Peloton is one of the biggest names in exercise equipment, with its high-end exercise bikes grabbing the attention of the fitness-focused.
The company was founded in 2012, and it quickly became a household name by complementing the standard exercise bike experience with livestreamed and on-demand classes, app interactivity, and statistical monitoring for users. Peloton's ambition was to bring the gym class to the home, customised for every user.
Up till now, Peloton's main focus has been exercise bikes, and it's one of the most premium brands in the exercise bike market – though it's now venturing into the treadmill market with the Peloton Tread (more on this below).
Peloton satisfaction survey results
|Peloton score||Customer score||Ease of use||Build quality||Value for money|
|Exercise bike (49)|
Table notes: Scores are based on an online survey of 3,548 members of the public in October 2020. Sample size for brand shown in brackets. Customer score: based on satisfaction with the brand and likelihood to recommend. Ease of use: the brands that scored highly in our survey had products that were rated as easy to use on a day-to-day basis. Build quality: brands that scored highly in this area had products that were rated as well made and designed. Value for money: high-scoring brands had products that were rated as worth the money they cost to buy.
Peloton exercise bikes
Peloton offers two models of exercise bike.
The Peloton Bike
This the classic upright exercise bike with a 22-inch HD monitor for streaming classes on-demand. Classes available range from beginner's tutorials to high-intensity sessions filmed at Peloton's NYC studio.
The bike has an adjustable seat, handlebar and screen, along with a 'near-silent' belt drive.
The Peloton Bike+
This is an even more premium product that expands on the standard Peloton's features.
It has a 24-inch touchscreen that can fully rotate so you can get off the bike and complete strength and flexibility exercises from the floor while watching the screen.
The Bike+ also works with an Apple Watch to transmit live data to it, and it has an automatic resistance adjustor which coordinates with the class you're streaming to vary exercise according to the instructor's callout.
How much do Peloton Bikes cost?
The Peloton Bike costs £1,750 and the Peloton Bike+ costs £2,295. Both can be paid for on a monthly basis, over 12, 24 or 39 months with 0% APR.
You'll also need to buy Peloton's 'All-Access' membership (required with bike purchases), which costs £39 per month. This lets you access Peloton's classes and its on-the-go app for working out remotely. If several people in a household use the Peloton, every member can set up their own profile with their own preferences.
Peloton has announced the Peloton Tread, available from Boxing Day 2020. The idea is much the same as the Peloton Bike and Bike+, with live-streamed classes and metrics, giving runners access to the Peloton experience.
How much do Peloton Treads cost?
The Peloton Tread costs £2,295 for the Tread Basics package, which is the treadmill sold alone. You can upgrade to Tread Essentials, which adds resistance bands, two dumbbells, a workout mat and a heart-rate monitor, all for £2,570.
For £2,670 Peloton add some cord-free earphones and a glass water bottle to the package. For £2,870, the Tread Family package adds another set of dumbbells, another set of earphones, another heart-rate monitor, and a second glass bottle.
As with the bike, Peloton Tread buyers will need to pay £39 a month for Peloton's All-Access membership.
Peloton Digital membership
As well as being included as part of All-Access membership, the Peloton app can also be purchased independently of any equipment for £12.99 a month for a single user.
It includes outdoor and indoor running live classes. and access to the app's library of prerecorded classes.
Product prices last checked in December 2020.