Schwinn 430 Elliptical Review

Schwinn 430 Elliptical Rating

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Detailed Overview

The new Schwinn 430 elliptical is an affordable entry-level elliptical trainer with moving arm bars. It’s by no means the most technically advanced elliptical out there, but the Schwinn 430 comes to us from a reputable brand in the fitness space. It gets most shoppers’ attention by offering a low $799 suggested retail price (lower when on sale), all while offering a host of features typically found in more expensive units. For example, the stride path is 20” long (the industry standard).

After engaging in a more comprehensive Schwinn 430 review, the details of which you’ll find below, you’ll see that although it’s feature-rich it isn’t without its shortcomings. Most notably, you’ll note overall manufacturing quality on this model when compared to more expensive ellipticals out there. Some of its best functions are accomplished with inexpensive materials, so if you plan to train frequently and train hard, the Schwinn 430 elliptical will be more likely to wear out sooner than more sturdy and higher priced competitors. At the end of the day this elliptical is best considered as a starter model, not something for experienced elliptical users. Where a novice might not really notice or be bothered by these construction differences, if you’ve been training on a commercial unit at the gym for years this model might be a bit of a disappointment.

Though overall construction quality of this Schwinn elliptical raised a small amount of concern, thankfully the brand backs the unit up with a very reasonable warranty given its sub-$1k price of entry. The Schwinn 430 carries a 10-year frame warranty, a 2-year parts warranty, a 1-year warranty on its electronics, and 90 days on labor. While this warranty can’t rival that of a commercial trainer, it’s still enough to instil confidence in recommending the 430 as a reasonable starter elliptical.

The Schwinn 430 is a front drive elliptical, which benefits the advantages of  saving space and costing less when compared to a rear-drive model. More often than not, users have a tendency of leaning forward on front drive ellipticals, making it difficult to maintain proper upright posture. Premium and commercial/club quality front drive ellipticals will compensate for this issue with the inclusion of adjustable pedal angles, allowing users to walk flat and keep their spine straight. On more entry-level machines like the Schwinn 430 and its competitors you won’t get adjustable pedals, but you can offset this lean by using the workout incline. The elliptical pedal path has six slope settings with the maximum incline of nine percent.

Made for sharing, the new Schwinn 430 elliptical allows for the saving of two separate user profiles. Each user can create and save two custom workout programs, as well as access the  22 preset exercise programs. These include a manual mode, two fitness tests, nine profile programs, and eight heart rate controlled workouts. The heart rate programs use data collected through contact sensors.

To support multimedia the 430 Elliptical console has a tablet-sized shelf, a USB charging port, and built-in stereo speakers. Other amenities are listed below.

Our Favorite Features

  • 20-inch elliptical stride.
  • Six incline settings.
  • Compact space-saving design.
  • 20 levels of resistance.
  • Quiet friction-free shifting.
  • Two user profiles.
  • 22 preset workout routines and fitness tests.
  • DualTrack 2 LCD displays.
  • Heart rate controlled workouts.
  • Pulse sensors built into the handlebars.
  • Ledge for a mobile device.
  • USB charging port.
  • iPod-compatible sound system.
  • Water bottle holder.
  • Cooling fan.
  • Transport wheels.
  • 300-lb user weight capacity.

Schwinn 430 Elliptical - Notable Specs:

Overall Rating:3-stars
Compact / Folding:no
Incline:6 incline options
Stride Length:20"
Flywheel:20 LB
Programs:22 programs
Weight Capacity:300 LB
Dimensions:70.1" L x 28.2" W x 63.2" H

Our Least Favorite Features 

  • Lightweight construction.
  • Flywheel is light, so striding isn’t very smooth for heavier trainees.
  • Incline is manual instead of automatic.
  • Pedal rollers are plastic instead of longer-lasting metal.
  • Contact heart rate monitors not as accurate as wireless.
  • Wireless heart rate monitoring isn’t supported.
  • Very short labor warranty (90 days).

The Bottom Line

At the end of the day the Schwinn 430 elliptical isn’t going to blow you away; there’s no such thing as an elliptical in the category that really can, especially when you’re looking at pieces of equipment in the sub-$800 price range. If that’s right at the pinnacle of your budget, it’s not a bad option. That said, if you’ve got a touch more room, there are some slightly better alternatives for up to $999 from brands like Sole, NordicTrack, and Bowflex that tend to earn better overall customer reviews.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How heavy is a Schwinn 430 elliptical?

The machine weighs 164 pounds.

Does the Schwinn 430 elliptical have an incline?

Yes, the Schwinn 430 has six incline levels up to 10%.

Does the Schwinn 430 elliptical have Bluetooth?

No, this model is not Bluetooth-enabled.

Can the Schwinn 430 fold?

No, this is not a folding unit.

What's the difference between Schwinn 430 and 470?

The key differences are that the 470 has 29 workout programs and 25 levels of resistance whereas the 430 features 22 workout programs and 20 resistance levels.


  • Becky March 3, 2019 at 5:24 pm
    I noticed that Google ranks this machine over 4.5/5. Why do you think the raters are so positive, when you had a bunch of serious cons? What machine would you recommend under $1000?
    • Elliptical Reviews Team March 5, 2019 at 2:09 pm
      Hi Becky, Thanks for writing in! With respect to the high reviews, anyone that has purchased the item can add a consumer review on Amazon. Whereas we test machines against multiple criteria and more importantly, against each other. A machine that we would suggest for under $1000 would most definitely be the BowFlex M3. Bowflex has a strong customer support team as well as having extensive knowledge about all things elliptical.
  • Jackson March 3, 2019 at 5:21 pm from Chicago
    What is the expected lifetime of an elliptical? Is it easy to buy replacement parts if they are needed? I see that the Schwinn 430 is available on Amazon used, is that something we should be wary of? Thanks for all the information!
    • Elliptical Reviews Team March 5, 2019 at 2:04 pm
      Hi Jackson, It really depends on the Elliptical and your general usage. We would suggest that you purchase the extended warranty or check the warranty status on parts and servicing to ensure you can maximize the usage of the product you purchase.

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