Best Peloton Alternatives for 2024

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Like so many other things at CNET, we test exercise bikes as thoroughly as possibly through rigorous examination and comparison. Each exercise bike in our list has been through at least 100 miles of riding, using as many of the built-in features as possible.

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Best budget Peloton alternative

Echelon Smart Connect Bike EX3

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$999 at Bowflex


Best Peloton alternative with no subscription

Bowflex C6

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Great indoor bikes have existed for a long time now, but that didn’t stop a relatively new company from becoming a household name nearly overnight thanks to some great marketing. Peloton’s hype is largely justified, as long as you’re a fan of spin class-style workouts and you want to join a live class from your home. But as nice as they are, Peloton bikes are expensive, even before you count in the $44 mandatory monthly subscription to access those classes. Fortunately, there are some exceptional Peloton alternatives out there. We’ve tested quite a few and can help you choose the right option for your needs.

Which is the best Peloton alternative?

I’ve been testing indoor bikes for more than five years now, and while I don’t think there’s a single bike that’s perfect for all people I would say the best overall Peloton alternative is the Bowflex Velocore series. If you’re looking for a large display with a lot of options on the screen that Peloton is never going to offer, you’ll be happy with this bike. And if having a giant screen doesn’t matter as much to you, there’s a budget-friendly version with a 16-inch display instead.  

Best Peloton alternatives of 2024

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Max Weight Cost Dimensions Screen Size Workout Types
Bowflex VeloCore 325lbs $900.00 59.8″ L x 24.1″ W x 55.3″ H 16″ or 22″ Full Body
Echelon EX3 300lbs $430.00 59″ L x 23″ W x 53″ H Tablet holder only Cycling Only
Bowflex C6 330lbs $999.00 54.6″ L x 30.7″ W x 51.8″ H Tablet holder, performance-only LCD Cycling Only
Myx II Plus 350lbs $1,399.00 54″ L x 21″ W x 47″ H 21.5″ Full Body
Peloton Bike Plus 297lbs $2,495.00 59″ L x 22″ W x 59″ H 23.8″ Full Body
Stryde 350lbs $1,495.00 49.6″ L x 24″ W x 46″ H 21.5″ Cycling Only

Every indoor bike has the same basic feature set, but testing any bike as a viable Peloton alternative means the bike needs to meet a few basic benchmarks. When testing any indoor bike, we’re primarily interested in measuring the following:

  • Size, stability and comfort: How well this bike fits in your home and how comfortable it is to ride in a home. This includes ease of assembly, how much noise the bike makes and how well it tucks away when not in use if that’s what you need in your space.
  • Software features: If this is a Peloton alternative, it needs to be able to deliver a lot of different things all at once. This includes heart-rate monitoring and reporting, access to a wide variety of workout types and the ability to use your bike in a competitive workout environment (real or virtual)
  • Cycling flexibility: It’s important that the indoor bikes we consider as Peloton alternatives be able to challenge a wide variety of skill levels. This means something on this list allows for clearly defined difficulty levels and allows for someone with preferred cycling shoes to comfortably use the bike.

Each bike we have access to is thoroughly tested by riding in three different situations — included HIIT workouts, 20-mile performance rides and more casual 30-minute cycling sessions. If we have not yet had access to the bike but find its features interesting, this detail is called out in the section.

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There’s no such thing as one bike for every kind of rider out there, and while Peloton makes a great bike there may be better options out there depending on your needs. With that in mind, we test all of our indoor bikes using the same criteria.


Consider how much you’re willing to spend on an indoor bike. A big part of our testing is identifying which areas of an ideal cycling experience can be reduced to save money without impacting the quality of your workout. 

Subscription quality

Many smart bikes now include a subscription to access their classes. Decide if a member subscription is important to your indoor cycling experience or if you want an option to just ride. For example, some subscription services offer less expensive options to add family members.

Physical space

A lot of indoor bikes take up a lot of room, and a big part of making sure your purchase doesn’t quickly become a very expensive clothesline is making sure it’s the right size for your space without sacrificing the things that make a good workout.

Workout quality

At the end of the day whatever bike you choose needs to be enjoyable to use. This means testing the seat for extended periods of time as well as the different riding positions you’d want to be in while riding. 

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Like so many other things at CNET, we test exercise bikes as thoroughly as possibly through rigorous examination and comparison. Each exercise bike in our list has been through at least 100 miles of riding, using as many of the built-in features as possible. Every exercise bike is judged against the following metrics:

Exercise bike volume

Every workout makes some noise, but a quieter bike typically means greater build quality. At the same time, if an exercise bike has a built-in display with speakers it’s important to know it’s possible to clearly hear the class instructor or your favorite TV show over the sound of you working out.

Riding position flexibility

It’s important to be able to set your exercise bike to the riding position that works best for you, and be able to ride in that position for extended periods of time. All of the bikes in this list are tested in cruiser, neutral and competition riding positions to ensure comfort for as many body types as possible. 

Software compatibility

Even if your bike doesn’t have a display, it likely has a way to connect to your phone or tablet to access performance apps. But that testing doesn’t end at the ability to connect to a phone, the accuracy of the information sent from the bike to your phone makes a big difference, especially if you’re counting calories or you want to use a competitive racing app to ride with friends. Making sure the power you push into your exercise bike is accurately reflected in the information sent to apps makes a big difference. 

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Which bike is Peloton’s biggest competitor?

This is a tough question to answer, because it depends on what kind of cyclist you are. If you’re new to cycling and want the gym experience at home, the biggest competition to Peloton would be the Myx II Pro referenced above. If you’re a more advanced cyclist looking for a way to get in a variety of workouts at home without needing to go to a scheduled spin class, the competition to Peloton would likely look more like an indoor trainer where you’re using your own road bike hooked up to a Wahoo Kickr Smart Trainer.

Because indoor bikes like Peloton reach such a broad audience of cyclists, your personal level of enthusiasm has a ton of weight on your choice. 

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What should I look for when buying an indoor exercise bike?

Before you decide which indoor exercise to buy, you’ll want to consider several things including cost, size, display screen and whether or not you’ll need a monthly subscription. If your main goal is to simulate the experience of riding outdoors, for instance, you’ll want a bike like the Bowflex VeloCore, which offers a realistic road feel and can mimic the way you lean in to turns. However, if your main goal is to get the most bang for your buck, you’ll want to consider something like the Bowflex C6

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Which muscles does indoor cycling work?

Indoor cycling is a full-body workout. It targets your core, upper body, back, glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings and lower legs. Some bikes also include weights so you can more specifically target muscle groups in your arms. 

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Is a built-in or BYO screen better?

The most eye-catching aspect of the Peloton exercise bike is, without question, its big HD touchscreen. But that’s also a big reason the bike is so expensive; many indoor spin bike competitors come with a smaller screen or none at all. The Bowflex C6, for example, doesn’t come with any kind of display. Instead, it has a mount for your tablet. The smaller screen may not draw you in as much, but a tablet lets you do things other than watch indoor cycling class videos, like read books, stream Netflix or even go on virtual outdoor scenic rides. I’m not saying one is definitively better than another — there are pros and cons to built-in and BYO screens.

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Is a subscription necessary?

If your goal when buying a piece of home-fitness equipment is to avoid pricey gym or class memberships, some of these bikes may leave you scratching your head. As noted, Peloton charges $44 a month; Myx Fitness runs a little cheaper at $39, while Echelon’s plans range from $30 to $35. If you buy a NordicTrack cycle, you get your first year of the iFit service free and after that, it costs $39 a month. 

You can use any of these bikes independently, though; you don’t have to take a class (but Peloton does require a minimum one-year subscription as part of your purchase). If you decide not to pay for a membership and fitness app, some bikes will no longer collect or display data, such as speed and distance, about your rides, which is one of the reasons someone might choose an indoor bike over a road bike. 

Much as you might dislike the idea of yet another monthly subscription, even $40 is less than what you’d typically pay for just two or three drop-in cardio workout classes at your favorite indoor cycle studio (and it’s worth it if you find a particular Peloton instructor particularly motivating). Just be sure to factor that cost into the overall expenditure and, where possible, look for discounts on the prepaid, annual subscriptions.

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