Review: The Sunny Health magnetic mini exercise bike is a low-cost way to get exercise while you are seated.
For the price, it pedals pretty smoothly and this unit is heavier than most so that helps, but does not prevent, the mini cycle from slipping.
8 levels of magnetic resistance.
Smooth pedaling action, unlike some cheaper models.
Only works with taller desks.
Best pedal exerciser for small spaces.
Cubii Jr. Seated Under Desk Elliptical
Review: The main difference Between Cubii Jr and Cubii Pro, besides price, is that the Cubii Jr is cable-free and does not need to be plugged it.
This also means it does not have the Bluetooth connect ability that the Pro has. Some see this as a benefit, while others want to connect to the Cubii app and their fellow Cubii riders using the Bluetooth capability of the Pro.
If you do NOT need to be connected via Bluetooth and want a peddler that does not need to be plugged in, The Cubii JR is for you.
Does not need to be plugged in.
Significantly less expensive than Cubii pro.
Low profile, designed specifically for under your desk.
No Bluetooth capability.
When considering the price vs value and quality, this is my choice for best under desk elliptical for 2020.
Review: This Exerpeutic 900 mini cycle under desk bike is designed for desk use. In fact, it comes with a chair hook that you can just hook the wheel of your office chair on and it’s so easy to remove too, way easier than other bikes anchors.
This mini exerciser is Bluetooth enabled so it hooks up to your favorite exercise tracker apps, and it has 14 levels of resistance – that’s 6 more than most others out there.
Bluetooth allows you to connect to your favorite workout apps.
Solid metal chair hook allows you to hook a chair wheel on and off quickly.
14 levels of resistance from super easy to very intense.
A little more expensive than others, but worth it!
Can provide a serious workout from the comfort of your office – best mini exercise bike for work.
Review: The makers of the DeskCycle heard your wish to have an under desk elliptical machine and created the quality DeskCycle Ellipse.
This under desk elliptical trainer sets itself apart from others by offering smooth magnetic resistance, a quiet and glitch-free gliding movement, and 8 levels of magnetic resistance that actually give you a decent workout if you have the setting high enough.
Connects to Fitbit, iPhone and other popular fitness apps.
The removable display can be placed on your desk.
Fits under lower desks – low profile elliptical trainer.
Casing on the carry handle is not very sturdy.
Super quiet operation and low profile – the best under desk elliptical out there.
Review: This mini under desk elliptical trainer by Exerpeutic is the best quality you can get.
It is perfect for use under a desk in an office environment. It is very quiet so it will not disturb you or your coworkers.
It has a chair hook that makes it incredibly easy to anchor and un-anchor when needed. This solid anchor allows the unit to offer 14 adjustable levels of resistance so you can get a serious workout, without the machine slipping.
The smooth gliding action gives you a decent, low impact workout.
Metal chair hook allows you to anchor and un-anchor in seconds.
14 levels of resistance, the highest of any under desk elliptical.
Bluetooth connected so you can track your stats online or in your favorite fitness app.
A little pricy, but worth it.
The highest resistance, most stable, “get a real workout”, elliptical trainer available today.
Accessible – The size and quiet operation mean just about anyone can have one. You don’t need to get approval from the boss, they are quiet and won’t bug your co-workers, and most are small enough to fit under a desk.
Time Advantage – you won’t need to get to the gym before or after work, you can make work time gym time. How cool is that?!?! You will have more time for yourself after work.
Standard equipment can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. These mini machines range from about 50 to 200 dollars, with most closer to 100 dollars.
Under Desk Elliptical Machines & Mini Exercise Bike FAQs
How do I Keep My Under Desk Cycle From Moving or Sliding?
Many exercise bikes feature a Velcro strap to anchor the bike to your chair so it will not slide around as you pedal.
My favorite anti-slide solution comes from this Exerpeutic cycle which has a metal hook you simply hook your desk chair over. It is so easy to hook and unhook, it makes it the most convenient solution.
Another technique is to correct your pedaling form. If you sit so your legs put downward pressure on the pedals, and you start out slow, this will help prevent slipping.
Do Desk Bikes Burn Calories?
Pedaling and gliding are movements with resistance, so it will burn more calories than simply sitting alone.
The amount of calories burned really depends on three factors:
the resistance you set the bike to
the amount of time you spend using the machine
Like all exercise equipment, the cycle rewards you based on the effort you put into it.
Is a Mini Exercise Bike Good for Losing Weight?
Yes, there are many accounts of people who have used these mini cycle consistently and got good weight loss results.
Again, it depends on you, your commitment and how you use the exerciser.
The resistance, your speed and how long and often you use the mini cycle determines how good a tool it is for your weight loss.
How to Use Mini Exercise Bike?
Pedal downward to keep the bike from slipping.
Start out slow so your muscles get used to the motion. Keep your first workout short and see how your body responds.
Train yourself to keep your upper body still as you pedal. This way you can cycle and focus on your work at the same time.
Sit up straight and make sure your back is supported, using the back of the chair or a lumbar cushion like this. (link to Amazon.com)
Which is better, a Mini Elliptical or an Under Desk Cycle?
Both are good options. Both will give you a workout. Both are low impact.
I think the one advantage an elliptical has is it is slightly easier to use.
There are no straps to get your feet in and it is easier to keep your feet in place. A cycle has its advantages too, they tend to have higher resistance and they slip less.
If neither of these options appeals to you, or you want a standing option, you might look into a mini stepper.