When it comes to getting in shape at home, there are so many more options these days. Along with the usual treadmills, exercise bikes and ellipticals — there are also smart fitness mirrors. And as smart fitness routines take over, exercise mirrors are becoming more commonplace. With a smart fitness mirror, you can enjoy the benefits of a whole gym in your home without sacrificing a ton of space. Most exercise mirrors are either freestanding or wall-mounted and look like standard vertical mirrors.
Smart fitness mirrors have their own unique features, which can include rep counting, correcting your form or connecting you with a personal trainer. Although there aren’t many on the market, smart mirrors have grown in popularity as more people have adapted to mirror workouts.
These pieces of equipment don’t come cheap, so it’s helpful to know what a smart fitness mirror can offer you that a gym can’t. We tested various popular smart mirrors at home and in CNET’s testing lab to determine which are the best based on the installation process, classes and unique functions, as well as practicality. Check out our top picks for mirror workout options below.
Other smart mirrors we tested
Fiture Mini: The Fiture Mini was our recommended pick for people with limited space. But it’s no longer available for purchase in the US. I was able to test it in my home, and I liked that it didn’t require a lot of space for a workout. What made it unique was that it featured Motion Engine technology, which uses gesture controls, provides coaching cues, counts reps, and guides your pace and form during class.
Echelon Reflect: Compared with the other smart mirrors tested, the Echelon Reflect had a low-quality screen resolution and the instructor screen appeared smaller than the rest. You have the option to mount it to a wall or to a stand and we opted for a stand, but it felt flimsy when operated since it’s a touchscreen. We also had issues connecting the app to the mirror and we could not control the volume separately from the instructor and the music, so the music always muffled the instructor’s directions. We also found it lacked in class selections compared to its competition.
How we test smart mirrors
The setup: We looked at the ease or difficulty of the delivery and installation process and how the equipment looks in the testing space.
The experience: We took into account the user experience and how easy it is to operate and navigate the smart fitness mirror during class and while browsing the exercise library. We also looked at features that made the user experience easier or better. For example, having volume control over the music and the instructor speaking.
The app: We looked at how easy it was to connect the app to the smart fitness mirror and if it was easy to navigate and mirrored the device itself.
The workouts: Compared to a gym membership, we evaluated the class and program selection the smart fitness mirrors offered and if there were options to personalize the workout even further, such as tracking, personal training or individualized programs.
The music: We took into account whether or not the smart fitness mirror lets you access a third-party music app like Spotify or if you’re expected to use a built-in music program.
The content quality: We observed how the screen resolution appeared and how sophisticated the workout content felt, as well as the sound, smoothness and overall quality of the software.
Factors to consider
- Set aside a realistic budget for a smart fitness mirror, because they don’t come cheap. You could easily spend upwards of $1,000 on one of these devices.
- Determine whether you have the appropriate space for a smart fitness mirror. Besides a place for the mirror, you should have plenty of room to move on the floor.
- Find out if you will need additional equipment to use the smart fitness mirror or if it’s included.
- Decide what features are important to you for a smart fitness mirror to have. Some offer personal training as well as group fitness classes that are updated regularly.
- Decide if you prefer a smart fitness mirror with a touchscreen or to monitor it through an app or by hand gestures. Some mirrors give you multiple options.
- If you want to use the smart fitness mirror on-the-go, make sure it has a compatible app which you can use while traveling.
- If your whole family plans on using the smart fitness mirror, make sure you can create enough user profiles for them.
What to look for when shopping for a smart fitness mirror
- Decide if you want a mountable or free standing mirror and if the manufacturer offers both options.
- Verify that white glove delivery and assembly are included with your order.
- Consider the library of workouts and how personalized you can make your experience.
- If privacy is a concern, confirm that camera covers come with the mirror for when it’s not in use.
- Make sure you know how to clean your smart fitness mirror. Most will include instructions on how to maintain it at home.
- Make sure you understand the company’s warranty policy and know what they’re willing to cover if your smart mirror were to break or malfunction.
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