Best Recumbent Bikes and Reviews of 2016

Exercise in comfort! Recumbent bikes are the gentlest of all exercise bikes. Instead of having regular upright bike saddles, the best recumbent bikes have chair-like seats with ample cushioning and great lumbar support. They relieve pressure on the back and support a seated cycling motion that’s less jarring to joints.

Recumbent bikes especially help people who have limited mobility or back pain — but these comfortable rides are also popular with people in top form. Their design prevents the literal pain in the rear that some people experience with upright bikes. Plus, using a recumbent exercise bike is less likely to bring muscle soreness the following day. This is partly because riders exert less downward pressure than they would if seated upright.

Calorie burn is less intense than it is with upright bikes, but the best recumbent bikes can still be excellent tools for weight loss. They’re also useful for rehabilitation, muscle toning and cardiovascular workouts.

Our favorite recumbent exercise bikes address three groups of shoppers. For people who love to be online, NordicTrack entices with web-enabled touchscreens, tablet computer holders and unlimited workout downloads. For riders most interested in powerful resistance, Diamondback Fitness beckons with 32-pound flywheels. Their best recumbent bike has dozens of built-in programs too, some of which are heart rate controlled. Finally, we suggest Sole Fitness to luxury shoppers and light commercial fitness room buyers. Sole’s best recumbent bike is made to light commercial standards and has an extra-long parts warranty for residential owners. Specs include a 30-pound drive, 10 preset programs and wireless heart rate control.

NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Elite

$999.99

NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Elite

$999.99

The Commercial VR25 Elite with web-enabled touchscreen is NordicTrack’s best recumbent bike for home gyms. This comfortable ride has 35 preset programs and can download customized iFit workouts anytime! It can also hold your tablet computer at eye level. Equipped with a 25-­pound flywheel, the VR25 Elite is a great choice for weight loss and weight maintenance.

NordicTrack Commercial VR25 Elite the best buy

The Commercial VR25 Elite with web-enabled touchscreen is NordicTrack’s best recumbent bike for home gyms. This comfortable ride has 35 preset programs and can download customized iFit workouts anytime! It can also hold your tablet computer at eye level. Equipped with a 25-­pound flywheel, the VR25 Elite is a great choice for weight loss and weight maintenance.

Diamondback 910Sr

$999.99

910Sr Recumbent Exercise Bike Best Buy

Diamondback 910Sr

$999.99

The Diamondback 910Sr Recumbent Bike offers the rare combo of a heavier flywheel and lots of programming. A 32-pound flywheel makes it ideal for beginners through advanced riders. The console is loaded with 35 workouts, some controlled by your pulse. Bring your own entertainment to help time fly by; the Diamondback has iPod-compatible speakers and a foldaway magazine rack.

The Diamondback 910Sr Recumbent Bike offers the rare combo of a heavier flywheel and lots of programming. A 32-pound flywheel makes it ideal for beginners through advanced riders. The console is loaded with 35 workouts, some controlled by your pulse. Bring your own entertainment to help time fly by; the Diamondback has iPod-compatible speakers and a foldaway magazine rack.

BH Fitness S5Ri

$1699

BH Fitness S5Ri

$1699

The BH Fitness S5Ri is a comfortable home exercise bike designed for the long haul. It’s sold with a generous 10-year parts warranty and is designed to stay current with iConcept. iConcept lets the rider’s own mobile device serve as the workout screen and download new programs. This bike arrives with 26 preset program modes and has an impressive 45-pound flywheel for smooth rides.

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The BH Fitness S5Ri is a comfortable home exercise bike designed for the long haul. It’s sold with a generous 10-year parts warranty and is designed to stay current with iConcept. iConcept lets the rider’s own mobile device serve as the workout screen and download new programs. This bike arrives with 26 preset program modes and has an impressive 45-pound flywheel for smooth rides.

All Recumbent Bikes

Ready for lots of choices? Browse our recumbent bike reviews and choose your new ride! We’ve reviewed the spectrum from low budget recumbent bikes to elite fitness machines. Just click an image below to get an honest point-by-point review. We start off with the positives of each choice and then point out possible drawbacks.

Popular two-in-one fitness machines are reviewed here too. These recumbent bikes can also tone the upper body. For example, the Yowza Naples Recumbent Trainer has moving arm bars, and the Avari Conversion II can easily be converted to a rowing machine. These recumbent bikes are sometimes called total body trainers.

All Recumbent Bikes (sorted by highest rating)

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