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.
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
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.
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.
Xmark Adjustable Weight Bench XM – 7630
Heavy-duty, rock solid adjustable bench, lifetime warranty with a 1500lb weight capacity.
High capacity 1000lb, heavy duty adjustable bench, very versatile, 11 back pad adjustments
Full FID weight bench, 1000lb weight capacity, 7 adjustable back pad adjustments
Heavy duty commercial gym standard weight bench, 6 adjustable back support positions.
A well built adjustable weight bench at a great price, 14 gauge steel frame, with 5 adjustable back pad positions.
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.
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.
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.
Xmark Adjustable Weight Bench XM – 7630
Dimensions – 60″x 22.5″ x 50.5″
Weight Capacity – 1500lb
7 adjustable back pad positions
- OVERALL 94% 94%
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
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
Pros & Cons
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%
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.
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
Rep Fitness Adjustable Bench
Dimensions – 54”x 26”x 17.5″
7 adjustable back pad positions
Weight capacity – 1000lbs
- OVERALL 92% 92%
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 hope this doesn’t put people off the bench because it’s an excellent
Pros & Cons
York ST Adjustable Incline Bench
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%
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.