Thanks to fitness companies like SoulCycle and Flywheel, 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 options 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. NordicTrack Commercial Studio Cycle S15i
The most similar bike to the Peloton, this NordicTrack Studio Cycle features a 15-inch touchscreen display that streams on-demand and live interactive classes via an included iFit membership. Like the Peloton, the NordicTrack has stat tracking, and its live interactive training option allows iFit trainers to digitally adjust your bike’s incline, decline and resistance for an optimized workout. Among the Studio Cycle amenities are a 360-degree rotating screen, 22 digital resistance levels, and silent magnetic resistance for a smooth and silent workout.
2. 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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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. 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.
5. AtivaFit Indoor Cycling Stationary Bike
The AtivaFit Stationary Bike features a 35-pound heavy-duty flywheel meant to simulate the feel of a real road bike and utilizes a felted wool brake for a quieter workout. With this stationary bike, you’ll enjoy such amenities as adjustable resistance, multi-grip handlebars, cage pedals, an adjustable leather padded seat and a convenient water bottle holder. Like the previous bikes, the AtivaFit features an LCD monitor to track your time, speed, distance and calories, and it has a designated mount to hold your smartphone or iPad.
6. 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.