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TGIF!! It’s been such a week, hasn’t it? I can honestly say that having a way to release some of that pent up anxiety these last few days has been SO much needed. 🙋♀️ Since our weekend trip to San Antonio a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been self quarantining at home and have needed to find ways to stay productive (instead of eating an entire bag of popcorn while watching Schitt’s Creek… 😆). I’ve had the new SoulCycle At-Home bike set up in my house for about a month now and am sharing everything you need to know in case you’re considering this piece of equipment for yourself!
SoulCycle At Home Bike
What Is SoulCycle?
I still remember when SoulCycle first came to Dallas back in 2016 and I took my first class literally days after it opened. I had taken my share of spin classes in the past but can honestly say that SoulCycle offered something so much more. It was truly an experience. From the dim lighting set off with heart-pumping EDM music to the energetic instructor that had me tapping back and pushing out of my seat with every beat, it was a class that was as much of a mental boost as it was a physical one. Even if I wasn’t sure about some of the choreography, the dark room made it so that no one else could tell and I could just focus on the workout. I felt uplifted, energized, and completely obsessed.
Needless to say, when the pandemic hit I had to shift most of my workouts to the home, and SoulCycle classes were one thing that I truly missed. I considered getting a Peleton actually but am so glad that I ended up waiting a few extra months to get my SoulCycle At-Home bike instead. The two bikes really offer completely different experiences when it comes to cycling so be sure to read on for my comparison!
What Makes The SoulCycle At-Home Bike Special?
Commercial grade frame for stability: For starters, the SoulCycle At-Home bike is beautiful. I love the sleek matte black aesthetic and the large 21.5″ touchscreen display really makes you feel like you’re right in the studio. The frame is made of commercial grade steel and designed for maximum stability, a must for the various class moves such as push-ups and tap backs. I also love that the bike is designed for a wide range of heights ranging from 4’10” to 6’10” — even
Custom-designed sound system: Music is a huge motivator for me when it comes to pushing myself during workouts. The SoulCycle At-Home bike comes with a custom-designed sound system and it makes a huge difference when it comes to really feeling like you’re jamming out in the studio!
Class content quality: As someone who works in technology, I definitely can appreciate when there is high quality details in a product. The quality of the SoulCycle classes is incredible. The SoulCycle classes are powered by Variis, and call me impressed! The resolution is super sharp and I’ve never had any lag in sound or video quality. Each class is shot from several different angles with smooth transitions throughout the class — it really immerses me in the SoulCycle environment and makes me feel like I’m in studio! Each class also has riders who are joining the instructor and it adds to the feeling of riding in unison with others in that group class vibe.
The Variis technology is seamlessly integrated into the SoulCycle At-Home bike, but what I didn’t know until I owned the bike is that Variis is actually affiliated with the gym Equinox which I’ve been a member of before. I also have the app downloaded to my phone and have access to all the other workout classes I love including Precision Running, Best Butt Ever, and Pure Yoga.
Access to SoulCycle iconic instructors: This one is HUGE!! There are so many instructors that I’ve heard so much about including Sydney Miller and Victoria Brown who teach in cities outside of Dallas that I’ve been wanting to take. Thanks to the SoulCycle At-Home bike, I can now tune into their classes without having to leave home! The energy from SoulCycle instructors is unbeatable, and their uplifting words have oftentimes been exactly what I needed to hear. There are both pre-recorded and live stream classes available too!
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How Does SoulCycle Compare With Peleton?
And of course, addressing the elephant in the room.
- Focus on the energy / vibe instead of leaderboarding: Peleton focuses on a leaderboard and allowing riders to compete against each other in real-time. With SoulCycle, it’s much more about feeling the beat and riding the energy. At the end of each ride, you’ll see a Beat Match Percentage along with a visual indication of at what point during the class you were able to match the beat. I’m naturally very competitive but find that when I workout, I just want to workout for me. The competitive aspect takes away from the enjoyment of a ride for me as mainly I use my workouts to feel good about myself instead of trying to top a leaderboard. But, this aspect boils down to personal preference.
- Price: The cost of the SoulCycle At-Home bike costs $2500, while the Peleton bike costs $2,250. While the cost of a SoulCycle At-Home bike is higher, there is difference is definitely in the commercial grade quality and stabilitly that is instantly noticeable when riding on the bike. The Variis subscription for the classes costs $40/month while the Peleton subscription costs $39. The Variis cost is free if you already have an Equinox membership. As I’m someone who has also had an Equinox membership in the class and loved their classes, the $1 cost difference was a no-brainer for me.
SoulCycle and Peleton have different offering when it comes to a cycling experience. Here’s how I would break down the pros of each:
Choose SoulCycle if:
- you love the energy of an in-person SoulCycle class
- love the music and choreography that SoulCycle class
- don’t care about being competitive and leaderboarding
- love the additional classes found at Equinox gyms
- want to zone out and ride using your own music
Choose Peleton if:
- love competing based on a leaderboard
- want granular data about ride performance
- love scenic rides without an instructor
- additional fitness classes led by Peleton instructors
Both bikes offer a 30-day money-back guarantee as well, so you can always return and get your money back in case it doesn’t work out!
my outfit: Athleta (sold out, similar) | Athleta Elation Gilded Tight (XSP) – (similar)
For me, I’ve loved having the magic of a SoulCycle class available at home for me now thanks to the SoulCycle At-Home bike powered by Variis. It’s been a lifesaver to have a way to release my pent-up energy and even get a handle on my anxiety. SoulCycle really nailed it when it comes to bringing the studio experience home and I cannot recommend the SoulCycle At-Home bike enough!
Have you tried the SoulCycle at home bike? Let me know in a comment below!
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I did receive a SoulCycle At-Home bike for review purposes only. All opinions are honest and my own.
sakshi varma says
Thanks for the detailed review. The product is indeed stylish and very useful for regular exercisers.
Rm muk says
Soulcycle is it new? Never heard about it.
Mosaics Lab says
i’ve always wanted to get a bike at home but i don’t live in a huge space…Soon i hope.
I didn’t even know Soul Cycle had their own bike! I’m dying to get a bike like this because I miss my spin classes!
Matt Taylor says
I have never heard of the soulcycle before. This looks absolutely amazing! I haven’t really been a cycle person when I would go to the gym, but I would be with this.
Wow. I really do believe that riding a stationary exercise bike can be an efficient and effective way to burn calories and body fat at home. It is also a great way to strengthening your heart, lungs, and muscles. I need to check these bikes out!
I had no clue that SoulCycle offered an at-home bike. That’s so cool! It’s such a great alternative, especially for people who are avoiding classes right now for health reasons. I appreciate your review.
I really like your blog!
I tried SoulCycle during the summer and I loved it. It was super intense for me having in mind I wasn’t used to this kind of cardio. I’m more of a jogging/zumba kinda girl. Because of the pandemic I had to stop, but this is a great option!
Aliceee Traveler says
Oh I rely need one of this in my life. Would motivate me to make more sport, more over now în 2nd lockdown. Perfect timing!
Emman Damian says
I love cycling or attending spinning classes. It’s so fun! It also makes me sweat a lot!
Lisa Autumn says
Okay I need this in my life!
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I love a good spin class and this looks like such a great workout! I love Soul Cycle.
Blair Villanueva says
Thanks for the detailed review. This SoulCycle is perfect for homes especially if you don’t have outdoor space for exercise. We have a massive public park next to my house, which saves us on buying exercise equipment.
This seems like a great bike for working out from home.
so interesting! I didn’t know they had an at-home bike! Loved how detailed this review was!
Pinay Mommy says
My daughter is looking to buy a indoor bike since she want’s to exercise because we are not allowed to go out most of the time. That sounds like a wonderful product as well though it’s a little over our budget.
Ntensibe Edgar says
Hhhhmmmmm….I love a custom designed sound system! Reggae music is much more enjoyable, that way.
Sarah Lindner says
I didn’t know Soul Cycle had their own at home system, but it’s nice to have a reference to compare with Peloton and note pros and cons. Great info! xoxo, Sarah
oh man, if i could afford this i totally would!!! i am hopeless at at home work outs but this seems like it makes things so much easier!!! thanks for sharing girl, ill keep this in mind 🙂
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there is financing available that makes it more do-able ($64.10/month for 39 months and 0% APR)! when it comes to fitness, I definitely consider it an investment in myself!
That sounds like a great bike! I’ve always been a big believer in never sacrificing quality. I think it’s worth it to pay a little more for something that offers more.
Cristina Petrini says
Wow killed! Super cool and I have to say it really looks like the top for a full workout!
This sounds like a great machine. I tried a Pelaton, and I just didn’t like the feel of it. I love that Soulcycle is a lot more high quality.
Matt Taylor says
Agreed! It sounds like an awesome machine. I haven’t even tried the Pelaton, just old classic spin bikes. This one looks great though.
Interesting! I’m still a good old-fashioned run-outside-and-do-yoga-indoors kind of girl. I took a few SoulCycle classes and they just weren’t for me. I don’t like spin classes in general because I hate the feeling of pedalling a bike and not going anywhere ha! My husband, however, really likes SoulCycle and took an outdoor class with his mom recently!
Julie Cao says
I want to get a bike at home so I can train myself to be fit. I love to get the SoulCycle At-Home bike, if I can afford it.
I will have to check this out! I’ve been wanting an at-home bike and thought about getting myself one for Christmas. I’ve never heard of the brand but it looks like I need to consider it an option.
Neely Moldovan says
I am not much of a spin person but I have heard great things about this. I have only ever done one soul cycle class and it was so hard. I bet having a bike at home is so great for people!
Jennifer Prince says
I’ve always wanted to try something like this at home. It seems like a great motivator!
The SoulCycle bike sounds like exactly what i need!!
Kelly Bolen says
I have a Peloton for two years and love it! The SoulCycle sounds good to though!
I’ve never tried soul cycle but I’ve heard so many good things about it.
I would love one of these! With all the covid weight we’ve gained, it would be a welcome change to our bodies!
knycx journeying says
a good equipment will definitely help improve your workout and thanks a lot for the review and sharing with us! – kncyx journeying
We are in an upstairs apartment. I want to move soon because I miss so many things about home ownership. One is being able to workout without disturbing the neighbors!
this bike is actually so super stable that it doesn’t move at all when you workout! it would actually be perfect for apartments since it wouldn’t make any noise to bother neighbors!
I love exercise that is fun and convenient, and this looks like it would achieve both! WEll done.
This is such a great comparison post, thank you so much for the information!
Emily Fata says
This looks like such a great product to have at home! I’ll definitely have to look more into it and see about buying it for myself. Thanks for sharing!
Such a great comparison! Thanks for sharing!
SoulCycle is so fun! This bike sounds amazing and you look incredible!!
Bikes are all the rage right now. I have an OLD one that I like, but it would be nice to upgrade to something fancy.
I use one of the mini trampolines
Thanks for sharing the differences between the bikes! Very cool that if you’re missing Soul cycle workouts you can get it at home!
Melanie williams says
My other half uses a bike at home, I think it is the way to go now with the situation as you never know when the gym will shut x
I’ve always wanted to try SoulCycle but never found the time to go and take classes. So, this is actually good news to me that they have an at-home bike 🙂
Wow. I’ve never heard of SoulCycle before but it sure does sound motivating!
I would love to buy SoulCycle for do exercise at home. This is really good for indoor cycling workout classes.
Shannon Gurnee says
I would love one of these! It looks like a great way to keep in good shape in the comfort of your home. Thanks for sharing.
wow!! The bike is so nice! I love the size of the screen! Definitely a pretty penny but seems worth it!
Thank you for a honest review. I never heard this before but I will think about it if I buy it next time.
Wow I didn’t know soul cycle created a bike for at home! I love their classes so this is great!
Oh my goodness this sounds amazing!! I seriously can’t wait to hop on a bike again once I’m cleared to exercise after baby. I’ve missed going to Soul Cycle!
I have never heard of SoulCycle At-Home bike before, and to be honest, I am really into trying it out. I am gonna look a bike now 🙂
Janessa Pablo says
not gonna lie, i want my own gym equipment now lol
Tillie Adelson says
I have the Soul bike too and I love it — I wouldn’t trade it for the Peloton! Love your review and your set up at home!