Schwinn are renowned for their ability to engineer some fantastic pieces of fitness equipment particularly in their stationary bikes ranges. Their elliptical machines range is certainly no different and they have really pulled out all the stops with the Schwinn 430 elliptical trainer. Based on the Schwinn 418 they have made several modifications including a new concave wheel to stop wheel shift and allow for a much smoother motion.
From delivery to actually getting going with the Schwinn 430 elliptical trainer, the in between assembly could not be any easier. The necessary tools are provided and the easy to follow instructions (with maybe a few slight mistakes in the wording) has the elliptical up and ready for action in just over an hour. Like with most elliptical machines, it makes life much easier to assemble near where you are going to position the elliptical. The Schwinn 430 elliptical trainer is a heavy piece of equipment but this can only play an advantage for such a budget priced elliptical, as heavy equals stability.
What you notice as soon as you start to use the elliptical is the extremely smooth, silent and ‘squeak-free’ motion, even after a few weeks of working out. The foot pads are of good size and articulate with the motion, helping to reduce stress. Many reviews will suggest that front drive elliptical machines will give an uncomfortable bouncy stride but with the Schwinn 430 elliptical trainer, there is no noticeable difference. The stride length is the average 18″ which moves in a long smooth motion, so even the 6ft user can perform an enjoyable workout. For increased workout ability this elliptical also incorporates reverse function with upper and lower handle bars to help aid any form of motion. These are especially good for the smaller in height user.
Unlike the 418, the Schwinn 430 elliptical trainer comes with 16 levels of electronic resistance. This is great for flexibility in workouts whether be for intensity or endurance training. The well organized electronic display provides the user with all the usual data readings such as Interval, Time, RPM, Watts, Speed, Calories and Heart Rate. Unlike other elliptical machines, the display is not backlit. Unless you prefer to workout in the dark, then don’t let this hold you back from buying a Schwinn 430. Extras include a book holder and a water bottle holder that is positioned in the most convenient of places for extraction and retraction during workouts.
Pros – Price, Value, Construction, Features, Compact
Cons – Warranty
Customer reviews of the Schwinn 430 elliptical trainer are simply amazing and many find it hard to fault. In comparison to Horizon, NordicTrack and Smooth Fitness rivals, it is the affordability; build quality, features and practicality for home use that makes these elliptical machines a top seller to home users. For anyone hoping to increase their fitness level in the comfort of their own home, the Schwinn 430 simply has to be the best value for money in the budget range of elliptical machines in today’s market.