Best Indoor Recumbent Exercise Bike in 2020 [Full Reviews & Buying Guide]

Great value for money

Nautilus R616 recumbent bike

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

Nautilus R616 recumbent bike
  • Well connected: Bluetooth allows syncing workouts to a variety of fitness tracking apps
  • Wide range of workouts
  • Online connectivity for even more workouts
  • Built-in fan and speakers
  • Adjustable foot pads to level the bike

Lowest price bike

Exerpeutic 900XL recumbent bike

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

Exerpeutic 900XL recumbent bike
  • Affordable price
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Long warranty if purchased from the manufacturer

Great adjustability

Diamondback 910SR

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

Diamondback recumbent bike
  • Highly adjustable seat & handlebars
  • High build quality
  • Fits a wide variety of heights comfortably

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Diet and exercise. On the surface, a healthy lifestyle starts with those two things – and it sounds simple. But as soon as you open that door, you realize that the rabbit hole goes deeper than you ever expected. Macros, carb counting, keto, paleo. HIIT workouts, spin cycling, strength training, resistance training – my head is starting to spin! Where to begin?

As I’m sure you’re aware, the list of fancy words in the health and fitness world never stops coming. And one you may have run across is recumbent. This word, which has roots in the Latin word for recline (sounds pretty good now, doesn’t it!) is often applied to the recumbent bicycle. In a recumbent bike, you sit back, reclined, as you would in an easy chair. Sounds like my kind of exercise!

For someone building or adding to their home gym, a recumbent exercise bike is a great way to get in your daily calorie burn, up your heart rate, and more, all while sitting down. It has the added benefit of being more comfortable than a typical upright exercise bike, and less stressful on the knees and joints than many other forms of cardiovascular exercise. Often recommended by physical therapists, the recumbent bicycle is great for anyone who has experienced pain when using other exercise equipment, or those recovering from reconstructive surgery.

Before we jump into the products themselves, I’d like to explore some typical questions we receive about recumbent exercise bikes that may help you in your quest to find the right model for you.

Is a recumbent exercise bike a good workout?

Recumbent exercise bikes are a great workout for the legs and cardiovascular system if used with appropriate regularity and intensity. Based on recommendations from your health professional, recumbent exercise bicycles are a great way to get in either low-intensity, steady-state (LISS) cardio for a long period of time, or the popular high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. The downside of a recumbent exercise bicycle versus a traditional exercise bicycle is that a recumbent does not work your core (abdomen) area, as you no longer need it to hold you upright in the saddle.

Can you lose weight on a recumbent exercise bike?

Of course you can! Generally speaking, healthy weight loss comes from a balanced diet and eating less calories than you burn. An hour of moderate cycling on a recumbent exercise bike would burn around 330 calories for a 150lb individual. For comparison’s sake, an hour of cycling on a traditional exercise bike for the same person would burn about 400 calories.

What are the benefits of using a recumbent exercise bike?

Recumbent exercise bikes are great for all kinds of cardiovascular exercise, but they are also great for individuals who have experienced pain using other workout machines, especially in the knees and joints. By taking the weight off of these areas and sitting in a different position, recumbent exercise bicycles are great for those recovering from surgery or needing lower impact workouts.

Now that we’ve got a grip on the recumbent exercise bicycle, let’s get a feel for what’s out there. We’re going to look at seven different models, covering a wide range in price and features. Only you know your budget, technological capabilities, and desires, but also keep comfort in mind as well. There’s an old saying, “The exercise you do is better than the best exercise you dream of doing” – and if you aren’t comfortable, it’s unlikely that you’re going to hop on and get to spinning those wheels.

Side-by-side product comparison - specifications & features

ImageProductRatingCostWeight CapacityResistance LevelsWarranty (Parts)Rider HeightPrograms
Nautilus R616 recumbent bikeNautilus R6164.75$$300 lbs253 years5’ - 6’7”29
Exerputic 900XL recumbent bikeExerpeutic 900XL4.5$300 lbs890 days5’3 - 6’6”N/A
Diamondback recumbent bikeDiamondback 910SR4.5$$$325 lbs323 years5’2”-6’5”32
Schwinn 270 recumbent bikeSchwinn 2704.25$$300 lbs252 years5’ - 6’7”29
Exerputic 4000 recumbent bikeExerpeutic 40004$$325 lbs241 year5’ - 6’3”12
Nordictrack VR21 recumbent bikeNordicTrack VR213.5$$$350 lbs252 yearsUnspecified32/Unlimited
NordicTrack VR25 recumbent bikeNordicTrack VR253$$$$350 lbs262 yearsUnspecified35/Unlimited

Our Top Recumbent Bike Picks

#1

Great value for money

Nautilus R616 recumbent bike

Nautilus R616 recumbent bike

Our Score: 4.75 / 5

Editor's opinion:

The Nautilus R616 is often called out as the gold standard for reasonably priced, fully-featured recumbent exercise bikes. With everything you need to get your workout in, and log it digitally (as well as explore the world on a virtual bike tour), it’s hard to ignore the R616.

Pros

  • Well connected: Bluetooth allows syncing workouts to a variety of fitness tracking apps
  • Wide range of workouts
  • Online connectivity for even more workouts
  • Built-in fan and speakers
  • Adjustable foot pads to level the bike

Cons

  • “Explore the world” workout program requires subscription
  • Seat adjustment can limit some riders from fitting

With features that rival some much more expensive options, the Nautilus R616 is a bike with a lot to be excited about. Highly connected and customizable, this is a very modern, connected recumbent exercise bike, with a price point that’s hard to beat.

Let’s start with the good stuff. The Nautilus R616 offers 29 different workout programs, including 4 custom options that you can build and save for future rides. With 25 levels of resistance, you can easily increase or decrease your difficulty level and make your ride whatever you need it to be.

Expanding on this even further is the “Explore the World” app, allowing riders to participate in virtual group rides across dozens of unique worldwide locations. Connected to your smartphone or tablet, you can virtually ride through European cities, Japanese gardens, and more. This will ensure you are never bored with the same old scenery. However, to get more than the 3 included locations, you will have to pay for a subscription.

For the digitally savvy rider, bluetooth and USB connectivity allows syncing your workout to many popular fitness apps. This allows you to accurately track your workouts without manual data entry. If you want to get even more nerdy with your fitness, the R616 allows you to attach a chest strap heart monitor for in-depth heart rate tracking.

Ready for your device, there’s USB to charge it and AUX input to connect it to the built-in speakers. With a “media shelf” – you can rest your phone or tablet without worry that it will fall down during an intense workout, and a fan in the console brings relief from the heat.

According to the manufacturer, the Nautilus R616 can adjust to fit riders from 5’ to 6’ 7”. However, some may find that the adjustment method for the seat can cause issues. When adjusting the seat backwards, the seat also goes up, which may cause challenges finding an appropriate ergonomic position.

Nautilus is backing all of this up with a solid warranty (though a little confusing!) – The frame is warranted for ten years, parts and electronics for three years, and even one year of labor coverage. If you don’t want to assemble it yourself, you can pay Nautilus to assemble it for you!

If you’re looking for a digitally connected, fully featured recumbent exercise bike at a reasonable price point, the Nautilus R616 might just have everything you’re looking for.

#2

Lowest price bike

Exerpeutic 900XL recumbent bike

Exerpeutic 900XL recumbent bike

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

Editor's opinion:

Sometimes, you just need the basics, or your budget does! The Exerpeutic 900XL fits the bill. No, it won’t have any fancy screens, programming, or bluetooth connectivity, but if what you need is a recumbent exercise bike, the Exerpeutic 900XL is that, at a reasonable price. It includes a heart-rate sensor and 8 levels of magnetic resistance so you can adjust your own workout plan to suit your goals.

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Long warranty if purchased from the manufacturer

Cons

  • No programmed workouts
  • Lacks almost all features of the other models reviewed

For the DIY enthusiast, or those on a budget, the Exerpeutic 900XL is the way to go. While it doesn’t include any of the high-end features of the other recumbent exercise bikes on this list (except a heart rate sensor) – it will allow you to get your exercise on in a painless way.

Shipped in an easy-to-assemble package, the 900XL offers riders the opportunity to get a solid 300lb weight capacity, adjustable seat, and real-time data, such as time, distance, calories burned, and heart rate via an LCD screen. Paradigm thoughtfully includes a PVC workout mat to reduce noise (and sweat drops on your floor).

Unlike the rest of the models in our comparison, the 900XL does not include a wide range of resistance adjustment, or pre-installed workout programming. Only having 8 levels of resistance means you will have a less gradual increase or decrease in difficulty than other models. Without pre-installed programs, you are stuck with your imagination – luckily,coming up with “programs” is relatively simple. You just have to manually adjust the time and difficulty!

The 900XL is built to handle up to 300 pound riders, and has an adjustable seat. Wheels on the front allow for it to be rolled out of the way as needed, though their small size suggests that they are only really usable on hard floors, not carpet. With a step-through design, it’s easy to get in and out of, especially for those who have had injuries. You may want to consider an aftermarket gel seat, as the stock pad tends to become stiff and compressed during long workouts.

One significant downfall compared to most of the other models is the warranty. It offers only a 90-day parts warranty when purchased anywhere other than the manufacturer. However, when purchased directly from Paradigm, they offer a total of a 5-year warranty, which is impressive!

Overall, the Exerpeutic 900XL is a solid entry level recumbent exercise bike for those on a budget. It’s not going to go toe to toe with any of the others on this list for features, but it will get your heart rate up, while you’re sitting down (and isn’t that the ultimate goal?).

#3

Great adjustability

Diamondback recumbent bike

Diamondback 910SR

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

Editor's opinion:

With adjustability and comfort in mind, the designers of the 910SR were obviously prioritizing form and function. However, it’s lack of modern digital features are an odd miss in an otherwise stellar device.

Pros

  • Highly adjustable seat & handlebars
  • High build quality
  • Fits a wide variety of heights comfortably

Cons

  • No connected options
  • High cost for missing features

The Diamondback 910SR comes highly recommended, and with good reason. It’s a sharp bike with a lot of features, and a user base that raves about its smooth ride and high build quality. With 32 workout programs, you’re guaranteed to find something that’s going to make you need the built-in cooling fan!

For the user looking for the most adjustable recumbent exercise bike on the market, look no further than the 910SR. Unique to all the bikes on this list, the 910SR has adjustable handlebars, screen and not only the seat position, but the seat back as well. This provides significant flexibility so that you can find what is most comfortable for you. It also has a step-through design, which is a feature notably missing from the more affordable Nautilus and Schwinn models.

Diamondback stands behind their product, and the warranty that comes with the 910SR backs this up. It has a limited lifetime warranty on the frame and brake, a three-year warranty on parts, and a one year warranty for any labor required. The 910SR is well built and easy to assemble, though all of that hardware makes it a hefty bike at 130 pounds.

Unfortunately, the Diamondback 910SR has not made it into the digital era, and does not include any kind of connected features, such as bluetooth or online group classes, such as the iFit subscription included with the VR21. It is limited to an LCD display and 32 built-in workout programs.

It does, however, offer the ability to plug in a digital music player (such as an mp3 player, phone or tablet) and listen through the built-in speakers. It also has a tablet stand so you can add your own screen for movies, reading or tv shows. It is quiet enough that you are able to hear them over your workout – just don’t expect high-quality sound.

The 910SR seems to be an older machine that is begging for a technology upgrade. Great features and adjustability make it a solid choice for anyone who wants a quality bike. This would have been top of the line ten years ago – but technology moves at light speed, and the 910SR hasn’t kept up. If connecting to apps or online group classes are key features for you, other models are going to offer more than the Diamondback 910SR.

#4

All-around great recumbent exercise bike

Schwinn 270 recumbent bike

Schwinn 270

Our Score: 4.25 / 5

Editor's opinion:

You’ll probably notice a lot of similarities between the Schwinn 270 and the Nautilus R616. That’s because they’re practically the same machine, other than aesthetics. The Schwinn 270 has the same feature set as the R616, and the only missing feature is in regards to the warranty – the Nautilus R616 has one extra year of coverage for it’s parts.

Pros

  • Well connected: Bluetooth allows syncing workouts to a variety of fitness tracking apps
  • Wide range of workouts
  • Online connectivity for even more workouts
  • Built-in fan and speakers
  • Adjustable foot pads to level the bike

Cons

  • “Explore the world” workout program requires subscription
  • Seat adjustment can limit some riders from fitting

The Schwinn 270 landed a spot on the list because it’s a great recumbent exercise bike like it’s doppelganger, the Nautilus R616. I won’t rehash the review of the R616 – they’re practically the same bike – but I will note the one big difference between the two – the manufacturer’s warranty. The Schwinn 270 has a ten year frame warranty (R616: 10 year), a two year parts warranty (R616: 3 year), a one year electronics warranty (R616: 3 year) and a 90-day labor warranty (R616: 1 year.)

Choosing between these two comes down to price & risk. If you can find the Schwinn for a significantly better price, it may be worth the lesser warranty coverage. All things being equal, the Nautilus R616 carries a much better warranty for the exact same feature set. Let your wallet (and penchant for risk) be your guide.

#5

Comfort focused design

Exerpeutic 4000 recumbent bike

Exerpeutic 4000 recumbent bike

Our Score: 4 / 5

Editor's opinion:

Coming in at a slightly lower price point than the Nautilus R616 and the Schwinn 270, the Exerpeutic 4000 lacks some of the connected features, instead focusing on comfort. If you aren’t interested in bluetooth, built-in speakers and chest strap heart rate monitors, the Exerpeutic 4000 might be for you.

Pros

  • Step through & vertical grip design
  • “Air-soft” oversized seat & arm pads
  • Less expensive while still offering workout programs & heart rate monitoring

Cons

  • Poor user manual, questionable connectivity and some build quality issues
  • Short warranty unless purchased directly from the manufacturer

The Exerpeutic 4000 fills a void between the spartan 900XL and the fully featured Nautilus R616 and Schwinn 270, for a cheaper price. For those who aren’t quite ready to plan their own workouts, or who aren’t as digitally minded, the Exerpeutic 4000 is a good choice.

If you’re seeking a comfort-focused bike, the Exerpeutic 4000 is looking to take care of you. Perhaps you’re a senior who needs to take care of your health and your knees – or someone who finds other options unbearable – Paradigm is looking to help you out. The Exerpeutic 4000 has a 3” “air soft” seat, featuring multiple air chambers and a vented design to keep you comfortable. It even has padded armrests for long rides.

With a step-through design, the Exerpeutic 4000 is a great option for those who have trouble mounting a traditional recumbent exercise bike. They’ve also chosen to fit an upright “handlebar” grip on each side, rather than the traditional handlebars that rest parallel to your legs. This allows for a more natural seating position, and a feeling of being “tucked in” to the bike. Wheels are on the front, allowing for easy rollaway storage.

Unfortunately, there are some gaps in the build quality department. Some have had issues with the seat bolts loosening frequently, while others have had them strip out entirely. You may want to look at another model if this concerns you. However, the manufacturer does offer a 5 year warranty if you purchase direct, so that is a good option if you decide on the Exerpeutic 4000.

Interestingly, the manufacturer’s website does not list bluetooth connectivity, but many have stated that it is available, though instructions are not provided by the manufacturer, and it appears to be somewhat of a trial-and-error experience. If you are not technically-savvy, but want a connected exercise bike, I would choose the R616 or the Schwinn 270.

As with many budget products online, there are definitely some potential downsides that are worth considering with the Exerpeutic 4000. However, it offers a very unique step-through design, vertical handles and comfort-focused seat, as well as a lower price point. I would only choose it if you are willing to deal with a manual that is lacking in the English language, and don’t want to count on bluetooth connectivity.

Good, but not quite good enough

There are a couple of models that we added to the list today since they are still worth taking a look at if you’re interested. These two are both from a really well-known fitness brand, NordicTrack.

Overall, we think you’d be better off with one of the products above – but given the strong brand presence of NordicTrack we knew many people would wonder why we wouldn’t include them on the list.

Here’s why we think you’ll get better bang for your buck with another product.

#6

Great online workout classes, but not much else

Nordictrack VR21 recumbent bike

NordicTrack VR21

Our Score: 3.5 / 5

Editor's opinion:

Big on features, but lacking on support, the NordicTrack VR21 offers a lot of options but at a high cost. Questionable build quality and a poor customer service experience are the downfall of the NordicTrack VR21.

Pros

  • Step-through design, vertical handles
  • 1 Year “iFit” membership included for online workout classes
  • Lots of built-in programs

Cons

  • Lacks connected options such as bluetooth
  • Poor customer support experience with build quality issues

The NordicTrack VR21 bursts onto the scene with a Peloton style option that seems to be taking the world by storm: at home, guided workout classes through it’s “iFit” membership. The VR21 comes with a year membership, which is a great starter – but after that, you’ll have to pay to keep attending classes.

The bummer is, this is really the biggest selling point of the VR21. Yes, it offers a nice feature set, such as 32 built-in workout programs, a fan, 5” LCD screen and heart-rate monitoring, but is also lacking features of some cheaper models, such as bluetooth connectivity and the ability to download your workout stats to apps on your smartphone or tablet.

However, it does offer some interesting design features that the cheaper Nautilus R616 and Schwinn 270 can’t (yet the Exerpeutic models have!) – a step-through frame and vertical grip handlebars. This is great for a comfortable ride or for those who have trouble mounting a traditional design. It also boasts the highest weight capacity of the bunch, with a 350 pound limit. It may be your only option if you’re looking for a recumbent exercise bike for heavy people.

Unfortunately, even from a well respected name like NordicTrack, the VR21 has been plagued with quality issues and unresponsive customer service. From the iFit membership not functioning, to stripped screws and failed motors, the VR21 isn’t delivering the kind of quality one would expect from a high priced machine. And when issues do happen, customer service has been slow to respond, despite the product being under warranty.

At such a high price, it’s hard to recommend the VR21 over cheaper models like the R616 and Schwinn 270. They have more connected features, better build quality, and can participate in subscription services like iFit, since it’s just an app on a tablet that is not directly connected to the exercise bike. The poor build quality and lacking features make it hard to justify the added cost of the VR21.

#7

Lots of features but at a high price

NordicTrack VR25 recumbent bike

NordicTrack VR25

Our Score: 3 / 5

Editor's opinion:

With the NordicTrack VR25, lots of features cost a lot of money. While it seems neat to have everything included, from a screen to a heart rate chest strap, save some money and buy those items separate – and get better quality to boot.

Pros

  • 7” Touchscreen
  • Connectivity – bluetooth, heart rate monitor, music speakers
  • iFit membership for in-home group fitness classes

Cons

  • Poor build quality & customer service
  • High price

If you’re someone who likes to have all the bells and whistles, the NordicTrack VR25 could be for you. While all the other machines reviewed include old-school LCD displays showing the basics such as speed, distance and calories burned, the VR25 includes a full color 7” LCD tablet built-in for your viewing pleasure. Keep your devices connected with Bluetooth – delivering audio to the built in speakers and data to your favorite exercise tracking apps. Can’t be bothered to buy a separate heart rate monitoring chest-strap for the most accurate data? The VR25 comes with one out of the box – something none of the other models can boast.

All that sounds great, until you see the price, and hear about the build quality. As our most expensive model, I expect it to come with the most features, the most add-ons, and the best build quality. Unfortunately, it’s missing the most important of the three.

Quality issues have plagued NordicTrack with both the VR21 and VR25 – from delivery and initial build quality to customer service and warranty issues. Partially assembled at the factory, and partially assembled at home, the VR25 just doesn’t have the fit and finish that is expected from such a high-end machine. If you have issues, expect long hold times and being passed from person to person in an attempt to get your issue resolved. If you do manage to get replacement parts shipped out, expect to wait a long time for delivery.

The NordicTrack VR25 also suffers from a lack of adjustability, though it does offer the more ergonomic “step through” design seen in the Exerpeutic models and the other more expensive options I reviewed above. It does have a high, 350 pound weight capacity (on par with it’s lesser sibling, the VR21) – so if you are looking for a recumbent exercise bike designed for large people, the NordicTrack VR25 has you covered.

As with the VR21, it’s just plain difficult to recommend the VR25. NordicTrack is definitely banking on their name recognition and shiny list of features to sell the VR25, but your money is better spent on a cheaper model and bringing your own device to your next workout. Given the cost of the VR25, you could easily purchase a Nautilus R616 or Schwinn 270, buy an iPad and a heart rate chest strap, and still have money left over compared to the VR25! Don’t get sucked in by the list of features – get a different model that’s better built, for less money.

The best recumbent exercise bike: buying guide, tips & tricks

Finding the right recumbent exercise bicycle for you typically breaks down to a few key factors. Coming in with a wide range of features and prices, choosing a recumbent exercise bicycle can be a tricky proposition. Let’s break these down into a few categories to help you choose the best bicycle for you!

1. Frame & Design

Recumbent exercise bicycles typically come in two designs – step through and step over. Step over designs require the rider to step over the body of the bike to get into a seating position. Step through designs allow the feet to pass through unobstructed, making it easier to sit down on the bicycle, especially for those with mobility issues. There are affordable and expensive bikes with step through designs.

Another important design consideration to evaluate is the adjustability of the seating position. In all designs, the seat is able to be adjusted forward and backward to account for different rider heights. Some designs move along a flat plane, and some along an inclined plane, meaning that as you adjust the seat for a taller individual, the height of the seat increases as well. Some have found that this makes it difficult to find a comfortable seating position. You may want to visit a local dealer and “try before you buy” to make sure it’s the right fit for you.

Ultimately, the level of comfort and adjustability needed is up to you. Some models, such as the Diamondback 910SR, have adjustable handlebars and seat back – so if you find yourself struggling to find a comfortable fit, this may be the right bike for you!

2. Features and Technology

Every recumbent exercise bicycle is going to give you the ability to have a great workout. However, workout equipment that sits unused isn’t going to do anything for your health, so it’s important to consider what features you need.

The models here have a wide range of features and benefits, from bluetooth connectivity to heart rate monitoring, to basic models that just allow you to get a workout in. I recommend choosing one that has the features that encourage you to keep coming back, day after day!

Digital connectivity: If you’re into data, some models here offer the ability to download your workout statistics, such as calories burned, distance traveled and more, to workout apps on your phone. This allows you to accurately subtract your calories burned from your calories eaten, helping you achieve your fitness goals. Some models have speakers, allowing you to connect your phone or mp3 player. This is really only a benefit if you work out alone, or don’t like wearing headphones.

Screens and displays: All models offer some kind of LCD display, allowing the user to see basic data, such as distance, calories burned and heart rate. More expensive models have larger displays that can show more information, such as the workout program and previous workout stats. Most allow you to bring your own tablet or phone and settle it in a holder for entertainment while working out – but some have their own built in tablet, allowing you to access online group workout classes.

3. Warranty and Quality

Of course, the best healthy habits last a lifetime, and if you choose to invest in a recumbent exercise bicycle, an important consideration is build quality and warranty coverage. All of the bicycles reviewed here ship to your home partially assembled and require you to complete final assembly, so you may want to ask a friend for help if you have trouble assembling things or lifting heavy objects.

While most of these have a ten-year frame warranty, unless you leave it out in the weather, the frame is unlikely to be damaged. You should be concerned about the parts, especially the electronics, as well as customer experiences with the company’s service team – after all, what good is a warranty if you can’t reach anyone to solve your problems?

4. Built-in workout programs and resistance levels

Workout programs: Just because you can hop on your bike and start pedaling, doesn’t mean that it’s the most effective. All bicycles reviewed here, other than the cheapest Exerpeutic 900XL, offer a number of built in workout programs that automatically vary resistance levels to help you get a workout that challenges you and builds strength. Some offer more workout programs than others, and this variety may prevent boredom, encouraging you to get back on and ride.

Online workout programs: Some of the most expensive models have online group classes (with a subscription, of course) that have live instructors guiding you. If this kind of group effort and encouragement drives you to work out harder, longer, and with more consistency, these bikes may be for you. However, many of these programs can be run on a tablet or phone with any exercise bike, so you may not have to pay for the most expensive model to get this benefit.

Resistance levels: All exercise bikes provide their exercise by resisting your efforts to pedal them! However, the amount of resistance selected determines the amount of exercise you’re getting. The more resistance levels offered, the more gradual you can amp up or down your training. This may help you gradually increase the level of effort if you are interested in “low intensity steady state” (LISS) cardio, however, for HIIT workouts, you are often increasing/decreasing the difficulty by a large margin. If HIIT workouts are your goal, many resistance levels may not be as important – but it’s nice to have flexibility.

Choosing the right bike for you involves considering all of these factors, along with your budget and workout goals.

Final verdict

At a base level, every recumbent exercise bike listed is going to offer you the ability to hop on and start riding. My suggestion is to sit down and understand your own needs and desires as you consider this purchase. Nothing is worse than a piece of unused exercise equipment, reminding you daily that you haven’t reached your goals yet. While an inexpensive item may be tempting in the short term, if a more expensive model is going to encourage you to keep working out, the health benefits far outweigh the cost. That said, if you’ve got the motivation but not the budget, a starter option is a good choice to see if you can put in the miles before putting down cash on something costly.

Of the bikes on this list, I would choose the Nautilus R616. It has a great list of features, connectivity, built in programs and resistance levels, with one of the best warranties to boot. Nautilus is known for quality products, and at the price point, it’s hard to recommend more expensive models that don’t have a lot of additional features (sometimes even less!) to justify the increase in price.

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Elisha Catts
Elisha Catts

As a working mother of three, I know how hard it is to find time to research products, exercise, and eat right! I want to help others discover products, methods, and lifestyle choices that will make a difference. I enjoy writing, research, and exploring new things.

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