Review of the Schwinn 438 Elliptical Trainer

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The Schwinn 438 elliptical Trainer is a great improvement over the popular

model 418 elliptical trainer. It has a larger footprint and is more stable

allowing a maximum load limit of 300 lbs. Despite its larger foot print this elliptical trainer is relatively easily to move around. The handle at the rear allows a good handhold to lift and move the Schwinn elliptical . The wireless heart monitor was greatly appreciated by most users and owners. Called telemetric heart rate monitoring and control it allows your heart rate to control the resistance

needed to keep your heart rate within the target range you assign.

The Schwinn model 438 elliptical trainer is manufactured by Nautilus

under a license from Schwinn. Nautilus does all the customer support for

this model. There were only minor complaints concerning customer

support most of which were the slow replacement of replacement or

damaged Parts. Most people who own the Schwinn 438 elliptical are

relatively satisfied with their purchase.

Initial setup is easy and only requires the basic tools.

The average time spent assembling the elliptical was about two

hours. Missing screws, washers and an occasionally poorly made part were

the main complaints brought forward during the Schwinn 438 initial setup.

Several people received a poorly manufactured mast with a broken or

uncompleted welding. In addition a fitness repair technician tells us that

the electronics console is identical to some exercise bike models and is not

very durable. However, all the useres we interviewed said they were happy

with the electronics that were included on the Schwinn 438 elliptical


Most Schwinn model 438 elliptical trainer users said

they liked the articulating foot pedals. However taller people complained

about the short stride of approximately 18 inches.

Many larger users prefer a stride of at least 21 inches when in the full run

fitness effort. Height considerations a constant issue for tall people.

One Schwinn 438 elliptical trainer owner said the machine was built for

pigmies with its short stride and high profile. He has reported that he has to

use the machine bent over or he will strike his head on the ceiling. The

Schwinn 438 elliptical handlebars appear to be made

backwards and are uncomfortable to use. We can see no reason for this

poor design feature that has caused several people not to be able to use

their Schwinn 438 elliptical trainer.

Schwinn 438 Elliptical Trainer Key Stats and Specs:

8 computer controlled resistance levels 24 programs provide workout

variety Quiet magnetic ECB (Eddy Current Brake) resistance

Telemetric and grip heart rate make monitoring your progress easy

LCD display shows time, speed, distance, revolutions per minute, resistance

Level, calories, calories per hour, load, heart rate, and course profile

Articulating foot plate Maximum user weight is 300 pounds

Warranty of 15 year frame, 2 years parts, 1 year electronics and 6 months

labor Over all we liked the Schwinn model 438 elliptical trainer.

We would definitely recommend it for the smaller user in the home setting.

We also recommend finding someone who can retrofit or fix the

handlebars. It is durable and easy to use. Expect to spend in the range of

$1000 for the Schwinn 438 elliptical trainer.

Source by Jim Kesel

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