Stationary bikes help raise metabolism, tone muscles and keep the heart healthy. Each exercise bike we review is stationary — it’s not going anywhere — yet “stationary bike” refers most specifically to an upright exercise bike. These trainers support cardio workouts with moderate to high intensity, and the best stationary bikes have padded seats for comfort. They’re more challenging than recumbent exercise bikes, which let you lean back, but less intense than spin bikes.
In our reviews the top-rated exercise bikes provide good value. Some are quite basic and others have many extras — but each “best stationary bike” runs quietly, is comfortable to use, and is durable for its price.
Our exercise bike reviews look at each trainer part-by-part. We consider the bike’s price, resistance, data screen and workout programs, warranty and more. You can also save time by checking our pros and cons lists called “The Great” and “The Not-So-Great” for each model.
Three of our favorite stationary bikes come with high tech, infinite power and a bit of luxury…
|Model||Rating||Console Display||Resistance||Seat Type||Programs||Flywheel||Pricing|
|1||Assault Fitness Airbike||LCD||Unlimited (Air)||Adjustable||Tabata, Intervals, Watts, Heart Rate||25" Diameter Steel Fan||See Best Price|
|2||NordicTrack GX 4.6 Pro||7" full-color touchscreen||24 Resistance Levels||Adjustable Oversized Seat||32||19 LBS||See Best Price|
|3||Vision U40 Upright Bike||Extra-large LED||ECB magnetic brake 1 - 20 Levels||Comfort Arc upright seat||5||24 LBS||See Best Price|
Not sure where to start? The Assault Fitness Airbike shown above is ideal for literally any fitness level. The air resistance naturally accommodates any skill level, so airbikes are used by beginners, pro athletes, people recovering from injury, etc. It’s also unique among exercise bikes for having movable arm bars. But as you can see, the Assault Airbike lacks a flashy console…
The second choice is a tech-savvy NordicTrack exercise bike. NordicTrack stationary bikes are popular for including touch screens, Internet connectivity and daily workout downloads with interactive video.
Our third recommendation is from Vision. Vision is a high-end fitness brand for light commercial and commercial exercise settings. Like NordicTrack, Vision offers fun ways to incorporate tech for workouts and entertainment. Home stationary bikes from the same manufacturer have the brand name Horizon.
Steer past the duds and find the best stationary bike for you! Many more brands and types of bikes are covered below. Click an image below to get an honest review including pro/con lists and details about the components. To help with your decision-making we consider price, resistance, saddle comfort, warranty and more in our stationary bike reviews.