10 Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes
updated June 6, 2018
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.
The Schwinn 230 is a hugely popular model which is used in gyms, fitness studios, therapy clinics and homes the world over. This bike maximizes user comfort and customization thanks to its slider seat rail system that features easy adjustment levers that allow you to get just the right fit. You get 20 levels of whisper quiet magnetic resistance on this bike, which is enough to challenge most exercisers. Thanks to the high speed, high inertia drive system the cycling motion is very smooth and natural.
The Schwinn 230 features an impressive monitor, with goal tracking capability that enables users to set and monitor individual exercise goals. In addition, you get 22 pre-set programs; 8 heart rate, 2 custom, 2 fitness test and one quick start. You also have the added advantage of two dual track LCD screens to provide enhanced visibility and goal tracking ability.
Unlike the Schwinn 279, this bike does not feature the RideSocial app or the Schwinn training app as there is no Bluetooth connectivity. In terms of ride performance, however, it is on a par with the 279.
This recumbent bike offers effective workouts for people who are either beginners at exercising, or are really looking for a challenge.
This bike has many therapeutic benefits too, and is suitable for people who are suffering from arthritis or other chronic pain and injuries. It is also suitable for women who are pregnant. Essentially, this is a great bike for anyone who has difficulty doing exercise in an uptight position. As this exercise bike can be adjusted, it is easy to ensure that you are comfortable in your workout.
Also by adjusting the positions of this bike, you can create a more tailored workout for your needs, while listening to your music through the speakers, or by connected a headset through the headphone jack. All of the information for your workout is displayed on the LCD display, which is large and clear, so you don’t need to strain your eyes.
The Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike is a budget model that provides good functionality and fitness monitoring. It offers an extended weight capacity of up to 300 pounds. This bike features a step through design which makes it easy for people with mobility problem to get on and off the unit. An eight level magnetic tension system provides for progressive exercise resistance, though this is quite limited in comparison to some of the more mid to high riced recumbents that are on the market.
The LCD computer onboard this bike is quite basic but still provides you with the key training diagnostics of times, speed, distance, calories burned, scan and heart rate. Hand pulse sensors pick up your training pulse to allow you to stay within the fat burning zone. However, these hand sensors are not overly reliable.
The 900XL has an oversized seat back and cushion to protect the lower back and provide enhanced comfort while riding. It can adjusted to suit your individual user requirements. The precision balanced flywheel along with the v-belt drive ensure that you get a smooth, jerk free cycle action. You will also appreciate just how quiet this bike is when you’re riding it. This means that you easily exercise in the same room as family members who are watching TV without upsetting them.
The 900XL has a compact design and even comes with transportation wheels for ease of movement.
The Exerpeutic 400XL is the budget recumbent in the Exerpeutic stable of home exercise bikes. It features an extremely compact, foldable design and is operated by a very quiet v-belt double transmission drive. It also has a precision balanced flywheel to give a smooth action. The magnetic control system is adjustable to eight levels, providing for progression in intensity and suitability for different members of the family.
This bike is surprisingly secure, supporting up to 300 pounds of user weight. It is clearly not designed for hard out training but it does do a good job of burning the calories, is well priced, efficient and can be easily stored away when not in use.
It should be noted that this bike features, not a full, but a semi-recumbent design. It also has a large cushion and seat back for added protection and comfort.
The Nautilus R614 is a mid-priced recumbent that provides you with 22 workout programs, including fitness tests, hill climb and fat loss specific workouts. It features a dual-track multi display LCD console with goal tracking ability so that you can set and monitor your own individual goals.
This bike is powered by a high speed inertia drive system coupled with a perimeter weighted flywheel. Together they provide a very smooth, fluid and quiet operation that feels just like you are cycling outdoors. The vented seat is a welcome addition, preventing the torso from overheating and allowing for cool air to circulate around the lumbar region.
The hand-held contact heart rate monitor on this model is not nearly as accurate as the telemetry strap unit on the Nautilus R616, but otherwise this unit does a great job of monitoring your workout while giving you a smooth, quiet training experience.
The Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic recumbent bike RB 4708 is a fairly large sized step through design model which makes it very easy for people to get on and off the seat. It features a rather simple digital monitor screen which provides you with an ongoing record of your training heart rate, along with training distance and time. A centrally located adjustable resistance tension knob allows you to set your pedalling intensity at one of weight levels. The transition between intensity levels is smoother than many other models at this price range.
The maximum user weight on this recumbent bike is an impressive 350 pounds, which gives testament to the solid frame construction and overall sturdiness of the bike. The extra high contoured and cushioned seat back provides extra protection for your back while exercising. Extra padded has been provided to help bring relief to pressure points in the tail-bone. A patented easy seat adjustment system even allows you to adjust the seat without having to get off the bike.
The Marcy Recumbent NS-716R is a more compact version of their popular 709 model. It features eight levels of pre-set magnetic resistance on a solid foundation with a simple, step through design. The seat is adjustable from 31 to 36 inches to allow the user to get just the right pedal distance. It should be noted that this is a considerably shorter than the 40-49 inch adjustable length on the 709. The mould injected seat on this bike has been ergonomically designed to support the proper body positioning as well as to provide for maximum seating comfort.
This recumbent bike has a simple monitor that provides accurate renderings of your time, distance and speed. However the calorie and pulse monitoring is fairly inaccurate, as is the case with most hand sensor models. The LCD display is 3.5 inches in diameter. The bike also has transport wheels for ease of movement.
The Sunny RB4703 is a solid, medium priced recumbent that operates off a magnetic belt drive mechanism. It provides eight levels of tension knob adjusted resistance and has a simple step through design so you don’t have to worry about getting in and off,even if you have restricted mobility.The oversized cushioned seat features extra padding to provide for relief in the pressure points during prolonged workout sessions.
The RB4703 comes with a removable work table that allows you to safely position your tablet in front of you so you that can multitask as you exercise. Patented seat adjustments also allow you to position the seat just where you need it in order to get the right stride length for you. With the extended lever arm you don’t even have to get off the seat while you are repositioning it.
This is non-folding version of Sunny’s mid-priced recumbent range. It provides a decent workout, though the pedalling motion is not as fluid as some of their more expensive bikes.
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 Merax RB1020 is a budget offering that stands up well against mid priced bikes from some of its competitors. It offers 8 levels of magnetic tension knob adjusted resistance.This is a solidly framed heavy duty bike that can support a 380 pound user weight, which is impressive in the budget category. The simple LCD screen gives you a readout of your time, distance, speed, odometer and calories as well as pulse, via hand-held sensors.
This unit features an easy to reach lever which allows you to adjust the seat while you are on the bike. This allows you to get just the right seat distance for proper ergonomic pedalling positioning. The seat back pad is especially large and well padded. The textured non-slip floor pedals provide secure foot positioning. The pedals also come with adjustable foot straps. This bike also features wheels so you can simply tilt and roll it away when your workout is over.
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