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The Best Exercise Bikes on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve asked New York trainers about the best workout gear and foam rollers, talked with workout professionals about the best home-gym equipment, and even found the best treadmills for your home gym, we’ve gone deep here on the best exercise bikes you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best indoor cycling exercise bike, overall

Sunny Health & Fitness Pro Indoor Cycling Bike
$255 at Amazon

“I love going to spin classes, but don’t have the ability to attend when classes are scheduled because of work and family. I bought this bike to add to my great gym in my basement — and I love it. It’s solid, heavyweight metal; the 40-pound flywheel and construction provide the right amount of tension and stability to do any kind of workout you wish — standing on the pedals with heavy tension or fast pedaling with light resistance. This bike was easy to assemble — took less than 15 minutes … Great purchase!”

Best indoor cycling exercise bike under $200

ProGear 100S Exercise Bike/Indoor Training Cycle
$183 at Amazon

“I started working out at home, so I decided to buy several things that would work and not take a lot of space. It has been one of my favorite fitness-related purchases — LOVE, LOVE, LOVE and definitely recommended to anyone who wants to get a good cardiovascular and leg workout … It is big enough to feel comfortable, and steady and small enough to fit it nearly anywhere. The bike is also very beautiful, so it does not look bad if you just leave it out. It is 100 percent worthy and fantastic.”

Best upright exercise bike

Schwinn 170 Upright Bike
$399 at Amazon

“Well, for the cost equivalent to a gym membership (which I historically, DO NOT go to consistently) I now have a great machine at home, which I am using twice a day … yay!! Well worth the investment. This included free home installation, which only took 45 minutes from opening the box, setup, to carting away the packaging. It is extremely quiet; I don’t have any problem with watching TV on my tablet, and there is a USB port to use. I’m six feet tall, 250 pounds, and 68 years old. The bike feels sturdy, solid, and safe to use.”

Best folding upright exercise bike, overall

“I really wanted an exercise machine I could use at home for when I don’t make it to the gym (which, I’ll admit, is most days). However, I also have a small apartment with limited space. I love that this bike fits snugly against the wall when not in use without sacrificing comfort or sturdiness (even with my big booty) in order to be compact. The pedals are further forward and the seat is wider than a standard exercise bike, and I actually find it to be more comfortable. It is quiet, smooth, tracks everything I want to track, has appropriate resistance, and still works great six months later.”

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike With Pulse

Best folding upright exercise bike with 400-pound weight capacity

Exerpeutic Gold 500 XLS Foldable Upright Bike, 400 Lbs
$165 at Amazon

“I’ve had this for about two weeks now. It has been wonderful and convenient! I needed some lower-impact cardio exercise to incorporate into my regime (jogging was taking its toll on my knees and ankles), and I am so glad I came across this. The seat takes some getting used to, but it supports my six-foot, 320-pound self in my journey to weight loss. I have pretty strong legs (from lugging around this weight most of my life) and levels four to seven work just fine for me. I only, however, use this machine for moderate exercise in 20- to 40-minute periods. The setup is very easy.”

Best folding upright exercise bike under $100

ProGear Foldable Magnetic Upright Bike
$116 at Amazon

“I can’t believe what a good product this is, especially for the price! The ride is comfortable, smooth and quiet – much more so than the expensive models I use at my gym and at physical therapy. You would be able to use this in front of the TV without disturbing anyone else in the room … I only weigh 125 pounds, but it is big enough to feel sturdy [and] small enough to fold up to put away and save space. I am very happy with this purchase.”

Best upright exercise bike with fan-resistance

Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise Bike
$599 at Amazon

“This bike is a BEAST. It’s really heavy and structurally sound, and definitely gives a full-body workout. The adjustable seat makes it comfortable for taller people — both my 5’8 self and 6’1 boyfriend have no problem, but it might be a bit of a reach (literally) for shorter folks. Since it’s so substantial, it really kicks your ass when you’re first getting used to it, but the hard work pays off: Between diet and using this bike regularly, I’ve lost almost 40 pounds and my boyfriend has lost around 50. I absolutely love this bike!”

Best recumbent exercise bike, overall

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike
$499 at Amazon

“I’ve now had this bike for a little more than a month. It was a breeze to put together and I am very impressed by the quality of the bike. I’m a big guy at 230 pounds, but the thing is rock-solid on my rides of at least 30 minutes each. The built-in fan is perfect. It is totally silent, so I drop my tablet on the top shelf above the console and watch TV. Ride’s over before you know it. The heart monitor keeps an eye on me as I go. Highly recommend.”

Best recumbent exercise bike under $150

Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike With Resistance ME-709
$139 at Amazon

“I’ve been using this bike for about two years, and I absolutely love it. When I started, I was 400 pounds, so there’s no weight limit that I’m aware of. You can adjust the tension to make your workout easier or harder. It also allows you to adjust the length from the seat to the pedals. The unit is magnetic, so it’s very quiet. The digital screen tracks time elapsed, calories burned, distance traveled, and current speed. I lost 60 pounds over a few months doing no other exercise other than riding this bike. Yeah, it’s THAT good.”

Best folding recumbent exercise bike

Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike
$127 at Amazon

“This is perhaps the nicest gift I’ve ever treated myself to. This handy-dandy little exercise bike takes up very little space and is quite affordable (compared to, say, my old gym membership or a treadmill) … Love the tension control — I can definitely break a sweat on this bike and get a good burn in my legs. Very happy with this bike, love the space-saving design, and I find it to be a very comfortable, ‘semi-recumbent’-style bike.”

Best upright exercise bike with desk

FitDesk Desk Exercise Bike With Massage Bar
$228 at Amazon

“As a college professor, I can’t avoid sedentary evenings. Or rather, I couldn’t. That all changed last week when I assembled this bike and begin clocking 20 miles per day while doing a few hours of research. The design is ingenious — I especially like the drawer for my phone, as well as the strap securing my laptop … It took just under two hours to assemble. If you pedal at light resistance, you’ll barely be aware that you’re doing it, and I do think the process keeps me more alert, even if it divides my attention a hair. I don’t use the phrase ‘life-changing’ lightly, but it just may fit here.”

Best recumbent exercise bike with desk

Exerpeutic Workfit 1000 Desk Station Folding Semi-Recumbent Exercise Bike
$230 at Amazon

“I love this bike! I am able to type on my MacBook Pro (15-inch) without any shaking or discomfort. I set the tension to about six (out of eight) and end up getting a pretty good workout while also getting my work done. This bike is really changing my sedentary work lifestyle; I recommend it to anyone who wants to stay active throughout the day. Easy to put together and fold and store.”

Best under-desk exercise bike, overall

DeskCycle Desk Exercise Bike Pedal Exerciser, White
$159 at Amazon

“I LOVE this exerciser! I have a typical desk job and used to struggle to fit exercise into busy work days. I now exercise an average of 1.5 hours a day — riding 25 to 35 miles — while I’m working. I tend to use it while I’m on calls and don’t have to do heavy typing. The machine is heavy, well-made, and virtually silent. I’m a fidgeter, and a surprise bonus of this machine is that the pedaling takes care of my need to fidget, so my concentration and focus on work is actually greater while I pedal. Who knew?”

Best under-desk exercise bike under $100

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B0418 Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike, Gray
$85 at Amazon

“I am pretty active but work a lot, sitting at a desk ten hours a day at a pretty stressful job. Long story short — this is a life changer. It’s super easy to assemble, a very smooth ride, and completely SILENT, which is perfect for the office. First day at work, I biked 13 miles throughout the day — I feel more energized and not like a sloth sitting all day. As far as resistance goes, there are adjustable settings, and it’s small enough to fit right under your desk. I have zero complaints and can’t wait to get back in shape!”

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The Best Exercise Bikes on Amazon, According to Reviewers