Schwinn 470 Elliptical Review



Schwinn 470 Elliptical Rating

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Detailed Overview

Priced at $999 plus a standard delivery cost of $99, the Schwinn 470 is a relatively cheap elliptical cross trainer. Yet despite the price, the machine offers many qualities that you might expect from a more expensive elliptical. Stride length is the standard 20 inches, power incline is provided to sculpt lean muscle, the console can store up to four user profiles, and Bluetooth is on board for wireless heart rate monitoring and data export. Resistance on the Schwinn 470 elliptical is also quite respectable for the price (though it falls short of club-quality smoothness). Overall this home elliptical is popular for combining low price with good ergonomics and impressive workout variety.

The workout selection includes free and paid programs. Built into the Schwinn 470 console are no less than 29 exercise programs. These programs automate the resistance and incline to help you train more efficiently. In addition to built-in programs, users can track time, distance and calorie goals and transfer metrics via Bluetooth to the Explore the World App, UA, MyFitnessPal, GoogleFit, Apple Health, and MapMyRun/Ride.

In terms of accessories, the unit features a three-speed fan, oversized center mounted water bottle holder, transport wheels, and sealed acoustic speakers. Unfortunately there isn’t much of a warranty package with this machine, suggesting that it isn’t very durable and will break down often enough to make up for any savings that come with the sale price.

 Our Favorite Features

  • Four user profiles
  • Moving handlebars for total-body toning
  • DualTrack blue backlit LCD window system for workout feedback
  • 20-inch elliptical stride
  • Power incline to 10 percent
  • 20-pound flywheel
  • 25 resistance levels
  • Smooth magnetic braking
  • 29 customizable workout programs, including 9 with heart rate control
  • Compatible with wireless heart rate chest straps
  • Bluetooth for sharing workout data with fitness tracking apps

Our Least Favorite Features

  • Short warranty on labor (90 days)
  • Maintenance sometimes required within six months
  • For heavyweight users, pedaling isn’t particularly smooth

The Bottom Line

The Schwinn 470 Elliptical has plenty of impressive selling points. Special features include power incline, wireless heart rate monitoring, Bluetooth for data export, RunSocial compatibility, and more. When the machine works as intended, it feels like an elliptical in the next price bracket. However, the 470 isn’t especially durable. If you choose this model, you might be shopping for a replacement elliptical within a year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the Schwinn 470 Elliptical weigh?

The machine has a shipping weight of 187 pounds.

How difficult is it to set up a Schwinn 470?

The machine is not particularly difficult to assemble although it always helps to have assistance.

What is the weight capacity of a Schwinn 470?

The maximum user weight is 300 pounds.

What is the maximum user height that the Schwinn 470 Elliptical can accommodate?

The machine can accommodate users between 4'6" and 6'6" tall.

What apps work with the Schwinn 470 Elliptical?

Apps compatible with the machine include Explore the World App, UA, MyFitnessPal, GoogleFit, Apple Health, and MapMyRun/Ride.

What heart rate monitors work with the Schwinn 470 Elliptical?

The only heart rate monitors which work with this model are uncoded heart rate straps from Polar Electro uncoded Polar compatible units.

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