With so many bikes available like Peloton, NordicTrack, Echelon, and others, it can be hard to make a choice. Let us help with our updated 2022 list of the best connected exercise bikes broken down by price and category!
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Most unique exercise bike
With the ability to unlock from the frame and move side-to-side, no other connected exercise bike feels quite like the Bowflex Velocore. The option to add lateral movement doesn’t just add variety, but the additional stability challenge helps work your upper body and core.
Its membership JRNY offers a unique workout as well. Instead of focusing on instructor-led rides, the best part of JRNY is that it allows for workouts to be integrated into your favorite entertainment. Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max can all be watched through the app, with your workout overlaid on top.
Best designed exercise bike
Echelon’s new ‘Tron-inspired’ bike wins this category easily. With the two wheel design, glowing customizable lights, and huge curved 24 -inch touch screen, this bike looks as great as it feels to ride.
There are tons of great new features on this bike. The curved touchscreen can rotate 180 degrees for classes off the bike, and there is an included optional bluetooth digital controller which allows you to adjust the resistance without moving your hands off the handlebars. There is also a new “E-Shock” frame, which lowers the the impact on your knees and joints when riding out of the saddle.
Best exercise bike without a screen
Echelon takes home another win here with their new Echelon GT+ bike; this screenless bike feels way better than it has a right to at this low of a price. While there is no screen, the GT+ can connect to a smart phone or tablet so you can still see and track all of your metrics.
One of the best reasons to get a bike without an attached screen is the ability to switch between connected fitness platforms. So if you want to be able to take Echelon, Peloton, iFIT, and even Apple Fitness Plus classes, this is going to be your best option.
Best bike under $500
While no bikes under $500 are going to compare in quality to the more premium options, the Renpho Bike does a decent job. With the ability to connect and auto adjust to their free app, Renpho offers a good experience for the price.
The biggest issue with this bike is that you cannot ride it while out of the saddle (ie. standing up). But if that is not a problem for you, then this is a good option to consider.
Best bike under $1,000
The Echelon GT+ is the only bike to win two categories because it is such a good deal at $899. Did I mention it also comes in a variety of color options? This thing is great!
Best bike under $1,500
It was tough to put the Peloton Bike in this category because of its mandatory $250 shipping and handling fee. That said, for under $1,500, it is my favorite connected exercise bike.
While the bike itself is not as impressive as others and the included tablet is very old and slow at this point, it is the content that makes this bike special. Peloton hands down still offers the best studio and live class experience.
Best bike under $2,000
The NordicTrack S22i is one of the best exercise bikes ever made. With auto adjusting resistance, automatic incline and decline, it offers a very enjoyable and immersive outdoor scenic ride experience.
iFIT (the connected fitness platform this bike uses) is equally good with thousands of on demand, live classes as well as races to choose from. While the studio-type classes are not as good as Peloton’s, no one beats iFIT when it comes to instructor led scenic rides.
Best overall connected exercise bike
Trust me – I did not want to have to give a tie for this final category, but I had no choice. Both the Peloton Bike+ and NordicTrack S27i are so good in their own unique way that I could not choose one over the other.
Both bikes take things up a notch. The Peloton Bike+ with its improved ram, speakers, auto-adjusting resistance, and self-calibration. The NordicTrack S27i with its phenomenal 278″ HD touchscreen, more easily adjusting handlebars, and quicker auto incline/decline.
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