The Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical isn't technically a hybrid stepper, the manufacturer calls it an elliptical, but it's more like a stepper in that it lets you walk, run, step or combine all three in one program – and it does it at a price that can't be beat. It also has a heart-rate monitor, fan and touch screen. Be aware, however, that it was recalled in 2011; if you have a 460 originally sold that year or earlier, contact the manufacturer for a free repair kit.
Great for cardio conditioning. Users say the Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical provides a workout that rivals what you'd get at the gym. Many like that you can walk, run and step in the same workout. There are 16 programs, which include both pre-programmed and custom options, and the variable-stride feature means you can change the length of your stride without having to make any adjustments. Quite a few note that the machine hardly makes any noise. It can support a maximum weight of 300 lbs., and it allows forward and backward pedaling, so you can target more muscles.
Lots of convenience and comfort features. Reviewers say that assembling the Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical can be time-consuming, but it's not difficult. "It takes a little muscle, but it's conceptually simple," says one user. And once it's assembled, it's widely considered a dream to use. It has a backlit LCD touch screen, with a readout that includes speed, calories, time, rpm and distance. It also has a water-bottle holder, fan, wheels for easy transporting and heart-rate monitoring (using either the grips or chest strap). Plus, it can track the progress of two users.
Commercial-like quality. Most owners applaud the Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical's construction, and we read only a few complaints about breakages or other malfunctions. Several reviewers, however, point out that the model was recalled in 2011 because of footplates that could become detached. If you have a model sold in 2011 or earlier, you must contact the manufacturer for a free repair kit. Maintenance involves giving the machine a simple weekly cleaning and checking monthly that screws and bolts are tight. The model's warranty is 10 years for the frame; two years on parts; one year on electronics; and six months for wear parts.
More than 120 users review the Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical on Amazon.com, giving it an average rating of 4.1 stars out of 5. Most say it provides a very effective workout, and some compare its construction to that of a commercial machine. We read a few reports of breakages, noises or other malfunctions.
Review: Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014
Editors of this website praise the Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical's LCD touch-screen display and call the machine well-built. They say you cannot beat the results for the price. Nevertheless, they do not specify what qualifications they have to be reviewers, and a disclaimer notes that the site receives advertising fees for linking to Amazon.com.
Review: The Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer Review, Editors of TheEllipticalReviews.com, Not Dated