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11 popular exercise bikes in 2022 (that aren't Peloton)

Peloton may be the most popular stationary bike, but it's far from the only option when it comes to at-home cycling.
We found some affordable alternatives to the ever-popular Peloton, in case you’re especially fond of working out inside.
We found some affordable alternatives to the ever-popular Peloton, in case you’re especially fond of working out inside.Bowflex ; Schwinn ; NordicTrack

While there are many exercise machines you can use to work out at home — you have your treadmills, your ellipticals, your indoor rowers — a stationary bike is my personal favorite. (Not only do I love all the ways it contradicts itself, but it reminds me of my childhood.) Peloton is arguably the most popular stationary bike, and the company has seen a lot of success in the past few years: Though it reported losses in its fiscal fourth quarter in 2022, Peloton still brought in $678.7 million in sales during that time period and has recently struck a deal to sell its equipment and fitness apparel on Amazon, its first partnership with a retailer outside its core direct-to-consumer business. But Peloton isn’t the only one on the market. Brands like NordicTrack and Schwinn have also been making their mark on the at-home cycling industry.

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When it comes to deciding which stationary bike is best for you, it’s important to determine how much you’ll exercise — as well as where and when. To help narrow your search, we’ve vetted these popular Peloton alternatives, which range from budget-friendly to a few more expensive options, and talked to experts to get tips on spinning accessories and what options are most important to consider so you can invest in the best bike for your needs.

How to buy the best stationary bike for you

According to Angelina Palermo, a former professional cyclist and spokesperson for USA Cycling — a non-profit group focused on cycling as a sport — serious riders should prepare for a hefty price tag if they’re looking for quality equipment. “Many people are looking at the app technology and monitors to give them the best workouts for their needs. Smart bikes are becoming popular, especially within the racing community, as another way to train and pull the best data to optimize training,” she said.However, Chicago-based certified personal trainer Eric Ridings says that the best stationary bike is “the one you’re more likely to use. Whether that means a realistic price point or the prestige of getting the same gadgets your friends have, it always comes down to the system that fits you best and leads you to more exercise.”

Many of these needs may be met by relatively affordable options. Maybe you want to easily adjust the bike’s resistance, move its handlebars or just need something quiet for nighttime sweats. (It's often when you introduce screens, monitors and trackers — as well as features allowing for social connectedness — that prices climb significantly.)

And don’t overlook sprucing up your current stationary bike with spinning accessories like a padded, adjustable seat and easy-to-grip support handles, if those are the issue. An uncomfortable bike has the potential to affect your performance and form while you bike. “In the long run, this could lead to unnecessary muscle strain and sustained injury,” Ridings said.

Before you decide which bike is the right fit for your needs, here are a few things to consider:

  1. A basic indoor bike will easily run you a few hundred dollars or more.
  2. Smart bikes might require monthly subscriptions, especially when it comes to on-demand training and cycling classes.
  3. Design features can make a difference when it comes to comfort and performance, and they subsequently affect the price tag, too.

Regardless of which stationary bike you invest in, it’s important to make sure you keep your workouts diverse.

Best exercise bikes to shop

We highlighted stationary bikes that cost less than $700, focusing on those with great customer reviews. All the bikes feature aluminum or steel frames and have belted drive systems, which are designed to operate very quietly. They also have adjustable handlebars, seats and resistance knobs so you can customize your ride to your specific needs. (Unlike most of the higher-end models, budget stationary bikes don’t list how many resistance levels they have.) We looked for stationary bikes that can hold at least 270 pounds — to account for a wide variety of body types — as well as bikes that have water bottle holders. Although many of them don’t come with warranties at this price point, we made sure to highlight those that did.

Budget-friendly stationary bikes

We highlighted affordable stationary bikes that cost less than $700, focusing on those with great customer reviews. All the bikes feature aluminum or steel frames and have belted drive systems, which are designed to operate very quietly. They also have adjustable handlebars, seats and resistance knobs so you can customize your ride to your specific needs. (Unlike most of the higher-end models, budget stationary bikes don’t list how many resistance levels they have.)

We looked for stationary bikes that can hold at least 270 pounds — to account for a wide variety of body types — as well as bikes that have water bottle holders. Although many of them don’t come with warranties at this price point, we made sure to highlight those that did.

Pooboo Magnetic Resistance Indoor Cycling Bike

Maximum weight: 330 pounds

Digital monitor: Yes

Warranty: None

The Pooboo Magnetic Resistance Indoor Cycling Bike has an LCD digital monitor that tracks your time, speed and distance, among other metrics. If you want to give the Pooboo a boost, it offers a tablet stand where you can place your iPad or water bottle. Though the bike doesn’t come with a warranty, Pooboo says its customers can receive free replacement parts within a year of buying the bike. It comes with a 4.5-star average rating from nearly 7,000 customer reviews on Amazon.

Lanos Stationary Exercise Bike

Maximum weight: 270 pounds

Digital monitor: Yes

Warranty: None

Like the Pooboo before it, the Lanos Stationary Exercise Bike offers an LCD digital monitor to track various metrics as well as a tablet mount to watch instructional YouTube videos — or simply pass the time by watching TV. The Lanos Stationary Exercise Bike has a 4.4-star average rating from nearly 600 reviews, and it’s ranked highly on Amazon’s list of best-selling exercise bikes.

Yosuda Indoor Cycling Bike

Maximum weight: 270 pounds

Digital monitor: Yes

Warranty: 3 months

The Yosuda Indoor Cycling Bike comes with an LCD monitor to help you track your progress, as well as an iPad holder for more ways to amuse yourself as you exercise. The Yosuda comes with a three-month warranty for the overall bike and offers free replacement parts within a year of buying it, the brand says. The Yosuda Indoor Cycling Bike has a 4.4-star average rating from almost 20,000 customer reviews on Amazon.

Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Exercise Bike

Maximum weight: 275 pounds

Digital monitor: No

Warranty: 3 months (parts); 1 year (frame)

Although it doesn’t come with a digital monitor or an iPad holder, the Sunny Health & Fitness Indoor Exercise Bike is a good option for those looking for a basic, adjustable exercise bike. The bike is mounted on wheels to make it easier to transport it from room to room, the brand says. It comes with a three-month warranty for its parts and a one-year warranty for the bike’s frame, according to Sunny Health & Fitness. It has a 4.4-star average rating across more than 5,800 customer reviews on Amazon.

Schwinn IC3 Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike

Maximum weight: 300 pounds

Digital monitor: Yes

Warranty: 5 years (frame); 2 years (mechanical); 2 years (electrical); 1 year (labor)

“There is a touch of nostalgia to a Schwinn, and they are consistent and reliable machines,” Ridings said. “The IC3 serves the purpose of being a quality bike with great features at a lower price.” Schwinn’s IC3 Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike is equipped with dual pedals that allow for different types of footwear, meaning you can wear regular sneakers or higher-end clip-in shoes that snap into the bike’s pedal clips. The Schwinn IC3 comes with a digital LCD monitor as well as a water bottle or tablet holder. The brand says it can hold around 300 pounds — more than most of the bikes here — and Schwinn says its warranty will cover the frame for five years, among other things. It has a 4.6-star average rating from over 5,000 customer reviews on Amazon.

Higher-end stationary bikes

Stationary bikes can get pretty expensive — even so, there are many highly rated and quality stationary bikes that cost less than Peloton’s Bike Ultimate Package, which falls around $2,000. “If you know you are going to ride consistently, it makes all the sense in the world to invest in a more expensive bike,” Ridings said. “And the no-interest financing many of them offer makes some of these expensive bikes more accessible.”

All of the bikes we recommend have adjustable handlebars and seats. They can all hold at least 325 pounds and have warranties of at least one year. They also include metric consoles and the capability to link your workouts to apps and social media. We noted when a bike comes with a trial membership period.

Bowflex C6 Bike

Maximum weight: 330 pounds

Resistance levels: 100

Membership: 1-year JRNY Membership

Warranty: 10 years (frame); 3 years (mechanical); 3 years (electrical); 1 year (labor)

Built-in tablet: No

The Bowflex C6 Bike has a backlit LCD metric console as well as a media holder for your phone or tablet. As an upgrade over the more affordable exercise bikes, it has two water bottle holders (for those of us who grow very thirsty during a bike ride) and a knob that allows you to choose between 100 resistance levels, according to the brand. The Bowflex C6 Bike comes with lots of fun additions, like a one-year fitness membership to JRNY, Bowflex’s workout app that comes with trainer-led videos. (Once its trial is up, JRNY costs $20 a month or $149 annually.) It also has dual-sided pedals (to slip your toes or clip your cycling shoes into) and comes with a pair of 3-pound dumbbells that slide into cradles at the front of the bike and a Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitor. “The Bowflex has the weights, and people really enjoy the JRNY trail rides,” Ridings noted. “It also has a sleek, modern look. People care what it looks like in the room.” The bike has a 4.7-star average rating from more than 2,800 customer reviews on Bowflex.

Echelon Connect Bike EX5-S

Maximum weight: 300 pounds

Resistance levels: 32

Warranty: 1 year

Built-in tablet: Yes

The Echelon is about as close to the Peloton as you can get, with the major differences being that the Echelon has only 32 resistance levels compared to Peloton’s 100. Both offer an interactive experience with a wide range of on-demand classes (subscription sold separately) on an HD display that rotates 180 degrees, but the Echelon doesn’t require special cycling cleats. According to the brand, its extra-large cushioned seat is fully adjustable, and its handlebars are padded as well. The toe cages are also fully adjustable. Although it has two dumbbell holders to hold a set of 2-pound weights, the weights are not included. The bike has a 4.4-star average rating from more than 700 reviews on Echelon.

The company offers a number of other bikes at multiple price points, but they don’t all come with a screen. “Echelon also makes rowers and treadmills, so it’s great if you want to expand your home gym,” Ridings said. “They also have their own brand of trainers. If you have good instructors and the riders connect with them, it’s a valuable service.”

Bowflex VeloCore Bike

Maximum weight: 325 pounds

Resistance levels: 100

Membership: 1-year JRNY Membership

Warranty: 2 years (frame); 2 years (mechanical); 1 years (electrical); 1 year (labor)

Built-in tablet: Yes

If you love Bowflex but you’re looking for a bike that has a built-in tablet, the Bowflex VeloCore Bike is your best bet — it comes with a 16-inch console (you can swap it out for a 22-inch console if you’re looking for something bigger and don’t mind spending $400 more). Like the Bowflex C6, it has two water bottle holders and a knob that allows you to access 100 resistance levels, according to the brand. It also offers the same one-year JRNY fitness membership, dual-sided pedals, 3-pound dumbbells and Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitor. The VeloCore features Bluetooth speakers and a media rack, but it comes with a shorter warranty than its brethren: two years for its frame. It has a 4.7-star average rating from almost 900 reviews on Bowflex.

NordicTrack Commercial Studio S22i Cycle

Maximum weight: 350 pounds

Resistance levels: 24

Membership: 30-day iFIT Family Membership

Warranty: 10 years (frame); 2 years (parts); 1 year (labor)

Built-in tablet: Yes

Like the Peloton Bike+, the NordicTrack Commercial Studio S22i Cycle has a large, 22-inch touchscreen display that rotates 360 degrees so you can use the display off your bike, too (it’s the most affordable bike here with that capability). It also comes with dual water bottle holders, dual-sided pedals and a variety of resistance levels (though it only offers 24 compared to Bowflex’s 100 levels). The NordicTrack S22i bike comes with a 30-day iFit Family Membership — it costs $15 a month once the trial is up, or $180 for the year — and a pair of 3-pound dumbbells. Like the Bowflex, it has a 10-year frame warranty and the bike has a 4.3-star average rating across more than 4,000 customer reviews on Amazon.

Schwinn IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike

Maximum weight: 330 poundsResistance levels: 100

Membership: 1-year JRNY membership

Warranty: 3 years (parts); 90 days (labor)

Built-in tablet: No

The IC4 has more features — and costs a bit more — than the IC3 — it can be synced with other workout apps like Peloton and Zwift, so you can stream thousands of workout classes. It comes with a 40-pound flywheel, 100 levels of resistance and a set of included 3-pound dumbbells that sit in an easy-to-reach cradle, according to the brand. It also has dual water bottle holders and an integrated media rack so it can hold your tablet. A Bluetooth heart-rate armband is also included.

The Myx II Plus

Maximum weight: 350 pounds

Resistance levels: N/A

Membership: 14-day Myx+Openfit membership

Warranty: 1 year

Built-in tablet: Yes

The Myx II Plus

has a 21.5-inch swiveling touchscreen tablet on the front of the bike — its in-unit workout classes will give you on-screen data as you ride, including (but not limited to) heart rate, speed and distance, the brand says. You can choose between white and black colorways and different weight levels in its included dumbbells and kettlebells. It comes with a couple of mats, a foam roller and a resistance band for working out while you’re not on the Myx II Plus — something the other machines don’t offer.

The Myx II Plus comes with a 14-day Myx+Openfit membership. After you’ve owned your Myx II Plus for two weeks, you’ll have to pay $39 per month for access to Myx+Openfit and its various workout programs. Although it has its own app and connects to Apple Health, it’s important to note that the Myx doesn’t connect to other fitness apps, like Strava, Fitbit or Zwift. The Myx II Plus also doesn’t provide a water bottle holder. Although it doesn’t feature any customer reviews, the Myx has been favorably reviewed by a handful of well-known publications.

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