The Schwinn brand name is most famous for its road bikes, but Schwinn fitness equipment for home workout rooms has been available since the 1960s. Nautilus purchased Schwinn’s fitness line in 2001 and has invested greatly in refining the equipment. The result is that Schwinn ellipticals have good quality and are affordable too. Despite their short warranties, they’re known for being stable, quiet, smooth and comfortable.
Brand Features of Schwinn Ellipticals
- Price – Schwinn cross trainers are priced in the lower to middle price range.
- Compact size – Schwinn trainers have relatively small footprints; most are less than five feet long and are 2-3 feet long.
- Various strides – Most Schwinns have an 18” stride, which is a regular walking stride for most adults. A great exception is the Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical, which adjusts from 2” to 26”.
- Heavy flywheels – Schwinn ellipticals have relatively heavy flywheels. For instance, the 431 is for lower budgets but has a 25-pound flywheel.
- Extras – Schwinn ellipticals include extras such as iPod docks and speakers, water bottle holders, and heart rate monitors.
- Shorter warranty – Schwinn cross trainers are sold with five-year lifetime warranties on the frame, one or two years on parts, and just three to six months on labor. Extended service plans are available.
Overall Rating for Schwinn Elliptical Trainers
Schwinn ellipticals have a funny combination of good quality and poor warranties. Without an extended service plan, a customer might be taking a gamble – but Schwinns are reputed for their durability. Unlike other low-priced cross trainers, Schwinn ellipticals can accommodate heavy users and offer challenging resistance levels. These machines are worth checking out; they often turn out to be best buys.