After the pandemic, sales of home training equipment have skyrocketed. Sales of health and fitness equipment doubled from March to October 2020, reaching $ 2.3 billion in total. With the Delta variant of COVID-19, people are still reluctant to go to gyms, forcing more and more households to opt for treadmills, exercise bikes, etc. Of course, these pieces of equipment can cost thousands of dollars. However, there are more affordable alternatives that offer the same benefits without the price tag. Here’s a look at some of our top affordable choices when the best model on the market just isn’t within the budget.
Don’t Buy: Peloton Bike – $ 1,495
Buy: Echelon Connect Bike EX-3 – $ 800
There’s no question that when it comes to exercise bikes, Peloton is top of the line, but $ 1,495 can be prohibitive. Not to mention the mandatory additional $ 39 per month for the Peloton All-Access subscription.
The Echelon Connect Bike EX-3 doesn’t have a display like the Peloton, but the hardware is similar to Peloton’s and this bike has a device mount that will fit a phone or tablet. Plus, right now, when you buy the bike and get the Echelon FitPass starting at $ 11.99 per month, Echelon gives you a free iPad, letting you workout while watching what you want! Echelon FitPass courses are similar in structure and variety to Peloton courses, but cost a fraction of the price. You can always choose to buy a cheaper bike and subscribe to the Peloton app for $ 12.99 per month, giving you the Peloton experience without paying the price.
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Don’t Buy: Bowflex – 22 Treadmill – $ 2,699
Buy: Horizon – T101 Treadmill – $ 799
Again, you’re sacrificing the built-in screen and the fitness classes the Bowflex model offers, but at a third of the cost, it’s an easy fix. The Horizon T101 treadmill offers device holder and a fast-charging USB port with Bluetooth connection capabilities, so you can connect any device for workouts or entertainment. Plus, you can buy a new iPad for $ 329 while spending less than the Bowflex treadmill. Then you can go to any fitness app or YouTube videos you want. Plus, the Horizon treadmill folds up for easy storage in smaller living spaces.
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Don’t Buy: NordicTrack – Commercial 14.9 Elliptical – $ 1,999
Buy: Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Elliptical – $ 498.52
Although the NordicTrack machine offers immersive lessons through the iFit app, it still costs four times as much as the Sunny model. Both models have a similar weight capacity. The NordicTrack model has 26 resistance levels, while the Sunny model only has 16, but comes with 24 adjustable programs. The NordicTrack machine has a built-in screen for showing iFit workouts (and nothing else), but the Sunny elliptical has a device mount. Subscribing to the iFit app independently will cost you less and you can use the Peloton app or watch reruns of your favorite show on your tablet.
Don’t Buy: Concept2 Model E Indoor Rower – $ 1510.00
Buy: Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rower – $ 248.99
Once again, Sunny is bringing the heat with affordable training equipment. Both models have the ability to track your progress and provide you with multiple stats on a state-of-the-art display. The Concept2 model folds up for easy storage and offers Bluetooth connectivity but only has a 2 year warranty. However, the Sunny rower can be tilted and rolled for storage, plus it comes with a 3-year warranty.
Don’t Buy: Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Adjustable Dumbbell – $ 499.00 for one
Buy: Foverós Adjustable Dumbbell – $ 299.00 for a pair
The adjustable dumbbell is a game-changer. These devices offer a wide range of weights in a small device, rather than having a large display of dumbbells of different weights. The BowFlex offers an impressive 10 to 90 lb range, but it’ll set you back $ 499 for just one. Conversely, Foverós dumbbells come in pairs of 2 for $ 299. Foverós’ weight range isn’t as wide as Bowflex’s, offering 5 to 52.5 lbs, but that leaves a few bucks more in the budget if you want to buy the heavier weights. Foverós weights also have safety locks to ensure the dumbbells are always securely attached.
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Last updated: October 22, 2021
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