The Schwinn 430 Elliptical is not your normal entry level elliptical bike.

Despite what some other reviews might say. 

I mean, how can you call it an entry level when its price tag is so high?

Sure there are more expensive models out there, but there are also cheaper, a lot cheaper.

Furthermore, it has features you won't find in entry models.

Overall the 430 by Schwinn is a more than a decent piece of equipment.

However, like with everything in life, it has it downsides and that's why we're here, to find them out and to decide whether this elliptical bike is worth it's price or not.

quick overview OF THE

Schwinn 430 Elliptical Review

QUALITY

user friendly

fEATURES 

price

rATING

Pros

  • 20" stride
  • 2 lcd display screen to track workout stats
  • media rack to put on your tablet/kindle
  • usb port that will charge your device while you're using it on the bike
  • two speakers that provide decent listening Experience
  • mp3 input allowing you to listen to your music while working out
  • 3 speed fan - only really Noticeable on the Highest Speed 

Cons

  • Light Flywheel
  • Display doesn't have Back-light 
  • no wireless Connectivity to sync workout stats
  • incline must be adjusted manually
  • incline cannot be adjusted while riding the bike
  • needs Maintenance
  • schwinn connect service is set to end

Summary:

The Schwinn 430 elliptical is not the best elliptical bike out there.


But, in it's price range, it is, without a doubt, a strong contestant to the title.


It's cons, and it has it's share of cons, could have been easily solved by Schwinn, but I guess they saved it for their more expensive models. 


Bottom line is, we have here a sturdy, massive, quiet, and with cool features you see in more expensive models kind of elliptical bike.


So if this bike is well within your budget, and if you find that it's features answer your needs......


Well I'm the last to tell you what to do.


But I will say this.


This model is a smart choice for people who're looking for an elliptical that is from a well known brand, does what it supposed to do, which is providing a good workout session, and has features that you only see in more expensive bike, with half the price. 

our Schwinn 430 review

The people over at Schwinn really know what they are doing when it comes to making bikes.

It's only normal, Considering they've been making bikes for over 100 years.

The 430 comes with two interesting integrations designed to turn your workout session on the bike to a more challenging one, and to keep you on track. 

The first is Schwinnconnect.com, and the second is the fitness app, MyFitnessPal.

With this service you can keep track of your progress on the way to your goal. 

However, there's no wireless option to do so.

You'll have to download all your stats to a DOK using the USB port on the bike, and then manually upload your stats to the Schwinn connect website, and from there you can sync it with the MyFitnessPal app.

A huge turnoff if you'll ask me, since Schwinn could have won a lot of points if they had integrated a wireless connectivity option. 

The second down-point is that the service is set to end any time now.

Making all data unusable.

In addition you would require to switch to the new app, "Schwinn Trainer".

But Schwinn is not providing any info at the moment, and it is unclear whether the 430 would be supported in the new app. 

Who Should Use It?

Well, first of all I must say, that if you decided on purchasing a home fitness equipment, there is usually one main reason behind it, and It's usually one of the following:

  • You want to get in shape
  • You want to keep in shape.
  • You want to do it on your own terms.

For some it could even be because all of the three.

Now, there are even reasons to why you're after these reasons.

  1. You decided you need to lose weight.
  2. You need to improve your overall health and decided to do so by working out more often. 
  3. You want to get stronger. 
  4. You want to improve your cardio. 
  5. You're a fitness buff and you want to workout whenever you want, and a home fitness equipment is the answer.

The list can go on and on, but all of these are rather personal reasons to why one would want to buy a home fitness equipment. 

so, The Schwinn 430 Elliptical might Benefit You The Most If:

  1. You don't want to pay for a gym/health club every month. 
  2. You Want to workout in the comfort of your own home.
  3. Don't wan't to sit in traffic on your way to the gym.
  4. Believe that if you have one of these in your house you will use it for sure. ​
  5. Don't want any distractions while you workout.

Overall there are more than enough reasons to buy a home fitness equipment, the problem is, after a while some people use their equipment as a coat rack. 

Do not buy unless your certain you will use it.

Under The Hood of the schwinn 430

Schwinn went with a front drive flywheel.

Is it good or bad? Well, it's up to you.

A front flywheel means you lean just a little bit more forward, which kind of resembles a stair climber.

But this also makes the 430 a stable and sturdy elliptical bike. 

Next, first time you power the 430 up it will ask you to insert date, time, and then your personal info like gender, height, weight and age.

You can save two different user settings on this machine, so a couple would benefit from this feature, since each one can keep track on his/hers own workout stats. 

This model has 20 level of magnetic resistance.

And since it's magnetic, you know you're gonna get a somewhat quiet 
workout.

But the "problem" with magnetic resistance is that the resistance power won't be that strong compered to a felt pad friction. 

It's not a deal breaker, since I don't know that many people that level 10 on the resistance scale is like a walk in the park for them.

So if you're not Usain Bolt's lost brother/sister you should be OK with it. 

And you're going to put that magnetic resistance into the test using the 22 programs that the 430 come with.

Furthermore it has 6 levels of incline.

the problem? Well you must set the incline manually, and you can't adjust it while you're already working out. 

The stride length is 20" which is more than decent, especially at this price range.

Features

I wanted to open this section with the fact that this model has two LCD displays and the reason to why it has two displays.

But I want to be more practical and to point out some of the more interesting features.

The first is:

Goal track

With goal track you can chose your goal for the workout.

It might be a distance you want cross, calories you want to burn, or the time you want to spend on the bike. 

The goal display will show you the current value to achieve your goal.

X Distance/Time passed, X Calories burned, and the percent completed in your way to your goal. 


I like this feature so much because it gives you the extra boost of motivation you need.

It turns your workout to a "mission" you must accomplish.

And, It's a lot easier to stay focused and motivated when you have your goal right in front of your eyes.

Heart rate sensors

Knowing your pulse rate will help you know if you're working hard enough or not.

This way you will be able to bring yourself to the fat burning zone, which is often at 65-80% of your maximum heart rate.

Be alert though, that the heart rate reading depends on many variables, and may be inaccurate, so if in any case you feel dizzy or faint, stop your workout immediately.


The Schwinn 430 elliptical has many more cool features, but these two really are a nice touch and will help take your workout session's to the next level.

The Media Rack

Remember I told you the 430 has two display screens?

Well, where the main display is, you'll also find the media rack.

On it, you'll can to put your tablet, phone, kindle or magazine.

But when you put anything on the media rack you're blocking the main display, and that's where the second one comes in handy. 

On the second display, which is located beneath the media rack, you can keep track on your workout stats.

Which means you can watch whatever you want on your tablet and still know how you're doing, workout wise. 


The second display tracks time elapsed, calories burned and distance. Good enough for me.

It even has a USB port, which means you can charge your device while you're using it on the bike. 

large footplates


This one is pretty self explanatory, you won't have any problem finding the sweet spot for your feet on this thing. Plus, they're cushioned.

Sealed Acoustic Speakers.

On the front of the main console you'll find a pair of speakers. 

Now don't expect a home theater quality, but this is definitely a nice add on, and they do sound pretty good considering their size.

There's a MP3 Input right next to the USB port, so that you can plug your device and enjoy your songs while working out.


Make sure you create a killer playlist that will make you want to keep going.

3 speed fan

Again, like with the speakers, don't expect much out of an elliptical bike fan.

You can adjust it to point directly at you, though I won't advise that, and it does cast a nice flow of air at its highest speed.


The fan is really only noticeable on the highest speed, which is not bad, and definitely comes in handy when you're really killing it on the machine.

transport wheels

There's a pair of wheels in the front of the bike, this way you could easily move it around your house.


The 430 weighs 182 pounds, so having wheels is great.

Warranty

I prefer not to write any info about the warranty since it could change by the time you read this review, and I wouldn't like to give you any false info. 

In addition, since Schwinn only distributes this model to retailers, I would always suggest you check with store you buy it from.

Assembly

I would not worry about it, since the 430 comes with a step by step fully illustrated guide.

You can check it here and decide if this looks too much for you.

pros

The Schwinn 430 is a massive elliptical bike.

And with its magnetic resistance, it provides a smooth and a quiet workout.

But be alert though, maintenance is needed. 

And with a 20" stride, it's is going to fit most people. 

The media rack and the second display sure is a nice a touch.​

You can read your magazine or watch a movie on your tablet and still get a reading of your workout stats.

And there's a USB port that allows you to charge your device while you're using it.

Next there's the MP3 input.

Honestly, if you're not using the media rack to watch movies on your tablet, you'd probably want to listen to your favorite songs while working out. 

And you would do so with the two sealed speaker on the main console.

Again, don't expect a stereo system quality here, but these speakers are pretty good.

Next we have the 3 speed fan, which is nice, but only really noticeable on the highest speed. 

I can go on with this list, but I believe that if you would buy the 430 it won't be because of the extra features, it would be because it really is a good and maybe even great bike for it's price.

Check out our conclusion below to see the final verdict. 

cons

When considering price to value ratio, the Schwinn 430 elliptical comes off alright.

Not on the best terms, but it has more than you would expect from an elliptical at this price range.

However....

I wish Schwinn had integrated a wireless option to make workout tracking and syncing a lot easier.

But I guess that in their eyes, this option is something worth charging extra for in a lot more expensive models. 

Furthermore, the fact that the incline is adjusted manually and that it cannot be changed while using the bike is quiet annoying.

You would have to get off the bike, set the incline level and then continue your workout.

Not the best option gotta say.

And what about the display? I mean you go as far as putting TWO screens on your machine, would it kill you to throw in two light bulbs so that we could read the screen in dark rooms??? 

Unsurprisingly, this can be found in the Schwinn 470 elliptical, which is obviously more expensive. 

wrapping up the schwinn 430 elliptical review


Product Name:

Schwinn 430 Elliptical Bike


Product Type:


Elliptical Bike


Summary:


The Schwinn 430 is not the best elliptical bike out there.

But, in it's price range, it is, without a doubt, a strong contestant to the title.

It's cons, and it has it's share of cons, could have been easily solved by Schwinn, but I guess they saved it for their more expensive models. 

Bottom line is, we have here a sturdy, massive, quiet, and with cool features you see in more expensive models kind of elliptical bike.

So if this bike is well within your budget, and if you find that it's features answer your needs......

Well I'm the last to tell you what to do.

But I will say this, this model is a smart choice for people who're looking for an elliptical that is from a well known brand, does what it supposed to do, which is providing a good workout session, and has features that you only see in more expensive bike, with half the price. 

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