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Schwinn 411 vs A40

When you’re considering a home fitness upgrade, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of options. But today, we’re here to discuss the low-cost, high-quality options offered by Schwinn, namely the Schwinn 411 and Schwinn A40 elliptical machines. These models are both entry-level, affordable, and highly rated for their basic but effective functionality.
Schwinn 411
Schwinn A40 Elliptical

The Schwinn 411 is a great elliptical for home use, it has  13 workout programs, large footplates, 5.5″ High Contrast LCD display, and 16 levels of magnetic resistance. It also supports Explore the World app.

The Schwinn A40 is a great home-level elliptical trainer.  It has 8 levels of magnetic resistance and 7 preset programs. There is no cooling fan on this model. The user weight capacity is 275 lbs. and the maximum stride length is 17.5 inches.

Key Differences

  • The Schwinn 411 has a heavier flywheel than the Schwinn A40.
  • The Schwinn 411 offers more resistance levels than the Schwinn A40.
  • The Schwinn 411 includes more workout programs than the Schwinn A40.
  • The Schwinn 411 weighs 10% more than the Schwinn A40, providing more stability.
  • The Schwinn 411 includes wireless heart telemetry, which is not present in the Schwinn A40.
  • The Schwinn 411 has a longer warranty than the Schwinn A40.
  • The Schwinn 411 includes Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to run apps on your smartphone or tablet, which the Schwinn A40 does not offer.
  • The Schwinn 411 can connect to the RunSocial® APP and the Explore the World™ App, a feature not available on the Schwinn A40.
  • The frame warranty on the Schwinn 411 is over three times longer than the Schwinn A40 (10 years vs. 3 years).

Video Review

Video Review

Spec Comparison

Schwinn 411

Schwinn A40

Stride Length

The stride length is the furthest distance between the two pedals of the elliptical in motion. A longer stride will give you more natural feeling, like a running type motion.
If you are over 5’4″ you may prefer a 20 inch or higher stride length and if you’re over 6 feet, you’ll definitely want a 20 inch stride or more. Ellipticals with a stride length of 18 to 20 inch are suitable for people under 5’4″.




Elliptical trainers have either a manual, motorized or electromagnetic resistance. Increasing resistance on the elliptical in your workouts will make the workout harder, causing you to burn more calories but be careful if you are a beginner.
Some elliptical trainers have heart rate programs that adjusts resistance based upon your heart rate.

16 Levels of Eddy Current Magnetic Resistance

8 Levels of Eddy Current Magnetic Resistance

Drive System

The drive system, usually the flywheel is what moves when you apply pressure to the pedals. Its weight is directly related to how smooth an elliptical trainer will feel during training.

High speed high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel

High speed high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel

Maximum Weight Capacity (LBS)


Number of Programs


Heart Rate Monitor

Knowing your heart rate during a workout is important for maximum fitness benefits. Today we have many methods to measure our heart rate, but a built-in heart rate monitor has other advantages, like heart rate oriented workout programs.

Contact & Telemetry Enabled

Contact type: Measure your heart rate by grasping the stationary handles for 10 seconds.

The Schwinn 411 supports  wireless chest heart rate monitor but it is not included.

Contact grip heart rate monitor

Console and Display Properties

5.5-inch High Contrast LCD

2 DualTrack LCD Displays, no backlight

Water Bottle Holder

Cooling Fan


  • Frame 10 years
  • Mechanical parts 2 years
  • Electronics 1 year
  • Labor 90 days
  • Frame 3 years
  • Mechanical parts 1 year
  • Electronics 1 year
  • Wear items 60 days
  • Labor 60 days