We all know the importance of regular exercise for a healthy body and mind. It is spoken of often in the media and by medical professionals. However, what if, like some people, it is not as easy for you to get regular exercise more traditionally?
If you find attending the gym challenging, have difficulty using traditional home gym equipment or even walking around the local area near your home, you may feel at a loss as to how you can exercise.
What can you do instead? Well, you could get a seated pedal exerciser. These practical and very portable tools have become incredibly popular over the last decade or so, and as such there are now many different pedal exercisers to choose from.
With that in mind, how do you choose the best pedal exerciser? At HomeCareHelp, we are committed to helping find the right pedal exercisers for people with illnesses, disabilities or who are simply suffering from ailing health and weakness due to old age, to make their lives more comfortable and healthier.
Best Seated Pedal Exercisers
66fit Variable Resistance Arm and Leg Folding Pedal Exerciser
First in our list is the Variable Resistance Pedal Exerciser from 66Fit. As this arm and leg pedal exerciser is a foldable machine, its dimensions reduce from 49 x 37 x 23.5cm to 33 x 37 x 17cm, making it easy to store away without taking up too much space. Constructed from high-quality steel with a stylish chrome finish, this foot pedal exerciser also features rubber floor grips to provide stability during use.
If you are the kind of person who is interested in knowing the metrics of your full body workouts, this features a handy digital display that allows you to keep track on your workout time, the number of rotations you have made, your speed (rotations per minute) and an estimate of the number of calories burned. It can be a little fiddly to get the battery out when it is time to replace, but other than that, for such an inexpensive, yet sturdy machine, the digital display is a nice addition.
Although this floor or desk cycle does not offer the strongest variable magnetic resistance available, the fact that this simple leg and arm exerciser comes with the option to increase the intensity of your workouts, even slightly, makes it a great investment.
- Foldable design makes this the best pedal exerciser easier to store away when not in use
- Anti slip rubber pads offer stability during use
- Robust and durable steel construction with chrome finish
- The digital display allows you to monitor the progress of your workout, including, time, distance and how many calories you’ve burned
Vive Pedal Exerciser
Next, we have the Vive Pedal Exerciser. Although this pedal exerciser is not a foldable exercise machine, it has a very compact design (currently with a patent-pending) that is just 31.75cm high and 40.64cm long. That makes this mini exercise bike easy to just slide under a desk or put into a cupboard or other piece of storage furniture when you are done with it for the day.
When it comes to using this armchair exercise bike, Vive has made it as easy and comfortable as possible thanks to the inclusion of adjustable toe loops. If you are not using it to exercise your feet and instead of using it to exercise your arms, there are moulded finger grips that making it even easier to grip onto.
As with the model above, it comes with an adjustable resistance setting that allows you to increase or decrease the intensity of your workouts when you like. It also has a one-touch button-controlled digital display screen that provides large, easy to read metrics for your workout, including the calories burned, distance travelled, speed and time of your workout, along with your RPM. Its ultra-quiet operation makes it the perfect tool for when you want to work out while watching TV, talking on the phone or having a conversation with someone in your home.
- Patent-Pending short and compact design
- Adjustable toe loops with moulded finger grips
- Variable resistance settings
- Large, clear LCD digital display
- Ultra-quiet operation, perfect for a low impact while you watch TV or do other things
- Easy to install and easy to use
FITODO Mini Armchair Exercise Bike
Constructed from iron, ABS, nylon and rubber and a powder coating on the metallic bits for extra protection, the FITODO mini armchair exercise bike is suitable for use with both your arms and legs and is compact enough and folds up to make it easy to slide under a table or store away somewhere else as it takes up a minimal amount of space.
To make this recumbent bike as comfortable as possible to use, the pedal shafts are covered by foam tubes. The adjustable straps mean no matter what size of hands or legs you have, you will be able to use this machine with relative ease.
Like all models in our list, this comes with a digital LCD display monitor that offers you ongoing insight into the progress you are making during your low impact workout.
- Sturdy construction made from high-quality materials
- Compact and foldable design makes this portable pedal exerciser easy to store away
- Adjustable belt for pedals idea for legs for lower body and hands for upper body workouts of people of all sizes
- Digital Display for accurate workout metrics
- Heat Protection Tube stops your legs and arms from touching the hot components
Sportstech DFX100 Mini Exercise Cross Trainer
Compared to the other pedal exercisers we have featured so far in this list, the next mini exercise bike is a lot pricier…but with good reason, so stick with us for it, as there are many reasons why the price tag is justified. If you are looking for a more intense upper and lower body workout for your legs or arms, this may be just what you need.
This armchair exercise equipment has been designed to run quieter and more smoothly than others on the market, thanks to its 8-fold ball bearing rail system, the 8-fold magnetic brake and the groove belt drive. This mini exercise bike also provides a really challenging all rounder of a workout, targeting the all arm and leg muscles, if you desire it, thanks to the adjustable difficulty settings.
Another thing that makes this pedal exerciser stand out from the rest is that along with the digital display screen that allows you to read your metrics for specific workouts, you can also use the associated App in the same way for even easier to track your progress.
- Ergonomically designed angled pedals
- Space-saving compact and small unit
- Silent operation, thanks to the 8-fold ball bearing rail system
- Magnetic brake provides a smoother workout
- Adjustable difficulty
- The companion app to make it easier to track your progress
Aidapt White Pedal Exerciser
From one of the most sophisticated floor pedal exercisers to one of the simplest models, we have the first of two offerings from Aidapt in our list. This is a very straightforward piece of armchair exercise equipment. This desk cycle does not include any digital display, so you can’t keep track of your reps or any other metrics.
However, we feel that is part of its elegance. That can you just put the Aidapt White pedal exerciser n the floor or the table and enjoy full body workouts until you feel puffed out or your heart rate is racing, and the relevant muscles are adequately pushed to the necessary level. The magnetic resistance setting can be easily adjusted and is built from high-quality materials that have been chosen and constructed in a way to stand the test of time and put up with a serious amount of use.
- Simple and straightforward armchair exercise equipment
- Made from high quality, durable and robust materials
- Adjustable resistance settings to control workout intensity
- No digital display to worry about
Cubaii Junior Under Desk Elliptical Pedal Exerciser
According to many experts, Cubaii Jnr is one of the world’s foremost and advanced manufacturers of home and office workout machines and this elliptical-style pedal exerciser is a great example of their ingenuity and attention to producing fine products.
Made from stainless steel, and of all the pedal exercisers in our list, this is probably the best looking. Like the Sportstech option, this mini pedal exerciser is rather expensive. For the price it retails at, you get a very high quality and robust desk cycle that offers 8 levels of resistance to help you either intensify or lighten your workout, depending on your ability and mood at any given day. It also features a built-in digital display that allows you to track your important workout metrics like distance, strides, RPM, calories and time.
- Stainless-steel construction
- Generously oversized pedals
- Adjustable resistance level
- Digital display that highlights distance, strides, RPM, calories and time
MaxKare Magnetic Mini Under Desk Exercise Bike
The next model in our list comes from MaxKare and it goes one step further than the others we’ve featured in that it is a piece of three-in-one rather than being just a piece of two-in-one armchair exercise equipment. Not only is it a leg exerciser, but it is also a hand exerciser and armchair exercise bike.
You can either stick it under your desk or table and place your legs in the generous-fit pedal straps and work out your leg muscles or have it on top of the table or desk and place your hands into the pedals to work your upper body out. The cycle option includes the use of the resistance ropes in place of handlebars, which delivers a low-impact, but worthwhile and effective workout for all of your body.
Other noteworthy features of this great, if expensive bike, is the fact it is lightweight and compact that it doesn’t take up too much space and is easy to move. To help make your workouts really give your muscles a challenge, you can adjust the resistance through 16 different settings. There is no need to worry about it disturbing anyone else in the house as it benefits from a magnetic flywheel to provide a near-silent operation. Like most of the others we have included so far, there is an LCD monitor that will help track the different metrics like time, distance, how many calories you have burned, and function, display for your exercise sessions.
- Portable and lightweight
- 16 levels of resistance to select from
- Three-in-one exercise machine
- Magnetic flywheel for quiet operation
- Digital display
- Arm resistance bands
Aidapt Deluxe Motorised Pedal Exerciser
Last, in our guide, we have another high-quality product from Aidapt Leg exerciser for elderly or people with infirmities and disabilities. Taking things to a different level, Aidapt with this leg exerciser have taken the strain off a little by including a motor for this machine. It even includes a remote control to alter the speed between 40 and 45RPM.
Although the recumbent bike is not foldable and looks bulky, it’s a case of looks are deceiving as it is only 20 x 41.5 x 28cm. There is a total of 12 different speed settings to choose from and you can also program the length of exercise time. The pedals have adjustable straps and are designed to provide a comfortable place for you to place your legs or hands, whether you use it on a desk or table or the floor.
- Remote control
- Motorised pedals, makes it easier to use than other exercise bikes
- 12 different speed settings
- Compact and lightweight
- Digital display including time, distance, speed how many calories burned
Best Seated Pedal Exerciser – Buying Guide
We understand that as good as our list is for showcasing the pedal exercisers available, that it may not be enough to help you to choose the pedal exerciser for your own needs. That is why we have also included this buying guide that looks at the main features of theses bikes you should be considering when choosing the floor pedal exerciser that is right for you.
The Size and Weight
One of the most important features you should consider when choosing a pedal exerciser is the size, not just its physical dimensions but its weight too. Remember, the main reason you have chosen to get a leg or arm exerciser (Whatever you intend on using it for) is that you are looking for a way to workout without going to the gym or using a bulkier full-size machine (because you are not able to due to illness, old age or infirmity or disability).
All of the models featured in our list are small enough to slide under the table or place on the table. Some can be folded up to make it even easier to stow them away.
The weight is also an important feature to consider, if you have mobility or muscle issues, with regards to moving a desk bike, whether it is to use it or store it away.
Stability and Safety
Safety should always be close to the top of the list when you are looking at the best pedal exerciser. The best way you check whether pedal exercisers and desk exercise bikes are safe for your health or not is its stability and durability. Obviously one of the main features within the area of stability is that it needs to stay stationary. All the models featured in this list are equipped with some kind of anti-slip rubber feet or other components.
Further to the above, you will find that all pedal exercisers are equipped with straps. These are designed to help keep your legs or hands in place and should be non-slippery, include adjustable velcro and comfortable. If you are not using these kinds of armchair exercise machines do not use them barefoot and instead use orthotic shoes, they need to have a lot of room to fit them because they can be rather bulky.
Adjustable Resistance Levels
Just because you are confined to working out at your favourite chair, does not mean you won’t want to push yourself as far as you can. To help make your workouts adjustable even just using one of these practical and space-saving exercise machines, most exercise bikes come equipped with adjustable resistance settings. Even the one manual exerciser we included in this list comes with adjustable resistance, allowing you to increase and decrease the intensity of your workouts.
There is no reason why you should feel you can’t work out at all, even if you spend most of your time confined to your favourite armchair, have limited mobility or just find it hard to exercise outside the home in the local area or at the local gym. Especially not these days when there is so much great home gym equipment available.
We appreciate at HomeCareHelp that not everyone can even get the benefit of full-size exercise bikes. Which is why we decided to focus this post on the best pedal exercisers. We hope you find it as interesting a read as we found it to be writing it and whether you opt for one of the more affordable and basic leg and arm exercisers or push the boat out for one of the pricier models, we’re confident you will be able to find the right one for you from the selection above.