Schwinn 430 Elliptical Review

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Bottom Line

The Schwinn 430 is an excellent value for the price. It features 20 levels of eddy current resistance, a 20-inch stride length and 22 programs -- including the option to create profiles for two users.

Pros
  • Moving and static handles
  • Two user profiles
  • Adjustable resistance; multiple programs
  • Three-speed fan
Cons
  • Display difficult to read
  • Hard for some to assemble

Breaking it down

Performance

Quiet and smooth. Many reviewers say the Schwinn 430 is a great addition to their home gym, giving them a complete workout, and with operation they report as being quiet and smooth -- quite a few say they can easily hear the TV while working out. It includes a USB port and AUX jack to plug in a tablet or iPod, and speakers that many users say are surprisingly rich (a rare compliment for the built-in speakers in any elliptical at any price). You can also upload your stats to MyFitnessPal.com via SchwinnConnect, which lets you track the progress of your workouts and overall fitness. Beyond those perks, users say this home elliptical will give you a good workout and has a good variety of options as well, including 22 programs, 20 levels of resistance and the ability to create two user profiles. Many say it's challenging, but fun to use.

Ease of use

Assembly won't be quick. Many users say it was not easy to assemble the Schwinn 430, though others say it's no more difficult than any other piece of exercise equipment. A few reviewers say the display is small and can be hard to read. Users do love the tablet holder, which allows you to prop up your mobile device to watch videos while working out. Although the incline is adjustable on the Schwinn 430, you must dismount and do so manually, although that's easy and quick, most say.

Durability

Lightweight, but sturdy. The Schwinn 430 weighs 169 pounds and, while it's rated for users up to 300 pounds, at least one expert reviewer says 220 pounds is more realistic. That said, several 200-plus-pound users report that the 430 seems very stable and durable, even when used daily or almost daily. It has a decent warranty in general for the price, 10 years on the frame, two for mechanical issues and one for electrical issues. However, the 90 days of labor coverage is quite short. We saw a few complaints that the electronic console did not work at the beginning, but customer service gets very high praise for its quick response to these glitches.

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