Schwinn Fitness 470 Elliptical Review

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 The Schwinn 470 Elliptical Machine: Everything You Need to Know

The 470 is Schwinn's most advanced elliptical machine, and it comes with some pleasant surprises for the price.

Features include a 20-inch stride length, a 20-pound flywheel, and an adjustable power incline. It also has enough workout sessions to keep anyone occupied for a while. The warranty is the only area where the 470 falls short, but we'll get to that in a minute.

The 470 can be a good pick if you're searching for a budget elliptical that doesn't feel cheap. But this review is here to assist you in determining that.

We'll go over everything this elliptical has going for it (as well as what it doesn't) in this post to help you determine if it's the ideal pick for your home gym.

Let's start with a few words about Schwinn.

An American Icon: Schwinn

I usually begin my reviews with a brief description of the brand. Some companies are more well-known than others, and I believe it is beneficial to become acquainted with a brand before purchasing any of their products.

Because their products do not lie, companies earn good or poor reputations. And people converse. If we had a very positive or negative experience, we are more inclined to write a review.

Any service is the same. If we receive very wonderful (or really awful) service, we want to tell others about it, either to encourage or discourage prospective users.

Companies earn their reputation as time goes on. By word of mouth and personal experiences with their items. Schwinn has gained its name as one of the world's leading fitness equipment manufacturers. I'm sure you've heard of Schwinn; the brand is synonymous with bicycles.

They began as a bicycle manufacturer in, that's not a typo. They've been around for almost a century. That kind of longevity should speak for itself; you don't last over a century by producing inferior goods.

They began manufacturing exercise equipment in the 1960s and have remained a pioneer in the industry ever since. They are now a member of the Nautilus organization (as is Bowflex). Nautilus is another well-known workout brand that is known for manufacturing long-lasting, high-quality equipment.

Even though they are most known for their bicycles, their fitness equipment line quickly expanded as they branched out. Schwinn has been manufacturing high-quality ellipticals, treadmills, and recumbent bikes for around 15 years.

Have you heard about Airdyne bikes? That's Schwinn as well. I told you they were remarkable, didn't I?

So, the point of this brief history lesson is that Schwinn is a well-known bicycle manufacturer with a long history.

Because Schwinn makes it their business to develop some of the top fitness items on the market, their products are consistently highly rated. It's sort of their thing.

Price Points

The cost of an elliptical machine might vary significantly. Prices for home workout equipment, in general, vary. Ellipticals are no exception. The more money you're willing to invest, the finer the machine will be.

That isn't to mean that you have to spend a lot of money to receive a good product.

You may break down price ranges for home equipment in a variety of ways. Let's divide price into three categories for this post: cheap, moderately expensive, and high-end.

Anything under $1000 will qualify as a budget elliptical. If you're buying something in this category, you should do your homework because you never know what you'll get.

These machines are usually less robust, have fewer functions, have limited warranties (if any), and are less comfortable to use. Any elliptical machine that costs between $1000 and $2000 will be considered moderately priced.

You'll receive a lot more features, a better guarantee, and a far more durable product in this price range. These computers should be able to handle several users without wearing down quickly.

Anything costing more than $2000 is considered high-end. These devices are built to withstand extensive use from several users. They are more comfortable, robust, and include advanced technology. Ellipticals in this pricing category should have a professional appearance and feel.

The Schwinn 470 belongs to the budget group of bikes.

Elliptical Machine Schwinn 470

Schwinn's newest elliptical model is the 470. It has significant upgrades over its smaller brother, the 430, as well as numerous upgrades over the 411.

The main modifications are a motorized incline ramp, 5 extra resistance levels, a backlit dashboard that is a little easier on the eyes, and more workout routines.



  • stride length: 20"
  • 20 pound flywheel 25 resistance levels 29 training routines built-in
  • 4 different user profiles
  • Two LCD display displays with blue backlighting
  • Data sharing to fitness apps via Bluetooth connectivity
  • Footplates that are large and pleasant
  • USB port for charging
  • With contact heart rate monitor (chest strap compatible, but not included)
  • Fan with three speeds
  • Speakers
  • The maximum user weight is 300 pounds.


  • Limited warranty

Length of Stride

I like to begin my elliptical assessments by discussing stride length. The stride length refers to how far your feet move forward and back throughout elliptical action.

You'll feel like you're marching in place if your stride length is too short.

The most common stride length is 20 inches. The 470 boasts a 20-inch stride length, which is unusual for a shoe in this price category.

Stride lengths of 13-18 inches are common on inexpensive ellipticals. A sub-par elliptical can be identified a mile away by noticing a tiny stride length. The 470 features a steel frame with stabilizers for a solid and long-lasting workout. This steel frame can support people weighing up to 300 pounds, which is usual for any good home elliptical.

There are several inexpensive treadmills that can support higher weight (and a lot that handle a lot less). With a 20-inch stride length and a 300-pound weight capability, the 470 scores well overall.


When looking at ellipticals, the flywheel is another key feature to consider. It is commonly assumed that heavier is better.

The 470 has a 20-pound flywheel, which is rather good for a machine in this price bracket. Flywheels in the 14-18 pound range are common on similarly priced ellipticals.

A weight of twenty pounds or more should be enough to provide you a smooth, pleasant ride.

You'll have a lot of control over the intensity of your workouts with 25 degrees of resistance. More control, in my opinion, is a good thing.

The 470 also has a 10° inclination option for adding some more vigor to your workout. Power incline on an elliptical at this price point is uncommon (though it should be a given on higher-end models).


The Schwinn 470 has the following characteristics:

There are 29 training plans to pick from, which is a lot. Your training should remain fascinating with so many options.

This charging connector allows you to keep your phone or tablet charged while exercising. It's reassuring to know that listening to your workout music won't drain your battery completely.

4 user profiles: For more precise workout metrics, up to 4 persons can save their data.

The dualtrack blue backlit LCD panel allows you to see all of your workout data at the same time while exercising. Nothing too fancy here, but it works.

Connect with your favorite exercise apps through Bluetooth, or use Schwinn's free app to track and save all of your workout data. Built-in fan with three speeds will keep you cool and comfortable during your intense exercises.

Grip heart rate monitor- you can watch your heart rate during your workouts with the built-in grip heart rate monitor. Chest strap monitors are also compatible with the 470.

Connect your mp3 device or phone to the 470 and listen to your workout music through the console speakers.


The assembly instructions for Schwinn bikes is well-organized. Each graphic is large and simple to read. Each stage explains what hardware and pieces you'll need, as well as which tools you'll need.

The necessary wrenches and screwdrivers are included in the toolkit (although using your own full size screwdriver will be more comfortable).

Putting the 470 together shouldn't be too difficult. A second pair of hands could be useful during the operation. Most users should be able to get this system up and operating in 1-2 hours.

Because they take pleasure in their products, Schwinn is one of the most well-known fitness equipment manufacturers. They've earned a reputation for offering high-quality products at reasonable prices.

Their 470 elliptical is ideal for them.

The large flywheel and long stride length help it score well. I particularly like that this elliptical offers power incline settings, which isn't always a given with machines this cheap.

This elliptical also comes highly recommended for training possibilities, as it is jam-packed with them.

The only issue I have with the 470 is its shoddy warranty. This would be a grand slam if Schwinn increased the guarantee a little.


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