The Schwinn 470 is an elliptical that seems to tick all the boxes in all the important areas.
It’s well built and sturdy, and also gives a comfortable and smooth ride.
Secondly, it’s filled with a lot of features and workout apps that will keep even the hardest to please people satisfied.
And finally, it can keep fitness geeks with lofty goals satisfied through its 25 levels of resistance, and its ability to take training up a notch via an incline function.
If you’re looking to buy a quality elliptical for under $1000, and not have to worry about it lacking a certain feature, then the Schwinn 470 Elliptical could well be for you.
In this Schwinn 470 elliptical trainer review, we will take you through some of the pros and cons of the machine and help you decide if it’s really the best elliptical for you.
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical Trainer
- Two LCD screens
- Compatibility with apps such as MyFitnessPal
- 29 workout programs programs
- Can record 4 user settings
- 25 levels of resistance
- Incline function
- Heart rate reader
- Fan and water bottle holder
Schwinn 470 Elliptical Trainer Review
We will now begin to review the Schwinn 470 elliptical against certain criteria that are important when choosing the right elliptical for your home.
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical, much like the Schwinn 430 Elliptical, is a quality built machine full of features, which is also very comfortable to use.
I felt the Schwinn 430 was fantastic value at just over $500, but what about the more expensive Schwinn 470 Elliptical?
So what’s the difference between the two?
For the few extra hundred dollars, the Schwinn 470 Elliptical will give you a motorised incline, four user settings rather than two, backlit screen, five extra levels of resistance and seven more workout programs over the Schwinn 430.
Are those features worth an extra few hundred dollars to you?
Some may find the Schwinn 430 the better buy depending on how much you value the extra features just mentioned.
Related: Schwinn 430 elliptical review
Either way the Schwinn 470 Elliptical at its current price is still great value for money and certainly represents one of the best value buys for a machine under $1000.
It has a lot of workout programs, resistance levels, and all the other extra features that you can expect from any other of the ellipticals on the market.
The price is solid.
Reliability & Warranty: 3.5/5
The reliability of the Schwinn 470 Elliptical is generally very good.
Users who seem to have had the machine long-term do not report too many issues.
This is a good thing for potential customers because the warranty that comes with the Schwinn 470 is pretty poor, especially when compared to rival companies.
To put it simply, the Schwinn 470 Elliptical’s warranty is similar to a warranty you would expect to see on a lower quality machine that costs half its price.
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical warranty is as follows: 10 years frame / 2 years mechanical / 1-year electrical / 90 days labour
Contrast this warranty with the Proform’s 735 Elliptical, which is around the same price as the Schwinn 470, and yet you get a lifetime warranty on the frame and 1 year on labour.
Similarly, the Horizon Ex-59, which is slightly cheaper than the Schwinn 470 Elliptical offers the same lifetime warranty on its frame and 1 year on labour.
When we reviewed the Schwinn 430 Elliptical we already mentioned the short warranty length, however, we expected the length to be improved on its more expensive 470 models but were surprised to see that they were exactly the same.
The one redeeming factor for Schwinn over its short warranty on labour and the frame is that it is a pretty reliable machine in the long run anyway.
Weighing up the short warranty and its reliability, we’ll give it 3.5 stars for this section.
Stability and Quality: 4/5
Regarding its quality, the Schwinn 470 Elliptical excels well.
While it may not be the quality of a commercial-grade machine, it’s still good considering the price.
It’s also sturdy even when placed on carpet which can be a rare quality among home ellipticals.
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical can hold a maximum user weight of 300 pounds which seems to be the industry norm.
Size and Comfortability: 4/5
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical has a stride length of 20 inches, which we feel is the minimum stride length you want to have on a machine in order for it to be suitable for most people.
Anything less than 20 inches, and you begin to see people complaining about the stride length, however from what we’ve researched 20 inches seems to be the sweet spot.
As always, we encourage potential buyers to try out their ellipticals in store before purchasing online.
The Schwinn 470 is quite a large machine so you will need a significant amount of space and height for it.
You must always remember to take into consideration your own height, and the ceiling height of the room when purchasing an elliptical.
If your ceiling is 7ft tall and you’re 6ft, it’s likely you will run into problems.
Also, watch out for ceiling fans!
With regards to assembly, users on Amazon seem to report that an assembly time of around 2hrs is the norm.
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical comes with 29 workout programmes and 25 different levels of resistance, which is more than enough for you to progress towards your fitness goals.
In addition, if you want to take it to the next level, the Schwinn 470 Elliptical has a motorised incline you can switch on for added intensity.
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical is one of the quietest ellipticals you’ll ride on and you can easily watch TV, listen to music, read, and clearly hear the speakers that come with the console.
Furthermore, the machine is quiet enough that it shouldn’t bother other people in the house with its noise, even if you want to use it in the early hours.
But there’s a catch if you want to ensure the Schwinn 470 Elliptical functions at a whisper.
You must wipe down the tracks which the rubber rollers move across and put on fresh lube on a weekly basis, as well as applying the lubricant that comes with the machine during assembly as instructed.
By doing these things the machine should stay quiet.
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical has the typical features you’d expect to get when purchasing an elliptical at this price.
You can play your own music on your mobile through the speakers on the console, or place a Kindle or iPad on the tablet shelf.
There’s also a three-speed fan to generate a breeze as you workout and a water bottle holder to place your drinks in.
The console does track the fundamental metrics, however, users have reported that the tracking, especially when it comes to calorie tracking, seems to be wildly inaccurate.
This seems to be a common complaint with all machines across the market, so it’s not anything specific to this model and more to do with personal opinion.
In any case, we’ve always advocated using a third-party tracking device for heart rate and calories if you are serious about your fitness and obtaining accurate data.
That being said, the Schwinn 470 Elliptical does have the added benefit of being able to sync information to other fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal.
Should You Buy the Schwinn 470 Elliptical?
The Schwinn 470 elliptical is a great elliptical machine that excels in all fundamental areas.
It is a well-built machine with a lot of features.
What’s more, it is smooth and comfortable to ride and is well suited for casual or high-intensity workouts.
The Schwinn 470 Elliptical does represent one of the most complete machines you can buy for under $1000.
If we were to dissuade you from purchasing the 470, it would be to point you in the direction of the Schwinn 430 model instead.
But as we said in the ‘price’ section of this review, it depends on how much value you place on the extra features over the 430. If you want a tougher workout then go for the Schwinn 470.
However, whichever machine you’re unlikely to be left disappointed.
Overall Elliptical Rating: 4/5
- Smooth and comfortable to ride
- Sturdy and well built
- Very quiet
- Motorised incline
- Comfortable 20-inch stride length
- Lots of features
- Warranty length is poor given the price
- Users report inaccurate calorie counter
- Needs frequent lubing to keep it running well