Schwinn 470, which features a 20 inch stride length, motorized ramp and a front positioned perimeter weighted flywheel for maximum performance. The Schwinn 430 features delivers dual track monitoring, 22 workout apps and 20 levels of resistance.
The Schwinn A40 is a budget priced model that still delivers, with a perimeter weighted flywheel, ergonomic handles and 8 resistance levels.
As an alternative to the Schwinn 470, the ProForm SmartRider 735 delivers 22 workout apps, auto adjust incline and a unique spacesaver design. The NordicTrack C7.5 provides auto incline to 20 degrees, a 20 pound flywheel and fully adjustable footpads. Finally, the Nautilus E616 delivers more functionality than anything in the Schwinn range with 25 levels of eddy current resistance, 29 workout programs and a high speed drive system.