Peloton Bike vs Peloton Bike Plus – Which Should You Buy?

So you’re considering adding one of the best exercise bikes to your home, and you’ve got a Peloton to heart. Good decision, but do you prefer the Bike or the Bike Plus? After painstakingly putting in the miles on both bikes, we’re here to tell you about the similarities and differences between the two popular exercise bikes.

Both exercise bikes allow you to take Peloton’s plethora of live and on-demand classes from its lineup of instructors. Both bikes are also available for rental under Peloton’s new rental program in the United States. If you think you have already made up your mind, you can skip to our Peloton Bike Review and our Peloton Bike Plus review for more.

Peloton Bike vs Peloton Bike Plus: Pricing and Availability

The Peloton Bike Plus costs $2,495 / £1,995, which is $1,050 / £650 more than Peloton’s cheaper Bike option, which costs $1,445 / £1,345.

For both bikes, there are plenty of finance options available, as well as bundles that combine the bike with accessories for a cheaper price. The cheapest package for the Peloton Bike is the Starter package, which includes the bike, a pair of cycling shoes, a set of lightweight dumbbells and a bike mat for $1,645 / £1,530. The same package for the Bike Plus costs $2,695 / £2,180.

Currently the cost of both bikes includes delivery and installation of the bike. Both bikes are available direct from Peloton. In the United States, the Peloton Bike is now available on Amazon.

Winner: Peloton Bike – if you are on a budget and considering that you will have to pay for the monthly lessons, the Peloton Bike is definitely the cheapest option.

a photo of the Peloton Bike

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Peloton Bike vs Peloton Bike Plus: Design

At a glance, the two bikes look a lot alike – they both have big screens so you can follow the lessons, they both only come in black, with red accents and they all have the two the same neat footprint, which is about the same size as a yoga mat at four feet long and two feet wide. The Bike has a metal cage in the back for two lightweight dumbbells, which can be used in abs and arm classes on the bike, while on the Bike Plus it’s plastic. The handlebar design also differs slightly between the two bikes.

The most noticeable difference between the two bikes from a design perspective is in the displays. On the cheaper Peloton Bike, the screen is slightly smaller, at 21.1 inches compared to the Bike Plus’ 23.8 inches. Both screens are HD, offering similar image quality, but the Bike Plus has an anti-reflective coating, handy if you plan to position your bike right next to a window. The Bike Plus screen features a 360 degree swivel mount, allowing you to tilt it up and down for a better view while cycling or 180 degrees left and right for floor workouts. The bike screen does not swivel from side to side.

a photo of a woman exercising with the Peloton Bike Plus

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From a technical point of view, the resistance is slightly different on the Bike Plus, which has the advantage of an automatic resistance option. This automatically changes your resistance to instructor cues, meaning you don’t have to worry about it during class.

Winner: Peloton Bike Plus – it may not seem that important, but the rotating screen really makes a difference, especially if you plan to take strength, HIIT or yoga classes and don’t want to have to do it behind your bike.

Peloton Bike vs Peloton Bike Plus: Features

In addition to the screen and the resistance, the audio system of the Peloton Bike is slightly less powerful than that of the Bike Plus. The Peloton Bike has a 2-channel rear-facing stereo speaker system with a total output of 16 watts, while the Bike Plus has 2.2-channel front-facing stereo speakers with a total output of 26 watts and 2.2 rear-firing woofers. However, both bikes connect to Bluetooth headphones, so if you don’t mind playing the lessons out loud through the bikes speakers, don’t let that bother you.

Speaking of Bluetooth, the Peloton Bike has Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and the Peloton Bike Plus has Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, although this primarily refers to how far you need to be from the bike. Since you’re unlikely to connect your headphones in a different part of the bike, range shouldn’t be an issue.

a photo of the Peloton Bike Plus

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The Peloton Bike has a microUSB port to charge your tech while you ride, while the Peloton Bike Plus has a USB-C charging port. The camera on the top spec model is also, as you’d expect, slightly better – on the Peloton Bike the front camera, which you’d use if you were taking a class with a friend, is 5 megapixels, whereas on the Peloton Bike Plus is 8 MP.

Winner: Peloton Bike Plus — this one’s slightly harder to call, as most users are unlikely to notice the differences between the two in terms of Bluetooth and camera megapixels, but the Bike Plus is a higher spec device high.

Peloton Bike vs Peloton Bike Plus: Course and App

Both bikes have the exact same classes and the ability to take live and on-demand classes. For both, you’ll be able to see in-class metrics like power, cadence, resistance, and heart rate, as well as ranking. You can do scenic rides on both, full workout programs, and challenges (read what happened when our fitness editor tried the four week ab challenge here), and see your training history.

Peloton bike course

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The only real difference between the two bikes from a class perspective is that the Peloton Bike doesn’t let you connect your Apple Watch to the bike to use it as a heart rate monitor, while the Peloton Bike Plus does. Here is how to use your Apple Watch as a heart rate monitor on Peloton.

Winner: It’s a tie. For Apple Watch users, the ability to pair your watch to the bike is a plus, but you can still use a heart rate monitor on both bikes.

Peloton Bike vs Peloton Bike Plus: Verdict

Which bike is best for you really depends on your budget and whether you mind the little extras that come with the Peloton Bike Plus. The main selling point for us is the rotating screen, which is definitely a plus when doing strength classes, but if you don’t mind staying behind your bike, or doing strength classes on a tablet or your phone via the Peloton app, don’t let that put you off.

If you’re an avid Apple Watch user, being able to hold your best apple watch up to the camera to seamlessly connect to the Peloton Bike Plus is a nice feature, but whether it’s worth the higher price tag is a personal preference.

Either way, the magic of Peloton is in its classes, and both bikes provide access to it. We liked both bikes enough to rate them highly on our best exercise bikes and I’ve found both to be brilliant home workout tools to help you achieve your goals. See you in the saddle!

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