Schwinn 431 or Schwinn A40?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In this first category, the Schwinn 431 slightly beats the Schwinn A40 with an 18” to 17.5” advantage.
Resistance Levels: When it comes to resistance levels, the Schwinn 431 beats its counterpart with its twice as many levels at 16 using the effective Eddy Current magnetic braking system as opposed to just 8 for the Schwinn A40 of the same magnetic resistance.
Max Ramp: In terms of incline/ramp feature, the two models are in a deadlock as they both do not offer this.
Built In Programs: When it comes to the built-in programs, the Schwinn 431 wins as it offers 19 programs while the Schwinn A40 only offers 7. It should be noted that 7 is acceptable with its very low price but 19 programs is considered above average compared to other ellipticals that are in the budget category.
Notable Features: In the bells and whistles category, the Schwinn 431 beats the Schwinn A40. Since both models are budget models, you can’t expect to have high-end features but there are some beneficial features that these two have such as built-in fans, articulating or ergonomically designed foot pedals to protect your heels and ankles against the impact and is also capable of reverse stride so you can develop firmer glutes or butts.
These two models have main differences and these are the fitness test and 10 user profiles of Schwinn 431.
Parts Warranty: In this category, the Schwinn 431 offers 2-year warranty while the Schwinn A40 offers only 6 months. Having a longer parts warranty means that the elliptical is durable and of quality. Even budget ellipticals should have at least a 1-year offer which makes the Schwinn A40 below average.
Labor Warranty: When it comes to labor warranty, the Schwinn 431 has a better deal with 1 year while the Schwinn A40 doesn’t even have one or just didn’t indicate its warranty.
Machine Weight: In this category, the Schwinn 431 weighs at 172 lbs, beating the Schwinn A40 which weighs at 106 lbs. It should be noted that most low-cost ellipticals have at least a weight of 150 lbs which means that the Schwinn A40 is just too light and it can get wobbly and even break down if you happen to be too heavy for the machine.
Machine User Weight Capacity: In this category, the Schwinn 431 beats its counterpart as it can accommodate users who weigh up to 300 lbs. On the other hand, the Schwinn A40 can only accommodate those who weight at 275 lbs. For safety purposes, however, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual machine weight and the user weight.
Money Back Guarantee: In this category, the two models are tied with their 30-day money back guarantee offers. This means that you get to easily return the product if you are unhappy with its performance.
Conclusion: At the time of the comparison review, the Schwinn A40 is 50% cheaper than its counterpart. For a starter elliptical, a $312 price tag is very convincing but the question is, how long can it last? It offers a limited parts warranty as well as zero labor warranty which overpowers its affordable price tag.
This brings us to the Schwinn 431 which is pricier but is a better choice. It includes a 2-year free coverage on parts and a year on labor. You must remember though that we are talking about budget ellipticals which means that whatever advantages that the Schwinn 431 has to offer doesn’t always mean that it is the best in the market. These models may not be bad choices but if you compare the budget ellipticals with the pricier ones, you will realize that what budget models are offering are quite limited. But you should try these models out as they both have a 30-day money back guarantee.