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Schwinn 470 Elliptical Review - $799.00

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Spending $800 bucks on a Schwinn elliptical is like spending $125K on a Kia automobile, it's insane. The words Schwinn and quality really don't fit together well where their ellipticals are concerned. The design and feel is clunky and we've seen lots of frame failures in our repair business due to substandard, in our opinion, steel used in the frame construction.

Number of Programs 29
Front Drive, Center Drive or Rear Drive Front
Adjustable Stride Length 20"
Flywheel Weight N/A
Weight Capacity 300 lbs
Step Up Height N/A
Unit Dimensions 70.1" L x 28.2" W x 63.2" H
Resistance Levels 25
Heart Rate Sensors Grip / Telemetry enabled console
Weight of Unit 164 lbs
Warranty 10 Yr Mechanical 2 Yr Electrical 90 Days Labor

General Information

Schwinn is part of the Nautilus Health & Fitness Group and the fitness equipment is made overseas. Nautilus has made Schwinn a focus of their elliptical and group cycling lineup but they still have a presence in the treadmill world. You can find these widely marketing on the Internet and in some mass-market stores.

Quality / Philosophy

Their design philosophy seems to be to make a decent machine and put the money where it is important, but they have been known to go cheap when you shouldn't from time to time. They give their machines a somewhat decent core drive system and then cut corners wherever possible.


With the continued recession, many of the fitness companies have simply gone out of business. Nautilus was one of the ones we were worried about but with strong profit growth over the past few years, it looks like they have steadied the company and are moving in the right direction.



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