Have you ever wondered what the best high-end turbo trainer on the market is?
Of course, the best turbo trainer for you all depends on your own personal needs. Do you cycle in order to get fit? Or do you ride for the social aspect and enjoyment of third party games and apps? Maybe you live in a small second floor flat and need something discreet and easy to store away?
Whatever you needs, we’ve got you covered.
Below we cover five of the very best high-end turbo trainers. They cost a pretty penny but they really are state-of-the-art bits of cycling equipment.
Top 5 high-end turbo trainers
Tacx Neo Smart, approx. £1,199.99
The Tacx Neo Smart is a powerful, yet extremely quiet trainer. Achieving a maximum power of 2200 watts, with an accuracy of <1%, you will feel as if you’re on the open road. What’s more is that the Tacx is the only indoor trainer that has the ability to simulate different road surfaces. The trainer also creates slopes of up to 25%, so if you love climbing those extreme hills, this is the trainer for you.
Choose the Tacx Neo Smart if you use your trainer for pushing yourself to the limit.
Wahoo Kickr Direct Drive Smart Trainer, approx. £999.99
The Wahoo Kickr Drive Direct Smart is one of the critic’s favourites due to its smoothness and easy integration. However, its maximum resistance is slightly less than the Tacx Neo Smart at 2000 watts. Accuracy, nevertheless, is around the same at <2%. This machine can also create slopes of up to a 20% incline, allowing you to really work hard during resistance training. Again, similar to the Tacx Neo, this smart trainer is ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth Smart compatible. This means that you can free-ride or use online third party platforms, such as Zwift and Trainerroad.
Choose this Wahoo Kickr if you love workouts as much as you love racing against friends on online platforms.
CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive Trainer, approx. £1200.00
The innovative electromagnetic resistance of CycleOps’ Hammer Direct Drive Trainer ensures a quick response and resistance, as well as great power capabilities of 2000 watts. Whilst this machine has a little less accuracy (<3%) than the aforementioned Tacx Neo and Wahoo Kickr, its almost silent performance (64 decibels) certainly makes up for this. Connectable to devices via ANT+ FE-C and Bluetooth, the CycleOps Hammer is a strong contender for the best high-end trainer of 2017.
Choose CycleOps Hammer Direct Drive Trainer if you want great power and stability, but don’t want to disrupt your neighbours.
Elite Drivo, approx. £1,099.99
The Elite Drivo is one of the most accurate smart trainers out there, with a wonderful <1% accuracy. Ultra quiet, this machine is ideal for powerful and sprint-based training sessions. Additionally, riders can enjoy a wide range of third-party software on their phones, tablets and computers. A bonus feature of the Elite Drivo is that the machine nicely folds away and can be quickly put away after a workout.
Choose the Elite Drivo if you live in a small space and need a trainer that is discreet and almost silent, without comprising your workout.
Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll 2.0 Smart Control, approx. £750
The Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll 2.0 Smart Control is perfect for those who don’t have a lot of cash to splash (relatively speaking of course). The unique rock and roll pivot provides a realistic workout, whilst you can connect to their exclusive Kinetic Fit app. It is the only trainer on this list that moves as you ride making it a more realistic workout in terms of riding mechanics.
Choose the Kurt Kinetic Rock and Roll 2.0 Smart Control if you’re on a budget, but don’t want to compromise your workout.
All five trainers covered here really top end. You will be happy with any one so read through these article again and then make your choice. If money is a stumbling point then the Kinetic may be more for you, however the Neo and Kickr get great reviews.