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The 5 Best Weight Benches for Home Gym in 2019

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#1 Bowflex 5.1 Adjustable Weight Bench

Looking for a versatile weight bench that can lay flat, incline, or decline? You’ll love the Bowflex 5.1. Featuring seven adjustments, it can hold up to 600 lbs, measure 56” x 26” by 20”, and even has a leg attachment so you can better work your abdominal muscles.

  • Versatile: 6 bench adjustments (incline and decline)
  • Adjustable seat: 2 different position options
  • Add-ons: Comes with a removable leg hold-down brace
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#2 XMark 11-Gauge FID Flat Incline Decline Bench XM-7472

This adjustable bench is perfect for all fitness types. Based upon an 11-gauge steel mainframe, this FIT bench is incredibly sturdy and has a weight limit of 1,500 lbs!

  • Weight limit: Bench can hold up to 1,500 lbs
  • Adjustable seat: 3 settings
  • Inclines and declines: 7 different workout levels
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#3 Marcy Competitor Adjustable Olympic Weight Bench

The Marcy Competitor Adjustable Olympic Weight Bench has five adjustable positions, holds up to 600 lbs, and is even backed by a two-year warranty. It even comes with a leg developer.

  • Versatile: 5 bench adjustments (flat and decline)
  • Comfortable: Has a 2-inch thick high-density foam padding for firm comfort
  • Weight limit: Holds up to 600 lbs
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#4 Marcy Flat Utility Bench

This March flat bench is made of heavy-duty tubing for stability. It features a high-density foam padding for comfort and measures 43L x 14W x 17H.

  • Affordable: If you need a basic, affordable weight bench, this is a great option
  • Easy to move: Bench weighs 22 lbs. While not foldable, it’s easy to lift and store in a closet or elsewhere if need be.
  • Weight capacity: 300 lbs
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#5 Reality X-Class Multi-Workout Bench

If toning your abs is your number 1 fitness goal, check out the Reality X-Class Multi-Workout Bench. It has four different positions, 14 thigh support adjustments, push up and dip bars, and can even be used as a weight bench.

  • Versatile: 4 bench adjustments (flat and decline) and 14 thigh support adjustments
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
  • Add-ons: Comes with a push up bar and dip bar
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While we enjoy going to the gym or a fitness class from time to time, sometimes it’s nice to workout at home. We recently told you about the best kettlebells on the market (and the best kettlebell exercises for beginners) and shared a few of our favorite in-home workouts.  Now we’re excited to share our favorite weight benches. Why? Because no in-home gym would be complete without one!

When researching weight benches, there are a lot of things to consider: should you buy one with wheels? What about one with adjustable settings? Do you really need a rigid flat option?

The answer is: it depends. It depends on what your workout goals are, how much space you have in your in-home gym, and how much money you’re looking to spend. Take a minute to answer those questions and then take a look at our recommendations below. You can’t go wrong with any of them.

Editor’s Choice: XMark 11-Gauge FID Flat Incline Decline Bench XM-7472

Xmark weight bench

If you’re looking for a high-quality weight bench for your in-home gym, the XMark 11-Gauge FID is our top choice. This adjustable bench is perfect for men and women, newbies as well as fitness pros. Comprised of an 11-gauge steel mainframe, it’s incredibly sturdy and has a weight limit of 1,500 lbs!

Pros

  • Sturdy: Made of steel, this bench is built to last
  • High-weight limit: Bench can hold up to 1,500 lbs
  • Adjustable seat: 3 different settings
  • Inclines and declines: has 7 different workout levels
  • Comfortable: Features a 3″ duracraft pad (that is sweat and tear resistant)
  • Wheels: If you need to move this weight bench, it’s simple thanks to the wheels
  • Optional attachments: Leg extention and preacher curl attachments available for purchase

Cons

  • Soft cushion: Customers have said that the cushion is too soft and thus less supportive
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Best Flat Bench: Marcy Flat Utility Bench

Marcy flat bench

If you’re looking for a basic and affordable weight bench and don’t care about incline or decline positions, a flat bench may be the best weight bench for you. In particular, the Marcy Flat Utility Bench.

This March bench features heavy-duty tubing for stability and high-density foam for comfort. It measures 43L x 14W x 17H and has a weight capacity of 300 lbs.

Pros

  • Affordable: If you need a basic, affordable weight bench, this is a great option
  • Easy to move: Bench weighs 22 lbs. While not foldable, it’s easy to lift and store in a closet or elsewhere if need be.

Cons

  • Low-weight limit: Bench can only hold 300 lbs (including body weight and free weights)
  • Not adjustable: This is a flat bench, thus is not able to incline or decline for a better workout
  • Difficult to assemble: Customers have provided feedback that bench is difficult to put together
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Best Adjustable Bench: Bowflex 5.1 Adjustable Weight Bench

Bowflex weight bench

If you’re looking for a versatile weight bench that can lay flat, incline, or decline, we highly recommend the Bowflex 5.1. With seven adjustments, this weight bench can hold up to 600 lbs, measure 56” x 26” by 20”, and even has a leg attachment so you can better work your abdominal muscles.

Pros

  • Versatile: 6 bench adjustments (incline and decline)
  • Warranty: 30 year warranty on frame
  • Adjustable seat: 2 different position options
  • Add-ons: Comes with a removable leg hold-down brace

Cons

  • Price: More expensive than some of the other weight benches on our list
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Best Abs Bench: Reality X-Class Multi-Workout Bench

Best ab workout bench

If your main fitness goal is building and toning your abs, an abs bench may be the best weight bench for you. After all, if you won’t use the additional features of a more advanced bench, why invest in one?

Our top choice for abs benches is the Reality X-Class Multi-Workout Bench,. It has four different positions: 1 flat and 3 decline. It also has 14 thigh support adjustments, push up and dip bars, and can even be used as a weight bench. Its weight capacity is 650 lbs – perfect for heavy weight lifting should you choose. What’s more? It has a limited lifetime warranty!

Pros

  • Versatile: 4 bench adjustments (flat and decline) and 14 thigh support adjustments
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
  • Add-ons: Comes with a push up bar and dip bar

Cons

  • Incline: While this weight bench has 3 decline options, it does not have an incline option
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Best Olympic Bench: Marcy Competitor Adjustable Olympic Weight Bench

Marcy Olympic weight bench

If you’re an advanced weight lifter and are looking to invest in a weight bench that you can use for both light weights and heavy weights, core workouts and arm workouts, consider an Olympic weight bench. Specifically, the Marcy Competitor Adjustable Olympic Weight Bench.

This Marcy bench has five adjustable positions, holds up to 600 lbs, and is even backed by a two-year warranty. It even comes with a leg developer.

Pros

  • Versatile: 5 bench adjustments (flat and decline)
  • Comfortable: Has a 2-inch thick high-density foam padding for firm comfort
  • Warranty: Backed by a 2-year warranty
  • Add ons: Comes with a leg developer
  • Weight limit: Holds up to 600 lbs

Cons

  • Bar: Comes with a 72″ bar, nothing lower
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Types of Weight Benches

If you’re new to working out, new to weight benches, or have never really paid attention to them, you may be surprised to learn that there’s more than one type.

Flat Bench

flat weight bench

A flat bench is the most basic type of workout benches there is. But it’s also one of the best weight benches! Some of the best upper body exercises require a flat, stable position – which a flat bench provides. With a flat bench, you can do chest presses, bicep curls, should presses, and more. A flat bench is one of the best benches for weight lifting.

In addition to being beneficial for weight lifting and other upper body exercises, a flat bench can also be used for cardio training: you can do high jumps, step ups, and more.

  •  Pros
    • Provide stability
    • Great for weightlifting
    • Helpful for cardio training
    • High weight capacity
  • Cons
    • Base in not adjustable, which means you cannot do incline or decline exercises

Adjustable Bench

Bowflex 5.1 Adjustable Weight Bench

An adjustable bench is the most popular type of weight bench. It can lay perfectly flat so has all of the benefits of a flat bench, but can also incline or decline so you can perform additional exercises that are impossible to do with a flat bench. Examples of these include inline presses (which focus on the upper chest) or decline presses (which focus on the lower pectoral muscles).

Adjustable benches typically have 5 or 6 different incline or decline options are typically easy to adjust. Some use a pin, while others use a ladder. A ladder is preferable as it’s more stable and thus safer.

  • Pros
    • Have all of the benefits of a flat bench
    • Easy to adjust
    • Incline and decline settings allow you to perform exercises that are impossible to do on a flat bench
    • Small; will not take up a lot of space in your in-home gym
  • Cons
    • Flat position may have a gap due to pin or ladder; flat benches will not have this
    • May shake when in incline or decline position
    • Weight limit is lower than a flat bench; inexpensive models typically have a max weight of 300 lbs

Olympic Bench

Tomasar Olympic Weight Bench

If you’re looking for a well-rounded weight bench that you can do chest presses, bench presses and more on, consider an Olympic bench. They have the same benefits of a flat bench, the ability to incline and decline like an adjustable bench, but differentiate themselves with an adjustable barbell rack that enables you to do barbell presses safely – with or without a spotter (although we recommend one should you be lifting very heavy weights).

The adjustable barbell rack not only makes weight lifting safer, but it provides more stability than the adjustable bench. The benches have a high weight capacity and some even come with a separate squat rack.

  • Pros
    • Have all of the benefits of a flat bench and an adjustable
    • Provide more stability than an adjustable bench
    • Allow you to perform more exercises than you can on a flat bench or an adjustable bench
    • Adjustable barbell rack adds an additional safety element that flat benches and adjustable benches lack
  • Cons
    • Take up more space than flat benches and adjustable benches
    • More expensive than flat benches and adjustable benches

Folding Bench

Folded weight bench

If you have a small in-home gym, you may want to consider a folding bench. Folding benches (sometimes called collapsible benches) are able to fold in half and be wheeled away and stored after use.

Similar to adjustable benches, folding benches can lay flat or be adjusted to an incline or decline position. They are the least stable of any weight bench, however, so are best used for lightweights or ab routines. We only recommend folding benches for people who do not have extra space for a weight bench to live long-term.

  • Pros
    • Have all of the benefits of an adjustable bench
    • Easy to adjust
    • Incline and decline settings enable you to do exercises a flat bench does not
    • Easy to store; simply fold in half and put in a closet when finished using
  • Cons
    • This is the least stable type of bench, so is not ideal for heavy weight lifting
    • Weight limit is lower than all other benches

Abdominal Bench

Abdominal bench

An ab bench is designed for sit-ups and abdominal exercises. Ab benches are similar to adjustable benches, but differ as they have pads at the end to hold your feet while you do various workouts. Most are adjustable, and the steeper the decline the more difficult the ab workout. Ab benches work your full abdominal muscles: the rectus abdominis, the obliques, the side abs, and of course, the main ab muscle.

Ab benches typically have 4-5 different settings, with the best one having around twelve. Some abdominal benches can double as flat benches so you can do arm exercises, too.

  • Pros
    • Catered towards abdominal muscles
    • Adjustable incline and declines
    • Some ab benches cater well to upper body exercises and weight lifting
    • Easy to adjust
  • Cons
    • Not as stable as a flat bench for upper body exercises

Preacher Curl Bench

 PowerLine PPB32X Preacher Curl Bench

Looking for the best weight bench for building your upper arms? Check out the preacher curl bench.

Preacher curl benches are designed to develop your biceps. They feature an elbow budding where you can position your forearms, a bar rest for weights, and a seat to sit upon while you workout. With a the preacher curl bench, you can use dumbbells, barbells, or even lightweights to tone and sculpt your biceps.

  • Pros
    • The best weight bench for building, toning and sculpting your biceps and other arm muscles
    • Comfortable padding to assist your workout
  • Cons
    • These benches are not as versatile as other weight benches

Weight Benches Buyer’s Guide

home gym with weight bench

When trying to find the best weight bench for your in-home gym, there are a few things to consider. You’ll want to a bench that is stable enough to support your key exercise routines and is a suitable height and width for your gym. You’ll want to check the weight limit too – especially if you plan on lifting heavy weights.

You’ll also want to make sure the weight bench is high quality, which adds to the stability and overall safety of the bench. Depending on your in-home gym size and fitness goals, you may also want an adjustable weight bench and as well as one that you can easily store when not in use.

Let’s examine these key elements a bit more:

Safety

Safety is key with any workout class or workout equipment and a weight bench is no exception.

When looking at weight benches, you’ll want to find one that is constructed of high-quality materials. You’ll also want one that can support your weight as well as the weights you’ll be lifting. It will also need to be sturdy. Do you feel safe lifting weights or doing bench presses, or are you a bit wobbly? If in doubt, move on to a different workout bench. You should never purchase a weight bench (or any workout equipment) you don’t feel safe using. Let’s start by taking a look at stability.

Stability

It’s easy to hurt yourself while working out – especially when using weights unsupervised. When looking at weight benches, make sure you test them out for stability. Does the bench wobble when you move? Do you feel safe doing a bench press? If for any reason you’re not comfortable with a specific weight bench, move on.

In order to gauge stability, you’ll want to find a weight bench that is well-constructed and of high-quality materials.

Construction Quality

If you’re lifting heavy weights, you’ll want to make sure you’re on a well-constructed bench that can hold both you and the weight’s your lifting. Most standard weight benches (flat, adjustable, and abdominal) are comprised of thin tubing made of aluminum or a composite alloy. As Olympic Benches are intended for heavy weight lifting, they are typically sturdier and made of high-grade composite steel. No matter what type of metal a bench is made of, it will also have soft padded support for your back or arms.

Comfort and Cushioning

When working out, you should be as comfortable as possible (aside from the muscle strain!). When laying on your back atop a weight bench, you’ll want a small amount of cushioning to add to your comfort without detracting from the support. Pretty much all standard weight benches come with cushioning, but you’ll need to find a cushion that’s soft while still supportive.

When looking at weight benches, press your thumb into the middle of the pad. Can you touch the wooden base beneath the pad? If so, that cushion is too soft and won’t give you the proper support you need and can actually be unsafe.

Height and Width

Weight benches are not a one size fits all type of gym equipment. Make sure you look at the measurements before purchasing, particularly if you’re tall.

Look at the length of the weight bench. Most will have a main surface of approximately 4 feet long. This is fine for most people. If you’re above 6 foot 6, however, you may need to find a larger one.

Look at the height of the weight bench as well. If you’re short, you’ll likely feel comfortable on a weight bench that’s around 15 – 17 inches off the ground. If you’re tall, you’ll want to find a weight bench that’s closer to 17-20 inches off the ground.

When doing shoulder presses, bench presses, or other forms of presses, you’ll need to have your feet firmly planted on the ground. If the bench is too tall and you find yourself on your tiptoes, find another bench. That bench is too short, and thus won’t provide the stability that you need.

You’ll also want to look at the width of the weight bench. Most weight benches measure 12 inches wide; if it’s an adjustable bench, the head may narrow and be closer to 10″. Olympic weight benches differ, however, and are 48 inches wide.

Weight Limit

Make sure to check the weight limit category when looking at weight benches.  It may seem counter-intuitive that a weight bench, built for lifting weights, has a weight limit. But it does. When you’re looking at different weight benches, think about what you want to use it for. If you’ll primarily be lifting lightweights or using it for core exercises, you won’t need to think about the weight limit.

However, if you plan on doing some heavy-duty bench presses or other exercises with heavy weights, this should be a consideration. Weight benches typically start with a lower weight limit of 300 lbs but can go well above 1,000 lbs. While different benches have different max weight limits depending on the brand, Olympic Benches and Preacher Curl Benches can typically hold the most weight.

Adjustability

What are your workout goals? If you’re new to working out or have simple fitness routines you enjoy doing, you may be okay with a flat bench. However, if you want to do more intense abdominal work, consider an adjustable workout bench, which can help you work every muscle in your body.

Adjustable weight benches have a variety of positions – some are capable of only a few adjustments while others embrace a dozen. Some are capable of incline and decline, while others are incline-only or decline-only.

Assembly and Storage

How big is your in-home gym? That’s an important consideration when looking at weight benches. If you have a large gym, you likely don’t need a collapsable weight bench; especially if you plan on working out daily.

If, however, you plan on working out in your living room or other multi-use room and can’t leave a weight bench out post-workout, you’ll likely need one that is collapsible and easy to store. Keep in mind that collapsable weight benches are typically less stable and therefore less safe than non-collapsable weight benches, so this should be a consideration.

Frequently Asked Questions

woman lifting weight on weight bench

While the above should have answered most of your weight bench questions, we also thought the below were worth addressing as well:

What is an FID bench?

An FID bench is the same thing as an adjustable bench. FID stands for “Flat”, “Incline” “Decline.”

How much should I bench for my weight?

If you’re new to weight lifting, you’ll want to start out conservatively. The amount of weight you should start with depends on your weight as well as your fitness level.

We look at Muscle For Life,  who broke down fitness level into five key categories and then assigned a suggested for each category based on body weight and gender. The five categories are as follows:

  • Untrained
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Adanced
  • Elite

The ideal weight for adult men to bench is as follows:

Weight amount men should bench

The ideal weight for adult women to bench is as follows:

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