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What do you think of when you think of a home gym? Is it an all-in-one functional trainer, a fully loaded setup with barbells and squat racks, or a high-tech virtual setup with 50+ workout categories?
The latter is a growing class of home fitness equipment that includes the MIRROR, a sleek piece of glass that doubles as a virtual fitness studio. In our MIRROR review, I cover everything you need to know about this popular workout mirror. By the end, you’ll know if it’s a smart investment for your fitness or not.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our team has spent hands-on time with almost every workout mirror product: the MIRROR, Tempo Studio, Tonal, NordicTrack Vault, and Echelon Reflect. We’ve experienced first-hand what makes each of these products so special (or not so special), and understand who may benefit the most from each different fitness 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.
A Quick Look at the MIRROR
The MIRROR was the first futuristic workout mirror to launch—hence why the company was able to score the simple and pointed name. When the MIRROR launched in 2018, it forever altered the landscape of home gym equipment. It was the first such product to pack so much versatility into one sleek design, and it accelerated the inevitable but slow-moving marriage of fitness and technology.
- This workout mirror is awesome if you love boutique fitness studio vibes and high-energy classes. If that’s not you, I encourage you to look into other options.
- You don’t have to install the MIRROR on your walls, but the installation team will strongly encourage it. If you don’t want holes drilled, ask for the stand mount option.
- Don’t forget that the surface price tag isn’t the total cost. MIRROR runs on a monthly membership, which costs extra on top of the purchase price.
My Favorite Things:
- Delivery and installation process was super easy, quick, and seamless
- Visual and audio quality are absolutely outstanding
- Looks great in any room, blends in like any normal mirror when not in use
- Has a massive workout library spanning more than 50 genres
- Two-way camera allows for real one-on-one personal training
- Lacks in the programming department; grouped-together workouts seem somewhat haphazard
- Despite its futuristic design, MIRROR is not a touchscreen.
- It can feel weird to know there’s a two-way camera when you’re doing live workouts (even though the instructors aren’t zeroing in on anyone). I always slid the camera cover over it.
Is the MIRROR Worth It?
As with all home gym equipment, whether or not a specific piece is worth it to you depends entirely on your goals, desires, and preferences. I think, for a particular group of people, the MIRROR is absolutely worth it.
The person who gets the most out of the MIRROR will love the boutique studio vibes and fast-paced class workouts; enjoy motivation from energetic instructors; appreciate that most of the workouts can be completed in less than an hour; and value the fact that the MIRROR offers dozens of types of workouts so there’s always something new to try.
- People who love participating in high-energy group fitness classes
- Anyone who wants a workout mirror with true personal training capabilities
- People who like to try new workouts and want a ton of on-demand options
- Someone who wants a versatile piece of equipment that takes up virtually no space
Not recommended for:
- People who want to lift heavy weights
- Anyone looking for on-demand periodized fitness programming to advance toward a specific goal
- Home gym owners who plan to build out an extensive space with tons of equipment (kind of defeats the purpose of the MIRROR)
Using the MIRROR
Point blank: I’m not the target persona for the MIRROR. I much prefer to load up a barbell in my backyard gym and throw down free weights to some loud music, working up a sweat under the sun. I’ve never liked going to studio classes or watching on-demand workouts. That said, I was pleasantly surprised with my MIRROR experience.
I went into this experience fully understanding that I may not like the workout content on the MIRROR—but also knowing that my preferences aren’t the same as everyone else’s. I’m so glad I gave it a shot, because it was actually pretty fun. And if it was fun for me, I can confidently say it would be nothing short of perfect for someone who is actually the intended buyer.
Types of Workouts
On the MIRROR, you can access hundreds of home workouts. The workout library is chock-full of pre-recorded, on-demand classes, and you can stream live classes most hours of the day.
The main workout categories in the MIRROR app are:
- Pre- and postnatal
- Strength training
- Tai chi
Once you select the type of workout you want to do, you can filter further in a few different ways. You can choose to filter by:
- Muscle group focus
- Specific instructor
- Intensity or difficulty level
- Type of class (e.g., for yoga, you can choose from vinyasa, restorative, arm balances, etc.)
I was pleasantly surprised to find the MIRROR workout classes as difficult as I did. As someone who’s been lifting weights for 10-ish years and running half marathons once a year, I didn’t expect to find myself so winded or sore, even when choosing the advanced workouts.
The strength training classes were mostly a different style than I’m used to (more circuits than straight sets), and I was able to try new things like dance cardio, which was absolutely embarrassing and something I’d never do outside of my own home. So shoutout to MIRROR for allowing me to comfortably confirm that rhythmic HIIT is not my thing.
While the workout classes are fun, I’d like to see some improvements to the program options. MIRROR does have fitness programs, but they’re not really programs. They’re more like similar classes lumped together for the sake of something to follow. It’d be awesome to see MIRROR enlist some personal trainers to write periodized programs for specific goals.
I didn’t use the personal training feature when I tested the MIRROR. I think it’s pretty cool that you can essentially have a certified trainer in your living room… but not actually there. It feels very visionary, albeit a little strange.
This is where it becomes handy to see your own reflection. Your personal trainer can see you, give you cues in real-time, and you can watch your form in the MIRROR to correct any technique flaws.
Personal training sessions cost extra on top of the monthly subscription price for the app, but would be worth it to someone who wants or needs more guidance than what you can get through the classes.
During live workouts, you can see how many people are streaming the class with you. Username bubbles float across the bottom of the screen, and it can feel really motivating to know you’re “in class” with 200 other people.
I’m not sure how exactly the two-way camera works, but I know instructors can see something—I’m envisioning a massive screen with tons of little squares of participants, like a mass Zoom meeting—because they give shout-outs during class and say specific names. It’s honestly kind of weird, and I didn’t like it, so I turned my camera off. But I guess I can see how some people would love getting a virtual shoutout from their instructor.
After MIRROR classes (on-demand or live), you can snap a selfie within the app on your phone and share it to the leaderboard for that class. It’s a fun way to see other people you virtually worked out with.
The MIRROR does not come with any traditional gym equipment, such as dumbbells or kettlebells. If you plan to do strength training workouts, I recommend buying a few items if you have the space. You can also filter by equipment to find workouts that use what you already have. While there are plenty of bodyweight workouts on the MIRROR, you’ll definitely be selling yourself short without any other fitness equipment.
You can buy some MIRROR-branded accessories, including mini resistance bands and a heart rate monitor. The heart rate monitor is recommended since it syncs to the MIRROR and allows you to more accurately track things like your calorie burn. (Although, if you have an Apple Watch or other fitness tracker, you can just use that.)
Since Lululemon acquired MIRROR in 2020, there are also some Lululemon items in the shop, such as yoga blocks, yoga mats, and yoga towels. None of these are necessary for a good experience with the MIRROR, but at minimum, a mat would make floor exercises more comfortable.
Audio and Visual
I was blown away by the audio and visual quality of the workout content on the MIRROR. The picture is crystal clear and the audio is sharp. One of my favorite features: You can independently adjust the music volume and the trainer volume. For example, if you’re having trouble hearing the trainer but don’t want to turn the music up, you can turn up the volume for just the trainer’s voice.
The MIRROR requires a subscription to function. When you purchase your MIRROR, you’ll be prompted to sign up for the app membership, where all of the fitness content lives. The subscription costs $39 per month, but still cheaper than a traditional gym membership at most places. Even if you finance the device itself, you’re looking at less than $70 per month until you pay it off.
You must use the iOS or Android companion app to select and start workouts; since the MIRROR is not a touch-screen, there’s no option for on-screen navigation. I found this annoying because it just seems like the MIRROR should be a touch-screen, so I kept accidentally touching and smudging it. It’s really not the end of the world, but it is a slight annoyance I feel is worth pointing out.
The MIRROR connects to WiFi and has Bluetooth connectivity to communicate with devices such as Bluetooth heart rate monitors and fitness trackers. You can also connect your Spotify or Apple Music account to the MIRROR if you want to listen to your own playlist instead of the built-in music stations.
I honestly thought the MIRROR was going to have many more smart features than it does. It doesn’t have smart training capabilities like Tonal, which can adjust your weights for you, or Tempo, which can provide technique feedback in real time. Sure, the workouts are interactive and you can sign up for personal training thanks to the two-way camera. But if you think about it, the Mirror is really just a giant fitness app on your wall.
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One particular feature I love about the MIRROR is that you can toggle everything you see on-screen. If you don’t want to see the little community bubbles with other people’s usernames, you can toggle that off. You can also remove stats like calorie burn and heart rate.
Ordering, Delivery, and Assembly
One of the very best things about the MIRROR is the delivery and assembly experience. I do not like assembling fitness equipment. And I thoroughly enjoyed the MIRROR assembly process because I didn’t lay a finger on the product.
MIRROR offers a white glove delivery service, and it’s worth every penny of the $250 cost. Sometimes, MIRROR runs promotions wherein delivery and assembly are free, so keep an eye out for that.
My MIRROR was delivered by XPO. The delivery team called me a couple of weeks prior to the scheduled delivery date with an estimated timeframe. You may continue to get periodic update phone calls leading up to the delivery date. On the day of, you’ll get a courtesy call 30 minutes before delivery to make sure you’re home.
Once the delivery team arrives, you show them where you want it installed, and they set everything up for you. They even help with the WiFi connection and make sure the device is on, connected, and working before they leave.
The package comes with a cleaning solution and cleaning cloth for maintenance.
Footprint and Portability
The MIRROR is not very big. It’s less than 2 feet wide and only 1.4 inches in depth. It’s 52 inches tall, but it’ll end up sitting higher than that once you mount it.
You can choose to mount the MIRROR to your wall, or you can choose to mount it on a stand with an optional wall anchor. I chose the stand because I didn’t want any more holes drilled in my walls and I wanted the option to move the MIRROR if I needed to.
If you choose the stand, you simply lean the MIRROR against the wall. I chose not to use the security bracket because, like I said, I didn’t want any holes drilled. Regardless, the device is 100% sturdy and, at 70 pounds, it won’t budge unless you actually pick it up or forcefully push it.
This thing is very sturdy and pretty heavy, weighing in at about 70 pounds. Because of the nature of the device—tall and skinny—it’s awkward to move alone. I’ve moved it from room to room by myself, but it would’ve been much easier and less nerve-wracking with some help.
When you’re not using it, the MIRROR doubles as a stunning full-length mirror. The mirrored glass itself is insanely clear; I genuinely don’t think I’ve ever seen glass so translucent. It looks great in any room, too. No one would guess you had an entire home gym in your family room if they didn’t already know what it was.
Construction and Durability
The glass seems extremely high quality, as does the steel frame. According to the product specs, the MIRROR frame is constructed of carbon steel with a powder coat. I have no concerns about the durability of the frame.
The screen, of course, is glass. So there’s some inherent risk there, especially if you have young children or spastic pets at home. It’s probably a good idea to keep your MIRROR some place where it can’t accidentally be smashed with a ball or scratched by paws and claws.
To clean the glass, use the spray bottle of cleaner and cloth that the MIRROR came with. When you run out of cleaner, you can either buy more from the MIRROR website or just use regular glass cleaner.
|Dimensions||52.6″ H, 21.1″ W, 1.7″ D|
|Display||40” full HD 1080p|
|Speakers||2 x 10 watt high-fidelity stereo speakers|
|Microphone||Embedded omnidirectional microphone|
|Camera||5 megapixel front-facing camera|
|Power||6 ft right angle UL certified cables|
|Internet||Dual-band 802.11 A/B/G/N Wi-Fi|
|Heart Rate||Syncs with Bluetooth™ heart rate monitors, Apple Watches, and Android Wear OS Watches|
MIRROR definitely takes care of its customers. Not only does the white glove delivery and installation service make it quick and easy to start using your MIRROR, but you also get to enjoy a 30-day risk free home trial.
You can use all of the features of the MIRROR, including live classes, for a full month to decide if you like it. If you decide to return it, the company will pick it up for free and give you a full refund.
If you decide to keep the MIRROR, you get a limited one-year warranty that covers it against manufacturer defects.
For any questions or concerns about the MIRROR, you can contact the company through online chat, email, or phone.
Reviews of the MIRROR are generally glowing. It has 4.9/5 stars on the MIRROR website and many of the reviews mention how the MIRROR finally got the buyer to start exercising regularly and actually enjoy it. That’s a huge win in my book!
There are no reviews on Amazon or other places, since the MIRROR is only sold directly through the MIRROR website, but check out the Facebook page if you want more proof that a lot of people love this thing.
Final Verdict of Our MIRROR Review
From bootcamp to boxing, the MIRROR has a little bit of everything. It provides a fun and immersive experience with a nice community element. But to be upfront, if you aren’t part of MIRROR’s target market, you won’t like it no matter how luxurious the experience is.
- Workout videos are high-quality and overall content quality is phenomenal
- Lacking in intentional fitness programming like you get with other workout mirrors, such as Tonal
- Not well-suited for people who don’t like group fitness classes
- Not the most portable smart home gym, but movable in-home if you choose the standing mount
What was the first workout mirror invented?
The MIRROR was the first fitness mirror device launched.
How much does the MIRROR really cost?
The MIRROR costs $1,495, plus $250 for delivery and installation and $39 per month for the MIRROR companion app.
Can MIRROR trainers see you?
MIRROR trainers can see you if you enable the two-way camera on the device. You can always turn the camera off or cover it with the lens cover.
What kind of workouts can you do on the MIRROR?
You can do more than 50 types of workouts with the MIRROR, from strength training to cardio to yoga, plus much more.
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