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The Schwinn 470 is a mid-range home use / light commercial elliptical trainer. It is aimed at users who are looking for a reliable, sturdy elliptical machine with more included features than the basic models, such as Bluetooth connectivity, heart rate monitoring, and power-adjustable incline. Below we take an in-depth look at this elliptical trainer – is it the best model for your needs?

 

Schwinn 470 Elliptical – Features

Schwinn 470 Elliptical Machine

TypeCross Trainer
MethodMagnetic Resistance
Flywheel Weight20lbs
Resistance Levels25
Incline Range0-10 degrees
Incline AdjustmentPowered
DisplayBacklit LCD Console
USB Charging PortYes
BluetoothYes
Heart RateYes
Workout Programs29
Max User Weight300lbs
Machine Weight187lbs
Dimensions70.1″L x 28.2″W x 63.2″H
Tablet / Book HolderYes
Stride Length20″
Built-in FanYes
Built-in SpeakersYes
Water Bottle HolderYes
Adjustable PedalsNo
User Profiles4
Warranty (Frame)10 Years
Warranty (Mechanical)2 Years
Warranty (Electronics)1 Year
Warranty (Labor)90 day
Cost (amazon.com)Check

Schwinn 470 Review

What We Like

What We Don’t Like

Build quality

The Schwinn 470 elliptical machine feels solid and substantial. At over 160 lbs, it’s at the heavier end of the range, however, this does give it a sturdy feel – you never get the feeling you’re going to break it. The basic frame is steel tubing, which helps contribute to the overall solid impression. The heaviest individual part is around 60 lbs, so it’s not impossible to move the parts around before assembly (it comes with travel wheels for maneuvering once you’ve assembled it).

There are a few tales out there of ellipticals arriving missing minor parts, however, Schwinn’s customer service seems to be on top of this.

Weight capacity

The maximum user weight capacity is 300 lbs. There are elliptical trainers available with higher weight capacity – if you’re in this range you should look elsewhere. 

Adjustment range

The Schwinn 470 elliptical has 25 adjustable resistance (intensity) levels, so you should be able to find a level that suits your exercise goals. Be aware that the lowest setting can feel a little firm to some people, however, you should be able to get used to it quite quickly.

The incline is adjustable between 0-10 degrees, and there are 29 workout programs to choose from. All these settings are carried out electronically from the console – no need to stop your workout, get off, and manually change any settings.

Although the stride length is not adjustable (fixed at 20″), in reality, the long footpads give you enough flexibility in terms of where you place your feet, that most users should be able to find a comfortable stride length.

Height

The dimensions of this machine are quoted as 70.1″ long x 28.2″ wide x 63.2″ high. One of the most important dimensions is ceiling height, or how low a ceiling can you install this elliptical machine under? Schwinn says you should add 21″ to your own height to ensure a safe distance below the ceiling – so if you are 5″10″, the minimum ceiling height you will need is 7’7″.

Design / Features

To our eyes at least, this is a well-designed, modern-looking exercise machine, with clean lines. Of course, appearance is subjective.

It comes with a tablet or book holder, 3 speed fan, USB charging port, built-in speakers, and a water bottle holder.

The speakers are nice to have, but to be honest if you have a portable Bluetooth speaker it will most likely be louder and have better sound quality.

The Schwinn 470 elliptical has heart rate monitoring as standard. To keep track of your heart rate, you can either hold the metal surface of the handles, or buy an optional chest strap for wireless heart rate monitoring. 

Assembly

Assembly is quite straightforward – the instruction manual is easy to follow, and Schwinn includes the usual basic tools required to assemble the elliptical. If you have a basic tool kit/socket set & hex keys handy, assembly will be a little easier.

Depending on how handy you are, and how many (if any) helpers you have, you can expect assembly to take anywhere between 1-3 hours.

Value

The Schwinn 470 elliptical is usually priced towards the upper end of the home-use elliptical range – prices do change frequently, so it’s best to check. There are cheaper ellipticals from Schwinn and others which may not have all the bells and whistles, but do substantially the same job. It’s really up to you whether you think the extra features are worth paying for.

How Does It Compare?

Schwinn 430

The 430 is lower down Schwinn’s model range than the 470. Compared to the 470, the 430 has fewer resistance level settings (20 vs 25 levels), fewer built-in workout programs (22 vs 29), and fewer user profiles (2 vs 4).

By opting for the cheaper elliptical, you’ll also lose powered incline adjustment, heart rate monitoring, and a backlight for the LCD display.

For a more in-depth look at these two machines, check out our Schwinn 430 vs 470 comparison.

Schwinn 430 Elliptical Machine
Nautilus E616 Elliptical Machine

Nautilus E616

The Nautilus E616 has a very similar specification to the Schwinn 470 – hardly surprising, as Schwinn is owned by Nautilus.

The only minor differences (apart from appearance and possibly price), are the E616 has 2 separate LCD displays (the 470 makes do with one), and the warranty on the E616 is slightly longer (3 years mechanical / 3 years electronics vs 2 years mechanical / 1-year electronics). Other than that, you’d be hard-pressed to tell them apart – the decision would most likely come down to which one’s on sale, or in stock.

To find out more about how these two machines stack up, check out our comparison here.

NordicTrack C7.5

Compared to the C7.5, the 470 has fewer resistance level settings (22 vs 25), fewer built-in workouts (26 vs 29), and fewer user profiles (1 vs 4*), however, the differences are marginal.

*you can store up to four user profiles with the NordicTrack machine if you opt to subscribe to their iFit program, which offers some other benefits, but has a monthly fee.

The NordicTrack C7.5 also lacks the USB port offered by the Schwinn 470.

However, it’s not all bad news – the NordicTrack offers a greater range of incline (0-20 degrees vs 0-10 degrees), a higher maximum weight (325 vs 300 pounds), and a better warranty (lifetime on the frame, and 12 months on labor, compared to the 10 years / 90 days offered by Schwinn).

To find out more about how these two machines stack up, check out our Schwinn 470 vs NordicTrack C7.5 comparison.

NordicTrack c7.5 Elliptical Machine
Bowflex Max Trainer

Bowflex Max Trainer

Bowflex is another brand owned by Nautilus, the same as Schwinn. However, the Bowflex Max Trainer is quite a different proposition to the Schwinn 470 – it’s more of a hybrid elliptical / step machine. Still, there are some features to compare.

The Bowflex device has fewer resistance levels (16 vs 25), fewer workout programs (9 vs 29), and fewer user profiles (2 vs 4) than the Schwinn 470. It also lacks the fan, USB port, and built-in speakers the Schwinn offers.

However, the warranty on the electronics is longer than Schwinn offers (2 years vs the Schwinn’s one-year warranty). Bowflex only guarantee their frame for 2 years though, where the Schwinn elliptical has a 10-year frame warranty.

For more on how the Schwinn 470 compares to the Bowflex Max trainer, click here.

Proform 520E

Proform is yet another brand owned by Nautilus. If you choose their 520E Elliptical, you’ll find a number of advantages and disadvantages compared to the Schwinn 470.

The 520E has fewer resistance level settings (18 vs 25), a lighter flywheel (15lbs vs 20lbs), fewer built-in workout programs (18 vs 29), and only 1 user profile vs 4 (unless you pay for the iFit subscription)

The 520E does offer a larger range of incline settings (0-20 degrees vs 0-10 degrees).

The warranty comparison is mixed – the Proform elliptical has a lifetime frame warranty (vs the 10 years offered by Schwinn), but the parts warranty is shorter (12 months vs 2 years), and the 520E has a longer labor warranty (12 months vs the Schwinn’s 90 days).

To find out more about how these two machines stack up, check out our Proform 520E vs Schwinn 470 comparison.

ProForm 520E

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