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.
Per our latest Schwinn elliptical reviews, the lineup has definitely dwindled over the years.
Currently, there are only three ellipticals being sold by the company: the 411, 430 and 490. The 470, 520 reclined elliptical, A40 and A45 were recently retired.
All models were recently redesigned, and feature a more modern, sleek look while retaining the ergonomics and strong construction.
The entry-level 411 elliptical has an 18" stride, grip and wireless heart rate monitoring, Bluetooth workout tracking, 16 resistance levels, 13 built in workout programs and 1 user profile.
The mid-range 430 elliptical has a 20" stride, Precision Path Foot Motion technology (putting you in a natural position), large pedals, 10 degrees of manual incline, heart rate grips, DualTrack console with two LCD screens, 20 resistance levels, 22 workout programs and 2 user profiles.
This is the newest elliptical in Schwinn's lineup, replacing the previous top of the line 470. This one gets a large 7" LCD display, powered incline and decline capability (15% down to -5%) and the ability to integrate with the company's JRNY app on your phone or tablet.
This is a membership based program that gives you access to a huge library of on-demand workouts personalized to your fitness level.
Here's some info on the recently retired 470 in case you come upon one during your search...
The up-level 470 elliptical gives you all of the features of the 430 plus 5 more resistance levels, 7 more workout programs, wireless heart rate monitoring, power incline, a more advanced display and 2 more user profiles. It also allows you to track your workouts via the Schwinn Trainer 2 and Run Social App.
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.
Schwinn ellipticals aren't as popular as those made by competitors like NordicTrack & ProForm, but they're not a bad choice for the home gym.
They don't have all of the bells and whistles, but workout wise they provide what you need for the most part.
We would opt for the up-level 490 over the 430 and 411 for several reasons.
For starters, there's not a big price difference between the 430 and the 490. Last we checked the 490 was only $300 more than the 430.
You also get a lot more for your money, including 25 resistance levels, JRNY workout capability, wireless heart rate monitoring, power incline and decline, a nicer display and the ability to track and share your workouts. All of that for additional $300 is a no-brainer.
However, if you need something that is very space friendly, the new Schwinn 411 has a very small footprint, almost 20" shorter and 4" narrower than the other two models.
If you do decide to buy a Schwinn elliptical, look into the Schwinn protection plan, or whatever other extended coverage options are available. This will give cover you in case you have any issues in the future with your machine.
So the 490 will be a better bet than the 430 and the 411, unless you are strictly concerned with the price and/or need something with a smaller footprint.
As we mentioned above, the only real down side to Schwinn elliptical machines (and those with the Nautilus brand as well) is the limited warranty, which is unusual in machines at this price point.
The frame is only covered for 10 years, as opposed to lifetime on most other brands, and the parts and electronics for one-two years, labor for only 90 days. (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 otherwise have some nice features and capabilities that you don't find on other machines.
At any rate, you can read our Schwinn elliptical reviews below to learn more about the two current models being sold. You'll find specs, info, pricing and buying tips to help you make a more informed decision.
Schwinn Consumer Reviews - Reviews submitted so far are 100% positive.
Schwinn 411 - The newest model in the lineup, a space-friendly elliptical with plenty of workouts and built in Bluetooth tracking capability.
Schwinn 430 - A popular step up choice that was recently redesigned with good features, incline capability, lots of built in workout programs as well as a new enhanced display.
Schwinn 470 - An upgraded version of the 430 with power incline, more workouts and resistance levels, wireless heart rate capability and workout tracking capability through Schwinn Trainer 2 and Run Connect apps.
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