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21 January 2021

Roger Black gym equipment review

We asked gym equipment owners what they thought of their Roger Black exercise bikes and cross trainers to help us rate the budget brand against its competition
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Jake Massey

Roger Black undercuts premium competitors such as Peloton and Technogym on price, offering home gym equipment for entry-level users and those who are looking for budget solutions to their home gym equipment needs.

The brand offers a range of cardio equipment, including exercise bikes and cross trainers, so you can pick the style of exercise that most suits you. Like fellow budget brand Opti, Roger Black is owned by Argos. 

If you're looking for equipment to start or expand your home gym with then check out our guide on how to set up a home gym

Roger Black satisfaction survey results

In October 2020, we asked Roger Black customers about the equipment they'd bought within the past five years, to help us uncover whether the brand impressed them, and how they rated Roger Black's products for ease of use, build quality, and value for money.

Which? members can log in to reveal how Roger Black scored in our exercise equipment brand satisfaction survey. If you're not yet a Which? member, try Which? to access the results. 

Roger Black equipment type Customer score Ease of use Build quality Value for money
Cross trainers (33)
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Exercise bikes (50)
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Table notes: Scores are based on an online survey of 3,548 members of the public in October 2020. Sample size for each equipment type 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.

Find out how Roger Black scored compared with rival brands in our guides on how to buy the best exercise bike and cross trainer

Roger Black exercise bikes

The Roger Black Folding Magnetic Exercise Bike 

This is the brand's entry-level bike. Its thin, almost wiry design can be folded for easy storage, and it has a small control panel on its handlebar which relays information like speed, calorie loss, and distance travelled. It has eight levels of tension so you can select the amount of resistance you want. It's a bike that does the essentials, aimed at an audience who expect a no-frills bike.

The Roger Black Gold Magnetic Exercise Bike

An upgraded version of the basic model, with a more-modern LCD display and a selection of user programmes to adapt the intensity of your workout. It has double the number of tension controls (16), but it isn't foldable, so it will take up room wherever you set it up. 

View and buy the Roger Black Gold Magnetic Exercise Bike on the Argos website.

How much do Roger Black exercise bikes cost?

Compared with premium brands such as  Peloton and Technogym, Roger Black's bikes are much cheaper. As of December 2020, their bikes cost between £100 and £200, plus some outlay on batteries for the folding model. This puts them right at the entry-level of the market.

Roger Black cross trainers

The Roger Black Plus Magnetic Cross Trainer

A basic model with a small console on the frame to access settings such as time, calorie expenditure, and speed. It has eight levels of tension control so you can set the intensity of your workout. It runs on batteries rather than from the mains. 

View and buy the Roger Black Plus Magnetic Cross Trainer on the Argos website.

How much do Roger Black cross trainers cost?

The only Roger Black cross trainer costs £189.99, which is comparable to its exercise bikes. At such a low price for a cross trainer, Roger Black is looking to appeal to first-timers and those who want a home gym but who want to keep their costs down.

For satisfaction results for all equipment types, plus a selection of home gym equipment to suit different budgets, read our guide on how to set up a home gym.


Prices last checked December 2020.

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