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The Best Foldable Exercise Bikes, According to 5-Star Reviews on Amazon—And They’re All Under $300

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When you live in a smaller space (#itme), investing in a foldable exercise bike is just one smart way of optimizing your home gym. Sacrificing five feet of precious floor space for a spin bike (or any other large, heavy exercise equipment) is a big commitment. And even if you do have an empty living room corner to tuck it away in, it's not exactly the most visually appealing type of home decor (I know this, because I spent three months staring at an exercise bike from my bed before deciding to give it back). But thanks to some of the best foldable exercise bikes on the market, you can commit to an at-home spin routine without having to give up a single unnecessary inch for the cause.

What's great about spinning—particularly when you can do it without having to leave your living room—is that it's so much more than simply a cardiovascular workout. In addition to spiking your heart rate, it also helps to build strength throughout your entire body. Aside from working every single muscle in your lower body, spin workouts also target your entire core, including your abdominals and lower back. The modality also gives you an opportunity to work your balance and stability, and challenge your speed and endurance—all while being low-impact and easy on your joints.

With these foldable stationary bikes, you can whip out your equipment, spend 20 minutes reaping all of these benefits, then store it away until your next sweat session. And the best part? Not a single one of them will run you more than $300—so it's no wonder they've reached hundreds (and in some cases,  thousands) of five-star reviews. Keep scrolling to select one for yourself.

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike with Pulse — $126.00

Why we love it: With the combination of a built-in heart rate monitor (which comes in the form of hand-pulse sensors) and an LCD screen that displays your distance, calories burned, time, speed, and pulse, this bike is a great pick for anyone who wants to keep track of their data while they ride. Its adjustable seat is meant to fit users from 5’3 to 6’1, and it folds up into a small, ultra-storable size.

Helpful review: “[It’s] small enough for limited spaces but sturdy and solid… I tried all of the tension settings and found all of them workable and easily switchable. The seat is comfortable and well-padded. I also sat both back and close on the seat and both were great positions to alter the workout a bit.”

Pros:

  • Digital display screen
  • Heart-rate monitor
  • Adjustable seat, fits users 5’3″ to 6’1″

Cons:

  • No tablet holder
  • Bike is not designed to be ridden out of the seat
  • Display doesn’t have an on/off button
XTERRA Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike — $130.00

Why we love it: With eight resistance levels to choose from and multi-grip handlebars, this bike offers a fully customizable ride. You can sprint down a flat road or crank it up to climb a hill, and the cushioned, adjustable seat will keep you comfortable through it all. There are built-in wheels so it’s easy to move around the room.

Helpful review: “It’s very, very quiet. I put it in my living room, which is not a large room, and it fits great. Now I can ride while I watch TV and get a little exercise. It’s comfortable and easy to use. Just love it and the price was great.”

Pros:

  • 8 levels of resistance
  • Pulse sensors
  • Easy to assemble

Cons:

  • Digital display may not be completely accurate
  • May not fit taller riders
Exerpeutic Gold Heavy Duty Foldable Exercise Bike — $205.00

Why we love it: This gold-gilded bike practically looks like a piece of furniture, but can be easily folded into half its normal size on days when you don’t want to put it on display. It’s equipped with a heart-rate monitor, a data-displaying LCD screen, a large cushioned seat, and eight levels of adjustable resistance. What makes it stand apart from the rest of the bikes on this list is the fact that it’s sturdy (which, it’s worth noting, also means it’s heavier), so it can support up to 400 pounds of rider weight.

Helpful review: “I wanted a sturdy bike with options to adjust the ease of the cycling. The levels of tension are basic, but still functional. The change in resistance is smooth. The LCD display is also basic and easy to use. It does not keep a record of your individual workouts. It does not have any pre-programmed workouts.”

Pros:

  • 8 levels of magnetic tension
  • Holds up to 400 pounds
  • Pulse sensors

Cons:

  • Lowest seat height may still be too high for shorter riders
pooboo Folding Exercise Bike Indoor Cycling Bike Stationary Workout Bycicle — $190.00

Why we love it: Add an arms workout to your standard spin session with this bike, which comes with built-in resistance bands and a set of free weights. It has a digital tracking monitor, an adjustable seat, and a backrest, which will help you keep proper posture while you ride and lift.

Helpful review: “This is so good for the price. I have enjoyed this bike since I got it. Easy setup and great size. The weights are a plus—you can get an extreme workout at home. Highly recommended.”

Pros:

  • Built-in pull ropes and dumbbells
  • 8 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Pulse sensors

Cons:

  • Weight limit is 200 pounds

 

Merax 3 in 1 Adjustable Folding Exercise Bike Convertible Magnetic Upright Recumbent Bike with Arm Bands — $100.00

Why we love it: With both recumbent and upright positioning, as well as an adjustable seat, this bike gives you the best of both worlds (plus, it’s really easy to transition in between the two). It’s also got a set of resistance bands built into the handlebars, so you can pump your arms as you pedal.

Helpful review: “It’s a great budget bike. For what you pay, it’s just great. You can adjust the angle. The tension knob seems sturdy enough. There isn’t a huge difference between the minimum and maximum tension settings, but again for a rock bottom price it’s just fine.”

Pros:

  • Recumbent and upright capabilities
  • 10 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Heart-rate sensor
  • Resistance bands

Cons:

  • Mileage default display is in kilometers
  • Display isn’t backlit
Marcy Foldable Upright Exercise Bike with Adjustable Resistance for Cardio Workout & Strength Training — $120.00

Why we love it: One Well+Good editor purchased this bike during quarantine, and loves how easily it fits into her small apartment. She says that it’s “remarkably sturdy,” and that you can easily stand up on the pedals, out of the saddle, without it falling over.

Helpful review: “I’ve owned a few exercise bikes in my time and this is by far the best, better than $500 bikes I’ve owned. I’m 5’4 and it fits me perfectly, better than any bike I’ve ever tried. It folds up so small, the display is great and assembly was super easy. The seat is large and comfy… Super silent and so well built, solid.”

Features:

  • 8 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Digital tracking monitor
  • Counterweighted pedals with adjustable straps

Cons:

  • May be to tall for shorter riders
  • Bike is heavy, and no wheels to help move it around

 

Stamina Folding Exercise Bike 182 — $150.00

Why we love it: With the same type of handlebars you might expect to see in the studio, this bike allows you to cycle (pun very much intended) through both seated and standing positions with ease. It also has an adjustable seat and pedal straps to customize your fit.

Helpful review: “Easy to assemble. Perfect for small places, and gives a good workout. Quiet and stable.”

Features:

  • 8 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Pulse sensors
  • Includes three online workouts
  • Device tray for your phone or tablet

Cons:

  • May not be challenging enough for more advanced riders
Exerpeutic Bluetooth Smart Foldable Bike — $230.00

Why we love it: This bike connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth (and is equipped with a shelf to prop them up on), making it easy to stream spinning workouts from all over the internet so that you can enjoy a coached ride.

Helpful review: “It is super quiet, the seat is unbelievably comfortable, the display is easy to read, and the bonus are the resistance bands that are included on the bike. Another great feature is that it doesn’t take up much space at all. Highly recommend this piece of exercise equipment! You cannot go wrong!”

Pros:

  • 8 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Resistance bands
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Tablet/phone holder

Cons:

  • May be too tall for shorter riders
Fitdesk Bike 3.0 — $309.00

Why we love it: Work while you spin with this bike/desk hybrid, which is outfitted with an adjustable seat and a non-slip table that’s large enough to fit your laptop and other office essentials. It’s also got adjustable, arm-supporting “massage” bars to help stave off soreness while you multitask.

Helpful review: “I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this thing. I’m a full time employee, doing part time internship hours, and have my online classes. Any workout I wanted to do was not realistic with my schedule. so I wanted to find a way to work out while I do school work. And the fit desk gave that to me. I use it every day. ”

Features:

  • 8 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Resistance bands
  • Arm support bar
  • Laptop shelf

Cons:

  • May be too tall for shorter riders
  • Resistance levels are not very hard
SONGMICS Exercise Bike, Foldable Indoor Cycling Bike — $68.00

Why we love it: For starters, it’s under $100, which makes it a steal in the world of exercise equipment. Though it may not be fancy, it will give you everything you need for a solid spin workout at home, including an adjustable seat, a digital tracking monitor, and built-in wheels to help you move it.

Helpful review: “I like that the bike can fold up, which is very convenient for storing. It can go up to level 8 and the seat is very comfortable (I recommend putting something over it before sitting). I like the design, and overall it’s a great buy. I would recommend. It’s also a great price!”

Pros:

  • 8 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Affordable
  • Attached holder for phone or tablet

Cons:

  • Only displays mileage in kilometers
ProGear 225 Folding Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike with Heart Pulse — $182.00

Why we love it: There’s a reason why this bike is slightly more expensive than similar options on this list. It’s got a dual-transmission flywheel to allow for a higher resistance workout, which means you’ll really feel the difference (mostly in your glutes…) when you’re pedaling. at level one versus level eight.

Helpful review: “I LOVE this bike. The convenience of being able to close it and roll it into a closet is exactly what I needed. I was so nervous about the quality, but after putting it together and trying it out, it’s perfect! Not a dollar wasted! Pedaling is very smooth. It’s very quiet, it’s not silent but it may as well be considered silent. It does wobble just the tiniest bit, but not enough for me to have an issue with the bike. Honestly, for $200 this is a deal.”

Pros:

  • 8 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Pulse sensor
  • Adjustable seat

Cons:

  • May not fit taller riders
ADVENOR Exercise Bike Magnetic Bike Folding Fitness Bike — $120.00

Why we love it: Because you can use this bike in both upright and reclined positions, it’s equally as great for hardcore workouts as it is for leisurely pedaling while you roll through AM calls. It has an adjustable seat (fits riders 5’3″ to 6″1, and up to 280 pounds)) and a digital tracking monitor

Helpful review: Sturdy, adjustable resistance and seat height; and love the little monitor that tracks your speed, distance and time. My only complaint is that the seat does not have enough padding, it would be perfect if the padding is thicker. I’m 5’2 and the lowest seat height is perfect for me. Good buy, I would recommend it.”

Features:

  • 8 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Pulse sensor
  • Upright and reclined capabilities
  • Tablet holder

Cons:

  • May not fit taller riders
  • Only displays mileage in kilometers
leikefitness LEIKE X Bike Ultra-Quiet Folding Exercise Bike — $151.00

Why we love it: Aside from the fact that this neon bike is pretty to look at, it offers the dual capability of functioning as both an upright and recumbent bike—and has two sets of handlebars so that you can basically “choose your own adventure” every time you ride.

Helpful review: Pros: It’s silent, it calculates speed and time, it’s not too heavy to move around, I’m 5’0″ and have no issues reaching the pedals, and love the pedal straps to get a better range of motion. Cons: The seat is a little uncomfortable (I put my computer chair pad on it to make it more so), and the pulse is inaccurate and doesn’t match my Apple Watch.”

Features:

  • Upright and recumbent capabilities
  • 10 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Pulse sensor
  • Backrest
  • Tablet holder

Cons:

  • May not fit taller riders
PLENY 3-in-1 Total Body Workout Exercise Bike — $170.00

Why we love it: With 16 levels of resistance, this bike is by far the most customizable on this list. Plus, it can be used in three different ways—for upright, semi-recumbent and recumbent biking—which means it gives you three times as much bang for your 190 bucks.

Helpful review: “First, this bike is very comfortable to use. The seat is larger and wider than most. What I like most is how quiet this bike truly is. This bike is so quiet, you will not disturb anyone in the house, or, if you’re in an apartment, the people below will never know you have one. It is that quiet! Adjustments are quick. The sensors read heart rate, pulse, mileage, etc, and you can attach your tablet if you like. This bike is NOT for those who want or need the PELETON/NORDIC-style super-duper, get your burn on kind-o-equipment. This is perfect for those of us who just need a decent reliable cardio workout without the excessive features.”

Pros:

  • Upright, recumbent, and semi-recumbent capabilities
  • 16 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Resistance bands
  • Pulse sensor
  • Backrest
  • Device holder

Cons:

  • Monitor is not adjustable and hard to see in recumbent position
  • Adjusting between seat positions can be tricky
DISPANK 3-in-1 X Bike Indoor Recumbent Exercise Bike — $152.00

Why we love it: This bike takes only 15 minutes to assemble, and once it’s set up, it’s got everything you need for an enjoyable at-home ride, including and adjustable seat, digital monitor, and resistance bands so your arms can get a workout in, too. It only takes up a single square foot of space when folded, making it one of the most compact on this list.

Helpful review: “This exercise bike is very lightweight and easy to assemble. You can move anywhere and easy to storage. I love it so much.”

Pros:

  • Upright, recumbent, and semi-recumbent capabilities
  • 10 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Pulse sensor
  • Backrest
  • Tablet holder
  • Resistance bands

Cons:

  • May be too tall for short riders
Xspec Indoor Foldable Stationary Compact Upright Cardio Workout Exercise Cycling — $120.00

Why we love it: With 16 levels of resistance, this bike is one of the most most customizable on this list as far as tension levels go. Plus, it can be used in three different ways—for upright, semi-recumbent, and recumbent biking—which means it gives you three times the value. It’s worth noting, though, that this bike only fits people who are shorter than 5’9″ in height, so if you’re any taller than that you’ll want to go with another option.

Helpful review: “The bike is very quiet while using it and the seat is comfortable. The gauge on it is accurate and I thoroughly enjoy using it, and the way it folds up it’s so compact it takes hardly any room. I would highly recommend this exercise bike!!!!”

Pros:

  • Upright, recumbent, and semi-recumbent capabilities
  • 16 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Pulse sensor
  • Device holder for phone or tablet

Cons:

  • May be too short for tall riders
BARWING 16-8-2-3 Foldable Exercise Stationary Bike — $199.00

Why we love it: This bike truly does it all. It has every feature you could possibly want from an at-home stationary bike—lots of resistance options, a digital tracker, built-in resistance bands, a fully adjustable seat and handlebars, upright and recumbent capabilities—and reviewers love that it’s ultra-quiet when in use.

Helpful review: “Recumbent, foldable seat with hand-holds. Precision made. I am a fussy man with products, and I mean this product hits the purchase right out of the park. Would and will recommend to all of my family and friends.”

Pros:

  • Upright, recumbent, and semi-recumbent capabilities
  • 16 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Pulse sensor
  • Tablet holder
  • Resistance bands

Cons:

  • May be too tall for shorter riders
Magic Life Exercise Bike Folding Magnetic Bike — $150.00

Why we love it: For only $150, this bike really is as magical as its name implies. It’s got a sturdy steel frame and is nearly silent when in use, and the wide backrest-and-seat combination makes for an ultra-comfortable ride.

Helpful review: “This exercise bike was the perfect addition to my home workout equipment. I really wanted a design like this that has more of an actual seat rather than an uncomfortable bicycle seat, plus it is made of thick padding covered in durable fabric. This design is also much easier on my back and knees. It runs extremely quietly, which can be attributed to the magnetic wheel. You can track your time, distance, speed, heart rate and calories on the LCD display. There are also 10 different difficulty settings, so whether you are just starting out or already an experienced rider, there is a level suitable for every stage. My husband is much taller than me and we both use the bike, so thankfully the seat is easily adjustable for different heights. I love that the bike can quickly be folded for storage. Supporting up to 264 pounds, this bike is extremely durable, well made and has great stability.”

Pros:

  • 10 levels of magnetic resistance
  • Adjustable seat
  • Pulse sensor
  • Tablet holder
  • Backrest

Cons:

  • Display only shows mileage in kilometers
  • May be too short for tall riders
Afully Folding Exercise Bike — $160.00

Why we love it: With a soft, adjustable seat and comfortable backrest, this sturdy bike offers three-in-one usage and adjustable sizing to fit the whole family (or whole squad of roommates).

Helpful review: “I bought this as a starter bike and it is perfect for the money. I love how it folds up very easily—you just pull the pin in and out. The seat is comfortable, it records your heart rate, your speed, your distance. It has little straps that hold your feet in that work really well and it has two sets of handlebars on the side by the seat and on the top by the front. There are little wheels on the base that allow for easy movement around the room. “

Pros:

  • Upright and recumbent capabilities
  • 8 levels of resistance
  • Resistance bands and dumbbells
  • Phone holder
  • Backrest

Cons:

  • Resistance levels are more beginner level

* reviews have been condensed for clarity

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