Schwinn 470 EllipticalSchwinn 470 Elliptical

Web Price: $1,299 | Sale Price: $799

With a 20″ stride, incline capability and 29 built in workout programs, this one is a solid pick especially given the price. The only drawback is the poor warranty

Overall Rating From Elliptical Review Guru: 3.5 / 5.0

Capacity:
Resistance:
300 lbs
25
Stride Length:
FootPrint:
20″
50″ L x 22″ W x 34″ H

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Overview: The Schwinn 470 is an enhanced version of the popular 430 elliptical with more features, enhanced design and workout tracking capability. It’s a popular machine that offers a lot for the money. However, it is lacking in one area…the warranty is subpar and doesn’t hold up to similarly priced models on the market.

Let’s take a look at some of the best features…

Workout Program Selection

The 470 comes with a nice array of built-in workout programs, 29 in all, including 12 profile, 9 heart rate control, 4 custom, 2 fitness, a recovery test and a Quick Start option. That’s a lot more than you find on most other elliptical trainers and allows you to really change up your workout from one day to the next.

DualTrack Display

Schwinn recently redesigned their displays to allow the user to still view all of the workout stats while using their tablet, solving a problem that you find on many elliptical trainers these days. With the dual display, one is covered up by the tablet while the other is visible. So you can use your tablet and still keep track of your progress on the machine. The entry level Schwinn 430 model has the new display as well.

SchwinnConnect

One of the cool features on the 470 elliptical is the ability to sync all of your workouts via Bluetooth to SchwinnConnect as well as MyFitnessPal so you can keep tabs on your progress and see your results on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis. This is great for monitoring your progress more closely and seeing how close you are getting to reaching your fitness goals.

Heart Rate Monitoring

The Schwinn 470 has both grip and wireless heart rate monitoring capability, as well as 9 heart-specific workout programs, which is great for getting into better cardiovascular shape. The programs are geared to keep you in the ideal zone to enhance your fitness.

Other Nice Features

You get a 20″ stride, 25 resistance levels (5 more than you’ll find on the 430), 4 different user profiles, large footpads, workout fan, acoustic system, water bottle holder and transport wheels.

The Schwinn 470 Elliptical Test Drive

The 470 is relatively easy to assemble, and you should be able to do it by yourself or with another person in less than an hour. Stepping on the machine, it feels pretty solid and stable. We recommend a mat underneath for added stability. As we mentioned it has a lot of built in workout programs which really helps you vary your routine. You can just the 10 levels of incline with a touch of a button, rather than manually like you have to do on the base 430 model.

It doesn’t include a wireless chest strap for heart rate monitoring, so you can either buy one separately for about $40 or just use the contact grips on the machine. Wireless monitoring is more accurate however. We tried out a few of the heart specific programs and found them to be great. We tried the advance programs but there are 4 beginner ones as well.

The display is certainly a welcome upgrade, as previous models did not allow you to see your stats while you were training. It is also brighter and easier to read everything.

The included USB allows you to charge your tablet and the new Bluetooth capability lets you sync your workouts to SchwinnConnect and see your stats. We don’t have a MyFitnessPal account but we asked a few people who do and they mentioned that it worked quite well when syncing on their 470 machine.

All in all, the Schwinn 470 elliptical trainer is a good machine. The only negative is the warranty, which is only 10 years on the frame, 2 years mechanical and 1 year electrical. Definitely opt for the extended warranty if you do opt for the 470. You can get 3 years of coverage for about $80 or so which is well worth it for peace of mind.

Conclusion

Schwinn ellipticals remain quite popular, and the 430 as well as the up-level 470 trainer offer a lot of value for the money. The 470 is a few hundred dollars more expensive than the 430, but you get power incline, more programs and resistance levels, and wireless heartrate monitoring capability. So it is definitely worth the extra money.

The only downside, as we mentioned, is the subpar warranty, which seems to be the case with all Schwinn as well as sister Nautilus’ exercise equipment these days. So read through all of the reviews and if you find this is the right one for you, look into additional coverage just in case any issues arise.

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