Best Pilates Reformer Machines Reviewed

Considering that we live in 21st century I guess everyone has already heard about Pilates. This particular system of exercises is getting on popularity each year, so I’ve decided to create a comprehensive review guide about the best 6 Pilates reformer machines, which is the main equipment for this exercise system.

What is the Pilates Training?

Pilates is a system of exercises that uses specially designed equipment and its primary focus is to improve muscle strength, flexibility, postural alignment and also enhance mental awareness. All the Pilates exercises are considered low impact.

Pilates 30-minute Workout

Firstly, I thought I’ll explain several workout exercises and how to go about them, but you know what they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so imagine how much worth is a 30-minute workout video? Thanks to wonderful and useful fitness trainers, you have it in your disposal right here:

It’s one of the most comprehensive videos on Pilates training currently available. If, for some reason, you are not satisfied with it, there’s plenty to choose from online.

Why Do I Need Pilates Reformer Machine?

As I’ve mentioned above, most of the exercises are done using a special machine, called Pilates reformer machine, or simply, Pilates reformer.

Since there are lot of reformer machines on the market, I’ve scoured it for several hours to come up with the 6 best ones. These machines differ in design and in materials used, so naturally they range from several hundred bucks a piece to four-five thousand. I’ve tried my best to include the very best in regard to quality and budget, to save you time and effort of your own search.

Okay, I Get It. So Which is the Best?

I’m glad you asked. Without further ado, let’s jump directly onto our list of the best Pilates reformer machines.


1) Balanced Body Studio Reformer with Classic Footbar

Our list starts with another a reformer manufactured by Balanced Body.

Balanced Body Studio Reformer with Classic Footbar

The quality of this reformer is a whole next level, but it’s also reflected on the price. The frame is made of Strata rock maple and uses the industry longest carriage – 41 inches (104 cm).

Precision carriage tracking system provides very quiet and smooth ride available. The footbar comes with 2 supports and adjusts to 3 heights. The manufacturer spared no expense, which is reflected on the upholstered sitting box, neoprene handles and cotton foot straps.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Sturdy, handmade wood frame is of perfect quality
  • Industry longest carriage – 41 inches
  • Makes practically zero noise
  • Easy assembly
  • It’s built to last for years
Cons
  • Price – considering the quality, this is expected, but it’s true that you could get five or six non-commercial reformers for this kind of money

Our rating: 4-8 Star Rating 4.8 / 5


2) AeroPilates Reformer Plus 379

Reformer Plus 379 is made by AeroPilates (Stamina). This is a great budget-friendly option.

AeroPilates Reformer Plus 379

This particular machine comes with foldable steel frame with transportation wheels for easy storage and transport.

The larger rebounder is patented and comes with rounded top for additional workout options. The machine also includes padded foot bar and Four-cord resistance with different intensities – one red, one yellow and two black cords. Platform cushion is firm and padded along with high-density shoulder pads. AeroPilates also provides four workout DVDs.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Very easy to use
  • Assembly is a breeze
  • Foldable (easy storage)
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Not as smooth as commercial reformers
  • Doesn’t have a stand – it’s on the ground

Our rating: 4.7 Star Rating 4.7 / 5


3) Balanced Body Allegro 2 Reformer System with Tower

Balanced Body company does its job professionally and this is the 2nd reformer from their family, which made it to our list.

Balanced Body Allegro 2 Reformer System with Tower

This is professional hard-core Pilates studio with tower simply because of the commercial materials used. The steel frame is powder-coated with anodized aluminum and rests on four legs, which allows for more exercises with increased comfort. Machine comes with SoftTouch rope system, EasySet footbar, adjustable headrest, seamless carriage and removable shoulder pads.

The push-through bar is extra wide for non-flexible or larger people.  Manufacturer provides 10-years warranty – a glimpse of how they stand behind their equipment.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Sturdy powder-coated steel frame
  • Rope can be instantly adjusted with quick-release leaver
  • Very smooth carriage movement
  • Built to last
Cons
  • Very heavy machine (hardly portable)
  • Assembly manual could be better (I’d suggest checking online assembly videos)

Our rating: 4.7 Star Rating 4.7 / 5


4) AeroPilates 700 Premier Reformer

The 4th Pilates reformer our list is designed by AeroPilates, which is one of the leading manufacturers of the Pilates machines.

AeroPilates 700 Premier Reformer

The frame of the machine is made of steel and comes with black upholstery and gold-colored frame.

The cardio rebounder is low impact and thus, gentle on your joints. The foot bar is wider than most of the competition, adding variety to the exercises. Thanks to the included stands, the reformer is 10-inch above the ground, providing an easier way to get on and off and you can also perform more exercises. The head-n-neck rest is separated and adjustable with three positions. Hand and foot straps are furry, ensuring maximum comfort. Lastly, the included pulley risers are adjustable in height, which helps to preventing rubbing on the body.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • 10-inch above floor height is very convenient
  • Very easy assembly
  • Sturdy assembly
  • Good quality hand / foot straps
Cons
  • Changing rebounder to stable bar is overly complicated
  • Carriage could use additional padding

Our rating: 4.6 Star Rating 4.6 / 5


5) Pilates Power Gym ‘Pro’ 3-Elevation Mini Reformer

Another machine on our list is manufactured by Pilates Power Gym. Considering the name of the company, one can only guess what kind if equipment they are manufacturing, right?

Pilates Power Gym 'Pro' 3-Elevation Mini Reformer

This Pilates reformer is a bit shorter than standard reformers and comes pre-assembled. The carbon steel frame can hold up to 300 lbs of weight and it offers 3 incline levels. Four included power cords can be adjusted with the incredible 48 resistance settings. Padded handles and comfortable straps are a certainty. Interesting thing is that this ‘mini’ version actually supports people of 6’4” height. The manufacturer provides 1-year warranty.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • 3-incline machine positions
  • 48-adjustable resistance cord settings
  • Heavy and sturdy carbon steel construction
  • Doesn’t take as much space as standard reformers
Cons
  • Several users reported a loud popping noise when sliding the machine after several months of use
  • Considering the narrow carriage, there isn’t much space to place rest your arms

Our rating: 4.5 Star Rating 4.5 / 5


6) Supreme Toning Tower by Beverly Hills Fitness

A bit different in design, but nonetheless very good. This particular piece of equipment is manufactured by Beverly Hills Fitness.

Supreme Toning Tower by Beverly Hills Fitness

This lightweight fully-assembled tower made of steel is a combination of Barre, Pilates Cadillac Trap and overall body trainer.

The machine is foldable (about 4.1 inches high once folded) for easy storage and comes with professional wood barre. This is a great piece of equipment for everyone who doesn’t want to (or can’t) go to a gym or Pilates session.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • It can be stored under most beds
  • Great for Pilates and Barre alike
  • Lightweight, yet sturdy
  • Wood barre is comfortable on grip
Cons
  • DVD are basically worthless
  • Considering the materials used and the weight, one might wonder if this machine is built to last

Our rating: 4.5 Star Rating 4.5 / 5


Conclusion

There you have it. My list of the 6 best Pilates reformer machines on the market. As you can see there is plenty to choose from and each machine is a bit different from the other, so I’m sure you can find your winner right there. In case you are not certain about something or just want to ask a question, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m always happy to help my fellow readers.