The Schwinn 418 Elliptical Review — A Good Solid Elliptical for under $1000

Every so often, something catastrophic happens in the world and the Sensei must admit he was wro…um…wron…er…wr…maybe not completely right about something. Tonight, much to the glee of some of the younger senseis, is one of those nights.

After coming down pretty hard on Consumer Reports in the past I have to admit one of their choices was dead on. During their last review of elliptical trainers, about two years ago now, the fine folks at Consumer Reports placed the Schwinn 418 Elliptical near the top of their list. As unlikely as it seems they made a good call.

Even more unlikely, a decent unit has actually been produced by Nautilus.

The Scwhinn 418 Elliptical is a surprisingly sturdy, well built machine with a decent stride length of 18 inches. It has a solid, heavy flywheel, 12 workout programs, a welded steel frame to keep the creeping shakes from working their way in, and pulse grip heart rate monitoring.

The only real down side to the Schwinn 418 Elliptical would be the lower end warranty on the unit. The 418 Elliptical only has a 6th month labor warranty. Even with the light weight warranty, the Schwinn 418 is a good buy at it’s under $1000 price point.

For being a surprise and proving no company can completely suck, the Schwinn 418 Elliptical gets 3.5 Golden Buddahs out of 5 from the Sensei.

3.5 out of 5 for the Scwhinn 418 Elliptical from the Treadmill Sensei for not sucking
The Treadmill Sensei hads over a 3.5 gold buddahs out of 5 for the Schwinn 418.

Schwinn 418 Elliptical Specifications
Stride Length:
Maximum Weight Capacity: 275 lbs.
Resistance Type: Magnetic
Resistance Levels: 8
Heart Rate Monitoring: Pulse Grip
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Programs: 12
Display Readouts: Time, speed, distance, RPM, resistance level, calories, calories per hour, load, heart rate, and course profile readouts

Frame Warranty: 15 years
Electronics Warranty: 1 year
Parts Warranty: 2 years
Labor Warranty: 6 months