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For anyone who loves working out but struggles to find time to get to the gym, home workout equipment is a godsend. And the same goes for people who know they have to exercise but don’t love it – having the ability to get a workout over with ASAP is sometimes the only way a workout will happen at all.
Enter the fitness mirror, the sleekest, least intrusive type of in-home workout gear you can buy that will keep you moving for up to an hour – and for as little as a few minutes, if that’s the only time you can (or want to) spare.
Fitness mirrors are designed for tight spaces, but even if you have a huge home, you may not want workout equipment taking up any room. When not being used as a fitness tool, fitness mirrors become simply mirrors, usually high-quality, great-looking ones that will elevate the look of the room.
So long as you have a small area of the wall or floor to accommodate the mirror and some floor space in front of it to perform your workouts, you’re set. A fitness mirror also makes a great addition to an established gym space if you’re in need of the ability to take a lot of different classes that only use your bodyweight.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at two leading fitness mirrors on the market: the original, simply called Mirror, and the ProForm Vue, which uses iFit to deliver an assortment of classes. Let’s get into it!
The Main Differences between Mirror and ProForm Vue
The main differences between Mirror and ProForm Vue are:
- Mirror does not come standard with equipment, whereas the ProForm Vue has a few weights bundled with the base package.
- Mirror has an impressive speaker and audio system, whereas the ProForm Vue is limited in this area.
- Mirror classes must be accessed through the app, whereas ProForm Vue’s iFit classes can be accessed via the mirror’s touchscreen.
- Mirror has a built-in camera that’s most helpful for personal training sessions, whereas the Vue doesn’t have a camera or offer personal training.
- Mirror doesn’t offer progressive workout programs, whereas the Vue’s iFit app can help you work toward a specific goal with exercise series.
I’m a fan of the ProForm Vue for two main reasons. First, the touchscreen functionality is something that Mirror is seriously lacking. Second, the iFit workout app is more cost-effective than the Mirror membership, and it includes both fitness mirror and non-mirror classes.
However, the Mirror is a sleeker device, and if you don’t need add-on weights included – and you’re not concerned with the lack of a touchscreen or the “limited” class options – you may want to spend a little more money for that boost in quality. Mirror is the industry leader for a reason, after all.
Now we’re going to compare the Mirror and Vue, talking about the equipment, specs, notable features and pricing. In this section, we’ll also discuss the apps, memberships and classes available with both devices.
Mirror was first introduced to the market in 2018, and Lululemon bought the company in 2020. As the original fitness mirror, it scored that awesome and straightforward brand name. Mirror refers to both the equipment (the fitness mirror) and the Mirror Workout Companion app.
The fitness mirror is framed with durable carbon steel that’s been powder-coated with mineral bronze. Only part of the Mirror has a display (43 inches, Full HD, 1080p) for viewing classes, with a 178-degree viewing angle. The entire piece of equipment is 56 inches high, 22.4 inches wide and 1.4 inches deep, and it can be wall-mounted or used with the floor mount. It weighs 70 pounds, so you won’t be moving this around much once it’s in place, but the floor mount does make it a little more mobile.
Mirror also has some of the best audio you’ll find on a fitness mirror – four 15-watt high-fidelity speakers with six drivers, two subwoofers and an omnidirectional mic. Plus, your fitness tracker will pair with the Mirror via Bluetooth so that you can have your stats synced to your device.
One of Mirror’s standout features is the two-way camera, a tech advancement that a lot of fitness mirrors (and home equipment in general) don’t possess. The camera is used to (1) interact with other members and/or the trainer during classes and (2) take one-on-one personal training sessions (another awesome feature that’s pretty specific to Mirror). You can disable the camera and/or use the camera cover if you don’t want to be seen.
Mirror also has user-friendly, thoughtful features for listening to classes and music. It can pair with your headphones or speakers via Bluetooth, and you can link up your own Apple or Spotify playlists to listen to your favorite music during classes – you’re not reliant on their playlists. I know from experience that if a trainer picks music I’m not into, the workout becomes harder and I tend to perform worse.
There are also independent volume controls for the trainer and the music, which is pretty rare – you can customize exactly how much of each you want. On other equipment, like Peloton, you can select the volume and choose from three settings for that trainer-music balance (more trainer, more music or equally balanced), but that’s not always enough personalization.
Of course, we have to talk about Mirror’s classes – that’s what you’re here for, right? Despite the fact that you can only workout in the space in front of the mirror, there are a lot of class types available. You can take barre, dance or tai chi classes, learn how to box or do Pilates, and a lot more. Classes are both live and on-demand, and if you have additional equipment, like hand weights, there will be a few more classes open to you, though it’s totally not necessary.
Mirror’s baseline price tag is $1,495. For that, you get the fitness mirror and stand, plus a lens cap to cover the camera. If you qualify for financing through Affirm, you could pay 0% APR on 12, 24 or 48 monthly payments, which start at just $21.
Membership is a must if you want to use the Mirror as a workout machine – otherwise, it’s just a wildly expensive mirror! Membership costs $39 per month. When you buy the Mirror, you have to make a one-year membership commitment to get started.
See how Mirror compares to others:
The Vue is ProForm’s fitness mirror, which is powered by iFit. Instead of ProForm offering its own workout membership or iFit offering its own equipment, the companies team up to outfit equipment with the app. iFit is also used on gear from Freemotion, Matrix and NordicTrack, ranging from fitness mirrors to treadmills, ellipticals, rowers and more.
The Vue’s reflective surface is 24 inches by 60 inches, and the entire piece of equipment is 72.65 inches high, 24.25 inches wide and 14 inches deep. Unless the Mirror, the Vue has a touchscreen (HD, 22 inches), which is a huge improvement – with the Mirror, everything you do is through the app, while with the Vue, you can select and start classes right from the mirror itself. The Vue weighs 140 pounds, and it has two 3-inch speakers.
The base package includes the Vue fitness mirror, a 10-pound bar, two barbells (5 pounds each) and four weight plates (2.5 pounds each). You can store the accessories on the rear of the mirror. Like the Mirror, the Vue can also be paired with Bluetooth headphones and a heart-rate tracker.
One of the best features of the Vue has to do with the iFit membership. In addition to classes that you’ll take right from the Vue, there are a lot of other classes you can try, too. For example, if you have a treadmill or use one at the gym, you can take walking or running classes.
There are also cycling, elliptical, mountain biking and rowing classes, just to name a few. Possibly the most fun classes are the Global Workouts, which are set in amazing locations around the globe, like Costa Rica and Mount Everest. Like Mirror, iFit classes are both live and on demand.
iFit also has non-exercise classes. Mental help courses help you sleep better and practice mindfulness. And cooking classes introduce you to nutritious meals that you can learn to make at home. Because you get more out of iFit than just Vue-enabled classes, you can try out the app before investing in the mirror to see if you like what’s offered. You may even decide you only need the app and can forgo the fitness mirror altogether.
The base package, which we went over above in the Notable Features section, costs $999, a significant decrease from the Mirror, especially when you consider the added equipment. If you qualify for financing, you may be offered 39 monthly payments of $26 each, which comes out to $1,014.
The iFit app is $15 per month or $144 per year for the individual plan. If more than just you will be using iFit, you’ll want the family plan, which is $39 per month or $396 per year for up to four users.
Answer: No, the ProForm Vue fitness mirror does not have a camera. If you want a fitness mirror with a built-in camera, consider the Mirror, which also offers personal training as an affordable add-on option.
Answer: During a live class, it’s possible that a Mirror instructor will see you temporarily via the camera to engage with you and possibly correct your form. During personal training sessions, the camera is used so both you and the trainer can see each other and interact. You also have the option to cover the camera at any point – the camera cover is included when you purchase the Mirror.
Answer: Neither Mirror nor Vue actually track and correct your form, but Tempo Studio does, thanks to A.I. technology. A 3D model of your body will be created to let you know when you have to adjust your form, which will save you from discomfort and injury.
There’s also the Peloton Guide, which doesn’t include a fitness mirror but does have a camera that displays you on the screen alongside the instructor. This is similar to what fitness mirrors do, but instead of seeing yourself in a reflection, you’ll see a livestream of what you’re doing.
For a more gamified experience, check out the Echelon Reflect Touch fitness mirror. It comes with a touchscreen, giving it a leg up on the Mirror, and there’s a gamified points system to make working out more competitive and fun.
Which Fitness Mirror Should You Choose?
The answer really depends on where you want to spend your money. Both the Mirror and the ProForm Vue have their pros and cons, so the one that you go with will depend on what you do and don’t find important.
The Mirror is the O.G. fitness mirror, and that’s reflected (no pun intended) in its high-quality design (especially those speakers!) and it’s price. You’re not getting a touchscreen, included weights or the under-$1,000 cost, but you are getting a built-in camera for interacting with members and trainers, plus the ability to add-on personal training sessions.
So if you don’t care about the touchscreen workaround and if you have your own weights or won’t be using them, and if you think you’ll take advantage of personal training, definitely go for the Mirror.
However, if you’re only using a fitness mirror as an addition to your broader workout life, you may find the Vue and iFit coincide better with your goals. You won’t get the camera or personal training option, but you will get a few pieces of equipment that expand the types of classes you can take. And when you want to get out of the house, the affordable iFit membership can go with you, whether you’re working out at a gym, in a hotel room or on a trail.