Peloton vs Nordictrack S22i: Which bike should you buy?

Peloton Bike Lifestyle One Peloton
Peloton Bike Lifestyle One Peloton (Image credit: One Peloton)

So which bike is for you?

Both the Peloton and the NordicTrack S22i are reputable, high tech spin bikes. Paired with their companion memberships, you get thousands of on-demand and live indoor cycling opportunities. However, the NordicTrack S22i gives you more bang for your buck!

It's less expensive than Peloton. The Nordictrack automatically comes with a one-year membership to iFit where you can stream thousands of live/on-demand fitness classes, participate in virtual riding experiences around the world, cross-train with other workouts, and includes a set of free weights.

NordicTrack's customer service also seems to be a bit more responsive, and repairs occur on average in about one-week vs. Peloton, where a single repair can take weeks. There's plenty to break down to get the right fit for you, so let's jump in.

Which is the better ride?

When it comes to picking the perfect bike for you, the best place to start is the specs. Let's have a look at what these machines offer:

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Header Cell - Column 0 NordicTrack S22iPeloton
Product Dimensions55 x 22 x 55 inches60 x 24 x 48 inches
Horizontal & vertical adjustmentsYesYes
ScreenHD TouchscreenLCD Touchscreen
Swivel ScreenYesNo
Screen Height22-inches22-inches
Weight Limit350 lbs305 lbs
Membership IncludedYes (1-Year)No
Weights IncludedYesNo
Waterbottle HoldersYesYes
FlywheelInertia EnhancedManually Controlled Magnetic
ResistanceRide ControlledRider Controlled
Auxiliary PortYesNo
Performance MetricsYesYes

A critical difference that sets these two apart is the control over your settings. With the NordicTrack S22i, the instructor or chosen ride experience controls your incline, decline, and resistance as you ride. With Peloton, the rider is in control of their resistance settings. The NordicTrack S22i is the better choice for those that want the push to come from their instructor or experience, vs. Peloton, which is more for those that enjoy pushing and being in control of their settings themselves.

Pricing it out

Nordictrack S22i Lifestyle Nordictrack

Nordictrack S22i Lifestyle Nordictrack (Image credit: NordicTrack)

Another big difference is the membership cost. Keep in mind you'll have to pay for the $39/month Peloton membership on top of the cost of the bike package you choose, whereas the NordicTrack automatically comes with a year-long membership to iFit. Both memberships give you access to thousands of live and on-demand boutique spin classes. Still, NordicTrack uses Google Map technology to allow you to ride all over the world in outdoor simulations.

NordicTrack also offers a 10-year frame warranty, 2-year parts warranty, and 1-year labor warranty, whereas Peloton only provides a 5-year frame warranty and 1-year parts and labor warranties. NordicTrack's customer service also seems to be a bit more responsive. NordicTrack repairs take a week on average vs. many Peloton customers have complained of repairs taking weeks.

Setup, mobility, & durability

Let's talk about setup and mobility for a second. When you order your Peloton, it will arrive at your door fully constructed. All you have to do is roll it to your desired location. When you order your NordicTrack, it will arrive in a box. NordicTrack recommends having two people there to assemble it as some of the parts are quite heavy. However, you can have them do the job for you for an additional charge at check out.

Both bikes are fully moveable. They each have two wheels on the front so you can pick up the back end and conveniently roll them around to your desired location. The Peloton bike is a little bit bigger, but not by much, measuring 60-by-24-by-48-inches vs. the NordicTrack, which measures 55-by-22-by-55-inches.

Both bikes are made out of heavy-duty, extremely durable hardware. You get a 10-year frame warranty with NordicTrack and a 5-year frame warranty with Peloton.

Working it out

Both memberships include access to cross-training workouts. You can incorporate other exercises into your fitness routine with Yoga, Pilates, and other strength training classes. Plus, they include access to arm strength segments within their rides. The NordicTrack S22i comes with a pair of 3lb free weights. With Peloton, you must purchase all the extras separately.

Let's talk about metrics. What you see while you ride differs slightly between Peloton and NordicTrack. When you ride your NordicTrack S22i, you will see incline/decline, calorie burn, the time elapsed, distance traveled, and speed (in mph). When you ride your Peloton, you will see your heart rate, resistance, cadence (in RPMs), and output of power.

NordicTrack S22i provides live interaction with your instructor or experience, whereas Peloton offers live interaction with your instructor and other riders. You can compete with other riders and filter who you see based on age, gender, and followers. If you're looking to bring your spin class home with you, Peloton is your best bet. If you want a more individually focused ride, NordicTrack is definitely the way to go.

To wrap it up

You can't go wrong with either bike. Both are reputable, high tech, and loved by many. I think that the NordicTrack S22i gives you the most for your dollar and will provide you with premium boutique spin classes and global outdoor simulations. Plus, you get the added bonus of getting a year-long iFit membership and a set of 3-pound weights with your purchase.

NordicTrack has longer coverage with their warranties, and their customer service and repairs are quicker and more responsive. Additionally, the live, individually focused interaction with your instructors or global riding experiences will give you that extra push to go the distance.

Nicolette Roux

Nicolette is a freelance writer for iMore. She's been hooked on Apple products since she got the very first iPhone in 2007 and made the switch from PC to Mac in 2008 after inadvertently dousing her laptop with a hefty dose of water. A dedicated creative, Nicolette has had the pleasure of working with some of the top websites, studios, and brands in the industry throughout her career, and enjoys writing about all things: Apple, health, fitness, audio, and home. With over a decade of high-level experience as a health and fitness professional, Nicolette specializes in tech pertaining to the field. If she’s not working, you can find her sipping a glass of wine, enjoying a concert, or hanging with her family.