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Schwinn 860 Review


Schwinn 860 Treadmill

The Schwinn 860 is an upgrade to the only other treadmill Schwinn makes, the Schwinn 840.

Not only does the Schwinn 860 provide a better warranty, it is built with a bigger motor, running surface and steeper incline.

Schwinn is very generous with the number of available workout programs provided on its treadmills and the 860 like its predecessor includes 20 different pre-defined options.

Learn more by reading our full Schwinn 860 treadmill review below…


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Model Schwinn 860

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Treadmill Speed is measured in Miles Per Hour (mph). Average running speed is 5-9 mph.

0.1 - 12 mph

Treadmill Incline measures the angle of the deck, and how steep it is relative to the floor (0% is flat, and 15% is like a steep hill).

0 - 12%

The Treadmill Motor is what turns the belt as you run. We recommend at least 2 HP (Horsepower) motors, 2.5+ HP for jogging, and 3.0+ HP for running.

3.0 CHP

Treadmill Deck dimensions are measured in inches: Width x Length. The wider and longer the deck, the safer it is (55-60 inches long recommended for running).

20" x 58"

The Treadmill Belt is the surface you run on. The thicker the belt, the less impact on your joints. At least 2-ply (1 inch) recommended.

SoftTrak™ Suspension (Multi-Ply 1.4mm)

Some treadmills are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.


Treadmill Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

Max. Weight

Treadmill Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

300 lbs
Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

Pulse Grips & Wireless Chest Strap
(2 Programs)

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

78" x 34" x 54"
Folded: 68" x 43"
Weight: 212 lbs
Rollers: 2.75"

Treadmill Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

LCD Backlit (Dual Window)
Cooling Fans

Treadmill Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout.

Accessory Tray

Some treadmills include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.


Treadmills that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (no headphones).

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).


The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: 10 Years
Motor: 10 Years
Parts: 2 Years
Electronics: 1 Year
Wear Parts: 90 Days

Rating: 76.8%

Full Review

Quick Summary
Rating: 76.8/100. BioDyne performance delivers what is needed to shed pounds or stay in shape. Upgrade of Schwinn 840, treadmill features wide range of preset workout programs and integrated pulse grips for heart rate monitoring.

– Industry standard 3.0 HP motor
– SoftDrop folding technology
– Large deck size 20″ x 58″ for workout
– Softtrack deck suspension for comfort
– Pulse grips and wireless chest starp heart rate
– Multi-window LCD display for exercise readouts

– No mp3 input, built-in speakers
– Treadmill not compatible with iFit Live
– No warranty coverage on deck


Besides offering a powerful 3.0 HP motor, the Schwinn 860 reaches 12 mph maximum speed and 12 percent incline, ideal for both losing and managing weight as well as firming muscles.

The Schwinn 860 is a quality trainer that does a little of everything, but nothing extremely well.

Workout Programs

You will really love the wide variety of workout programs that is arguably the biggest sell with Schwinn treadmills.

Thanks to 20 varied programs, the Schwinn 860 is equipped with 9 course profiles (three more than the 840), four heart rate controlled programs, 5k and 10k courses and 2 custom workouts.

Rest assured the number of programs and heart-rate features are first class.

Treadmill Features

The Schwinn 860 includes general luxuries such as the integrated cooling fan allowing you to work out longer, water bottle holder which keeps you hydrated and magazine rack that lets you stay abreast of all the latest trends.

Easily switch from miles to kilometers if you are training for 5k events.

Enjoy the innovative SoftDrop technology on the Schwinn 860 that allows for quick easy folding as well as transport wheels that allows you to move the treadmill to other parts of your home.

The large cushioned running surface utilizes SoftTrak technology which greatly reduces joint impact.

Monitor your heart with included chest belt and telemetric heart rate system ensuring your cardiovascular health reaches its full potential.

Unfortunately, the Schwinn 860 is not compatible with iPod/mp3 players or speakers.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Schwinn 860 treadmill warranty and guaranty includes:

– Frame: 10 Years
– Motor: 10 Years
– Parts: 2 Years
– Electronics: 1 Year
– Wear Parts: 90 Days

For all questions (including returns), please contact (800) 605-3369.


The Schwinn 860 offers industry standard specs at a reasonable price, and is a clear upgrade over the Schwinn 840.

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