We blame Peloton for creating a whole new world of Bluetooth- and electronics-enabled connected fitness. For a monthly fee, members have access to not just a workout on their fancy spin bike with an attached screen, but an entire like-minded community of fitness enthusiasts in a competitive environment that’s been compared to a video game, including addictive thrills. And that was all before the pandemic happened; after March 2020, the company reported a sales surge of 172 percent.
But before dropping $2,595 on the brand new Peloton+ model and committing to the $40 monthly membership fee, we’d suggest doing a comparison shop to make sure that all of Peloton’s bells and whistles are exactly what you want in a stationary bike. (And in case you want to skip over Peloton's media controversy.) Maybe you’re better suited to the Echelon Smart Connect, which costs $999 but swaps out the Peloton’s 22-inch screen for a holder that displays your own iPad. Or the Myx, which starts at $1,399 and includes its own pivoting screen (plus a $39 per month app). Perhaps you’d prefer hacking your own home rider experience, using hardware from one company and an app from another? Regardless, we’re here to find the right workout equipment for you with ten of the best Peloton alternatives on the market.