What is the best exercise bike for under £200?
With the rise in exercising from home instead of the gym, exercise bikes have grown significantly in popularity over recent years. Exercise bikes offer you the opportunity to set your own workout routine. You can tailor it to suit your own personal needs and fitness levels.
But what exercise bike should you buy if you’re on a tight budget? The best bike to buy depends on exactly what you are looking for, but there are so many different features and price points that it can be confusing when trying to find the best value exercise bike to suit you.
If you’re looking for a bike that will last you a long time, are at an affordable price and will provide great stability and durability whilst being adjustable, then you’ve come to the right place!
In this post I’ll be detailing the top exercise bikes (up to £200) that are available in the UK and Ireland. We’ll look at the features that they have, how easy they are to assemble, how durable they are and what our overall experience has been.
We’ll get into each bike in detail later on. So here are my 3 top picks…
Note that these three bikes are in order. The rest of the bikes reviewed in this guide are in no particular order, with some providing different benefits over others which we’ve highlighted (e.g. best budget bike, best under £100 etc).
Our team has tried and tested a huge range of exercise bikes under £200 for this guide. After much deliberation, we’ve managed to whittle it down to the following best exercise bikes under £200 that are available to buy in the UK.
1. Dripex Upright Exercise Bike Our Top Pick
Our top pick for the best exercise bike for under £200 is the Dripex Upright Exercise Bike.
Out of all of the exercise bikes we tested at this price point, the Dripex came out on top across the various areas we took into consideration. It packs a serious punch when it comes to features, build quality and general use.
Upon arrival (and after a very quick delivery), the Dripex bike was securely packaged and took us around 30 minutes to set up – it was a fairly easy setup process with clear instructions provided and no additional tools required. The only additional step we would recommend to you is to tightly fasten the pedals, as they can come loose if they’re not super tightly secured. The Dripex bike has a total weight of 28kg which isn’t too heavy to move around once built, and it has built-in castor wheels to make it even easier to move and store.
The first thing you’ll notice about this home exercise bike is the styling – it’s an incredibly striking design that looks almost professional in looks. The build quality is exceptional too, with a large heavy-duty steel flywheel and wide frame which keeps the bike sturdy and doesn’t move about whilst in use. It has a maximum user weight of 150kg (around 330lbs or 23.5 stone) and has adjustable seating positions and handlebar positions (up to 6 different positions each). The pedals even have cages around them, which drastically reduces the chances of your foot slipping away from the pedal when in use.
On top of that, the Dripex is jam-packed with features to keep you on track. The flywheel allows you to vary the resistance depending on your level of fitness and how difficult you want it to be. We found during our testing that the resistance can be made super tough as well as kept to a minimum, so if you’re unsure as to whether or not you’ll get enough of a workout from the Dripex, then we can say confidently that you’ve got nothing to worry about. There are a total of 8 levels, ranging from easy/low resistance (1-3) to medium resistance (4-6 which we found to be ideal) all the way up to high resistance (7-8, very difficult at this level).
The onboard LCD display gives you real-time feedback on your workout, including your speed, total distance, total time, calories burned and even your heart rate which is tracked via the pulse monitor built into the handlebars. We found the heart rate monitor to be pretty accurate when measured against our chest monitor – both numbers were within a couple of BPM of each other, so it seems to be a reliable way to track your effort.
The bike itself is very quiet when in use – the belt drive is super smooth and quiet, allowing you to watch TV or listen to music without any excessive noise from the exercise bike. This is one of the quietest bikes we tested in our list of the best bikes below £200, we were genuinely blown away by it. You don’t need to worry about waking up family and neighbours with those early morning exercise sessions!
The seat is comfortable to sit on for extended periods of time, and it feels like it should last us a long time. A lot of sub £200 exercise bikes struggle with seat comfort and quality – the Dripex delivers in this key area, as the last thing you want is an uncomfortable seat.
This is without a doubt the best exercise bike money can buy below £200. If you’re looking to spend less than £200 on a home exercise bike and you need something that’s sturdy, reliable, packed with features and really gives you a decent workout, then look no further. The Dripex Upright Exercise Bike is our clear winner.
- Incredibly well-built and sturdy exercise bike
- Range of resistance levels to suit all fitness levels
- Super quiet – perfect for families/watching TV whilst exercising
- Can be moved around with ease thanks to the built-in castor wheels – ideal for storage when not in use
- Feels like a £400+ exercise bike
2. Magic Life Folding Exercise Bike with Magnetic Resistance
Next up is the Magic Life exercise bike – and whilst it doesn’t get the coveted top spot in our guide, it does have some serious benefits and may actually be better suited to some people.
The Magic Life exercise bike is noticeably different from other bikes on our list, in that it has a larger seat with a backrest. Now, you may be thinking “What the hell do I need a backrest for?!” – trust me, it’s a brilliant addition to an overall excellent budget exercise bike.
I personally sometimes struggle with seats on exercise bikes – I begin to feel discomfort in my lower back after about 20 minutes or so on most upright bikes. After trying the Magic Life exercise bike out for 40 minutes, I had absolutely no lower back pain, and I can definitely attribute that to the backrest.
Whilst some might argue that having the backrest removes some of the effort needed such as tightening your core muscles to remain balanced, I’d say that I would rather comfortably complete a 40+ minute workout with no pain instead of a 20-30 minute workout with back pain.
If you also have back problems, or perhaps you’re older or you’re recovering from injury, then this could be the home exercise bike that you need.
On top of the frankly excellent seat, the Magic Life bike feels strong and sturdy – not quite as sturdy as the Dripex, but good enough for home workouts. When it’s being used, there’s barely any noise from the machine thanks to the magnetic flywheel. It also has a maximum user weight of 120kg (around 264lbs or just under 19 stone).
The magnetic resistance feels like a natural bike, with 10 levels of resistance in total. We found our sweet spot to be around level 8, but the sheer number of levels should be more than enough for everyone to feel the benefits from the bike – from beginners to advanced cyclists. The seat is adjustable too, which makes it perfect if you’re worried about height being an issue.
The integrated LCD display gives you an accurate measurement of you’re stats, including time, distance, speed, calories burned and your heart rate thanks to the built-in monitors in the handlebars. You can even comfortably place your phone or tablet in front of the monitor to allow you to watch your favourite TV series whilst exercising – result!
Finally, this bike comes with the added feature of resistance bands which allows you to work your upper body at the same time. Whilst great in concept, they’re a little bit lacking in practice and didn’t feel particularly useful to us. We expect that they would be useful to those who are older or are recovering from an injury, but otherwise, you probably won’t get too much use out of them.
Once you’re done, the Magic Life bike can be folded flat and stored away quickly and easily, meaning you don’t have to keep bulky exercise equipment out and on display 24/7.
- Backrest for added support
- 10 levels of variable magnetic resistance
- Very quiet when in use – one of the quietest we’ve tested at this price point
- Folds flat when not in use
- Comfortable, sturdy and ergonomic
3. WINNOW Exercise Bike with Magnetic Resistance
Next up is the WINNOW Exercise Bike, which has the shape and design of what most people expect when considering home exercise bikes.
Our team found this exercise bike to be pretty similar in build and features to the Magic Life bike, but it didn’t quite have the same sturdiness or resistance levels as our second-place bike. However, this is still worthy of consideration if you’re looking for a home exercise bike, especially if you do not want to have a seat with a backrest.
Assembly of the bike took us around 40 minutes or so – it was a bit more complicated than the top two bikes in our guide, but nothing too daunting and no additional tools required.
The WINNOW is powered by a flywheel with magnetic resistance, providing up to 8 levels of resistance in total. We found ourselves sticking to the highest level of resistance for the majority of our workouts, and after about 20 minutes or so we could really feel a good burn in our legs. Our only gripe is that it doesn’t have a couple of additional resistance levels to really push you, but that’s a minor drawback – this bike should provide more than enough difficulty for the majority of home users.
The digital LCD display provides all of the usual culprits – time, distance, speed and calories burned. An added benefit of the WINNOW exercise bike is that you’re able to sit a tablet in front of the LCD so you can follow along with online cycling videos or watch a TV series. The bike also comes with a heart rate monitor integrated into the handlebars which we found to be pretty accurate.
This is a very well-built and sturdy exercise bike for less than £200, and is well-deserving of 3rd place in our guide. The biggest negative to this bike is the seat – we found it to be a little bit uncomfortable for sessions lasting longer than 30 minutes or so. This is easily remedied with a seat cover which you can buy online from most retailers.
- Sturdy build – doesn’t rock when in use
- Exceptionally quiet
- Tablet holder in front of LCD display
- 8 levels of resistance
- The seat is a little uncomfortable – consider buying a seat cover
4. Ultrasport F-Bike Best Budget Bike
The best budget bike on our list of best exercise bikes for under £200 is the truly impressive Ultrasport F-Bike. Whilst it’s much cheaper than a lot of the other exercise bikes on this list, it still packs a punch and could be a perfect fit for you.
This band-driven home exercise bike is well under £200 and has a total of 8 resistance levels – from our testing, these levels should provide enough of a workout for most home users. It’s also very quick to set up out of the box – only taking us around 10 minutes and with no issues.
For a home exercise bike of this price, we were pleasantly surprised to find a decent LCD screen that not only gives you the usual metrics (speed, distance, time), but also calories burned and even a heart rate monitor! This is practically unheard of in bikes at this price bracket, so it was great to see.
The bike feels strong under use – perhaps not as strong and stable as our top three picks on this list, but good enough to not be a problem. The base level bike has a max user weight of 100kg, but Ultrasport also sell two more F-bikes with increased weight capacities of 110kg and 130kg – that’s up to 20.5 stone!
Once you’re done, the bike quickly and easily folds up so you can store it away when not in use.
This is a great buy if you’re looking to spend less than £150 but still want a quality bike with good features.
- The best budget exercise bike
- 8 resistance levels from the belt-driven flywheel
- Sturdy frame
- Great features on the LCD considering the price
5. YYFITT 2-In-1 Folding Fitness Exercise Bike
Next up, we have the YYFITT, another home exercise bike under £200 that has a backrest, perfect for those with back problems, are older, or who are recovering from an injury.
This well-built exercise bike comes equipped with a large LCD computer display and integrated pulse sensors in the handlebars, providing you with metrics on your speed, time, distance, pulse and calories. You can also rest your phone or tablet on top of the LCD comfortably, allowing you to watch TV or follow along with cycling videos whilst exercising.
The YYFITT exercise bike has a massive 16 levels of magnetic resistance which genuinely blew us away – it’s incredibly rare to find such a huge range of resistance at the sub £200 level on bikes. We were initially worried about the quality and usefulness of these levels (we had a feeling that many of the levels may feel similar) but our worries were put to rest once we were set up and underway. At the lower levels, it’s perfect for those who don’t want too much strain and just want to pedal away over time. Once you crank up the resistance past 12, you really begin to quickly feel the burn.
The bike is also wonderfully quiet – we would say it’s as quiet as any of our recommended top 3 bikes. The magnetic flywheel feels strong under use and provides you with resistance similar to true cycling. The seat is large and very comfortable, with the aforementioned backrest provided additional support for those who need it. The backrest can be moved up and down allowing for various heights of users.
The pedals feel secure and your feet remain firmly strapped in even after 30+ minutes of pedalling. The bike itself feels strong and well-built too, with very little wobble or movement when in use. The bike also has built-in resistance bands for upper body exercises, but we didn’t personally find much benefit from these.
Once you’re done, the YYFITT exercise bike has castor wheels on the bottom which makes it easy to move around the room without having to lift the bike, and it can also be folded down to considerably reduce its size for storage purposes.
- Comfortable seat and backrest for long sessions
- Phone and tablet holder
- 16 levels of magnetic resistance
- Very quiet running
- Easy to fold and store