Schwinn 420 or Schwinn 460?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: The Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Machine has an adjustable stride length of 2” to as much as 26”. Not only is it the longest stride in the market, it’s like you’re getting 2 machines in the price of one as this can function as a stepper when adjusted to 2”. It’s exactly like getting 2 fitness machines in a single machine which makes it a clear favorite over the Schwinn 420.
Resistance Levels: In terms of the resistance levels, the two models are tied with 16 each. It should be noted that most elliptical machines available today in the market offer 16 resistance levels too.
Max Ramp: The two models are tied in this category as they both do not have an incline/ramp feature.
Built In Programs: Most models that are priced under $700 usually offer about 5 to 8 workout programs but both models in this case offer above average deals. The Schwinn 420 has 12. On the other hand, the Schwinn 460 wins this round as it offers 16 built-in programs which are even above the usual offering of elliptical machines that belong in the $1000 to $1500 price group.
Notable Features: The Schwinn 460 elliptical trainer offers better features than the Schwinn 420 because of its more expensive price tag. It offers the Schwinn Advantage Workout Tracking System which means that you can keep track of your progress and if you are on the right track in achieving your goals. It also has a built-in exercise fan which keeps you refreshed and its foot pedals are much improved. What’s more, it has cordless chest straps which are considered to be more precise than those hand grips in terms of heartbeat reading.
On the other hand, the Schwinn 420 has reverse pedalling and includes 6 user profiles plus a fitness test. The foot pedals are more comfortable and the BioFit structure adds ease to the whole experience. However, these are just not enough to beat the features of the Schwinn 460.
Parts Warranty: The Schwinn 460 offers a 2-year parts warranty which is much better than the offer of Schwinn 420 of only one year coverage.
Labor Warranty: Both models offer only a 90-day labor warranty which is disappointing since with the price of the machines, a year’s worth of free coverage is more expected.
Machine Weight: The Schwinn 460 is about 60lbs heavier than its counterpart. It has been said that the heavier the machine is, the more stable and sturdier it is which means that it will be safe for anyone to use.
Machine User Weight Capacity: Both the Schwinn 420 and the Schwinn 460 can accommodate users who weigh up to 300lbs. However, for safety purposes, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual machine weight and the maximum user weight capacity. This means that the Schwinn 460 technically wins because its actual machine weight is 221 lbs and a user who weighs about 300 lbs may be too much for the 164-lb Schwinn 420.
Money Back Guarantee: It is another tie in this category as both models offer a 30-day money back guarantee. This means that if you are unhappy with the performance of the machine, you can easily return it and ask for a refund, provided that it is within the time period.
Conclusion: The Schwinn 420 is twice more affordable than the Schwinn 460 which makes it a good basic residential elliptical. However, theSchwinn 460’s features and functions are much better and can justify the $500 price difference between the two. If you look at the categories, almost all were won by the Schwinn 460, most especially its Variable Stride function.
If you are willing to spend an extra $500, you can surely have better features but it still depends on how much you decide on. After all, $500 isn’t a small amount but if you want to enjoy more functions, you should go with the Schwinn 460. However, you can always try the Schwinn 420 and see whether you can work with it. If you end up not happy with it, you can always get your money back.