I have recently decided to make a comprehensive guide on the best mini exercise bikes on the market, mainly for two reasons. First of all, many people do not even know that something like a portable exercise bike or mini bike exists. Second of all, I remember my father having one from about 20 years ago. He still has it and it’s quite functional.
I was quite positively surprised that so many different brands still produce these little machines. These exercise peddlers are very useful if you want to exercise while working in your office or if you are constantly somewhere else in the building or house. Basically all of them provide low-impact muscle movement, therefore can be used with injured knees.
Table of Contents
- Effective for Burning Calories?
- Will You Get Big Muscles with a Mini Exercise Bike?
- The Best Mini Exercise Bikes on the Market
- 1) Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike
- 2) DeskCycle Under Desk Exercise Bike
- 3) Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser by Vaunn
- 4) Vive Pedal Exerciser
- 5) Vaunn Chrome Medical Pedal Exerciser
- 6) TODO Pedal Exerciser
- 7) Firstry Portable Exercise Bike
- 8) Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Exercise Peddler
- 9) Hausse Update Portable Exercise Pedal Bike
Effective for Burning Calories?
Since the main use is for physical therapy, you might be asking if these mini peddlers will help you burn calories. Simple answer is yes. The pedal movement is the same as with any other stationary or outdoor bike, where you can effectively burn calories. These portable mini bikes have several advantages. Most of them are quite affordable and can fit under standard desks, so you can effectively use them during work or while watching TV.
But, I’d like to point out that the amount of burned calories will not be as big as with recumbent and stationary bikes, since with these bikes, you are involving several upper-body muscle systems as well. But if you can’t or don’t want to have a stationary bike, then mini peddlers are definitely a way to go.
Will You Get Big Muscles with a Mini Exercise Bike?
As I mentioned early, these bikes are often used for medical therapy and can be used even with injured knees or joints, therefore, the impact on muscles is not big. This is not the point, nor proper use for these bikes. So to answer the question simply once again, no. If you are looking for a stationary bike where you can increase your muscle quality and volume along with your endurance, I’d suggest looking for some recumbent or stationary exercise bikes.
With that being said, let’s jump right onto our list.
The Best Mini Exercise Bikes on the Market
Portable mini bikes have been on the market for a very long time, but I don’t think they are getting enough attention. Therefore, my guide was born.
1) Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike
Portable peddler by Sunny Health & Fitness made it as first to our list of best portable mini bikes.
The main difference among competitors with this bike is the design. It looks like a modern vacuum cleaner with a handle for simple portability. The classic LCD displays offers time, speed, ODM, calories burned and distance. The mini bike is designed to support up to 220 lbs of weight. It comes with a magnetic system with 8 levels of resistance, so you can set your own personal level according to your preferences. The bike can be also placed on top of a table and can be used as an arm exerciser. The product comes nearly assembled and is not foldable.
The assembled dimensions are 22L x 18W x 14H inches and the weight is 21 lbs.
Our rating: 4.7 / 5
2) DeskCycle Under Desk Exercise Bike
Another fella who made it to our list of the best mini exercise bikes is under desk exercise bike by DeskCycle.
The name says it all. The portable mini bike is built specifically with a very low height, so it can fight under any desk. The maximum pedal height is only 10 inches. According to the manufacturer, you can safely use the mini peddler under desks that are as low as 27 inches. It also comes with a wider range of resistance levels, 8 of them in total. The LCD multifunctional display offers speed, time, calories burned, distance and scan. DeskCycle also offers online calorie calculator on their website to check exact calories burned.
The product dimensions are 24 x 20 x 10 inches and the weight is 23 pounds.
Our rating: 4.7 / 5
3) Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser by Vaunn
Another portable mini bike on our list of the best mini exercise bikes is medical folding pedal exerciser by Vaunn.
This portable mini bike is also designed for arm and leg use to improve muscles toning and blood circulation. The bike comes with a small multifunctional LCD monitor that displays exercise time, calories burned, revolution count and revolution per minute. The bike is lightweight and due to its compact design, easy to store. It also comes fully assembled, so you do not have to worry about that. Adjustable tension knob allows you to set your preferred resistance level. The pedals are made of non-skid rubber for better stability and comfort. The feet of the bike are also rubbed, so it can be used on any floor type.
The assembled dimensions are 20 x 15.75 x 13 inches and the unit weighs 5 pounds.
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
4) Vive Pedal Exerciser
Mini portable exercise bike by Vive is with us for quite some time now and after many years of service in a lot of homes, it deserves a place on our list.
The Vive pedal exerciser comes nearly assembled, you just have to set the tension knob and that’s basically it. For the convenience’s sake, it comes with a quick-setup guide. The bike is 9 inches high, so it will fit easily under any desk. Its compact design does not take much space. Non-slip designed feet make sure the mini bike will not slide, no matter the flooring. Pedals come with non-slip surface with adjustable toe loops, thus increasing comfort and safety. Of course, using tension knob you can adjust the tension to suit your personal preferences. Vive portable bike comes in teal and silver colors.
The dimensions of the assembled product are 16 x 13.7 x 9 inches and the weight is 7.2 pounds.
Our rating: 4.5 / 5
5) Vaunn Chrome Medical Pedal Exerciser
Second mini bike by Vaunn made it to our list of best mini exercise bikes. This time, we will take a closer look at the Chrome version.
This portable mini bike is simply designed, yet does what it is expected to do. Made especially for physical therapy, the exercises on this bike purposefully provide gentle impact on the body, while muscle toning takes place. This one is well designed for arms and legs exercises alike. The bike comes fully assembled, so that’s one checkmark done. The simple tension knob is used to adjust resistance level according to your needs. The strong chrome frame is designed for a long-term use and the construction is geometrically designed to not wobble. No-skid rubber platform along with reinforced rubber feet provide safe and comfy use on all kinds of floors.
The product’s dimensions are 16″(W) x 20″(D) x 14″(H) and the weight is 4.4 pounds.
Our rating: 4.3 / 5
6) TODO Pedal Exerciser
This all-in-black exercise bike made by TODO also made it to our list of best mini portable bikes because of its simplicity, usefulness and attractive design.
Designed especially for medical knee recovery, pedal exerciser by TODO is used for arm and legs cycling at home or at the office. The bike is designed to increase circulation while not making too much noise. Comes with a big, easy to read multifunctional LCD monitor that can display RPM, speed, time, distance and burned calories. It also comes with a very simple tension knob to change the resistance level. Designed for long-term use, the reinforced steel frame can withstand 400 lbs of weight. TODO brand obviously did not try to save money on steel, as the bike’s flywheel is made of 5-pound steel. Due to its compact design, the mini bike is both, lightweight and portable.
The assembled measurements are 16 x 13.8 x 12.6 inches and the product’s weight is 11 pounds.
Our rating: 4.2 / 5
7) Firstry Portable Exercise Bike
Mini peddler by Firstry is a great combination of design and functionality. Definitely deserves a place among others on our list of best exercise peddlers.
The bike comes pre-assembled, you just need to install the pedals, so there’s no need to worry about assembly. The LCD display can track time, distance, speed and burned calories. As with most of other mini exercise bikes, this one also provides gentle impact on muscles, since it is mainly oriented for physical therapy. The pedals are non-slip and the entire construction is quite sturdy. This is also the case with the inner heavy-duty flywheel, so no plastics. Adjustable tension knob allows you to change the resistance levels according to your preferences. The mini bike is designed for quiet operation, thus can be used in the office or while watching TV.
The measurements of Firstry portable bike are 16 in. (L) x 13.3 in. (W) x 12.1 in. (H) and the weight is 8.4 pounds.
Our rating: 4.1 / 5
8) Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Exercise Peddler
Folding Exercise Peddler by Medical Deluxe made it to our list mainly because of the price.
It is one of the cheapest mini portable bikes on the market. The included LCD display provides you with the exercised time info, rpm (revolution per minute), revolution count and burned calories, plus a scan feature for all values. It comes with four anti-slip rubber pads on the legs, thus preventing sliding. As with other models, resistance can be adjusted with the tension knob. It comes pre-assembled; you just need to unfold the part that folds in.
The assembled dimensions are 15 x 6.5 x 17 inches and the weight is 5.1 pounds.
Our rating: 4.0 / 5
9) Hausse Update Portable Exercise Pedal Bike
Lastly, portable exercise pedal bike by Hausse made it to our list of best mini exercise bikes as well, mainly because of its functional simplicity.
This particular bike can be used under any desk that is higher than 47 inches. It comes in the combination of black and white colors and is oval in design. The big LCD functional display offers 6 different values: distance, time, count of movements within one session, total count of movements, total calories consumption and scan that offers any function to be scanned. It can be used with arms and legs as well. Tension level is easily changeable. The rugged bottom takes care of proper stabilization, no matter what floor you have it on. Hausse also offers 180 days’ warranty, which is not much, if you ask me.
The dimensions are 15.4 x 15.7 x 11.8 inches and the weight is 11.8 pounds.
Our rating: 4.0 / 5
That concludes our list of the best mini exercise bikes on the market. From the list we can see that most of the bikes are designed mainly for physical therapy, but a lot of people are using them just for legs exercise. In the end, it is up to you which one is your winner. Scan over each mini peddler, check pros and cons and pick the one that suits all your needs.
I hope that my guide was helpful and that you’ve found what you were looking for.