Best exercise bikes 2024: tested and reviewed

If you're thinking of adding one of the best exercise bikes to your home, we don't need to tell you that there are several different options to choose from. Whether you're a fan of live classes and have your heart set on a Peloton, or you're looking for a bike that'll give you a realistic cycling experience, we've found the best bikes on the market to help you reach your goals.

Gone are the days when you'd find yourself pedaling along while staring at your wall and counting down the seconds. Now, there are endless spin workouts and impossibly cheerful instructors to engage with, or at least decent metric tracking if you've opted for a more basic model. 

We've tried and tested many leading brands to bring you a handy guide on how to invest in one of the best exercise bikes this year. We installed them in our homes for at least a month and tested them across various workouts and features, like how easy they are to adjust, classes, compatible apps, and any associated subscription costs you can expect. 

Each time we clipped in and took the bikes on a spin, we looked into performance, features, price, and value for money. We also considered what spin shoes you might need depending on the pedals. After testing, we rounded up the top exercise bikes to suit all budgets, tastes, and spaces so that you can find the right exercise bike for you, whatever your style. 

Not for you? We've also found the best indoor cycling trainers here, which you can attach your road bike to. These are often more affordable and smaller to store than exercise bikes, but they do require you to have your own bike. 

Quick list

Here are the best exercise bikes you can buy right now based on our testing. Scroll down for in-depth reviews.

Best exercise bike overall

Peloton Bike+Editor's Choice

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Best exercise bike overall

Specifications

Weight limit: 297 lbs.
Height range: 4’11” to 6’4”
Resistance: Magnetic, 100 levels
Display: Yes
Wheels: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Extremely sturdy build
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Big rotating HD screen
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Popular classes

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive to buy
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Classes require monthly subscription

Peloton has become a craze for its high-end exercise bike, hard-core instructors, and the HD touchscreen that streams spinning classes right into your home. At $2,495 — plus $250 delivery and set up, and $39 a month for a subscription and more for spinning shoes — the Peloton Bike+ is higher in price than most stationary bikes, but there is nothing like it. Peloton is the at-home version of going to a cycling studio minus being in a crowded room filled with others and requires less time for your workout since you do not have to travel to and from the gym. 

The Bike Plus has all the bells and whistles you would want including live classes, an abundance of on-demand workouts — and not just for cycling — all in the convenience of your home, a rotating screen, and Apple Watch integration. You can also set auto-resistance on the machine, meaning you don't have to worry about manually upping the resistance mid-workout, or if you're pushing yourself hard enough. The Bike+ won our best exercise bike award in our Tom's Guide Health and Fitness awards because its content is second to none; and its rotating screen means you can use it for more than just spinning.

Read our full Peloton Bike+ review

Should I buy the Peloton Bike or the Peloton Bike+?

Having cycled on both, we were blown away by the Bike Plus' experience, but if you're not bothered by the rotating screen, the base-level Peloton Bike is still an excellent choice. Both Peloton Bikes are incredibly well-made and durable. Check out our Peloton Bike review here to learn more, as well as our Peloton Bike vs Peloton Bike Plus face-off.

Best exercise bike for price

Sunny Health & Fitness Bike reviewbest value

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Best affordable exercise bike

Specifications

Weight limit: 275 lbs.
Height range: In-seam 29-41”
Resistance: Micro-adjustable belt system
Display: No
Wheels: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Good resistance on flywheel
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Quiet
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One of the most affordable options on the list

Reasons to avoid

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Might not be good for shorter people
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No display 
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No fitness programmes

This sturdy, solid stationary bike from Sunny Health & Fitness has a steel frame and 49-pound weighted flywheel that can hold a maximum weight of 275 pounds. The seat can adjust to four settings and the caged pedals include clips to keep your feet in place. The leather band resistance system is designed to mimic the feel of a real road. While the bike doesn’t come with a screen, there is a bottle holder and assembly takes about 10 minutes.

We found it was a very sturdy bike, had nice large toe baskets, and offered a nice quiet ride. However, those who are a bit shorter may find the bike a bit uncomfortable, as we did. And, because there's no display or guided fitness programs, you'll have to be self-motivated to use it. Overall, though, it's a great bike for beginners who don't want to spend thousands of dollars on something they might not use again.

Read our full Sunny Health & Fitness exercise bike review.

Best exercise bike for Zwift training

a photo of the Wahoo Kickr Bike Shift

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3. Wahoo Kickr Bike Shift

Best for Zwift training

Specifications

Weight limit: 250 lbs.
Height range: 5 feet - 6 feet 4 inches
Resistance: Electronic brake
Display: No
Wheels: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Pretty much silent 
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Easy to set up 
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Easy to adjust 

Reasons to avoid

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No screen

The Wahoo Kickr Bike Shift is an expensive piece of kit, but it's a great exercise bike to invest in if you're looking to add serious training to your routine. The Shift doesn't tilt like Wahoo's other indoor exercise bike, but don't let this put you off - the ride experience on the bike is extremely realistic and mimics cycling outdoors. 

Talking of training, the bike is super easy to use with Zwift, or other cycling training platforms. You can easily pair the Shift with either Wahoo’s free app — (which you should download anyway because it lets you personalize some settings), your cycling computer, or your computer or tablet, to use during Zwift workouts. 

During testing, we found it extremely easy to switch between riders when using the bike. Our fitness editor, Jane, is five foot two and was able to do a workout on the bike, then quickly adjust the settings so that her taller partner could use the bike afterward. 

While the bike takes up more room than some of the best indoor cycling trainers on the market, including the Wahoo Kickr Move, it's pretty small, and fit neatly behind the couch when I wasn't using it. All in all, this is a fantastic bike for cyclists who are moving their training indoors during the winter.

Best exercise bike for friction resistance

A photo of the Yosuda Indoor Stationary Cycling Bike

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Best friction resistance bike

Specifications

Weight limit: 270 lbs.
Height range: inseam height 25-35 inches
Resistance: Friction
Display: Yes
Wheels: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Fantastic stability during rides
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Spare brake pad included

Reasons to avoid

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No cadence measurements
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May feel too big for shorter riders

For those of us who want a good workout without sacrificing a month (or two) of rent, the Yosuda Indoor Stationary Cycling Bike is a high-quality, reasonably-priced option.

It’s true that the YB001 model doesn’t offer a quarter of the frills you’d find on a PelotonBowflex Velocore, or NordicTrack S22i. Yet we found that what it lacks in cutting-edge features and comprehensive metrics, it makes up for in solid construction and design. With those essentials in place, and a little bit of ingenuity, it can deliver a similar cycling experience to one of these elite brands.

We found the main downside of the Yosuda is the exclusion of cadence from its LCD monitor. This number, which is a measurement of your pedals’ revolutions per minute, is frequently used in many popular cycling classes (like the offerings from Peloton and Apple Fitness Plus). While it is possible to just match an instructor’s leg speed to the best of your ability, having an exact cadence displayed helps to keep you honest with your perceived effort.

That said, if you prefer to do your own thing while in the saddle, or you’re perfectly happy riding along to classes on your phone or tablet, the Yosuda Indoor Stationary Cycling Bike would make a fantastic, cost-effective addition to any home gym.

Read our full Yosuda Indoor Stationary Cycling Bike review

Best exercise bike for Echelon

Echelon Ex-3 Smart Connect Bike set up in home spare room

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Best Echelon exercise bike

Specifications

Weight limit: 300 lbs
Height range: n/a
Resistance: Magnetic, 32 levels
Display: Not included
Wheels: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Great selection of classes
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Easy to assemble
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Quiet
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Stable and durable design

Reasons to avoid

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Resistance gauge can be awkward
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Seat isn’t that comfortable over long periods
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Reliant on Bluetooth connection
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No display

If you're looking for a smart bike that doesn't cost as much as a Peloton, the Echelon Ex-3 Smart Connect Bike is a good choice. The bike has a quiet magnetic resistance, which has 32 different levels for the hardest climbs. It's not too difficult to set up, and there is the option to take live classes on the Echelon app, although this costs £29.99 per month.

That said, when comparing the Echelon to a Peloton Bike, there's one huge difference - the Echelon bike doesn't have a screen, so you'll have to use a tablet or smartphone to access classes. That said, this means you’re not beholden to Echelon's hardware, and can swap and change your device whenever you see fit. It’ll also help keep the price down, which is nice.

During testing, we liked the range of classes, and the option to just use the bike for our own workouts. The downsides are that the resistance knob is a little glitchy, and the saddle wasn't all that comfy for longer workouts, but it's a decent, affordable option for most.

Read our Echelon Ex-3 Smart Connect Bike review here 

Best exercise bike for Peloton alternative

Side view of MYX II exercise bike in livingroom

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Best Peloton alternative

Specifications

Weight limit: 350 pounds
Height range: 4'11" to 6’8”
Resistance: 41-pound flywheel
Display: 21.5-inch HD touchscreen
Wheels: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Diverse class options
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Cheaper than Peloton 
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Swiveling touchscreen display
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Added cadence sensor
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Improved resistance system 

Reasons to avoid

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Multiple class services can be confusing 

Don't want to pay (or wait) for a Peloton bike? The MYX II Exercise Bike is the best Peloton alternative at a lower price. It's also a better fit for people who prefer a personalized workout experience over a class-like one. MYX Fitness is as close as you’ll get to on-demand personal training at home. Plus, delivery is free!

For over $1,000 less than the Peloton Bike Plus, MYX’s machine provides the most comparable experience in the at-home exercise space — a sturdy build, swiveling screen, sparky coaches, and the not-so-optional paid membership for hundreds of on-demand workout classes.

The MYX II Exercise Bike features a large, swiveling HD screen that can face in whatever direction you're working out, even if it’s 180 degrees. Use the intuitive interface to choose from among the diverse class portfolio, categorized for the bike, floor, cross-training and recovery. The navigation has Netflix-like menus for classes based on workout format, recommendations and classes you’ve favorited. MYX Fitness classes are more personal than competitive; there’s no leaderboards or cult-like vibes.

Read our full MYX II Exercise Bike review here. 

Best exercise bike for NordicTrack

NordicTrack S22i

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6. NordicTrack S22i

Best NordicTrack exercise bike

Specifications

Weight limit: 350 lbs.
Height range: not listed
Resistance: 24 levels
Display: Yes
Wheels: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Relatively compact
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 Great range of classes 
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Cheaper subscription than the likes of Peloton
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Magnetic resistance is silent 

Reasons to avoid

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Cannot be folded away 

A brilliant alternative to Peloton, the NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle has a number of impressive features, including magnetic resistance, which means the ride will be quieter than a lot of exercise bikes on this list. The bike comes with a year's access to the brand's live and on-demand iFit classes and unlike Peloton, with the NordicTrack, the instructors can control the resistance of the bike from afar for a serious workout. 

Talking of classes, as well as spinning, there are a number of other cross-training classes available on the iFit platform and the NordicTrack S22i's touchscreen rotates 360 degrees, which is handy if you want to watch a strength workout without a bike in the way. 

Although it's slightly more expensive than the Peloton bike out of the box, it's a better deal overall as the membership is free for an entire year. 

Read a longer comparison of the NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle vs Peloton

Best exercise bike for side-tilting