The Schwinn 420 Elliptical Trainer is a great equipment for the below $500.00 price range.
UPDATE: The Schwinn 420 has been upgraded with the Schwinn 430 where some of the features lacking here have been improved.
Ergonomic handles that allow the user to shift their position and having choices between stationary and moving handles give a lot more range for the user, not just for lower but upper-body as well.
It also comes with the standard LCD display console that shows the workout progress along with other useful options for the user.
The natural feeling movement of the 18-inch stride length and resistance levels that can reach to 16 can provide a wide range of workout settings for the novice to the hardcore resistance trainer.
The natural rhythm of the Schwinn 420 makes it one of the most popular elliptical trainers in the market and with its over-sized stabilizers and perimeter-weighted flywheel makes sure that the user feels as comfortable and stable as possible even in not perfectly level ground.
The fact that it is very quiet and smooth lets the user focus more on their workout which they can monitor on the LCD screen right in front of them.
The Schwinn 420 even has a rack where reading materials or tablets can be put for the convenience of the user. Overall, the Schwinn 420 scores well in the comfort department.
Construction Quality (4/100)
The Schwinn 420 does not come with an in-house assembly service which means that the first time owners might have to spend a considerable amount of time putting it together once he gets it.
But once it is put together, the Schwinn 420 can deliver a solid performance. Able to support up to 300 lbs without issues, this 164 lb machine is quite dependable.
It has a relatively compact size which makes it popular to people who has other things to do in the house other than working out.
But quality-wise, the Schwinn 420 delivers what it promises. It is a stable and smooth ride that will not stress the users allowing them to workout for extended amount of time.
Technological Feature (4/100)
The Schwinn 420 has an 18 inch stride length that is quite comfortable for most users to get that ideal combination of stretch and stress.
It has 8 built-in programs which include six course profiles, one fitness test and one custom workout which might very well be enough to provide the ideal range of choices for users of varying expertise and strength levels.
The Schwinn 420 has 16 resistance levels that enable any user to get a quality workout every time. With the choice between the moving and stationary handle bars, Schwinn 420 users can work their upper body and mid section ever more efficiently.
Size and Storage (4/100)
The Schwinn 420 measures 62 inches long, 26 inches wide and 71 inches high. Not that big and heavy which can make storage relatively easier since it comes with transport wheels that is, as long as pulling and pushing 164 lbs is easy for you.
It does not have that large of a footprint which makes it a lot better choice than bulkier elliptical trainers out there.
With a price tag south of $500.00, you will be hard pressed to find elliptical trainers that can compete with the Schwinn 420.
It delivers great value with its great feature list including a quality display screen, entertainment features and a relatively easy to use console.
The natural feel of its smooth motion also drives value for users since a lot of people stop using their workout machines simply because they do not feel comfortable using it long enough to get any value out of it.
The Schwinn 420 falls short when it comes to warranty and shipping part. It has five years warranty on frame, one year on mechanical and electronics, 90 days on wear parts and labor.
That is not the best in a market where most manufacturers offer lifetime warranty on frame. Shipping is also something that Schwinn 420 falls short on since it does not offer in-house assembly.
This is a big issue for people who are just starting to workout and wants an elliptical machine in their house. Because making a mistake in the assembly makes sure that the machine will not work properly.