How Much Does a Peloton Bike Cost (and Should You Really Get One)?

Spin classes are all the rage — and cardio lovers can’t get enough of them. The high-intensity music, low lighting, and motivational instructor keep stationary bikers coming back week after week for more, despite the often hefty price tag for a 60-minute sweat session. And if you don’t partake in SoulCycle, CycleBar, and FlyWheel, you certainly know someone who does.

Heading to a spin class can be tough for those with busy or unpredictable schedules, though — and now, spinners all over are purchasing Peloton bikes. Here are all the details of the bike and whether it’s worth the cost.

The perks of a Peloton

Peloton bike

Peloton bike | Peloton via Instagram

Peloton describes their bike system as “a private indoor cycling studio in your home.” And the bike itself is of the same caliber that you would find in any high-quality studio. It boasts a carbon steel frame, quiet belt drive, and sleek design that doesn’t make it an eyesore in your home. The petals are also aluminum, the bottom bracket is industrial grade, and the sport-series adjustable saddle is ideal for those who are used to riding hard in their spin classes. At 135 pounds, the bike is also quite sturdy.

Aside from the bike itself, the Peloton also comes with a 21.5-inch full HD screen right behind the handlebars that comes with an impressive sound system and front-facing camera.

There’s an impressive selection of daily classes you can join as well — and they all make you feel like you’re right in the studio. Daily, there are 14 live studio classes filmed from New York City that you can join in on, or you can choose from over 5,000 on-demand workouts at any point in your day. If you’re taking a class in real time, you can compete with others who are in the same class, too. And every Peloton instructor is certified with the company.

Cost breakdown

Peloton bikes are a fun addition to your exercise routine, but they’re quite costly. You can pay them off in increments, however, and they all come with a one year warranty.┬áKeep in mind that if you choose the Basics package or you have more than one person riding the bike, you’ll need compatible cycling shoes, which is an extra expense.

In addition to each bike package, you need to purchase a Peloton Membership to access the unlimited content. This is a fee of $39 per month.

Basics package:

Cost: $2,245

Comes with: The bike, the warranty, delivery and setup

Essentials package:

Cost: $2,394

Comes with: The bike, the warranty, delivery and setup, one pair of cycling shoes, one pair of weights, and one pair of headphones

Works package:

Cost: $2,474

Comes with: The bike, the warranty, delivery and setup, one pair of cycling shoes, one pair of weights, one pair of headphones, heart rate monitor, and bike mat

Family package:

Cost: $2,644

Comes with: The bike, the warranty, delivery and setup, two pairs of cycling shoes, one pair of weights, two pairs of headphones, two heart rate monitors, bike mat, and two water bottles

Is it worth it?

Peloton instructor

Peloton instructor | Peloton via Instagram

If you can afford the bike’s hefty price tag up front and only have to worry about the $39 per month, then the Peloton might be a great option for you, as it’s significantly cheaper monthly than attending many boutique spin classes. It’s also perfect for those who love the community aspect of exercise but don’t have a schedule flexible enough to accommodate classes elsewhere. With the Peloton, it’s ready whenever you are, so you can get your workout in whenever works for you.

Many of the reviews of the Peloton are also quite positive. Reviewers love that they get high-quality instruction and a participatory community right in their home. Not only that, but Peloton is now offering a wide range of classes that are off the bike, too, so you can work on your cardio and strength training in other ways.

If you love being totally immersed in a workout class with others around you, however, the Peloton might not be best. While you get the illusion of being in a class, for some, there’s nothing like the energy of working out with others around you. And if you’re choosing to pay off the bike in increments while also paying for the monthly subscription, it could potentially equal about as much as you’d pay to head to a boutique spin class once a week.

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