Schwinn A40 Elliptical Review
treadmill Doctor Note :
Our 3rd Runner Up Winner in the $399 category is an appropriate value.
Save up your money and spend at least $600 on an elliptical, otherwise we would recommend that you look at Horizon or Gold's Gym before buying the A40. The quality, features, and warranty on the A40 are substandard. It would be a waste of money to buy this machine in our opinion considering its terrible service reputation.
The Schwinn A40 sells for $399. The price is about what it's worth, which is not a good thing. You're not going to find a good elliptical without paying more, and there are a couple of models in this price range that we would choose first. It was, however, the 3rd runner up for our Best Buy award in the $399 and Under category.
Ergonomically speaking, this model isn't very good. The range of motion isn't very natural, but at this price, you won't find a machine that does any better. The lack of adjustability is atrocious. The stride length is fixed at 17", so if that length doesn't work for you, you're out of luck. You won't find any models that have fewer options as far as adjustments.
The projected reliability is very poor. Still, most of the ellipticals in this price range have a similar life expectancy. The quality of parts is also bad. There are only a select few models that have lower quality parts than this one has. When you consider that we sell some replacement braking systems at a higher price than this entire unit, it's easy to see that they had to use cheap parts to keep the price so low.
The noise level is a little louder than we'd like, but for a $399 elliptical, it's actually quite respectable. If you want a machine that's quieter, you'll have to pay more money for it.
The warranty on the Schwinn A40 is sad. Wear parts are covered for 30 days, electronics and parts are covered for 6 months, and the frame is covered for 2 years. This shows a complete lack of confidence in this product by the manufacturer. We can't say we're surprised. We don't believe in this model any more than they do.