Mirror Workout System Review: Is It Worth it?
Mirror home gym brands itself as a versatile piece of fitness equipment that’s subtle enough when not in use that it blends into the background of your home. Unlike bulky treadmills and spin bikes, this fitness device is designed to work as décor as well.
Designed to look and act like a standard mirror when not in use, this device boasts a high-tech screen that displays your exertion level and calorie-burning potential based on your fitness profile and the biometric data you provide by wearing a Bluetooth heart rate monitor.
They offer over 70 live-streamed classes each week, and subscribers have the option to watch thousands of others on demand at any time.
The device boasts opportunities to receive real-time instruction from leading NYC instructors, and you can connect with friends and track your progress over time.
We looked at the details to help you decide whether Mirror is a home fitness system worth investing in.
When not in use, Mirror operates as precisely that — a mirror. It is composed of a 52-inch by 22-inch screen that weighs 70 pounds and comes equipped with speakers and an embedded camera and microphone. All that’s needed for working out is some floor space and possibly weights or resistance bands, depending on the class you choose.
Mirror could be mounted on your wall or propped up with a floor stand. You’ll need to position it within six feet of an outlet, and the company offers a “white glove installation service” to ensure a smooth delivery.
You control Mirror through the companion iOS app (an Android app is in the works), which means that you won’t smudge the mirror surface by touching it.
The point of the design is that you can see both yourself and the instructor during workouts, meaning you can continuously check your form and monitor your exertion level.
When you first use Mirror, you’ll need to set up your fitness profile by reporting your height and weight and any injuries or limitations that affect your training ability.
It’s possible to customize almost every part of the workout, from the type, length, instructor, and even music choice.
Trainers offer you detailed instructions, and Mirror uses a proprietary algorithm to provide you with text-based tips in real-time to boost your performance.
Mirror is compatible with Bluetooth speakers. Spotify Premium members also have the option to stream playlists from Mirror during their workouts.
A Bluetooth heart rate monitor is included, which lets you track the time spent in different heart rate zones and monitor your performance over time.
Once your workout’s done, Mirror will enter sleep mode within 15 minutes of non-use and will only reawaken once you start to use the app.
The major selling point for Mirror enthusiasts is the access it provides to boutique-quality fitness classes. Mirror offers the following class options:
- Barre: Strengthens and tones your muscles with moves that pull from ballet, yoga, and Pilates.
- Boxing: Learn boxing form and master high-octane boxing combinations.
- Cardio: Get your heart pumping with high-intensity, interval-style, boot camp, and low-impact cardio class options.
- Pilates: Build your core strength through classes that focus on alignment and your breath.
- Strength: Build up your strength and improve muscle definition, both by using your bodyweight and incorporating resistance bands and dumbbells into each move.
- Stretch: Increase flexibility and reduce muscle tension with these full body stretches.
- Yoga: Follow along with traditional Vinyasa flows or power up with athletic yoga flow classes.
These classes range from 15 to 60 minutes and they are rated in difficulty from level one to four.
When you play a class, Mirror trainers will demonstrate each move, offer guidance about the proper technique, and strive to keep you motivated throughout each session.
The Mirror screen will share how much time you have to rest between exercises, what’s coming up next, and whether you will need additional equipment for the next moves.
If you include your height and weight information in your profile or are wearing a Bluetooth heart rate monitor, Mirror can track your calorie burning and exertion level in real-time. It will let you know when you should pick up the pace.
Each Mirror class is live-streamed from the company’s NYC studio, and all previously recorded classes are offered on-demand after they are filmed.
During live classes, you can send motivational emojis to others who are working out, and the Trainers might call out your name during class to keep you motivated.
Mirror costs $1,495 and required a $39/month subscription to stream content. All subscribers must commit to a one-year membership when they make the purchase. When you order, you can choose to receive professional installation for an additional $250.
You can create up to six users per subscription.
Mirror orders come with a free Starter Pack, which includes Mirror-brand fitness bands, a Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor, and a free Care Kit that consists of a camera lens cap and Mirror cleaner spray.
Mirror offers a payment plan to make its purchase price a little easier to handle. These plans range in their cost per month, and they allow you to pay off the device in three, six, or twelve months at 0% APR.
Mirror comes with a standard 12-month parts-and-labor warranty, and you can request a return or refund within the first 30 days of delivery, minus shipping charges. The warranty only covers Mirrors that were professionally installed.
Mirror is just one fitness option out of many that are available today for a high-tech home workout experience:
|Mirror||Tonal||Peloton Cycle||Peloton Tread|
|Base Equipment Cost||$1,495||$2,995, plus $495 for accessories||$1,995, plus $159 for accessories||$3,995 plus $229 for accessories|
|Monthly Subscription Cost||$39||$49||$39||$39|
|Workout Type||Yoga, barre, cardio, boxing, strength, stretch, Pilates||Strength-training exercises||Cycling||Cardio and strength-training workouts for a treadmill|
|Live Stream or On-Demand Classes?||Both||On-demand||Both||Both|
|Possible to Perform Exercises Without a Subscription?||No||Yes, but a subscription is required for the first 12 months.||Yes||Yes|
Mirror is one of the cheaper options available for high-tech fitness equipment.
Likewise, the subscription cost for Mirror is the same as Peloton and FightCamp and less than what you’ll pay for Tonal. However, you’re more locked into a subscription with Mirror than with any of the competition.
If you choose to opt-out with any of these other companies, you still own a spin bike, treadmill, or weight lifting machine. Cancel your account with Mirror and all that’s left is a pricey mirror.
It’s also worth pointing out that Peloton has expanded its content offerings to include floor workouts like yoga and cardio classes. This means that Cycle or Tread owners gain access to these classes with their monthly subscription.
Working out with Mirror offers something unique in the industry by allowing users to see both themselves and an instructor at the same time. The company offers many options for live classes and displays your biometrics in real-time to keep you motivated.
We read reports from group-class enthusiasts who said that Mirror gave them a challenging workout and that it made scheduling an exercise easier than ever because of the flexibility and variety of classes.
Many people reported that they liked controlling the device through their smartphone, though they wished it was compatible with voice commands.
Mirror instructors also won points with participants for their personalities and ability to keep them engaged in the workout.
If you prefer live classes but struggle to fit them in your schedule or need the motivation of a fitness machine that stores all your workout information in one place, there’s nothing else quite like Mirror available.
Lastly, keep in mind that you’ll be locked into a subscription fee for as long as you want to use Mirror. Once you stop paying to stream classes, you’re left with a pricey piece of décor.
Poor customer support - bad delivery!Overall Experience:
We ordered a Mirror and set up delivery to our home, it was delivered to our office instead. The driver set it up in our reception area because the office personnel signed for it before knowing what it was and then left the installation incomplete. We tried to call and email the Mirror company over the last two days with no response. If this is what their customer support is like and I have to work with them to take classes then I want to return the product. I submitted an almost identical product review on their website and it has yet to post. Feels like a company I don't want to conduct further business with.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend