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Both Peloton and MYXfitness offer at-home stationary bikes that are all about recreating that cycling-class feel, thanks to their impressive HD touch screens and access to streamed trainer-led classes. While the two machines have a lot in common, they also have some key differences that might totally change your mind about which one to get.

We put our research pedal to the metal to help you decide between these two options. Let’s dive in!

DimensionsTouch screenResistance typeClasses and trainersAdjustable handlebars?Bike costSubscription cost
Peloton59 L x 23 W x 53 H in.21.5-in. HD, doesn’t swivelmagneticthousands of classes with world-class trainersyes$1,495$39/month
MYX II54 L x 21 W x 47 H in.21.5-in. HD, swivels!frictionaccess to MYX+Openfit and Beachbody classesyes$1,399$29/month

The OG Peloton Bike has long been considered the gold standard for at-home cycling. So let’s take a closer look.

The basics: Everything to know about the Peloton Bike and Bike+

Both of Peloton’s bikes are pro-level stationary bikes designed to give riders an elite, interactive riding experience.

Cost

Let’s address the elephant in the room: Yes Peloton is expensive, but the price of the original bike recently dropped to a more affordable (but still pretty expensive) $1,495. But if you’re looking for the upgraded model with (slightly) improved specs, the price jumps by $1,000.

On the plus side, you’re paying for quality — most reviewers say this bike is the creme de la creme. It all comes down to your budget. (Don’t forget: Many affordable, good-quality alternatives exist.)

Features

The bike itself has a heavy-duty flywheel and magnetic resistance for an ultra-smooth ride. While you can purchase toe cages for a more casual ride in sneakers, the Peloton’s pedals require actual cycling shoes that clip in (specifically, Delta-compatible cleats).

One potential downside, depending on how you look at it (pun intended), the screen on the Peloton Bike doesn’t swivel, meaning you can’t rotate it when you want to do off-bike workouts. If a swiveling screen is important to you, you’ll have to fork over a whopping $2,495 for the Bike+.

And TBH, the $1,000 jump in price for the newer bike doesn’t really give you all that much more. Here are the key differences between the two:

  • The Bike+ has a slightly bigger (by 2.3 in.), anti-reflective screen.
  • The Bike+ touchscreen swivels 360 degrees.
  • The Bike+ resistance can automatically be adjusted based on class instructor’s cues.

The classes

The HD touch screens and built-in app give you access to thousands of branded live and prerecorded classes, all led by pro trainers whose No. 1 goal is to make you hustle. The music is pretty sweet too.

If you’re the kind of person who gets revved by competition, you’ll be happy on the Peloton. When you’re riding along in class, you can see how you stack up to others with the on-screen leaderboard (and maybe push it a little harder if you want to get ahead). But if you hate leaderboards (which we kinda do), you can also swipe it away and focus on your own metrics.

Peloton’s classes are mainly output-based (resistance + cadence), so the harder and faster you push, the higher up on the leaderboard you climb.

On days you’re not cycling, you can also access cross-training classes like strength training, yoga, meditation, running, walking, barre, and Pilates workouts. This is where the Bike+’s swiveling screen comes in clutch — but you can also access classes on your phone, tablet, and other streaming devices like Apple TV.

The bike: A deep dive into features, design, and specs

Ready for the scoop on the features? Right on.

Peloton BikePeloton Bike+
Cost$1,495 plus $39/month subscription $2,495 plus $39/month subscription
Dimensions59 L x 23 W x 53 H in.59 L x 22 W x 59 H in.
Weight135 pounds (lbs.)140 lbs.
Touch screen21.5-in. HD23.8-in. HD, swiveling & anti-reflective
Resistance typemagneticmagnetic
Rider capacity6 feet (ft.) 4 in. and 297 lbs.6 ft. 4 in. and 297 lbs.
Handlebar height and depth adjustabilityheight onlyheight only
Shippingfree; ships out within 2 weeks of orderfree; ships out within 2 weeks of order
Returnscan return any time during the 30-day at-home trial periodcan return any time during the 30-day at-home trial period
Warranty12-month limited warranty on screen and most original bike components; 5 years coverage on frame12-month limited warranty on screen and most original bike components; 5 years coverage on frame
AssemblyCOVID-friendly assembly format delivers assembled bike to your front door. COVID-friendly assembly format delivers assembled bike to your front door.

MYXfitness has been BUSY lately. The company recently merged with Openfit and Beachbody and released the second iteration of its bike: The MYX II.

The basics: Everything to know about MYX II

The MYX II is a newcomer to the at-home cycling market — but what it lacks in legacy and prestige, it makes up for in other sweet features.

Cost

The MYX II bike is positioned as a more affordable alternative to Peloton, though the price difference isn’t huge now that Peloton dropped the price of its bike. Both the bike and the monthly classes are slightly less expensive: $1,399 with a $29/month subscription.

Features

The bike has a similar ergonomic feel to the Peloton. The main difference is the flywheel — it uses friction resistance instead of magnetic, which makes the ride feel a little less smooth. The pedals are also compatible with cycling shoes or regular sneakers.

The bike also has a 21.5-in. HD *swiveling* touch screen without draining your savings. Plus, there’s an 8-megapixel camera that you can use for personal training sessions and group class broadcasts.

Lastly, the bike also comes with a heart rate monitor to use during classes — which are mainly heart rate-based training. You can also sync it up with your Apple Watch if you don’t love wearing other heart rate monitors.

Classes

Now that MYXfitness, Openfit, and Beachbody are all one company, MYX has a lot of class options. But TBH, the whole thing is a little confusing, so we’ll break it down for you.

MYX merged all of its content with Openfit’s (now called MYX+Openfit), so you can now access all of those classes with one subscription.

But you can also choose to subscribe to Beachbody’s BODi platform — featuring the company’s classic programs like P90x and INSANITY — but you’ll have to pay an additional subscription fee for that (also $29/month).

Both platforms have a bunch of cycling and noncycling classes, but there are some key differences between BODi and MYX+Openfit:

  • MYX+Openfit classes are mainly heart rate-based training, which means you focus on your heart rate zones to determine your success in class (basically like Orangetheory). They also have a very personalized vibe to them — you feel like your instructors are your very own personal trainer.
  • BODi classes are more intense by nature (one of them is literally called “INSANITY”). You can use the camera to take part in BODcasts, which are group classes where you can stream yourself working out on the class’s leaderboard. They’re a good option for people who want to replicate the feeling of in-person group classes.

But remember, you don’t have to pick between the two if you’ve got the extra cash and want both experiences. You’ll just have to pay two separate $29/month subscription fees.

The bike: A deep dive into features, design, and specs

OK, on to the numbers!

MYX II
Cost$1,399 plus $29/month subscription(s)
Dimensions55 L x 21 W x 47 H in.
Weight150 lbs.
Touch screen21.5-in. HD
Resistance typefriction
Rider capacity6 ft. 8 in. and 350 lbs.
Handlebar height and depth adjustabilityyes
Shippingfree; ships out within 1 to 3 weeks of order
Returnswithin 30 days
Warranty1 year
Assemblyfree

Ultimately, this decision comes down to how you like to get your fitness on.

Peloton provides a high end riding experience with access to top-of-the-line classes. People generally agree that it’s one of the best at-home stationary bikes, so it makes sense that it would come with the highest price tag. If you’re a hardcore rider looking to replicate the cycling studio experience at home, this is the bike for you.

If you’re a beginner, excited about heart rate-based training, and want to save a few bucks, MYX II could be for you. You’ll still get a great ride and access to tons of classes. Plus, the swivel screen makes doing other workouts super convenient.