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Best Peloton alternatives for June 2022

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Are you looking for a smart cardio machine to use in your home, but you’re turned off by high Peloton prices? The good news is there are several viable alternatives. If you’re on the hunt for interactive exercise equipment for your home gym, Peloton is the hottest name in fitness tech today. But Peloton prices can be a stopper. There are plenty of smart exercise bikes and other Peloton alternative fitness options priced right for home use, however, from interactive treadmills to rowers. Some of the alternates we found include one-year subscriptions to iFit or JRNY virtual home fitness workouts. Other machines are compatible with iFit, and you can buy a membership to the service separately. In addition, Echelon exercise machines also have exercise and mindfulness coaching, individual and on-demand group workouts, and camaraderie-boosting experiences available by subscription. Here are several excellent alternatives that cost less than Pelotons.

Echelon Connect Bike EX-5 — Starting at $1,249 with free shipping with a one-year Echelon membership, was $1399 without free shipping

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The Echelon Connect Bike EX-5 has a competition seat, adjustable bars, clip-on and cage pedals, and 32-level magnetic resistance. The EX-5 has a smart device mount for your phone or tablet that flips 180 degrees for off-bike exercises. With an Echelon United Membership ($40 monthly), you can work with more than 30 world-class trainers to take classes in everything from kickboxing to Zumba, yoga, and more. The EX-5 with annual Echelon United Membership is $1,399 and the EX-5 with a two-year membership costs $1,699. In stock and ready to ship. Echelon also has a 15% off Father’s Day sale with free shipping which drops the price to just $1,249 with a one-year membership.

Bowflex C6 Bike — $799 with a 1-year membership to JRNY, mat, and free shipping, was $999

Woman exercising on a Bowflex C6 Bike.


The Bowflex C6 Bike lets you choose your workout app. The C6 is compatible with Peloton App, Zwift App, and Explore the World App to follow virtual courses and trails that adjust to your speed. Access your choice of workout or coaching app via Bluetooth, and adjust the resistance precisely with 100 micro-adjustable levels. The C6 has dual-link pedals with toe cages and comes with a pair of three-pound dumbbells and a Bluetooth-enabled heart rate armband monitor. Ships in about one week.

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NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle (2021 model) — $1,499, was $2,199

Woman working out with virtual class on an exercise bike.

While not much cheaper than the Peloton at its original list price, the 2021 model of the NordicTrack Commercial S22i Studio Cycle is probably the best option when it comes to comparable feature sets — they’re practically the same. The S22i has a screen that is all but the same size as the Peloton. Still, the capability for instructors to adjust your incline and resistance for you (you have to do it yourself with the Peloton) makes it a better option if you’re looking to stay more focused on your workouts. NordicTrack also includes a one-year membership to these workouts in the purchase price of the S22i, which is another advantage. At the current sale price, the S221 is an incredible bargain.

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Echelon Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror — Starting at $1,674 with free shipping with a one-year Echelon membership, was $1899 without free shipping

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You don’t have to work out in front of a mirror. Mount the Echelon Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror on a wall and follow personalized training with a Reflect Membership. You’ll also enjoy live classes, on-demand classes, and can compete with family and friends. The Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror weighs 52 pounds and measures 47.75-inches high x 20-inches wide x 2-inches thick. The HD display has a 1080p resolution and a 60 Hz vertical refresh rate for smooth video. The required Reflect Echelon United Membership costs $40 a month. You can save by purchasing a one-year Echelon United Membership with the Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror for $1,899 or a two-year membership with the Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror for $2,199. The Echelon Reflect Touch Smart Fitness Mirror is in stock and ready to ship now. Echelon also has a 15% off Father’s Day sale with free shipping which drops the price to $1,674 with the required one-year membership.

Echelon Stride-5s Smart Treadmill — Starting at $2,524 with free shipping with a one-year Echelon membership, was $2,899 without free shipping

Echelon Stride-5s treadmill in a room with a pool in the background.


Echelon’s second-generation treadmill, the Echelon Stride-5s, has a larger running deck, a built-in display, and a patented auto-folding feature. The Stride-5s deck measures 60-inches long by 24-inches wide, a 31% larger running surface than the original Stride treadmill’s 54-inch long by 20-inch wide deck. The new Stride-5s also has a 24-inch diagonal HS touchscreen. The display rotates for your convenience for workouts off the treadmill. The treadmill adjusts to a maximum of 12.5 miles per hour with 16 incline settings to a maximum of 15%. You can run at your own pace or join instructor-led running workouts or both live or on-demand treadmill classes.

In addition, with an Echelon Membership, you can access more than 2,000 off-equipment workouts. The Stride-5s has two water bottle holders, a cooling fan, integrated heart rate sensors, and plus both a safety stop lanyard and an emergency stop button. You can purchase an Echelon Stride-5s for $2,899 with free shipping and a one-year Echelon Membership or $3,199 with a tw0-year membership and free shipping. The Stride-5s is in stock and ready to ship. Echelon also has a 15% off Father’s Day sale with free shipping, dropping the price to $2,524 when you include the required one-year membership.

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What is iFit?

iFit is an online fitness program with personalized virtual coaching, virtual studio classes, and destination workouts. iFit memberships cost $15 per month for individuals and $33 per month for families of up to five people. You can use iFit workouts with a smartphone or tablet with any cardiovascular fitness equipment. Still, many of the exercise bikes that are iFit compatible can connect with iFit and automatically adjust settings such as resistance, speed, and incline to vary workout intensity.

Icon Fitness and Health, the company that owns iFit, also is the parent company of NordicTrack, ProForm, Freemotion, Weider, Weslo, Gold’s Gym, and others.

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Nothing announces official launch date for new Ear (stick) AirPods alternatives

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True to form, Nothing has just announced the full reveal date for its upcoming audio product, Ear (stick). 

So, an announcement about an announcement. You’ve got to hand it to Carl Pei’s marketing department, they never miss a trick.

What we’re saying is that although we still have ‘nothing’ conclusive about the features, pricing or release date for the Ear (stick) except an image of another model holding them (and we’ve seen plenty of those traipsing down the catwalk recently), we do have a date – the day when we’ll be granted official access to this information. 

That day is October 26. Nothing assures us that on this day we’ll be able to find out everything, including pricing and product specifications, during the online Ear (stick) Reveal, at 3PM BST (which is 10AM ET, or 1AM on Wednesday if you’re in Sydney, Australia) on nothing.tech (opens in new tab)

Any further information? A little. Nothing calls the Ear (stick), which is now the product’s official name, “the next generation of Nothing sound technology”, and its “most advanced audio product yet”. 

But that’s not all! Apparently, Ear (stick) are “half in-ear true wireless earbuds that balance supreme comfort with exceptional sound, made not to be felt when in use. They’re feather-light with an ergonomic design that’s moulded to your ears. Delivered in a unique charging case, inspired by classic cosmetic silhouettes, and compactly formed to simply glide into pockets.” 

Opinion: I need more than a lipstick-style case

Nothing Ear (stick) – official leaked renders pic.twitter.com/FrhKmRttmiOctober 1, 2022

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It’s no secret that I want Nothing’s earbuds to succeed in world dominated by AirPods; who doesn’t love a plucky, eccentric underdog? 

But in order to become some of the best true wireless earbuds on the market, there is room for improvement over the Nothing Ear 1, the company’s inaugural earbuds. 

Aside from this official ‘news’ from Nothing, leaked images and videos of the Ear (stick) have been springing up all over the internet (thank you, developer Kuba Wojciechowski) and they depict earbuds that look largely unchanged, which is a shame. 

For me, the focus needs to shift from gimmicks such as a cylindrical case with a red section at the end which twists up like a lipstick. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of theater, but only if the sound coming from the earbuds themselves is top dog. 

As the natural companions for the Nothing Phone 1, it makes sense for the Ear (stick) to take a place similar to that of Apple’s AirPods 3, where the flagship Ear (1) sit alongside the AirPods Pro 2 as a flagship offering. 

See, that lipstick case shape likely will not support wireless charging. That and the rumored lack of ANC means the Ear (stick) is probably arriving as the more affordable option in Nothing’s ouevre. 

For now, we sit tight until October 26. 

Becky is a senior staff writer at TechRadar (which she has been assured refers to expertise rather than age) focusing on all things audio. Before joining the team, she spent three years at What Hi-Fi? testing and reviewing everything from wallet-friendly wireless earbuds to huge high-end sound systems. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, Becky freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 22-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance starts with a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo and The Stage. When not writing, she can still be found throwing shapes in a dance studio, these days with varying degrees of success.  

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YouTube could make 4K videos exclusive to Premium subscribers

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You might soon have to buy YouTube Premium to watch 4K YouTube videos, a new user test suggests.

According to a Reddit thread (opens in new tab) highlighted on Twitter by leaker Alvin (opens in new tab), several non-Premium YouTube users have reported seeing 4K resolution (and higher) video options limited to YouTube Premium subscribers on their iOS devices. For these individuals, videos are currently only available to stream in up to 1440p (QHD) resolution.

The apparent experiment only seems to be affecting a handful of YouTube users for now, but it suggests owner Google is toying with the idea of implementing a site-wide paywall for access to high-quality video in the future.

So, after testing up to 12 ads on YouTube for non-Premium users, now some users reported that they also have to get a Premium account just to watch videos in 4K. pic.twitter.com/jJodoAxeDpOctober 1, 2022

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It’s no secret that Google has been searching for new ways to monetize its YouTube platform in recent months. In September, the company introduced five unskippable ads for some YouTube users as part of a separate test – an unexpected development that, naturally, didn’t go down well with much of the YouTube community. 

A resolution paywall seems a more palatable approach from Google. While annoying, the change isn’t likely to provoke the same level of ire from non-paying YouTube users as excessive ads, given that many smartphones still max out at QHD resolution anyway. 

Of course, if it encourages those who do care about high-resolution viewing to invest in the platform’s Premium subscription package, it may also be more lucrative for Google. After all, YouTube Premium, which offers ad-free viewing, background playback and the ability to download videos for offline use, currently costs $11.99 / £11.99 / AU$14.99 per month.

Suffice to say, the subscription service hasn’t taken off in quite the way Google would’ve hoped since its launch in 2014. Only around 50 million users are currently signed up to YouTube Premium, while something close to 2 billion people actively use YouTube on a monthly basis. 

Might the addition of 4K video into Premium’s perk package bump up that number? Only time will tell. We’ll be keeping an eye on our own YouTube account to see whether this resolution paywall becomes permanent in the coming months.

Axel is a London-based staff writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the newest movies to latest Apple developments as part of the site’s daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion. 

Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned a gold standard NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme. 

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Europe sets deadline for USB-C charging for (almost) all laptops

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Author: Michael Crider
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Michael is a former graphic designer who’s been building and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cares to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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