The Schwinn 431 Elliptical Review – A Solid Upgrade from the Schwinn 430

The Thanksgiving holiday over I can tell you that the Treadmill Sensei is very thankful…thankfull that all of his wife’s relatives have all gone back to Arizona. Don’t get me wrong, I like and enjoy the company of most of her family, but having an extra 5 people crammed in to our house, plus our 3 grown children and their families, is always as stressful as it is enjoyable. Plus, they were eating all of the turkey leftovers that I selfishly wanted to eat as sandwiches all this week for lunch!

UPDATE: The Schwinn 431 is no longer available. For a comparable machine check out our Best Ellipticals in All Price Ranges section.

Speaking of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, now is probably one of the times most people are thinking about getting fit…well, thinking about how much weight they’ve gained from the constant eating. I know the scale here at the DOJO is showing that I’ve gained 6 pounds and am back up to just about 170. Mrs. Sensei is going to kill me.

The downside of all that eating and weight gain is that a lot of people will be out looking for fitness equipment to try to shed those pounds, and a lot of really bad ellipticals and treadmills will be bought. A treadmill or elliptical, even a budget one, should never be a whim or impulse buy. Do you research and get the most you can for your money.

A great new addition to the Schwinn line of ellipticals from Nautilus is the Schwinn 431 elliptical. We received one of these units in here at the DOJO to do a setup for a nice elderly couple out in Corona. At first I thought there was a typo on the packing slip and assumed they had ordered a Schwinn 430 elliptical. Much to my surprise, when we unpacked the unit it did indeed turn out to be a brand new Schwinn 431 elliptical. And I have to say I was very impressed with the new unit.

At first glance, the Schwinn 431 elliptical is a much more solid and substantial unit than the Schwinn 430, which makes sense because of the $200 more it costs. The frame tubing is thicker and heavier on the Schwinn 431, giving it a much more stable feel during workouts, allowing use by much heavier users. This is a great upgrade because the stability increase helps give a more comfortable and smooth workout where users no longer have to worry about the unit shaking left or right.

The Schwinn 431 still features the same articulating footpedals of the Schwinn 430, along with the reverse motion workout ability. Now, however, Schwinn has upgraded the elliptical drive on the 431 to a 25 pound flywheel – this is the biggest, heaviest flywheel available for under $800 and the can be felt in the very smooth feeling you get when riding the machine.

Schwinn has done an excellent job with the upgrade to the Schwinn 431, which now has a staggering 20 workout programs. This elliptical is definitely a contender for one of the best buy ellipticals for under $800 and, had we reviewed it in time for the Ichi-Ban Awards would surely have been in the best buy lists.

For being a fantastic unit for a great price, the Treadmill Sensei gives the Schwinn 431 Elliptical 4.5 out of 5 golden buddahs.


As a heavier duty version of the great performing Schwinn 430, the Schwinn 431 Elliptical gets 4.5 gold buddahs.

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Schwinn 431 Elliptical Trainer Specifications
Stride: 18″
Max User Weight: 300 lbs
Unit Weight: Approximately 172 lbs.
Programs: 20
Resistance Levels: 16
Display: LCD
Readouts: Time, Interval Time, RPM, Watts, Distance, Pulse, Speed, Calories, Resistance
Heart Rate Control: Yes
Heart Rate Monitor: Pulse grip
Footpads: Articulating
Reverse Direction: Yes
Price: $799