Schwinn 430 Elliptical Machine Review

Bottom Line

Reviewers say you'll never mistake the Schwinn 430 for a high-end elliptical trainer, but that it's a pretty darn good 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. The Schwinn 430 is also reported as surprisingly quiet and stable, although we did see a few complaints about difficult and time-consuming assembly.

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

Breaking it down


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 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.


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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Schwinn 430 Elliptical Trainer Review, Fred Waters, Not Dated

Fred Waters, a former executive at Smooth Fitness, calls the Schwinn 430 "An excellent budget elliptical." He warns that it's not a heavy-duty piece of equipment, but is a great value for the price.


Schwinn 430 Elliptical Machine, Contributors to, As of December 2015

In around 330 reviews, the Schwinn 430 earns an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Users praise its sturdy build, saying its quality is surprisingly good for the price. Many say it's difficult to assemble, but easy to use otherwise. Most say it's a great addition to their home gym.


Schwinn 430 Elliptical, Black, Contributors to, As of December 2015

Owner satisfaction with the Schwinn 430 is slightly higher here, with around 185 reviewers giving it an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Of those, 87 percent say they would recommend the product to a friend. Most agree that it's a great machine for the price, although many say it's difficult and time-consuming to put together. There are also complaints of squeaks; shipping issues also bring down the overall ratings.


Schwinn 430 Elliptical, Contributors to, As of December 2015

The Schwinn 430 earns an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 in more than 30 reviews here, with owners saying it's a good piece of exercise equipment for the price. Most of the complaints are due to shipping issues.