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The Best Weight Benches, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve asked New York trainers about the best workout gear and foam rollers, talked with workout professionals about the best home-gym equipment, and even found the best treadmillsexercise bikes, and under-desk ellipticals for your home gym, we’ve gone deep here on the best weight benches you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best Flat Weight Bench (300-Pound Limit)

Marcy Utility Flat Bench
$55 at Amazon

“I thought I would take a chance on this bench since it was so cheap, and I couldn’t be more satisfied. It was packed well and went together in about five minutes. It is a testament to the effectiveness of this bench that even during the assembly stage I could already feel substantial gains in my lats. A quick mirror check confirmed this to be true. All the parts were there, and an Allen wrench was included. Just make sure you have a regular wrench for some of the bolts and some bourbon for overall health and well being. I hopped on for a few quick reps to test it out and found that it was incredibly solid — absolutely no wobble at all. With the indicated 600-pound limit, this should be fine for heavy lifting for just about anybody. I couldn’t feel any bolts underneath, and it gave nice support — not too spongy.”

AmazonBasics Flat Weight Bench
$50 at Amazon

“It’s nothing exciting, but it’s a solid and satisfactory bench. It’s easy to put together and I can stand on the middle of it without worrying about it snapping (I’m 225 pounds, currently). The padding is firm but it’s reasonably comfortable to use as a seat when I’m done working out. It does what I need it to do, so no complaints.”

Best Flat Weight Bench (600-Pound Limit)

Adidas Performance Flat Training Bench
$80 at Amazon

“I am really impressed with this product. Terrific price point, but also a great assembled product. Nice quality components, easy to assemble (with great, illustrated instructions) and solid, sturdy finished product. Every single bolt, washer, bracket, and nut fit precisely in place on the assembly. The finished bench is outstanding.”

Best Flat Weight Bench (1,000-Pound Limit)

Rep Flat Bench
$129 at Amazon

“I spent a considerable amount of time researching flat/utility benches on Amazon and, surprisingly, a large majority have a ridiculously low max weight capacity (300 pounds — really?). I decided on the Rep bench because of the 1,000-pound max and the 20-plus positive reviews. As for the bench, I was surprised at the weight of the parts and how solid it felt. Very high quality. The assembly is very quick and easy — 15 minutes, max, and you’re ready to go. The cushion, fabric, bolts, etc., are all top-notch and I can see this bench literally lasting indefinitely. I highly recommend this to anyone who will be doing serious benching — you won’t be disappointed.”

Best Adjustable Weight Bench (450-Pound Limit)

Bowflex Weight Benches
$248 at Amazon

“Five stars. Very comfortable, sturdy, easy to assemble, and a small footprint for my very small home gym.”

FLYBIRD Adjustable Bench
$159 at Amazon

“For the price point you can’t beat this. Easy adjustment and stable. I had bought a different model which was a little cheaper and sent it back. It was wobbly and difficult to adjust. The fly bird gets everything right — quality, easy of adjustment, and the price.”

Best Adjustable Weight Benches (600-Pound Limit)

Marcy Adjustable Utility Bench
$120 at Amazon

“This is so close to being great. Sturdy, works well, looks good. No complaints once it is set up. But it fell down in the quality-control department and took too much assembly.”

Best Adjustable Weight Benches (800-Pound Limit)

Fitness Reality 1000 Super Max Weight Bench
$89 at Amazon

“I decided to wait three weeks before leaving my feedback to get a good evaluation with this bench. First off this bench is great! My wife and I have been using it Monday through Saturday, completing various types of exercises to get into shape for our anniversary cruise to the Caribbean Islands. I am five-foot-ten and 236 pounds; the weight capacity of this bench exceeds my expectations — there’s no movement or wobbling like with some of the others I have used. This bench is very sturdy and long enough so that your head does not hang off while doing chest presses or sit-ups. I personally highly recommend this weight bench to anyone who is serious about losing weight and building muscle.”

Best Travel Weight Bench

GYMENIST Adjustable Foldable Exercise Bench
$100 at Amazon

“I am a personal trainer. I specialize in senior fitness and usually train people in their own homes. I work with small dumbbells, elastic bands and tubes and ankle and wrist weights. I have always wanted to be able to use an exercise bench for my clients but always found them bulky, heavy, and awkward to transport. In my searches I came across the Gymenist bench and it is perfect! It is strong, light, and folds up into a size that is easily transportable in my trusty Corolla. And it even has a handle! Don’t wait to get yours!”

Best Olympic Weight Benches

Body Champ Olympic Weight Bench with Preacher Curl, Leg Developer and Crunch Handle
$160 at Amazon

“Very good product. I was a little afraid of it being not so good in terms of material and workmanship, but I was proved wrong. With a little help from my son (which I didn’t really need), I was able to assemble the bench in a little less than two hours. The tools provided are clearly not going to work so you do need a couple of tools (spanners only) and I have included pictures. The only reason I give four stars is because there’s not enough spacing between the different parts. For example, if you are doing leg lifts, you may have to remove another part to have enough of room. You certainly need a six-foot bar for bench press. You need about eight square feet of space in order to have enough room to use this bench.”

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The Best Weight Benches, According to Reviewers