Schwinn 411 Elliptical Machine Review

The Schwinn 411 compact elliptical trainer is specifically designed for the home user. The machine is compact and well-engineered considering its price point.

The home elliptical cross-training market is very competitive and Schwinn has made a valiant effort to get their share of the market with the 411 elliptical machines.

The trend in home gyms is moving away from heavy-duty commercial gym style equipment with a trending preference for lightweight compact equipment.

The parent company Nautilus has a stellar reputation for both home gym equipment and commercial gym equipment and have taken their decades of experience to produce an elliptical machine for those of us who would love to get in shape on a lower budget.

So, what’s great about the Schwinn 411 elliptical machine and why does it get so many rave reviews?

Here is why aspiring fitness people love the machine and it’s not all about price.

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Make sure this fits by entering your model number.; Sync with the mixed reality app RunSocial and race through 19 locations with 27 routes Alongside friends while tracking pace and distance; Compact ...
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I read all the reviews for this machine, both on Amazon and throughout the net, before making the difficult decision whether to purchase it. I was a bit worried due to the negative comments on Amazon re difficulty to assemble, machine making noises, and poor customer service, but the detailed, research reviews I read on other sites comparing it to their machines pursuaded me to try it. Besides, I have had a Schwinn treadmill for over 15 yrs now, which you can see next to my new elliptical in the pics I uploaded.Keeping the Amazon reviews in mind, I was determined to document the process of receiving, setting up, and using to post here. First, I am happy to say it came four days earlier than expected. The FedEx people called me that morning to make sure I would be home to receive it. I was so excited! I posted a pic of the box, which was easy for one person to move with a regular 2 wheel dolly. I took all the pieces out of the box and then followed the instructions, page by page. It was very easy, all I had to do was insert/tighten screws/bolts—many times the bolts/washers were already inserted into their respective parts, all I had to do was take them out, combine them with another part, and put them back in (see pics I posted of these bolts). I did not need to use any of my own tools, everything was provided (Allen wrench, Phillips screw driver, 3 open ended wrenches, and 2 socket-type wrenches).I got it all put together very easily—and all by myself, a 46 yr old woman! No need for two people or a mechanic! I downloaded the Schwinn app into my phone to sync via BlueTooth my exercise stats and keep tract of goal attainment, which was also very easy and took only 5 mins to download and set up. My machine immediately acknowledged my phone via the BlueTooth.And then the time had come to ride it... it was so amazing! It has a 3-speed fan, cup holder, Phone holder, and iPad holder with USB port! It also has an audio/headphone type jack (with cable provided) for MP3 audio to its speakers.All in all, I’m a happy camper excited to get into better shape. I love how smoothly and silently the machine works and how it really works my whole body without putting any stress at all on my joints. I hope others decide to give this machine a shot—I’m glad I did!!!
I had someone come to my house and put the elliptical together. I read all the reviews and a lot of people talked about the noise they heard from this thing. I didn’t have any noise from it for 2 days. Then I started hearing a clunking coming from the wheel. At least I thought so. I’ve been reading everything trying to figure out what’s wrong. I don’t have enough money to send this back or get it fixed. Yesterday finally I couldn’t stand it any more. I’ve had this thing for 2 weeks. I was going to call to see what the company had to say.Then I thought “ok what is the last thing I did before it made this noise? Because it was quiet for 2 days” I moved it. And the step pads came of the track. So I lifted up one of the foot pads off the track and pushed the whole thing to the left away from the wheel. Guess what? It worked! When it came off the track it must have misaligned and something was bumping against the wheel. I’m like ”I have to leave a review so everyone will know what to do if it happens to them” So there you go. I love my elliptical even more now. I want to get in shape. I can’t go more than 5 minutes at a time, but I’m getting there.
So, faithful Schwinn customer here (I had the 418 Elliptical for close to ten years until it broke down recently). So I bought the new 430 My16 for just under $600. Had it shipped to me (it took 10 days), and put it together right away (kind of a hassle -- three hours, but hopefully worth it). So after close to two weeks of waiting for this thing, I readily turn it on and ... *nothing*. The console comes on, the speakers work, all of it works, but there's no resistance other than the actual resistance of the flywheel. The electronics weren't crimped, everything was perfectly in place. So I call customer support, and the guy tells me I have to *repair the thing myself* while he's on the phone. He walks me through a half hour of the basic stuff, until it becomes clear that I have to take apart the wheel assembly and get inside the guts of the motor of the thing. But I don't have the right tools -- you need a 'crank puller,' which the Schwinn representative tells me he will gladly *sell me*. He wants to sell me the part that I need to personally repair the brand new $600 item they just sold me -- that's still under warranty. After I complain, finally he agrees to just send me one -- and so now I wait another 8 to 10 days for this one part to arrive. Then I will call them back, and they can walk me through the hours-long self-repair of the brand new item I just purchased. Am I sorry I bought it? You betcha. Would I buy it again? No way.EDIT: It is now early/mid-January and the item is still not fixed. A repairman (who was very nice) came out and ordered a new part for the thing ... which was sent from Nautilus the slowest way possible (10 days to arrive; I guess the $6 it would have cost to send it UPS was too much for them). So I still wait, two and a half months after I purchased the item, to get even one session's workout on it.
7.5 Total Score

There’s no getting away with the fact that Schwinn has knocked the ball out of the park with this super-light compact 411 elliptical training machine. For a machine priced at just $ 499.00, this is elliptical trainer will take pride of place in your home gym. The size of the elliptical machine and the stability is perfect for the whole family, the machine will provide an excellent cardio workout and if you need to lose a few pounds you can see the calories being burned directly in front of you on the LCD screen. Does it make a difference not having powered incline? For the purist and professional athlete, it makes a difference. However, if you are like most home gym elliptical machine users you will not notice the Schwinn 411 is missing incline settings.

PROS
  • 16 Levels of resistance for excellent cardio workouts
  • 18” Stride length
  • 13 Built-in workouts to keep your fitness training varied
  • Fixed and moving handlebars
  • Wireless heart rate grips as found on higher price machines
  • Bluetooth tracking to sync with your training apps
  • Cushioned, pivoting footplates for comfort and stability
  • Balanced Inertia enhanced flywheel
  • 300 lb. user capacity
  • Transport wheels make moving this compact elliptical machine easy
  • Water bottle holder to keep you hydrated
  • Warranty: 10 years frame, 2-year parts, and electronics, one year labor
CONS
  • Chest strap heart monitor not included in the package
  • No backlight on the console
  • Tablet hides the console
  • I8 inch stride is not the best for the user over 6 feet in height
  • No incline
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Frame

The Schwinn 411 is definitely a compact trainer and will fit in a small home gym with ease. The trainer is approximately 54 inches in length and 24 inches wide.

Compared to other home elliptical cross trainers, the Schwinn weighs in at 100 lbs. But don’t let that put you off the 411 can handle up to 300lbs which is not bad for a machine of this compact style and price range.

For additional stability, there are two adjustable bars on the rear of the unit that you can adjust to give the user extra confidence during the workout.

The frame has a tubular construction and a super smooth elliptical motion that would be enviable to some larger elliptical machines.

It has a corrosion-resistant black finish coated frame and red crank arms; this is the only color for this machine, but it looks great and is not offensive.

Servo motorized eddy current resistance

This feature is taken from the more expensive Nautilus elliptical machines. The console operates the motorized servo-assisted resistance allowing the user to make the stride motion more difficult or easier as required by the selected workout. 

The resistance programs offer 16 different levels to the user; the first few levels provide lesser resistance which is perfect for the budding athlete or the user who is using the machine for remedial therapy before getting back into a full workout routine.

The flywheel weight together with its eddy current resistance and belt drive system, you will be receiving a whisper-quiet and vibration-free workout.

Schwinn 411 console

The Schwinn console is 5.5 inches with subsections for the user to view the workout in real-time on one screen. It’s a cool feature but the screen is a little small for some users.

The Schwinn 411 has an impressive 13 workouts that provide an excellent workout for all levels and categories of fitness. The 411 also has a Bluetooth that seamlessly connects to your favorite sports apps such as RunSocial.  

The preset programs offer a wide range of workout scenarios from rolling hills to a stream crossing. The programs in some sense are so good they negate the need for incline settings.

If you like to change thing s at your own pace and build your own custom workout then you can select the manual function and work independently from the programs provided.

You can adjust the console to prevent glare. It is equipped with a tablet holder that can accommodate a large tablet if you should choose to do so.

There is also a handy water bottle holder to keep you hydrated during extended workouts.

Footplates

Footplates articulate to reduce the impact on your knees and joints. The footplates are also padded for extra comfort which is a nice feature that even some of the more expensive elliptical machines don’t offer.

The footplates are exceptional given the machine is able to take a maximum weight of 300lbs.

Assembling the Schwinn 411 

Assembly is a relatively easy process and will take the average person around 1 hour to complete. The mainframe is in one piece which leaves you to erect the console mast and connect the stabilizers and crank arms.

Handily, the machine includes all the tools needed.

The unit comes with an easy to follow schematic and assembly instructions.

Warranty

Frame:     10 years

Parts:         2 years

Electrical:  1 year

Labor:        90 days

The warranty is impressive but for some reason, Schwinn has decided not to offer a lifetime warranty on the frame. This may be because of the quality of the elliptical machine that will surely last for a lifetime if taken good care of.

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Schwinn Elliptical Machine
Make sure this fits by entering your model number.; Sync with the mixed reality app RunSocial and race through 19 locations with 27 routes Alongside friends while tracking pace and distance; Compact ...
Start from: $449.00
amazon amazon.com
$449.00 $499.00
amazon amazon.com
In stock
Last price update: 2020-01-09 17:08:18
I read all the reviews for this machine, both on Amazon and throughout the net, before making the difficult decision whether to purchase it. I was a bit worried due to the negative comments on Amazon re difficulty to assemble, machine making noises, and poor customer service, but the detailed, research reviews I read on other sites comparing it to their machines pursuaded me to try it. Besides, I have had a Schwinn treadmill for over 15 yrs now, which you can see next to my new elliptical in the pics I uploaded.Keeping the Amazon reviews in mind, I was determined to document the process of receiving, setting up, and using to post here. First, I am happy to say it came four days earlier than expected. The FedEx people called me that morning to make sure I would be home to receive it. I was so excited! I posted a pic of the box, which was easy for one person to move with a regular 2 wheel dolly. I took all the pieces out of the box and then followed the instructions, page by page. It was very easy, all I had to do was insert/tighten screws/bolts—many times the bolts/washers were already inserted into their respective parts, all I had to do was take them out, combine them with another part, and put them back in (see pics I posted of these bolts). I did not need to use any of my own tools, everything was provided (Allen wrench, Phillips screw driver, 3 open ended wrenches, and 2 socket-type wrenches).I got it all put together very easily—and all by myself, a 46 yr old woman! No need for two people or a mechanic! I downloaded the Schwinn app into my phone to sync via BlueTooth my exercise stats and keep tract of goal attainment, which was also very easy and took only 5 mins to download and set up. My machine immediately acknowledged my phone via the BlueTooth.And then the time had come to ride it... it was so amazing! It has a 3-speed fan, cup holder, Phone holder, and iPad holder with USB port! It also has an audio/headphone type jack (with cable provided) for MP3 audio to its speakers.All in all, I’m a happy camper excited to get into better shape. I love how smoothly and silently the machine works and how it really works my whole body without putting any stress at all on my joints. I hope others decide to give this machine a shot—I’m glad I did!!!
I had someone come to my house and put the elliptical together. I read all the reviews and a lot of people talked about the noise they heard from this thing. I didn’t have any noise from it for 2 days. Then I started hearing a clunking coming from the wheel. At least I thought so. I’ve been reading everything trying to figure out what’s wrong. I don’t have enough money to send this back or get it fixed. Yesterday finally I couldn’t stand it any more. I’ve had this thing for 2 weeks. I was going to call to see what the company had to say.Then I thought “ok what is the last thing I did before it made this noise? Because it was quiet for 2 days” I moved it. And the step pads came of the track. So I lifted up one of the foot pads off the track and pushed the whole thing to the left away from the wheel. Guess what? It worked! When it came off the track it must have misaligned and something was bumping against the wheel. I’m like ”I have to leave a review so everyone will know what to do if it happens to them” So there you go. I love my elliptical even more now. I want to get in shape. I can’t go more than 5 minutes at a time, but I’m getting there.
So, faithful Schwinn customer here (I had the 418 Elliptical for close to ten years until it broke down recently). So I bought the new 430 My16 for just under $600. Had it shipped to me (it took 10 days), and put it together right away (kind of a hassle -- three hours, but hopefully worth it). So after close to two weeks of waiting for this thing, I readily turn it on and ... *nothing*. The console comes on, the speakers work, all of it works, but there's no resistance other than the actual resistance of the flywheel. The electronics weren't crimped, everything was perfectly in place. So I call customer support, and the guy tells me I have to *repair the thing myself* while he's on the phone. He walks me through a half hour of the basic stuff, until it becomes clear that I have to take apart the wheel assembly and get inside the guts of the motor of the thing. But I don't have the right tools -- you need a 'crank puller,' which the Schwinn representative tells me he will gladly *sell me*. He wants to sell me the part that I need to personally repair the brand new $600 item they just sold me -- that's still under warranty. After I complain, finally he agrees to just send me one -- and so now I wait another 8 to 10 days for this one part to arrive. Then I will call them back, and they can walk me through the hours-long self-repair of the brand new item I just purchased. Am I sorry I bought it? You betcha. Would I buy it again? No way.EDIT: It is now early/mid-January and the item is still not fixed. A repairman (who was very nice) came out and ordered a new part for the thing ... which was sent from Nautilus the slowest way possible (10 days to arrive; I guess the $6 it would have cost to send it UPS was too much for them). So I still wait, two and a half months after I purchased the item, to get even one session's workout on it.