What’s the best recumbent exercise bike?
For some people a recumbent exercise bike is preferable to an upright one, whether that is for practical reasons – because it’s kinder to joints, or you’re recovering from injury – or just because you prefer it and find it more comfortable (and easier to watch tv!).
You can read more about the pros and cons of different types of exercise bike here.
So having decided on a recumbent bike, which one should you get? For comparison, I have selected 6 of the most popular bikes with high review scores (you can see the current star rating by hovering over the model in the carousel above) available from Amazon.
Of course, there is no single best recumbent exercise bike as such. What’s best for you depends on a number of factors, including (but not limited to):
PRICE: What’s your budget?
SPACE: How much space do you have? How much space does the machine take up? Will in remain in place permanently or do you need one which will fold up?
MAX USER WEIGHT: Notwithstanding the limits of your budget, if you’re on the heavy side (and want one to help you lose some weight), it will need to be sturdy enough to take your weight safely. Each machine has a Max. User weight recommendation.
FEATURES: Most decent machines have the same basics but, of course, the more expensive machines have a few more. Some things to look for are:
- Flywheel weight (heavier is better)
- Maximum User Weight
- Number of resistance levels
- Console readout features
So here are some of the best-selling machines on Amazon in different price ranges.
- Max User weight: 110kg Flywheel: 2-way (you can pedal forwards or backwards), 4Kg
- Dimensions: 120x61x84cm (LxWxH) – Weight-28kg
- Foldable?: No
- Console Display: Time, Speed, Distance, Calories, Hand Pulse, Odometer
- User weight: 100kg
- Flywheel: 2-way, 4Kg
- Dimensions: 140 (L) x 60 (W) x 82cm (H)
- Foldable?: No
- Console Display: Time, Speed, Distance, Heart rate, Calories.
- Max User weight: 90kg
- Flywheel: ‘equivalent to 8Kg’
- Dimensions: 97cm (length) x 57cm (width) x 90cm (height)
Folded dimensions: 46cm (length) x 57cm (width) x 124cm (height)
- Weight: 18.8 kg
- Foldable?: Yes
- Console Display: Time, Speed, Distance, Calories
- Max user weight: 130Kg
- Flywheel: 9Kg
- Dimensions: 66 x 165 m x 102 cm
- Weight: 49Kg
- Foldable: No
- Console Display: Time, Speed, Dstance, Calories, Pedalling speed, Current Date & Time
- Resistance: Magnetic – 16 levels, 12 programmes, 4-person memory
- Heart-rate measurement: Built-in pulse sensors; optional extra – wireless chest strap.
- Max User weight: 160kg
- Flywheel: 9Kg Dimensions: 150(L) x 66(W)x 136(H)
- Foldable?: No
- Console Display (Colour, 5 inch): Time, Speed, Distance, Calories, Pulse, Programmes, User Profile
RECUMBENT EXERCISE BIKE COMPARISON TABLE
Below is a table summarising the products mentioned above with some additional information.
TIP: Hover over the model name for the current price on Amazon – this is often less than the list price so you can see how much you’re saving.
|XS Sports Magnetic Recumbent Seated Exercise Bike||
STRONG; Our recumbent exercise bike is crafted from strong materials and features chip resistant paint; Unlike inferior exercise equipment , our reclined stationary bike is designed to withstand daily use; We proudly manufacture exercise equipment for home that's designed to last
SAFE; Our recumbent bikes undergo stringent quality inspection and hundreds of hours of development; Each reclining stationary cycle is crafted to the highest standards making them among the safest recumbent bikes for seniors and rehabilitation; If we wouldn't use the fitness equipment ourselves, we won't sell it
ADVANCED; Our recumbent bike is the perfect indoor bike trainer for all levels; Our recumbent bike features a bi directional 4kg magnetic flywheel with 8 variable resistance levels, pedal straps and precise LCD displays to measure speed, distance, pulse, calories and duration; The ultimate in home gym equipment
COMFORTABLE; Unlike inferior recumbent exercise machines , our exercise bikes feature a deep padded seat that's fully adjustable ensuring you can set the length to suit you best; With ergonomic design for maximum comfort, our recumbent indoor bike seamlessly blends function and design sensibility
PROFESSIONAL; All our recumbent indoor cycling bikes have been developed in consultation with home exercise equipment industry professionals; We pride ourselves on outstanding quality stationary bikes that have been refined by hundreds of hours of cutting edge research
|JLL RE100 Recumbent Home Exercise Bike.||
8 Levels of Magnetic Resistance. Quiet Belt drive technology.
Display: Time, Speed, Distance, Heart rate, Calories.
Heart Rate Sensors built into handlebars. 6-level adjustable seat to fit your shape and size perfectly. Adjustable toe straps for the pedals.
5KG two-way Flywheel. Robust frame provides stability and durability.
ROHS CE compliance. Warranty (Home Use) is 12 Months. Maximum User Weight is 100KG.
|Tecnovita by BH REC BIKE YF93.||
GUARANTEED COMFORT: The backrest ergonomically supports the lower spine during workouts
SMOOTH PEDALLING: The DT pedal system features double drive which makes pedaling easier & quieter
FOLDABLE DESIGN: Store the Folding bike RecBike away for use next time once finished
LCD MONITOR: The display will keep you on top of the distance, time, speed and calories burned
TRANSPORT WHEELS: Rather than carry it from one place to another, you can use the attachable wheels
|Kettler Premium Recumbent Exercise Bike - Black||
12 programmes including heart rate controlled option
Polar compatible receiver for use with chest strap (extra), for pulse measurement
Electronic magnetic resistance in 16 stages to keep you challenged as you improve fitness levels
The LCD display is easy to operate and constantly shows time, distance, speed, pedalling speed, energy consumption time and date
The Cycle R recumbent exercise bike has a particularly comfortable and secure seating position ensuring an optimum workout for everyone
The handlebar and frame ensures a low entry height to make it easy to get on and off, which is ideal for anyone with mobility problems
|JTX Cyclo-5R Recumbent Exercise Bike.||
Semi-commercial recumbent exercise bike. Sturdy, stable and comfortable. Low step-through design and full ergonomic back support. Ideal exercise bike for rehabilitation, the elderly or those who need additional back support.
Clear backlit 5" display. Console feedback: Speed, time, distance, calories, watts, pulse. 18 Exercise programs including watt training, heart rate controlled & the option to design your own workout and save it for use at any time | FREE Polar heart rate chest strap | Advanced Bluetooth computer provides option to connect to the iConsole app offering visual workout motivation and training guides | Mp3 player connectivity to play music through the speakers |
17 Kg flywheel | 16 Levels of silent electro-magnetic resistance | Dimensions: 168(l) x 67(w)x 118(h)cm | Max user weight: 160 kgs | Suitable for light commercial use.
Strong durable frame with integrated levellers. Over-sized self-balancing pedals. Extra large, ventilated seat back with breathable sweat- resistant fabric to keep you cool while you exercise.
Purchase with confidence: Unbeatable industry leading warranty, lifetime frame warranty and 3 year in home repair or replace service. JTX Fitness also offer free personal trainer phone support, training plans and exercise advice.