On TV, YouTube, and in hell, even in your mailbox, you’ve been bombarded by what’s around the corner in the fitness hardware space: The Mirror Gym. Similar to a Frisbee, only one model from a handful of manufacturers is actually called Mirror, but like the flying disc itself, there is already a lot of variety in the fresh-faced fitness mirror category. If you’ve been looking for an alternative to the training class due to COVID, got bored with your dusty home exercise equipment, or just looking for an introduction to the new features, you’ve come to the right place. From newbies to training areas like Lululemon to reliable NordicTracks, our list is the fastest growing area in the training market so you can make the best choice for yourself.
Overall best: Mirror by Lululemon
While Mirror started as an independent company and successfully secured funding, Lululemon knew something good when it saw it and maxed out the company last June. Unlike others on this list (and very similar to Lulu’s clothing), this device is sleek and minimalist, with a 40-inch Full HD display in a carbon steel frame. Since it is less than two inches thick, although it can use a stand, this is one that many choose to assemble (although you have to get it right at 70 pounds). There is no touchscreen here. Instead, a companion app lets you choose from 50 different workout genres lasting anywhere from five to 60 minutes. Due to its small size, you will also need to keep your weights in a separate place.
Most versatile: Echelon Reflect
Echelons Reflect is the slimmest on the list and noteworthy for a few points. The first is availability in two sizes: the 40-inch model (pictured here) and a larger 50-inch model. This option allows you to choose the device that best complements your space. The other point is weight: at 26 pounds, it’s by far the lightest on the list. Both models are wall-mounted and provide access to a myriad of live and on-demand workouts, including exclusive content from Billy Banks, the inventor of Tae Bo and BoomBoxing. Finally, we’ll be praising its affordability as it is the cheapest on this list and nothing more to be ridiculed as of 2020.
More fitness mirrors we love
Combining a mirror product with a store gym, Tempo’s Studio is possibly the cleanest solution on the market. Its massive 42-inch touchscreen leads the field, while its pyramid-like design is incredibly solid, though it towers above many due to its six feet tall. While it weighs a solid 100 pounds, it could have been heavier, but it reduced the weight by sourcing aluminum for its frame rather than the steel of others on this list. This is one of our few long term problems as it contains a large number of plates, barbells, collars, a yoga mat, a heart rate monitor, a recovery roller, and a sink. If you’re looking to maximize the weight, the company recently released a step-up kit that can help you pile the pounds. As a new venture, the grades aren’t as robust as others on this list, but they still number in the hundreds, which will keep you busy if they keep making them. One last thing we liked: the price of the device includes the professional setup in your home by the company itself.
NordicTrack is no stranger to gyms and homes around the world and has spent years improving its online interactive workouts using traditional equipment like rowers, bikes and treadmills. So it’s no surprise that a mirror-like machine has the trainers and know-how to blow your butt off. HIIT, mobility, stretching, and a cornucopia of other workouts are all available to you. With a 60 “by 22” mirror and 32 “HD touchscreen display, your iFit trainer will get you a better workout. Slide the mirror aside to reveal six pairs of branded dumbbells on carbon steel shelves, plus space for other accessories as needed. Not a craftsman? You won’t be looking for a stud as it will be perfectly balanced on your floor and not mounted on the wall.
While the ProForm Vue is powered by the same training videos as NordicTrack (the iFit platform), it is more similar to the Lululemon option: slim, slim and secluded. The 22-inch touchscreen is surrounded by a 24-by-60-inch mirror that you can use to check your shape as you scroll through the extensive catalog of fitness classes, which the company says range from “abs to zen.” It also includes a starter workout kit that includes a 10 pound barbell, two 5 pound dumbbell handles, four 2.5 pound square weight plates, a yoga mat, and three resistance bands, all neatly stowed in a built-in compartment behind them. While this looks like it could be mounted, its inch thick profile mounts on an included stand.