Schwinn 411 Elliptical Review and Comparison

Schwinn 411 Overview

Try searching online for home fitness machines and you will most likely come up empty-handed. Working out from home has become the new normal, especially as the calendar turns over to a new year and people begin to make those resolutions about getting into shape. Well, if you are looking for a high-quality home elliptical machine with incredible performance for a reasonable price tag, look no further than the Schwinn 411 elliptical machine to satisfy both your wallet and your fitness needs. The Schwinn 411 is an entry-level model in Schwinn’s award-winning and highly-rated at home elliptical machine line and is guaranteed to provide you with the industry leading quality that you have come to expect from Schwinn Fitness.

Every Schwinn home elliptical machine is equipped with a clear and easy to read LCD console, as well as the patented Schwinn Precision Path Foot technology which allows users to use and control their stride in a smooth motion. The Schwinn 411 comes with sixteen levels of resistance and thirteen preset exercise programs which provides a more fulsome workout experience than the Schwinn A40 model. The high speed, high inertia drive system is excellent for at home exercising as it provides users with a smooth and quiet workout that will definitely not disturb neighbors or other members of the household.

The four models of Schwinn home elliptical machines are all highly rated and each offers something different from the other models. The 411 gives users a machine with more flexibility than the Schwinn A40 while still providing an entry-level price. For those who do not need the latest technology or bells and whistles that some of the higher-end models come with, the Schwinn 411 home elliptical is an excellent value machine that gives you the professional-level workout that Schwinn is known for but without ever having to leave the comfort of your home.

Schwinn 411 Elliptical Review and Details
Heart Rate:
Pulse & WirelessPower Source:Plugin
USB Charging Port:
FrontFlywheel Weight:N/A
1-Year Parts | 90-Day LaborCompact:Yes
Machine Weight:100 LbsFolding:No
Dimensions:53"L X 24"W X 62"HSpeaker:No
Max user weight:300 LbsCooling Fan:No
Resistance: 16-Level MagneticMedia Shelf:Yes
Incline Ramp:NONEBottle Holder:Yes
Stride Length:18" FixedHandlebars:Without Built-in Controls
Programs: 13Better Alternative:Schwinn 430

Schwinn 411 Elliptical Review and Specifications:

If you know anything about at home elliptical machines then you are probably aware that size and storage are extremely important when deciding on which model to buy. The Schwinn 411 comes with an innovative, space-saving design that allows it to fit in anything from a studio apartment to a home fitness space. The Schwinn 411 measures only 53.8” long, 24” wide, and 62.5” high, making it shorter in length than the Schwinn A40, and more compact of a design.

The Schwinn 411 is made for users of all shapes and sizes in mind as this model comes with a manufacturer’s suggested maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs, which provides a little more stability than the 275 lbs offered by the Schwinn A40. This weight capacity is standard across the home elliptical machine market and combined with the ergonomically placed handlebars and pedals, users of nearly any height can feel comfortable using the Schwinn 411. The power supply is simple and straightforward and requires only a standard wall outlet on a 110V-120V circuit for the power cord that is included in the box.

The Schwinn 411 also comes equipped with convenient transport wheels for ease of mobility and storage when you need to move the machine around your house or to a different room. As with most elliptical machines, the Schwinn 411 is definitely not foldable, although it has a much smaller footprint than most home elliptical machines. Finally, weighing in at only 100 lbs, the Schwinn 411 is one of the lightest elliptical machines on the market which makes it easy to use, move, and store away at your convenience.

Schwinn 411 Elliptical Monitor

The Schwinn 411 comes equipped with a Streamlined LCD console that provides you with everything you may need from an entry-level home elliptical machine. The LCD monitor provides you a detailed tracking of time, distance, speed, RPM, calories, results, and heart rate. The console is easy to use with conveniently placed, color-coded buttons and large, clear text to keep you informed of your performance. The one complaint many people have is that it is not backlit, so in certain bright rooms, it is not as easy to read as some other elliptical machine consoles.

Since the Schwinn 411 is considered an entry-level model, it does not come equipped with premium extras like WiFi connectivity, nor does it come with touchscreen capabilities like many higher end machines do. With the Schwinn 411 console, you just get what you see, and that is an easy to read screen with thirteen preset programs that you can use to add some variety to your exercises. The Schwinn 411 console doesn’t come equipped with speakers to listen to the music as you workout.

As with many home exercise machine lines, the Schwinn home elliptical machines come with varying sizes and functionalities when it comes to the monitor on each model. The Schwinn 411 does come equipped with the patented RunSocial app which allows you to connect your mobile device or tablet via Bluetooth to the machine. This app lets you run with friends through exotic destinations and landscapes from around the world!

Schwinn 411 Stride and Incline

The Schwinn 411 home elliptical machine comes with standard 18” strides that are smooth and quiet, but are not adjustable like other machines. The 18” is fairly standard for the home elliptical industry and it definitely does not feel cumbersome to operate. The one issue is that because the stride begins and ends at 18”, users who are taller than average may find this to be a bit restrictive, although operation is still definitely manageable. The 18” is half an inch longer than the Schwinn A40, which of course has the same issues for taller users.

The Schwinn 411 comes equipped with Schwinn’s patented Precision Path Foot Motion Technology which simulates a natural running motion, while providing a nice low impact workout for your joints. Like the Schwinn A40, the Schwinn 411 lacks any sort of incline for its strides, which of course limits the variety of workouts a user can have. While this definitely is not a mandatory feature, especially on an entry-level model, there is a chance users may eventually get bored of a monotonous workout routine.

Schwinn 411 Handlebar and Pedals

Like with many home elliptical models, the Schwinn 411 comes with multiple sets of built-in handlebars that give users full control and stability during their workouts. The fixed handlebars appear below the console and provide a nice ergonomic design and position so that users can feel comfortable and safe in their various workout positions. These stationary handlebars are also where users can track their vitals by holding the heart rate sensors. These readings appear in real-time on the console in front of the user and can help track performance and heart health.

The other set of handlebars are the mobile ones that stand vertically and allow the user to use the Schwinn 411 in the classic elliptical motion that provides a nice total body workout. The Schwinn 411 mobile handlebars are designed with a nice ergonomic design that provides users with multiple different angles to hold the comfortably constructed handles. The curvature of the handles give users full control over how they want to apply their grip and provides users a way to target different muscle groups in their upper body.

Finally, the pedals on the Schwinn 411 are fairly sized and comfortable for users as the articulation helps to absorb any impact on knee and ankle joints. The footplates themselves are fairly sized and located 17” off the ground and 6” apart which makes for a smooth, natural foot motion. The pedals have a raised edge and grooves to help prevent users from slipping or losing their footing while using the Schwinn 411 home elliptical machine during an intense workout.

Schwinn 411 Accessories and Assembly

If you are in the market for a cutting edge home elliptical machine with all the bells and whistles, the Schwinn 411 may not be what you are in the market for. As far as accessories go, the Schwinn 411 home elliptical comes with a built-in media rack on the console so that you can enjoy reading books or watch a program on your tablet or mobile phone while you workout. As far as technology connections go, there is no WiFi connectivity with the Schwinn 411, but it does connect via Bluetooth with the RunSocial app. There is a conveniently located water bottle holder to ensure you stay hydrated while you exercise, but there is no charge port for your devices.

Assembly of the Schwinn 411 is quite simple and straightforward as far as home elliptical machines go. Schwinn provides you with all of the tools and hardware you will need, as well as a detailed instruction manual that is clear and easy to follow. The main frame of the Schwinn 411 comes pre-built so all you really need to do is attach the pedals, handlebars, and the console. Overall, unpacking and assembly should take the average person just over an hour to complete, and can be safely completed by one person although having a second person helps, especially with moving the Schwinn 411 around.

The Schwinn 411 does not require a lot of maintenance either aside from keeping any dust or dirt out of the rails so that the machine can operate smoothly. The inside of the Schwinn 411 frame comes pre-lubricated and should not require additional lubrication for several years. If after a few years you do feel you need to lubricate the parts, the Schwinn 411 instruction manual indicates that a silicone-based lubricant will do the job. Finally, users should ensure that no moisture or dust builds up on the console by wiping it down after every workout.

Schwinn 411 Warranty, Price, and Shipping

The warranty that Schwinn provides is reasonable but not the best in the home fitness equipment industry. Schwinn provides users with a 3-year warranty for the frame, a 1-year warranty for mechanical and electronics, and 60-days for wear and labour. Not necessarily a ground-breaking warranty, but it does provide customers with a nice peace of mind, especially with longer warranties for the parts that are more prone to breakdown.

Schwinn will ship the 411 elliptical machine to anywhere within the continental United States via UPS or FedEx ground, but they will not deliver to P.O. boxes. Shipping costs and taxes differ by state, but will be clearly marked and explained when you checkout on the Schwinn website. Orders are typically processed within 3-5 business days. You can also find the machine on sites such as Amazon or other fitness websites, but the price is not guaranteed to be the same as on the Schwinn website and shipping fees and times may vary.

The price of the Schwinn 411 is one of the most attractive things about this model and is probably one of the reasons that people who are into casual workouts are looking at this entry-level machine. Typically the Schwinn 411 retails for $499, which is an incredible value for such a highly regarded brand name in the industry. Just as a warning, with the current rise in popularity of at-home fitness equipment, the Schwinn 411 is selling for an inflated cost on most after-market websites. In a market where many home elliptical machines cost upwards of several thousand dollars, the Schwinn 411 provides an excellent combination of high quality and high performance at a very reasonable price tag.

Schwinn 411 Elliptical Machine Pros:

  • The price tag of the Schwinn 411 is very reasonable for such a trusted brand name in the home elliptical industry.
  • The Schwinn 411 does not take up much space in your house, making it ideal for apartments or smaller spaces.
  • The Schwinn 411 has a perimeter flywheel that is extremely smooth and quiet during workouts so you will not disturb your neighbors.
  • The Schwinn 411 console comes pre-programmed with thirteen pre-programmed workouts.
  • Sixteen levels of electronic magnetic resistance provides users with an excellent workout.
  • Stationary handles come with heart-rate sensors built into them to track your vitals in real-time.
  • Ergonomic design provides users with a comfortable and stable exercise every time.
  • The articulated pedals provide a nice low impact exercise that is easy on the joints.
  • Assembly is very straightforward and takes minimal time and effort and can be accomplished by one person.
  • Front moving wheels help make it easy to transport the Schwinn A40 around your house.
  • Bluetooth connectivity helps you to use the RunSocial app while you exercise.

Schwinn 411 Elliptical Machine Cons:

  • Not many bells and whistles for people who are looking for a high-end, tech savvy machine.
  • The stride is limited and does not always accommodate taller people.
  • The stride is also not adjustable and has no incline which may limit the variety of workout options.
  • The manufacturer’s weight capacity of 300 lbs can also be limiting for larger people, especially if they are also tall.
  • The warranty is fine, but not great as far as industry standards go.
  • No speakers, no cooling fan, and no built-in resistance controls on the handlebars.

Final Verdict and Comparison

If you are looking at the Schwinn 411 as a home elliptical machine for your daily use, then you already know that for the price range, you are not going to get all of the bells and whistles that come on higher-end models. The stride is limited to 18” and is not adjustable in any way. There is also no incline which limits how much variety you may get in your workout regiment. The technology is not cutting edge by any means but the console does more than enough to provide you with an accurate reading of your vitals as you workout. Unlike the Schwinn A40, the Schwinn 411 does come with Bluetooth connectivity to use the RunSocial app with your friends. While the Schwinn 411 is definitely an entry-level model, one thing most users can agree on is that the quality is not entry-level, in fact, far from it. Schwinn is an industry leader in the home fitness industry and has been now for over 100 years. No matter which model you choose, you know that the Schwinn name brings with it high performance and high quality. The Schwinn 411 is stable and secure and provides you with an incredible workout experience all in the comfort of your own home. You are not getting the fanciest high tech machine or a fitness club level experience, but for this price tag, the quality of Schwinn cannot be beat.

Schwinn Fitness Elliptical Machines Comparison Chart
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Schwinn 430Schwinn 430 reviewGreat ValueCheck on Amazon300 LbsDualTrack LCD W/O Backlit20 Levels20" FixedManual 0-10°22 Built-in Workouts2YesContact
Schwinn 411Schwinn 411 reviewGreat ValueCheck on Amazon300 LbsSingleTrack W/O Backlit16 Levels18" FixedNone13 Built-in Workouts1Yes Wireless & Contact
Schwinn A40Schwinn A40 reviewGreat ValueCheck on Amazon275 LbsSingleTrack W/O Backlit8 Levels17.5" FixedNone7 Built-in Workouts1No Contact

Sayed Hamed Hosseiny
Sayed Hamed Hosseiny

Hi, my name is Sayed Hamed Hosseiny. I am a professional health and fitness trainer with nearly 20 years of experience using ellipticals, rowing machines, and spin bikes. I also have my own EU-based Rock Fitness Pro fitness brand where I design, import and sell exercise equipment such as rowing machines and spin bikes. I and writers on my team also often receive fitness equipment to review and evaluate their functionalities and performance from tens of different exercise machines manufacturers. Fitness equipment tips, guides, reviews, and comparisons on this website are my opinion (and opinions of my fitness expert colleagues) based on tens of criteria. I never accept payment to write reviews of products or say positive things about fitness equipment products. If brands are interested to have me review their rowers, ellipticals, or spin bikes, they can get in touch with me via email provided on the contact page and send a sample of their product.