Schwinn 431

The Schwinn 431 elliptical machine (made by Nautilus) is one step up from the popular 430 model that came out in 2006. While maintaining a similar feature base, small footprint and performance of the 430, the 431 offers several upgrades, such as a backlit console display, heavier 25 lb flywheel, more programs to choose from, rubber pads on the pedals, a bigger cup holder, and a fan.

Priced at just $698 from Amazon (down from $999 retail), the Schwinn 431 elliptical machine is an extraordinary value for only a couple hundred dollars more than the 430. Granted, this isn’t a first hand review because I haven’t gotten the chance to personally use it like I have the 430, the Schwinn 431 elliptical machine can only be a step up since it’s 3 years newer in production – it came out in 2009.

Overview and Features

With it’s full-sized 18-inch stride length and bi-directional pedaling, the Schwinn 431 elliptical machine can be used by a wide variety of users. It offers the ability to pedal both forward and backward.

The BioFit Console features 25 programmed workouts, three heart-rate controlled programs, a time trial, a calorie goal program, a fitness test, two custom programs, 10 profile programs, and a manual option. Like the 430, the 431 features the Eddy Current magnetic brake resistance system which ensures a smooth and comfortable stride. The 431 also sets itself apart from the 430 with a backlit LCD display.

The Schwinn BioConnect computer offers settings for Recovery Mode, Results Mode, and BMI; hand-grip heart rate monitors, a water bottle holder, and bottom wheels for easy transport.

Specifications

  • Resistance Levels: 16
  • ECB (Eddy Current Brake) Resistance
  • Computer controlled drive system
  • Programs: Manual, Profile, Calorie Goal, Time Trial, Heart Rate Control, Fitness Test, Custom
  • Feedback Programs: BMI (Body Mass Index), Recovery Mode, Results Mode
  • Heart Rate Monitor: Grip Heart Rate Monitor
  • Blue Backlit LCD
  • Display Readout: Time, Interval Time, RPM, Watts, Distance, Pulse, Speed, Calories, Resistance
  • Dimensions: 59 inches long by 26 inches wide by 68 inches tall
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds
  • Power Requirements: AC Adapter
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: Frame – 15 years, parts – 2 years, electronics – 1 year, labor – 3 months

My Take on the Schwinn 431

As with the Schwinn 430, I’ve very impressed with the Schwinn 431 elliptical machine. And I actually think the upgrades made for the 431 are worth every bit of the extra $200 it will cost you above the 430. This machine competes against the Horizon EX56 and EX66, which are nice machines as well, but I prefer the 430 for it’s heavier flywheel (25 lbs while the Horizon is only 14 lbs). As a result, the stride feel smoother, and it generally felt more sold than the Horizon. The 431 is nice and quiet during use, very solid and works as advertised. Another important benefit is it’s small footprint as a result of it’s front drive system. This is important for home storage – the last thing you want is a whole room dedicated to a fitness machine.

From my research, there have been a few customers that have had some problems with a few minor issues, such as a defective fan, or in a few cases squeaky handlebars. However in every case there was a problem, users have reported very quick and courteous customer service from Nautilus, either replacing the entire console, or handlebar under warranty.

Overall this is an excellent machine with a ton of value – especially for the price. Even at retail of $999, this is an excellent machine, so for the discounted price of $698 from Amazon, it’s a steal. I haven’t found a cheaper price than that for this machine.