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Home gyms just keep getting more and more futuristic. Between Peloton, Apple Watch, Hydrow, and all of the other smart home gym equipment out there, you can completely ditch your gym membership for a super high-tech home fitness space. We personally think a workout mirror is one of the best investments you could make if you decide to go this route—and after testing nearly 10 of them, we created this guide to the best workout mirrors.
Why You Should Trust Us
This guide is a joint effort between myself and Coop, master of home gyms. We both spent weeks with several of the best workout mirrors, testing them for production quality, versatility, workout experience, and so much more. Not only have we actually been hands-on with these products for extended periods of time, we’ve also spent more hours than anyone can count with other smart home gym equipment and traditional workout equipment, allowing us to form educated opinions about the value and effectiveness of these workout mirrors.
Best Workout Mirrors in 2021
- Best Workout Mirror for Lifting Weights: Tonal
- Best Workout Mirror for Personal Training: MIRROR
- Best Workout Mirror with Interactive Programming: NordicTrack Vault
- Best Workout Mirror for Studio Class Vibes: Tempo Studio
Best Workout Mirror for Lifting Weights: Tonal
Good for: People who want a smart fitness mirror that allows them to lift heavy weights.
My Favorite Things:
- Digital resistance up to 200 pounds
- Wall-mounted and takes up no floor space
- Artificial intelligence auto adjusts weights
- Expensive at about $3,000 before accessories or membership
- Not very versatile if you don’t buy accessories
- Not even a little bit portable
Tonal is the smart home gym for serious lifters. It’s actually not a real mirror—it doesn’t have a reflective screen like the others—but we still think it belongs on this list because it’s close enough (and it does something other fitness mirrors can’t do: allows you to lift up to 200 pounds).
The main selling point for Tonal is definitely the amount of resistance it offers. I don’t think Tonal can truly replace a barbell and weight plates, but I do think it can be an all-in-one solution for people who don’t do things like Olympic weightlifting or extreme powerlifting. Basically, if you’re the average fitness enthusiast who likes resistance training and wants smart gym equipment, Tonal is the way to go.
It has on-demand workouts as well as a live class schedule. The production is high-quality and the accessories, including the bench and workout mat, are comfortable and nice to use. In my opinion, the best thing about Tonal is how it continually assesses your strength and automatically adjusts the weight for you based on the movement, your strength assessment, and the number of reps and sets.
On Tonal, you can control everything directly from the touchscreen or from the app. I prefer to just use the screen as I find it more convenient. Workouts are categorized by type (e.g., strength training, cardio, etc.) as well as by duration, and fitness level. Tonal also has some great periodized programming, which sets it apart from other workout mirrors. Periodized programming is important for effectively reaching fitness goals, as it progressively challenges your body.
My only gripe with Tonal is that it’s kind of annoying to do full-body workouts. Because you have to adjust the arms every time you do a new movement, it adds a lot of time between sets. For this reason, I found myself doing only straight sets on Tonal instead of doing any supersets or circuit work.
Nonetheless, Coop and I both think Tonal is a fantastic strength training tool and deserves a spot in any high-tech home gym.
Read our full Tonal review.
Best Workout Mirror for Personal Training: MIRROR
The MIRROR is a nearly invisible smart home gym that installs in your wall or leans against it on a carbon frame stand. When not in use, the MIRROR serves as an aesthetic full-length mirror. In use, the MIRROR offers more than 50 different types of workouts, from strength training to yoga to cardio HIIT. Working out with the MIRROR is like going to a boutique fitness studio class. The instructors are high-energy, certified trainers. You don't need any equipment to use the MIRROR, but it helps to have some basics, like dumbbells and kettlebells.
Good for: People who want virtual personal training and classes in a small package.
My Favorite Things:
- Delivery and installation process was super easy, quick, and seamless
- Outstanding video and audio quality
- Two-way camera allows for real one-on-one personal training
- Lacks periodized fitness programming
- MIRROR is not a touchscreen and you have to control everything from the app
- Doesn’t come with strength training equipment
The MIRROR was the first interactive workout mirror to hit the market, hence the very appropriate name. It’s a smart home gym that doubles as a full-length mirror.
I personally am not into the studio-class energy during my workouts, but if you are, the MIRROR is a great pick for you. I definitely see the value in it for people who enjoy fitness studios and trying different types of classes. The classes are very high energy, whether they’re on-demand or live.
They’re also very community-driven. MIRROR has a library of over 50 types of workout categories, including strength training, yoga, cardio, HIIT, bootcamp, boxing, pre-/postnatal, flexibility, Pilates, barre, and more. Still, you’re limited if you don’t separately buy things like dumbbells and kettlebells.
The standout feature here is the one-on-one personal training. MIRROR has a two-way camera that allows you to directly engage with a certified personal trainer in your own living room. MIRROR personal training sessions cost an extra $40 per half-hour on top of the $39/month subscription. That’s actually really inexpensive for 1:1 personal training, and the fact that you don’t have to leave your house for it is amazing.
I have to give a nod to the production quality: It’s very clear that Mirror has invested a lot of money and effort into hiring not only energetic and educated trainers, but talented audio/visual professionals. You can make adjustments to trainer volume and music volume independently if you want, which I think is a fantastic feature. There are several music stations built in, and you can also connect Mirror to your Apple Music or Spotify account to stream the music you want to listen to.
As for delivery and setup, it’s a breeze. A professional team will come install the MIRROR on the wall of your choosing or set it up on the carbon steel stand. Everything will be up and running before they leave.
Read my full MIRROR review.
Best Workout Mirror with Interactive Programming: NordicTrack Vault
The NordicTrack Vault is an all-in-one smart home gym system with an HD touchscreen display cloaked by a 6-foot mirror. The Vault: Complete comes with six sets of dumbbells, two kettlebells, six resistance bands, yoga blocks, an exercise mat, and vertical storage for your fitness equipment. The Vault uses iFit programming to bring you immersive and interactive workouts, on-demand and live.
Good for: People who want an all-in-one smart home gym with immersive fitness classes.
My Favorite Things:
- Uses iFit programming
- Option to buy with or without equipment
- Pivoting reflective screen
- No personal training capabilities
- Touchscreen smudges easily
- Not many smart features
The NordicTrack Vault is a solidly-built workout mirror, but we wouldn’t exactly call it “smart” like the others. It’s not as high-tech, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to use. The Vault uses iFit, which is one of our favorite apps for interactive programming. Very few fitness streaming apps offer workouts as immersive as what you get with iFit.
So, while there aren’t any smart personal training capabilities or rep tracking, you can still get an effective and enjoyable workout with the Vault. This workout mirror comes with a suite of workout equipment, or you can choose the standalone version if you already have dumbbells, kettlebells, and other equipment. Both versions come with vertical storage that includes shelving and hangers to neatly organize your equipment.
As far as build goes, the Vault is impressive—a beast of a machine, if you will. It weighs 258 pounds without the accessories. The base is heavy, making it feel very stable, and you can bolt it to a wall for extra stability if you want. It has a beautiful reflective screen and nice, large speakers. The accessories sit solidly on the shelves without worry that they’ll cave or bend.
The equipment that comes with the Vault is very high quality: There’s great knurling on the dumbbells, and the kettlebells and bands feel nice in use. Coop thinks adjustable dumbbells are the way to go for systems like this, but I beg to differ. This just goes to show that there’s really no true best workout mirror: They all have their own qualities and characteristics that are good for some people, not for others.
Anyway, the bottom line for the Vault is, if you enjoy the type of immersive programming that iFit offers, the Vault is an awesome vessel to stream it.
Read my full NordicTrack Vault review.
Best Workout Mirror for Studio Class Vibes: Tempo Studio
Tempo Studio is the all-in-one smart home gym. Its sturdy A-frame aluminum design holds weight plates, loadable dumbbell handles, a barbell, foam roller, workout mat, and barbell collars. Tempo Studio has AI technology that uses 3D Time-of-Flight sensors to capture your movement patterns and provide form corrections, rep counting, weight recommendations, and stat tracking. When you're working out, the Tempo Studio acts as a virtual personal trainer to help you improve your exercise technique and reduce your risk of injury from exercise.
Good for: People who like to try many types of exercise and thrive on coaching feedback.
My Favorite Things:
- 3D motion-capture technology provides form corrections.
- Massive touch screen with great audio and video quality.
- Comes with free weights for resistance training.
- Basic package doesn’t come with sufficient weight for people who can lift really heavy.
- Very expensive when you add up the cost of accessories and extra weights.
- Touchscreen lags sometimes.
Tempo Studio is a freestanding workout mirror with an A-frame cabinet that houses your fitness equipment. The base Tempo package comes with a workout mat, two 7.5-pound dumbbell handles, four 10-pound weight plates, four 5-pound plates, four 2.5-pound plates, and four 1.25-pound plates. If you want to lift heavier weights, you’ll have to upgrade your package to one that includes the barbell and more weight plates, or buy extra weight plates separately.
I recommend Tempo to anyone who likes to do a lot of different types of home workouts and enjoys receiving feedback on their exercise technique. Tempo’s AI is especially helpful for beginners who may still need help developing safe exercise form.
As you work out, Tempo’s 3D motion sensors capture your movement to detect form deviations. If a deviation is detected, Tempo shows a cue on-screen to help you fix it. For example, if your heels raise up during squats, Tempo will remind you to keep your feet flat on the ground.
You’ll have to subscribe to the Tempo Fit app to access the workouts, just like with all of the other mirrors. When you do, you’ll get live and on-demand workouts that feel just like being in a fitness studio, complete with high-energy music, motivating instructors, and a leaderboard.
Read my full Tempo Studio review.
Other Workout Mirrors We Researched
In addition to our top four picks for smart workout mirrors, we have also tested and researched a few others. Here are our thoughts on the ones that didn’t make the top list.
Neither Coop nor I were impressed with the Echelon Reflect. For starters, Coop’s arrived in unusable condition with the screen smashed. So, as of this writing, he didn’t even get a chance to try it yet. But as Coop always says, delivery is the first impression when it comes to home gym equipment, and the Reflect did not make a good one.
My experience with the Reflect was better than Coop’s, but not ideal. It didn’t make a great first impression on me, either, because I didn’t realize when ordering that there was no installation assistance. That’s my fault—I should’ve paid more attention—but I was not enthused when I had to wall mount the 52-pound, 50-inch device myself.
Once I got the Reflect turned on, I was hoping for a redemption. I didn’t get the one I was hoping for. The content quality isn’t up to par with other options on the market (grainier visuals, wonky audio), yet it’s priced the same as the MIRROR. The workouts themselves are good. If you can get past the sometimes-frustrating production quality, you’ll enjoy the 2,000+ built-in workouts on the Reflect.
Echelon Reflect is a smart fitness mirror from Echelon Fitness. It has more than 2,000 workouts built in, which you can stream on the 50-inch class HD touchscreen. The mirrored display allows you to self-correct your exercise technique as you follow along with your fitness instructor. On the Reflect, you can do yoga, kickboxing, cardio, strength training, Pilates, bootcamp classes, and more.
I didn’t test the Proform Vue, but Coop did, and he wasn’t impressed. Similar to my thoughts on the Echelon Reflect, Coop feels the Proform Vue isn’t worth its price point. Again, at $1,500, you should consider choosing the MIRROR or even the base version of the NordicTrack Vault, which costs $1,999 for the device sans equipment and accessories.
Coop’s overall sentiment? Disappointed. While the aesthetics are great—the reflective screen looks nice and the design is sleek—the functionality lacks. The touchscreen can be buggy and slow to load. And honestly, the equipment it comes with isn’t high-quality either. In Coop’s opinion, a better value proposition would be to lower the price and just not include the equipment.
Unlike MIRROR, Tempo, and Tonal, there’s no white glove delivery. The assembly is pretty straightforward and simple, though, with the exception of the storage pegs of the back of the machine. Those are difficult to install as they have very small screws and awkward positioning.
Pretty much the only selling point of the Vue is that it uses iFit programming, but if you want iFit programming, you should go with the NordicTrack Vault, which has better hardware, video, and audio quality.
The Proform Vue is the smart workout mirror from Proform. It uses iFit programming to deliver immersive one-demand and live workout classes from strength training to cardio to yoga and more. A freestanding mirror with touchscreen, the Vue comes with loadable dumbbell handles and a loadable barbell with small weight plates. Equipment conveniently stores on the back of the Vue display.
Forme Studio Lift
We haven’t tested this fitness mirror, but we’re keeping our eye on it. It looks like a cross between Tonal and the MIRROR, with a mirrored screen and motorized arms for resistance training. From what we can tell, the Forme Studio Lift has a large workout library with on-demand classes and encompasses most of the latest tech: a 43-inch 4K display, two-way camera for 1:1 personal training, and independent motors for the resistance training arms.
It also comes with a good deal of equipment and accessories, including a non-slip exercise mat, cleaning supplies for the mirrored screen, a rope attachment, short bar, ankle straps, handles, and more. And it’s built with a storage cabinet to tuck away all of this equipment when not in use.
The price point throws us off a bit: It’s the most expensive workout mirror we’ve come across at $4,495. We can’t give a true recommendation for this workout mirror until we try it, but we thought it was worth including, and we will update this review when we do get our hands on it.
How We Picked and Tested
Coop and I spent a few weeks with each fitness mirror. We both tested the MIRROR, Tempo Studio, Tonal, and NordicTrack Vault. I tested the Echelon Reflect and he tested the Proform Vue.
Here’s the criteria we looked at for workout mirrors:
- Purchase price
- Monthly subscription fees
- Financing options
- Delivery and assembly
- Tech specs (WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, smart features, cameras, speakers)
- Audio and video quality
- Music options
- Types of workout classes
- Instruction (real-time feedback, form corrections, cues, weight recommendations, etc.)
- Workout experience
We kept all of these factors top-of-mind as we worked out with each fitness mirror, making sure to engage in the full breadth of features each offered, on the apps and the devices themselves. We completed workouts in several categories on each mirror, and for the ones that came with equipment, we made sure to use all of the items.
Are Workout Mirrors Worth It?
Workout mirrors are definitely here to stay, and I think they’re worth it for a select group of people: those who have a climate-controlled indoor space and want a lot of versatility in a relatively small package. And, of course, people who have the budget for one of these things.
What I definitely don’t want to do is make anyone feel like they need a fitness mirror or any other fancy, high-tech smart home gym equipment. There is literally nothing you can do on these mirrors that you can’t do with a good ol’ barbell, some weight plates, and a pair of dumbbells. If guided instruction or a training program is what you’re after, there are plenty of apps, such as Future, JuggernautAI, and NCFit to help with that.
That said, a smart fitness mirror can definitely be the right solution for someone who:
- Wants an indoor home gym
- Has enough space to house a fitness mirror (and wall space to install it, if applicable)
- Doesn’t mind paying a subscription fee for the workouts and coaching on top of the purchase price
- Tends to like boutique fitness studio vibes
- Doesn’t have an interest in powerlifting or Olympic weightlifting (most fitness mirrors aren’t very conducive to heavy lifting or advanced barbell training)
- Has the budget and wants a smart fitness mirror as an accessory to their other home gym equipment
I wouldn’t recommend a workout mirror to someone who:
- Wants to build their home gym outdoors or in a non-climate-controlled garage (this voids the warranty on smart workout mirrors)
- Is interested in training for powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, or CrossFit
- Doesn’t want to pay a monthly membership fee
How to Choose the Best Workout Mirror for Your Home Gym
Choosing a workout mirror is no small decision. They aren’t exactly budget-friendly pieces of equipment, so it’s a good idea to really dig into your priorities and what you want and need out of a smart fitness mirror. Here are some factors we suggest considering before you purchase.
Definitely set your budget first. Workout mirrors are priced around $1,500 on the low end and upward of $3,000 on the high end. Don’t forget to factor in monthly subscription prices, too, since all of these devices require a membership to operate. If you plan on financing, make sure to check interest rates.
Space and Installation
Make sure you have enough floor space and wall space for the workout mirror you want. Some, like Tonal, require a good bit of empty wall space. Others, such as Tempo Studio, don’t require wall installation but do require ample floor space to work properly.
Type of Workouts
All of our top picks for workout mirrors have many workout categories. It’s standard that these devices come equipped with strength training, cardio, interval training, and some sort of wellness classes, such as yoga, Pilates, or flexibility training.
Personal Training and Fitness Programming Options
All workout mirrors have some element of instruction, but if you want true one-on-one personal training, you’re limited to the MIRROR or Forme Studio Lift. Tempo Studio and Tonal use artificial intelligence to provide exercise corrections and suggestions, while the NordicTrack Vault and Proform Vue utilize interactive programming.
Check whether the device you want has live classes, on-demand classes, periodized programming, or challenges to keep you motivated. It’s essential to choose a fitness mirror that offers the type of programming you enjoy, otherwise you’ll have a very expensive hunk of metal sitting in your home.
Obviously, the more equipment you have, the more movements you can do. Some workout mirrors come with dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, yoga mat, heart rate monitor, recovery rollers, yoga blocks, and more, while others have the option to add on accessories and equipment. If you already have gym equipment, you can just use what you have to complement your experience with a workout mirror.
FAQs About Workout Mirrors
What is a workout mirror?
A workout mirror is a type of smart home gym equipment that uses a mirrored screen to display live and on-demand workout classes.
How much does a workout mirror cost?
Workout mirrors range in price from about $1,500 to more than $3,000. They also require monthly memberships to work, ranging from about $20 per month to more than $50 per month.
Are workout mirrors like personal trainers?
Workout mirrors serve less as personal trainers and more as group fitness instructors. For the most part, you’ll be following along with a certified fitness trainer in a way that mimics group fitness classes. Some workout mirrors, such as Tempo Studio, utilize smart technology that provides technique feedback to help you improve your form. The MIRROR is the only workout mirror with true personal training capabilities.
Can a workout mirror see you?
No, workout mirrors can’t see you, unless you enable a two-way camera. The MIRROR is the only smart fitness mirror with a two-way camera for personal training capabilities, and you can always turn it off or cover it.
What kind of workouts can you do with a fitness mirror?
Fitness mirrors have workouts spanning a large range of workout categories. Most include strength, cardio, yoga, mobility, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and bootcamp-style classes.
Do workout mirrors have to be installed on your wall?
Some workout mirrors require wall installation, such as Tonal, while others have the option to use a floor stand.
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