Getting fit at home has never been more popular than right now, thanks to the unfortunate side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. People are a little bit unsure about how safe it is to go to the gym, so at-home fitness is on the rise. In fact, revenue in the industry was more than double the norm from March through October of 2020, according to the Washington Post
One of the newest fitness trends doesn’t even quite have a category term yet. Systems like NordicTrack’s Vault and Echelon Fit’s Reflect Mirror offer a whole new category of fitness equipment. Equal parts mirror and video screen, users can see how close they’re getting to their instructors’ moves, pace, and level of strenuousness.
It’s a fascinating new category of technology. But if you’re trying to decide which device to go with, it can be a little challenging.
Below you’ll find a comparison of these two popular fitness systems that will help you decide which is right for you. And when you’re ready to purchase, don’t forget to pick up an extended warranty for your new fitness mirror
Echelon Fit Reflect Mirror
Echelon describes the Reflect as a “connected fitness mirror.” You’ve probably seen this or something similar advertised On TV if you watch a lot of sports. The Reflect is a fairly large mirror available in two sizes, either 40 inches or 50 inches. The device is equal parts semi-reflective mirror and semitransparent glass, revealing a touch screen underneath. When powered off, it looks like a mirror hanging on the wall. But when you turn it on, it turns into a fitness portal.
You can choose from a wide range of workouts, and you will see your fitness coach doing their routine through the mirror. At the same time, you can see a reflection of yourself performing the routine. It’s almost like you’ve brought a personal trainer right into the room with you, except you can choose from dozens of trainers across a wide range of disciplines.
There’s also a built-in camera, which literally connects you with the trainers in the Echelon ecosystem. With this system, you’re not simply working out to prerecorded routines (although that is an option). You’re working out in real time with a real live trainer and others around the country.
The Reflect mounts flush to the wall and doesn’t really have any extra physical features. It’s designed with a minimalist aesthetic. One interesting touch is that when powered down, you can tap the display and get a real-time weather report.
Like all similar systems, the Reflect requires a membership subscription with Echelon to function well. The 40-inch model is around $1000, while the 50-inch is currently priced at $1639 if you buy direct from Echelon
The Vault by NordicTrack is a similar device, though it’s much larger and much more versatile. It also has a higher purchase price than the Reflect.
Rather than mounting on the wall, the Vault is a freestanding cabinet that stands a little over six feet tall. The bottom foot or so is reserved for speakers, while the upper five feet are a 60-inch mirror with an incorporated display. It’s a much meatier system, and in a lot of ways, much more functional as well. The tradeoff is that it takes up much more space than Echelon’s offering.
Another point of departure is that the Vault is, well, a vault. It’s a cabinet that opens up to reveal all the weights, kettlebells, resistance bands, and mats you need for a complete workout. You can buy the Vault pre-filled with this equipment or save $1000 by supplying your own
If you have the space and the budget, the Vault is a better overall experience. It’s also arguably a better value for the money. But if you’re short on space or can’t swing a $2000-$3000 investment, the Echelon Reflect is a worthwhile alternative.
Protect Your New Gear with an Upsie Extended Warranty
Both the devices reviewed above are high-quality pieces of high-tech workout equipment. They’re both also relatively new to the market, and you never quite know what might go wrong with new tech.
Whenever you spend a significant amount of money on something, it’s wise to protect yourself from loss if something goes wrong. Protect your new fitness gear with an extended fitness equipment warranty
from Upsie. For a surprisingly low price, you get impressive coverage, including these areas:
- Manufacturing defects
- Mechanical failure
- Touchscreen failure
- Power or battery failure
- Electronic or computer failure
The cost of Upsie warranties is based on the cost of the insured equipment, and coverage is available in three- and five-year terms. If you need to make a claim, Upsie will provide in-home repair of your machine or replacement if necessary.
Don’t wait another day to protect your new mirror system. Get an Upsie warranty today.
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