Schwinn 418 Elliptical
The Schwinn 418 is a popular elliptical in the sub-$1000 category. It offers 12 preset programs and an 18” stride, which is enough variety and a long enough stride to help shorter beginners get in shape. This compact 61”x25” elliptical can support a user weighing up to 275 pounds.
Elliptical Hits of the Schwinn 418 Cross Trainer
- Full stride – The 18” stride is just right for smaller users. Taller people can get a good workout, but the movement might feel choppy.
- Articulating footplates – The pedals on Schwinn ellipticals pivot to support a user’s natural motion. This helps to reduce fatigue during workouts and makes good ergonomic sense.
- Heart rate sensor – Contact heart rate grips help users to train in their ideal zone for cardiovascular health. The sensor can be used in conjunction with heart rate training workouts.
Elliptical Misses of the Schwinn 418 Elliptical
- Resistance – This cross trainer has only 8 resistance levels. At least double that is standard, even on budget ellipticals. However, Scwhinn does use a smooth eddy brake current system.
- Substandard labor warranty – Customers get a 15-year warranty on the frame, a two-year warranty on parts, one year on electrical parts, and 90 days on labor.
Overall Rating for the Schwinn 418 Elliptical
The Schwinn 418 Elliptical is pretty good for what it is: a compact discount elliptical. It can help people get into elliptical training without spending a lot of money. Eventually though, users will probably want a more challenging upgrade – especially since there are only eight resistance levels. The Schwinn 428 and the Schwinn 431 are more challenging.