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Peloton Bike vs. Peloton Bike Plus: The differences that matter

Is the Peloton Bike plus worth the extra cash? It depends on what you want out of your exercise bike.

Since Peloton's debut in 2014, the company has steadily gained popularity and all but exploded in 2020, when working out from home became the new normal. Demand for the high-end spin bikes isn't slowing down, and when Peloton launched its new upgraded bike -- aptly named the Peloton Bike Plus -- in September, smack in the middle of the pandemic, it satiated an ever-growing desire for luxury home fitness equipment.

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The newer, updated model is a dream for Peloton superfans. For those shopping for a Peloton on a tighter budget, you can now get the original Peloton for slightly less than the newer model. If you're interested in buying a Peloton bike for your home, check out the guide below to find out which bike is the best for you and how the specs and features compare.

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Peloton

The Peloton Bike Plus is the latest Peloton Bike model that has all the bells and whistles an avid Peloton fan could ever want. Besides an upgraded, slightly bigger touchscreen that rotates (so you can do other Peloton workouts, like strength training, off the bike) one of the more notable features is the Auto Follow option on the resistance knob that allows the instructor to automatically adjust your bike resistance based on their recommendation. 

The bike features access to live and on-demand classes with a leaderboard that lets you see which other members are in class with you. You also get access to metrics like power, cadence, resistance and heart rate during your rides. The Peloton Bike Plus is also compatible with the Apple GymKit and Apple Watch, which pairs your Peloton with your Apple Watch for heart-rate monitoring integration.

Price: Starts at $2,495

Peloton

The Peloton Bike is the original Peloton model, with slightly pared-down features compared to the new upgraded model. But, if you're looking for a Peloton experience and want to save around $600, the original Peloton won't disappoint. 

The Peloton bike also offers access to live and on-demand classes, and gives you metrics in each class. You will also have access to the leaderboard, which lets you see who else is riding with you in class in real-time. One thing you don't get with the original Peloton Bike is the Apple Gym Kit integration, but you can still pair Bluetooth devices like headphones or heart-rate monitors that use ANT+.

Price: Starts at $1,895

Overview: Which one is right for you?

Price 

Right now, the Peloton Plus is about $600 more than the Peloton Bike, which is not a huge price difference when you consider the overall investment involved in a bike. If you currently own a Peloton Bike, you can trade it in for a $700 rebate when you buy the new Peloton Bike Plus. The company is also offering a Yoga and Toning accessories package ($149) as an added bonus with the rebate offer. 

Quality

Both bikes deliver when it comes to quality. Both have nearly identical stats for performance and construction with minor differences. One of the biggest differences is the digital resistance knob adjustment on the Peloton Bike Plus with the option for Auto Follow during class. 

Tech

The tech features on both bikes are pretty similar, but the Peloton Bike Plus does have 4GB RAM compared to the Peloton Bike's 2GB. Both bikes come with 16GB of internal storage. The Peloton Bike Plus has a USB-C charging port, which is convenient for charging devices while you ride. The original Peloton has a standard USB port. Both bike models have Bluetooth.

Features

The Peloton Bike sound system is slightly less powerful, with a two-channel rear-facing stereo speaker system with 16 watts of total power. The Peloton Bike Plus has 26 watts of total power, 2.2 channel front-facing stereo speakers and 2.2 rear-facing woofers.

Size 

The two bikes are about the same size and take up the same amount of space. The bikes have a 4- by 2-foot footprint and Peloton recommends you have at least 8-foot ceilings in the room where you use the bike. You'll also want about two feet of space around all four sides of the bike, according to Peloton. 

Display

Both bikes have touchscreens, with small differences in size. The Peloton Bike Plus screen comes in at 23.8 inches, while the original bike is 21.5 inches. Only the Bike Plus has the rotating feature. This could be a game-changer if you love doing Peloton workouts off the bike and want to simply swivel the screen to go lift weights in another area near the bike. The Bike Plus also has reduced-reflective and anti-smudge coating, which the original bike does not come with. 

Delivery

Both bikes have an estimated eight- to 10-week wait on delivery time, as of March 1. The delivery and assembly cost is not extra and is included with the bike price.

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