The 11 Best Peloton Bike Alternatives of 2024

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Peloton is a fitness equipment brand that makes stationary bikes favored by fitness enthusiasts for its:

  • ergonomic design
  • live classes
  • convenient built-in screen

Despite the brand’s popularity, its bikes may not be a good fit for everyone.

For one, the Peloton bike works only with the Peloton’s All-Access membership, which costs $44 per month (unless you select “just ride” through the bike’s system).

If you already have a subscription to a different fitness app or would prefer to stream classes using your own device, you may want to consider an alternative.

Some indoor cycling bikes offer a similar set of features to the Peloton Bike and Bike+ for a much more affordable price. Others also have additional features, including dual-sided pedals and rotating touch screens.

Dual dual-sided (SPD clips/toe cages), Cages toe cages

We chose these bikes based on the following factors:

  • Product specs: We considered each bike’s adjustability, pedals, resistance, space requirements, streaming capabilities, and more.
  • Extra features: We looked for smart bikes that not only have very similar features to the Peloton Bike but also offer something that sets them apart.
  • Quality: We considered the warranties that come with each bike and the reputation of each brand. Whenever possible, we’ve also included links to our in-depth single-brand reviews of many bikes on our list.
  • Customer reviews: The bikes included on our list have mostly positive customer feedback.
  • Price: We selected bikes to suit a variety of budgets.
  • Vetting: All the bikes on our list have been vetted to ensure that they align with Healthline’s brand integrity standards and approach to well-being. You can read more about our vetting process.

Here are our picks of the 11 best Peloton Bike alternatives.

You might consider several factors when shopping for a stationary bike.

First, because bikes are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, you can select one that’s adjustable and suits your:

  • height
  • weight
  • available space

It’s also a good idea to look for a bike with those small transportation wheels at the front or back to make it easier to move.

Look for a bike that allows you to set different workout levels and easily modify the resistance.

Finally, you may want to look into the type of:

  • seat
  • pedals
  • streaming capabilities

Resistance types

  • Magnetic resistance: Magnets create tension against the flywheel without actually making contact. This resistance style is quiet, doesn’t require much maintenance, and can offer a high degree of resistance with the simple twist of a knob.
  • Friction (contact) resistance: A felt or leather pad applies pressure to the flywheel in this resistance style. Slightly louder than magnetic resistance, friction resistance also requires more maintenance, as you’ll need to replace the pads when they wear down.
  • Air resistance: Bikes with air resistance feature a large fan and are noisier than magnetic or friction bikes. Resistance is created by the blades pushing against the air and depends on how fast you pedal. These are popular for sprint and interval training.

Seat types

  • Race-style/competition: These seats are slimmer and allow for a wider range of motion.
  • Oversized: This type provides extra cushioning for a comfortable ride.
  • Gel: With plenty of cushion and padding, these seats help distribute your weight evenly and support your sit bones.
  • Standard: This type of seat has a similar design to a basic road bike seat. Some brands offer standard seats that are slightly more padded than others.

Many beginning Peloton riders complain of the seat being uncomfortable and even painful at first. They often get used to it over time, usually after 10–20 rides during the first couple weeks of regular riding.

This was the case for our hands-on reviewer Morgan Blount, the Associate Director for People Experience & DEIB with RVO Health, who says: “I’ve had my bike for 3 years. At first, the seat hurt, but I got used to it.”

But if you’re looking for comfort from the get-go, you may prefer a wider or more padded seat over a standard or competition-style saddle.

Pedals and cleats

NOTE: Although cycling cleats link to what are called “clipless” pedals, they can be misleading. To clarify, the shoes are “clip-in” — the pedals are “clipless.”

Clipless refers to the old-school toe-clip-pedal and shoe-strap combo riders used to leverage to keep feet in place. Here’s a visual of the present-day cleat and pedal options:

  • SPD pedals: These pedals hold your shoes in contact with the pedal and require compatible two-bolt cleats.
  • Look Delta pedals: Also a type of clipless pedal, these use a three-hole design to hold your shoes in contact with the pedals. You’ll need Delta-compatible cleats, which attach to any pair of three-bolt bike shoes.
  • Toe cages: To avoid buying new shoes, some people prefer bikes with toe cages (or toe straps). Although clipless cycling shoes provide a more balanced and efficient pedal stroke, using your athletic shoes can make indoor cycling cheaper and more convenient.
  • Dual-sided pedals: Several home exercise bikes offer pedals with clipless pedals on one side and toe cages on the other, allowing you to choose whether you want to invest in cycling cleats.

Smart bikes

If you’re willing to spend a bit more, several home exercise bikes offer streaming capabilities for access to live and on-demand workouts.

While some models have touch screens, others include Bluetooth capabilities and tablet holders, which allow you to stream classes using your own device.

Unlike bikes that include device holders, smart bikes integrate with at least one fitness app, such as Peloton App or iFit.

This is beneficial because app integration allows you to view your performance data, such as the distance or resistance level, on the app as you ride.

Many apps offer additional features such as automatic resistance control and live leaderboards during classes.

Just keep in mind that these apps require an additional monthly or yearly fee, though many brands include a free 30-day or 1-year trial with your purchase.

So if you’d rather watch TV, read a book, or listen to music while you ride, you’re better off buying a less expensive bike without these features.

Working out at home on an exercise bike offers many health benefits.

For starters, because you don’t have to worry about the weather or time of day, a stationary bike can offer you a way to get consistent exercise conveniently.

Cycling can help strengthen your leg muscles without placing a lot of pressure on your joints. A 2019 research review showed that, in combination with a nutrient-rich diet, regular exercise on a stationary bike may also help:

  • lower cholesterol
  • lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • promote and maintain weight loss
  • increase bone mineral density in older people, reducing the risk of a fracture

A 2020 research review showed that indoor cycling may help relieve pain and improve function in individuals with knee osteoarthritis.

Exercising on a bike can also help improve your mood and ease symptoms of:

According to a 2018 study of more than 1.2 million U.S. adults, regular exercise of any kind is associated with improved mental health — and team sports, cycling, and aerobic and gym activities seem particularly beneficial.

Smart bikes have the added benefit of making it easier to:

  • track your performance over time
  • follow along with trainer-led classes from the comfort of your home
  • join a virtual fitness community

Exercising with others and being able to record your progress can help boost motivation and enjoyment, according to a 2020 Australian study.

The best Peloton Bike alternative for you depends on several factors, including your:

  • budget
  • desired features
  • workout goals
  • available workout space

While the NordicTrack S22i is our pick for the best overall Peloton alternative, the Echelon Smart Connect EX5 is worth considering if you’re looking to spend less than $1,000, and it’s often on sale for less. The Stryde Bike is also highly comparable and offers high quality studio classes.

On the other hand, the Bowflex VeloCore costs about the same amount as the Peloton Bike+ but features a unique leaning design to engage your core as you ride.

Several indoor cycling bikes are high quality and similar in price to the Peloton bikes.

For example, the Schwinn IC4 and Echelon Connect EX5 are priced at less than $1,000 but still offer a high quality ride. They’re also equipped with Bluetooth capabilities and device holders for streaming classes on your device.

If you’re looking to spend less than $1,000, the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1995 Fitness Pro II Bike and Cyclace Exercise Bike are your best bets.

With its 21.5-in (54.6-cm) screen and extensive library of fitness classes, The MYX II bike is similar to the Peloton bike. The bikes even have very similar prices, meaning choosing between them is a question of preference.

All the smart bikes in this article share key features with the Peloton Bike, such as integrated class apps and touch screens. Some examples of exercise bikes with similar levels of technology are the NordicTrack S22i Studio Cycle and the Bowflex VeloCore.

There are numerous indoor cycling bikes on the market. However, Peloton’s biggest competitors currently are NordicTrack and MYXfitness.

Like Peloton, both companies offer bikes designed to integrate with streaming apps, providing:

  • live and on-demand classes
  • track performance metrics
  • competition with others using leaderboards

Yes! Peloton offers a $12.99 Peloton Digital membership, which allows you to access Peloton’s full library of classes on any smartphone or tablet. In fact, for a hands-on review of enjoying the Peloton app with an alternative bike, you can read Healthline Multimedia Editor Kristin Currin-Sheehan’s DIY Peloton hack here.

In the digital app, you can:

  • instructor
  • popularity
  • music type
  • mood
  • body focus
  • difficulty
  • class duration
  • instructor
  • popularity
  • music type
  • mood
  • body focus
  • difficulty
  • class duration
  • see milestones
  • track your workout streak
  • bookmark and preload classes to take at a later time

However, unlike Peloton’s All-Access membership (reserved for those using Peloton equipment), the Digital membership doesn’t keep track of your performance over time.

Although the Peloton Bike and Bike+ are two of the most popular indoor cycling bikes on the market, they may not work for everyone.

If you’re looking for something different, there are alternative exercise bike options for home workouts. Some of these bikes are less expensive, and others provide features not offered on either Peloton bike.

When selecting a stationary bike, you can check the available features carefully and look for a product that suits your:

  • height
  • weight
  • budget
  • exercise goals
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