The Schwinn 430 Elliptical is one of the more popular machines on the market and it’s not hard to see why. For a mid-price, you get a ton of features, a well-built machine which is comfortable to ride, and resistance levels that will be a challenge to even the fittest people.
If you’re looking to buy a quality machine, which mimics the high-end ellipticals at a fraction of the price, then the Schwinn 430 Elliptical could well be for you.
Overall Elliptical Rating: 4/5
- Smooth to ride
- Doesn’t make much noise (if kept lubricated)
- Sturdy and well built
- 20-inch stride length should be long enough for most people
- Includes speakers, fan and tablet holder
- Good value for money
- Needs frequent lubrication to avoid squeaking noise
- Warranty is poor for a machine over $500
- The display is not backlit so can be hard to read
- Some users question the accuracy of the tracking metrics
- DualTrack LCD screens
- 20 levels of computer controlled resistance
- 22 workout programs
- USB port for charging
- Transport wheels
The Schwinn 430 Elliptical currently sits at a mid-level price range. At around $500, it is well priced and certainly good value for money. Taking into consideration its build, quality and features, you won’t find many better ellipticals for this price.
Reliability & Warranty: 3.5/5
The Schwinn 430 Elliptical is a reliable machine overall. The biggest complaint from reading Amazon reviews on this product seems to revolve around a few users experiencing squeaking and clicking noises from the machine.
The thing to note is that all the five-star reviewers on Amazon (who say the machine is quiet), comment on the fact that they followed the assembly instructions and applied the lube that came with the machine from the beginning. It seems that as you assemble the machine, the lube needs to be applied systematically.
I’d have a guess that most of the users who are experiencing the squeaky noises, saw the lube at the beginning, and just assumed that it was to be applied only if the Schwinn 430 started to make noises, rather than applying it right from the start.
Regarding the warranty, for a cardio machine over $500, you would expect a better warranty. In my opinion, a machine that costs this much should come with a warranty that covers at least 1 year of labour, and possibly a lifetime guarantee on the frame.
On this particular model, Schwinn offers a 10-year warranty on the frame and only a mere 90 days on labour, which is rather poor. Why Schwinn doesn’t offer a better warranty to match other fitness providers is a bit of a mystery. Perhaps the warranty is laid out in this way in order that Schwinn can push customers towards purchasing their extended warranty?
Comfortability & Size: 4/5
One of the undersold features of the Schwinn 430 Elliptical is that it has a 20-inch stride length. A major problem with many ellipticals is that they may have plenty of cool features, however, they often possess a stride length that is too short for most people, which undermines the whole benefit of having the machine in the first place.
You want to have a stride length that is comfortable, and not one that is too short or too long for you. The 20-inch stride length of the Schwinn 430 Elliptical should be more than enough to keep most people happy, even if you consider yourself reasonably short or tall.
The Schwinn 430 Elliptical is a rather heavy machine and is pretty large. Once you have it assembled there’s no turning back given the fact that it’s not foldable either. One thing that works in its favour is that it does have wheels on the front so you can wheel it away rather than having to lift the whole machine up.
As with all ellipticals you’ll want to make sure you have sufficient ceiling height. If you’re in a basement with 7ft ceilings and you’re already 6ft tall, then using this machine may be a problem for you. If this is the case you may have to consider a different type of machine altogether.
Stability and Quality: 4.5/5
Schwinn products are usually well built and stable, and the 430 Elliptical is no different. It’s sturdy to use and doesn’t wobble. In addition, the body and frame can withstand up to 300 pounds..
Smoothness & Resistance: 4/5
The Schwinn 430 Elliptical is smooth to ride and the resistances transition nicely. There are 20 levels of resistance which is more than enough to keep the fittest people challenged, and if that’s not enough, the Schwinn 430 Elliptical has the ability to move between a 0 and 10-degree incline. Whilst the normal levels of resistance are controlled via the console, it’s important to point out that you will have to control the incline manually.
The Schwinn 430 Elliptical is a quiet machine to use (as long as set up properly) as the flywheel is remarkably quiet. You should have no issues with watching a movie or listening to music whilst you’re working out. Furthermore, the machine should be quiet enough that it doesn’t bother other people in your home.
The number of features is as you’d expect for an elliptical over $500. You get speakers, fan and a water bottle holder. There is a ledge to hold your Kindle or tablet, so you can use them as you are on the machine, and at the same time, you can keep them charged via the USB port.
If you are watching your iPad or listening to music via your iPhone, you can play the sound from them through the speakers on the LCD panel by inserting a cable into the machine. Given the quietness of the Schwinn 430 Elliptical, there should be no problem hearing the speakers above the machine.
The console tracks all the common metrics such as calories, time and distance, as well as being able to monitor heart rate through the hand grips. As is always the case with fitness machine metrics, there are people who question the accuracy, therefore you may want to continue using an external monitoring system.
If there’s one gripe about the LCD screen, it’s that it’s not backlit, so you may have to position yourself so you can view it properly.
Another great feature of the Schwinn 430 Elliptical is that it can sync to MyFitnessPal and other apps, which is particularly helpful if you already use them.
Should I Buy The Schwinn 430 Elliptical?
The Schwinn 430 Elliptical is a solid and well-built machine. From a fitness perspective, the 20-inch stride length makes it likely to be a comfortable workout for most people, plus it has plenty of resistance levels to keep you challenged long-term. Furthermore, it has the ability to be positioned at an incline for added intensity.
Regarding the extra features, the Schwinn 430 Elliptical ticks all the boxes. You get a fan, speakers, water bottle holder and tablet ledge. The console tracks the basic metrics and has sync compatibility with other fitness apps too.
Overall the Schwinn 430 Elliptical is a great elliptical to own as it performs like a more expensive higher priced elliptical, yet it’s much cheaper. At around $500 it is a solid investment and definitely good value for money long-term.