Schwinn 450 Elliptical Machine with Multi-Position Ramp
Priced at about $800, the Schwinn 450 elliptical trainer competes very well in the sub-$1000 fitness machine category. It supports good form and has more features than other trainers in its price class. The Schwinn 450 boasts a biomechanically sound 20” stride, articulating pedals, an incline and audio entertainment. Its resistance is powerful enough for beginners to slightly advanced trainees. Small but sweet extras
include a water bottle holder and reading rack.
About Schwinn Elliptical Machines: Schwinn moved
into the fitness room after establishing itself as a world leader in road bikes. Now owned by Nautilus, the brand benefits from a rich history in fitness product research and development. Still, most of its trainers are very low-budget and aren’t as highly recommended as the Schwinn 450.
Features of the Schwinn 450 Elliptical Trainer
The Schwinn Advantage™ fitness journal is a computer program on the 450 elliptical’s console. It saves two user profiles (weight, height, etc.) and tracks time, distance, calories burned, resistance and other exercise data. Eleven preset programs include several heart rate control programs and a fitness test.
Specs of the Schwinn 450 elliptical machine include:
- 20″ Stride
- Articulating Pedals
- Eddy Current Resistance
- 15% Incline, Six Positions
- MP3 Music Port & Speakers
- 16 Resistance Levels
- 11 Programs
- 2 User Profiles
- Wired for Polar® Telemetry
- Grip Heart Rate Monitor
- Backlit Console with Multicolored Display
- Water Bottle Holder
- Reading Rack
- Transport Wheels
- Floor Levelers
- 300-Lb. Capacity
- Warranty: 5 Yrs. Frame, 1 Yr. Parts & Electronics, 3 Mos. Wear Parts & Labor
What do the specs mean? Most look good. For example:
- The stride is just right for most adults and is biomechanically sound.
- The articulating pedals allow natural motion.
- Eddy current resistance is quiet and low-maintenance.
- Program variety is good for this price category.
- A top-rated wireless heart rate system can be used with this elliptical.
What’s not to like? The incline helps tone the body and burn calories more quickly, but it isn’t electronically controlled. The ramp angle is changed manually. Also, the short parts warranty is a cause for concern. An extended warranty is available for $89.99. You also might spend $50 on the wireless chest strap.
Our Overall Review of the Schwinn 450 Elliptical Trainer
This trainer is a pretty good option for bargain hunters though it has a few hidden costs. The 20″ stride is rare in this price category, as is the multi-position ramp. The specially weighted flywheel provides smooth resistance despite this being an inexpensive front drive elliptical. For all its good points though, the 450 Schwinn isn’t well protected by default. We would definitely add on an extended warranty provided that the fine print details aren’t off-putting. Normally we’d be wary of spending $800 plus the cost of a warranty but this Schwinn elliptical model has many enthusiastic owners.
If you’d like to see comparable brands, check out the Horizon EX-69 and LiveStrong LS8.0 crosstrainers.