The 10 Best Recumbent Exercise Bikes in 2023, According to Certified Trainers
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RECUMBENT, OR reclined seat position, bikes are a more comfortable alternative to upright bikes. Whether you’re uncomfortable with an upright bike option or need more stability, a recumbent bike offers more support for both the upper body and lower back. Most offer a step through design, with wider, more padded seat options—and some even have lumbar support. These exercise bikes are a good option for older guys or anyone with more limited mobility. However, they can still provide a great workout.

“The recumbent bike provides a great low-impact workout that can aid with the rehabbing of injuries and can also help improve your range of motion,” says Mathew Forzaglia, NFPT-CPT, personal trainer based in New York, NY. “The position of the seat being reclined and behind the pedals reduces the tension in the core, minimizing back tightness, and it also reduces the tension in the joints of your ankles, knees, and hips, allowing you to target your bigger leg muscles. Plus, these bikes can help novice fitness enthusiasts gain confidence working out on a secure, safe exercise machine.”

With so many choices on the market—from high-tech options with all the bells and whistles, to more basic no-frills models—we’ve rounded up some of the best options for every category, fitness level, and price point.

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Best for Oversized Seat


Pro C10R

Dimensions 25.4 x 56.8 x 49.8 inches
Weight Capacity 300 lbs
Resistance 25 levels, magnetic
Screen 10″ Touchscreen
Workout Program iFit, 30-Day Free Trial Included

Best for Easy Transport

Schwinn Fitness

290 Recumbent Bike

Dimensions ‎66.5 x 26.3 x 46.8 inches
Weight Capacity 330 lbs
Resistance Magnetic
Screen None
Workout Program 1 year JRNY Membership

Best for Advanced Riders


Commercial R35

Dimensions 68.22 x 23.69 x 53.42 inches
Weight Capacity 350 lbs
Resistance 26 levels, digital
Screen 14 inch touchscreen
Workout Program iFit, 1 month trial

Most Budget-Friendly

Sunny Health & Fitness

Essential Recumbent Exercise Bike

Dimensions ‎56.3 x 26.3 x 42.9 inches
Weight Capacity 300 lbs
Resistance 8, magnetic
Screen None
Workout Program None

Easiest to Assemble


R618 Recumbent Bike

Dimensions ‎66.25 x 12.7 x 27.25 inches
Weight Capacity 325 lbs
Resistance 25, belt
Screen Dual backlit LCDs
Workout Program 29 presets

Best for Small Spaces


Recumbent Exercise Bike ME-709 with Resistance

Dimensions ‎25 x 58 x 38 inches
Weight Capacity 300 lbs
Resistance 8, magnetic
Screen LCD monitor
Workout Program None

Best Luxury Recumbent Bike


Recline Personal

Dimensions 55 x 25 x 54 inches
Weight Capacity 300 lbs
Resistance 25, magnetic
Screen 15.6 inch touchscreen
Workout program 20 routines, 6 presets

For the past year, we consulted with Men’s Health’s fitness editors, as well as key fitness trainers from both MH’s Advisory board and MH’s Strength in Diversity Initiative. They spent months of hands-on time with recumbent exercise bikes from top fitness brands. They evaluated products on durability, quality, and training efficiency.

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Amy Schlinger is a skilled health and fitness writer and editor based in New York City.

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