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Of the fitness equipment on the market today, Schwinn is perhaps the oldest brand. The company was started back in 1895, when Ignaz Schwinn and his partner started manufacturing bicycles. The company was able to shape the bicycle trend in America for nearly 80 years, but then things went downhill and eventually they had to file bankruptcy, and the company changed from what it once was.

During the early years, Schwinn was well known for its good quality, American made bicycles. Unfortunately, in the 1980’s, after labor strikes in their American plant, Schwinn made the tough decision to outsource all of their bicycle production to Japan, Taiwan, and other Asian countries. At this point Schwinn became a company more focused on marketing bicycles, rather than manufacturing them. Such is the case with almost all fitness equipment companies today, sadly. The Schwinn brand has now passed hands a few times, and is currently owned by Nautilus Inc.

Some people purchase Schwinn ellipticals and exercise bikes because they remember the good old days when the company was able to provide sturdy American made bikes. However, those days have now ended, and there are some customers who are disappointed that the quality of service and products being put out by the company today aren’t up to the standards of previous decades.

The main problem with purchasing an elliptical from Schwinn is that the warranties on them are not so great. Some of them only have a 6-month warranty on the parts and electronics, and there isn’t a warranty on labor! So basically after you buy one of these ellipticals, if there is a problem, forget about having them send a mechanic to fix it – even if it’s brand new out of the box! They will send new parts if there is anything defective, but you will have to do the repairs yourself, or hire your own mechanic to fix it. This is a major problem, and is one reason I wouldn’t recommend Schwinn to anyone, unless they decide to change their warranty around.

Users are also often disappointed with the features and the console of Schwinn ellipticals. The price of these machines is very low, but they aren’t considered to be a value brand because you truly aren’t getting a lot for the price that you pay.

Our latest Schwinn elliptical review found that the newer models are now available as part of Bowflex’s home fitness catalog. You have the Schwinn 430, 470, E514c, 520, E614 and E616 models. They range in price from $599 up to $899. Overall, the specs, features and warranties have actually improved a bit from previous years, so perhaps there is hope for the Schwinn elliptical brand. The 470 was actually rated pretty high by the leading consumer magazine, but we didn’t see any of the other models on the list.

So what’s the bottom line on Schwinn ellipticals?

They have certainly had their issues over the years, but it’s possible that things are improving a bit now. The machines appear to be getting better, offering more features and slightly better warranties. They also remain quite popular, and are the 4th most popular elliptical search on Google currently, behind ProForm, NordicTrack and Life Fitness.

Consumer and expert reviews are mixed, but you have to keep in mind that these are low cost machines…so they’re not going to be as well-constructed or quiet or feature-packed as some of the more expensive brands. Is it our top choice? Absolutely not, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a good choice for you. If you do buy one of these ellipticals however you might want to opt for some kind of extended service plan just to cover yourself if something goes wrong.

If you are interested in purchasing a Schwinn, you’ll find the best sale prices here, and make sure to check out my reviews for each of the different models below.

Schwinn Elliptical Reviews

Schwinn 430
Schwinn 430
PRICE: $579.99
RATING: Four Stars
Read My Schwinn 430 Review
Schwinn 470
Schwinn 470
PRICE: $750
RATING: Three and a Half Stars
Read My Schwinn 470 Review
Schwinn A40
Schwinn A40
PRICE: $399
RATING: One and a Half Stars
Read My Schwinn A40 Review
Schwinn 520
Schwinn 520 Elliptical
PRICE: $649
RATING: Three Stars
Read My Schwinn 520 Elliptical Review
Schwinn 431
Schwinn 431 Elliptical
PRICE: $699
RATING: Two Stars
Read My Schwinn 431 Elliptical Review
Schwinn 420
Schwinn 420
PRICE: $599
RATING: Two Stars
Read My Schwinn 420 Review
Schwinn A45
Schwinn A45
PRICE: $479.99
RATING: Two Stars
Read My Schwinn A45 Review
Schwinn 450
Schwinn 450 Elliptical
PRICE: $799
RATING: Three Stars
Read My Schwinn 450 Elliptical Review