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.