Schwinn has a good reputation amongst those who exercise on a regular basis, and as a market leader they can afford to sell there machines at a reasonable price point, with their mid range Schwinn 270 recumbent bike coming in at an RRP of $500, and there starter model, the Schwinn 230 recumbent bike coming in at an RRP a touch under $400. Which is the model for you though?
Our quick recommendation is the Schwinn 230 recumbent bike! If you are looking for the best recumbent bike you really should be checking out the Nautilus R616 recumbent bike. In our opinion a better all round machine than the Schwinn 270 but for only $50 more… This then brings up the question of why spend $100 more on the Schwinn 270 when you can get a good base model recumbent bike for $400 in the form of the Schwinn 230 recumbent exercise bike? That’s why we believe that if you’re set on Schwinn, it’s the 230 for the win!
Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike
So why are you looking at Schwinn rather than Nautilus? It’s probably a cost issue right? Well with Nautilus coming out only $50 more in terms of RRP, that shouldn’t really be an excuse. The problem with Schwinn as we see it is they are trading on former glory, and aren’t really doing much in the way of extras above and beyond that of their competitors. Nautilus is a strong brand and reliable, whilst saving $50 by buying last years model from Schwinn, when you can get the same package and a newer model from Nautilus, well, it seems to us like a no brainer. But what about the Schwinn 270 recumbent?
Well it features 29 programs and 25 levels of resistance, the usual tracking apps connectivity, as well as a small speaker system for music and a three speed fan to keep you cool during intense workouts. It also has a cushioned contoured seat for added comfort, and has the usual warranties (10yrs frame/2yrs mechanical/1yr electrical/90d labour). It’s not a bad machine really, we just think the Nautilus is better.
Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike
If you really are set on Schwinn, maybe your not convinced by the Nautillus just yet? At least go for the Schwinn 230 recumbent bike. It’s likely you will be looking around for a basic starter model, and if you’re looking to save $50 you may as well save another $100 and go for Schwinn’s base model until you find your feet.
It’s got 22 programs (most people only alternate between a few) and 2 user settings. As well as having those, it features the usual connectivity with MyFitnessPal so you can keep a record and see how much you are improving your health and fitness over time. It has a contoured and vented, but unpadded, seat to try and keep you comfy whilst pedalling away, listening to music through the speakers.
It also has a 10 year frame warranty, 2 years on mechanical parts, 1 year on electrics and 90 days on labour. With a maximum user weight of 300lbs it rates pretty well all around, and a snip at around $400. But do consider the Nautillus R614 recumbent bike has an RRP of $350 before you buy one…