Schwinn history started in 1895, when they launched their first bikes. Today they have 2 main divisions: Schwinn Bikes and Schwinn Fitness. Schwinn Fitness (http://www.schwinnfitness.com) is owned by Nautilus, Inc., same as Bowflex and Nautilus.
The first Schwinn treadmills were launched on the market around 1998, when they bought Hebb Industries, a well known treadmill manufacturer.
They had been selling the same 2 models for 4 years in a row: Schwinn 860 and Schwinn 840 . They used to sell also Schwinn 820, which you may still find in stores, but we don't recommend that version because it's too old.
UPDATE: As of 2015 they now offer only two models: the 830 and the 870, both of which you can purchase at Amazon for under $1000. The ratings are decent so check out the specs and see if these treadmills will work for you.
Schwinn makes decent home treadmills, with a neat and ergonomic design. They offer you basic preset exercises, but they are extremely effective, especially since you can save personal information for accurate reports.
What they do not have is a strong warranty. This happens because they have an unusually small selection in the catalog, and they do not aim their business in this market.
Schwinn 870 offered us a special experience and we're still fond of this model. When we tested this machine 4 years ago, the motor performed remarkably well, even after running for 3-4 hours continuously. The cardio preset workouts were smart and well built. Anyone could start a weight loss program just by using these exercises, and the system tracked the target heart rate based on personal age and weight. From a secure source, the treadmill still works smoothly after 4 years.
830 has a smaller belt, and the motor is less powerful, but the main components are the same. You still get the user profile, the folding system, the reliable cushion system and the various workouts selection. For your daily 30 minutes - 1 hour daily runs, you do not need anything more.
There are details you will not find on Schwinn treadmills, such as an entertainment feature, touch screen display or voice trainer to guide you through the workouts. We hope to see new models on the market with this brand as the old ones are obsolete compared to the most current options.