Whether you’re looking to race with your mates on apps like Zwift or you’re just looking to keep fit, a turbo trainer is an essential bit of kit for any cyclist who wants to clock up some quality training without leaving the house.
Turbo trainers are divided in two main categories: “direct-drive” and wheel-on. The main difference between the two is that wheel-on models are generally simpler to set up and are cheaper too. But more on that later.
Many of these “smart” devices come fitted with power meters, so you can accurately gauge your power output, and are compatible with ANT+ and Bluetooth. That means you can easily connect to training apps, your heart monitor or even a separate power meter. Plus, they tend to fold down when not in use, making life easier if you’re short on space.
If this is your first foray into the world of turbo trainers, make sure you also buy a fan to keep you cool. Without a breeze while you’re riding, you’ll overheat and won’t be able to perform to your best. It’s also worth investing in a mat to place beneath your trainer to dampen any vibrations and keep complaints from your neighbours to a minimum.
How we tested
We tried out these turbos trainers with our usual bike, looking at how easy they were to mount and set up. We connected them to our sensors where possible and used them in conjunction with Zwift to see how they performed for workouts and riding. We also kept an ear on how loud they were, and considered build quality too. These are the eight that made the cut...
The best turbo trainers for 2022 are: