The 10 Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes in 2023, According to Certified Trainers

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RECUMBENT, or Reclining seat position, bikes are a more comfortable alternative to upright bikes. Whether you are uncomfortable with the upright bike option or need more stability, a recumbent bike provides more support for both your upper body and lower back. Most offer a step-by-step design, with wider, padded seat options—and some even come with lumbar support. These exercise bikes are a good choice for older men or anyone with limited mobility. However, they can still provide a great workout.

“The recumbent bike provides a great low-impact workout that can help with injury rehabilitation and can even help improve your range of motion,” says Matthew Forzalia, NFPT-CPT personal trainer in New York. “Positioning the seat reclined and behind the pedals reduces tension in the core, reduces tension in the back, and it also reduces tension in the joints of your ankles, knees, and hips, allowing you to target your large leg muscles. In addition, these bikes can help beginner fitness enthusiasts in Gain confidence working on a safe and secure exercise machine.”

With so many options on the market—from high-tech options with all the bells and whistles, to more basic, no-frills models—we’ve rounded up some of the best options for every class, fitness level, and price point.

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Best for the oversized seat

proform

Pro C10R

Dimensions 25.4 x 56.8 x 49.8 in
weight capacity 300 lbs
resistance 25 magnetic levels
Monitor 10 inch touch screen
workout program iFit, includes a 30-day free trial

Best for easy portability

Schwinn Fitness

290 recumbent bike

Dimensions 66.5 x 26.3 x 46.8 in
weight capacity 330 lbs
resistance magnetic
Monitor no one
workout program 1 year JRNY Membership

Best for advanced riders

Nordic Track

R35 commercial

Dimensions 68.22 x 23.69 x 53.42 in
weight capacity 350 lbs
resistance 26 digital levels
Monitor 14 inch touch screen
workout program iFit, 1-month trial

Most budget friendly

Sunny Health and Fitness

An essential recumbent exercise bike

Dimensions 56.3 x 26.3 x 42.9 in
weight capacity 300 lbs
resistance 8, magnetic
Monitor no one
workout program no one

Easier to assemble

Nautilus

R618 Recumbent Bike

Dimensions 66.25 x 12.7 x 27.25 in
weight capacity 325 lbs
resistance 25, belt
Monitor Dual backlit LCD screens
workout program 29 presets

Best for small spaces

Marcy

ME-709 Recumbent Exercise Bike with Resistance

Dimensions 25 x 58 x 38 in
weight capacity 300 lbs
resistance 8, magnetic
Monitor LCD
workout program no one

The best luxury recumbent bike

technogym

Personal recline

Dimensions 55 x 25 x 54 in
weight capacity 300 lbs
resistance 25, Magneto
Monitor 15.6 inch touch screen
workout program 20 routines and 6 presets

Over the past year, we’ve consulted with the fitness editors at Men’s Health, as well as master fitness trainers from both the MH Advisory Board and MH’s Strength in Diversity initiative. They put months of hands-on training with recumbent exercise bikes from top fitness brands. They evaluated the products on durability, quality and training efficiency.


Freelance writer
Amy Schlinger is a seasoned health and fitness writer and editor based in New York City.

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