Best Fitness Mirrors
Welcome to the brave new world of workout tech. Tired of watching YouTube workouts on your smart TV or iPad? Looking to enhance your home gym workout experience with better tracking, improved metrics, or increased personal guidance in your workout journey? Enter the fitness mirror. These units deliver on all the things that a simple video cannot through 3D sensors and other advancements. Hiding a high definition screen behind a tall (typically 6-foot) mirror. These units stream live and/or on-demand workout sessions, often tracking your heart rate as well as your reps and form in the process.
Between the fact that not everyone can afford a fancy fitness studio or personal trainer, and also that many gyms/personal trainers are not in operation while the pandemic rages on, these fitness mirrors arrive as a price-conscious substitute. Yes, the initial cash outlay to get started can be steep, but in the long run those costs are drastically offset by what you would be spending on workout classes and/or personal training sessions every month. Let’s take a look at the best workout mirrors on the market today.
Best Fitness Mirrors
Strength, Yoga, Recovery, Mobility, Stretching, And Hiit
72.65” H X 24.25” W X 14” D
Strength, Meditation , Pilates, Core, Boxing, Cardio, Yoga, Tone, And Stretching
47.75" H X 24" W X 2"d
Strength, Cardio, Recovery, Hiit, And Mobility
72" H X 26" W X 16" D
Why Buy a Fitness Mirror?
High-tech smart home gyms are all the rage, especially with so much hype through trusted brands and products like Peloton and Proform Vue. However, fitness mirrors aren’t for everyone, but they are a welcome addition to the fitness category nonetheless. If you’re considering purchasing one, we suggest you take a moment to review the breakdown below.
A fitness mirror might be for you if:
- You live in an apartment or smaller home that doesn’t have room for a treadmill or exercise bike.
- Your fitness goals including improving strength and tone, as well as weight loss, mobility, etc.
- You get bored when doing the same thing over and over again when working out.
- You aren’t always super motivated to work out, and like the fitness classes and real-time feedback.
- You like being able to track your progress and see your overall health improve.
- You want to improve your recovery/stretching plan, but don’t know where to start.
A smart fitness mirror, both individually and collectively works towards all of the targets above, and then some, and as you can see from this guide, each full-length mirror has its own benefits and quirks. Which one is right for you will really come down to goals and interests above all else.
What to Know When Shopping for a Fitness Mirror
The fitness mirror is one of the newest pieces of equipment designed to level-up your home gym and introduce expansive opportunities to stay in shape without ever leaving the house. In fact, it wasn’t until 2018 that the first product hit the market. Due to the newness, most people don’t really know what to look for when shopping, so let’s take a look at key buying points to look out for.
Know Your Space
If you have limited space, understanding the setup of the mirror you have in mind is important. Not all can be mounted on the wall. If you choose a freestanding mirror, it will take up more space. Either way, fitness mirrors take up minimal space, but, especially if you live in a very small space, every square inch counts.
HD Touchscreen or Compatible App
There are two ways in which you can interact with most fitness mirrors. Some are equipped with a touchscreen display, but others require the use of an app that will need to be downloaded through your smart device. If convenience and ease in operation are important buying points, you might want to consider a product with a touchscreen.
Classes and Training
This is where manufacturers can really set themselves apart. They all offer their own mix of guidance, classes, and feedback to help you take your fitness goals to new and exciting levels. From Pilates and bootcamp to barre, weightlifting, and more, the options are exponential. To narrow it down, a few special features to look for include:
- Live classes that allow interaction
- Personal training sessions
- Real-time feedback
Aside from the mirror itself, many manufacturers include additional gear to help you expand beyond cardio and explore other areas of functional fitness. From strength training and balance to proprioception, flexibility, and more, you can really complete the package when provided the right equipment.
Barbell, Dumbbells, Squat Racks, Resistance Bands and Weight Plates– Resistance training helps build muscle. Even if you aren’t interested in bulking, it’s important to keep in mind muscle burns more calories than fat, so, the more you keep your strength up, the easier it will be to keep fat stores at bay. Depending on which fitness mirror you choose, there are plenty of workout classes available to help you make the most of your strength regimen.
Foam Rollers- Self myofascial release is an effective preparation that can help you increase the effectiveness of every workout. Not only can it increase range of motion, but it also reduces recovery time. The inclusion of a foam roller can help increase efficiency.
Yoga Mat and Yoga Blocks– The better your balance and flexibility, the better foundation you’ll establish to improve your strength and cardio workouts.
Heart Rate Monitor– Heart rate training is an effective way to lose weight, improve performance, and compete with yourself and/or others. It can also be critical if you suffer from medical conditions that limit your capabilities when working out. Mirrors that include a heart rate monitor can more effectively customize your workouts and provide highly-targeted stats to help you meet specific goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to learn what you need to know as you’re shopping for a fitness mirror, keep reading. For now, let’s dive into our top picks among the best products on the market.
1. NordicTrack Vault
The complete, iFit connected home gym, NordicTrack’s Vault features demand classes to keep exercise fun and engaging. It’s is currently the newest competitor in the fitness mirror space, taking position as both one of the most comprehensive ones, as well as being the most expensive on this list. Available in either Standalone of Complete configurations, the vault can be had as an empty storage unit that can be filled with your own workout gear, or as a complete kit that includes weights, resistance bands, yoga blocks, and other goodies. It’s nice to see an established pillar brand in the category get into the mix, as some consumers still remain weary of the longevity of some of the other startups in the category.
One of the original stumbling blocks of the Vault last year came down to pricing for the fully loaded unit, but that has been handily addressed with a 2022 reduction at $1,999. Meanwhile, the Vault Standalone is priced at $1,499. When compared to other comparable equipment it’s a solid price and the question really comes down to whether or not one wants a mirror-style workout.Read the Full NordicTrack Vault Review
2. Echelon Reflect
The Echelon Reflect arrived as an earlier entrant to the space, which comes as little surprise considering how focused the brand is on the interactive training space. Offered in two sizes (the 50″ screen, and a smaller 40″ variant), this unit can either be wall-mounted or left freestanding on its rolling base. If space is a point of concern, this is a solid option, as it isn’t really any bigger than a typical flatscreen TV (hung in portrait format rather than landscape).
In terms of programming, the offerings are extensive. All told, 9 categories of workouts are on offer, including strength, meditation , Pilates, core, boxing, cardio, yoga, tone, and stretching. Its classes are available both live and on-demand, with the catalog growing on a regular basis.Read the Full Echelon Reflect Review
3. Tempo Studio
One of our favorite upstarts in the category, Tempo Studio is the affordable freestanding competitor to the NordicTrack Vault. It comes with a barbell, dumbbells, a heart rate monitor, and all the gear you could possibly need while tracking your movement to make sure you’re lifting safely and correctly. You can also add accessories like weight plates, a yoga mat, or a squat rack for more variety. Strength, cardio, recovery, HIIT, and mobility are all covered. Though it doesn’t hit as many categories as some of the other units in this list, the ones that it does, it does quite well. Between the value proposition and the precise guidance, it’s a great option for those who are just getting started on their fitness journey or live in small space and need to use their floor space more efficiently.Read the Full Tempo Studio Review
Based on what we’ve seen so far, the simplest name is the starter of the category. Meet Mirror from Lululemon, the first ever fitness mirror (as far as we know), and the fuel behind this growing segment of the industry. Similarly to the Echelon Reflect, Mirror can be wall-mounted or left freestanding, with the intention of it blending into the background as just another fixture in your house. Where Mirror continues to set itself apart is in workout diversity. According to the brand, they’re up to over 50+ workout types, covering everything from the usual strength and stretching, to pre/postnatal exercise, boxing, tai chi, ballet, barre, and plenty more. Being in the category longer means a bigger library, and Mirror promises thousands of on-demand workout classes, with new live classes taking place weekly. As an odd aside, the Mirror is the only unit in this list that is not a HD touchscreen, but rather is run by its partner app using Bluetooth on your Apple or Android phone or tablet. They’ve recently added free weights to the package. Whether a set of 5-pound dumbbells or 30 pounds suits your needs, you get a broad array of choices.Read the Full Mirror Review
Our last entrant in the pack is a bit of an odd duck in the fact that it combines the fitness mirror concept with a magnetic resistance cable rig. Though its focus is clearly on strength training overall, streaming sessions for recovery, stretching, HIIT, and others are also available. It’s the most expensive unit of the pack, coming in at just shy of $3k for the base unit, and another $495 for the bench, handles, bar, foam roller, and workout mat. Again, a bit of a jab considering you really need these items to use Tonal effectively, but it’s still quite the clever piece of kit. Tonal also carries a higher membership cost than any of its competitors, though it can be used without a membership for basic types of workouts . The unit will still count reps and let you do any exercises/adjust resistance like a normal cable rig would.Read the Full Tonal Review