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Best Schwinn Treadmills of 2018

Schwinn Fitness treadmills are built by Nautilus, the same company behind Bowflex and Octane Fitness. Schwinn treadmills for 2018 – the Schwinn 830 and Schwinn 870 – are the cheapest options from the three brands. Each is priced around $1,000 and has especially strong programming for the price.

Schwinn treadmill programming includes four user profiles, which makes the machines appealing for family workout rooms. Each user profile gets long-term data tracking, a great variety of preset training routines and fitness tests, the option to save personalized workout routines, and (870 Treadmill only) a wireless connection for RunSocial. RunSocial works with your mobile device to deliver HD video of outdoor routes in destinations worldwide.

The Schwinn 870 Treadmill is for all workout intensities; it has a long track and 3.0 CHP. Meanwhile the 830 is best considered a treadmill for walkers; compared with the 870 it provides less workout space and less horsepower, and its cushioning isn’t as plush. See our Schwinn treadmill comparison chart below.


Top 2 Best Rated Schwinn Treadmills

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Rating

Our custom rating considers all of the treadmill's features, specs, warranties, and 100's of user & expert reviews, to save you time!

Rating: 84.2%
Rating: 82.7%
Motor

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 2.75 CHP
Speed

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

12 mph 12 mph
Incline

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).

0-15% 0-12%
Folding?

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

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Schwinn Treadmills Buying Guide

This guide reviews the two Schwinn treadmills for 2018: the Schwinn 870 and Schwinn 830. A brand overview follows.

Schwinn Fitness 870 Treadmill

The 870 Treadmill is top-of-the-line for Schwinn Fitness in 2018. It’s a general-purpose treadmill (suitable for running and walking) and supports up to four user profiles. Full price is $1,099 plus delivery. Often delivery is free from SchwinnFitness.com.

Basics include a 3.0 CHP belt motor, a 60” x 20” workout surface, and power incline to a max of 15 percent. Special features include Bluetooth for data sharing and WiFi for training with the RunSocial workout app. Additionally 25 workout programs beside manual mode are preset on the console computer.

The preset workout variety is excellent, and the data feedback is above average. For example, the “Pacer” function compares your performance with previous workout sessions to help you set new personal bests. This model also has Bluetooth for automatically updating a fitness app with your workout stats.

One drawback though is that the display is low-tech for a 2018 treadmill. (For example, paying more with Bowflex or another brand, you’ll get a built-in touchscreen display.) The most engaging Schwinn treadmill workouts use your own mobile device (Apple or Android) to show HD video settings with RunSocial. A secure holder for your mobile device is integrated with the console.

The Schwinn 870 cardio trainer is foldable (the deck can be stored upright) and has caster wheels to help with repositioning. Other special features include stereo speakers, a three-speed fan and a water bottle holder.

Schwinn Fitness 830 Treadmill

With full price just $949, the Schwinn 830 is Schwinn Fitness’s lowest-priced treadmill model. It’s most appropriate for exercise at lower intensities, whereas the 870 Treadmill is a match for runners as well as walkers. Both fitness machines can support up to four user profiles and are foldable to help optimize your living space.

Key specs for the Schwinn 830 include a 2.75 CHP belt motor, a 55” x 20” workout surface, and power incline to 12 percent.

Workout guidance is offered with 22 preset programs and fitness tests. Two of the programs are user-designed. Users get a good deal of feedback, but unlike the 870 it doesn’t sync with mobile workout tracking apps.

The Schwinn 830, unlike the 870, also does not include RunSocial virtual outdoor routes. To help keep you entertained during standard workouts a media rack and speakers are built into the console.

Like the 870 this unit also has a water bottle holder, a three-speed fan and a USB charging port.

Schwinn Return Policy and Warranties

Nautilus, Inc. fitness machines carry satisfaction guarantees. You can return the Schwinn or 870 within six weeks for any reason. For credit you’ll need to receive a merchandise return authorization number from Schwinn before shipping the machine.

The free warranty for each Schwinn Fitness treadmill includes a 10-year frame warranty and two years on the parts and electronics. The labor warranty is six months. Extended warranties are available.

Schwinn Fitness Company Profile

Schwinn Fitness is an indoor fitness equipment brand owned by Nautilus, Inc. While it carries the famous Schwinn company name, Schwinn Fitness is quite different from the original Schwinn bicycle brand.

Schwinn was initially the brand of Chicago immigrant Ignaz Schwinn. He and his financial partner founded Arnold, Schwinn & Company in 1895. For more than 100 years the company built traditional road bikes. Over generations they sold millions of units including the Aerocycle (an early cruiser), English-style racers, tandem bikes, ten-speeds and more. In the late 20th century they added fitness machines with the branding GT Fitness.

After a strong start, Schwinn faced increasingly steep competition from international challengers. By 1991 the company shifted its production to China to keep costs competitive. By 2001 Schwinn had declared bankruptcy and was sold at auction. In 2004 the fitness machine branch of Schwinn came under the management of Nautilus, Inc., where it remains today.

Nautilus, Inc. manages Schwinn Fitness from its headquarters in Vancouver, Washington. The Schwinn Fitness brand primarily features exercise bikes but also produces two home treadmills and two residential elliptical machines. Most Schwinn Fitness machines are for home use only and cost under $1,000.

Nautilus also owns two other brands featured in FitRated reviews: Bowflex and Octane Fitness. Bowflex treadmills pick up where Schwinn Fitness treadmills end, featuring stronger motors, more advanced electronics and other upgrades. Octane Fitness has the most exclusive products. They offer several low-impact treadmill alternatives inspired by elliptical trainers.