Review of the Schwinn Fitness 431 Elliptical Trainer

The Schwinn Fitness 431 Elliptical Trainer is an upgrade to the award winning Schwinn 430 Elliptical Trainer.

Technical Details and Uses
The Schwinn Fitness 431 Elliptical is used for primarily as a substitute for walking or jogging for those who require low impact exercise.

Technical features:
1. Offers 19 workout programs, including 3 heart rate control programs.
2. LCD backlit display
3. Built-in fan
4. MP3 holder
5. 16 resistance levels
6. Uses ECB magnetic resistance
7. Grip heart rate monitors
8. Upper body handles
9. 18 inch stride
10. Bio-fit articulating footplate

Is the Product Easy to Use?
Most reviews suggest an easy set up process, although it is time consuming (between 1.5 and 3 hours). Customers report, that using this product is simple and enjoyable. Specifically, the bio-fit articulating footplate follows your foot throughout the entire stride. This allows for a smoother, more natural stride. The computer controlled programs and resistance settings allow for interruption-free workouts.

Is the Product Easy to Maintain?
Most customers report little to no maintenance costs. Schwinn recommends checking the machine daily for signs of damaged or worn parts, weekly for signs of roller damage, and monthly for loose nuts and bolts. There seems to be a fairly common complaint of a squeak coming from the handlebars, but this can usually be fixed by loosening the handlebar screw.

The 431 comes with a 15 year warranty for the frame, 2 years on parts, 1 year on electronics, and a 90 day warranty for labor.

Does the product deliver results?
The Schwinn 431 consistently earns an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars on several review websites. For example, Amazon currently has 146 reviews of this product, 84% of which give the product a rating of 4 or 5 stars. The overwhelming majority seem content with this product, claiming that it delivers on its promises.

Pros:
1. Ease of assembly and use.
2. Quiet operation.
3. Helpful workout programs.
4. Smooth workouts (due to the biofit articulating footplate and the heavy fly wheel).
5. Decent price.
6. Many reviews stating continued satisfaction after years of use.

Cons:
1. May not fit taller or heavier users. This machine only provides an 18 inch stride, taller users may require a 20 inch stride. In addition, this machine has a 300 pound weight limit.
2. Squeaking in the handlebars seems to be a common problem.
3. 90 day warranty for labor is not substantial.

Overall, the Schwinn Fitness 431 Elliptical Trainer seems to be a great value for your money. Customers report satisfactory results with little or no problems with the machine.

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