Not all elliptical trainers are built the same; some are more suitable for users with specific body types. The Schwinn 460 has a variable stride that is designed to accommodate users with different stride lengths. With that in mind we decided to conduct this Schwinn 460 Variable Stride elliptical trainer review to see how well it performed and determine if it was indeed a good buy.
Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer Specifications
As its name suggests, the Schwinn 460 features a variable stride that adjusts between 2” to 28”. The elliptical trainer has a 25lb steel flywheel and uses a computer controlled drive system. It has an Eddy current brake system with 16 levels of resistance and equipped with 11 workout profiles. The maximum weight capacity is 300lbs and includes a 10-year warranty on the frame, 2 years on parts, 1 year on electronics, and 90 days for wear parts.
The automatic variable stride can adjust to different users easily based on their natural stride length for a customized workout in addition to 4 custom workouts that accommodates two users. The elliptical has articulating footplates, dual action workout arms and stationary arms with heart rate grip monitoring as well as wireless heart rate monitoring with the chest strap included. The console displays your workout time, distance, speed, calories burned and resistance level among other data as well as tracks your results all on a backlit LCD touchscreen. This elliptical comes equipped with all the little extra features to make for a more pleasant workout including a fan, reading rack, and an oversized cup holder.
With all the features that this elliptical trainer has to offer we were a little surprised by the lack of a sound system or port for an MP3 player as most models offer. There is some clunking noise that was experienced with use, which may be bothersome considering there is no music port to drown it out (easily solved with the TV or radio turned up). The sound also varies depending on the stride length.
What Others Have Said
To get some various viewpoints we gathered feedback from others to see how they felt about this elliptical trainer. To add to this Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer review, here is what other actual owners shared based on their experience.
“I like the fact it allows for my bigger stride, as that has been an issue for me with other elipticals.”
“I weigh about 200 lbs and it’s very comfortable and stable.”
“It was fairly simple to assemble and has allowed a short legged person ease in transferring my exercise regime from a treadmill to an elliptical.”
“The functionality is great, but the plate steel has broken 3 times now, where the arms attach to the place where you put your foot.”
“Once assembled it had a clunking sound and vertical jerking movement as each stride moved from upper to lower position.”
“You have to use the moving hand grip instead of the fixed ones when you take longer strides, there is a chance that you will get hit if you use the fixed one during longer strides.”
Our Final Thoughts on the Schwinn 460
To conclude this Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer review, we have mixed feelings on this machine. We really like the variable stride length as well as the custom programs that two people can use for a customized workout while keeping track of their progress. The stride also allows users to mix up their workout with different lengths. We do have concerns regarding its overall durability as we have seen many complaints across various reviews others left about malfunctions and breaking. The company previously recalled thousands of these trainers due to a malfunction in 2012 according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Though this has been resolved since then, it leaves us a little unsure, especially considering the limited warranty. This may be a suitable option for two people that are built very differently who want to workout on a single unit. In our opinion, regarding our concerns you may feel comfortable taking a chance on this machine; although, we feel there are other options with just as great if not better quality for less.