The 8 Best Home Recumbent Bikes of 2024 – Top Models Reviewed

Recumbent bikes are a popular choice when it comes to home fitness equipment because they offer a more comfortable way to exercise than pretty much any other cardio machine out there.

This makes them a smart choice for folks dealing with achy joints or mobility problems, but with the right model, recumbent bikes can still offer a great workout for folks of all fitness levels.

The key, of course, is finding “the right model”.

But that’s what I’m here to help with.

In this comprehensive guide, I’m going to go over all the stuff I think you should look out for when trying to find the right recumbent bike for your home.

I’m also going to share my top picks when it comes to the best recumbent bikes 2024 has to offer.

After reading, you’ll know everything you need to in order to find the right recumbent bike for your home.

Well, let’s get to it already.

#1 Spirit XBR9530 lb flywheel
40 resistance levels
Lifetime frame/brake
10 year parts
1 year labor
Self-generating power
Adjustable backrest
12 workout programs
#2 Sole LCR30 lb flywheel
40 resistance levels
Lifetime frame
3 year parts
1 year labor
10" touchscreen
Entertainment apps
Streaming workouts
#3 Matrix Cycle R50Unknown flywheel
30 resistance levels
Lifetime frame
7 year parts
2 year labor
Choice of console
Adjustable backrest
#4 NordicTrack Commercial R3525 lb flywheel
26 resistance levels
10 year frame
2 year parts
1 year labor
14" HD screen
iFit compatible
Automatic trainer control
#5 3G Cardio Elite RBUnknown flywheel
16 resistance levels
Lifetime frame
7 year parts
1 year labor
Compact frame
Adjustable backrest
Included chest strap
#6 Sole R9220 lb flywheel
20 resistance levels
Lifetime frame
3 year parts
1 year labor
9" display
10 workout programs
#7 Schwinn 2908 lb flywheel
25 resistance levels
10 year frame
2 year parts
90 day labor
13 workout programs
USB charging
#8 Schwinn 23013 lb flywheel
16 resistance levels
10 year frame
2 year parts
90 day labor
13 workout programs

The 8 Best Home Recumbent Bikes of 2024

#1 Spirit’s XBR95 Recumbent Bike

Spirit XBR95 Recumbent Bike Trainer

I love Spirit as a brand and even though it’s hard ranking all these great bikes, it’s pretty easy for me to give their XBR95 the top spot here.

It’s just got a great combination of performance specs and features (and is fairly priced, which always helps).

Right off the bat, the XBR95 scores highly in my book with a 30 lb flywheel and 40 levels of resistance to work with.

This is going to give this recumbent a great pedaling motion, but it’s also going to allow this bike to offer intense workouts for those who are looking for that.

And with an assembled weigh of 147 lb and a 350 lb weight limit, you won’t have to worry about this bike feeling wobbly during use either.

The XBR95 doesn’t come with any really fancy console features (no touchscreen display or bluetooth), but it comes with an easy to read screen and 12 built-in workout programs.

It also comes with a few nice surprises, like a self-generating power source (allowing you to put it anywhere you want) and a built-in cooling fan.

It also comes with an adjustable angle backrest, something you don’t see on too many recumbents these days.

And when it comes to the warranty, you aren’t going to find a better residential guarantee: lifetime frame/brake, 10 year parts, 1 year labor.

(And I mean that literally, I’ve never seen a better warranty).

The XBR95 actually comes with a light commercial warranty too, which also tells us how well-built it really is.

All things considered, I think the XBR95 is a great home recumbent and a no-brainer for folks looking for a heavy-duty, comfortable recumbent that can perform.

And with an asking price under $2k, it’s one of the most affordable commercial-grade recumbents out there. See full review.

#2 Sole’s LCR Recumbent Bike

sole lcr recumbent bike
Image courtesy of Sole Fitness

Sole’s a brand you may be a little more familiar with and they also happen to be another one of my favorite brands.

As such, it’s a little hard for me to put the LCR in the #2 spot here, but this says more about the XBR95 than it does about the LCR.

And the fact that Sole and Spirit are owned by the same parent company helps a little I guess.

Anyway, the LCR is a great home recumbent in its own right.

The LCR is Sole’s premiere recumbent model and it too comes with a 30 lb flywheel and 40 levels of magnetic resistance.

It’s also got a remarkably heavy-duty frame with an assembled weight of 152 lb and a weight limit of 350 lb.

The LCR doesn’t come with a self-generating power source or adjustable back rest, but it does come with a higher-tech console that includes bluetooth speakers, wireless charging, and a 10.1″ touchscreen console.

Sole’s updated console is actually pretty sweet.

It comes with built-in entertainment apps (like Netflix, etc), screen mirroring from your phone, and free access to Sole’s streaming fitness app, Sole+.

And even though Sole’s residential warranty isn’t quite as long as Spirit’s, it’s still pretty darn good: lifetime frame, 3 year parts, 1 year labor.

This recumbent usually goes for a couple hundred bucks cheaper than the XBR95, making it a nice alternative for folks who like that bike but are working with a slightly smaller budget or looking for a more sophisticated console.

But anyway you look at it, Sole’s LCR is easily one of the best home recumbent bikes on the market. See full review.

#3 Matrix’s Cycle R50

matrix cycle r50
Image courtesy of Matrix Fitness

Matrix is an elite fitness brand, known for both their residential and commercial equipment.

Matrix products are known for being well-built and durable, but they’re also known for having some of the nicest consoles out there.

Well, the Cycle R50 is no exception.

The R50 is their highest-end residential model and it comes with a lot of great specs and features.

When it comes to performance, the R50 comes with a heavy-duty frame (weighs 172 lb) and a sophisticated magnetic resistance system that offers users a smooth, nearly silent pedaling motion.

And with 30 levels of resistance at your disposal, you’ll have complete control over your workouts.

Another key feature is the over-sized seat and its adjustable backrest, which makes for a commercial-grade feel.

What I really like about Matrix though is their consoles.

With the R50, you get to choose between 4 different console options, ranging from the LCD ‘XR’ to the 22″ HD touchscreen ‘XUR’.

If you go with one of the touchscreen options, you get access to built-in entertainment apps, scenic rides, and iFit (yup, the same iFit NordicTrack uses).

Toss in one of the longest warranties in the biz (lifetime frame, 7 years parts, 2 years labor) and it’s easy to see that this is one of the best home bikes around.

The biggest downside is the price – this recumbent certainly isn’t cheap.

But the fact that it’s still often sold out shows exactly how beloved it is. See full review.

#4 NordicTrack Commercial R35 Recumbent Bike

The NordicTrack brand needs no introduction and even though notoriety doesn’t necessarily equate to quality, in NordicTrack’s case, it does.

I find it a little annoying that NordicTrack pushes their iFit streaming platform on all of their products now, but that doesn’t take away the fact that the R35 is still a top performing recumbent.

Especially for the folks out there looking for a streaming bike.

The 14″ HD touchscreen console likely gets most of the attention, but the R35 has some serious performance specs too.

Like a 25 lb flywheel, 26 levels of resistance, and a max weight capacity of 350 lb.

It also comes with a comfortable seat, large pedals, and a built-in cooling fan to help keep ya more comfortable during workouts.

But back to that gorgeous touchscreen.

The R35 is designed to pair with iFit for streaming workouts and metric tracking and through iFit, you get access to unlimited, instructor-led workouts.

You also get access to cool features like Automatic Trainer Control, which allows the instructor to control the resistance during your workouts.

A cool feature indeed, but you can turn it off if you like to stay in control of things.

NordicTrack’s warranty isn’t as good as the ones we’ve seen above, but still not bad: 10 year frame, 2 year parts, 1 year labor.

Overall, if you’re looking for a quality recumbent bike with higher-tech, streaming capabilities, NordicTrack’s Commercial R35 could make a lot of sense. See full review.


#5 3G Cardio Elite RB Recumbent Bike

3G Cardio is kind of an interesting brand because they don’t offer many products, but everything they offer is casually awesome.

They seriously have the smallest lineups of products of any fitness brand that comes to mind – as far as I can tell, they only offer 3 treadmills and 2 bikes.

And one of those bikes just so happens to be a recumbent bike.

One of the most notable features of the Elite RB is how compact it is – at only 49″ long, it’s damn near 20″ shorter than the R35 mentioned above.

This is great for people looking for a compact recumbent bike, but it doesn’t mean the Elite RB skimps in the frame department.

With an assembled weight of 135 lb and a weight capacity of 350 lb, this compact recumbent is still heavier-duty than most.

3G Cardio doesn’t disclose the weight of their flywheel (a fact that makes me think it’s probably on the light side), but users are pretty adamant that it offers a very smooth ride.

And with 16 resistance levels, you don’t get quite as much control over your workouts as some other bikes offer, but still enough to get the job done (especially for folks just looking for a comfortable ride).

The biggest kicker to this recumbent is that it comes with a really basic console – no bluetooth, no speakers, and no fan.

But with an adjustable backrest and one of the most comfortable seats out there, this is forgivable.

Especially when you consider how awesome 3G Cardio’s warranty is: lifetime frame, 7 year parts, 1 year labor (as well as commercial warranty).

All things considered, if you’re looking for a compact, comfortable recumbent bike with a great warranty, the Elite RB is a great choice. See full review.

#6 Sole R92 Recumbent Bike

sole r92 recumbent bike
Photo courtesy of Sole Fitness

Sole only offers 2 recumbent bikes and they both made my list.

Hey, I tried to be inclusive and include bikes from different brands and price ranges, but the fact is, the R92 is a great recumbent bike for the price.

The R92 is a slightly lighter-duty version of the LCR mentioned above, but it’s still packing more impressive numbers than most.

Under the hood, this recumbent comes with a 20 lb flywheel and 20 resistance levels, allowing this bike to offer a smooth pedaling motion while giving riders a lot of control over their workouts.

It also comes with a 300 lb weight capacity and assembled weight of 130 lb, making for a stable unit.

The console on the R92 consists of a 9″ LCD screen with 10 built-in workout programs, bluetooth, USB charging, and a cooling fan.

It’s compatible with Sole+ too, allowing you to access free instructor-led workouts (through your tablet).

The warranty on the R92 isn’t as generous as the one Sole offers on their LCR, but it’s still one of the best warranties you’ll find on a recumbent in the $1k range- lifetime frame, 3 year parts, 1 year labor.

Overall, I think the R92 easily earns its way onto this list; I’d even go as far as saying it’s probably the nicest recumbent bike in the ~$1k price range. See full review.


#7 Schwinn 290 Recumbent Bike

schwinn 290
Image courtesy of Schwinn Fitness

Schwinn is one of the most well-known brands around when it comes to both outdoor cycling and indoor exercise bikes.

They’ve been around forever and their products are generally pretty awesome – well, the 290 is no different.

The 290 is one of their newer models and it’s a good looking bike that’s comfortable, easy to use, and packed with plenty of great features.

And at the time of writing this, it’s going for around $800, making it pretty affordable too.

But let’s get to specifics.

The 290 doesn’t come with a very heavy flywheel (only around 8 lb), but with 25 resistance levels and 13 built-in workout programs, it does offer a lot of option.

The updated console also comes with bluetooth speakers, USB charging, and a large, brightly-lit display for easy viewing.

This recumbent is also bluetooth compatible with JRNY, giving you access to instructor-led workouts and metric tracking if you choose to partake.

Schwinn’s warranty is pretty legit for this price range too: 10 year frame, 2 year parts, 90 day labor.

Overall, if you’re looking for an affordable recumbent that can offer a smooth ride, Schwinn’s 290 is a pretty safe bet. See full review.

#8 Schwinn’s 230 Recumbent Bike

schwinn 230 recumbent bike
Image courtesy of Schwinn Fitness

Rounding out my list is Schwinn’s other recumbent, the 230.

The 230 comes with fewer features than the updated 290 mentioned above, but it’s also a couple hundred bucks cheaper too.

So, if you’re simply looking for an affordable, easy-to-use recumbent, this could make a lot of sense.

The 230 comes with a 13 lb flywheel (which is actually heavier than what’s found on the 290), 16 resistance levels, and a weight capacity of 300 lb.

The console is pretty basic, but it does come with 13 built-in workout programs and bluetooth compatibility with fitness apps like JRNY.

But it’s lacking the USB charging and speakers found on a lot of other recumbent bikes.

Schwinn does back it with the same solid warranty found on the 290 though.

Overall, if the 230 has a lot to offer for such an affordable model. See full review.


What To Look For In A Recumbent Bike

I guess the specs and features that are most important to consider when comparing recumbent bikes will really depend on what you’re looking for.

For example, if you have a really bad back and are worried about comfort during workouts, finding a recumbent with an adjustable backrest might be the biggest priority on your list.

And if you’re looking for access to streaming workouts, getting a recumbent with a touchscreen console and streaming capabilities might be more important to ya than anything else.

And of course budget will likely play a big part in the decision making process.

All that said, I still think it’s important to consider a recumbent bike’s performance first and foremost because if your bike doesn’t have a smooth pedaling motion, odds are you won’t use it for long.

Regardless of what other features it has.

So, I suggest you all start there when comparing different recumbent bikes.


Recumbent bikes are very similar to most other types of exercise bike in that they also use weighted flywheels and magnetic systems to create their resistance.

And, just like most other types of exercise bike, having a heavier flywheel is usually a good thing when it comes to recumbent bikes.

This is especially true if you want a recumbent that can offer a great workout, but having a heavier flywheel usually makes for a smoother pedaling motion too.

This is because the extra weight builds more momentum, which in turn reduces lag between pedal strokes.

The result is a smoother, less jolty feel during use.

And a smoother feel is probably something we’re all looking for, regardless of anything else.

Flywheels on recumbent bikes generally come in somewhere between 10 – 30 lb and if you want a bike that can offer more intense workouts, it’s a good idea to look for one with a flywheel that’s close to 20 lb or higher.

Not to say lighter flywheels can’t still get the job done, but again, heavier is usually better.

You should also take a look at how many resistance levels the bike comes with.

Just know that more resistance levels doesn’t necessarily mean more resistance – but it does mean you have more control over the available resistance (able to make smaller adjustments between levels).

Which I would say is a good thing in itself.


I like the idea of having a heavy-duty bike that’ll feel stable and secure during workouts and I bet I’m not alone on this.

The best way to get a feel for how a bike will feel during workouts is to take it for a test drive, but unfortunately, this isn’t always possible.

Well, the next best thing in my opinion, is to look at the assembled weight and weight capacity.

These specs will give ya a good idea of what to expect when it comes to how stable the bike feels – and seeing higher numbers in both categories is always a good thing.

The heavier duty recumbents out there will come with assembled weights in the 130 lb+ range, but anything over 100 lb is usually pretty good.

And when it comes to weight limits, I like to see at least a 300 lb capacity, even though many bikes go up as high as 350 or 400 lb.

You have to at least make sure the bike you’re considering can safely hold ya, but again – seeing higher limits is another sign of superior build quality.


We should be comparing warranties for anything we buy, so this isn’t specific to recumbent bikes, but I still thought it was worth repeating.

Seeing longer warranties is always a good thing and nicer bikes usually come with longer guarantees.

Recumbent bikes usually come with warranties that include a frame, parts, and labor section.

The frame warranty should be the longest and most of the best recumbents come with at least 10 years on the frame (although as you’ll see, some still offer lifetime frame guarantees).

When it comes to parts, 2-3 years is pretty average for a quality bike, although there are brands out there that offer 5-10 years.

A year on labor is pretty typical, although some brands will go above and beyond and offer 2 years.

But overall, a longer warranty should certainly be considered when comparing recumbent bikes.


Finally, it’s important to think about which features a recumbent has before buying too.

As I mentioned at the beginning, if there are specific features you know you want, it makes sense to look for bikes in your price range that offer those features.

And luckily, there are recumbents in all price ranges, so regardless of what you’re looking for, odds are you’ll be able to find it in a price range that works for ya.

Features you can expect to find include:

  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Bluetooth compatibility with apps
  • USB charging ports
  • Built-in workout programs (numbers will vary greatly)
  • HD touchscreens
  • Cooling fans
  • Water bottle holders

Some recumbents will also come with adjustable backrests, which can be a great feature for folks dealing with back pain.

All recumbent bikes come with larger seats and backrests, but some bikes are more comfortable than others.

When comparing seats/backrests, look for built-in lumbar support and user reviews regarding comfort.

Well, I think that about does it when it comes to a quick rundown on the stuff you should look out for when comparing recumbent bikes.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best recumbents the year has to offer.

Final Thoughts

Well, I guess that about does it.

Recumbent bikes are great because they’re a lot more comfortable to use than traditional upright bikes or indoor cycles.

They’re also a lot easier to get on/off of, especially for folks dealing with pain or mobility issues.

When looking for a recumbent bike to add to your home, I encourage you to compare performance specs – more specifically, I’m talking about flywheel weights, number of resistance levels, assembled weights, and warranties.

And you’ll obviously want to consider what kind of features the bikes come with too.

It’s really all about finding a bike in your price range that checks as many boxes on your wish list as possible.

You may’ve noticed I didn’t include many of the higher-end, luxury recumbent bikes on this list (think Life Fitness, Precor, etc).

That’s not to say these bikes aren’t amazing, but I tried to keep the bikes I chose under $2k or so because I think this is the price range most of us are thinking when looking for home fitness equipment.

But if you’re fortunate enough to be working with larger budgets and are looking for a truly commercial grade recumbent bike, those brands are certainly worth exploring.

Well, I hope you found this guide helpful and at least a little entertaining.

And as always, if you have any questions or comments (or know of any awesome recumbents that deserve a spot on this list), leave ’em below and I’ll get right back to ya.

6 Thoughts to “The 8 Best Home Recumbent Bikes of 2024 – Top Models Reviewed”

  1. Tony Booth

    Great reviews!

    I live in France and am about to buy a recumbent bike.

    I like the look and sound of the Nordic Track R35 although its unlikely I would take part in iFit.
    The other I like the sound of is the Sole R92, I realize this may be a better buy if I’m not using iFit but in France the Nordic Track is €100 cheaper than the R92 unlike in the States.
    Without using iFit, is the Nordic Track still as good as the Sole? Many thanks Tony

    1. That’s an interesting situation and a really good question. I’ve never really thought to compare these 2 recumbents before because the R35 is usually quite a bit more expensive than the R92, but it looks like their prices are getting closer and closer even here in the States too. Anyway, if the R35 is cheaper than the R92 in France, I’d probably go with the R35 – even if you’re not planning on using iFit. The R35 comes with a heavier flywheel, more resistance levels, and a higher weight capacity. Sole’s warranty is still a little better on the R92, but that’s mostly on the frame and it’s unlikely the frame is going to break down on you anyway. So yeah, long-story-short, I’d go with the R35. Hope that helps and thanks for reading!

  2. COLIN

    After two months of research, and visits to the stores in order to try out the recumbent bikes on their demo floor, I found that the recumbent bikes are relatively weak as far as the resistance they offer. Yes, I said weak, and I think this comes from two directions, one is the position that allows people to push a lot more efficiently than an upright (the person’s back is secured against a firm seat, which does not happen on an upright), and secondly these bikes are, for some reason, geared towards senior citizens and injured/recovering people, so somehow people think that these bikes should not be strong on purpose, not only because seniors and injured people need to take it easy (they do not need a strong machine), but to also avoid the risk of someone injuring themselves further if the bike allows a great level of resistance.
    Therefore it is hard to find a strong recumbent stationary bike, and here your review helped me a lot to figure out which bikes have a heavy flywheel and good level of resistance.
    I found a good sale for the SPIRIT Fitness XBR95 RECUMBENT BIKE, and instead of close to 4000 Canadian dollars (with shipping and handling), I paid around 2200, which is a lot of savings for me.
    Now, it will arrive in a few days, and I need to use it for a while before I can talk with some authority given by hands-on experience, and I promise to come back with an honest and balanced review for you, with both pros and cons (the truth as I see it, of course, not a universal verdict, but something that might help other people the way your review helped me).
    All the best, and thank you!

    1. I appreciate your insights and I think you’re 100% right – a lot of recumbent bikes aren’t designed for strong resistance and more intense workouts. Light-weight flywheels, light-weight frames, and weaker resistance systems are common, especially on more affordable recumbents. That said, if you’re looking for a more impressive recumbent, I think you made a great choice with the XBR95. I have a feeling you’re going to love it, but I’m eager to hear back to see what you think. Thanks again for sharing your wisdom and thanks for reading!

  3. Lisa Bullard

    Thanks for the review. Sole LCR recently changed their warranty to a 3y parts, 1 year labor. What do you think about the Spirit XBR55 in comparison to the Sole R92 or LCR? I am looking for a bike that will last me as compared to one with bells and whistles. I had a Schwinn 270 for 2yr 3mo that I rode everyday but seems to have crank bearing issues. Schwinn customer service has been great but I don’t think it is fixable.
    Thank you.

    1. Thanks for reminding me that I need to update regarding Sole’s new warranties (I’ll be updating soon for the new upcoming year). When it comes to the XBR55, it falls in between Sole’s R92 and LCR in terms of performance, features, and price. The XBR55 comes with a 24 lb flywheel and 20 resistance levels, which is very similar to the R92’s 20 lb flywheel and 20 resistance levels. The LCR comes with more impressive numbers here (31 lb flywheel and 40 resistance levels), so it’s a little better equipped for higher-intensity workouts. And like the R92, the XBR55 also comes with a fairly simple LCD console (as opposed to the touchscreen found on the LCR). If you don’t want the bells and whistles, this alone might be enough reason to opt for the R92 or XBR55, which are both great bikes for the price. Speaking of price, the XBR55 usually costs around $500 more than the R92, although the XBR55 is usually a little cheaper through Fitness Factory. The biggest difference between the XBR55 and the R92 though, is the warranty – with a 10 year parts warranty, Spirit offers one of the longest guarantees on the market. And if you really want a bike that should last, this alone could be worth the extra cost. Overall, I think all 3 of these recumbents are great choices, but it sounds like the R92 or XBR55 would be a better fit for ya than the LCR. And if you’ve been happy with your Scwhinn 270, I think you’d love either. FYI, Sole and Spirit are owned by the same company, so you can expect quality from either brand. I hope that helps and thanks for reading!

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