SCHWINN 425 REVIEW
- Our Analysis
The Schwinn 425 is the latest elliptical trainer from Schwinn to hit the market. As with all Schwinn elliptical trainers, it comes equipped with a few useful additions, including a 3-speed fan and speakers, to name just a couple.
Due to its fixed stride of 18 inches, it can be used by most people, however, those who are very tall will probably want to look at an elliptical that features a slightly longer stride.
The Schwinn 425 stride measures 18 inches which, as mentioned, allows anyone, with the exception of very tall users, to get into a comfortable workout position. The length of the stride is also the same as the popular Schwinn 431.
However, perhaps more importantly, the stride feels smooth and natural, which is down to the heavy flywheel. This also has the added benefit of ensuring that the elliptical won’t wobble when in use, even if you weigh 300 pounds – the maximum user weight capacity of the machine.
The Schwinn 425 comes equipped with a generous number of resistance settings. In total, there are 16 levels of resistance to choose from, making it likely that you will be able to find a setting that is challenging enough, even if you’re in excellent shape.
The 425 also comes with a decent, if not excessive, number of workout programs. There are 10 programs in total, including 6 profile, 2 feedback, 1 custom, and 1 quick start programs. While if would’ve been nice to have had a few more programs at your disposal, it’s still good to know that these programs do a good job at mixing things up and keeping your workout interesting along the way.
The LCD display, which measures 5” x 2.25” provides you with feedback on time, speed, distance, RPM, calories burned, course profile and the resistance level. Your heart rate can also be measured thanks to the inclusion of contact heart rate grips. While it’s a bit of a shame that a telemetry enabled heart rate device has not been included, the contact heart rate sensors still provide a fairly accurate reading of your pulse.
Schwinn have done a good job in ensuring that the 425 provides users with a comfortable workout experience. The articulating foot plates are over sized to accommodate users with tiny or large feet. With 6 integrated levelers there’s no chance the elliptical will sway from side to side when in operation, which is often a problem with sub $500 ellipticals.
It’s also worth noting that, as long as you aren’t very tall, you won’t feel confined as you work out, as the 18” stride is long enough to ensure that this won’t happen.
As mentioned, Schwinn always take it a step further and differentiate themselves from their competitors by including several features that are typically found on more expensive ellipticals.
The Schwinn 425 comes with a 3-speed fan; while it provides some relief during a tough workout, the stream of cool air could be a bit more powerful. There are built-in speakers, although the sound quality is just OK at best. An integrated water bottle holder and reading rack have also been included.
While the Schwinn 425 is quite light for an elliptical trainer, anything that weighs 150 pounds is going to be hard to move. However, thanks to the inclusion of transport wheels, storing the machine and keeping it out of sight is easy enough.
The Schwinn 425 is backed by a 5-year frame, 1-year parts, 1-year mechanical and electrical, 90-day parts, and 90-day labor warranty.
62 x 26 x 71 inches
SCHWINN 425 USER REVIEWS
Considering that the 425 has just been released there are currently no user reviews available to read online. However, by clicking the link below you can see if this has changed and whether any users have posted their thoughts yet. So while this is usually the part where we list the advantages and disadvantages of the exercise machine in question, for now, we have to leave this area blank.
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While a telemetry enabled heart rate monitor would’ve been appreciated, it’s rare to find an elliptical coming with such a feature in this price range. You usually have to spend around $700-$800 to find an elliptical with this feature, such as the Nautilus E514c. However, considering that the contact heart rate grips provide an accurate reading, this shouldn’t pose a problem.
While the inclusion of the speakers and a fan are much appreciated, the fan, as mentioned, isn’t powerful enough to be very effective, and the sound quality of the speakers is just adequate.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW?
All that’s left to say is that, while the Schwinn 425 could be improved upon in a couple of areas, namely its fan and speakers, if you are more concerned about the build quality, range of technological features and workout effectiveness of an elliptical, then the 425 is hard to beat in its price range.