Schwinn 430

Today I’m discussing the Schwinn 430 elliptical machine. I’m normally against elliptical machines in the sub $1,000 price range, but this machine actually appeals to me quite a bit, which seems to be the consensus out there among actual owners of the machine as well.

I got the chance to test it briefly since the mother of a friend of mine owns one – we took a trip over to her place specifically for me to review it. It’s quite value packed for such a low cost elliptical trainer. At only $599 it’s one of the best priced ellipticals with this much value I’ve ever tested – as you’ll discover from my experience below.

Overview and Features

The Schwinn 430 elliptical machine offers eight resistance levels that can be adjusted on the fly to suit any fitness level, or even to produce an interval like routine. Additionally, it has eight workout programs – allowing users to mix up their workouts to avoid the plateau affect. Programs include one manual, six user-profile programs, and one calorie goal program. Three feedback programs (recovery mode, results mode, and body mass index (BMI)–assist users to track their results.

The Schwinn 430 elliptical machine offers an 18-inch stride through it’s BioGlide motion technology which uses a natural motion, and the trainer’s BioFit design provides comfort for the hands and feet. The heart rate tracker is engaged through the handlebar sensors.

Lastly, the Schwinn 430 elliptical machine contains Eddy current brake resistance for smooth and quiet stopping. Transport wheels allow for easy movement.


  • BioGlide motion technology promotes natural stride
  • BioFit comfort footpads and handlebars
  • Handlebar grip heart rate monitor
  • 18-inch stride length
  • Eight resistance levels
  • Eight workout programs: manual, six profile programs, and calorie goal
  • Quick Start function
  • Eddy current brake system
  • Dimensions: 59 inches long by 26 inches wide by 68 inches tall
  • Three feedback programs: recovery mode, results mode, BMI
  • Transport wheels for easy movement
  • Water bottle holder
  • Weight Capacity: 275 lbs
  • Shipping Weight: 170 lbs

My Opinion of the Schwinn 430

As I stated in the introductory paragraphs above, the 430 is a well made machine with surprising durability for such an inexpensive machine. It is very smooth and quiet overall. The lowest price I could find on the Schwinn 430 elliptical machine is $599 at Amazon here. On the Amazon site you can also see a comparison chart between all the Schwinn elliptical trainers.

With all the positives above, there are some downsides to the 430 as well. I suppose such an inexpensive trainer there are bound to be at least a few drawbacks, right?

I found the Manual to be a bit lacking in information firstly. Also the display is hard to read since there’s no backlight (such as with the 418 or 438). For many women or elderly, the “easiest” setting may be a bit too much. This could be due to the heavy flywheel, which is an asset to most home elliptical trainers. Lastly, I’ve seen some opinions out there that the Schwinn 430 elliptical machine is a bit difficult to assemble. I don’t have any frame of reference on this matter however since I obviously didn’t assemble the one I tested.

Overall however, the Schwinn 430 elliptical machine is an excellent machine with the same terrific construction and mechanics of the 418 and 438 at a much cheaper price point. The ECB system offers a very quiet, smooth ride. If you’re a parent, you’ll appreciate the small footprint the 430 offers – you can exercise while your baby sleeps in the same room! Lastly, the forward and reverse stride option is another benefit not found on other machines in this price range.

The bottom line is that you need to try as many elliptical trainers as you can prior to buying one, especially in the sub $1,000 range. I always encourage readers to check out my elliptical machine guide for information on what to look for if you’re in the market, what special considerations you should take, the various types of elliptical machines, and much more.