With so many weight benches crowding the market, it is difficult to find the best home gym bench that suits all of your needs, this article looks at the top  5 benches you will find under $350. All 5 benches are versatile heavy duty and built to last. We feel they are the closest to commercial gym quality you will find in this price bracket.

If you are tired of the busy gyms and are looking for a weight bench to suit all of your bodybuilding needs at home including heavy rack workouts, then look no further. We have a summary, short reviews and full reviews of each bench to help you make your mind up so no need to go wasting your time and money on below par benches that are not up to the job.

All of the benches we have reviewed are for people serious about weightlifting. The 5 benches are at the high end of the home bench market and target men and women who want to take their training to the next level, that’s not to say a beginner wouldn’t do great starting with one of these benches.

You outgrow benches with low capacity and dumbbells fast when you first start training, so, as your journey progresses, I would think best to recommend a bench that will last, heavy duty frames with a high weight capacity will give you the long term durability you need. So if you have the $’s now, it’s better than buying a cheaper bench and outgrowing it in a year or so.

If your budget is tight but you would still love to get away from those rammed packed gyms, I have reviewed some awesome benches under $150 here, take a look you might be surprised what you can get for the money.

Size Stability and Capacity

When you think of a weight bench for home use you need to think sturdy, I’m sure you have worked out on the ones at your local gym and thought you’d love something similar at home, and we can almost get the same quality here. It’s best to look for a solid heavy duty frame, with a capacity of at least 500lbs and 1000lb being ideal.
Don’t forget the bench’s weight capacity number includes your own body weight, so if you see a bench that says 600lbs max weight load you need to include your weight and how much weight you plan on lifting now and in the future, that’s why the higher weight capacity the better, over time you’ll weigh more and lift more weight.

eg if you’re a 300lb guy and you can bench 350lb then a 600lb weight capacity bench isn’t for you!!

Apart from sturdiness and capacity, your weight bench will need to be of proper length, height and width. I’m of average height 5, 10″ and haven’t found a bench yet that’s too short for me, the average length of the back pad being around 42″, you might want to take this into consideration if you are very tall.

The only problems I normally see with any bench if it is slightly too short for taller people is in decline for presses, you don’t want your shoulders hanging off the end. Make sure the back pad is at least the 42″ in length. Weighted dips, in my opinion, are a better option for lower pecs than decline pressing for adding mass so I wouldn’t write off a great bench even if decline options come up short.

The industry recommended height of a bench is 19″, most flat utility benches mirror this height, adjustable benches do tend to be slightly higher around the 22-23″ for the cheaper benches and between 19-20″ for better designed more expensive benches. Why is the height important? You need to be able to keep your feet planted firmly on the floor, this becomes even more important as we begin to lift heavier weights.

Something a lot of weightlifters forget when buying their home gym bench is the density of the foam, the rule of thumb is the harder the better, high-density foam being ideal with at least 2″ thickness and no more than 2.5″, you need to feel stable when you are pressing heavy loads you don’t want anything too soft.

Our last consideration when making sure you are picking a stable bench is to have a good look at the feet and gauge of the bench, heavy rubber feet are the bees knees and most high quality, high capacity benches are typically constructed with 11 – 14 gauge steel for the mainframe.

Before we get into the reviews here’s a quick summary and rank for the weight benches we’ll be reviewing in this article

Xmark Adjustable Weight Bench XM – 7630

Heavy-duty, rock solid adjustable bench, lifetime warranty with a 1500lb weight capacity.

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Ironmaster Super Bench

High capacity 1000lb, heavy duty adjustable bench, very versatile, 11 back pad adjustments

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Rep Fitness Adjustable Bench

Full FID weight bench, 1000lb weight capacity, 7 adjustable back pad adjustments

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York ST Adjustable Bench

Heavy duty commercial gym standard weight bench, 6 adjustable back support positions.

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Power Block Sport Bench

A well built adjustable weight bench at a great price, 14 gauge steel frame, with 5 adjustable back pad positions.

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Flat Benches

Flat benches don’t adjust and are the backbone of the pressing world. Normally rock solid and built to withstand big guys with big pressing loads.

They are great for presses, pullovers, flys and curls but they only offer a singular angular plane to work from, bodybuilders need the extra angles, the 5 adjustable benches we have reviewed are damn good as flat benches too but if you really feel the need to add a flat bench to your home gym then buy it after you have bought the adjustable.

Adjustable Benches

This is what we are looking for in a weight bench – versatility. We need to buy a single bench that functions as a flat incline and maybe decline workout station for all of our bodybuilding needs. You will find what’s most important here is the number of angles the bench offers and is the seat adjustable? And what I find important and I’m sure you will too, that it is easy enough to move around your workout space.

Versatility

Generally the more angles a bench has the better, ultimately you want a bench that can go from flat to vertical, you do not want to find yourself having to buy another bench just for vertical, so make sure it doesn’t stop short of that vertical.
Take a good look at how the bench adjusts, is it nice and simple and importantly can you adjust it quickly for angular drop sets? But don’t worry too much, each bench we have reviewed excels in the versatility department. Every bench in our review can be easily adjusted. There are videos at the end of each full review where you can see any of the benches working in full view so you won’t miss a thing.

The Seat

An independently adjustable seat is a must in this price bracket, an adjustable seat will help support you when in incline position stopping your butt slipping down the bench or more dangerously right off the bench, it can reduce pressing power by creating an unstable base. Never pay over $200 for an adjustable bench without an adjustable seat.

Moving The Bench

Adjustable benches are normally quite a bit heavier than flat utility benches, most benches come with a handle and transport wheels integrated into the rear stabilizers, makes life a whole lot easier for moving around the workout area and/or for storage.

Attachments

As some of us will have limited space in our home gyms attachments can become a valuable commodity, but make sure the attachments are removable, the last thing you want is an unremovable leg curl attachment getting in the way of foot placement. the same with some of the cheaper decline benches, they also come with foot placeholders and these too need to be detachable.

REVIEWS

Xmark Adjustable Weight Bench XM – 7630

Weight – 77lb

Dimensions – 60″x 22.5″ x 50.5″

Weight Capacity – 1500lb

7 adjustable back pad positions

Adjustable seat

  • OVERALL 94% 94%
The Xmark adjustable bench is probably the most well built solid bench you are going to find on the market today. With a full FID range, from -20 to full verticle, The Xmark offers 7 adjustable back pad positions giving you all the versatility you would find in a commercial bench. The fully adjustable 3 position seat will make sure there’s no butt slip when incline pressing.

The main frame is built from 11 gauge heavy duty steel and with it comes a lifetime warranty, the longest warranty offered by any of the benches we have reviewed, this really does show the confidence Xmark has in their weight benches.

An awesome bench built for the serious weightlifter or anyone who wants to take their training a step further, with a weight load of 1500lb this bench is suited for even the most extreme of lifters, great for heavy rack and dumbbell work.

The ladder adjustment system is solid and proves to be quick and simple to adjust, this bench is very stable in incline thanks to all four corners of the bench making contact with the floor arguably better than the tripod style, all four corners are also covered with slip-resistant rubber giving you the added stability.

This bench is close or even as good as most commercial benches, we love its simple design and heavyweight capacity, it’s brilliant as an incline bench, but is the bench too high to make it a great bench in flat? Well for people under six foot maybe but as a flat bench 22.5″ is just a little too high for my liking so something to consider if you are buying this bench for flat as well as incline.

Out of the many, many reviews I have read there’s only been one complaint about this bench: it is hard to plant your feet properly on the floor. But for the price, there is simply no better built versatile weight bench out there.

If you are a serious lifter, beginner, or fitness fanatic this bench should suit all, it is durable and rock solid and with its high weight load capacity, I can’t see anyone growing out of this bench. Take this bench seriously it’s well worth a look, with a lifetime warranty you may never need buy another bench again.

Pros & Cons

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High Capacity combined user and weight load of 1500lbs
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Commercial quality 11 gauge 2″x 3″ steel construction
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Ergonomic 3 position adjustable seat
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7 adjustment back support positions ( ladder system)
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Skid-resistant feet
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Transport wheels
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Foot hold down bar
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Tear, sweat resistant durable upholstery

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No option for adding attachments
Ironmaster Super Bench
Weight – 65lbs

Dimensions – 44″ x 18.8″ x 21″

11 adjustable back support angles +/- 0º, 5º, 10º, 20º, 30º, 40º, 50º, 60º, 70º, 80º, 85º

Weight Capacity – 1000lb flat, 600lb incline

  • OVERALL 92% 92%
Coming in at a close second the Ironmaster super bench is by far the most versatile bench of all the benches, 11 adjustable back pad positions and again the same in decline, the Super bench gives you more angles than you’ll ever need. Made from 11- 14 guage steel and just like the Xmark with all four corners making contact with the floor this bench feels stable and solid.

The design of this bench surprisingly makes it rock solid in all positions including decline, something you can’t say about many adjustable benches, I was expecting some play in the back pad because of how the bench is supported on just the one central post, but happily there is no play at all.

The weight capacity is excellent in flat with the 1000lb but sadly in incline because of how the seat is designed the incline capacity drops to 600lb and this is where some of the more serious lifters may think twice about buying the super bench, which is a shame because it really is a great all-round bench that offers just about everything you can think of from an adjustable bench.

YIt should be noted that by having a detachable seat you do get rid of the troublesome gap between the seat and back pad that most other adjustable benches suffer from. So for many of us who are not going to exceed the 600lb incline weight load the detachable seat makes this bench an even better buy.

As mentioned above by removing the seat you are left with an incredibly stable flat bench, and with its 1000lb capacity in flat, this bench can take some serious pressing. 20″ from pad to floor get the super bench pretty close to the ideal 19″  of the flat utility benches. I can’t see many people having trouble planting their feet on the floor with this bench but if you do you can always plant your feet on a couple of 1-2″ blocks or plates.

The upholstery is made from heavy-duty vinyl and should last for years, there have been no reported issues with the upholstery which is great to hear as it’s normally the first thing to go on most benches. The upholstery also comes with a 1-year warranty.

One of the bench’s main features is the attachment options, the bench starts as a flat bench then you add attachments, the detachable seat comes with the bench but there’s also other attachments such as the dip, pullup, leg curl and preacher curl attachment that you will have to buy separately.

A light bench at 65lb makes it easy enough to move around and with the integrated transport wheels making it even easier to move in and out of your rack.

Is it worth the money? Yes and more. We like this bench here at JHG, the super bench makes for a surprisingly good flat bench and it’s great to see an adjustable bench that is rock solid in decline, flat and incline, so make sure you check out the video in our full review so you can get a really good look at this bench, it’s well worth taking a look.

Pros & Cons

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High 1000lb flat combined user and weight load capacity
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Rock solid in flat decline and incline
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Comfortable supportive high-quality upholstery
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Great price for such a well made versatile stable bench
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Very versatile, 11 decline and incline angles
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Adjustable seat
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Lots of available accessories
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Easy assembly

Cons

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10″ back pad may be too narrow for some
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Low incline max weight
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Attachments are expensive

Rep Fitness Adjustable Bench

Weight- 85lbs

Dimensions – 54”x 26”x 17.5″

7 adjustable back pad positions

Weight capacity – 1000lbs

  • OVERALL 92% 92%
A solid well built bench with a 1000lb combined user and weight load capacity, the Rep fitness adjustable bench has been designed to cope with just about any workout you can throw at it. With 7 adjustable back positions and 5 seat adjustment angles, Reps bench is very versatile.

The 17¾” height is comfortable when the bench is in flat and makes for an extremely useful bench when flat pressing, the bench is the same height in flat as most flat utility benches, letting you keep your feet firmly planted on the floor taking nothing away from your pressing power.

The seat features the pin pull system making it easy for you to adjust to any of the 5 seat adjustment angles, it’s tucked away nicely under the seat and is easy to reach.

The low profile design of Reps bench and the wide rear stabilizer keep the bench stable in flat position, the tripod style, “3 points of contact to the floor” compared to the four of the Xmark and ironmaster bench means the bench does suffer from a minor wobble in the higher incline position but this is unavoidable with this design, it’s nothing major but some wobble should be expected with the tripod style frames in incline.

With the 2½” padded upholstery the Rep fitness bench has just the right amount of padding to be firm yet comfortable to keep you stable when exercising, no complaints here, they got the padding thickness spot on.

The bench features the built-in transport rollers in the rear stabilizer, making the bench easy to move around your home gym space.

Made from 7 – 14 gauge steel the Rep bench does feel incredibly solid, for seasoned weight trainers coming from a commercial gym to home setup this a great bench for heavy rack and dumbbell work. There’s a slight gap between seat and back support but nothing off-putting enough that I would recommend you need buy a flat bench as well. The Rep bench’s versatility and stability should be enough for all upper body workouts.

Nice to see a 10 yr frame warranty with the Rep fitness bench, as mentioned earlier it shows confidence in their fitness products but what might be off-putting to some and surprised me was Rep Fitness only offer a 30-day warranty on the upholstery.

In this price range you would expect at least 6 months or a year so make of it what you will but I was disappointed with Rep for this, they made such a great FID bench and to only offer you 30 days on the upholstery is crazy, Whilst i haven’t read of any complaints of durability issues with the bench. It doesn’t fill me with confidence.

I hope this doesn’t put people off the bench because it’s an excellent all-round adjustable bench at a great price but Rep really need to up their game with the warranty if they wish to compete with the Xmark and ironmaster bench both around the same price.

Pros & Cons

Pros

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Solid 11 gauge steel frame
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Full FID capability… flat inline decline, 7 adjustable back support positions in total!
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Firm comfortable padded seat
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Well made high quality, stable, solid
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10 year frame warranty
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Transport wheels and handle
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1000lb combined user and weight load capacity
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We like the height at 17¾” when flat it is consistent with flat utility benches

Cons

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Upholstery only 30-day guarantee
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This bench does not store upright because the ladder system only locks when the bench is horizontal

 York ST Adjustable Incline Bench

Weight- 100lbs

Dimensions –  57.25″ L x 22.25″ W x 19″ H

6 – Adjustable back pad positions, 0, 30, 45, 60, 75 and 90 degrees.

Adjustable seat 3 positions

  • OVERALL 88% 88%
A high capacity adjustable version of the York ST flat utility bench. The bench is made from heavy duty powder coated steel. A great height at 19″ from pad to floor in flat, with easily enough adjustment angles to keep most weightlifters happy.

An adjustable seat creates a nice and secure angle with the pad so that you don’t slide out or feel like you’re sliding out. The gap between seat and back pad is manageable and shouldn’t interfere with flat pressing.

The high quality Boltifix upholstery is 2″ thick high-density foam mounted on to a plywood back. Perfect for support and not too comfortable to be offputting.  Front mounted grab handle and rear mounted impact resistant wheels with self-lubricating bearings, allow this bench to be easily moved around the gym.

A solid bench made for most weightlifters, it doesn’t have the versatility of the ironmaster or the build quality of the Xmark, but it does have the right height and its built to last made with 52mm x 76mm steel tubing and 3mm sheet steel. Finished with highly durable, scratch resistant, electrostatic powder coat paint.

Pros & Cons

Pros

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Solid heavy duty steel frame
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Versatile 6 adjustable back pad angles
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Firm comfortable padded seat
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Well made high quality, stable, solid
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Transport wheels and handle
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Good height for flat pressing

Cons

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