Schwinn 431 or Schwinn 460?
~~Side-By-Side Elliptical Comparison Review~~
Stride Length: In this first category, the Schwinn 460 beats the Schwinn 431 as it has an adjustable stride length of 2” to 26”. It’s like having 2 fitness machines in the price of one; a stepper when you set it on 2”.
Resistance Levels: In this category, it is a tie between the two models as they both offer 16 levels of resistance. This is a great way to add intensity to any workout.
Max Ramp: Both models do not offer an incline/ramp feature which makes them both at a stalemate in this category.
Built In Programs: In terms of built-in programs, the Schwinn 431 edges out its counterpart with a 19 to 16 advantage.
Notable Features: When it comes to the bells and whistles category, the Schwinn 460 wins over its counterpart. It’s actually a close fight between the two as they both have built-in cooling fans, allow pedalling in reverse, comes with attractive consoles, and enhanced foot pedals designed for your comfort. However, the most significant feature and which truly mattered was the Schwinn 460’s ‘Advantage workout tracking system’ for 2 users but the Schwinn 431 also has a fitness test program andá can save up to 10 user profiles to counter the Schwinn 460.
Parts Warranty: The two are tied in this category as they both offer 2 years of parts warranty.
Labor Warranty: When it comes to labor warranty, the Schwinn 431 wins as it offers 1 year while the Schwinn 460 is not stated. This can definitely mean more expense if t does not offer free labor coverage.
Machine Weight: In this category, the Schwinn 460 gets another win over the Schwinn 431 as it weighs at 221 lbs as opposed to the latter’s 172 lbs. A heavier machine means that it is sturdier.
Machine User Weight Capacity: When it comes to maximum user weight capacity, the two are tied as both can accommodate users who weigh up to 300 lbs. For safety purposes, there should only be a 100-lb difference between the actual machine weight and the maximum user weight capacity.
Money Back Guarantee: It is also a tie in the money back guarantee category as both models offer 30 days. This means that you can easily return the product if you are unhappy about the machine’s performance.
Conclusion: At the time of the comparison review, there is about a $450 difference between the prices of the two models. Is the additional expense worth it?
The Schwinn 460 is the more expensive between the two. It has a rare 2” to 26” variable stride length which can function as a stepper at 2”. The 26” is also one of the longest stride lengths in the market today. You can also enjoy the Schwinn Advantage workout tracking system and also a free wireless chest heart strap. Although it is heavier than the two, it offers lesser programs and an undisclosed labor warranty.
The Schwinn 432 on the other hand, wins the labor warranty category as well as giving you an above-average number of workout programs. It also includes cooling fans, reverse stride capability, a fitness test program and can even save up to 10 user profiles. However, it doesn’t have a variable stride and it just can’t match what the more expensive Schwinn 460 offers.
Reaching a decision depends on your preference. The more expensive Schwinn 460 is like a 2-in-1 fitness machine which can really work on your lower body muscles more. However, if you are on a budget, the Schwinn 431 is also a good choice.