Users say the Schwinn 430 isn't quite the total package when it comes to elliptical trainers -- but considering the price range its eddy current resistance, 18-inch stride length and warranty are all impressive features. The Schwinn 430 is also surprisingly quiet and stable, although we did see a few concerns about durability problems.
Pleasantly surprised. Early user feedback is that the Schwinn 430 remains just as surprisingly smooth and quiet as its immediate predecessor, the Schwinn 420 -- and it sports a few upgrades that are quite impressive, given the price range. This model has a fixed 18-inch stride, with 16 levels of quiet eddy-current resistance and 10 quick keys to help you adjust resistance quickly. "The motion... is smooth and gentle, without jerkiness or shifts in the amount of resistance," writes one Amazon.com user. You can also adjust the Schwinn 430's incline, although you must dismount and do so manually.
Focus on performance. Users say it takes about two hours to put together the Schwinn 430. The two-window LCD console is adequate, and the Schwinn 430 sports an impressive total of 22 total preset programs, including eight heart-rate control programs and two custom programs, plus two user IDs. A built-in three-speed fan and speakers receive a lukewarm reception, and one user says the moving handlebars can get in the way if you're trying to hold on to the stationary handlebars. You can also transfer data to the Schwinn Connect website with a built-in USB port, and the Schwinn 430 is compatible with MyFitnessPal.com.
A lightweight champion. The Schwinn 430 weighs just under 170 pounds and can handle a user weight of up to 300 pounds. We found comments from several 200-plus-pound users who say the Schwinn 430 is stable and quiet for them -- again, very impressive for this price range.
"High-end feel for the low-end cost," enthuses one Amazon.com user. However, another Amazon.com reviewer points out that the rollers and footpads are made of plastic, and worries how well they'll wear; and we found a couple of questions about durability at SearsOutlet.com, although it's not clear whether they apply to the Schwinn 430 or 420.
Short warranty, great service. Considering the price range, the Schwinn 430's product warranty is decent: 10 years on the frame, two for mechanical issues and one for electrical issues. However, the 90 days of labor coverage is quite short. The Schwinn 430 hasn't been around long enough to rack up many comments about the customer service, but customers were mostly satisfied with service received for its immediate predecessor, the Schwinn 420. One writes at Walmart.com that "after about a week, one of the bearings went out, but (my husband) just called the Schwinn company, and they gladly sent him out new parts."
Review Credibility: Very Good Waters shares his opinion of many elliptical trainers after testing each machine and speaking with their manufacturers. Although his review of the 420 isn't comparative, it is complete and he names it his Best Budget Elliptical Buy.
Review: Schwinn 420 Elliptical Review, Fred Waters, September 2012
Review Credibility: Good After about 60 consumer reviews at Amazon.com, the Schwinn 420 scores an average 3.7 stars out of 5. Posts vary in length and product experience.
Review: Customer Reviews: Schwinn 420 Elliptical Trainer (2012 Model), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good About 75 Walmart.com posters give the 420 an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Ninety-two percent of reviewers say they would recommend the product to a friend.
Review: Schwinn 420 Elliptical Machine, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2012
Review Credibility: Good The Schwinn consumer review page contains about 25 comments on the 420 model, and feedback varies in length and experience with the product. Users are required to post their fitness experience, such as "avid athlete." It appears that Schwinn doesn't hide poor reviews on their products, with the 420 scoring 3.5 stars out of 5.
Review: Schwinn 420 Elliptical, Contributors to SchwinnFitness.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good Epinions.com posts just one user review of the 420. He goes into lengthy detail but doesn't state how long he has owned the machine. He gives the elliptical 4 out of 5 stars, citing a few "pet peeves" as reason for the one-star demerit.
Review: Schwinn 420 Elliptical Trainer, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of June 2010
Review Credibility: Poor There are just a couple of user reviews for the Schwinn 420 at Sears.com, and both provide only a few quick points without explanation. They split on their scores, however, giving it an average 2.5 stars out of 5.
Review: Schwinn 420 Elliptical, Contributors to Sears.com, As of November 2012