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.
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.
WHY SHOULD YOU CYCLE INDOORS?
If you want to get fit, lose weight, and tone up, you need to join a gym, right? After all, with all the exercise equipment available, gyms have to be the best place to exercise. You’ll also have access to gym instructors and personal trainers whose job it is to advise you on how best to exercise for your goals.
But, before you run off to your local gym and buy a membership, consider the drawbacks of gym membership…
DRAWBACKS OF JOINING A GYM
For starters, you will have to find the time to actually go to the gym. By the time you factor in travelling to the gym, getting changed, doing your workout, having a shower, and then traveling home, even a 45-minute workout can take two hours or more out of your day. If you are busy with work and family commitments, this may mean that you simply do not have as much time to exercise as you might like. After all, when time is short, the first casualty is often your workout.
Then consider the gym’s opening times; do they suit your schedule and lifestyle, or are they closed at the exact times you will want to work out – public holidays or weekends for example.
Joining a gym can also be an expensive undertaking which, if you only go a couple of times a week and use just a few pieces of equipment, can make each visit seem very expensive. Gym owners even bank on their members joining and then not attending too often. That way they can sell lots more memberships than they can comfortably accommodate.
Only about 30% of gym members attend with any real regularity. The rest keep on paying their monthly dues but don’t bother going. Many gyms even lock you into a 12 or 24-month contract that means, even if you change your mind and stop going altogether, you cannot cancel your membership. Talk about money down the drain!
Also, think about what you are actually paying for. It’s a safe bet that a lot of the equipment at the gym will be of little or no interest to you. Most exercisers tend to focus on the cardio machines because they are arguably the best thing for fat loss and weight control – the two most common reasons for taking up exercise in the first place. All the other equipment available will only appeal to a small percentage of the users.
Of all the cardio machines in the gym, the treadmills and the exercise bikes are usually the most popular. This raises another potential issue – there may be a queue for the machine you want to use. If that’s the case, you’ll either have to settle for changing your workout or a potentially lengthy wait.
GET RESULTS – AT HOME!
But what if you could get fit, lose weight, and tone up without the expense and inconvenience of going to a gym? Wouldn’t that make exercising much more enjoyable? What about a home gym?
Buying exercise equipment for your home might seem like an extravagance but if you take a moment to think about it, it soon becomes clear this is not the case.
For a start, you can equip your home with some great exercise equipment for less than a year’s gym membership, and that one year of gym fees will purchase something that will last many years.
Additionally, your whole family will be able to benefit from your purchase whereas gym memberships only usually admit one person. You’ll also be able to work out at a time that suits you best. Late at night, early mornings, public holidays? Your home gym is always open.
With all these conveniences, working out is suddenly much less of a hassle and, because of that, you’ll do it more often, and experience better results in less time. But what should you buy?
Rowers are a good choice, as too are treadmills, but both take up a lot of space and the noise could annoy your neighbors. Ellipticals are another option but they tend to heavy and not especially portable. That’s okay if you want to limit your workouts to one room, maybe your garage, but not so good if you need a more flexible set up.
That leaves stationary bikes.
WHY CHOOSE A STATIONARY BIKE?
For cardio, cycling is hard to beat.
- It’s a low impact exercise which means it’s easy on your joints
- Your workouts will be quiet, so you won’t disturb the people around you.
- A stationary bike allows you to enjoy all the benefits of cycling without having to go out and take your chances with the weather or the traffic.
- Modern stationary bikes come preloaded with a variety of workout programs to follow and a wide range of resistance levels, so you can customize your workout according to your current level of fitness and increase the difficulty of your workout as you get fitter.
Stationary bikes offer a host of additional benefits and features.
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.
A good stationary bike is will also be adjustable, so you can raise or lower the seat and handlebars for a comfortable riding position. The more comfortable you are, the better as being uncomfortable could bring your workout to a premature end.
ALL STATIONARY BIKES (SORTED BY HIGHEST RATING)
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.