The popularity of spinning classes has helped drive interest—and innovation—to the exercise bike category. Whether you’re looking for the spin class experience at home, or you’re an avid outdoor cyclist who wants to stay in riding shape during bad weather, our Ratings of exercise bikes has something for you.
Top 10 Recumbent Exercise Bike
- Foldable recumbent exercise bike with quiet V-belt double-drive transmission system
- Precision-balanced flywheel; 8-level adjustable magnetic tension control system
- Bluetooth connectivity, syncs with the Schwinn Trainer App and other apps for fitness tracking
- Sync with free downloadable RideSocial App and see the world as you virtually ride alongside friends in real...
- STEP-THROUGH DESIGN - Featuring heavy-duty construction 14-gauge steel tubing with a powder coated finish, the...
- EIGHT RESISTANCE LEVELS - This stationary bike uses a magnetic resistance mechanism with 8 levels of...
- 💪【FULLY ADJUSTABLE】This recumbent exercise bike features a fully adjustable seat that can fit a...
- 💪【PRESET TENSION OPTION】16-level Magnetic Tension Control System of this recumbent bike allows you...
- Bluetooth connectivity, syncs with Nautilus Trainer 2 App and other apps for fitness tracking
- Sync with Ride Social App and see the world as you virtually ride alongside friends in real time
- Easy to reach adjustable handle for easy seat adjustment. Integrated Pulse sensors for accurate heart RATE...
- Large seat and back cushion. Extended weight capacity: max. User weight 300lbs
- Ultra-Compact Foldable Design - Typical folding exercise bike for home that needs minimal floor space while...
- 10-Level Quiet Magnetic Tension Options - Warm up with easy pedaling and then increase intensity so your...
- Recumbent stationary bike offers challenging cardiovascular workout while minimizing stress on your joints and...
- Eight-level Magnetic Tension Control System allows you to customize your ride and challenge yourself over time
- Goal Track capability enables user to set individual exercise goals
- MP3 input to listen to your favorite playlist through in-console speakers. Maximum User Weight- 136 kg
- Goal Track capability enables users to set individual exercise goals
- 22 programs: 9 profile, 8 heart rate control, 2 custom, 2 fitness test & 1 quick start
What We Found
You can pay anywhere from $200 to $2,000 for a new exercise bike. Pricier machines generally have sturdier designs and more features, but some bargain-priced machines can offer a good workout. Running is the gold standard for cardiorespiratory fitness, but exercise bikes might help strengthen your legs, hips, and glutes more than running because you can ramp up the resistance to work your muscles harder.
There are two kinds of exercise bikes. The traditional upright type resembles a regular bicycle; a recumbent bike has back support. They provide similar workouts; an upright might work your glutes better because you can fully extend your hips. Because body weight is supported, both types are options for people who have difficulty with balance or have lower-limb injuries. A recumbent might be more comfortable for those with back problems.
How to Choose
To find the right machine for you, be sure to try before you buy. Exercise bikes vary in size and shape, so when you’re shopping for one, adjust it for your size in the store. Look for a comfortable seat and pedals that fit your feet.
We found a few ergonomic and comfort quibbles with some bikes. On one bike we tested, the seat can adjust for users up to 6 feet 2 inches, but we found that anyone over about 5 feet 8 inches hit their knees on the handlebars. On another bike, the handlebars were a long reach for some, and on a third bike, the seat was uncomfortable.
Watch the Warranties
Look for a warranty that provides at least two to three years of coverage on major moving parts and a year for labor. Survey data on the probability of failure and repair costs showed that extended warranties are probably not a good deal.
Decide which extra features are important to you: simple ones like a water bottle holder or book rest or more interactive ones like video games.
Look for a clear display with easy-to-use controls. A good one will show some combination of your heart rate, calories burned, speed, revolutions per minute (RPM), and resistance levels, and details such as time and distance.
Consider machines with programs that allow you to adjust routines based on your fitness level and have heart-rate-controlled workouts that consider your age, weight, and gender.
Those with a chest strap are best; they don’t impede your movement. Contact monitors measure your heart rate only when you’re touching them, which can be inconvenient. Stand-alone heart-rate monitors are available for about $28 to $100. (See our Heart-Rate Monitor Buying Guide.)
Look for a machine that is easy to adjust and has a variety of workout levels. Most exercise bikes have electronic resistance control. All of the tested bikes can be adjusted electronically by using the controls.
Exercise bikes have many moving parts and can be hazardous, so follow directions. Make sure that your exercise bike is locked and out of children’s reach, and keep young children away from equipment without safety locks. Make sure children are kept away from your exercise bike while it is in use.
Most recumbent bikes prices are obviously higher than the prices of upright bikes, however, you should not spend more than the value you’re getting. On average, the cost of this fitness equipment ranges from about $160 to about $700. The cheaper ones have the basic features- the recumbent design, a basic seat with backrest, a magnetic tension control system help you select your difficulty and a very simple LCD screen.
When choosing the best for you, you have to consider how much weight the device can tolerate. If you choose a fancy one and get it delivered, it would be pretty sad if you discover that you can’t use it because your current weight exceeds its maximum capacity
The reason why many people prefer recumbent bikes to their upright counterparts is their comfort. Many users of recumbent bikes were counseled by their doctors or physios not to have very high impact exercise that can affect their joints. So, comfort is very important.
Because of the sitting position, you should get a bike that has a soft-cushioned seat. Many plastic seats get uncomfortable when you use them for about 30 minutes, sometimes you may not be able to feel your legs. The best ones that are ideal for older people have lumbar support to protect against back pain. A device that has a fan may not be necessary but is a plus.
Ease of Assembly
The truth is that if you buy a product that is difficult to assemble, you’ll probably spend extra money getting someone to do it for you. Many bikes come with assembly instructions but this doesn’t make them easy to set up, especially if you don’t particularly have much experience setting up home equipment.