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Best Home Gym Bench Review – Under $350

Best Home Gym Bench Review – Under $350
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

Pros

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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

Cons

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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

Pros

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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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No decline
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Reports of wobble in incline

 Power Block Sports Bench

Weight – 57lbs

Dimensions –  50″ x 21.5″ x 18″

5 – Adjustable back pad positions

Adjustable seat

  • OVERALL 88% 88%
The cheapest of all 5 weight benches and lowest in capacity but this bench is an awesome buy for anyone who doesn’t need a bench for heavy rack workouts. A brilliantly designed bench with a 19″ height from pad to floor helps to make the bench one of the best benches for flat dumbbell workouts.

At 550lbs it’s not going to be a bench for serious weightlifters but certainly a bench to consider if you don’t have enough space at home for a rack and are going to be using dumbbells for most of your workouts.

The heavy-duty 14 gauge steel frame gives the bench a very solid feel, the ladder adjustment system feels sturdy and is quick and simple to adjust. Although not a full FID bench, the Powerblock lacks the incline angles, it still is very versatile, offering 5 back pad positions and an adjustable seat.

The bench can be upgraded with a dip attachment that fits to the top of the back support, as well as a Sports Bench Chin attachment with a 250 lb capacity. This allows you to add dips to your chest or triceps workout, and extend your back workouts with pull-ups using various grip positions.

Nice to see transport wheels on a $200 bench and a handle making this one easy to move around and store, Powerblocks bench also comes with a 10 yr frame and 1-year upholstery warranty. You won’t find a more affordable solid adjustable bench for dumbbell workouts than the Powerblock sports bench

Pros & Cons

Pros

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Solid heavy duty 14 gauge steel frame
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10 yr frame warrenty
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Can be upgraded to take a variety of attachments
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Well made high quality, stable, solid
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Transport wheels and handle
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19 ” Good height for flat pressing

Cons

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No decline
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550lb weight capacity may be to low for more seasoned weight lifters

13 Comments

  1. Mindi

    Who knew that there could be so many different kinds of fitness benches!! My husband has been complaining about the weight capacity limit of his current gym bench and wanting a new one. With Father’s Day right around the corner I thought this would be a perfect gift! you definitely listed some great products!

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    • Jay.D

      Hey Mindi, thanks for looking in, the Xmark adjustable bench has a huge 1500lb capacity and is built as solidly as they come, you can’t go wrong with the Xmark and it will probably be the last bench your husband would need to buy. With a lifetime guarantee its certainly worth serious consideration.

      Thanks for the comment

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  2. Melinda Curle

    These are great recommendations for a home gym bench. I’m glad that you included the weight capacity. I think I would have forgotten that I have to add my own weight to the weights that I am lifting if you hadn’t pointed it out.
    I wouldn’t have thought about the versatility of a bench’s incline, so I’m glad that you included that in your review. I learned a lot about buying a home bench. Thanks!

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    • Jay.D

      Hi Melinda, yep its defiantly worth making sure you have a few incline positions and a near verticle or full verticle angle is important for seated military presses. You will find the higher weight capacity benches do normally come at a higher cost but it’s worth it, saves growing out of a bench or the need to buy a second bench for your power rack.

      However, if you only need a bench for some lightweight lifting and your not looking to spend too much, check out our best benches under $150 here

      Thanks for the comment

      Reply
  3. Sunny

    I am new to weight lifting, so I’m reluctant to spend more than I need on the home gyme stuff. But you have a TON of ideas here with the pros and cons, now I’m thinking it’s probably a good idea to get a bench. I was going to go with just a complete home gym systems like with Bowflex or something (they have the complete gym that comes with a bench). It seems now it would be cheaper to bit and piece my home gym. Do you have any lists or anything for beginners as far as what equipment I should start out with?

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    • admin

      Hi Sunny, depending where you have your home gym its a good idea to start with the flooring some sort of rubber flooring is best to protect your floors underneath from weight drops etc, a bench and some dumbbells next, this will be a great start for free weight workouts. You can always look at power racks and pulley systems later on as and when you need.

      Thanks for looking in.

      Reply
  4. Wayne

    Hey Jake, very good review, very informative. My wife and I, both being older now, have the Total Gym. For now, this works great for us.

    I have bookmarked your website and if we decide to upgrade, I most definitely will revisit to purchase one of these weight benches. You covered a lot of things that I did not know about as far as lifting. THX Wayne

    Reply
    • Jay.D

      Hi, It’s great you found the review useful, hope to see you back here when you upgrade.

      Thanks for looking in

      Reply
  5. Mike D

    Wow, thorough review! I’ve been looking for a higher capacity bench for my garage gym – I’ve been using a pretty flimsy bench and am somewhat worried it’s going to break on me. I’m going to find out more about the Ironmaster Super Bench. The design looks really neat! Thanks for all the info!

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    • Jay.D

      Thanks buddy, yep the ironmaster is an awesome bench, its defiantly the most versatile weight bench I’ve seen…They also make a fantastic set of adjustable dumbbells, in my opinion, the best available on the market. You can check out our review here

      Thanks for the comment

      Reply
  6. Matt's Mom

    I really do like the Xmark Adjustable Weight Bench XM the best. I have been wanting to get a bench for the home for my son. But really looks like we can both use it. Great review, you have narrowed down my options for me! I like that all of these are under $350. I was expecting to pay a lot more. Thanks for the great information.

    Reply
    • Jay.D

      I’d say this is a lifetime bench, almost impossible to grow out of with the huge 1500lb weight capacity, a great bench for your son start out on and grow with. Thanks for looking in.

      Reply
  7. jessie palaypay

    Do benches with a higher weight capacity necessarily mean a higher price? Also, what is the average duration that these weight benches should last? 10 or 20 years?

    Also, is there a return or replacement warranty that I can get it in the unlikely event that these weight benches break?

    Jessie

    Reply

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