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Mirror vs Tonal vs Tempo vs Echelon Reflect: What’s the best smart mirror?

The age of the connected home gym is here — but with so many options to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? Everyone knows about Mirror – probably the market leader – but what else is there? Which ones have live and on demand workouts? How expensive is the gym equipment, and do you need to do anything special to set them up (like get a wall mount?) Do you need to have a subscription? Let’s dig into the major home gym brands like Tonal, Tempo, Mirror and Echelon Reflect to see if any are best for your home.

 

First, let’s compare the different types of workouts available with each home fitness option, so you can make sure the one you choose offers the training you want. We don’t want you to find out that the one you pick doesn’t offer your yoga if that’s your favorite way to workout!

 

 

Workout selection: what workouts do Mirror, Tonal, Tempo Fit, and Echelon Reflect offer?

 

We all have the style of working out that we individually like best – so let’s explore the different offerings by Tonal, Mirror, Echelon Reflect and Tempo Fit to see if they’ve got your fitness routine covered.

 

The chart below lists out the types of programs and classes that we know about for each company. Mirror and Echelon make it a little easier to parse their programs, and we’ll update the list for each home gym mirror as we discover more.

 

 

 


Mirror vs Tonal vs Tempo vs Echelon: Workouts offered

       
Arms + Abs

✔️

✔️

Probably Probably
Barre

✔️

Probably Probably

✔️

Bootcamp Workouts

✔️

Probably Probably Probably
Boxing

✔️

Probably Probably

✔️

Cardio

✔️

✔️

✔️

✔️

Dance

✔️

No No No
Family Workouts

✔️

No No No
Kettlebell

✔️

No No No
Kickboxing

✔️

Probably Probably No
Meditation

✔️

No No

✔️

Partner Workouts No

✔️

No No
Pilates / Core

✔️

✔️

✔️

✔️

Pre and Post Natal

✔️

No No No
Strength

✔️

✔️

✔️

✔️

Stretching

✔️

Probably Probably

✔️

Toning

✔️

Probably Probably

✔️

Yoga

✔️

✔️

Probably

✔️

Zumba No No No

✔️

 

Another important difference is if there are live classes that you can attend. Companies like Echelon Reflect and Mirror let you pick from live classes that aren’t recorded, so you’ll be watching an instructor run you through the program. For Echelon, you have the option to pay $19.99 per month for the pre-recorded classes, or $39.99 per month for the recorded classes and the live ones. Tempo includes live and on-demand classes in their $39 per month subscription price. As of writing this article, Tonal’s home gym does not have live fitness classes, so you are going to have to like their on demand selections (which do seem pretty good).

 

 

 

Comparing Features: Tonal vs Tempo vs Mirror vs Echelon Reflect

 

Beyond the workouts and workout classes, it’s important to understand what other features these machines will give you.

 

 


Mirror vs Tonal vs Tempo vs Echelon: Feature Comparison

       
Equipment Type Wall mounted screen Wall mounted screen and pulley system Workout amoire Wall mounted screen
Screen Size 40 inches 24 inches 42 inches 39″” – 40 inch version 32″” – 50 inch version
Resistance Equipment Training bands (elastics) Built-in electromagnetic arms Barbell, dumbbells and plates None
Equipment Colors Black Black White or Black Black
Touchscreen No Yes Yes 40 inch No 50 inch Yes
Live Classes Yes No Yes Extra Charge
Speakers 10w stereo speakers 15w stereo speakers 60w stereo speakers 8w speakers – 50 inch
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes
Height 52″ 21.5″ 6′ 39″” – 40 inch 47.75″” – 50 inch
Width 22″ 50.9″ 2’2″ 20″ – 40 inch 24″ – 50 inch
Depth 1.4″ Thin 1’4″ 2′ – 40 inch 2′ – 50 inch
Weight 70 pounds Not sure 100 pounds 26 pounds
Monthly Subscription (Excluding Device) $39 per month $49 per month $39 per month $19.99 per month or $39.99 per month

 

It’s important to point out that Tempo and Tonal have serious weight lifting / resistance training features. And a key difference with Tempo is the “form factor” – while the others are things that you attach to the wall, Tempo is more like a cabinet or armoire. A cool feature is that it comes with weight sets, and neatly stores all the equipment inside its doors when you aren’t using it.

 

We do really like Tempo if you are interested in cardio + weight training. 

 

How much do Mirror, Tonal, Tempo and Echelon Reflect cost?

 

Ok, so which home gym is a better deal from a price perspective, Mirror, Tonal, Tempo or Echelon? As you’d expect, it depends on what you are looking for in your home gym. And the cost comparison is not as straightforward as you’d think, because there is the upfront hardware purchase as well as the monthly subscription costs that you need to have access to the on demand fitness classes. AND, to make it even more confusing, some of the companies have monthly “financing”/pay-as-you-go offerings. We’ll try to decipher those for you as well.

 

Comparing the cost of Mirror vs Tonal vs Tempo vs Echelon Reflect

 

The chart below summaries the different pricing options for these connected home gyms — the hardware cost, the subscription cost and some of the financing options.

 

 

Smart Mirror Price Comparison

       
Hardware Cost $1,495 $2,995 – base model +$495 for accessories $1,995 “$999 – 40 inch $1,640 – 50 inch”
Delivery Price Not included Not included Not included Not included
Montly Subscription (Excluding Device) $39 per month $49 per month $39 per month “$19.99 per month or $39.99 per month”
Live Classes Included in subscription None Included in subscription $39.99 per month (includes on demand classes as well)
Financing $42 per month $149 per month $55 per month “$49 a month – 40 inch $54 a month – 50 inch”
  36 month financing 36 month financing 36 months for financing $54 for 36 months for the 50 inch

 

The clear winner on price is the 40 inch Echelon Reflect. At just less than $1,000, it’s hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars cheaper than the home gyms offer by Tonal, Mirror and Tempo. With Echelon, you’ve also got the option to stick with the cheaper $19.99 per month subscription plan, which gives you access to the one demand workouts but not the live classes. Again, the subscription cost is much lower than the $39 to $49 monthly subscriptions offered by the others.

 

Note on the financing — all these companies offer financing through third party financing companies. The prices quoted are all based on what most of these companies call “starting at” pricing for a 36 month payment plan, so you may pay more depending on your credit history.

 

Also — don’t forget about shipping. You are likely to pay $200 or more for shipping, depending on where you live. So factor that into your overall cost of ownership.  Let’s dive into the cost of each so you can see what you get for the price.

 

 

What does Mirror’s home gym cost?

 

If you go with Mirror’s home gym, you’ll have a few different costs – the price of the hardware and the monthly subscription. Plus, there will be a delivery fee. Mirror’s hardware costs $1,495, which you can also finance for as little as $42 a month with a 36 month financing plan. Mirror offers on-demand and live classes, so you’ve got some great workout options – at a cost of $39 per month.

 

What is the cost of Tonal’s gym?

 

Similar to Mirror and Tempo, Tonal’s overall cost includes the hardware price, a delivery fee and the monthly workout subscription costs. The actual gym hardware starts at $2,995. But, you’ll probably also want the accessory kit (which includes handles, a bar, a rope, bench, mat and roller) so you can do the resistance and strength training workouts. The accessory kit will add an extra $495 in price, bringing the total upfront hardware cost to $3,490. Financing starts at $149 per month (that includes the $495 accessory kit) for a 36 month plan. Monthly subscriptions are $49 per month, so more expensive than the competition by at least ten dollars.

 

What does an Echelon Reflect cost?

 

 

The overall cost of an Echelon Reflect should include the equipment, delivery fee and the monthly subscription. With 2 equipment options and 2 monthly plan options (that you can also get on a yearly, reduced cost) figuring out what the overall cost is going to be is a little confusing! Let’s break it down:

 

  • Equipment
  • $999 – 40 inch
  • $1,640 – 50 inch
  • Monthly subscriptions
  • $19.99 – on-demand classes only
  • $39.99 – on-demand and live workouts

 

You can also save some money on the subscriptions by buying yearly plans.

 

The 40 inch is by far the lowest connected gym that we’ve seen, and the 50 inch is priced competitively against the Mirror and the Tempo. If you are on a budget, Echelon offer a lot of bang for your buck. See it on Amazon now.

 

 

What is the cost of Tempo’s home gym?

 

Tempo’s price comes in at the upper half of our list, but you do get a lot. In addition to the touchscreen fitness center, you get a lot of strength training accessories – included in the base cost. Like Mirror and the others, Tempo Fit’s overall cost will include the equipment, delivery and the monthly subscription. We’ll break down all the equipment you get for the $1,995 cost in a moment. The subscription is $39 per month – in line with the others.

 

Now – more on the hardware cost. In addition to the touchscreen/connected workout equipment, you get a ton of weight gear and other equipment. Each Tempo comes with:

 

  • 2 7.5 pound dumbells
  • 1 25 pound barbell
  • 6 collars
  • 4 10 pound plates
  • 4 5 pound plates
  • 4 2.5 pound plates
  • 4 1.25 pound plages
  • A heart rate monitor
  • A workout mat
  • A recovery roller
 

 

So that’s a ton of gear for the base price.

 

 

 

 

 

Which do we recommend, Mirror, Tonal, Tempo or Echelon Reflect?

 

Now that we’ve compared these connected gym systems, which do we recommend? Like everything in life, there are tradeoffs – but a few standout above the rest.

 

First of all if cost is most important to you, we recommend you try the Echelon Reflect. Starting at just $999, it’s by far the lowest cost option of the home gyms. Plus, the on-demand subscription price starts at $19.99, and you can get real savings if you buy a year in advance. See if Echelon is available if you are looking for the lowest cost way to get a connected home workout!

 

If you are looking for a combination of strength training and cardio, Tonal and Tempo seem like the strongest options because they include the equipment you’ll need for resistance and weight training. Although, only Tonal gives you up to 100 pounds of resistance on each arm, more than the ~50+ per arm that you’ll get if you use all the weights that come with Tempo. We love the larger screen on the Tempo, and the cost is a lot less than Tonal. Plus, Tempos has live and on-demand classes, so our choice-  if you want resistance plus cardio – is Tempo. Check it out now!

 

 

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