It’s a common complaint amongst Peloton owners. When you’ve got a high-octane sweat-dripping workout on the screen you want the volume and sound quality to match the visuals. Sadly though, those in-built speakers are just not powerful enough to do that.
Sometimes the problem is that the speaker volumes are set too low. If that’s the case, then have a check first to see whether you can raise the levels sufficiently (I’ll explain how to do this at the end of the article).
If you’ve got the volume set as high as it will go then you need to look at what other options are available.
There are three main routes you can go down but, if you just want the quick answer without the in-depth reviews that I’ve carefully researched and loving crafted…here it is.
I won’t be offended because the important thing here is to get those tunes pumping.
Best alternatives to the Peloton in-built speakers
So, there are three options available to you if you’re not happy with the level of sound output and quality from the Peloton speakers. These are:
- The ones that Peloton suggest
- Best wireless over-ear headphones
- Best wireless speaker for home gym
Let’s take a look at each of these categories
The ones that Peloton suggest
Urbanears Sumpan in-Ear Headphones (and a better alternative)
Take a look at the accessories available on the Peloton website and you’ll see these in-ear headphones. So, what are they like, and are they any good?
We know the Sumpan earbuds work with Peloton bikes as they’re recommended by them. They also give out good enough sound quality for in-ear devices. Unfortunately, the Sumpan buds don’t seem to have a great reputation in terms of build quality with a number of buyers having issues with the plastic covers falling off. For this price, I’d expect a higher quality product.
In my opinion, you’d be better off investing in a set of true wireless earbuds with awesome battery life and with consistently good reviews, like these.
I’ve been testing out these earbuds recently and, bottom line, they’re worth every penny. Sound quality is fantastic. They’re comfortable and the moldable ear hooks mean that they stay in the right place no matter how you’re throwing yourself about on your Peloton.
No wires means that there’s nothing to get tangled up in – something that I always manage to do when I’m using wired earbuds or headphones.
Battery life is excellent – the earbuds have 6hrs of juice stored in them, with a further 34hrs in the wireless charging case. The Rapid Charge feature means that a quick 10 minute charge in the case is enough for 2hrs of music time. A long enough workout for most folks!
The earbuds are sweatproof and waterproof, so won’t be troubled by the copious amounts of perspiration that you’re likely to be dripping in as you ride.
Best wireless over-ear headphones
Whilst earbuds are a great backup, to get really immersive sound quality, you need to invest in a set of proper grown-up over-the-ear headphones like this fantastic set from Skullcandy. I’ve been trying them out recently and… I think I’m in love.
Wearing cheap ‘n’ nasty headphones can often feel like you’ve stuck your head inside a vice as your ears get crushed into two thin slivers of meat. In contrast, these have pillow-soft ear cushions made out of memory foam. These give your ears a gentle cuddle as you use them and make your ears feel loved.
Over-the-ear headphone designs will always give much better sound quality than earbuds because of the shape of those ear cups. They keep unwanted sound out and keep all the sound you want in and focused on your eardrums.
One very useful feature of the Crusher ANC headphones for Peloton riders is that they’re noise-canceling. Because, when you want to be truly immersed in your workout, it doesn’t help to have the instructor’s voice being drowned out by traffic noise or shouty neighbors.
The most important thing (for me) is the battery life. Here are the stats: 24 hours of music on a single full charge, with a fast-charge option as a backup.
These are a great set of headphones for using on your Peloton. Delivering great sound quality and battery life.
Best wireless speaker for home gym
If you’re not a fan of wearing your sound providers as you work out, then there’s another great option for you: a wireless speaker.
And who better to provide that speaker than world leader, Sonos.
The Sonos One delivers amazing sound quality which, whilst it won’t make your Peloton workout the slightest bit easier, will certainly make it more aurally enjoyable. This is the 2nd Generation version of the Sonos One and it now comes with Alexa built into it. That’s handy from our perspective because it means you can control it using voice commands – which is very useful if you’re mid-workout and it’s too quiet and on the other side of the room from you.
The speaker is a compact size at 4.72” x 4.72” x 6.34” and that means you always be able to find a suitable corner of your home gym area where you can keep it. It’s actually designed to be used anywhere in the house and is humidity-resistant. The designers had that in mind for use in the bathroom but I’m thinking it’ll also come in handy when humidity levels increase during a ride!
Take a look at the Amazon page and you’ll see that the Sonos One is available by itself or as a pair. For me, this is great, because it means that you can place each speaker on opposite sides of the room, with your Peloton in the middle, for a truly immersive sound experience.
Peloton bike volume control
How do I turn up the volume on my peloton?
Raise or lower the volume by touching the Volume Scroll Bar on-screen or pressing the volume keys directly. It’s also possible to change the media volume using the Settings screen. Press the Home button, then Menu. Touch Sound > Volume. When the Media Volume window shows, move the slider to the right to raise the volume level or over to the left for the opposite. Press OK and the window will close again.
Here’s the official how-to video from Peloton showing how it’s done