An Exceptional Value for Less than $600
The Schwinn 425 Elliptical Trainer is the 2014 version of the very popular Schwinn 420. The Schwinn 420 has been out for several years, and it has proven to be one of the best budget elliptical trainers on the market.
In the past the Schwinn 420 received a “Best Buy” rating for several years from a prestigious consumer magazine. In fact, it received an “Excellent” for construction. The Schwinn 425 is virtually the same machine but has a larger LCD display and a few other tweeks.
Realize that there are some pieces of @#%& in this price range. So to get a relatively durable elliptical for under $600 is exceptional. Schwinn has typicallly managed to build some very reliable machines at an inexpensive price.
The Schwinn 425 elliptical takes the best of the Schwinn 420 and makes some minor improvements. And I do mean minor, because there is not a great deal of difference between the two ellipticals. When you got a winner why mess with it.
18″ Elliptical Stride — This stride length is best suited for average height individuals that are no taller than 6′. There are ellipticals with longer and smoother strides, but for the money the Schwinn 425 has a comfortable elliptical motion.
Articulating Foot Pedals — The pedals angle with the elliptical stride to limit heal lifting. This reduces stress and strain to your ankle and foot.
MP3 Input and Speakers — The sound is mediocre at best.
LCD Display — They upgraded the LCD display with color. It provides simultaneous data like speed, calories burned, time, watts level and distance. You can use apps and accessories like RunKeeper, Nike+, fuelband, or fitbit with the display.
150 lbs. Unit Weight — This is not the heaviest elliptical on the block although it is still reasonably stable. They put the user weight limit at 300 lbs., which I feel is excessive. I would place it at around 240 lbs. Regardless, the Schwinn 425 is much more stable than many of the budget models like Weslo, Image, Horizon and ProForm.
Warranty — This is where Schwinn comes up short. You get 1-year parts and 90-days labor. There are many comparably priced ellipticals that offer 1-year parts. You may want to consider getting additional coverage. Although, most of the customer feedback would suggest the Schwinn 425 holds up well.
It appears the Schwinn 425 offers the same quality workout and durability found on the 420. I would have been surprised if they introduced the next generation and it was inferior.
It should be noted that this is a budget elliptical trainer. That means it is not engineered to be a heavy duty machine. What I mean by heavy duty is that it is not designed for strenuous use and/or multiple users working out several hours a day.
However, for around $500 with shipping (The price on Amazon.com), it is a very good value. In fact, it is the best value at that price range.
Overall, the customer reviews on Amazon were impressive for a budget elliptical trainer. There were a couple of complaints. First, several customers said the manual is not very informative and difficult to follow. Second, the assembly on average took over 2 hours. Not unusual for fitness equipment. Finally, a customer had a bad experiences with the shipping company showing up with a semi and not be able to make it up their 1/4 mile driveway. Bummer.
Here are some comments:
Don’t expect the performance of a $1000 or gym level elliptical, but you’ll definitely get more than the $250 Wal-Mart cheapo model you may be using as a clothes rack right now.
After spending nearly two hours assembling it, I found that I was generally impressed with the quality of a for-the-home elliptical. While the formed plastic parts feel a bit cheap, the rest of the unit is pretty solid. And after you’ve built it, you’ll see that breaking it down for moving or long-term storage isn’t an unreasonable task.
In the end, this is a good elliptical for the casual user at a very decent price. I’d recommend it to anyone who asked. I’d just be sure to include that you will need to be prepared to put in some elbow grease to build and maintain the equipment.