10 Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes
Updated March 17th, 2017
Recumbent exercise bikes are becoming more popular, as they are much more comfortable and supportive in comparison to traditional upright bikes. Here we look at ten different recumbent exercise bikes that are on the market today.
Our favorite exercise bike ended up being the Stamina Elite Total Body Recumbent Bike from Stamina Products.
This recumbent exercise bike is suitable for different environments, including therapy clinics, gyms and fitness studios, homes and apartments.
The beauty with this exercise bike is that it is adjustable, which means that it can be changed to suit your level of comfort and needs. The seat can be moved either backwards or forwards, and the back rest is also adjustable. For added comfort, this bike also has ergonomically designed pedals which ensure that joints are aligned to their correct posture while working out. This reduces the pressure in your feet and knees.
This exercise bike is great for monitoring your workouts and progress. It has pulse heart grips on the handles, as well as a number of different programs to suit the type of workout you prefer. To make things even better, it is MP3 compatible and has holders for your water bottle so everything is in the one place.
The Sunny Health and Fitness SF-RB4601 Recumbent Bike is an affordable quality cycle that provides 8 levels of adjustable magnetic tension. This provides you with a very fluid cycling motion, along with progressive tension levels that adjust smoothly. This cycle is fitted with an adjustable seat handle to allow you to customize the seat for your specific needs. The belt drive transmission on this bike is very smooth.
The Sunny Health and Fitness SF-RB4601 Recumbent Bike has an LCD monitor display which provides you with a readout of your time, speed, distance, calories and pulse. The handle bars have built-in pulse sensors to deliver an accurate readout of your heart rate. Slip resistant foot pedals ensure that you are securely in place. The max user weight on this bike is 300 pounds.
- 8 levels of adjustable resistance
- Smooth belt drive
- Built-in pulse sensors
- Could be sturdier
The Marcy ME709 Recumbent bike provides you with 8 levels of magnetic resistance, along with a host of features that you wouldn’t expect on a cycle in this price range. The eddy current adjustable resistance delivers a very smooth transition between tension levels. The comfortable padded seat allows for adjustment both fore / aft and up / down. It also has a very good level of back support.
The foot pedals of the Marcy ME709 Recumbent bike are counter balanced and have secure straps to lock you firmly in place. All of your workout metrics are easily visible with a running readout of your calories, distance, time, and speed. The compact design makes it ideal for limited space requirements. Marcy provide a 2-year limited warranty on this product.
- 8 levels of magnetic resistance
- Comfortable padded seat
- Good back support
- Warranty is limited
The ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent bike provides you with an impressive 14 levels of magnetic tension. It provides a very smooth transition between tension levels so that you don’t get any of the jitteriness that comes with lesser models. You get three computer based workout programs along with LCD readouts distance, calories and time. It also features a step through design that makes it very easy to get on and off the bike.
The ProGear 555LXT Magnetic Tension Recumbent bike has a very stable and solid frame design. You also get an excellent level of back support with the cushioned back rest. Transportation wheels allow you to easily transport the bike. The Infinite Slider Seat allows for very quick adjustment between 5 feet and 6 feet, three inches.
- 14 levels of magnetic resistance
- Infinite slider seat
- Good back support
- A little noisy
The Exerpeutic 2000 high capacity programmable magnetic recumbent bike gives you 8 levels of magnetic resistance to provide a smooth progressive workout. This bike features a unique ‘air soft’ seat which provides three and a half inches of of padding that is reinforced with shock absorbing individual air chambers. The computer console provides you with 6 different training programs, while the LCD gives you readouts of your calories, RPM, watts, and calories burned.
The Exerpeutic 2000 comes with a very sturdy frame which is lightweight and compact. The max weight capacity of the bike is 300 pounds. This bike features a smooth torque drive system to ensure that the pedaling motion is continuous and smooth. A precision balanced flywheel and v-belt drive ensures that the action is very smooth and natural.
- 8 levels of magnetic resistance
- 6 training programs
- Smooth torque drive system
Precor is best known for his high quality and durability. This model can be found around the world in many fitness centres, as it is such a strong competitor, and it can withstand the most rigorous workouts.
This bike has 25 resistance levels and six workout programs, so finding the best workout for you has never been easier. The way that this bike has been designed to distribute weight evenly takes pressure off sensitive areas of the body. Just like other bikes mentioned, this one has sensors in the handlebars to monitor heart rates, but it goes further than this by adding the ability to enter your age and weight, and the bike will then give you tailored information about your workout.
This allows you to understand you work out more, and you can ensure that you are exercising efficiently. It is a comfortable bike to use as it is adjustable to suit your body, as well as having a good quality suspension system and comfortable pedals.
This recumbent bike is equipped with 29 different exercise programs, as well as four user settings. You are also able to track your goals the dual track two LCD windows. It also has 25 different levels of resistance, and with all of these features, you can see that it is very easy to customise your workout to what suits you.
This machine is quite stable, as it has an oversized crossbar, as well as a centred frame and integrated levellers. The high speed flywheel ensures that you have a quiet and smooth workout. If you enjoy listening to music or using devices such as smartphones, tablets or MP3 players, you will be pleased with the UBS port to ensure that your battery doesn’t get drained while you are exercising.
By minimising stress on joints and being ergonomically designed, this bike is perfect for those who are looking for comfort, or are using it for therapeutic reasons. The pedals are slanted to insure maximal comfort on ankles and legs, and the padded seat and backrest minimise pressure on the body. This bike has a number of different programs, and the ability to monitor your heart rate and progress. You can monitor your heart rate by using with the pulse grips on the handle bars, or by using the chest strap that is included. The pedals are oversized, which are easier on the feet, and have ECB resistance to minimise impact when stopping. For added comfort, it is MP3 compatible, and has water holders and a fan.
As this bike has a semi-reclined position, it is perfect for workouts to work the hips, thighs and buttocks. This machine is also good for upper body workouts, as you are able to push and pull using the rotating handlebars.
By having silent, magnetic resistance, the bike offers less impact on joints when doing aerobic and cardiovascular workouts. With eight intensity levels that can be changed without having to stop exercising, this bike is a great choice to challenge yourself while working out.
It has a sturdy frame and is made from high quality products, which ensures a safe environment for exercising. The flywheel and seat are both adjustable, and you are also able to monitor your heart rate with this bike.
The Ancheer Folding Recumbent bike is a budget bike that is extremely compact and foldable. At the same time, it is surprisingly durable and solid. The precision balanced flywheel provides you with a very smooth, natural action that simulates your outdoor cycling action. It also provides you with multi level adjustable tension to provide you with progressive resistance in your workout. The v-belt double drive transmission system gives you a very quiet, smooth ride.
The Ancheer Folding Recumbent bike is an extremely comfortable bike. It features memory foam padding along with a multi adjustable seat to allow for customization. The clear LCD gives you a readout on the distance, time, calories, and speed. Ancheer also provide you with a 3-year warranty.
- Well priced
- Precision balanced flywheel
- 3-year warranty
- Limited variable resistance options
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