As with all Schwinn elliptical machines, the Schwinn 460 elliptical machine is built by Nautilus, one of the most reputable companies in fitness equipment. I was able to give this machine a whirl for about 20 minutes at a local fitness machine retailer – I like to do as many first hand reviews as possible.
One of the attendants was very knowledgeable, and told me that a friend of his had recently purchased the 460 and after a month and a half was still madly in love with the machine to the point where it dramatically increased his workout consistency.
Overview and Features
One of the most recognizable features of the 460 is it’s V-Stride™ Technology allowing users to change the stride length without manual adjustments. With this amazing new innovation, the Schwinn 460 elliptical machine offers a whole body workout with several options, including: step targeting the calves and quads; walk targeting the thighs and glutes, and run which works all lower body muscle groups by expanding the stride length. And all for the very reasonable retail price of $999.00.
The Schwinn 460 elliptical machine offers 11 workout programs, including a really cool instructional messages which are surprisingly motivating. It’s like having a training partner working out with you and saying, “good job”. The Schwinn Advantage™ workout system can track results and workouts for up to two users. Heart rate monitoring can be done via the HR grips on the static handlebars or the included heart rate chest strap.
The dynamic backlit touchscreen console displays workout and interval time, distance, pulse, speed, calories, resistance level, and course profile. Other features include an oversized water bottle holder (accommodates 4-inch bottle), adjustable cooling fan, and transport handle and non-skid wheels for easy storage.
- V-Stride™ technology offers stride length from 2 to 26 inches
- Independent footplates to target both sides of your body
- Programs: 16 total, including 1 Manual, 11 Profile, 2 Custom for two users
- ECB (Eddy current brake) resistance with 16 levels offers a fluid, quiet motion
- 25 lb flywheel
- Drive system: Computer controlled
- Fixed and moving handlebars
- Chest strap with telemetric and grip heart rate monitoring
- Heart rate grip on padded static handlebars
- Transport handle and non-skid wheels
- Articulating foot plates minimize heel impact
- Schwinn Advantage workout system tracks results and programming for two users
- Dynamic backlit LCD touchscreen console
- Display Readout: Time, Interval Time, RPM, Watts, Distance, Pulse, Speed, Calories, Resistance Level, Course Profile
- 11 workout profiles contain embedded fitness prompts to maximize results
- Oversized water bottle holder and angle-adjustable fan
- Max user weight: 300 pounds
- Dimensions: 54 x 34 x 73 inches (L x W x H)
- Weight: 221 pounds
- Power requirements: AC adapter
- Manufacturer’s Warranty: Frame – 10 years, parts – 2 years, electronics – 1 year, wear parts: 90 days
You can see the Schwinn 460 elliptical machine and it’s V-Stride™ technology in action in various videos on youtube.
My Take on the Schwinn 460
For a sub $1000 elliptical trainer, I was quite impressed with the Schwinn 460 elliptical machine. The steel construction looks and feels more durable than the 431 model previously reviewed, but that’s to be expected at almost double the cost. The best price I could find was $999 at Amazon here.
There are a few features that make this machine quite unique among other elliptical machines, especially for such an inexpensive elliptical cross trainer. Primarily, it’s ability to vary your stride from 2 inches to 26 inches, which makes it easy for anyone in your family (of any age) to exercise on this machine without cumbersome manual adjustments, or even having to get off of the machine!
The Schwinn 460 elliptical machine has a back-lit, touch screen console that is intuitive, easy to read, and shows your progress in calories, distance, time (interval and total time), pulse, speed, calories, and level. The LED text is clear and easy to read. You have manual mode and 16 programs. Although if you like to customize your own workout, the 460 offers the ability to create 2 customizable workouts – one interval at a time. However, there is no calorie goal features (allowing you to setup a workout to burn a certain calorie amount.
If own an inexpensive elliptical in the sub $500 category and are wanting to upgrade to a more versatile machine with many usage options and stride lengths to really open the machine up, this machine will not disappoint. Anyone can use the Schwinn 460 elliptical machine quite comfortably, no matter what size (height, stride, leg length and fitness levels). I personally believe it’s comparable to machines in the $2000 and up price range, but with a significantly smaller footprint that doesn’t compromise stability.
I highly recommend this product. If you buy through Amazon.com they offer free shipping while other retailers will probably charge a hefty fee.