There are plenty of Pilates videos to stream for free online right now. But if you’re missing the feel of pushing off the footbar of an actual Pilates machine (a.k.a. a reformer), it’s worth considering investing in one the same way you would an exercise bike or treadmill to keep up your studio practice at home. While you can get the same Pilates benefits, ranging from improved core strength and flexibility to reduced back pain and improved posture, without using any equipment, there are certain features of reformer-based practices that are unique to them alone. With all that in mind, here are the best Pilates machines to shop right now.
This sleek, wood-framed machine might blend into your mid-century modern aesthetic than other machines. An excellent reformer at its base, the tower allows for additional exercises while standing, sitting, and kneeling.
This compact reformer has everything you need to start your Pilates practice at home. You can customize resistance levels, and you can use use either the cardio rebounder or the padded foot bar. Plus, it comes with five workout DVDs from Marjolein Brugman, the founder of AeroPilates.
This is a popular Pilates machine set from a trusted brand that offers all the benefits of a studio machine (including in reformer box, a major perk!). Overall, it’s sleek, simple to use, and effective, which is all you need in a reformer.
This pilates machine offers four levels of spring resistance. It also comes with a rebounder for cardio and online access to AeroPilates workout videos.
Ready to take your Pilates practice up a notch? Then this next-level Pilates machine is worth considering because it can be used as both a Cadillac and a reformer. Plus, it's stackable making it easier to store when it's not in use.
This popular, four-spring reformer adjusts to three inclines. It easily folds up and can be slid under beds or into closets, and has wheels for easy movement.
While not properly a reformer, this chair might be a good option for those who constantly have to carve out space for exercise wherever they can find it, as it’s far easier to move than a traditional machine (and it folds up, too!). It’s also a great option for those who do traditional studio reformer practice and want to keep their practice going between classes but don’t have a lot of space at home.
This is a super solid Pilates machine for under $1000, which is a fraction of what you'll pay for many other reformers. Yet, it'll still stand up to every Pilates exercise like a pro, plus it comes with it's own rebounder for low-impact cardio.
This reformer receives excellent reviews from seasoned pros and beginners, alike. We recommend it for newbies because it’s a strong machine that can take you into advanced territory but isn’t on the higher end in terms of price point.
Erin has over 15 years of experience as a journalist and professional writer. Her words have appeared in Well+Good, The Zoe Report, Brides, HuffPo, InStyle, Nylon, Bustle, Blood+Milk, LALA Magazine, TimeOut LA, HelloGiggles, The EveryGirl, and other outlets. In 2010 she founded—and then sold—Broke Girl’s Guide, a hyper-local lifestyle guide for young women on a budget. More recently, she co-wrote a cookbook for Los Angeles-based vegan restaurant Little Pine to be published in early 2021.
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