The Schwinn 870 is certainly a step up from the base 830, but with the same subpar warranty it still doesn't measure up to the competition. It offers a nice array of features and plenty of workouts, but there are better options out there.
The Schwinn 870 has a DualTrack display with 15 different workout metrics as well as 4 user profiles. It features SoftDrop folding capability for easy storage.
Let's take a closer look at the specs...
The Schwinn 870 has been around for a while, and the reviews have been generally mixed. There are those who simply love it, and there are others who warn you not to buy it. So it's really a mixed bag.
The 870 is a nice step up from the base 830 model, with enhancements in almost all areas. It has 26 workouts vs. 22, a 3.0 CHP motor vs. 2.75, up to 15% incline vs. 12%, and a longer 20" x 60" deck vs. 20" x 55".
It also has a thicker belt with better cushioning, and gives you a free wireless chest strap for more accurate readings. So of the two models, the 870 is definitely a better choice for a few hundred dollars more.
You can track your workouts via Bluetooth with SchwinnConnect, and then sync them with various fitness apps top keep on top of your progress. You also get a Schwinn Fitness Score based on your weight and age that measures your heart rate and power output, which is a nice little way of seeing where you are.
Cushioning is very good and impact-reducing, you get a nice sound system, easy folding, a 3 speed fan, water bottle holder, USB charging and 2 water bottles.
So what's not to like you ask? Well, the only real issue we have with the Schwinn 870, and other models for that matter, is the fact that the warranty is so poor. You only get 10 years on the frame and drive motor, which is definitely subpar even for a lower priced treadmill.
If we compare it to a similarly priced model from ProForm, the Power 995i, we can see how it doesn't hold up. That model has iFit technology, 30 workouts, a 350 lb. max weight limit and a lifetime frame and motor warranty. That's a big difference.
So although the 870 does have a lot of nice touches, we just can't get past that poor warranty. Plus, they only have two models left and they've been relatively the same for years. Doesn't bode well for the line.
We like the improvements on the 870, especially compared to the base 830 model. But the fact remains there are much better choices in the $800-$1000 price category from ProForm, Horizon, NordicTrack and others.
You're much better off with one of those models. You can check out our Best Buys in the $500 to $1000 price range on this page to see some better choices.