How I Used the Peloton Return Policy

Even though I’ve had my bike since 2016, for the first time ever, I had to use the Peloton return policy. Why?

Because I bought the Peloton Guide. Eventually, I had to return it, which I’ll explain a little lower in this article.

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What is the Peloton return policy

You may not ever realize that Peloton has a return policy.

In fact, the return policy takes on a number of forms, which I’ll be discussing in this article. This includes:

  • 30-day home trial Peloton return policy
  • Peloton apparel return policy
  • Free 30-day trial of the Peloton app

I’ll address each of these areas related to returning things to Peloton separately.

Overall, I want to say that when returning anything to Peloton, it’s a good idea to call them or use their support chat.

Anyway, let me go into why I recently used the Peloton return policy for the Peloton Guide.

Why I bought and then returned the Peloton Guide

Earlier this year I decided that I wanted to add the Peloton Guide to my suite of Peloton products.

Currently, we have an original bike (purchased in 2016) and a Bike Plus (purchased in 2021).

I use the Peloton app with my Roku TV to do all the non-bike classes.

Finally, I’ll run the Peloton app on my phone when I want to do Tread bootcamps, since I have just a regular treadmill.

Anyway, as you know, this blog focuses heavily on Peloton content.

Also, because I’ve upped my strength training regime, ever since starting to follow the Hardcore on the Floor calendar, it made sense to add the Guide. 

The Guide is designed to track your activity during strength-related classes. So, I thought being able to use this external measure would elevate my workout.

Because I already pay for an all-access membership, I chatted with Peloton support before buying the Guide.

You see, the Guide comes with its own membership fee if you don’t already pay for one.

Peloton calls it the Guide-only Peloton All-Access Membership, and it costs $24 per month.

Setting up my Peloton Guide

It took about a week from ordering the Guide to having it arrive by FedEx on my doorstep.

Then, it was up to me to set it up and start using it.

I knew that I had 30 days to try it out and return for a full refund so I didn’t want to waste any time.

Unpacking the Guide was easy, and hooking it up to my TV was easy as well.

I recall support telling me that as long as I was using a TV with an HDMI cable, I would be good to go.

So, I cleared space near where my Bike and tried to start the setup.

Guide would not pair with WiFi

Unfortunately, I never got past pairing the Guide with my WiFi.

That’s because we have a private VPN that requires you to enter a username AND password in order to log in. 

This isn’t an issue with my bike, because the WiFi prompt on the bike gives you space for both a username and password.

We did have a similar problem with our RokuTV, because it was password only. But at least the Roku had an Ethernet cable port, which is what we ended up using to get it to work.

With the Guide, well, there was no way to hardwire it to the Internet. Even trying to hotspot it to my phone–which would only require a password–did not work.

No matter how close I brought my phone to the device, it would not pick up the phone’s Bluetooth signal.

I found this surprising since the Guide is supposed to be able to pair with a Bluetooth heart rate monitor, like my Scosche Rhythm Ant+ HRM that I used on the bike.

Returning my Guide back to Peloton

Needless to say, I chatted with Peloton support and tried all of their troubleshooting tips.

However, in  the end, there was no way to pair the Guide with my WiFi so I returned it. 

As I mentioned I knew I had 30 days to try out the device and return it.

So Peloton emailed me a prepaid FedEx label so I could ship it back.

Unfortunately, they wouldn’t send FedEx to pick up my package; I had to find a drop off location on my own. 

Five days after I shipped the device back–and I had confirmation that Peloton had received it–they refunded my purchase.

It automatically went back to the credit card I used to buy the Guide.

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How the 30-day home trial Peloton return policy works

One of the reasons that I could take advantage of the 30-day home trial Peloton return policy was because I’d never purchased a Peloton Guide before.

I didn’t realize this but you’re only allowed this 30-day home trial and then a free return the first time you buy a certain piece of hardware. 

So, for example, since I own the Bike and the Bike Plus, I couldn’t get a home trial if I bought a second Bike or Bike Plus.

The same would apply if you already owned a Tread of Guide and then wanted to get a second one. 

“If you are not satisfied with your purchase of any new Peloton Product, you can request a return within 30 days after your delivery. Unless your purchase is eligible for our 30-Day Home Trial Offer, this Return Policy applies…We also offer a 30-Day Home Trial for first-time purchasers of each of our new Peloton Products (Peloton Bike, Peloton Bike+, and Peloton Tread) in which you will receive a full refund on your Peloton Product, as well as a refund for certain accessories and membership payments made during your trial.”

Where the 30-Day Home Trial isn’t allowed

Unfortunately, not every Peloton customer in the United States or Canada can take advantage of the 30-Day home trial and return policy. 

For example, those living in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S Virgin Islands, and ferry-only accessible locations cannot do a home trial.

Also, if you’re currently doing a home trial, you cannot participate in the Peloton rental program.

Home trial ineligibility in Canada

In addition, in Canada the home trial option has a very limited scope. It’s easier to tell you where you cannot have a home trial.

Here is a partial list of locations–which I don’t think Peloton even delivers to, so why they are likely included on this list:

  • Quebec
  • Newfoundland
  • Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island
  • New Brunswick
  • Nunavut
  • Yukon,
  • Northwest Territories

Also, Peloton says that remote areas of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia are excluded from home trials.

Between now, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Peloton is offering a price match guarantee.

How to return a Peloton if it’s been recalled.

What is the return policy on Peloton accessories

If you bought a Peloton accessories package with your Peloton hardware, you can return them, too. Also, if you bought them separately, you can return them.

However, they must be unused and unworn, and it has to be within 30 days of that purchase. 

Keep in mind that if you bought those items separately during a sale or promotion, you cannot return them at all. Here is Peloton’s policy on that:

“The following merchandise may not be returned or exchanged if they have been worn, used, or purchased marked down/sale item:

  • Shoes 
  • Water Bottles
  • In-Ear Headphones
  • Heart Rate Monitors 

All other returns must be made within 30 days of purchase and must be shipped with the original packaging.”

peloton water bottle

One caveat with shoes: if somehow you got the wrong size, Peloton will let you exchange the shoes for another size.

Your best bet before buying the bike is to visit a Peloton store location and try on the shoes there. Then, you’ll know what size to buy.

More about Peloton shoes here.

Getting a refund for returns

As I mentioned in less than a week after returning my Guide, Peloton refunded my money. I’m assuming they would refund money as quickly if you had to return a bike or Tread. 

However, it’s important to keep something in mind when returning hardware: Peloton will not refund any shipping, delivery or set up costs you’d paid.

Peloton apparel return policy

Peloton has a whole separate policy for its clothing, if you want to return it. Honestly, I never knew you could return the apparel at all.

Maybe I just assumed I couldn’t because I always used my referral code credits to shop in the Peloton boutique online. 

Here is more about how the Peloton referral code works.

Anyway, I was wrong in assuming that. Turns out you can return apparel purchased with a referral code.

There are two caveats, though.

One, you won’t get a refund for the shipping charge.

And two, you don’t get cash back. 

Returning Peloton apparel

Here’s what Peloton says:

“If any items were purchased with a referral code, your order will be refunded in the form of a new code for the amount of the returned items.”

Again, you have to make the return within 30 days of receiving the item.

More about Peloton apparel here.

Now if you’ve purchased apparel the old-fashioned way, meaning you paid for it versus using a referral code, much of the above return policy applies. So, I’ll spell it out for you.

One, you have to return within 30 days.

Two, items must be unworn, with tags still attached.

Three, you won’t get the shipping cost refunded.

Four, you cannot exchange clothing, only return.

Five, it is possible to go to a local Peloton showroom to return apparel.

Finally, now you can buy some Peloton apparel on Amazon. 

Free 30-day trial of the Peloton app

In this section about the free Peloton app trial, I’ll also address how you can cancel a Peloton subscription.

Now, right now the free Peloton app trial is just 30 days long. That means you have 30 days to try it out and cancel if you don’t like it.

However, at other times, Peloton has extended this free trial to 60 days and 90 days. 

In fact, right now in my Peloton app, I could give friends a 60 day Peloton guest pass. In other words, they would get a free 60 day trial to try out the Peloton app.

With that promotion via the app on my iPhone, I can share a link directly with people via text or social media. It’s almost too easy.

Here are steps to cancel a Peloton subscription.

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Hilton Hotel Finder

In Fall 2022 Hilton hotels announced that they were putting Peloton bikes in every U.S. Hilton hotel by year’s end.

That’s great news for Peloton users.

However, in early 2023, my husband stayed at an Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and there was not a Peloton in sight in the hotel gym.

So, caveat emptor.

Also, not all Hilton hotels have Hilton in the name, though many do.

Therefore, if you’re looking for a Hilton hotel, you should know all of the brands in the Hilton family.

You’ll find them in alphabetical order here in my Hilton Hotel Finder.

I’ve included a link directly to each Hilton brand so you can book a room directly with Hilton.

Finally, even if a Hilton hotel doesn’t have a Peloton bike, you may want to book a stay in a Five Feet to Fitness room.

These guestrooms have workout centers in them, including 11 different pieces of cardio and strength equipment.

How to start a Peloton app free trial

Unlike other free trials, the Peloton app free trial really is free. That is, in order to use it, you only have to do these three things:

  1. Download the Peloton app
  2. Create a username and password
  3. Log in

You do not need to give a credit card. However, once the 30 days is up, Peloton will prompt you to continue with a paid plan. Right now the monthly membership fee for the Peloton app is $12.99.

Here are some ways to get a Peloton app membership discount.

Here are steps to cancel a Peloton order.

Final thoughts on the Peloton return policy

Until I purchased and returned my Peloton Guide and then wrote this article, I didn’t realize how extensive Peloton’s return policy was.

In fact, I’m surprised at its relative generosity, especially when it comes to trying out and then returning big, bulky pieces of workout equipment.

Let me know if you still have any unanswered questions about the Peloton return policy, home trial or anything else.