Peloton vs. SoulCycle Bike

by FitFormula Wellness on October 16, 2020
Peloton vs. SoulCycle Bike

We’ve tried The Peloton bike and the SoulCycle at home bike, so you don’t have to.  

Hey guys, it’s Katie with FitFormua Wellness. This post will compare the Peloton and SoulCycle bikes so you can decide which one is better for you. I will preface this by saying I have and always will be a committed SoulCycle fan. Ultimately, after having the Peloton bike for a year, I chose to get the SoulCycle bike and have been thrilled about my decision. I will also note before purchasing either bike, I had taken both SoulCycle and Peloton classes in person and always favored SoulCycle for a couple of reasons that we’ll cover here.

There are some distinct differences between the two bikes, and depending on your personality and what motivates you, you will find which bike suits you best! Ready? Let's do this!

Peloton Leaderboard

Peloton Bike

The Peloton bike has a leaderboard functionality that allows you to see how you are placing amongst the pack. If you are a competitive person, you will likely enjoy the peloton bike with the leader board function. If this motivates you, it could be a feature that makes you push yourself even harder. However, this wasn’t a feature that meant much to me. On the other hand, my boyfriend would ride the Peloton and always try to get as far up the leaderboard as possible. SoulCycle will not have a leaderboard function anytime soon, if ever since it is a feature owned by Peloton. In fact, Peloton went on to sue Flywheel for patent infringement over this one-of-a-kind feature. 

While SoulCycle does not and will likely not have a leaderboard functionality, it does have a beat match percentage, which you get at the end of the class. SoulCycle riders try to move to the beat of the music, and this beat percentage will let you know how you performed from that perspective. In a way, this tells you how well you did. The recent millennial flex has been to share your beat match on your social. 

After Ride Data Display

Peloton gets more granular with the data about your ride. It will tell you your resistance, output, and cadence. For people who like numbers as a metric for how they are doing, Peloton may be the better bike for you. Peloton even comes with a heart rate monitor and can share a host of stats about your ride. 

As I mentioned above, the only after ride data you get with the SoulCycle bike is the beat percentage. If you are a dancer, creative, or a yogi, you will likely really enjoy the SoulCycle bike. Classes are never dull, and most instructors include quite a bit of choreography.  

Choosing the best bike for you: Peloton or SoulCycle?

SoulCycle At Home Bike

Personally, the choreography, music, and yoga-like energy of the SoulCycle bike keep me more engaged than the Peloton classes (despite the leaderboard functionality). 

When I first received the Peloton bike, I kept looking for instructors that were more SoulCycle-esque. I tried a couple of recommended rides online, and none of them excited me the way a SoulCycle ride does.  

I even tried Emma Lovewell a few times, who used to teach at SoulCycle. In fact, my first ever SoulCycle ride was with her at the NOHO location. Yet still, none of the classes were nearly as engaging. I wanted to dance. I wanted to get lost in the music. I wanted to have a song where I shut my eyes and have an instructor shout niceties about pushing through pain and life, something I have only found with SoulCycle. Some of my favorite instructors are Ariel, Victoria, and Samantha J. You will feel like you are in a club listening to their playlists.  

I feel like I work harder, and I’m more motivated during the SoulCycle classes, but this comes down to personal preferences. Both the Peloton bike and the SoulCycle bike have great instructors; they just show up differently. If the leaderboard function is meaningful to you, then the Peloton is likely a better fit. If you’ve been a tried and true SoulCycle fan, then the Peloton bike may take some time to adjust. If you love the energy of SoulCycle, then the SoulCycle at home bike is a great choice. I also found that the SoulCycle bike rides smoother than the Peloton. Peloton has great scenic rides, which I ended up doing after I gave up finding an instructor I liked. If you asked me my favorite part of the Peloton bike, it would be the scenic rides.   

Both bikes come with access to floor workouts and things like yoga, which is a great addition, but I see no reason to make your purchases based on either’s floor workouts. Both systems are fairly comparable. I should also mention that both the SoulCycle bike and the Peloton bike have live classes where you can ride with your favorite instructors in real-time.

Both bikes also offer payment options now, so you don’t have to pay the total upfront on either the Peloton bike or the SoulCycle bike.

SoulCycle at home bike vs. Peloton

We hope this offered you some insight into the two bikes that are dominating the at-home cycling industry. 

To recap, if you want: 

  • One-of-a-kind leaderboard function 
  • Scenic rides
  • Granular data about your performance
  • Additional fitness classes led by the same Peloton instructors

Then the Peloton bike is for you.

If you:

  • Want the energy of an in-person SoulCycle Class
  • Want the choreography style classes that only SoulCycle offers
  • Don’t care about being competitive from a leaderboard standpoint
  • Prefer to have fun and lose yourself in your workout than getting granular about your performance
  • Additional fitness classes by a host of other instructors

Then the SoulCycle bike is best for you!

It really does come down to personal preference, and both bikes offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. So if you find that you aren’t vibing with the bike you purchased, you can always return it and get your money back. 

Stay healthy, #FitFam and don't forget your all-natural health and wellness supplements to make the most out of your workout!