The Schwinn 470 is a high quality front drive elliptical machine. It offers 29 preset workout programs and 25 resistance levels as well as goal tracking for up to 4 users.
The Schwinn 470 model one of the best elliptical machines under $100 and it’s #2 on our list of best rated elliptical trainers for this year.
In this review we’ll take a closer look at what everything the Schwinn 470 has to offer you if you’re looking for a great elliptical machine on which you can exercise at home.
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Build and Design
When it comes to build quality, there is no doubt about it that the Schwinn 470 elliptical is a solid piece of fitness equipment that’s stable, very well put together and runs extremely smooth.
The machine is relatively easy to get up and running. The parts fit together perfectly and the instructions are very straightforward.
It probably won’t take you more than a couple of hours to put it together by yourself. It will go even faster if you have someone around to help you out.
Because it has a front-drive system, the elliptical won’t take up too much space.
The large front stabilizer as well as the two integrated levers and the center frame support ensures the machine stays fixed on the ground even during high intensity training sessions.
The Schwinn 470 model supports a max user weight of 300 pounds.
Ther articulating footplates offer a safe, secure grip. Because they’re oversized and cushioned they’re also relatively comfortable.
Resistance Levels and Incline
The high speed high inertia perimeter weighed flywheel guarantees that your workouts will be smooth and quiet, with the elliptical motion being very fluid and consistent.
The Schwinn 470 elliptical machine features 25 levels of eddy current resistance which allow you to get a solid workout regardless of your present fitness level.
You can make your exercise even more challenging with the help of the automated incline feature which has max range of 10 degrees. Besides the additional resistance, the incline adjustment also helps you to better isolate different muscle groups you want to target more.
The stride length is 20″ and although it cannot be changed, thanks to the large foot pedals you have enough room to move from 18 to 22 inches.
The Electronic Console
The electronic console features the SchwinnDualTrack, 2 window, blue backlight LCD display system. The main display is 3″ by 5″ and secondary display is 1″ by 5″.
You can track up 13 different workout metrics.
The console is very user friendly with intuitive button positioning. Changing the workout program or adjusting the resistance is quick and straightforward.
The console has built-in speakers to which you can connect your mp3 player. There’s also a 3-speed cooling fan positioned at the base of the console right between the speakers.
The Schwinn 470 comes with goal tracking features which keep you motivated allow you to continuously challenge yourself.
You can save up to 4 different user profiles and all the data can be exported through a USB drive to the SchwinnConnect website or My Fitness Pal.
The USB port can also be used for charging your tablet or other mobile devices.
The static handle bars feature grip heart rate monitoring you can use with heart rate workout programs.
The Schwinn 470 elliptical machines gives you 29 different workout programs to choose from. As a comparison, the Schwinn 430 elliptical machine has 22 workout programs.
12 profile programs – these are split into 3 different categories, 4 fun rides, 4 mountain rides and 4 challenges.
9 heart rate control workout programs – also divided into 3 categories, 4 beginner, 4 advanced and 1 custom.
2 fitness tests – one beginner and one advanced.
4 custom user defined workout programs
1 recovery test workout program
1 quick start
You can set up to 4 user profiles for which you can customize specific workout programs based on each individuals fitness level.
Customer Support and Warranty
The Schwinn 470 elliptical machine comes with a 10-year warranty for the frame, 2 years mechanical, 1 year electrical and 90 days for labor.
As for the customer support, it was quick and always on point.
As a final thought I have to stick with my opinion that the Schwinn 470 model is one the best elliptical machines you can buy if your budget is under $100.
The Schwinn 470 is packed with the latest technology that you can find on high-end, premium fitness machines.
It’s solidly built, it’s comfortable to use and it provides you with a full body workout that always feels challenging no matter what your current fitness level is.
- runs very smooth and quiet
- wide range or workout programs and resistance levels
- good value for money spent
- automated incline adjustment
- packaging doesn't feel very secure