The whisper-quiet Schwinn 250 Recumbent Bike is enjoyable to use, say owners; they also rave about its straightforward assembly, separate user profiles and comfortable seat. This feature-rich exercise bike includes 16 workout programs, a multi-color LCD screen and a Polar telemetry-enabled heart rate monitoring system. An inefficient built-in fan and weak MP3 speakers are its main drawbacks, but most users say the Schwinn's durable design and reliable brand reputation make this exercise bike a great value.
Solid, smooth and whisper-quiet. With a weighted flywheel and solid construction, the Schwinn 250's magnetic resistance system is far smoother than the traditional friction type. It's essentially silent compared to air resistance models, a major plus for those who like to watch TV or listen to music during their workouts. "Using the electronic display is easy enough: it's bright and clear, easy to understand and…can hold two user profiles if you want to track performance over time," explains an owner review at Amazon.com. The Schwinn features 16 levels of magnetic resistance, which users find smooth and stable.
Easy to build, fun to use. Assembly is relatively simple with the easy-to-follow instructions and provided tools. The Schwinn 250 comes with 16 built-in programs: eight preset courses, two heart rate programs that integrate with a heart rate monitor, two custom programs, quick start, distance goal and two fitness tests. The seat has a narrow range of adjustment, but most owners find it adequate and comfortable nonetheless. The "seat pad is thick rubbery material outside, good solid padding inside, and appears that it will last a long time," notes an Amazon.com user, adding, "It's comfortable, even after a long session. Easy to wipe down, too." The console and handlebars are adjustable, with built-in heart rate sensors that can sync with Polar chest-style heart rate monitors.
Gym-quality construction. The Schwinn 250 receives high marks from consumers for durability, with many comparing the build quality to commercial machines they find at the gym. Users say the combination of features and solid construction makes this a great value for a long-lasting piece of exercise equipment. Reports of serious problems are scarce, although we spotted several complaints of bikes getting damaged by rough handling during shipping. Owners frequently say Schwinn's customer service is courteous and helpful, and the warranty is above average: The 250 includes five years of protection on the frame, plus one year for mechanical and electrical parts, and 90 days on wear parts and labor.
The Schwinn 250 earns 4.1 stars out of 5 after about 200 user reviews. Most say the bike is quiet and user-friendly, with assembly instructions that are clearly written and easy to follow. The most frequent complaints concern the ineffective fan and MP3 speakers.
Review: Schwinn 250 Recumbent Exercise Bike, Contributors to Amazon.com , As of November 2013
Thrity-five users give the Schwinn 250 an overall score of 4.6 stars out of 5, praising the bike's durable construction and convenient features. A few reviews mention issues with pieces broken during shipping.
Review: Schwinn 250 Recumbent Exercise Bike, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2013
Arthur Thares, a certified personal trainer, includes the Schwinn 250 in his list of the five best budget recumbent bikes. With a score of 4.75 stars out of 5, the Schwinn ranks just below the Exerpeutic 900XL. Also making the list are the Marcy ME 709, Stamina 4825 and ProForm 315 CSX.
Review: Schwinn 250 Recumbent Bike, Arthur Thares, Not dated