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Schwinn 420 Review

Quick Summary

The Schwinn 420 is the 2011 version of the Schwinn 430 elliptical that was a popular product due to its low price.

Priced at $599, the Schwinn 420 continues the trend of a well constructed budget elliptical from one of the top exercise bike/elliptical manufactures.

The elliptical is equipped with Eddy Current Braking Resistance, 16 different resistance levels, 18 inch stride length and 12 workout programs.

Learn more by reading our full Schwinn 420 elliptical review below…


Model Schwinn 420

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Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

16 Levels
Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Eddy Current Braking
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).

18 inches

Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.

Bi-directional Pedaling

Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.


The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.

Perimeter Weighted

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

User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

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

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

Max. Weight

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

300 lbs

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

62" x 26" x 71"
Weight: 164 lbs
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

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


Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.


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

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 an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

Frame: 5 Years
Mechanical: 1 Year
Electrical: 1 Year
Wear Parts: 90 Days
Labor: 90 Days

Rating: 68.5%

Our Rating

Rating: 68.5/100. Ergonomic, fat-burning workout experience with intuitive controls and customizable programs to work with your specific fitness goals. Heart rate monitoring keeps you within a target fat-burning zone for efficiency.


  • 16 levels of resistance w/ Eddy Current Braking
  • Industry standard 18″ stride length
  • 16 pre-defined workout programs to stay focused
  • Upper body incorporated into exercise routine
  • Ergonomic handles for multiple workout positions
  • BioFit Comfort, BioDyne Performance & BioConnect Feedback


  • No incline provided on elliptical
  • Not compatible with iFit Live
  • Warranty package below-average compared to competitors


The Schwinn 420 is not quite as cheap as the ellipticals you will often find at supercenters like Wal-Mart and Sears, yet much more affordable than some of the higher priced ellipticals.

Consequently, the 420 falls in the middle of the road in terms of design, construction and durability.

The elliptical provides an effective cardiovascular workout by combining upper and lower body flexibility and coordination into one impact-free motion. Users have found that the Schwinn 420 reduces stress on knees and joints thanks to the design.

Workout Programs

The Schwinn 420 is packaged with 16 pre-defined workout programs, a decent variety for a “budget” elliptical.

The workout programs include six course profiles, fitness text and one slot for a custom workout as well as one heart rate program with quick heart rate readouts courtesy of the built-in pulse grips.

The Schwinn 420 is not compatible with iFit Live, a program that is becoming increasingly popular on pieces of exercise equipment. Regardless, the pre-defined workout programs will suffice.

Schwinn 420 Elliptical Features

The Schwinn 420 performs rather smoothly with 16 computer-controlled resistance levels and an industry standard 18 inch stride length.

The trainer’s BioFit design provides a comfortable feel on the footpads and handlebars (with pulse grips). The natural workout motion also supports ergonomic handles for multiple workout positions.

The console features mp3 music input port with built-in speakers. The accessory tray holds magazines, ebooks or other media in multiple locations.

The Schwinn 420 also offers BioDyne Performance and BioConnect Feedback. The bi-directional pedaling allows you to pedal forward or backward to target specific muscle groups. A perimeter weighted flywheel presents high inertia for smooth, consistent workouts.

LCD display on the Schwinn 420 includes easy-to-read display on: time, interval time, RPM, watts, distance, pulse, speed, calories, resistance level and course profile.

The frame is advertised to support up to 300 lbs. and feels pretty sturdy thanks to the oversized stabilizers and levelers on the platform.

Unfortunately, the Schwinn 420 does not support quick controls which is a very common feature on most respectable ellipticals.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Schwinn 420 elliptical warranty and guarantee includes:

– Frame: 5 Years
– Mechanical & Electrical: 1 Year
– Wear Parts: 90 Days
– Labor: 90 Days

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


The Schwinn 420 elliptical understands its place in the exercise world: It will not wow you with a ton of luxury features, but the Schwinn 420 is fairly consistent in terms of performance and design.

Like what Schwinn has to offer? Compare the 420 model to other Schwinn ellipticals.

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1 Comment

  • David Grattan December 13, 2019 at 9:48 am from Ontario
    A very robust machine - I've used mine regularly for several years and it has always worked perfectly.

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