When you think of working out, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is heavy, strenuous exercises that you see in advertisements, movies, and TV shows. This, however, is not the case with recumbent bikes as you can exercise conveniently and with total comfort on them! Unlike traditional upright stationary bikes that can be rough on your body, recumbent bikes have comfortable chair-like seats with great cushioning and lumbar support for added comfort.
Whether you’re looking to get back in shape or whether you want to maintain/improve your current fitness, recumbent bikes can be the perfect choice for you. If you’re looking to buy a recumbent bike for your home, there are certain factors you need to keep in mind, like the resistance level that the bike offers, the weight capacity, the strength, the comfort level, and the availability of an LCD display.
After an in-depth analysis, we have curated this list of the ten best recumbent bikes for you, keeping the aforementioned factors in mind.
The Exerpeutic 900XL Recumbent Bike is an innovative recumbent bike and an excellent choice if you’re buying one for the first time. It usually comes pre-assembled and therefore is easy to set up. With its low-seating and extended legs design, the bike reduces stress on your joints and back. The bike offers extra comfort while exercising with its oversized padded seat and cushioned backrest. It has larger pedals with safety straps that provide a sturdy base to your feet and thus prevent foot slippage. Its ‘smooth torque’ cranking system, v-belt drive and precision-balanced flywheel lets you pedal smoothly and consistently .The large window display allows you to take account of riding speed (shown in miles per hour), the time spent riding (in minutes or seconds), the no. of calories burned, and your heart rate (in beats per minute). Its 8-level magnetic tension control system allows you to adjust the level of ‘difficulty of pedaling’, thus helping you to go for either an easy or a difficult workout. Such control system allows you to customize your workout schedule in line with the stress your body can take and you can keep challenging yourself over time for better results. The hand pulse monitor equipped on the side handles of the bike help you read the pulse rate and allow you to achieve the target heart rate.
Though the bike offers a lot of great features for a fitness enthusiast, it doesn’t offer any workout program to the user, unlike highly priced exercise bikes. Although, with the features that it offers, it is the best option available in this price range.
All in all, if you are looking for a budget recumbent bike for your home gym, the Exerpeutic 900XL bike can be a great addition as it comprises all the features to make your workout sessions enjoyable. This is the most preferred bike among riders, in this price range.
The Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike is arguably one of the best recumbent bikes on the market and is suitable for anyone, from beginners to experienced trainers. The assembly is fairly easy as the bike comes with a comprehensive manual, with the only complex part being building the seat. The bike comes with 25 levels of resistance, providing a wide range of workout intensity for the users. It also comes with a dual track, two LCD window system, allowing you to monitor up to 13 different display feedbacks. Also, the console comes with 29 workout programs, 4 user settings in case of multiple users, and goal tracking to keep you motivated at all times.
The padded part of the seat and the backrest have been ergonomically contoured to offer you better support and ultimately make your workout more comfortable. The hand rest on either side are made with built-in heart rate hand sensors, which measure your heart rate as you’re working out. The bike also features levelers fastened to the rear stabilizer bar and the main frame rail, keeping the bike stable on any uneven ground. It also comes with transport wheels for easy mobility.
Though it’s hard to point out a drawback in this machine, some people have pointed out that no user manual has been included for the console in case someone has difficulty using it.
Overall, the Schwinn 270 does an excellent job of providing everything you could need from a recumbent bike.
Among the variety of recumbent bikes available on the market to choose from, Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike is a brilliant option. The assembly is fairly simple, and it is incredibly comfortable with its cushioned adjustable seat. The pedals come with straps, thereby eliminating the risk of your feet slipping. You can adjust the frame, moving the back and front of the bike closer or further apart from the pedals, depending on the setting you want. The bike weighs around 55-60 lbs, which is pretty lightweight compared to other bikes in the market and comes with a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs. It is sturdy and well-constructed and comes with a 2-year warranty on the frame.
The Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise bike has 8 levels of magnetic resistance and you can change the levels manually using the tension knob at the front of the bike below the console. The magnetic resistance system is also very quiet, which is preferred by a lot of users. It comes with an LCD screen that tracks useful data such as distance, time elapsed, the amount of calories burned, and the current speed. This helps you in monitoring your progress.
Some of the drawbacks include that the bike doesn’t come with a heart rate monitor and the console doesn’t include any pre-programmed workouts. It also does not upload your workout data to a fitness account or track them, which is a feature of higher ended bikes. However, at the price that it comes, you can’t really blame them for trying to cut costs.
On the whole, the Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike is an economically priced bike which brings in a lot of features with it and is definitely a good option if you’re looking for a light to moderate workout.
The Diamondback 510SR Recumbent Bike is easily one of the best bikes available in its price group. It is a strong, high-tech, and well-made machine. It is a downgraded version of the more premium Diamondback 910SR Recumbent Bike, which offers double the resistance and more pre-set programs than the 510SR. The assembly is pretty easy, although it takes some time. The bike makes sure to make your workout comfortable. The seat and backrest provide good support and the backrest can also be adjusted to match your body shape. The mesh backrest is made to be perforated which reduces the heat when you’re riding on it and perspiring. It also has transport wheels for easy mobility. It is a sturdy machine, weighing around 125 lbs and with a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs.
The bike comes with 16 levels of Eddy Current Brake (ECB) resistance for a smooth, quiet and frictionless shift between resistance levels. The backlit LCD display comes with 20 different workout programs. It also shows a variety of workout data like time elapsed, distance covered, calories burned, speed, revolutions per minute, etc. It also has an auxiliary music source input for an iPod® or MP3 player.
A drawback with this machine is that you cannot track your day-to-day workout statistics, but there is surely no problem with the quality of the machine.
Overall, the Diamondback 510SR Recumbent Bike is a pretty good choice in its price category for the features it provides, like the resistance levels, workout programs, and it is also very durable.
There aren’t a lot of recumbent bikes on the market that can beat the features, quality, and price of the Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike. Assembling this bike is pretty straightforward and easy, although owing to the fact that it has a lot of parts, it might take time. It has a contoured padded seat and a contoured vented plastic back (not padded) which gives you great support and helps you stay cool, although some people keep a cushion at their back to add more comfort to it. There are two sets of handlebars, with the main set containing the hand pulse sensors being on either side of the seat. These help you monitor your heart rate when you’re working out. The bike has a 3-piece crank providing a strong support for the pedals and is strong enough to take any force you exert as you pedal.
The R616 offers 25 levels of Eddy Current Braking (ECB) resistance. It comes with a blue backlit Dual Track LCD display, which shows the status of up to 13 work out details like time elapsed, speed, distance covered, heart rate, calories burned, etc. and comes with 29 workout programs. The console also comes with Bluetooth and USB connectivity to Nautilus Connect and MyFitnessPal to download your workout data and features in-console speakers with iPod® or MP3 player input port.
One drawback that comes with this bike is that it doesn’t come with a chest strap, which can provide a more accurate heart rate monitoring and also allows hand’s free use for the rider. Even though it’s not necessary, you can buy one separately, although it is only recommended if you want very precise data of your workout.
All in all, the high-end features that the Nautilus R616 Recumbent Bike provides for its price is commendable, and we would definitely recommend this bike to you if you’re serious about your workout.