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Mirror vs Tonal vs Tempo: What’s the Best Smart Home Gym?

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

✔️

✔️

ProbablyProbably
Barre

✔️

ProbablyProbably

✔️

Bootcamp Workouts

✔️

ProbablyProbablyProbably
Boxing

✔️

ProbablyProbably

✔️

Cardio

✔️

✔️

✔️

✔️

Dance

✔️

Family Workouts

✔️

Kettlebell

✔️

Kickboxing

✔️

ProbablyProbably

Meditation

✔️

✔️

Partner Workouts

✔️

Pilates / Core

✔️

✔️

✔️

✔️

Pre and Post Natal

✔️

Strength

✔️

✔️

✔️

✔️

Stretching

✔️

ProbablyProbably

✔️

Toning

✔️

ProbablyProbably

✔️

Yoga

✔️

✔️

Probably

✔️

Zumba

✔️

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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 TypeWall mounted screenWall mounted screen and pulley systemWorkout armoireWall mounted screen
Screen Size40″24″42″39″ – 40 inch version

32″ – 50 inch version
Resistance EquipmentTraining bands (elastics)Built-in electromagnetic armsBarbell, dumbbells and platesNone
Equipment ColorsBlackBlackWhite or BlackBlack
Touchscreen✔️✔️40 inch — ❌

50 inch — ✔️
Live Classes✔️✔️Extra Charge
Speakers10w stereo speakers15w stereo speakers60w stereo speakers8w speakers – 50 inch
Bluetooth✔️✔️✔️✔️
Height52″50.9″72″39″ – 40 inch

47.75″ – 50 inch
Width22″50.9″26″20″ – 40 inch

24″ – 50 inch
Depth1.4″5.25″16″24″
Weight70 lbsNot sure100 lbs26 lbs
Monthly Subscription (Excluding Device)$39 per month$49 per month$39 per month$39 per month
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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 or “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 use code MIRRORF&F21 for $500 + free shipping$2,995 – base model +$495 for accessories

$2,495

$999 – 40 inch
$1,640 – 50 inch
Delivery PriceNot includedNot includedNot includedNot included
Monthly Subscription (Excluding Device)$39 per month$49 per month$39 per month$39 per month
Live ClassesIncluded in subscriptionIncluded in subscription$39.99 per month (includes on demand classes as well)
Financing$42 per month$149 per month$69 per month$49 per month for 40 inch

$54 per month for the 50 inch
 36 month financing36 month financing36 months for financing$54 for 36 months for the 50 inch
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The clear winner on price alone 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. That said, Echelon Reflect’s screen is smaller than the others, and in our opinion, their workout experience isn’t as high quality.

 

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 delivery and installation, depending on where you live. So factor that into your overall cost of ownership. Given recent supply chain shocks and surging demand, you may also have to wait a while for your home gym delivery.  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 cost
    • $999 for the 40 inch model
    • $1,640 for the 50 inch model
  • Monthly fitness subscriptions
    • $19.99 per month for on-demand classes only
    • $39.99 per month for 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 cost 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. You can also buy it on Amazon — rather than direct from the brand — if you prefer.

 

 

How much does Tempo’s home gym cost?

 

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 Studio’s overall cost will include the equipment, delivery and the monthly subscription. We’ll break down all the equipment you get for the $2,495 base price 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 versatile equipment for the base price. 

 

 

 

 

Another consideration – Which home gym company will be around in 5 years?

 

Typically, when you purchase a piece of fitness equipment, you don’t need to think too much about the financial health of the manufacturer. However, Mirror, Tonal and Tempo sell “connected” devices, so you will need the company you buy from to stay in business so you can continue to have access to the live fitness classes, the on-demand workouts, your data, etc. If the company you choose goes bankrupt, you may end up with a thousand dollar hunk of glass and metal taking up space in your home.

 

To that end, we’ve also analyzed the financial stability of Mirror and it’s competitors, Tonal, Tempo and Echelon, so that you can feel comfortable that the brand you choose will be around to keep you working out for years to come. We’ve used financial data from government filings and from Crunchbase, a database of venture capital investments. And, while we can’t promise that the companies that we’ve reviewed will be able to stay in business, we hope that this data will give you some comfort about the smart home gym players.

 

 

Financial stability of Mirror vs Tempo vs Tonal and Echelon

  • Mirror – Mirror was acquired by Lululemon, a publicly traded company. As a such, there is a ton of financial data available. For their fiscal year ended Feb, 2020, Lululemon had over $637 million in profit – so it’s a pretty healthy company. Hopefully they continue to invest in and support Mirror.
  • Tempo – Tempo is a private company that has raised venture capital financing. Like most startups that raise VC funding, they are likely not profitable. However, they have raised close to $80 million in funding, so we’d expect that they have enough cash to stay in business for a long time.
  • Tonal – Tonal is also another private company that has raised VC funding. In fact, they’ve loaded up with over $450 million in VC dollars… that’s a ton. The most recent round of funding was announced in March 2021, and was $250 million. So they’d better be in business for a while!
  • Echelon – yet another private company that has raised capital from venture investors. In December 2020, Echelon raised $65 million from Goldman Sachs, a respected investment bank. They should have funding to last for a while!

 

 

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 $39.99, 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 want a larger screen, Mirror is the most cost-effective option at just $1,495. And for a limited time, you can get $500 off that price PLUS free shipping…for bargain hunters, that’s hard to beat.

 

If you are looking for a combination of strength training and cardio, Tonal and Tempo are 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. Thus Tonal is the best option for serious athletes who want maximum #gains. 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!

 

If you’ve tried one of these home gym options, let us know about your experience in the comments below!

 

 

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