Thanks to fitness companies like SoulCycle Flywheel and Peloton, spin classes have become all the hype over the past couple of years, and for good reason: cycling is a great way to burn calories, build strength, and improve cardiovascular health, all without putting a lot of stress on your joints. While studio spin sessions can be fun and motivating, it can also be difficult to fit a spin class into your busy schedule. But what if you could enjoy the benefits of a group spin class, all from your own home?
That’s where the Peloton comes in. Unlike traditional stationary bikes, the Peloton bike features a touchscreen for streaming live and on-demand spin classes via a monthly subscription. Peloton users enjoy an effective and challenging home workout and stay accountable and motivated through interactive training. And with Peloton’s extensive library of online classes and its ability to track your workout stats, you’re more likely to keep up with your workouts.
However, the price of the Peloton is a huge disadvantage for the average user: the bike alone will cost you over $2,200, and this doesn’t even include the $39 monthly membership fee. Fortunately, there are other affordable Peloton alternatives on the market that will give you all the same great benefits of the Peloton, for a fraction of the cost. Read on for our top picks.
1. Schwinn Indoor Cycling Bike
You remember Schwinn — they made our bikes when we were kids and now they’ve got their own cycling bike that’s perfect for using with your iPhone, tablet or laptop to stream boutique fitness classes at home. Connect your app and get in shape in a way that’s fun and energizing with this high-quality cycling bike with magnetic resistance built in and over 100 different resistance levels to choose from. You can crank your workout up or down with the knob in the center of the bike, and the pedals come with both toe cages and clips depending on which shoes you prefer to use. The bike has a backlit LCD console that tracks key metrics like your heart rate, speed, distance, calories and RPMs. This bike also has slots for dumbbells to attach to the bike for easy access during Peloton’s Arms Toning classes or similar upper body workouts. This bike comes with bluetooth connectivity to make syncing with the Peloton and Zwift apps that much easier, and the comfortable racing style seat can be adjusted forward, backward and for height easily. If you want a bike that can seamlessly sync with the Peloton app you’ve already downloaded, this is a high-quality and affordable pick.
2. Echelon EX1 Bike
This is another close Peloton alternative that features a fitness app and virtual classes alongside the bike that sync up with the machine. The EX1 bike from Echelon features a touchscreen attached to the front where you can stream classes and connect with others in the Echelon community. The comfort set and ergonomic handlebars are built to keep you comfortable, safe and secure during your ride, as well as the clip-in pedals that are easy to navigate. The bike features magnetic resistance that you can adjust throughout the workout. There are 14+ live classes daily from their certified instructors that you can tune into or schedule for later, and there are dumbbells attached behind the seat, very similarly to a Peloton bike, that are easily accessible for classes that include an upper body section.
3. Keiser M3i Indoor Cycle
This indoor cycling bike is built to closely mimic the look and feel of a road bicycle through the V-shape and adjustable seat and handlebars. The bike can connect via Bluetooth to the Keiser M series app that tracks your metrics so you can mark your progress towards your fitness goals in real time. These metrics include heart rate, cadence range, heart rate, FTP zones and your overall power output (an important metric when riding on a Peloton). The bike includes a smartphone mount up top that can be easily used to stream Peloton or other fitness classes, and the bike is ultra-durable making it a great investment for your home gym setup. It’s virtually maintenance-free and can fit riders between 4’10” and 7′.
4. Bowflex C6 Bike
This is one of the smoothest riding bikes you can get for your home, and it has over 100 micro-adjustable levels of magnetic resistance to work within. The bike is super quiet, so riding it in the early morning won’t disturb your partner (as long as you’re not huffing and puffing too loudly!) and the dual-link pedals with toe cages will keep your feet secure while you work out. This bike also includes two 3-pound dumbbells attached to the front of the bike for easy access like on the Peloton, and it has a Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitor for tracking your body’s endurance and load during the sweat session. Similarly to the Keiser bike, you can use this bike while you stream live or virtual classes from apps like Peloton, and the LCD metric console will tell you all about your resistance level, cadence and power so you can track your progress class after class.
5. PYHIGH Indoor Cycling Bike
This cycling bike from PYHIGH is quite similar to a Peloton bike in terms of the bidirectional flywheel and anti-loosing grade belt, and is one of the best Peloton alternatives we found.
It has reinforced pedals that move easily as well as a phone/iPad holder for streaming your favorite virtual class or TV show. The anti-loosing belt provides for a smoother and quieter ride than other bikes and has a knob in the center for adding or removing resistance. The non-slip handlebars will give you a good grip while you climb out of the saddle and the seat is wide and comfortable so when you’re peddling in the saddle you won’t experience discomfort. The seat has 4-way adjustability and the handlebars have 2-way adjustability. All knobs for adjustment will hold in place once you’ve made your selection and the whole bike has transport wheels that make moving it simple.
6. Joroto Indoor Cycling Stationary Bike
The built-in display and interactive training of the Peloton are fun and convenient, but they’re also unnecessary for a fulfilling workout (and they cost a whole lot extra, too). Fortunately, bikes like the Jotoro Stationary Bike have all the functional riding features of the Peloton, but rather than a built-in display and compulsory membership, the Jotoro has a mount for your iPad or smartphone for watching whatever you want. The ability to stream and follow along with virtual fitness classes makes this a great Peloton alternative. With a digital monitor to track workout data, adjustable resistance, and a quiet, smooth belt drive, you’re sure to get in plenty of quality workouts.
7. Cyclace Stationary Exercise Bike
The Cyclace Stationary Bike also features a device mount, making it easy to customize your workouts and follow along to your favorite exercise videos. The included LCD tracks time, speed, distance, and calories burned so that you can adjust your workouts according to your stats and track your progress over time. The bike is fully adjustable, meaning you can adjust the seat, handlebars, and resistance to meet your personal needs. It also has an ergonomically designed seat and handlebars for superior comfort and features a flywheel- and belt-driven system for a quiet workout.
8. Pooboo Indoor Cycling Stationary Bike
This stationary bike features a multi-grip, two-way adjustable handlebar and four-way adjustable seat that make this bike easily customizable for optimal comfort. With adjustable resistance, non-slip cage pedals, and a belt-driven design, you’ll enjoy a smooth and efficient workout on this Peloton alternative cycling bike. Plus, the included emergency-stop knob allows you to stop quickly if needed, meaning you can safely and comfortably push your workouts to the next level. The attached LCD monitor tracks pulse, speed, time, distance and calories, and there is an additional mount to hold your iPad or smartphone if need be.
9. MaxKare Magnetic Indoor Cycling Bike
This cycling bike from MaxKare has a magnetic tension control system that provides resistance to your ride to help build endurance and strength. The ergonomic design ensures smoother and quieter rides so there’s no concern about disturbing others. Both the seat and handlebar are adjustable and the large padded seat will make your ride more comfortable. The durable triangle frame can support up to 264 lbs and the LCD monitor on the bike displays your speed, distance, time and calories burned. There’s also a tablet/ phone holder to stream app and virtual classes from. It also has transportation wheels that make it ultra easy to move.
10. CycleCast Indoor Cycling App
Need some classes to get you started? Consider the CycleCast app. With access to over 900 cycle workouts on demand, you have a variety of 20 to 60 minute classes to choose from that are led by experienced professional instructors. In addition to energetic and motivating classes, the app lets you sync your workouts, calories burned, and heart rate with Apple Health or Google Fit, making it easy to track your progress.
11. Peloton App
You don’t need to own a Peloton bike or treadmill in order to enjoy the multitude of classes Peloton offers. Their app is available at $15/month and includes access to all of their cycling, running, strength, yoga, meditation and stretch classes. They have live classes you can tune into as well as access to all of their classes organized into libraries by instructor, time, type of class, etc. You can stream the classes via the app on any device including Roku and Apple TV. If you’re not ready to take the plunge with the full Peloton bike and/or tread experience, this is a great alternative.