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Best Smart Turbo Trainers for 2022

Best Smart Turbo Trainers for 2022

Smart turbo trainers link up with your computer, smartphone, or tablet transforming your trainer into a gateway to an online world, recreating all the characteristics of an outdoor ride while providing a virtual simulation of your session.

Which smart turbo trainer is best for you? Buckle in as we take you through our selection for 2022!


Tacx Neo 2

Tacx Neo 2
Tacx Neo 2

A leader when it comes to indoor training, Tacx Neo 2 is a brilliant setup for an immersive indoor training session. Offering a super-realistic riding experience thanks to a resistance unit capable of simulating an incline of up to 25% and sprinting up to 2200 watts.

Possibly one of the ‘smartest’ smart trainers the Neo 2 comes with a Pedal Stroke Analysis system, measuring your power distribution and leg positioning via capacitive sensors on each pedal. The data compiled from the sensors allows you to see how you can improve or maintain your performance, keeping you in top condition all year long.

Verdict: Buy this one if you are looking for a realistic training experience.

  • Trainer Type: Direct Drive
  • Maximum Power: 2,200 watts
  • Maximum Simulation: 25%
  • Weight: 21.5Kg
  • Axle/Bike Compatibility: Race: 130mm, MTB: 135mm, 142x12mm, 148x12mm
  • Wireless Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth

Wahoo KICKR

Wahoo KICKR
Wahoo KICKR

A premium turbo trainer, the Wahoo KICKR uses advanced technologies to give you an immersive and realistic training experience all from the comfort of your pain cave.

Key highlights of the renowned KICKR include a virtually silent 7.3kg flywheel, a maximum resistance of 2,200 watts, and a power accuracy of +/-1%. The introduction of the Wahoo AXIS gives the KICKR removable cushioned feet that give the trainer up to five percent of lateral motion allowing for a more natural pedal feel.

Verdict: Buy this one if you are looking for the perfect all round performance.

  • Trainer Type: Direct Drive
  • Maximum Power: 2,200 watts
  • Maximum Simulation: 20%
  • Weight: 17.2Kg
  • Axle/Bike Compatibility: Road: 24”, 650c and 700c; MTB: 24”, 26”, 650b (27.5”) and 29”
  • Wireless Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth

Elite Tuo

Elite Tuo
Elite Tuo

Possibly one of the most stylish trainers on the market, the Tuo drive unit is formed of sleek, brushed aluminium with beechwood constructed legs giving it a solid and compact structure. The unique square drive unit boasts a maximum power output of 2050 watts along with simulating climbs of up to 10%.

Verdict: Buy this one if you are looking for a stylish pain cave.

  • Trainer Type: Magnetic
  • Maximum Power: 2,050 watts
  • Maximum Simulation: 10%
  • Weight: 10.3Kg
  • Axle/Bike Compatibility: 130-135x5mm quick release, 142x12mm thru-axle plus adapters for 135×10-12mm.
  • Wireless Connectivity: Control via Smartphone, Tablet and other Smart Devices; ANT+ and Bluetooth

LifeLine Xplova NOZA Smart Turbo Trainer

LifeLine Xplova NOZA Smart Turbo Trainer
LifeLine Xplova NOZA Smart Turbo Trainer

A hidden gem in the smart trainer market, the LifeLine Xplova NOZA offers exceptional performance and value for money. Providing market-leading performance thanks to the backing from technology giant Acer, you can be sure of a refined workout.

The class-leading 5.9kg flywheel is one of the lightest on the market whilst still providing a realistic ride and feel. Other notable features are the adjustable front leg provides multi-bike compatibility – both road and MTB, an incredible maximum power output of 2500 watts, and the power to simulate an incline of up to 18%.

Verdict: Buy this one if you are looking to run MTB and road bikes on a trainer.

  • Trainer Type: Direct Drive
  • Maximum Power: 2,500 watts
  • Maximum Simulation: 18%
  • Weight: 17Kg
  • Axle/Bike Compatibility: Road: 650c and 700c; MTB: 24” and 26”; Drive side adapter for 12×142 and 12×148 thru axle
  • Wireless Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth Smart compatible

Wahoo KICKR SNAP

Wahoo KICKR SNAP
Wahoo KICKR SNAP

The Wahoo KICKR SNAP shares the great features of the KICKR including power you can feel, app controlled resistance and an open platform, all in a convenient wheel-on design. The SNAP is the perfect training companion to help you get race-ready.

Made from high strength carbon steel and featuring a wide stance, SNAP is designed to keep its feet firmly planted to the floor for a smoother ride feel.

Verdict: Buy this one if you are looking for an easy-to-use smart trainer.

  • Trainer Type: Magnetic
  • Maximum Power: 1,500 watts
  • Maximum Simulation: 12%
  • Weight: 17.2Kg
  • Axle/Bike Compatibility: 650c, 700c, 26″, 27.5″ and 29″
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth, ANT+ and FE-C

Elite Direto-XR T Direct Drive Smart Turbo Trainer

Elite Direto-XR T Direct Drive Smart Turbo Trainer
Elite Direto-XR T Direct Drive Smart Turbo Trainer

The Elite Direto XR T Smart Trainer provides an interactive, immersive and realistic cycling experience from the comfort of your own home. A refined drive unit gives the XR the capacity to replicate inclines of up to 24% and the ability to produce over 3,600 watts of resistance at 60 kph.

The unique and proven Optical Torque Sensor (OTS) technology provides the Direto with a power accuracy of +/-1.5% giving you a more precise Zwift ride. Plus, its oversize gearing wheel increases flywheels RPMs, generating a smoother and more realistic feel.

Verdict: Buy this one if you are looking a smooth and quiet turbo trainer.

  • Trainer Type: Direct Drive
  • Maximum Power: 3,600 watts
  • Maximum Simulation: 24%
  • Weight: 15.8Kg
  • Axle/Bike Compatibility: 130mm and 135mm quick-release frames; 142 x 12 mm thru-axles
  • Wireless Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth

Tacx Flow

Tacx Flow
Tacx Flow

Offering a wallet-friendly entry into the interactive indoor training world, the Tacx Flow is a trainer that provides accurate and consistent speed, power and cadence measurements. Coming in at a lower price point than many on this list it is regarded as an appropriate trainer for beginners. Plus, its virtually silent flywheel ensures an immersive and realistic indoor riding experience.

Verdict: Buy this one if you are looking for a brilliant entry level trainer.

  • Trainer Type: Magnetic
  • Maximum Power: 800 watts
  • Maximum Simulation: 6%
  • Weight: 9.4Kg
  • Axle/Bike Compatibility: Road: QRx130mm, MTB: QRx135mm (adapters available for bikes with Thru-axles)
  • Wireless Connectivity: ANT+ and Bluetooth

Saris H3 Direct Drive Smart Trainer

Saris H3 Direct Drive Smart Trainer
Saris H3 Direct Drive Smart Trainer

The H3 Direct Drive trainer is a modern marvel in the world of turbo trainers. This super-quiet model puts out only 59 decibels of sound at 20mph, creating less noise than a dishwasher. Plus, it features an internal cooling system to keep its electronic resistance working at full power with the utmost accuracy; continues to function until your training session is over, or until your legs have given up.

An important feature of smart turbo trainers is power and the accuracy it is recorded at. For online software such as Zwift, it relies on this information to accurately feedback a workout for you to ride too. The H3 smart trainer spins at full power up to 2000 watts with a power accuracy being measured at +/-2%.

Verdict: Buy this one if you are looking stability and accuracy to do high powered sprints.

  • Trainer Type: Direct Drive
  • Maximum Power: 2,000 watts
  • Maximum Simulation: 20%
  • Weight: 21.3Kg
  • Axle/Bike Compatibility: Standard quick release (130/135mm) and thru-axle compatible with fork widths of 142/148mm bikes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Integrated dual ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth

Saris M2

Saris M2
Saris M2

The Saris M2 is a low-cost, wheel-on smart trainer that is an excellent entry point into the world of interactive training for riders on a budget. This is a complete smart trainer that claims to have a power accuracy of +/- 5%. Saris claims that the M2 can handle up to 1,500 watts at 20 mph and can mimic a gradient of up to 15%. Easy to set up and store away, when not in use, the legs fold out and lie flat against the main frame for simple storage.

Verdict: Buy this one if you are looking a lightweight trainer that can be easily stored.

  • Trainer Type: Magnetic
  • Maximum Power: 1,500 watts
  • Maximum Simulation: 15%
  • Weight: 9Kg
  • Axle/Bike Compatibility: 650b, 700c, 26″, 27″ and 29″ tyres
  • Wireless Connectivity: ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth

Tom Adams

Tom is a bike enthusiast! Originally a mountain biker, Tom enjoys going fast on two wheels, whether it's on the road or on the gravel, mountain bike or commuting! Tom has been riding bikes for almost 18 years and loves nothing more than getting out on the roads or trails and testing out the newest and most innovative things on the Chain Reaction website!

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