Are you looking for a smart cardio machine to use in your home, but high Peloton prices give you reason to pause? The good news is there are several viable alternatives. If you’re on the hunt for interactive exercise equipment for your home gym, Peloton is the hottest name in fitness tech today. But Peloton prices can be a stopper. There are plenty of smart exercise bikes and other Peloton alternative fitness options priced right for home use, however, from interactive treadmills to rowers. Some of the alternates we found include one-year subscriptions to iFit or JRNY virtual home fitness workouts. Other machines are compatible with iFit, and you can buy a membership to the service separately. In addition, Echelon exercise machines also have exercise and mindfulness coaching, individual and on-demand group workouts, and camaraderie-boosting experiences available by subscription. Here are several excellent alternatives that cost less than Pelotons.
- Echelon Connect Bike EX-5 — Starting at $1,399 with mat, heart rate monitor, and $85 apparel credit
- Bowflex C6 Bike — $799 with a 1-year membership to JRNY and free shipping, was $999
- NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle (2021 model) — $1,499, was $2,199
- Echelon Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror — Starting at $1,899 with mat, heart rate monitor, and $85 apparel credit
- Echelon Stride-5s Smart Treadmill — Starting at $2,899 with mat, heart rate monitor, and $85 apparel credit
- What is iFit?
Echelon Connect Bike EX-5 — Starting at $1,399 with mat, heart rate monitor, and $85 apparel credit
The Echelon Connect Bike EX-5 has a competition seat, adjustable bars, clip-on and cage pedals, and 32-level magnetic resistance. The EX-5 has a smart device mount for your phone or tablet that flips 180 degrees for off-bike exercises. With an Echelon United Membership ($40 monthly), you can work with more than 30 world-class trainers to take classes in everything from kickboxing to Zumba, yoga, and more. The EX-5 with annual Echelon United Membership is $1,399 and the EX-5 with a two-year membership costs $1,699. In stock and ready to ship. Echelon’s Independence Day bundle includes a free equipment mat, a heart rate monitor, and an $85 apparel credit.
Bowflex C6 Bike — $799 with a 1-year membership to JRNY and free shipping, was $999
The Bowflex C6 Bike lets you choose your workout app. The C6 is compatible with Peloton App, Zwift App, and Explore the World App to follow virtual courses and trails that adjust to your speed. Access your choice of workout or coaching app via Bluetooth, and adjust the resistance precisely with 100 micro-adjustable levels. The C6 has dual-link pedals with toe cages and comes with a pair of three-pound dumbbells and a Bluetooth-enabled heart rate armband monitor. Ships in about one week.
NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle (2021 model) — $1,499, was $2,199
While not much cheaper than the Peloton at its original list price, the 2021 model of the NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle is probably the best option when it comes to comparable feature sets — they’re practically the same. The S22i has a screen that is all but the same size as the Peloton. Still, the capability for instructors to adjust your incline and resistance for you (you have to do it yourself with the Peloton) makes it a better option if you’re looking to stay more focused on your workouts. NordicTrack also includes a one-year membership to these workouts in the purchase price of the S22i, which is another advantage. At the current sale price, the S221 is an incredible bargain.
Echelon Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror — Starting at $1,899 with mat, heart rate monitor, and $85 apparel credit
You don’t have to work out in front of a mirror. Mount the Echelon Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror on a wall and follow personalized training with a Reflect Membership. You’ll also enjoy live classes, on-demand classes, and can compete with family and friends. The Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror weighs 52 pounds and measures 47.75-inches high x 20-inches wide x 2-inches thick. The HD display has a 1080p resolution and a 60 Hz vertical refresh rate for smooth video. The required Reflect Echelon United Membership costs $40 a month. You can save by purchasing a one-year Echelon United Membership with the Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror for $1,899 or a two-year membership with the Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror for $2,199. The Echelon Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror is in stock and ready to ship now. Echelon’s Independence Day bundle includes a free equipment mat, a heart rate monitor, and an $85 apparel credit.
Echelon Stride-5s Smart Treadmill — Starting at $2,899 with mat, heart rate monitor, and $85 apparel credit
Echelon’s second-generation treadmill, the Echelon Stride-5s, has a larger running deck, a built-in display, and a patented auto-folding feature. The Stride-5s deck measures 60-inches long by 24-inches wide, a 31% larger running surface than the original Stride treadmill’s 54-inch long by 20-inch wide deck. The new Stride-5s also has a 24-inch diagonal HS touchscreen. The display rotates for your convenience for workouts off the treadmill. The treadmill adjusts to a maximum of 12.5 miles per hour with 16 incline settings to a maximum of 15%. You can run at your own pace or join instructor-led running workouts or both live or on-demand treadmill classes.
In addition, with an Echelon Membership, you can access more than 2,000 off-equipment workouts. The Stride-5s has two water bottle holders, a cooling fan, integrated heart rate sensors, and plus both a safety stop lanyard and an emergency stop button. You can purchase an Echelon Stride-5s for $2,899 with free shipping and a one-year Echelon Membership or $3,199 with a tw0-year membership and free shipping. The Stride-5s is in stock and ready to ship. Echelon’s Independence Day bundle includes a free equipment mat, a heart rate monitor, and an $85 apparel credit.
What is iFit?
iFit is an online fitness program with personalized virtual coaching, virtual studio classes, and destination workouts. iFit memberships cost $15 per month for individuals and $33 per month for families of up to five people. You can use iFit workouts with a smartphone or tablet with any cardiovascular fitness equipment. Still, many of the exercise bikes that are iFit compatible can connect with iFit and automatically adjust settings such as resistance, speed, and incline to vary workout intensity.
Icon Fitness and Health, the company that owns iFit, also is the parent company of NordicTrack, ProForm, Freemotion, Weider, Weslo, Gold’s Gym, and others.
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