We Put the Best Fitness Mirrors of 2022 to the Test: Should You Spend Thousands on One?

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Gyms might be open and fitness studio classes might be full again, but working out at home is here to stay. For many, it’s simply a more efficient way to fit movement in before or after work. One of the best ways to mimic an in-person HIIT or strength training experience at home? A fitness mirror. These smart fitness systems project an almost-human-sized instructor straight into your living room, play music, track your metrics and some even give you AI-powered feedback on your form.

The SPY team is constantly testing new fitness products to see if they live up to their big promises. So we decided to put the top fitness mirrors to the test to see which one came out on top. We spent time with each one taking classes and noting pros and cons, and we’ve gathered our findings so you can make an informed decision about which one suits your fitness goals.

One thing to know upfront: No matter which fitness mirror you choose, it’s a huge investment. This is why we’ve put hours into testing these devices, so when you fork over the thousands of dollars (yes, really), it will be worth your while. Here are the best fitness mirrors of 2022, tested by SPY editors.

  

The Best Fitness Mirrors at a Glance

Keep scrolling for our in-depth reviews of and thoughts on the best fitness mirrors of 2022. We’ve also put together a quick-reference guide to our ranking below. When creating this list, we looked at a combination of objective and subjective factors including screen size, audio quality, class library size, health metrics, price and ease of use.

Here’s an abridged list of our top picks for the best fitness mirrors of 2022. Keep reading for more details, pros and cons and information on each pick.

1. Best Overall: Tempo Studio — $2,495.00 at Tempo

2. Runner Up: MIRROR$1,345.00 at MIRROR

3. Best for Strength Training: Tonal — $3,490.00 at Tonal

4. Great Value: ProForm Vue $999.00 at ProForm

5. Best Splurge: NordicTrack Vault$1,199.00 at NordicTrack

6. Quality Pick: Echelon Reflect$1,499.99 at Echelon

7. Best Mirror Alternative: Tempo Move $495.00 at Tempo

  

Tempo Studio, best fitness mirrors SPY Senior E-Commerce Editor Taylor Galla testing the Tempo Studio in April 2022. Taylor Galla | SPY

What Are Fitness Mirrors?

Fitness mirrors are a lot like regular mirrors, except they project instructor-led workouts so you get a nearly life-size view of class from your living room. You can also see yourself in the reflection, and ensure your form is safe, tempo is on and rhythm matches what the instructor is asking for. Some of them will give you real-time feedback on your form, range of motion and rep count as well. 

SPY editor testing Tempo Studio, best fitness mirrors SPY E-Commerce Editor Taylor Galla testing the Tempo Studio fitness mirror. Taylor Galla | SPY

  

1. Tempo Studio

BEST OVERALL

Best for: Those who love lifting with a barbell, have some extra space and want to invest in equipment and a high-quality fitness system

Why We Chose It: It’s one of the highest-quality at-home smart fitness machines available; the included equipment is top-notch; and it’s perfect for home gyms.

Tempo Studio fitness mirror, best fitness mirrors Courtesy of Tempo

 

Tempo and Mirror were both strong contenders for the top spot, but we ultimately went with Tempo because of the optional included equipment and superior weightlifting tools. The Tempo Studio comes in three packages: Starter, Plus and Pro, with more equipment the higher you go in price. We tested the Plus package, which has nine pieces of included equipment such as weights, dumbells, a workout mat and more, compared to the Starter package, which comes with four pieces. The Pro level is a comprehensive home gym package in one purchase, with 14 pieces of equipment such as a barbell, full set of weights, dumbbells, a workout mat, recovery roller, heart rate monitor and more. You also get an adjustable squat rack, extra weight plates and a weight bench.

Tempo’s technology uses 3D sensors and AI technology that builds a model of your body so the AI can automatically generate feedback for you while you move. Their machine builds a personalized program for you and gives you rep and weight amounts that will challenge without overwhelming. They also offer cardio, HIIT and mobility classes to complement your routine and help you make well-rounded progress in addition to weight lifting. This fitness mirror doesn’t lie flat against the wall as it includes space for storing weights, so make sure you’ve got the space before clicking “Buy.”

One important thing to note: the Tempo Studio is not an actual mirror. You can’t see your reflection in it, and it doesn’t serve as a mirror when it’s off. It’s a large screen that gives you real-time feedback on your form, metrics and progress. This makes it better than a fitness mirror, in our opinion, since you’ll know right away if there’s something you need to improve.

Pros:

  • Large responsive touchscreen
  • Huge class library and easy filter search
  • Quality instructors
  • Tracks metrics accurately
  • Only fitness mirror that teaches classes with a barbell

Cons:

  • Takes up more space than thinner, equipment-less fitness mirrors
  • Speaker audio is terrible, you must use headphones

Dimensions: 72″ H x 26″ W x 16″ D
Type:
Freestanding
Subscription Price: $39/month

  

2. MIRROR

RUNNER UP

Best for: Those who don’t have a lot of available floor space and really need the “mirror” part of fitness mirror to ring true

Why We Chose It: Its sleek design is perfect if you want your fitness mirror to blend into your decor when not being used, and the classes are top-notch.

MIRROR, best fitness mirrors Courtesy of MIRROR

 

The MIRROR was the first fitness mirror to hop onto the scene in 2018, and it’s still one of the best options available. This is an actual mirror in which you can see and correct your form while working out, and when turned off looks like a sleek living room accessory. It’s very well-designed, slim and hardly takes up any space. You can tilt it against the wall using a metallic chrome stand or mount it, so it only takes up the amount of space in front of it you need to move.

The MIRROR also has advanced camera functionality that delivers adjustments throughout your workout based on your goals, and it offers a wide variety of classes including yoga flows, kettlebell circuits, boxing, barre, bootcamp and more. The system doesn’t come with equipment, so if you don’t have your own you’ll want to factor in the cost of new weights. The mirror also operates through an app on your phone, which is important to note if you’re looking for a touchscreen. However, we found the app works quickly and makes it easy to filter and search for classes.

Pros:

  • Can see yourself and the instructor in the mirror clearly
  • High-quality classes with talented instructors
  • Very large class library
  • Built-in music playlists and ability to stream your own
  • Excellent metrics tracking and real-time form feedback

Cons:

  • No equipment included
  • Not a touchscreen
  • Setup is complicated

Dimensions: 56.0″ H x 22.4″ W 1.4″ D
Type: Wall-mounted or leaning with stand — this option takes up very little floor space
Subscription Price: $39/month

Read More: SPY MIRROR Review

  

3. Tonal

BEST FOR STRENGTH

Best for: Those who are interested in a machine that’ll help you get stronger through resistance-based strength training and don’t need cardio included

Why We Chose It: It’s an excellent option for building strength, and the resistance-based design saves you plenty of floor space and clutter.

Tonal fitness mirror, best fitness mirror Courtesy of Tonal

If strength is the name of your game, then Tonal might be for you. This fitness mirror has a digital weight system built in that uses digital resistance and automatically adjusts to your strength level to help you build and reach your goals. With one system you can work upper body, lower body and everything in between while lifting up to 200 pounds in 1-pound increments.

After a strength assessment, the machine automatically increases your weight to help you progress, and since the resistance is produced via air compression there’s no momentum in your lift — giving you a better range of motion and more even-keeled strength training. The machine does offer classes that aren’t strength training, but it’s best for those who make weight lifting a priority. You should also be comfortable with resistance-based weights as opposed to traditional barbells and weight plates. Tonal is a bit more expensive than other fitness mirrors, but since it incorporates a variety of strength moves and weights into its design, the price is actually quite competitive. Also, you need to pay about $500 extra if you need a weight bench and other accessories to get the most out of your new fitness mirror.

Pros:

  • Compact design that’s great for smaller apartments
  • Can strength train without investing in expensive and bulky equipment
  • Perfect for beginners
  • “Partner Mode” allows you to workout alongside another user

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Costs extra for weight bench and accessories

Dimensions: 21.50″ W x 50.9″ H, plus space for weight bench if applicable
Type:
Wall-mounted
Subscription Price: $49/month with a 12-month commitment

Read More: SPY Tonal Review 

  

4. Pro-Form Vue

BEST VALUE

Best for: Someone looking to spend less than $1,000 and get the most bang for your buck

Why We Chose It: It packs excellent value into a more affordable price tag, comes with equipment and is one of the only machines where you can see your reflection and the class simultaneously.

ProForm Vue fitness mirror, best fitness mirror Courtesy of ProForm

While the Pro-Form Vue is still pricey, it has the cheapest price tags of the fitness mirrors we tested and is a great value for what it offers. The Vue is a fitness mirror with a built-in 22″ touchscreen that lets you stream classes on top of the crystal-clear view of your reflection while working out in the iFit library (yes, the same one NordicTrack uses). The mirror displays proper form via the classes and the mirror gives you a chance to mimic it. Your progress is recorded after every session and is used to influence future exercises. You can stream live and on-demand studio sessions from yoga to HIIT, and the mirror has included accessories including dumbbells, a barbell, weight plates, resistance bands and a yoga mat.

It doesn’t have the advanced, form-adjusting technology of brands like the Tempo and MIRROR; however, it provides a great price for all the equipment you get. It also has access to the library you get on a NordicTrack treadmill and spin bike, with a much cheaper price tag. Since testing it in 2021, I’ve found other machines I’ve been more impressed with, but if you’ve got a limited budget or don’t want to spend more than $1,000, it packs a lot into 1/4 of the price of the Tonal.

Pros:

  • Easy to set up
  • Stand swivels so it can be moved and rotated
  • All equipment hangs on the back for efficient storage
  • Touch screen
  • Large class library that’s easy to search and filter through

Cons:

  • Class projection is much smaller than mirror
  • Classes appear holographic and awkward to view
  • Can’t play your own music
  • Doesn’t provide feedback or metrics tracking

Dimensions: 24.25″ W x 72.65″ H x 14″ D
Type:
Freestanding
Subscription Price: Includes a one-year family membership that’s $39/month after that

Read More: SPY ProForm Vue Review

  

5. NordicTrack Vault

BEST SPLURGE

Best for: Someone who wants an efficient way to store a lot of equipment, loves the iFit library and doesn’t mind paying a higher price.

Why We Chose It: It includes a ton of equipment and is perfect for folks looking to set up their entire home gym with just a few purchases.

NordicTrack Vault, best fitness mirrors Courtesy of NordicTrack

Sure, this fitness mirror from NordicTrack (a brand better known for its treadmills and exercise bikes) looks amazing, but is it more than a pretty package? The answer is a resounding yes, as this smart fitness mirror is more than meets the eye. It’s actually a full home gym “vault” with a fitness mirror on the door, which swings open to reveal dumbbells and other fitness gear inside. The 60″ oversized mirror is a touchscreen, so you can adjust settings while following along with the pros in their iFit program, which is chock-full of classes in everything from lifting to yoga, pilates, HIIT and even mindfulness.

The reflective training on the screen allows you to follow the instructor’s form and keep all of your equipment organized inside. Speaking of equipment — the complete vault purchase comes with premium dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, blocks, a mat and a towel. The full gym setup costs $1,999 and you can also buy the standalone screen and vault to fill with your own equipment for $1,499.

Pros:

  • Comes with lots of compatible equipment
  • Stores equipment efficiently
  • Touchscreen makes it easy to operate
  • Gives access to the entire iFit library
  • Can see your reflection and follow along with the instructor

Cons:

  • Takes up more space due to storage compartment
  • More expensive price tag

Dimensions: 72.7″ H x 24.3″ W x 14″ D (includes vertical storage inside for all equipment)
Type:
Freestanding
Subscription Price: Includes a one-year family membership that’s $39/month after that

  

6. Echelon Reflect

BEST COMPACT DESIGN

Best for: Someone looking for a compact machine to complement your existing home gym collection

Why We Chose It: It has one of the most compact designs we’ve seen, and since it’s wall-mounted it doesn’t take up any floor space.

Echelon reflect fitness mirror, best fitness mirror Courtesy of Echelon

Echelon is best known for budget-friendly Peloton alternatives, and the workout equipment company has also come out with its own versions of a fitness mirror. They’ve got two main models — the Echelon Reflect, which is 40″ and not a touchscreen, is far less expensive than most mirrors on this list at approximately $750. The other model, the Echelon Reflect Touch, is slightly larger at 50″ and is an interactive touchscreen.

Both come with Echelon’s extensive library of live and on-demand classes. Both are also smaller than many fitness mirrors, which is a great option for someone who doesn’t want a larger size. It also doesn’t come with any equipment, so if you’ve already got a collection of equipment this option might be a great choice for you.

Another thing to note is Echelon does not provide professional installation with your purchase, but they make it a selling point that a specially-made bracket secures the Reflect to the wall, and no reviewers thus far have complained about the installation being difficult.

Pros:

  • Comes in two models at varying price points
  • Touchscreen model makes navigation easy
  • Smaller, compact design takes up less floor space
  • Bluetooth compatibility
  • Comes with bracket designed to mount to any wall

Cons:

  • Doesn’t come with equipment
  • Doesn’t offer professional installation

Dimensions: 50″ H x 20″ W x 2″ D
Type:
Wall-mounted
Subscription Price: $34.99/month

  

7. Tempo Move

BEST MIRROR ALTERNATIVE

Best for: Someone who would rather not buy a large fitness device and instead use their flat-screen TV and compatible iPhone.

Why We Chose It: It uses equipment most people already have in their home, and in the right living room setup it can be quite convenient.

Tempo move, fitness mirrors Courtesy of Tempo

The Tempo Move aims to eliminate the need to buy a bulky fitness mirror by using equipment most people already own to achieve the same body-responsive instruction. All you need is a flat-screen TV and an iPhone to make the dongle work.

Newer iPhones, XR or later, are built with advanced camera capabilities that can do what their fitness mirrors do when it comes to movement tracking, rep counting, 3D body scanning and more. It’s easy to set up by plugging your phone into the Tempo Core dongle and hooking it up to your TV. The set also comes with two 7.5-pound dumbbells, four weight collars, 35 pounds of smart weights and a chic weight storage cabinet that can easily double as a side table. This isn’t technically a fitness mirror, but it’s a great alternative if you don’t want to invest in a full fitness mirror or don’t have the space.

Pros:

  • Not as expensive as a fitness mirror
  • Tracking software is responsive  and works effectively
  • Gives you access to Tempo’s full fitness library
  • Comes with equipment and stylish storage cabinet

Cons:

  • Requires iPhone XR or later to work
  • You can’t use your phone while working out

Dimensions: 22″ H x 13.5″ W x 13.5″ D
Type:
Floor unit
Subscription Price: $39/month

Read More: SPY Tempo Move Review

  

How We Chose the Best Fitness Mirrors

Testing fitness mirrors was more logistically complicated than testing massage guns, ankle weights or smart scales — all of which are smaller and more portable. Since fitness mirrors take up more space than these small products, we tested them one at a time rather than all at once. The advantage? It gave us the time and bandwidth to sink into the experience of using each one, and since the same editor tested all of them we were able to compare them closely.

That being said, the rest of the testing process followed a very similar process to other product categories we’ve tested top to bottom. We used a set of both objective and subjective criteria to judge them and calculate a score to help choose our top picks. We also took into account which criteria are most important to the user experience.

For SPY’s fitness mirrors reviews, we tested based on the following criteria, and compared the mirrors to each other to choose the best option for our readers:

  • Screen Size: Is the screen large enough to view the classes clearly? How much of the screen does the class take up?
  • Class Library: How large is the selection of classes? Are there a variety of classes available?
  • Audio Options: We tested the audio options and quality of each of the fitness mirrors by cranking up the volume of the speakers as well as connecting our preferred Bluetooth headphones. If the mirror came with the ability to stream our own music, we tested that feature, as well as playlists included with the mirror.
  • Installation/Setup: How easy was the mirror to install? Does delivery and installation cost extra?
  • Design of Machine: How much room does the machine take up? Is it well-designed?
  • Ease of Use: We evaluated how easy it was to use each machine and noted if it’s a touchscreen or requires an app. We also tested the touchscreen/app functionality by using the app from a distance if the mirror is controlled via smartphone app, or using the touchscreen repeatedly to test its reactivity and response time.
  • Quality of Classes/Instructors: We tried a variety of classes offered by each fitness mirror and judged if the classes were engaging and if the workouts felt effective.
  • Metrics: We tested the metrics gathering of each mirror by switching up our position during class, moving faster and slower and purposefully making simple form mistakes to see if the corrective software actually works. (Spoiler alert: It does!)
  • Price: We considered if there is a subscription fee, how much it costs and the overall price.

The SPY team tested five different fitness mirrors over the course of 3-4 weeks each over the course of the past year. A few of the biggest fitness mirror brands weren’t available at the time of testing but will be added to our review round-up once they are.

  

What to Consider Before Buying a Fitness Mirror in 2022

  • Space: Before purchasing one of the best fitness mirrors available in 2022, you’ll want to consider where you’re going to hang it and how much allotted space you have in front of it for working out. As a general rule of thumb, you should have at least enough space to spread out a yoga mat, with ideally a few inches of buffer on all sides. If you can do jumping jacks, a plank, downward dog and squat with ease, you’ll likely have enough room to do most workouts.
  • Equipment: Some of the fitness mirrors come with equipment, while others don’t. To get the most out of what the mirror has to offer you’ll want to figure out what equipment you need such as dumbbells, resistance bands, a barbell or other equipment. Also, remember to factor that into the overall cost.
  • Price: Fitness mirrors are a significant investment. However, they are versatile and can offer a variety of workouts. Since it does have a high price tag, we recommend trying one out or at least doing thorough research before taking the plunge.
OUR BIG PROS

Fitness mirrors make sense as a logical next step for the at-home workout space as they open doors for versatility that treadmills, cycling bikes, rowers and other smart equipment can’t. Unlike treadmills and bikes where you can only do one type of workout, with the top fitness mirrors you can do strength training, yoga, pilates or a HIIT session.

Being able to get feedback on your form, either from the mirror itself or your reflection staring back at you, is key to a safe, effective workout. These mirrors also take up less floor space than every treadmill, cycling bike and rower we’ve tried, so they’re a major plus for small apartments.

A FEW CONS TO CONSIDER

These innovative fitness machines have a lot of advantages, but they may not be for everyone. The reflection on the screen can feel a bit futuristic, they’re quite expensive and if you’re not into in-depth metrics tracking, you may prefer streaming a fitness app on your iPhone or iPad.

The SPY team has yet to try all of the mirrors on this list, but e’ve been impressed by the ones we have tried. They’re expensive, yes, but you do get an effective workout with many of them, and it’s entirely on your own schedule. For users who struggle to follow along with an iPhone or iPad workout, these are a worthwhile alternative.

  

Are Smart Mirrors Worth It?

Price is an important factor when deciding if a smart mirror is worth it. There’s no ignoring the fact that these are expensive items, with the lowest-priced one on this list still well over $1,000.

However, if you’re someone who loves hands-on instruction when working out but can’t or don’t want to hire a personal trainer, this may save you money in the long run. While the upfront investment is quite large, the one-time purchase will pay for itself compared to hiring a personal trainer weekly. Although it’s not exactly the same thing as a personal trainer, it’s pretty close, and with the addition of the in-home convenience it’s easier to justify the price.

As is always the case when investing in something expensive, it’s important to analyze how it’s going to fit into your life. Are you going to use something like this? Where will it fit into your routine? Are you interested in the classes offered? If so, then a fitness mirror may be right for you. Worst case scenario, it’ll look a lot more attractive sitting unused in your living room than an elliptical machine.

  

Why Trust SPY When Shopping for Fitness Mirrors?

SPY.com product reviewers and editors have tested the newest spin bikes, massage guns, and smart gyms for SPY readers, and we have an intensive process for evaluating health and fitness equipment. When testing fitness mirrors for this piece, we closely followed the testing guidelines described above, and we work hard to ensure our readers know about all of the pros and cons associated with a particular product. We know that fitness mirrors are a major investment, and we will always be transparent about any problems we discover while testing.

Our team has tested five of the best fitness mirrors available. We’ve installed them, used them, viewed them from a distance when turned off and seen how they fit or don’t fit into home gym spaces. We’ve spent months researching and narrowing down the best picks based on budget, fitness level, equipment collection and other factors.

We will continually update our fitness mirror reviews as we learn new information. Check back to see if any new products earn a spot on our list of the top fitness mirrors.

  

About the Author: Taylor Galla

Taylor Galla is the Senior E-Commerce Editor at SPY.com, where she writes about health and fitness products, home goods and gifts. Since joining SPY, she has reviewed workout equipment such as Peleton, Hydrow and Theragun. In addition, she reviewed and tested all of the top fitness mirrors for this shopping guide.

Taylor is a certified yoga teacher and fitness enthusiast who works out six days a week. Her partner also works in professional sports and is an avid weightlifter. She’s well-versed in the fitness world, and knows what to look for in the most effective and worthwhile at-home fitness equipment. Taylor graduated in 2018 from Scripps College in Claremont, CA with a B.A in sociology and media studies.

Theragun Pro review, best massage guns SPY Senior E-Commerce Editor Taylor Galla testing the Theragun PRO in her home gym. Taylor Galla | SPY

  

Updates: Our last update to this piece was on April 29, 2022. We added more details from hands-on reviews of the Tempo Studio, ProForm Vue, Tonal and MIRROR. We kept the Tempo Studio in the same place, kept the MIRROR in second place, and moved the Tonal to third place, above the ProForm Vue, due to how it performed during testing. We also changed our rankings to move the ProForm Vue higher and NordicTrack and Echelon Reflect lower, as they’re two machines we haven’t tried yet. The Tempo Move stayed in the same place because it’s not technically a fitness mirror. 

After this article was originally published on February 4, 2021, Tempo became an advertising partner of SPY.com. Sponsored content and ad campaigns do not affect our product rankings or reviews, which are selected by our editorial and product review team.

  

Frequently Asked Questions About Fitness Mirrors

Outfitting your home gym can get expensive, which is why all-in-one systems like the Tempo Studio or NordicTrack Vault are so attractive. The best fitness mirrors come with everything you need to stream fitness classes, get your daily cardio and lift weights — all without leaving your home. Of course, the $3,000 pricetags can give people pause. Before you invest in one of the best fitness mirrors, here's what you need to know about this new product.

What Is the Best Fitness Mirror in 2022?

While it's more expensive than some other options, the Tempo Studio and Tempo Pro are the best fitness mirrors for sale in 2022. The Tempo Studio is the basic model in the Tempo line, while the newly released Tempo Pro comes with additional weight plates, dumbbells and an adjustable weight bench. Because it has everything you need for a home smart gym, the Tempo Pro is our top pick among the best fitness mirrors.

How Much Do Fitness Mirrors Cost?

The cheapest fitness mirrors cost about $1,000; however, these products don't come with essentials like dumbbells, weight benches or yoga mats, so the total investment can be significantly higher. The best fitness mirrors come with all of the exercise and weightlifting equipment you need, and the price tag is typically between $2,000 and $4,000. More expensive models come with more equipment, offer more streaming videos and AI-generated fitness recommendations based on your movements.

How Do Fitness Mirrors Work?

When not in use, most fitness mirrors look like regular mirrors, and they can be mounted to the wall or come with their own stand. However, when they're turned on, they stream workout classes with step-by-step instructions, and thanks to the reflective surface, you can view your form, power and poses in real-time. The best fitness mirrors also have AI functionality, which provides individual feedback based on your form, your fitness goals and your workout preferences.

How Big Are Fitness Mirrors?

Fitness mirrors range in size, but most of them are between 50"-70" tall and a few feet wide. Since they're built to blend into your home they're not gigantic, but some of them contain storage units for equipment that increases their size. Like any piece of fitness equipment, it's important to consider the amount of space you have before investing.

Is Installation Included When You Order a Fitness Mirror?

For the most part yes, expert installation is included in the cost. There are a few mirrors with exceptions to this, and we've highlighted that in our reviews. Without installation, you'll need some brute strength to lift about 50 pounds off the ground and the ability to read and follow detailed instructions.

What Are the Perks of Owning a Fitness Mirror?

There are a few big perks to owning one of these fancy workout systems. They take up way less space than a treadmill or even cycling bike does, and can go anywhere in your home. They offer personalized instruction from a professional — so if working out intimidates you or you've been curious about weightlifting but are worried about hurting yourself, a fitness mirror might be perfect. They also look better when you're not using them and blend in with the rest of your decor, a great plus in this at-home workout era where you might not have a separate room to stash your gym equipment.

  

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