Schwinn Elliptical Reviews
Schwinn elliptical machines are made by the company that first established its reputation producing bicycles, then made its mark with the first in-home exercise machines in the mid-1960s. The company had branched out into several different types of fitness equipment when Nautilus purchased the fitness line in 2001.
Nautilus, a name well-known for their line of weight conditioning machines, has diversified by buying a number of different fitness lines in recent years and investing quite a bit of money and time into developing and refining the equipment in each line.
Schwinn elliptical machines are one of the success stories of this process. Intensive market research, testing and refinements have made Schwinn elliptical trainers some of the best in the industry. In fact, one of them was recently named a Consumer Reports Best Buy, which says an awful lot for their balance of quality and affordability. These machines are in the mid to upper price range and offer a lot for the money.
The current lineup consists of the 430, 470, 520 reclined elliptical, A40 and A45. All are quite popular and offer great value.
Professional trainers who have tested Schwinn elliptical machines are impressed with the stability, quietness and smooth movement, which they find unusual in a front flywheel design. They give Schwinn and Nautilus kudos for finding a way to make the front flywheel work so effortlessly.
Another feature that both trainers and consumers remark on is the articulating footplate design. This enhances the feel of each stride by adjusting to the position of your feet as they move through the natural motion of walking. This type of attention to detail and comfort is rare except in commercial quality machines, and makes what is already a low-impact workout even easier on the joints.
The only down side that is sometimes noted about Schwinn elliptical machines is the limited warranty, which is unusual in machines at this price point. While the frame is covered for 5 years and the parts and electronics for one year, labor and wear are covered for only three months. (If you buy your Schwinn elliptical from Amazon, we recommend you purchase an Extended Service Plan to enhance and extend the manufacturer's warranty.)
It’s a shame that Nautilus doesn’t realize the value of a really good warranty. If they did, they would sell even more of the Schwinn elliptical trainers, which are some of the best in the market.
Schwinn Consumer Reviews - Reviews submitted so far are 100% positive.
Schwinn 430 - A popular entry level choice with good features, incline and workout tracking as well as a new enhanced display.
Schwinn 470 - An upgraded 430 with power incline, more workouts and resistance levels plus wireless heart rate capability.
Schwinn A40 - The best value in an entry-level machine with features not found on any other elliptical in this price range; easy to assemble, solid frame, decent ride, good workouts.
Schwinn 520 Reclined Elliptical - The Schwinn 520 appeals to a specific, niche market: individuals who want to work their lower bodies but who can't or don't want to remain standing during a workout.
Schwinn 420 - Top marks for minimal noise levels, reliability, sturdy construction and ergonomics.
Schwinn 431 - A lot of value for a sub-$1000 machine.
The Schwinn 450 - The Schwinn 450 has a multi-position ramp to modify the elliptical path and the intensity of the workout.
The Schwinn 460 - Upper and lower body workouts combined into one easy, low-impact aerobic motion.
Here is your chance to rant or rave about the elliptical you use at home or at the fitness center.