Whether you’re taking a break from cycling at the local gym or looking for a new way to get active at home, a smart exercise bike might be just the thing you need to keep your muscles moving without having to leave your house.
But what makes an exercise bike “smart,” you wonder? Well, not only does this type of fitness machine have typical bicycle components, such as pedals, handlebars, and of course, the seat, but it also has either a built-in display or a shelf to hold your phone or tablet. These bikes make it super easy for you to get a more personalized workout at home – And Indoors – all while tracking your cycling progress and helping you achieve your athletic goals.
While the Peloton bike might be the first thing that comes to mind, there are other fitness brands that offer smart exercise bikes at various prices.
Below, we’ve provided more information on Peloton, if you have your heart on it, as well as four highly-rated smart stationary bikes in a variety of budgets (starting at $799.99).
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Best budget smart bike
Echelon Smart Connect bike
This performance bike gives you access to popular tunes and over 3,000 live and on-demand fitness classes through the Echelon Membership Program and the Echelon Fit App. When you buy your bike, you get a 30-day free trial, then membership is $34.99 per month after the trial ends. Class options on the app include cycling, rowing, kickboxing, pilates, and more. Keep in mind that this bike doesn’t come with a screen, so you’ll need to use your phone or tablet on the handlebar mount.
Promising review: “This bike is great! It was very easy to put together. I think my fiancé and I put it together in 30 minutes. This is my first spin bike. It’s very sturdy and smooth. The wheels in the front make it very easy to get around. We stream the echelon app on our TV from our phones For workouts.Now that I’ve got this bike I don’t see why someone would pay that much for a Peloton.I love this!!!!!-Brooke Barfield
The best smart bike with free training
Stamina Muuv bike
Sleek design meets smart audio training with this compact bike that syncs with your device to give you a great workout experience at home. Simply place your phone or tablet on the stand and it will automatically connect to the (free) Muuv app to provide a personalized workout. This option differs from most other smart bikes, which have a membership program as an additional cost.
Promising review: I will say the packaging was heavy but that just meant the bike was sturdy! It was pretty straightforward to put together. I used both the manual and the video in the app. I love my bike and love that it comes with a heart rate monitor and the app to use with it. The app is free too! First bike I’ve owned and I have to say I’m a huge fan!” – Liz
The most versatile smart bike
Nordic Track Commercial Bicycle Studio
Equipped with a 22-inch HD touchscreen that streams iFit workouts on demand (you get a free 30-day iFit membership with purchase), this quiet bike is perfect for working out if you live with other people and don’t. You want to annoy them. The iFit membership fee is $39 per month after the trial period. It has 24 resistance levels, an incline of 10-20% and the option to immerse yourself in landscapes around the world while you ride. You can easily pair your headphones or earphones to the bike via Bluetooth.
Promising review: “In building a family gym, this quickly became a major feature/focal point. My husband loves to ride so this checked his box. My daughter loves changing up her workout. Our oldest son loves spinning class while the middle son loves music. And I love yoga. Win For everyone because we each have an IFIT profile. #WOFM (workout from home)!” – kk66
The best smart bike for a full body workout
Bowflex VeloCore 22 IC bike
Purchase of this bike includes a free one-year membership to JRNY, the adaptive fitness app from Bowflex that works in conjunction with the device. The cost after the year is $19.99 per month. You can also use other cycling apps like the Peloton app or Zwift with your JRNY account to keep up with your workout progress. The 22-inch screen also allows you to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney +, and Hulu while you work toward your fitness goals. But the coolest feature? You have the option to ride upright or use the reclined position, which leans from side to side as you pedal.
Promising review: “I’ve researched several stationary bikes and found them to be the best value for money. They were very easy to put together! I’ve used them now a few times and absolutely love them. I signed up for the JRNY free trial and used some of the workouts and they’re a challenge. I love the incline side it Really engages the essence. I give this bike a 10/10.” – Jend
The best interactive classes
With a variety of amazing features such as a multi-touch screen, stereo speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, a high-quality front camera, and a built-in microphone, the Peloton bike has everything you need for a complete workout. It’s a membership-based machine, so you’ll need to purchase it separately (it’s $44 a month) and then you’ll have unlimited access to a huge library of workout content, including cycling, yoga, and strength classes led by expert instructors.
Promising review: “I actually look forward to my workouts. The instructors keep the classes engaged and I always get a good workout no matter how limited I am on time. I love the stats the bike keeps and the monthly emails for me. I admire the amount and quality of content available and released More daily.Never run out of new workouts to try.I like how I can switch between using the screen on my bike and apps on the TV.Everything is so convenient.I’m the healthiest and fittest one in years.I love this product and can’t recommend it enough! Jessica Stafford