Are you looking to complete your home gym? Or perhaps you want to upgrade to something more solid now that you’re challenging yourself to new levels? Either way, a gym isn’t complete without a weight bench.
Weight benches are a vital piece of equipment for working out as they give you an abundance of options for exercises to target all muscles across your body. It’s also necessary for proper form. They can be used with dumbbells, cages and various other attachments to ensure a full body workout.
But how do you find the right bench? With so many brands and so many different types of benches on the market, it can be a bit overwhelming when deciding which bench to buy. Safety is paramount, and you need a bench that’s comfortable to allow you to focus on proper form during your exercises. So we’ve done the hard work for you and come up with our own list below.
My Personal Research For You
So, I went to the effort to document my research as I started looking for my adjustable bench I wanted to add to my own personal home gym. I wanted something really sturdy because my current one wobbles and just doesn’t make me feel comfortable when I’m throwing around some serious weight. I really hope you enjoy this article and you can benefit from all the time I put into this. Eric
How Do You Know Which Bench Is Right For Me?
There’s a lot to think about when determining what bench to purchase. You’ll need to consider the following questions:
How many positions do I need?
Adjustable weight benches offer a variety of positions – anything from a handful to nearly a dozen. Think about what kind of exercises you do and what you’ll be doing on this bench. Do you need something to target every muscle in your chest and upper body and therefore need to hit as many different inclines as possible? Or will three or four different inclines be sufficient for your training?
Do I need a decline bench?
Not all utility benches offer decline positions. You can purchase separate decline-only benches – so if you have one then an adjustable bench with a decline position would be superfluous. If you do a lot of decline work then look for one that has this function – only about half of the ones on this list will have a decline position.
How much weight am I lifting?
This is a really important safety question. And it’s fairly self-explanatory. If you’re lifting heavy weights, then forget anything with a low weight capacity because you might end up doing some damage if the bench can’t hold you and the added weights. However if you’re only doing basic weight training then you can get away with something that’s more entry-level with a lower weight capacity.
How big will it need to be? Will it suit my height?
How tall are you? People over 6 foot tall can sometimes have a bit of trouble finding the right bench as some of them can a bit too short. Look at the dimensions of the bench – maybe measure the one you’re already using to get an idea of what will work and what won’t.
Where will it be positioned? Does it need to be moved around?
Is your bench going to be permanently set-up in your home-gym? Or will it need to be moved in and out of place? How much space does your home have? Do you need to be able to roll your bench away into storage? Or perhaps fold down flat to put under the bed? Some benches can fold down but many of the heavy-duty ones that come pre-assembled won’t be able to be flattened for out-of-view storage.
How important are the aesthetics?
Let’s face it, some benches look awesome and others are boring. Do you care what your bench looks like or are you only interested in functionality? Do you want a modern design or are happy with any traditional weight bench appearance?
What’s My budget?
There’s no point forking out $600 or $700 for a bench that will only be used occasionally. And there’s no point spending $100 on a bench that you’re lifting heavy weights on every day. Consider your needs, and how much you want to spend. Typically you get what you pay for – so while there are some great entry-level benches for around the $100 mark, if you need something that will last a long time, be well utilized, carry a lot of weight and withhold plenty of wear and tear then it’s best to fork out a bit more.
These are all important questions to answer as benches vary so much from one to the other. Some may have only a handful of angles, others have every possible and angle under the sun, including decline positions or you can buy a decline-only bench. Some have a lower weight capacity, which is ideal for beginners, while serious lifters need something with a high weight capacity that can withhold their level of training. You can purchase weight benches that can fold down flat, which is ideal if you’re short on space.
Below is our compilation of the best adjustable weight benches available. Each one is a little bit different depending on your needs so have a think about your answers to the earlier questions and let’s see which one is best for you.
1. Cap Utility Bench Barbell Bench
The CAP Barbell Deluxe Utility is an ideal first bench because it won’t break the bank but offers plenty of versatility in your workout options. This bench has anchor posts attached to it, which are perfect if you use resistance bands or tubes. It’s a lightweight, but sturdy bench with plenty of different backrest and seat positions – but no decline. With a 500lbs weight capacity you can be confident of lifting decent weights and remaining stable and safe. Read Full Review Here.
2. Power Block Sport Bench
The Powerblock is priced at around $220 and has a beautiful streamlined design with the option of adding attachments such as a dip attachment to target even more muscles. There are five different backrest positions from flat to military. It has a 550lbs weight capacity and is made of solid steel to keep you safe. There’s no rubber to cover the ends of the feet – if you’re planning on putting your bench on the carpet then it’s probably better to have a bench with rubber ends as it sinks in better. Read The Review Here.
3. Rogue Adjustable Bench
This is a top-of-the-line bench from Rogue and comes with a price tag to suit. But it’s a beautiful bench with four different positions. It’s a great option for people with little space – it’s only 17” tall in the flat position and is easy to move around with attached wheels. The materials are good quality and the thick padding is incredibly absorbent so you won’t leave pools of sweat behind when you get up. It’s a bit on the expensive end for a bench with only four positions (and no decline) but it’s a well-constructed bench that is of high quality. It’s ideal for the bigger guys, as there’s plenty of supportive and comfortable padding. Read Review Here.
4. Universal 5 Position Adjustable Bench
Another great entry-level bench that will save you money but not skimp on quality. It has five positions including a decline so it’s ideal if you’re looking for a bench to allow you to complete decline exercises. It’s incredibly lightweight, and also has foam rollers attached to keep your legs in position while working out.
Even though this bench can be purchased for a relatively cheap price, it’s not a cheap bench in quality. It’s incredibly well made and will offer plenty of support and security for all your weight lifting purposes. Here is our full review.
5. xMark Commercial XM-7630
This is a popular bench for people who take their weight training seriously. With seven different positions including decline, it offers plenty of versatility while being a solid, stable bench with one of the higher weight capacities on this list, at 1500lbs. The padding is thick and durable and even ergonomically designed for maximum user comfort and support. It’s more expensive than the entry-level benches, yet won’t cost you as much as a bench like the Legend 3-Way Utility. It’s a bench which gets rave reviews and is hard to fault. Ideal for serious lifters. Read the xMark Adjustable Bench Review here.
6. Bowflex SelectTech 3.1
The Bowflex 3.1 and the 5.1 are very similar except the 3.1 just has four positions – including one decline position. It’s another ideal entry-level bench, with a maximum weight capacity of 480 lbs. One of the positive features in this bench is the removable leg brace – some people find it great for supporting proper form while others hate the feel of it, so you can easily remove it if you don’t need it. It’s not going to leave you broke and has the full 90degree position rather than 85 degrees like many other benches. Click here to read our bowflex 3.1 review.
7. Bowflex 5.1 Bench
While it looks identical to the 3.1, the 5.1 series offers several more options. It has six different positions and has a deeper decline position than the 3.1. The seat also adjusts, unlike its more entry-level counterpart. It’s the same size but does weigh a bit more. The two Bowflex benches are both made out of commercial quality steel so they’re built to last. Read our 5.1 bowflex review here.
8. Marcy Adjustable Utility Weight Bench
This is one of the cheaper options for weight benches but it’s not cheap on quality. It’s simple and straight forward, there to do the job with no extra frills and trimmings. There are six different positions including decline so you can be sure you’ll get a full workout to target your entire upper body and core. This bench is also one of the few that can fold down fully flat – perfect if you have limited space and need to roll it under the bed or tuck it into a wardrobe when out of use. As the weight capacity is just 300lbs, it’s more suited as an entry-level bench or for those who aren’t lifting heavy weights. Click to see our Marcy bench review here.
9. Ironmaster Super Bench (my recommendation)
This is quite simply one of the best benches you can buy for the price range. It’s a beautiful design with a ton of options and some unique features. It has 11 different angles that adjust using a foot lever and can work as a decline bench as well. The backrest and seat design is very modern and sleek and provides plenty of versatility during your workout.
It’s a Super Bench in quality, and a Super Bench in price – you can pick this beautiful work of art up for around $250 which is a great price for a bench like this – especially with its 1000lbs weight capacity and variety of angles.
Whether you’re only just setting up your home gym or whether you’re a seasoned professional, this list has options for everyone. See our review here on the ironmaster super bench.
The hard work’s been done – now the rest is up to you to pick out what is right for your home gym and your budget.
Adjustable Weight Bench Review List
|Cap Barbell Deluxe||PowerBlock Sport Bench||Univerals 5 Position Bench||Bowflex 5.1||Marcy SB-670 Deluxe Utility Bench||Bowflex 3.1||Xmark XM-7630 Bench||Ironmaster Super Bench|
|Adjustable Degrees||Seven (0, 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90)||Five (0, 30, 45, 60, 90)||Five (-10, 0, 15, 30, and 45 degrees)||Six (-17, flat,30,45,60 90)||Five ( -15, flat, 25, 45, 60, 75)||Five (-10, flat,45,90)||Six (-20, 0, 35, 50, 65, 85)||Eleven (0, 5,10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 75, 80 and 85)|
|(L x W x H)||53″x27″x45″||50″x21″x16″||51″x17″x25″||56″x26″x20″||52″x25x46.5″||56″x26″x20″||52.5″x22.5″x50.5″||43.5″x10.25″x20″|
|Height From floor||16.5″||18″||25″||20″||18.5″||20″|
|Max Person Weight||500lb||550lb||250lb||300lb||300lb||300lb||1500lb||1000lb|
|Can Decline||none||none||1 position||2 position||1 position||1 position||1 position||none|
|Warranty||30 Day Warranty||10 year frame, 1 year pads||Frame 2 year: Upholstery: 30 days||Frame 2 year: Upholstery: 30 days||2 year limited warranty||Frame 2 year: Upholstery: 30 days||Life time||10 year|
|Assembly||n/a||na/||na/||45 minutes||45 minutes||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Our Bench Review||Read More||Read More||Read More||Read More||Read More||Read More||Read More||Read More|
Ok I really hope you appreciated this review. I went through a ton of manuals, reviews and customer comments to get there. Please share this with your friends to help spread the word and let others benefit from this as well. If you have questions please contact me or if you have updates please let me know that as well.