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Best spin bikes: 5 top buys to work your legs from home

Check out these best spin bikes and bag one for home use. No gym class availablilty? No problem...

Best spin bikes: Reebok GSB Electronic Aerobic Bike in use LCD screen
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Investing in one of the best spin bikes for home use? Whether you are hesitant to get back to Monday night spin class or you prefer to work out from home anyway, these are the best buys to get your heart racing and your legs feeling like jelly. 

No matter if you'd prefer an electronic resistance spin bike or would rather a manual model, we've got a range of best buys below, all of which are high-performing and easy to use, too. When choosing the best spin bikes, we've considered everything from each one's price to its flywheel weight – the heavier the better for avid spinners – as well as considering what each bike's monitor is like and how many functions this has. This will make tracking your workout stats a lot easier. Whether you want a compact machine or something that looks like it's fresh out of the '80s, check out these top spin bikes below.

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What is the difference between a spin bike and an exercise bike?

Spin bikes offer a more realistic experience of cycling outside thanks to their fixed flywheel. This wheel is heavier than that of an exercise bike which makes pedalling a lot harder, though it can result in faster movement. That and they have a fixed gear – the flywheel is directly connected to the pedals by a chain – so even when you stop moving your legs, the wheels and pedals will keep going so as to slow down your workout gradually. It's also easier to stand and cycle on a spin bike (and to work your abdomen) due to the way they are built. Spin bikes are usually made with their flywheel shown, whereas the majority of exercise bikes have theirs hidden.

Exercise bikes are a lot more comfortable than spin bikes thanks to the fact they usually have higher handlebars. And, when using them your spine should be straight, not bent. They are also a lot easier to store, too. The majority of exercise bikes offer a range of workout programmes. When you stop pedalling on an exercise bike, everything will immediately stop. 

See our guide to the best exercise bikes if you'd prefer one of these.

Best spin bikes

Best spin bike: Reebok GSB Electronic Aerobic Bike

(Image credit: Reebok)

1. Reebok GSB Electronic Aerobic Bike

Best spin bike: this Reebok bike ticks all our boxes and it's great for home use

Specifications
Flywheel weight: 18kg
Monitor: LCD - 19 programmes
Resistance: Electronic
Reasons to buy
+Self-generating+Adjustable+Pulse sensor+Quite affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Maximum user weight 135kg

Bring spin class home with help from the Reebok GSB Electronic Aerobic Bike. With 32 levels of resistance – electronic that is – and a large 18kg flywheel, this bike is fitted with everything you need to work up a sweat. With an adjustable handlebar and seat, it can be used by almost anyone and it even has self-levelling pedals and pedal straps. Oh, and it has hand grip pulse sensors. That and it boasts a handy LCD display to keep track of your progress – we're talking everything from speed to distance, calories and reps per minute. Take advantage of the bike's 12 pre-set programmes, too, and jazz up your workout. The best part? Although it does have an electronic resistance system, it doesn't have to be plugged in. Just keep pedalling and the spin bike will use your motion to power it. 

Best spin bike you can buy: Kettler Racer 9 Indoor Cycle

2. Kettler Racer 9 Indoor Cycle

Best spin bike 2020: the highest calibre home spin bike

Specifications
Flywheel weight: 18kg
Monitor: LCD - 7 functions
Resistance: Electromagnetic
Reasons to buy
+ Electronic handlebar gear shifters+ Unbeaten durability 
Reasons to avoid
- Very expensive 

The Kettler Racer 9 ergometer bike is the best spin bike for a truly realistic cycle in the comfort of your own home. If you're an athlete who is looking to train at home, you'll be able to make the most of this bike with its virtual training software that allows you to use your GPS to cycle any route in the world - perfect for getting ready for that big trip you've got planned. The bike is completely adjustable with triathlon handlebars that make for a comfortable cycle whether long or short, and users love how the gear shifters simulate real-world cycling. If you're looking to invest in a high-end piece of kit for your home gym, the Kettler Racer 9 will not let you down. 

Best budget spin bike: We R Sports RevXtreme Indoor Cycle S1000

3. We R Sports RevXtreme Indoor Cycle S1000

Best spin bike under £500: a cheap and cheerful bike with some great features

Specifications
Flywheel weight: 13kg
Monitor: RPM, kcal, resistance, distance
Resistance: Manual screw
Reasons to buy
+ Inexpensive + Stylish 
Reasons to avoid
-Noisy

If you’re still uncertain whether an indoor spin bike will work for you, why not have a look at the inexpensive We R Sports RevXtreme Indoor Cycle S1000? While not anti-corrosive, the frame is still robust and adjustable, so you should be able to feel confident in the bike and comfortable at the same time. As we mentioned above, the heavier the flywheel, the better. This one only has a 13kg flywheel, which reviewers say does a good job of simulating a push bike but don’t expect the same level of resistance as more expensive models. Another comment is the noisiness - fine for use if you’re working out upstairs or in the gym room, but probably too distracting to be positioned in the lounge. The best spin bike if you're on a budget, we think.

Best spin bike for sturdiness: NordicTrack GX 5.1 Indoor Cycle

4. NordicTrack GX 5.1 Indoor Cycle

Best value spin bike: a sturdy, well built bike, especially for the low price tag

Specifications
Flywheel weight: 20kg
Monitor: RPM, kcal, heart rate, resistance, distance
Resistance: Manual screw
Reasons to buy
+20kg flywheel to simulate steep climbs +Durable and anti-corrosive 
Reasons to avoid
-Experienced riders may want to play around with the pedal fittings 

If you’re looking for a decent low/mid range spin bike, the NordicTrack GX 5.1 Indoor Cycle should be a solid purchase. Made from durable and anti-corrosive materials, it’s been built to last and should manage in damp environments such as conservatories and garages without forming any ailments. Reviewers commend its sturdiness, while the heavy flywheel allows you to power away at the steepest of climbs. With additional features including an LCD backlit display and a bottle holder, this bike has everything you need. Fairly bulky compared to the Keiser, this could be one for the gym room or garage. 

Best compact spin bike: JLL® IC400 ELITE

5. JLL® IC400 ELITE

Best spin bike on Amazon: a compact bike that's flooding with features

Specifications
Flywheel weight: 20kg
Monitor: RPM, kcal, heart rate, resistance, pulse, distance
Resistance: Manual
Reasons to buy
+ Belt driven  + Replicates a mountain bike 
Reasons to avoid
- Not for smaller riders

If you’re after a quiet spin bike with high resistance levels, the JLL® IC400 Elite provides both, thanks to the belt-driven 20kg flywheel. In addition to noting down the usual statistics, this bike can hook up to a heart monitor so you can keep a closer eye on your training progress. While the handlebar and the seat are adjustable, shorter reviewers seem to have a problem with finding a comfortable riding position. While not the sleekest to look at, it’ll fit in fine with any home gym and it’s compact enough for you to easily move it if required.  We think it's the best spin bike if you're after something compact.

What is the best spin bike?

The best spin bike you can buy is the Kettler Racer 9 Indoor Cycle, we think. However, we are aware that not everyone can afford a machine with a price tag that high, so if you're on a budget, opt for the We R Sports RevXtreme Indoor Cycle S1000. Find out more about both below.

How to buy the best spin bike

Ease of movement
If you’re new to the spin bike scene, you’ll need some knowledge on the kind of features that you need to look out for. For example, the case for most spin bikes is the heavier the flywheel, the smoother the motion. Whether you’re looking to get your head down in your home gym or push out a couple of miles while catching up with Corrie, ease of movement is important for keeping you in the flow. 

Control system
Seasoned spin bikers may want to check out the bike’s control system. Your basic home spin bike may use fabric or leather pads to control the resistance throughout your workout, while other upmarket bikes use electromagnets which are incredibly powerful and precise. 

Drive system
Whether the spin bike has a belt or chain drive system will make a difference to its overall performance, too. 

The console
For novices, amateurs and experienced exercisers alike, there’s one feature of the spin bike that you should carefully consider before handing over any money – the console. Whether you exercise by calories or kilojoules, you’ll need to make sure that the bike displays all the information you want to see. Some bikes will even display your heart rate and record your distance covered in various measurements. 

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