This article originally appeared on BikeRadar
If you want to get the most out of Zwift, TrainerRoad, The Sufferfest or other indoor training software, it's worth considering investing in a smart trainer.
Smart trainers allow these apps to control resistance to replicate hills, headwinds and even drafts inside groups. They can also guide you through power-based interval workouts.
To make your life easier, we've compiled a list of all the smart trainers that we've reviewed and are fully compatible with the ever-popular online trainer videogame Zwift, the training software TrainerRoad and The Sufferfest.
Smart trainers can interact with apps in two ways. The best ones both broadcast power to apps, and let their resistance be controlled by apps. Others only broadcast power. Those we list here are two-way smart trainers.
Ben Delaney talks us through the best smart trainers that are available today
Reviews of two-way compatible smart trainers
- Bkool Smart Pro +
- Cycleops Hammer Direct
- Elite Direto
- Elite Drivo
- Elite Real E-Motion
- Kinetic Road Machine
- Kinetic Rock & Roll Smart Control
- Tacx Flux
- Tacx Neo Smart
- Tacx Vortex Smart
- Wahoo Kickr
- Wahoo Kickr Snap
Complete lists of trainer compatibility by app
- Two-way compatible, one-way compatible and incompatible trainers and indoor bikes for Zwift
- Two-way compatible and one-way compatible trainers for TrainerRoad
- Two-way compatible and incompatible trainers for The Sufferfest
But what if I don't want to buy a smart trainer?
You don't need a smart trainer to use Zwift — or TrainerRoad or other indoor training apps.
At minimum, you need a speed / cadence sensor and a turbo trainer or a set of rollers plus a smartphone, tablet or computer. Power meters, heart rate monitors and other accessories will make for a more immersive experience, but aren't strictly necessary.