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5 Peloton alternatives for indoor cardio in 2021

Don't drive to the gym next year - get a brand new indoor cycling bike.

When it comes to indoor cycling bikes, the most popular name in the game is Peloton. But while that brand is well-loved, it is also not cheap. While the bike is great, you're also paying for the name. So here are five alternative brands you can look into, in a variety of price ranges, that offer similar features.

For context, the Peloton bike varies between $1,895 (for just the bike and nothing else) and $2,745 (for a bike with all the works). The basic Peloton bike does not have a moving monitor, which is an oversight, because some of their classes don't even require you to be on the bike! If you're looking to take off-bike classes, you'll have to stand far behind the bike to take the class, and your view will be obscured by the equipment (the more expensive bikes have moving display monitors).

Almost all of the retailers listed have different tiers of bikes, so you'll want to look closely to decide what is best for your own fitness goals. Each bike requires a monthly membership in order to take fitness-led classes.

MYX

The MYX
myxfitness.com
$1299.00

Price: Starting at $1,299

Membership: $29/month

MYX is a newer bike, and a direct competitor to Peloton. MYX offers two bikes, a simple bike (with a moving monitor) and a Plus bike for $200 more, which comes with dumbbells, a kettlebell, and an extra mat. Of all the bikes on this list, that is the best budget-friendly option. For just $1,499, you get all of those add-ons – which is $1,000 less than the same offerings from Peloton.

MYX Fitness offers recorded classes, ranging in time between 10 to 60 minutes. You can opt for a HIIT ride, cool-down rides, hybrid classes on & off the bike, and off-bike classes. If you're in the mood for a soothing ride, you can choose one of MYX Fitness's scenic rides in places like sunny California.

Check out my MYX review, where I discussed the breakdown in cost between the two bikes more extensively.

Bowflex

Bowflex VeloCore Bike - 16"
bowflex
bowflex.com
$1699.00

Price: Starting at $1,699 for the 16" console or $2,199 for the 22" console

Membership: Free 2 months with purchase; $19.99/month or $149/year

If you're like me, you've probably seen the commercial for BowFlex's new Velocore bike 30 times this holiday season. It is the only bike that leans from side to side, like you're reading a real bike. You can follow along with classes where trainers encourage you to lean into every ride.

Another incredible feature is that you can watch Netflix and Hulu on this bike. You can most likely hack other monitors on other popular bikes, but this system is integrated to include your favorite streaming apps. Or, if you already have existing fitness subscriptions like Peloton and Zwift, you can also use them on the Bowflex Velocore.

NordicTrack

Nordictrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle
NordicTrack
nordictrack.com
$1999.00

Price: Starting out at $999 and goes up to $1,999

Membership: First year of membership free; $39/month after that

NordicTrack is the best retailer if you're looking for variety when it comes to cycling bikes (and obviously, other cardio machines). The cheaper bikes are less "fitness studio" and more "simple indoor bike." If you're looking for something luxe, the $1,999 model comes with a massive tilting monitor, while also having one-of-a-kind incline and decline technology.

One of the best highlights about NordicTrack is that their machines come with a year of iFit membership included. NordicTrack knows what they're doing with that offer: You won't have to worry about paying for classes for a year and by then, they're betting you'll probably be s0 in love with them, you'll want to pay.

Echelon

Connect Bike EX-7s
echelonfit.com
$2039.98

Price: Starting at $840 and goes up to $2,040

Membership: Starting at $19.99/month and goes up to $39/month

Echelon offers a number of bikes, both with and without monitors. If you already own a tablet, you can opt for a bike that comes without a monitor and use the tablet instead, but to accurately call this a Peloton alternative you'd have to opt for a model that comes with a monitor. When you narrow it down taht way, there are two: the EX-7S and the EX-5S. Both of these bikes come with large screens to follow along with Echelon's classes, on and off the bike.

Echelon definitely has the most budget-friendly options. If you're shopping directly from Echelon, the bikes start at $840. You can get a less high-tech model from Walmart for under $500.

SoulCycle

SoulCycle At-Home Bike
variis.com
$2500.00

Price: $2,500

Membership: $40/month

I included this bike because it is technically a Peloton competitor, but it is at the end of the list because it somehow costs more than the most Peloton packages. If you're an Equinox member (or were) you might be familiar with this bike. Equinox members get free membership to use it to take SoulCycle classes.

This bike is definitely the fastest to ship on this list at time of publishing. If you order now, it will ship in one to three weeks.