Which is better: Peloton vs Echelon

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

Exercise is a vital aspect of work life integration, along with mental health. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen a lot of buzz around at-home workouts. One that will stay around even post-pandemic is interactive training, especially on these spin bikes. They both come with 30-day trials and full refunds so you might as well try it out while you are stuck at home. If you scroll to the bottom I have included some special offers for the Work Life Integration Community.

Peloton and Echelon Bike Comparison

Peloton vs Echelon Bike Comparison

A lot of people, including myself are wondering which bike is better. So, I saved you the trouble and tried them both out so you won't have to!


Both Peloton and Echelon have a few different options. Base pricing for the bike is as follows:

  • The Echelon EX-5S costs $1,639, plus a $39-per-month membership for classes.

  • A Peloton bike costs $2,245, plus a $39-per-month membership for classes.

They also offer financing options, but you do have to pre-qualify:

  • Echelon's starts at $65 per month for 36 months, which includes your annual membership fee.

  • Peloton's is $58 per month for 39 months and includes an annual membership fee.

Ordering and Delivery

Both of these bikes had a very easy ordering process. Delivery was another story. Peloton was an awesome delivery process. They called me the day before to let me know when they would be there, then in the morning they showed up and delivered my pre-built bike. That is the major difference. Echelon delivers it in a box - which is very heavy - and you need to put it together. Although directions were clear, for the most part, it took me about an hour to put it together. Echelon is better than Peloton when it comes to the delivery process.

The Bike

The bikes themselves are pretty similar but I prefer the Peloton Bike.

  • Echelon's bike Is 54" x 20"

  • Peloton's bike Is 48" x 24"

Peloton is known for their super sleek and quiet machine. It is small enough to fit pretty much anywhere. Peloton also has more variance on their resistance, compared to Echelon which operates with just 32 levels.

Classes & Touchscreen Display

Peloton's touch screen display is slightly larger at 22 inches, and is HD, vs the Echelon 21.5 inch touchscreen. The display is the major reason I would choose Peloton over Echelon. The Echelon display was very buggy, slow, and had constant updates that would prevent me from hopping right into a class. Peloton is a smooth experience. The instructors are fantastic. The leaderboard is great for my competitiveness. Hands down Peloton when it comes to classes and the touchscreen display. Their selection of classes is crazy both on and off the bike like yoga, stretching, and meditation.

30-Day Trial

You really don't have anything to lose by trying either, or both. Echelon and Peloton come with 30-day money back guarantees. So if you want to try it you don't have any risk. Although, with Echelon you are going to have to repackage the bike, which was a pain. Peloton drops it off and picks it up so I'd still recommend them, even just for the trial. They also both come with 12-month limited parts and labor warranty. You can use my code TNKR8K to take $100 off your order.

Final Recommendation: Peloton Bike

I would highly recommend Peloton. The main reasons being the delivery process, classes, and technology are lightyears above Echelon. The display and interactive training is far better with Peloton. Echelon doesn't come close to matching the experience. Bike and did not go with any of the upgrades. I bought these brackets so I did not have to get special Peloton Bike Shoes and could wear my normal shoes while I ride.

Save $100 on Your Peloton Bike Purchase

Ride Peloton with me! Get $100 off accessories when you buy the bike using my referral code: TNKR8K.

Save Even More on Your Echelon Bike Purchase

When I tried my referral link through Echelon, they actually offered a larger savings than Peloton. If you want to give them a try, here is a link for that.

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