best recumbent exercise bikes

NO.1 SCHWINN 270 Recumbent Bike

The Schwinn 270 has a well-designed frame with a walk-through style. The seat of this bike has a high back to provide lumbar support and is ventilated to help you keep cool. The bottom of the seat is cushioned. The seat can be adjusted by the aluminum slider seat rail system with a quick and easy lever. The 29 programs of this recumbent bike include 1 quick start (manual mode), 12 profile programs, three fitness tests (beginner, advanced, recovery), 4 user defined programs, 9 heart rate control programs (4 beginner, 5 advanced). The maximum user weight capacity of this bike is 300 pounds. The preset workout routines and fitness tests are displayed on the LCD.

The 17 pounds flywheel delivers friction resistance. The heart rate is measured with the hand grip contact sensor that is integrated in the bike and with a chest strap (not included in the package). With the help of enhanced Bluetooth connectivity, you can set, track and monitor progress with the famous app-based tracking tools like MyFitnessPal, Explore the World, and many more. Some accessories include a bottle holder, USB for data transfer, and an accessory tray.

Features:

  • Bluetooth connectivity 
  • Dual track LCD displays
  • 25 levels of resistance 
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Transport wheels 
  • Assembly required (tools provided)
  • Adjustable seat 
  • Adjustable fan
  • USB media charging 
  • Speakers with MP3 input ports 
  • High inertia drive system

Specification:

  • Brand: SCHWINN
  • Color: Multi
  • Dimensions: 64 x 27.7 x 49.9 inches
  • Resistance mechanism: Friction 
  • Material: Carbon steel 
  • Power source: Corded electric
  • Number of resistance levels: 25
  • Weight: 86.6 pounds 
  • Type: Recumbent
  • Maximum weight recommendation: 300 pounds 
  • Programs: 9 
  • Heart rate monitor type: Hand grip, chest strap (not included)
  • Flywheel: 17 pounds 
  • Console display: Dual track two LCD windows 
  • Seat type: Adjustable

Pros:

  • Walk through design 
  • Four user profiles
  • Built-in fitness programs
  • USB data transfer
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 3-speed cooling fan
  • Accessory tray
  • Water bottle holder

Cons:

  • Lightweight flywheel 
  • Not for tall people

NO.2 Monark 827E Upright Exercise Bike

Monark has been manufacturing exercise bikes in Sweden with the highest quality and expert knowledge for over 100 years. Monark’s exercise cycles have been living proof of reliability, strength, precision, and service. Monark’s recumbent exercise bike has a weighted flywheel of 44 pounds. It provides a solid platform for the most intense cycling. The friction braking system provides a smooth and constant resistance mechanism like no other upright exercise bike available on the market.

The Monark 827E is constructed from a solid steel frame which is powder coated and is completely enclosed to ensure minimum wear from sweat and dust. The handles are adjustable, the seat is made from comfortable gel and interchangeable cranks provide a perfect fit for a wide variety of users with a height up to 6 feet 6 inches with a maximum weight capacity of 550 pounds. Assemble this bike in just few minutes and start your workout.

Features:

  • Manual power control
  • Time tested durability
  • No power adaptor needed
  • Good cycling feeling
  • Adjustable bar with quick release
  • Adjustable seat height
  • Powder painted 
  • High quality components 
  • Suitable for training and rehabilitation 
  • 5 kHz HR system
  • Fits users up to 6 feet 4 inches
  • 550lbs weight capacity
  • Heart rate receiver 
  • Gel cycle seat 

Specification:

  • Brand: Monark Exercise AB
  • Color: White 
  • Dimension: 47 x 24 x 47 inches 
  • Weight: 103 pounds
  • Maximum user weight recommendation: 550 pounds
  • Flywheel: 44 pounds 
  • System: Monark basic
  • Resistance mechanism: Friction 
  • No. of resistance levels: 99

Pros:

  • Adjustable seat and handles 
  • Wheels for easy transport
  • 44 lbs flywheel
  • Powder coated frame
  • Built to last 

Cons:

  • None 

NO.3 SCHWINN IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike

The IC4 indoor cycling bike has a quiet belt drive system. It has a magnetic resistance which comes from a 40-pound flywheel. The resistance is adjustable with 100 micro-adjustable resistance levels. The multi-grip handlebars are shaped in such a way that they provide support to multiple riding poses. They allow you targeting different muscles each time you work out. There is a set of dumbbells weighing 3 pounds with easy access cradles. These are set for your upper-body targeted workouts.

 For the purpose of monitoring your exercise data, the IC4 has an LCD monitor which displays your distance, time, calories, RPMs, and heart rate. The exercise bike is Bluetooth compatible. You can connect your Bluetooth heart-rate armband (which is included in the package) to track your heart rate while running. The dual water bottle holders allow you to keep yourself hydrated during the whole workout. 

Features:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Magnetic resistance 
  • Dual link pedals
  • Heart rate tracking 
  • Race-style seat
  • Generous LCD display
  • Easy access cradles
  • Dual water bottle holders 
  • World-class cycling coaching apps 
  • 10 years frame warranty
  • 3 years mechanical and electrical warranty
  • 1 year labor warranty 

Specification:

  • Brand: Schwinn
  • Color: Black 
  • Weight: 106 pounds 
  • Dimension: 47.8 x 21.2 x 51.8 inches
  • Number of resistance levels: 100
  • Resistance mechanism: Magnetic
  • Frame: Steel
  • Seat: Adjustable
  • Maximum weight recommendation: 330 pounds 
  • Type: Indoor cycle
  • Console display: LCD

Pros

  • Adjustable precise resistance levels
  • Customized pedals
  • Tablet holder
  • Adjustable seat and handlebars
  • Tablet holder 
  • Dual water bottle holders
  • Upper body workouts 
  • Smooth and quiet 

Cons:

  • No fan to keep cool
  • No preset workouts

NO.4 Pooboo Commercial Standard Exercise Bike

The flywheel of this exercise bike has a weight of 35 pounds. This heavyweight flywheel strengthens your legs and you enjoy an incredibly silent, smooth, and stable ride. The resistance offered by the flywheel is magnetic resistance. The resistance is micro-adjustable and creates a smooth ride unbelievably by creating multiple levels of riding. It does not require any maintenance. This exercise owns a belt drive mechanism. It comes with two extra dumbbells behind the seat. The seat and handlebar are 4-way adjustable and provide a perfect fit. The pedals have toe-cages designed with adjustable straps. Also the pedals are composed of SPD clips.

You can choose between both of these; the way you like to ride. For easy portability, the bike owns transportation wheels. If the wheel starts spinning too fast, in this case for safety you can stop the exercise bike with the help of an emergency stop brake. This compact exercise bike is designed with a durable and sturdy frame. It supports a maximum weight up to 440 pounds. The dimensions of this bike are 50L X 21W X 48H inches.

Features:

  • Electroplated bidirectional flywheel
  • Resistance knob
  • Wide soft seat
  • Two extra dumbbells included
  • Professional pulse sensors
  • Functional holders and handlebars 
  • 4 different grip positions 
  • Toe caged/SPD pedals 
  • Transportation wheels 

Specification:

  • Brand: Pooboo
  • Overall dimension: 50 x 21 x 48 inches 
  • Weight: 136 pounds
  • Maximum weight capacity: 440 pounds
  • Flywheel: 35 pounds
  • Drive system: Belt 
  • Resistance mechanism: Magnetic 

Pros:

  • Commercial grade construction
  • 4-way adjustability for seat and handlebars
  • Dual water bottle holders
  • 2 extra dumbbells
  • Easily assembled and light maintenance is required
  • Integrated pulse sensors

Cons:

  • No backlit on the fitness meter   

NO.5 Nautilus R618 Recumbent Bike Series

The LCD of this exercise bike has adjustable angles with blue backlit dual track illuminated screens. The user is allowed to tilt the console for the best visibility to workout metrics. The console offers 29 Nautilus training programs that include preset programs for interval training, weight loss, heart rate training, and customizable training options as well as. This bike offers Bluetooth connectivity that proves to be a seamless transition of workout data to supported smart devices. With the help of Bluetooth connectivity you can explore the World App and also your favorite apps. The dynamic recline Nautilus gel seat provides infinite adjustment for back support so that you can enjoy a comfortable ride.

The handlebars are urethane-coated having integrated incline and resistance controls make it easy for you to adjust the intensity level during workout. For smoother pedaling and easy foot placement there is a 3 piece chrome crank system. The effective 30 pounds flywheel system offers a smooth feel and challenging resistance throughout your ride. A wireless heart rate chest strap along with the hand grips is included so that you can monitor your heart rate. The maximum weight bearing capacity of this exercise bike is 147.4 kg to withstand rigorous training. The dual grip transport handle make it easy to move the equipment. 

Features:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 3 piece chrome crank system
  • Wireless heart rate chest strap
  • Dual grip transport handle
  • Urethane coated handlebars
  • Adjustable console
  • Integrated incline and resistance controls
  • Comfort ride

Specification:

  • Brand: Nautilus
  • Assembled dimension: 67.3L x 26.4W x 48.8H inches
  • Flywheel weight: 30 pounds 
  • Color:  Black 
  • Model: R618
  • Maximum weight recommendation: 325 pounds
  • Weight: 107 pounds
  • No. of programs: 29
  • Resistance levels: 25

Pros:

  • Reclining backrest prevents overheating 
  • Handlebars consists of integrated pulse sensors and resistance controls
  • Console display features LED backlight 
  • USB port for manual data transfer 
  • Compatible with Nautilus trainer app
  • Sound system included
  • Cooling fan included
  • Bottle holder and tablet tray included 

Cons:

  • Tablet placed on the holder covers the top display 

NO.6 HCI Fitness Physio Step HXT Recumbent

The HCI trainer has a large LCD display that provides all your workout information including speed, time, distance, RPM, pulse, watts, calories, 16 resistance levels. All these are easily readable. The trainer has a stepping motion i.e. semi-elliptical. It delivers a very smooth movement and allows enjoying a low impact workout. The handles of this bike are fully adjustable and rotatable. The HXT has a contoured finish reclining seat so that you can enjoy your workout comfortably without any distraction. The seat can be adjusted in 15 different forward and backward positions. On handles of this trainer’s seat, there is a built-in contact heart rate monitor.

This monitor is used to measure the heart rate of the user accurately throughout the workout. The maximum user weight capacity of this bike is up to 325 pounds. It runs on AC power and shuts down automatically after a continuous inactive period of 15 minutes. In this way, the auto shut down feature conserves the energy when the exercise bike is not in use. The bike has total 16 levels of resistance. The 17 built-in workout programs include watt control, manual, mountain, body fat, intervals, ramp, fat burn, valley, rolling, target HR, HRC 60%, HRC 75%, HRC 85%, and 4 customs. 

Features:

  • 18 inches wide seat
  • Semi-elliptical motion
  • Heart rate programs
  • Easy to use display
  • Fully adjustable rotating handles
  • Easy to read high contrast blue backlight 
  • Oversized pedals

Specification:

  • Manufacturer: HCI Fitness
  • Color: Black
  • Maximum user weight capacity: 330 pounds 
  • Dimensions: 52″ L X 25″ W X 51″ H
  • Weight: 165 pounds
  • Resistance type: Magnetic resistance
  • User height range: 4 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 2 inches 
  • No of resistance levels: 16
  • No. of programs: 17 
  • Product type: Light commercial grade
  • Model: HXT-300
  • Warranty of frame: Lifetime
  • Warranty of mechanical parts: 3 years
  • Warranty of electronic parts: 3 years
  • Labor: 1 year

Pros:

  • Quick release lever with rotatable hand grip
  • Automatic shut down after sometime of inactivity
  • Step through frame 
  • Independent semi-elliptical motion
  • Fully adjustable seat 

Cons:

  • Not foldable

NO.7 HCI Fitness PhysioStep Pro Recumbent Stepper Cross Trainer

The seat of this trainer is large enough with a length of 20 inches. It is entirely rotatable. This seat can be easily removed so that you can attach wheelchair to it. The handle has a swiveling ergo-grip. This exercise bike owns a linear stepping motion.

The large high contrast 9 inches colored LCD display shows all the data that is necessary to be observed while working out. The trainer offers total 16 levels of resistance with a range between 8 to 220 watts. For different user goals, there are 18 built-in workout programs occupied by this exercise bike.

Features:

  • 360 degrees swivel seat
  • Independent ipsilateral movement
  • Adjustable handles 
  • Removable wheelchair seat
  • 20 inches wide memory foam seat

Specification:

  • Manufacturer: HCI Fitness
  • Maximum user weight capacity: 500 pounds
  • User height range: 4 feet 6 inches to 6 feet 6 inches 
  • Levels of resistance: 16 
  • Resistance type: Magnetic 
  • Dimensions: 65″ L X 24″ W X 44″ H
  • No. of programs: 18
  • Model: SXT-1100
  • Weight: 275 pounds 
  • Warranty of frame: Lifetime
  • Warranty of mechanical parts: 3 years
  • Warranty of electronic parts: 3 years
  • Labor: 1 year

Pros:

  • Maximum adjustable seat
  • Large and easy to read LCD
  • Wide variety of magnetic resistance
  • USB workout reports
  • Low impact workout
  • Removable wheelchair seat

Cons:

  • High pricing

NO.8 Fitness Reality X-Class 450SL Recumbent Exercise Bike

The maximum user weight capacity of this exercise bike is 325 pounds. It offers 24 levels of smooth magnetic resistance. The computer offers 24 preset workout programs. It is equipped with Bluetooth smart technology along with free app i.e. MyCloudFitness that is available on iOS and Android devices in order to track your workouts through your mobile devices. A built-in tablet holder allows placing your mobile devices or tablet on it. The integrated hand pulse sensors are for the purpose of measuring heart rate. The thick “Air Soft” seat with a length of 3 inches features built-in multi air chambers along with a breathable fabric cover. It allows the air to flow throughout the chambers. Not only this, the seat also remains cool even after long time of usage.

The compatible user height for this seat ranges from 5 feet to 6 feet 3 inches. The belt drive system is quiet enough to offer an uninterrupted workout session. The handlebars are comfortably wrapped with foam. The rear floor stabilizers are adjustable and prevent any kind of movement. For easy relocating and storing of the exercise bike, the bike is equipped with transportation wheels. There is a storage basket located under the seat. To convert your ride in either miles or kilometers; you are provide to choose between them. You are needed to do some assembly of the bike after unboxing. The bike comes with an AC adaptor, water bottle holder, and accessory tray. The backlit LCD computer displays time, speed, distance, calories burned, RPM, pulse, odometer and watts.

Features:

  • Upgraded 3 piece crank system
  • Water bottle holder included
  • Quiet belt drive system
  • AC power adaptor included 
  • Backlit LCD computer display
  • Heart rate evaluation 

Specification:

  • Brand: Fitness Reality 
  • Color: Black, grey 
  • Dimension: 60.5” L x 34.5” W x 47.5” H
  • Weight: 108 pounds
  • Maximum weight capacity: 325 pounds
  • No. of resistance levels: 24
  • No. of programs: 24
  • User height: 5 feet to 6 feet 3 inches
  • Warranty: Frame – 5 years, parts and electronics – 1 year

Pros:

  • Mesh backrest offers superior airflow
  • Integrated pulse sensors in handgrips
  • Goal settings for distance, time, and calories
  • Bottle holder and accessory tray included
  • Tablet holder included

Cons:

  • Heart rate chest strap not included 
  • No front handlebars

   

NO.9 Nautilus Upright Bike Series

The Nautilus exercise bike has Bluetooth connectivity that syncs with Nautilus trainer apps and other apps for fitness tracking. The dimension of this exercise bike is 38.5 x 24 x 58.3 inches. It has a maximum user weight recommendation up to 325 pounds.

It offers 29 customizable workout programs. The magnetic resistance system offers 25 levels of resistance. It comes with a 15 years frame warranty, 3 years mechanical warranty, 3 years electrical warranty, and 1 year labor warranty.

Features:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Nautilus gel seat
  • Multi-position handlebars
  • Adjustable console 

Specification:

  • Dimension: 38.5 x 24 x 58.3 inches 
  • Assembled weight: 83.1 pounds
  • Resistance levels: 25
  • No. of programs: 29 
  • Maximum weight recommendation: 325 pounds 
  • Flywheel weight: 30 pounds
  • Warranty: Frame – 15 years, Mechanical – 3 years, Electrical – 3 years, Labor – 1 year
  • Brand: Nautilus
  • Color: Black

Pros:

  • USB charging port included
  • Built-in water bottle holder included 
  • Media tray included
  • 2-way adjustable handlebar
  • 4-way adjustable seat
  • Integrated resistance controls in handlebars
  • Telemetry enabled console
  • 3-speed fan
  • Sound system included 

Cons:

  • Tablet placed on the tray covers the top display 

NO.10 NordicTrack Commercial Studio Cycle

This exercise bike features interactive personal training which is powered by iFIT. It comes with a 12-month iFIT family membership. You can create exercise profiles for up to 5 individuals. The HD touch screen display having a length of 15 inches streams live. It offers easy stat tracking. The screen is fully adjustable and rotatable (360 degrees). It acts as an automatic trainer control with 20% live incline and 10% live decline control. The exercise bike offers 22 digital levels of magnetic resistance.

The iFit trainers are allowed to auto-adjust their resistance. It offers silent magnetic resistance which delivers quiet and smooth workout. The front floor stabilizers are adjustable. Two dumbbells are included with a weight of 3 pounds each. The bike has a maximum weight capacity of 350 pounds. It comes with 10 years frame warranty, 2 years parts warranty and 1 year labor warranty.

Features:

  • Upgraded 14 inches 360 degrees rotating HD screen 
  • New quiet drive incline technology
  • Live resistance + incline + decline control
  • Live workouts 
  • Automatic trainer control
  • Fast Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Improved HD graphics
  • Commercial grade construction

Specification:

  • Brand: NordicTrack
  • Color: Black
  • Dimension: 60” L x 22” W x 58 H 
  • Maximum weight recommendation: 350 pounds
  • No. of resistance levels: 22
  • 10-Year Frame Warranty
  • 2-Year Parts Warranty
  • 1-Year Labor Warranty

Pros:

  • Two 3 pounds dumbbells included
  • Dual water bottle holder included 
  • Auto breeze workout fan
  • 20% live incline control
  • 10% live decline control

Cons:

  • Assembly is little tricky

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