Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the best of them all?
Home gyms certainly make exercising convenient, but they can lack the personal training options found in a commercial gym. Plus, traditional exercise equipment can take up a lot of valuable floor space.
Wall mirrors and compact workout units with the technology to bring classes and trainers into your home promise the solution to these problems. But with an increasing number of options available, choosing one can feel overwhelming.
To help you better understand the differences between two popular home fitness mirrors, we delved deep when comparing Tonal and the Mirror.
Tonal is an interactive touch screen with electromagnetic pulleys. The machine has adjustable arms that offer up to 200 pounds (90.9 kg) of resistance.
It can support both upper and lower body workouts.
It’s designed to provide a full-body workout in one compact device without a lot of equipment.
It’s a strength machine that offers personalized programs and automatic weight suggestions, and it can track reps, sets, range of motion, time under tension, power, and volume to show your gains over time.
On the other hand, the Mirror is designed to be a nearly invisible smart workout unit with live and on-demand classes, but it’s not a weight system.
It doesn’t have the arm attachments that Tonal does. If you’re taking a strength class on the Mirror, you’re using weights you’ve purchased separately, not pulleys built into the unit.
When turned off, the Mirror appears to be just a full-length mirror, which is a nice design feature.
The Mirror offers a wide range of on-demand and live classes that tend to be more cardio-focused than Tonal’s on-demand classes, which are more focused on strength.
For an additional fee, Mirror offers private training sessions for extra motivation and personalized feedback.
They are both fitness mirrors, but Tonal and the Mirror have different costs, sizes, classes, features, and accessories. Here’s a quick peek at how they compare:
General size, weight, and design
While Tonal and the Mirror are similar lengths and widths, Tonal is significantly thicker. Additionally, when the arms are pulled down, Tonal can present some additional space challenges.
The Mirror has a sleeker design and is more likely to pass as a regular mirror between workouts. It also has a significantly larger display screen. For these reasons, we’d give this category to the Mirror.
Hardware and setup process
Tonal requires that their workers set up your equipment. The unit also has to be wall-mounted for use. The Mirror can be hung on the wall or simply propped against the wall while standing on the floor.
Some users have complained about difficulty scheduling appointments for Mirror setup, but because of the versatile setup options for the Mirror, we’ll call this one a draw.
Screen and display quality
Users feel that the display quality of both fitness mirrors is excellent, but the Mirror has a significantly larger screen size (40 inches as compared to Tonal’s 24 inches). For this reason, we’d give this category to the Mirror.
Classes and programming
Tonal offers more strength training programming and can even adjust resistance levels automatically based on your goals.
On the other hand, the Mirror is a bit more varied in the types of classes and programming available. It also offers you the option to pay for personal training sessions. As an added plus, the class membership subscription costs $10 less per month than Tonal’s.
While the Mirror has more class diversity, for those intending to focus on strength training, Tonal wins this category.
Tonal does not come with accessories, but you can purchase the Smart Accessories bundle for $495. It includes a triceps rope, workout bench, exercise mat, foam roller, smart bar, and smart handles.
The basic Mirror package doesn’t have include exercise accessories, but the other packages include items like heart rate monitors, yoga blocks, exercise mats, mini foam rollers, workout towels, and weights.
Since you’ll be paying for the extra accessories with both Tonal and the Mirror, we consider this category a tie.
Tonal costs $2,995 plus $495 for the Smart Accessories if you want them (which you likely will, to maximize the benefits of your Tonal). It also has a monthly subscription price of $49 per month.
Even the highest-priced Mirror package ($2,045 for the family package with accessories for multiple people) is significantly less expensive than Tonal. Additionally, Mirror membership is $39 per month, and a savings of $10 per month can add up over time.
However, make sure you consider why you want the unit to begin with.
If you’re attracted to the strength training capabilities of Tonal, the price tag is likely worth it. But if you’re more interested in taking fun, engaging studio-style cardio or yoga classes, the Mirror may be a better fit for your workout goals.
Warranty, returns, and shipping
Tonal comes with a 3-year limited warranty. Full refunds are typically available for the first 30 days after installation.
The Mirror comes with a 30-day free trial and a 1-year standard warranty. If you’d like a longer warranty, within 60 days of your Mirror installation, you can buy an extended warranty for 1, 2, or 4 extra years through a partner company, Mulberry.
Tonal wins in the warranty category, but it’s important to note that the company can repair, replace, or refund the product at their discretion. Additionally, if Tonal decides to replace the product, they can do so with either a new or a remanufactured product.
Mirror is not Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited, and it has a D- rating and a customer review rating of 1 out of 5 stars from the organization. Mirror also has 33 customer complaints closed in the last 3 years and 14 in the last 12 months with the BBB.
Trustpilot users give Mirror 2.8 out of 5 stars. The customer reviews with low scores tend to focus on issues with delivery and installation date planning.
Similarly, Tonal is not BBB-accredited and has a C+ rating from the organization. It has a customer review rating of 2.51 out of 5 stars. Fifty-two complaints have been closed in the last 3 years and 40 in the last 12 months.
Trustpilot users give Tonal 4.3 out of 5 stars, an excellent rating. All nine of the written reviews of the company on the Trustpilot site have the highest possible rating.
Tonal and the Mirror aren’t the only workout mirrors available. A few of their competitors are the Tempo Move, the Echelon Reflect, and the NordicTrack Vault.
However, it’s important to note that Tonal is still unique in this group in that it’s a strength system with built-in resistance and tracking.
Here’s a quick look at what these other options have to offer.
Which is the better value, Tonal or the Mirror?
Whether Tonal or the Mirror offers the better value depends on the type of workout you prefer.
Tonal offers impressive strength training options, and for those interested in strength training, it may provide a better value.
For those who enjoy a variety of cardio-style workouts, the Mirror’s lower price point and diverse classes may offer a better value.
Which wall mirror system has more workout options?
Both Tonal and the Mirror offer thousands of prerecorded classes from a variety of instructors. While the Mirror offers a greater variety of classes, Tonal offers more strength training options.
What can I do if I damage my Tonal?
A Tonal purchase comes with a 3-year limited warranty. If your Tonal has a defect or damage covered by this warranty, the company can repair, replace, or refund the product at their sole discretion.
One thing to keep in mind is that if Tonal decides to replace the product, they can do so with either a new or a remanufactured product.
What happens if I damage my Mirror system?
Your Mirror purchase comes with a 1-year standard warranty. If a repair falls under that warranty, the company will send a replacement Mirror or send a partner to service the Mirror.
Within 60 days of your Mirror installation, you can buy an extended warranty for 1, 2, or 4 extra years through Mulberry. In these cases, Mulberry will provide customer support and free repairs/replacement for your Mirror system.
If you’re outside your warranty window, you can reach out to the Mirror Member Experience team for help with troubleshooting. They can also provide contact information for technicians who might be able to help fix your Mirror.
With so many high quality exercise mirror options to choose from, picking the right one comes down to which features and classes you prefer.
Tonal and the Mirror can both provide effective workouts, but they have different styles and focuses.
If you’re interested in strength training, Tonal may appeal more. It’s certainly an investment, but with up to 200 pounds of resistance, it offers a quality workout without filling your space with weights.
If you’re looking for something that’s a little cheaper and focuses on bodyweight resistance-style classes, the Mirror might be the better match. Thanks to its modern style, your guests may not even notice you have a fitness mirror (unless you invite them to take a class with you!).