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If you’re trying to equip your home gym on a budget, we have one question: Haaaaave you met Schwinn?

In case you haven’t noticed, indoor cycling is basically taking over the world. It’s fun, high energy, and low impact, so it’s a great all-around cardio workout for anyone from absolute fitness n00bs to the most dedicated of athletes.

Unfortunately, many of the tricked-out bikes made for at-home cycling classes — like the Peloton and the Echelon — also have majorly tricked-out prices. That’s where Schwinn comes in.

While none of Schwinn’s bikes have bougie built-in tablets, every model costs less than $1,000 — and some are made for streaming fitness with Bluetooth speakers and app connectivity (just add tablet).

Now, let’s dive into (Schwinn-to?) the best exercise bikes Schwinn Fitness has to offer.

  • $ = under $600
  • $$ = $600–$800
  • $$$ = over $800

IC4 Indoor Cycling BikeAirdyne AD7IC3 Indoor Cycling Bike270 Recumbent Bike170 Upright Bike
Price$$$$$$$$$$$
Resistance levelsfully adjustableunlimitedfully adjustable2525
Weight capacity330 lbs. (150 kg)350 lbs. (159 kg)300 lbs.
(136 kg)
300 lbs. (136 kg)300 lbs. (136 kg)
Size49 x 21 x 52 in. (124 x 53 x 132 cm)53 x 27 x 53 in. (135 x 69 x 135 cm)45 x 23 x 49 in. (114 x 58 x 124 cm)64 x 27 x 50 in. (163 x 69 x 127 cm)41 x 21 x 56 in. (104 x 53 x 142 cm)
Warranty10-year frame, 3-year mechanical and electrical, 1-year labor10-year frame, 2-year mechanical and electrical, 6-month labor5-year frame, 2-year mechanical and electrical, 1-year labor10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year electronics, 90-day labor10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year electronics, 90-day labor
Other features3-lb. dumbbells, USB charging port, Bluetooth heart rate tracking armband, tablet holder, bottle holder, app connectivitybottle holder, heart rate monitortablet holder, bottle holderbottle holder, tablet holder, speakers, USB charging port, built-in fanbottle holder, tablet holder, app connectivity, heart rate tracking, built-in speakers, built-in fan, USB charging port

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Schwinn IC4 Indoor Cycling Bike

  • Price: $$$
  • Resistance levels: fully adjustable via knob
  • Weight capacity: 330 lbs. (150 kg)
  • Size (L x W x H): 49 x 21 x 52 in. (124 x 53 x 132 cm)
  • Warranty: 10-year frame, 3-year mechanical and electrical, 1-year labor
  • Pros: made for streaming workouts or entertainment from your own device, clip-in shoes not required
  • Cons: no built-in speakers
  • Other features: 3-lb. dumbbells, USB charging port, Bluetooth heart rate tracking armband, tablet holder, bottle holder, app connectivity

Considering that it has nearly 4,000 reviews on the Schwinn website (averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars) and the approval of two smitten Greatist editors, let’s just say people LOVE this bike. This is the one you want if you’ve got Peloton taste and a thrift store budget. With your own tablet and a subscription to one of the many apps this bike is compatible with (including the Peloton app), you’re ready to roll.

Best for intense workouts

Schwinn Airdyne AD7

  • Price: $$$
  • Resistance levels: infinite (wind resistance from built-in fan)
  • Weight capacity: 350 lbs. (159 kg)
  • Size (L x W x H): 53 x 27 x 53 in. (135 x 69 x 135 cm)
  • Warranty: 10-year frame, 2-year mechanical and electrical, 6-month labor
  • Pros: moving handlebars
  • Cons: no speakers, no tablet holder
  • Other features: bottle holder, heart rate monitor

How to describe the Airdyne line…? Think the lower-body action of a bike plus the upper-body action of an elliptical, allowing you to pull or push with your arms to really get your blood pumpin’. It adds challenge by ramping up the resistance as you pedal faster. Lemme see ya hips *schwinn-g*

Best indoor cycling bike

Schwinn IC3 Indoor Cycling Bike

  • Price: $$
  • Resistance levels: fully adjustable via knob
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs. (136 kg)
  • Size (L x W x H): 45 x 23 x 49 in. (114 x 58 x 124 cm)
  • Warranty: 5-year frame, 2-year mechanical and electrical, 1-year labor
  • Pros: good for streaming workouts
  • Cons: no speakers
  • Other features: tablet holder, bottle holder

Indoor cycling bikes are designed to replicate what it’s like to ride a bike outdoors, and they’re the ones that have exploded in popularity in recent years. This model is the IC4’s little sibling, with a smaller price and fewer features, but it’s still a good option for streaming workouts from your device.

Best recumbent bike

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike

  • Price: $
  • Resistance levels: 25
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs. (136 kg)
  • Size (L x W x H): 64 x 27 x 50 in. (163 x 69 x 127 cm)
  • Warranty: 10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year electronics, 90-day labor
  • Pros: ideal for streaming fitness/entertainment from your device
  • Cons: not a full-body workout like other types of bikes
  • Other features: bottle holder, tablet holder, speakers, USB charging port, built-in fan

Recumbent bikes feature a comfy seat with a seatback and handlebars beside your hips, so you can get a vigorous low impact lower-body workout with no extra strain. With built-in speakers, a charging port, and app connectivity, this recumbent bike is also GREAT for streaming workouts from your tablet.

Best upright bike

Schwinn 170 Upright Bike

  • Price: $
  • Resistance levels: 25
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs. (136 kg)
  • Size (L x W x H): 41 x 21 x 56 in. (104 x 53 x 142 cm)
  • Warranty: 10-year frame, 2-year parts, 1-year electronics, 90-day labor
  • Pros: lightweight, more compact than other bikes, good for streaming workouts or entertainment
  • Cons: may be less comfortable than other styles for some users
  • Other features: bottle holder, tablet holder, app connectivity, heart rate tracking, built-in speakers, built-in fan, USB charging port

Upright bikes are the counterpoint to recumbent bikes — they keep you in a more upright position (hence the name) with more extension in your legs. They also take up less floor space than other bikes, which is a definite plus if your space is already cramped. This one is also suuuper budget-friendly but still equipped for streaming with speakers, a charging port, and a tablet holder.

And if your budget is really tight, you can get the more modest 130 model for about $200 less.

Schwinn doesn’t have its own fitness app or streaming workouts, but several of its models are compatible with the Peloton app (without the Peloton price), as well as Zwift and Explore the World.

None of the Schwinn bikes come with a built-in tablet like the Peloton does, but many Schwinn devices have built-in tablet holders. So, even if the model you buy doesn’t sync up with an app, you can still use your device to stream workouts.

Looking for that Peloton-on-a-budget experience? One of Schwinn’s indoor cycling-style bikes, a fitness app subscription, and a tablet are all you need.

Schwinn offers financing options via the Schwinn credit card, which is interest-free if you pay for your bike in full within 18 months.

Shipping is free (yay!), although you can purchase optional in-home assembly if you just 🎵 want to ride your bicycle 🎵 and not have to worry about putting it together first.

Schwinn’s parent company, Nautilus, offers a generous 6-week satisfaction guarantee, so if your bike isn’t a good fit, you can return it within this window for a full refund. (Pro tip: Don’t throw out the packaging until you know it’s a keeper.)

But warranty details vary slightly among models, so be sure to check ’em out before you buy!

Schwinn Fitness offers several types of stationary bikes so you can get your ride on however you like. Like, seriously… who knew there were so many different types? Several are also ready for streaming, with app connectivity, tablet holders, and charging ports — just BYO tablet.

Best of all, every bike in Schwinn’s catalog costs less than $1,000, so you can get a good workout without giving your wallet one too.