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Schwinn 470 Elliptical Machine Review


Schwinn is a company that is well-known for offering top of the line exercise machines. There’s the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike, and many others, but today, we would like to talk to you about the Schwinn 470 elliptical.



Quick Summary of the Schwinn 470 elliptical



The Schwinn 170 upright bike is the machine that originally pulled us into Schwinn.  The Schwinn elliptical is a smooth, quiet-running machine that has some pretty amazing features nesting behind it. Some of the features will allow you to track your performance from workout to workout. Combine this with fancy computer options, like heart rate monitoring, dual backlit displays, the ability to download performance stats and pre-programmed workouts, and you’re looking at a really good elliptical machine.


About Schwinn

Shwinn is a company that was founded back in 1895 (yes, they are that old and they are still going). Ever since they were first introduced, they have been an icon in the home and commercial fitness worlds. The company was founded by Adolph Arnold and Ignaz Schwinn in Chicago. In 1865, the company stepped out to introduce their first in-home workout machines and today, they are offering a wide array of upright bikes, treadmills, ellipticals and recumbent bikes.


What We Like about the Schwinn 470 elliptical

When you buy a Schwinn, regardless of the piece of equipment you’re buying, you can rest with the satisfaction of knowing that you are getting something that is high quality and that fact doesn’t stop at the 470 elliptical. When you come in contact with this elliptical machine, you’ll see that it is durable, strong and solid in construction. On top of all this, this machine comes loaded with fancy features like the ability to have multiple user profiles, pre-programmed workouts, automated resistance and incline and the downloading capability of track performance.

In this section of the review, we are going to introduce you to some of the features that we like about the Schwinn 470 elliptical


Very Nice Built-In Computer

What we really like is even though this is an entry level elliptical, there’s a nice computer built-into it. The system is backlit and it has two screens.  At first, the dual screens may be a tad bit on the confusing side until your user profile is set up. With this computer, the user will be able to set up a total of four separate profiles, which is good news because many machines only allow 2 user profiles.

We feel the need to explain the dual monitors a bit, to give you an understanding of what they do. The dual monitors will allow you to see your stats on the lower display screen as you are using the feading rack to hold your book or tablet. Personally, we feel that this is a convenient feature as you won’t try to move your tablet to see how you are progressing as you workout.



USB Port

As an added bonus, this machine has a built-in USB charging port. This means that you will be able to charge your mobile device as you exercise. This way, you won’t have to worry about your battery dying in the middle of your workout.


MyFitness Pal App Connectivity

We really like how this elliptical bike is compatible with the MyFitness Pal app and the Schwinn Connect website. This gives you the opportunity to transfer the details of your workout to both of the apps so that you can track your fitness progress. This is much better than having to take time to manually enter data.

Keep Cool, Drink Water and Listen to Music

As you are working out on this machine, you can keep cool as it has a nice three-speed fan. There’s also a handy water bottle holder, so you can keep your water within arms reach. On the same note, using the built-in speakers, you can listen to music from your iPod or MP3 player.


Built-In Programs

Along with the computer, you get a total of 29 built-in programs – this includes 9 heart rate controls and 12 workout programs. 


Download and Track Your Performance

There’s a neat feature that will allow the user to download and track their workout performance. The computer will allow you to track a variety of data like calories, distance and time by transferring the daa to MyFitnessPal or Schwinn Connect.


Automated Incline and Resistance

When you’re exercising, you shouldn’t have to stop what you’re doing in order to adjust the incline or resistance. We’re happy to report that with the Schwinn 470 elliptical, there’s automated incline and resistance. There’s a total of 5 quick keys a piece for incline and resistance.  This means that while you’re in the middle of an exercise, if you’re looking to add a dash of intensity, you can easily do so as the controls are right in front of you. There’s a total of 25 resistance settings on this machine. Looking at some of the mid-range ellipticals currently on the market, we don’t find this many resistance settings.



Quality and Durability

For 100+ years, Schwinn has been at the top of the list when it comes to the fitness industry. When you buy a product from this company, you can rest with the satisfaction that you are getting something that is high quality. Throughout the years, their innovations have redefined the fitness world. The machine is light in weight, which is an added bonus, but even with it being light in weight, this machine is capable of accommodating a user up to a maximum of 300 pounds.  It has an oversized crossbar tubing, front positioned flywheel, and center frame support, making this elliptical machine extremely durable and sturdy.




What We Don’t Like about the Schwinn 470 elliptical


The Degree of the Incline

Yes the 470 elliptical has a nice automated incline capability, which is really nice, but on the same note, we don’t exactly like how it can only be adjusted up to 10 degrees. You can get a decent workout with an incline like this, but many other machines offer up to a 20 degree incline. With a lack of incline like this, the users target muscle groups and intensity will be limited.


Stride Length

The stride length of the machine isn’t exactly great. The stride length if 20 inches. Sure, 20 inches isn’t exactly bad, but the stride length if fixed. Sometimes, stride lengths are adjustable, which would be ideal.


The Warranty

We believe the warranty could be better – it is a bit on the disappointing side. The best elliptical trainers on the market offer a lifetime warranty on the frame. Schwinn, however, offers a 10-year warranty on the frame, so surely you can see where we’re coming from on this one. There’s a warranty of two years on the mechanical parts, 90 days for labor and one year for electrical parts. As you see, the warranty isn’t great at all, but maybe that’s because Schwinn knows the machine isn’t going to break?





Looking at the price of the Schwinn 470 elliptical, and combining that with the features, we can honestly say this is a really good buy. It’s a mid-level machine and with it, you will be getting a nice piece of equipment – of course it’s nice, it’s made by Schwinn, which just so happens to be a very strong company. The built-in computer offers a variety of great features, but the best feature by far, in our opinion, would be the ability to automatically adjust the incline in the middle of your workout. It does lack a couple of options that would have made it better, like a steeper incline and flexibility in stride.

Overall, the Schwinn 470 elliptical does have a large amount of value packed into it. For this reason, we highly recommend the machine for your at home gym.

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