The Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes for 2018: Your Ultimate Buyer’s Guide


Welcome to The Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes for 2018 Buyer’s Guide. We are very excited to have you as our guest. Whether you’re looking for a budget option, mid-range or pro unit, we’ve got you covered with the industry’s most recent and relevant information.

So this article is the Sister to our Upright Bike article and will be featuring Recumbent Bikes only

If recumbent bikes aren’t your thing (you don’t like to lean back) and you prefer an Upright Exercise Bike, why don’t you check out our Best Exercise Bikes Buyer’s Guide for this year.

We think you’ll love that as well, especially if you’re more interested in “normal” cycling experiences.

Quick FYI – you might also be interested in any of our following other Buyer’s Guides:

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If you’ve skimmed over our first article, the best exercise bikes for this year, you might already be familiar with what kinds of features you should be keeping your eyes open for.

It pretty much largely depends on what you’re planning on doing with your exercise bike. For those looking to get a pretty decent workout as a beginner, you can look into some cheaper options, and for those requiring slightly more power you can look at the intermediate/advanced budget ranges.

One of our biggest mantras here is that you absolutely do not have to spend a lot of money to get a high quality product. What we’ve done is taken every single recommendation that we think is the best for each price category and have presented it to you in a way that’s easy to trust.

Whether you have only 200 dollars to spend or can spend 2000 dollars, we would never resort to showcasing poor quality options for you. That’s not the name of our game so keep reading to find out what makes these machines great.

An important aspect of any exercise bike is what kind of drive mechanism will be found inside. For an in-depth look at the exact features to look out for in terms of drive mechanism and others check out our What’s the Best Exercise Bike For Home article which you can find by clicking the link.

We’ll go over the main resistance types really quick so you can at least have an idea of what to look out for.

Different Drive Types and Resistance Types

You might come across a few different terms in your search for an exercise bike (whether recumbent or upright):

  • Chain-Drive
  • Belt-Drive
  • Magnetic Resistance
  • Strap Resistance

The most important factor to keep in mind is the type of drive system as described by either chain-drive or belt-drive.

In terms of types of resistance, in 2018, the most advanced tension system used now is magnetic. The strap resistance type bikes are older and we do not generally recommend those anymore.

In addition to only recommending a magnetic resistance type, having a bike powered by a belt is the best solution for you if you want to have a hands-off, no-maintenance experience and operation of your training bike.

It is with this in mind that we don’t usually recommend anything other than belt-driven designs as this is the most modern, reliable and hassle-free design available today. 

It’s like recommending a carbureted engine when we now have direct injection available. That would just not make any sense these days, unless you’re really into tinkering around.

If you want to learn more about all the in-depth features to look out for in an exercise bike, make sure to check out the article we linked out to above and you can find out all of the most important features.

Part I: Best Recumbent Bikes Under $500

Alright, so here we are with Part I. The truth is, in this price-range, there are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of options for you to choose from that have essentially the same feature-set, just like in our regular exercise bike buyer’s guide – although the market here is slightly slimmer with just a few less options to choose from.

The higher your budget is to spend on a piece of exercise equipment the more limited your options get as there are only a handful of key players in the top end of the price ranges, but within the budget range, you have tons of options.

What we’ve done is hand-picked the top recumbent exercise bikes for you plus one honorable mention (if we found one that is of interest) based on overall customer satisfaction and the number of good reviews from consumers that each bike gets (just like our upright exercise bike buyer’s guide).

We’ve also taken into consideration our own personal expertise and have used this to carefully select each of the following recumbent bikes – just for you!

Most of our bikes in the budget-friendly space of sub-$500 recumbent bikes will be filled with high quality and highly-reviewed products, and each bike retains its magnetic and belt-driven design that we truly believe in.

If you are just starting out, you’re sure to find that any of the options here will be perfect for you – and if you require more power and are more experienced, please feel free to skip this section altogether by using the quick navigation button below!

Let’s start off Part I of this article and show you our top-pick right away.

This is our Schwinn 230 Recumbent Exercise Bike and we think this is the best choice in this price-range. You will find out exactly why below!

We hope you enjoy the article and make sure to use our contact form at the end if you want some help picking any piece of home exercise equipment with the help of our knowledgeable fitness staff.

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Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

In Part I of this article we will focus on the best exercise bikes under 300 bucks, and you will quickly learn about their features, what makes them so special and unique, and how you can benefit from owning one in your own home if space and time is important to you.

You won’t be training for any triathlons in this price-range, but you can definitely get something that is convenient, quick to stow away when not in use and can still provide a great workout for your cardio sessions.

Along with either a belt-driven or magnetic design, you will get EKG heart rate monitoring via the handlebars, speed, distance, time and scan monitoring via LCD panels, foldable designs, adjustable seat posts, and, in some cases, adjustable handlebars.

Let’s quickly dive in so you can get started learning all there is to know about exercise bikes in this price range.

#1: Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117
Folding Recumbent Bike

Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 Folding Recumbent Bike


The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RB1117 is one of our favorite bikes in this section – although all of the bikes in this price-range are pretty much one of our favorites. With a great foldable design, transport wheels and small footprint, this piece is a must-have for the budget-conscious crowd with limited space at home.

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You’ll be getting a fully folding piece of machinery with the SF-RB1117 and a second-to-none design geared towards not only space-saving, but money-saving as well.

With 8 levels of adjustable resistance, you can keep your workouts as intense as you wish providing an experience for beginners and moderate intermediates alike. We think you will love this bike!

Key Features:

  • Amazon’s Choice for this price range
  • Easily stashed away thanks to its folding design
  • 8 Levels of adjustable magnetic resistance with non-slip foot pedals and straps to keep your workouts up to your level
  • The adjustable seat ensures users of varying heights can comfortably use this machine
  • Cushioned seat for continued comfort and durability
  • LCD display panel indicates time, speed, calories burned and distance
  • Features transportation wheels for effortless storage
  • Dimensions: 18L x 18.5W x 52H
  • Weight Capacity: 220lbs
  • Warranty: 3-Year Frame, 90-Day Other Parts & Components


#2: Exerpeutic 400XL
Folding Recumbent Bike

Exerpeutic 400XL Folding Recumbent Bike


As one of our highest-reviewed product in this price range with the most amount of reviews, the Exerpeutic 400XL is, let’s just say, a hot item that you’re going to want to make sure to check out.

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Accommodating users with limited space, the folding design will make sure you can use this piece anywhere and store it away when not in use.

With over 2000 highly positive reviews, we have absolutely no reason not to recommend this as one of the best in-class recumbent bikes and we are positive you will like it too.

Key Features:

  • Amazon’s Choice in this price range with a massive amount of highly positive user reviews (2,415 reviews)
  • Foldable with v-belt drive mechanism for easy storage and silent operation
  • Uses a magnetic tension control system with adjustable resistance
  • The built-in transportation wheels will make this a breeze to stash away when not in use
  • Easy to read LCD panel displays your time, distance, speed, heart rate and more
  • The built-in hand pulse sensors will pick up your heart rate to keep you in your target zone
  • Awesome cushioned seat and back rest for a very high level of comfort
  • Great space-saving design for smaller spaces
  • One of our most affordable budget options on this year’s list
  • Dimensions: 33L x 19W x 46H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: 3-Year Frame, 90-Day Other Parts & Components


#3: Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

Schwinn 230 Recumbent BikeRating:

Thanks to its overwhelmingly positive reviews and its status as an Amazon’s Choice award winner, the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike has been carefully selected as our Top Pick Award Winner for this year’s recumbent bike list under $500.

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This bike is a bit of a step-up in terms of features in this price range from the bikes above. Featuring 22 exercise programs, a USB charging port and Dual-Track LCD technology, this recumbent bike will make a fantastic addition to your home exercise setup.

Also featuring a 3-speed fan and industry-leading warranty, this is no surprise from Schwinn as they’re heralded as one of the best fitness equipment manufacturers around. You will not be disappointed with this machine.

Key Features:

  • Our Top Pick Award Winner for this year
  • Another one of Amazon’s Choice winners
  • A great step up from previous models in this price-range
  • Features 22 preset exercise programs including heart rate control, fitness test and quick
  • Start
  • Includes a 3 speed fan, USB port to charge your devices and transfer data between your
  • devices and the SchwinnConnect/MyFintessPal apps and a media shelf for your favorite
  • device(s)
  • Dual-Track dual LCD display system allows you to track more data than ever before while you work out
  • Schwinn is one of the most trusted exercise equipment brands
  • Hand grip and wireless heart rate monitoring is available for your convenience
  • Industry-leading warranty
  • Transport wheels allow for easy storage when not in use
  • Dimensions: 66L x 12W x 27H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: 10-Year Frame, 2-Year Mechanical, 1-Year Electrical, 90-Day Labour


#4: Marcy ME-709
Recumbent Exercise Bike

Marcy ME-709 Recumbent Exercise Bike


The Amazon’s Choice Award is a prestigious award offered to those machines meeting or exceeding Amazon’s requirements by looking at user reviews. Therefore, the Marcy ME-709 is guaranteed to offer a superb experience to those seeking a mid-range recumbent bike with a robust feature-set.

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Along with its 8 levels of resistance and LCD display, you’ll be getting a comfortable seat with adjustability and a 2-Year manufacturer warranty.

What we believe sets this bike apart, however, is the overwhelming number of extremely positive reviews from almost 2,000 satisfied customers. Should you choose to become a customer of this product, we don’t think you will be disappointed either!

Key Features:

  • Yet another Amazon’s Choice winner in this price range
  • An overwhelming number of extremely positive reviews from over 1,800 reviewers
  • One of our most affordable models this year that will provide you with a fantastic experience
  • Features a step-through design for extreme ease of use
  • 8 magnetically controlled levels of resistance for any experience level (controlled via knob)
  • LCD display will display time, distance, speed, calories burned in very large numbers for easier readability
  • Very comfortable seat will allow you to have longer sessions
  • Marcy has a long history of creating some of the most reliable fitness equipment and we think you’ll love it!
  • Dimensions: 56L x 25W x 38H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: 2-Year Manufacturer Limited Warranty


#5: Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike

Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike


The Nautilus R614 Recumbent Bike offers up yet another Amazon’s Choice award with a supremely high number of positive reviews. Featuring 20 levels of resistance, this piece will deliver a highly premium user experience.

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Nautilus is definitely one of our preferred cardio machine manufacturers, and recommending the R614 was a no-brainer for us.

With its Dual-Track LCD displays, vented seats, ergonomically designed frame, 13 workout details available simultaneously and integrated speakers, we had no trouble choosing this machine as one of the best available in this price-range. Learn more below to discover why you’ll love it too.

Key Features:

  • Another Amazon’s Choice award winner with many extremely high user reviews
  • Features 20 levels of resistance for any experience level
  • Charging port for your favorite devices and data transfer capabilities to MyFitnessPal
  • 22 workout programs including 2 user profiles and more
  • Speakers allow you to listen to your music without headphones for a more intense and pleasurable experience
  • Grip heart rate monitoring which is displayed via the LCD panel
  • Dual-Track LCD panels display the status of up to 13 workout details to keep you as engaged as possible
  • Vented seat back and bottom will allow you to have a cool and comfortable workout
  • Fully adjustable seat will allow various users to use this machine comfortably
  • Ergonomically positioned handlebars and fan will allow you to stay cool and comfortable during your most strenuous workouts
  • Dimensions: 64L x 27W x 50H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: 10-Year Frame, 2-Year Parts, 1-Year Electronics, 90-Day Labour


Magnetic Recumbent Bike

PROGEAR 555LXT Magnetic Recumbent Bike


What kind of a list would this be if we didn’t include PROGEAR? The PROGEAR 555LXT is a must-have on this year’s list of bikes under 500 bucks. It’s simply one of the best options and you’ll find out why we think that you will love it down below.

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The market place for recumbent bikes under $500 bucks is quite flooded – but that doesn’t mean there are millions of options that are worth it. Fortunately, the 555LXT is just that – a great bargain and one very much worth it as well.

As another Amazon’s Choice winner, the 14 levels of resistance and large LCD display makes this machine definitely something really worth learning more about.

Key Features:

  • Amazon’s Choice award winner
  • One of our most budget-friendly options this year
  • Large LCD display to access your most important fitness data
  • 14 levels of resistance
  • Step-through design offers easy mounting and unmounting
  • 3 goal workout settings including distance, time and calories burned
  • Dimensions: 49L x 22W x 43H
  • Weight Capacity: 250lbs
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited Warranty


We don’t always feature an honourable mention in our lists unless there is a product we think really stands out that you will love.

Well, in this case, we’ve found just that. A product that not only stands out, but that you will love as well (we hope!)

If nothing else, we’d like for you to at least be armed with information that will help you make a purchasing decision (we won’t be offended if you don’t buy from us).

Here’s our honourable mention for Part II. Stay tuned for Part III below.

FitDesk Recumbent Exercise Bike with Desk & Massage Bar

FitDesk Recumbent Exercise Bike with Desk & Massage Bar

Recumbent bikes are awesome for a number of reasons. They’re more comfortable to use, they’re more friendly on your lower back and they offer up features that aren’t found on upright bikes like handlebars at the seats. 

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What’s even better is that you get a fully functioning desk while you exercise – now that’s cool and we believe you’ll love that about this machine.

Key Features:

  • Overwhelming number of extremely high user reviews
  • Light weight and folding design will ensure you can easily stash this thing away when you’re not using it
  • Belt-driven magnetic resistance design for ease of use and no-maintenance operation
  • 8 levels of manually controlled resistance
  • Desk features ability to use your laptop while you work out
  • The seat and back rest are adjustable for ultimate comfort
  • The adjustable armrest features padded and contoured massage rollers to relieve strain from typing on your laptop
  • Not only can you use your laptop, this machine also features an integrated tablet holder if you prefer to use that instead
  • Resistance bands add the ability to work out your upper body when you’re not using your laptop or tablet
  • LCD performance meter will track your most vital fitness information to keep you in your target zone
  • Dimensions: 28L x 16W x 45H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: 1-Year Limited Warranty


In this past section we’ve covered what we believe to be the best recumbent bikes under $500. You may find lists elsewhere that feature similar or different bikes but these are the ones we stand behind 100%. 

Part I was more or less geared towards those requiring a basic cardio workout at home without having to spend a fortune, but those bikes are definitely not meant for the serious spinners and cycling enthusiasts.

Why don’t we jump right into the next part so we can have a look at some exercise bikes for enthusiasts and more advanced riders. It would interest you to note that recumbent exercise bikes make our list of best home equipment needed for weight loss.

Part II: Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes from $500 – $1000

What we believe here at Physique Authority is really quite simple. Spend the most amount of money you can (and need to) and don’t spend any more – AND get the MOST out of the money you do decide to spend.

We hate it when people get ripped off and don’t get the value for the money they spent that they were expecting and we want you to be fully satisfied with any purchase you make whether through this website or on your own.

With that said, we definitely believe this next section is the sweet-spot in terms of performance for your dollar, and we think you will love any of the offerings in Part II below. Let’s dive right in.

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We’ve also offered you a quick navigation button in case you want to jump back up and take a look at the previous section again!

Kettler Giro R Recumbent Bike

Kettler Giro R Recumbent Bike

When considering spending anywhere from $500 to $1000 on a recumbent exercise bike, a few features are important to look out for. 

If you’re using the bike at home, you’ll want to make sure the bike features a belt-driven design not a chain-driven design. This will allow for a hassle-free, maintenance-free experience.

Chain designs are great for fitness gyms and clubs because they are the ones worrying about maintenance, not you! So let the gyms buy chain-designs.

All of the options in this entire article are geared towards belt-drive, non-chain-driven designs to keep you up and running with virtually zero downtime for maintenance. 

We do not feature any chain-driven designs in this article or our standard exercise bike article this year to keep the ease-of-use high for as many people as possible.

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#1: Schwinn 270 Recumbent Exercise Bike

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Exercise Bike


We are seeing quite the trend this year – there are tons of Amazon’s Choice winners and this one is another one of them. The Schwinn 270 is like the 230’s big brother, and probably one of the best all-around recumbent bikes you can get today. Learn more below.

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Featuring an impressive 25-levles of electronically controlled resistance and 29 workout programs, this machine will cater to you not only today and tomorrow, but to any other user living in your household.

The USB charging port will keep your electronics freshly charged, the fan will keep you cool and the built in media tray can hold your favorite device so you can watch your favorite shows or work while you exercise.

Key Features:

  • An Amazon’s Choice award winner for this price bracket
  • One of the most wallet-friendly options in this price range
  • Features 25 levels of computer controlled resistance for a wide range of experience levels and intensity needs
  • Also offers up 29 programs, 4 user settings and the goal tracking features will keep you motivated
  • Bluetooth connectivity will offer seamless transmission of data to your smart device
  • USB charging port will keep your electronics charged
  • Offers a fan to keep you cool
  • The built in media shelf will allow you to keep up to date with your favorite news or shows by placing your tablet or phone inside of it
  • Dual LCD panels allow you to track as much fitness data as you need while making it easy to read
  • Fully cushioned seat and back rest also offer a vented area to keep you cool
  • Full grip and telemetry-enabled heart rate monitoring to keep you in your target zone
  • Dimensions: 64L x 27W x 50H
  • Weight Capacity: 325lbs
  • Warranty: 10-Year Fame, 2-Year Mechanical Parts, 1-Year Electronics, 90 Day Labour


#2: Diamondback 510SR Recumbent Bike

Diamondback 510SR Recumbent Bike


Our Editor’s Top Pick Award Winner this year for this price-range is an incredible machine that will last you for years. The Diamondback 510SR Recumbent Bike will deliver a top-notch experience rivalled by few in the industry for this price-range. This is the one you’ll likely want to buy and learn why below.

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An aggressively industrial designed frame is beautifully contrasted with silver, white and black finishes. The easy step-through mounting design will make this a treat to use with ease and the 16 levels of resistance will ensure your workout will stay as challenging as necessary.

The 20 integrated workout programs will offer up an impressive list of options keeping you excited to use this machine day in, day out.

Key Features:

  • An Amazon’s Choice award winner with mostly positive reviews
  • Features 16 levels of magnetic resistance to suit any fitness level perfectly
  • Also features 20 integrated workout programs including heart rate targeting
  • LCD display indicates all vital information while you exercise
  • Integrated speakers effortlessly connect to your MP3 device so you can enjoy your favorite music or shows
  • Cushioned and sculptured/contoured seat and back rest for extended comfort
  • Features a step-through design for easy mounting and unmounting
  • Multi speed fan keeps you cool while you exercise
  • USB charging ports can charge your devices for longer sessions
  • Water bottle holder
  • Handlebars and console can tilt for a more customisable fit
  • Heart rate monitoring is also bundled in to the handlebar grips
  • Dimensions: 64L x 23W x 50H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: 3-Year Parts & Electronics, 1-Year Labour, Limited Lifetime Frame


#3: Stamina Elite Total Body
Recumbent Exercise Bike

Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Exercise Bike


Stamina offers up an impressive set of features for the price in virtually all of their exercise equipment, and their Elite Total Body Recumbent Bike is no different. Learn more below.

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Recumbent bikes are a great way to be more comfortable while you exercise. On this model, you will be able to work out your upper body as well with the spinning handrail making this an excellent choice for those people looking for that option.

The silent magnetic resistance design is awesome at keeping the noise to a minimum even during your most strenuous exercise sessions and the comfortable, angled back rest will ensure your continued comfort as well.

Key Features:

  • Another Amazon’s Choice winner
  • Features a silent magnetic resistance design
  • Multi function LCD display shows speed, calories, heart rate, distance and time for your convenience
  • Both the handlebars and the foot pedals move on this device
  • Very comfortable and angular back rest ensures continued comfort
  • Pulse grip heart rate sensors to keep your exercise intensity up
  • Seat is fully adjustable to suit any height requirements
  • Features built in wheels so you can transport and store this machine easily
  • Dimensions: 50L x 24W x 49H
  • Weight Capacity: 250lbs
  • Warranty: Specific warranty information can be found here.


#4: ProForm 440ES Recumbent Bike

ProForm 440ES Recumbent BikeRating:

What we like to see most when we spend our own personal money is the most features and usability for the least amount of money. The ProForm 440ES fits the bill perfectly in our opinion and is one of the most comfortable and best looking machines on this entire list.

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Take it for granted, but ProForm has been putting out probably the best fitness equipment whether you’re looking for home use or commercial use. ProForm can always be found in any gym, and that says a lot.

What you’ll love most about this machine, however, are the 32 preset workout apps that are included out of the box keeping your workouts exciting and fresh, no matter often you use this machine. Learn more about the entire feature-set below.

Key Features:

  • 32 Preset workout Apps will ensure that you continue to love using this machine
  • Features an 18lbs inertia enhanced flywheel for smooth and quiet operation
  • Step-through design ensures ease of mounting and unmounting
  • Lumbar supported seat is as comfortable as a great office chair for your pleasure
  • Backlit LCD display indicates time, distance, calories burned and heart rate
  • Integrated tablet holder to watch your favorite shows or movies while you exercise
  • USB charging station for your devices
  • Coolaire workout fan to cool you off while you exercise
  • EKG grip pulse heart rate monitoring included
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  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 2-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour


#5: Diamondback 910SR Recumbent Bike

Diamondback 910SR Recumbent Bike


Even though the Diamondback 910SR didn’t quite make our Editor’s Top Pick Award selection, it came pretty damn close to it. We had to offer this award up to its smaller brother, the 510SR because of the price-point, but this doesn’t make this 910SR any less of a great option.

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We always want to get the most out of our money. This machine offers you everything you could ever want in an exercise bike.

The 32 levels of resistance offers up second-to-none adjustability to keep your workouts as intense as you like and the integrated speakers will make your workouts more enjoyable by letting you listen to music or watch your favorite shows!

Key Features:

  • Solid steel magnetic flywheel allows for a very smooth, durable and silent operation
  • 32 levels of resistance ensure continued performance as you get better
  • Bright blue LCD display indicates workout information such as time, distance, calories burned and more
  • Sculpted and adjustable seat base and back rest ensure continued comfort while you exercise
  • Integrated speakers allow you to listen to your favorite music or shows/movies while you’re on the bike
  • Foldout tablet rack allows you to use your tablet or phone while on the machine
  • Integrated cooling fan and bottle holder keep you cool and hydrated
  • Dimensions: 64L x 23W x 50H
  • Weight Capacity: 325lbs
  • Warranty: 3-Year Parts & Electronics, 1-Year Labour, Limited Lifetime Frame


Kettler Giro R Recumbent BikeKettler Giro R Recumbent Bike

As you may know, we like to add an Honourable Mention whenever we think a product didn’t quite make our short-list, but still offers up incredible value to our readers. We therefore felt obliged to add the Kettler Giro R Recumbent Bike into our list this year.

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You will have a bike made by a reputable manufacturer for home-use only, and the absolutely stunning powder-coated design will make sure this piece is as beautiful as your home decor!

The thick and padded saddle ensures your rides are comfortable, and the two different handlebar grip options allow you to have flexibility in terms of arm positioning preference.

  • Features an awesome LCD panel and display showing your time, speed, RPM, energy consumption (calories) and heart rate
  • Gorgeous powder-coated steel frame for maximum durability
  • Features 8 preset programs and 16 levels of resistance
  • Thick and padded saddle and back rest for the most comfort possible
  • Fully adjustable height to accommodate users of varying sizes
  • EKG pulse grip heart rate monitoring
  • Also sports 2 different handlebar positions – seat handlebars and console handlebars
  • Dimensions: 65L x 26W x 40H
  • Weight Capacity: 285lbs
  • Warranty: 2-Year Residential Warranty Only (no commercial warranty available)


Part III: Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes Over $1000

Part II was pretty exciting. We saw some recumbent bikes that we’re sure you’ll love, and Part III will be the icing on the cake (remember, we said you don’t really need to spend more than Part II in all honesty).

What you will find in this price-range are professional-grade indoor training bikes that offer up features, build quality and warranties that cannot be even remotely rivalled by cheaper bikes.

Here we’re going to take a look at exercise bikes from the likes of HCI, Sole, 3G and Fitnex that we’re sure will bring lots of entertainment to you (if nothing else).

Deciding to spend so much on an exercise device is something you want to think very closely about, and we’d bet that many of you are already pretty familiar with recumbent exercise bikes in this price-range.

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at this price range, let’s waste no further time and jump right in so you can be armed with all the right info.

Fitnex R70 Recumbent Exercise Bike

Fitnex R70 Recumbent Exercise Bike

All of the bikes you will find here will serve your purpose very, very well, and, as always, we had an exceptionally difficult time picking a Top Pick Award Winner.

This is largely due to the price-range. Spending this much cash will get you something of flagship status, and you really can’t go wrong with any of our recommendations here.

We really do believe that you can pretty much just close your eyes, point and shoot in this price-range and you’ll love the end result regardless of the selection.

As always, however, we definitely still recommend to read individual product reviews on trusted websites before making any final purchasing decision because we want you to be 100000% sure you’re making the right decision!

We don’t want to sell you something just for the sake of selling you something – we want to sell you something you need, want and that fits the purpose you’re trying to do perfectly. 

Let’s begin.

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#1: HCI Fitness PhysioCycle XT

HCI Fitness PhysioCycle XT


By far, one of our favorite choices in our list this year, the HCI Fitness PhysioCycle XT comes with an incredible feature-set, warranty, design, functionality and user-reviews. 

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A half-star has been knocked off from our otherwise 4-star review based on the design. We definitely don’t think this is one of the best looking machines, but if you can look past that, there are many features to be desired here.

The robotically welded steel frame will deliver an exceptionally reliable and durable design allowing for repeated bouts of very strenuous riding sessions all with an amazing warranty backed by HCI fitness. Learn more below.

Key Features:

  • One of the most advanced pieces of machinery found in physiotherapy clinics as well
  • Walk-through design separates this machine from step-through models by making it very easy to mount and unmount the machine
  • 8 levels of magnetically controlled resistance
  • 7 built-in workout programs offer up great variety for your workouts
  • Contact heart rate monitoring on seat handlebar grips
  • Seat height is fully adjustable
  • Handlebars also spin around for upper body movement as well
  • Large LCD display makes tracking your fitness information an absolute breeze
  • HCI offers up some of the best customer service in the industry
  • Dimensions: 60L x 25W x 52H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 3-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour.


#2: Sole Fitness LCR Recumbent Bike

Sole Fitness LCR Recumbent Bike


When we think of the best exercise equipment manufacturers around, a few come to mind including Sole Fitness. Their LCR Recumbent Bike is truly a functional piece of equipment and a piece of art, all in one package. 

However, we still really do believe you’ll love the Schwinn Fitness AC PERFORMANCE PLUS.

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Not only will you get an incredible workout on this machine with the 10 program options available, you’ll look great while you’re on it as well. Best of all, this machine will look fantastic in your home.

Offering 40 levels of resistance and a massive LCD display, this bike will deliver an astounding workout experience for years to come. The Lifetime Frame Warranty will also ease your mind as you ride this thing on a daily basis and put it through its paces.

Key Features:

  • Awarded with a Best Buy award for this price range from various reviewers
  • Sole Fitness brings many many years of experience to the table
  • Sole equipment can be found in any gym across the world due to its incredible reliability as a brand
  • Focused at the commercial marketplace, with a beautiful, industrial design
  • The 40 resistance levels, adjustable seat and back rest and 30lbs flywheel will ensure continued reliability
  • 6 Standard programs, 2 Custom programs and 2 Hear rate programs ensure that you will always be exercising correctly
  • Large and detailed LCD display allow users to target their fitness goals without being side tracked by useless information
  • This machine comes mostly pre-assembled for one of the most easy set up experiences in this price class
  • Comes with built in fan, speakers and water bottle holder
  • Dimensions: 57L x 30W x 50H
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: [Residential]: Lifetime Frame, 5-Year Electronics, 5-Year Parts, 2-Year Labour [Commercial]: Lifetime Frame, 3-Year Electronics, 3-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour


#3: 3G Cardio Elite Recumbent Bike

3G Cardio Elite Recumbent Bike


We absolutely love the 3G Cardio Elite Recumbent Bike. This bike also comes from a highly reputable exercise equipment manufacturer and you’ll find out exactly why you will love this machine down below.

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If you want a great recumbent bike for a great workout experience, but you don’t have tons of spare room, we think the Cardio Elite Recumbent Bike will fit that bill perfectly due to its exceptionally small footprint.

Not only do you get a highly adjustable seat, industry-leading warranties and a massive LCD display, you also get 12 built-in programs and 16 levels of controllable resistance for any experience level and we think those are the key features to look out for in an exercise bike.

Key Features:

  • One of our smallest offerings in this price range for this year for smaller spaces
  • Low height, step-through mounting and unmounting for ease of use
  • Front transport wheels and easy-lift handles at the back make it a breeze to store away when not in use
  • Large LCD allows access to your vital fitness information
  • Features 12 Built in Pre-Set Programs
  • 3 Built in heart rate programs
  • 4 user profiles for a highly customisable experience
  • Features 16 levels of resistance for all experience levels whether beginner or advanced
  • 25 different adjustability settings for your 3-way, multi position seat for extended comfort
  • Special Note: White-Glove Delivery & In-Home Installation are available
  • Dimensions: 49L x 27W x 43H
  • Weight Capacity: 350lbs
  • Warranty: [Residential]: Lifetime Frame, 7-year Parts, 1-Year In-Home Labour [Commercial]: 3-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour


#4: Fitnex R70 Recumbent Exercise Bike

Fitnex R70 Recumbent Exercise Bike


What can we say here? Not many of any products we recommend are awarded with our highly-prestigious Editor’s 5-Star Rating and the reason we awarded the Fitnex R70 with this award will be obvious once you check out the full feature set below!

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Thanks to its commercial-grade construction made out of high-density steel this bike will be the most durable on our list this year.

The massively oversized console can display tons of fitness tracking data at the same time and the 16 levels of resistance will deliver a Gold Standard level of adjustability.

However, what you will love most about this bike is the incredible Lifetime Frame Warranty for a headache-free user experience for years to come.

See the full feature-set below.

Key Features:

  • Commercial grade recumbent bike made from a solid steel frame for extended durability
  • 16 levels of magnetic resistance caters to any experience level
  • Massively-sized console indicates distance, time, sped, calories and heart rate and includes 8 built in exercise programs
  • EKG pulse grip heart rate monitoring handlebars included
  • Features fully adjustable seat and back rest support
  • Dimensions: 70L x 31W x 44H
  • Weight Capacity: 400lbs
  • Warranty: [Residential]: Lifetime Frame, 5-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour [Commercial]: Please contact FMIAmerica for details.


#5: Sole Fitness R92 Recumbent Bike

Sole Fitness R92 Recumbent Bike


Generally speaking, you can find Sole Fitness in all of our articles because they just offer up some of the best gear in gyms when it comes to exercise equipment. You will definitely love their R92 Recumbent Bike by Sole Fitness for sure.

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Knowledge is everything in our opinion, and this massive 9″ LCD display will let you monitor all aspects of your fitness journey and where you are today compared to yesterday.

The Bluetooth connectivity seamlessly lets you connect to your favorite apps including Sole Fitness’s own app and MyFitnessPal.

You’ll also be offered a great set of speakers so you can listen to your favorite music, movies or shows while you are exercising making it a great option for that kind of thing. You will truly love this machine for all of its options and features.

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Key Features:

  • Features a 14 position adjustable seat with highly supportive back rest for extended comfort
  • Large 9” LCD display allows you to keep track of all of your fitness information so you can stay on top of your fitness goals
  • Bluetooth connectivity allows seamless connections to your favorite workout apps including: the Sole Fitness app, Fitbit, iHealth, Record, Map My Fitness, MyFitnessPal and many others
  • Features 6 standard workout programs, 2 custom programs and 2 heart rate programs
  • Built-in speakers allow you to listen to your favorite music or vidoes
  • Cooling fan is also included along with wireless chest strap heart rate monitoring
  • Dimensions: 57L x 29W x 50H
  • Weight Capacity: 300lbs
  • Warranty: Lifetime Frame, 3-Year Parts, 1-Year Labour


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Pros and Cons of Spinning: Should You Be Using an Exercise Bike?

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When it comes to the pros and cons of spinning, there are certain circumstances that you must take into consideration.

Today you’ll learn exactly what we think of spinning and whether you should be doing it or not for your particular fitness goal(s).

Taking a shot in the dark here, I truly believe many people use spin bikes, treadmills, ellipticals and many other pieces of cardio equipment in order to lose weight

Are you one of those people? Well, you might be on to something for sure. Read the rest of the article to find out what that is.

We now know that weight loss is simply impossible without a caloric restriction (eating fewer calories than you burn).

However, exercise by itself does not lend itself to weight loss without consciously consuming fewer calories than you’re burning on a daily basis, but exercise can certainly aid in this.

But when it comes to spin classes or any other type of exercise class for that matter, people do them for various reasons and not just for weight loss.

You might be doing spin classes to just get a good cardio workout and to perhaps train for some kind of an event and that’s a perfectly acceptable reason as well!

Everyone has their own reason for doing anything fitness related. It’s simply not fair to just say that “this is bad” or “this is good” with 100% for everyone including spinning.


Let’s quickly touch upon the pros and cons, and we’ll go over them in more detail below so make sure to read to the end of the article.


  1. Excellent for weight loss (if done correctly)
  2. Great for strength, endurance and stamina development


  1. Not always useful for weight loss all the time in every situation
  2. Spinning excessively can actually lead to atrophy of the muscles in your legs which is the opposite of strengthening them
  3. Using cycling or any other form of cardio training without strength training will leave you weaker, frailer and more prone to injury – and more prone to having a poor physique overall

Let’s dive in deeper so you can get a better, more in depth understanding of these points!


When you think of the plethora of benefits of cardiovascular training you will probably always default to “fat or weight loss” as the first thing that pops into your head.

The same thing happens to me too but we cannot ignore the various other things cardio training, including spinning, can do for you.

Although there are many pros and cons of spinning, I largely think that if done for the right reasons, the pros far outweigh the cons.

But your expectations have to be realistic… so keep reading!

Here are some of the most important things exercise does for you:

  • Increased cardiovascular health including your heart and lungs
  • Improved endurance
  • Disease prevention
  • Increased energy

Exercise pretty much improves all aspects of life so whether you’re using it for fat loss or for general health, you’re on the right track!

But that’s not all…

Pro-Tip: Here is an awesome video by Athlean- XX for Women showing you some of the most awesome spin bike workouts you can do!

Spinning can be done as a home exercise if you own a spin bike or it can be done as part of a class at your gym. Usually, most gyms have spin classes available to you at no extra charge.

Spinning in a group can also be beneficial as you will find yourself more motivated to get through the workout than you would on your own (at least in my experience).


So up to now we’ve covered how to use spin classes to aid in your weight loss but there are some other important parts to consider as well.

Cycling as a whole is an amazing way to strengthen your leg muscles and prevent various ailments related to muscle loss.

Therein lies a caveat, however. Keep reading…

Spinning and cycling, if done excessively, can and will lead to atrophy of the muscles in the legs due to overuse.

What that means is that after a certain amount of cycling, the positive effects will be replaced by some negative aspects if overdone.

I think one of the main problems is that people tend to spend so much time spinning, running, jogging and doing various other forms of cardio all with the hopes of weight loss. This is the main reason for doing so much of it.

It is completely understandable why someone might choose to employ this strategy, and that’s exactly where the problem lies.

The simple truth is that losing weight without strength and weight training can and will lead to atrophied and weakened muscles throughout the body.

Although cycling helps build some muscle, doing excessive amounts of cycling without the addition of strength training will literally leave you spinning your wheels over and over again.



Now that you’ve learned more about the negative aspects of spinning and understand many of the benefits, I think it’s time we talk about HIIT (or, High-Intensity Interval Training).

HIIT has its place within two main realms which that are accomplished simultaneously:

  1. Accelerating fat loss
  2. Improving cardiovascular health & endurance

As a matter of fact, when it comes to any form of cardio training, I really think that HIIT is your best friend. Let’s talk about what it is.

In essence, HIIT is a method of training whereby you do about 15-30 seconds of a high-intensity workout followed by the same interval in rest – and this whole process lasts 10-30 minutes depending on your skill level.

HIIT can be done using any piece of exercise equipment but is especially useful on a spin bike.

The best part about HIIT is that you get on the bike, get your workout done quickly, efficiently and safely while saving tons of time and preventing your muscles from being overused.

Combining HIIT with a great weight-loss approach and a strength training program is one of the best ways to stay in amazing shape!

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  1. Can You Lose Weight Without Exercising and How Do You Do It?
  2. Strength Training Program for Women: Rusty Moore’s Visual Impact
  3. Strength Training Program for Men: ThinkEatLift ShredSmart (The program I am currently following)

*Again, fat loss cannot occur without eating fewer calories you eat no matter how much exercise you’re doing!


Even though you might tend to compare and contrast the benefits of one thing I still truly believe that spinning is an amazing thing to do.

As long as you’re aware of 3 main points I think you’ll be safe to go ahead with spinning:

  1. Spin classes do not make you lose weight by themselves without calorie restriction
  2. The chance of muscle atrophy increases with the length of time spent spinning
  3. Weight loss, and using spinning to do it, without strength training will leave your body weak and frail and should always be combined

If you understand how to track your calories for weight loss and you want to use cardio to help you reach your goals that’s fantastic.

Also, if staying in great shape is your thing, spinning can also be amazing for that as well.

However, the largest benefit is drawn when you combine a weight loss plan with a strength training program for results you’ve never thought possible!

Related: Selecting the right home machine for weight loss


Use spinning or any other form of cardio as you please, as long as you understand why you’re doing it.

I know plenty of people who just love doing it which is also just fine as well, but if you’re finding that you are participating in exercise and not seeing results, perhaps a re-evaluation of your approach is in order.

For an awesome resource we’ve crafted just for you, check out our awesome picks of the best spin bikes for this season which you can check out as you wish!

In a nutshell, don’t let your mind make you crazy. Basically just jump on a spin bike if you like doing it, but don’t expect to lose 10 pounds per week.

Spinning is just another way to get some exercise, and some people prefer it over other forms and vice-versa.

Choose what you like to do, and stick with it! That’s Physique Authority’s #1 mantra.

Have you tried spinning, and did you see the results you wanted? What were your goals and how did you finally achieve them? I’d love to hear from you!

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