The turbo trainer market has evolved quickly in recent years with the introduction of ‘smart’ trainers, which offer wireless connectivity in order to pair the trainer with a range of accessories and apps.
A smart trainer will give you the tools to take your indoor training to the next level by offering power measurement, structured training sessions, interactive videos and the chance to ride with and against other cyclists online.
If you’re not sure whether to take the plunge with a smart trainer, then make sure you read our in-depth buyer’s guide to learn more about the features your should look out for. Otherwise, we’ve rounded up seven of the best smart trainers on the market here to help you make up your mind.
What is a smart trainer?
Before we get started, what is a smart trainer? In this round-up, we’ve only included smart trainers with resistance-controlled units, whereby the turbo will automatically adjust the resistance according to a number of factors (dependant on the software being used), including preset intervals and gradient. These smart trainers will enable you to get the most out of training platforms like Zwift, although you don’t need a resistance-controlled turbo to get started – reader our Zwift guide for more on that.
While a number of more affordable ANT+ and Bluetooth trainers exist which offer manual resistance and connectivity with third-party software, a resistance-controlled trainer offers the true ‘smart’ experience, so that’s what you’ll find here.