The winner of Best Home Gym Equipment at the T3 Awards 2019 is Wattbike Atom

Like an exercise bike crossed with the Terminator, Wattbike is the ultimate home workout

T3 Awards 2019: Wattbike Atom

Continuing the sporty theme of the  T3 Awards 2019 so far, our next winner – Wattbike Atom, for the 2nd year running – is for Best Home Gym Equipment. Unlike most of the categories, this is our overall favourite from the following 'best of' guides, making victory quite an achievement.

Wattbike has long been a force to be reckoned with in the pro bike training market. The more recent Atom brings its expertise to the home – and the mighty Atom puts up enough resistance to test all but the most elite cyclists. 

The Wattbike Atom is built like a battleship and packed with tech that allows cyclists to monitor their power output across the bike's full range of 0-3760 Watts with a margin for error of just ±2%. That is seriously good.

With that power and accuracy, plus 22 gears, ultra-realistic pedalling action, saddle and handlebars, and Zwift compatibility, Wattbike's Atom might be the ultimate MAMIL's gadget. However, it's also ideal for anyone seeking a hardcore home cardio workout (and an extremely hardcore 'leg day', on its highest settings). 

You can't even compare the Wattbike to most home exercise bikes; when it comes to build quality, challenge level and realism, it's leagues ahead. Think of it as like having a turbo trainer, but without needing to dismantle your actual bike to use it.

It's no longer necessary for a product to be brand new to win a T3 Award, and so Wattbike picks up its second gong, after triumphing in 2018. It says something that a whole year has passed, and even though the more lifestyle-orientated Peloton has launched in the UK, Wattbike is still our favourite home gym equipment. 

• Buy Wattbike Atom for £1,599 direct from Wattbike

Duncan Bell

Duncan is the former lifestyle editor of T3 and has been writing about tech for almost 15 years. He has covered everything from smartphones to headphones, TV to AC and air fryers to the movies of James Bond and obscure anime. His current brief is everything to do with the home and kitchen, which is good because he is an excellent cook, if he says so himself. He also covers cycling and ebikes – like over-using italics, this is another passion of his. In his long and varied lifestyle-tech career he is one of the few people to have been a fitness editor despite being unfit and a cars editor for not one but two websites, despite being unable to drive. He also has about 400 vacuum cleaners, and is possibly the UK's leading expert on cordless vacuum cleaners, despite being decidedly messy. A cricket fan for over 30 years, he also recently become T3's cricket editor, writing about how to stream obscure T20 tournaments, and turning out some typically no-nonsense opinions on the world's top teams and players.

Before T3, Duncan was a music and film reviewer, worked for a magazine about gambling that employed a surprisingly large number of convicted criminals, and then a magazine called Bizarre that was essentially like a cross between Reddit and DeviantArt, before the invention of the internet. There was also a lengthy period where he essentially wrote all of T3 magazine every month for about 3 years. 

A broadcaster, raconteur and public speaker, Duncan used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."