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Exercise Bike vs. Rower vs. Elliptical: Which Is Best?

Reprint of this article from USNews. By Elaine K. Howley, Contributor Nov. 18, 2020, at 3:08 p.m. This article is based on reporting that features expert sources.

AS MANY OF US LOOK TO build out at-home gyms to maximize our ability to workout regularly, a common question arises: Which machine will give me the best workout bang for my buck?


Exercise bikes, elliptical machines and rowing machines are all popular cardiovascular training tools that can make great additions to your home gym. But if you don't have space for or can't afford all three, which one is best?

First, consider what each type of machine targets and how they work.