Even as some states begin to reopen construction and retail industries, gyms will remain closed for a couple more weeks (or months), meaning people will still be working out at home for the foreseeable future. While we’ve written about lots of home gym equipment before — including everything from the best big-ticket home gym equipment to the best foam rollers — here, we’ve rounded up the best weight benches, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Since the demand for at-home workout equipment, including weight benches, has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, and stock has been constantly fluctuating at Amazon. We’ll keep updating this post as more best-rated weight benches come back in stock.
Best-rated weight bench
With over 1,000 five-star reviews, this Bowflex weight bench gets top marks for sturdiness and stability. One reviewer describes it “like anything you’d find in a gym,” adding, “Wow. What a bench. Now, I’ve only been using this bench a couple times, but I get the impression that it will last me for a very long time, or at least accommodate my P90X needs.” Another writes, “sit-ups are made easy with this bench as well. Just had a coregasm on this bench a few days ago and the experience is, oh, my god.” One reviewer admits he’s “super anal when it comes to equipment,” but was “pleasantly surprised by the quality and engineering of this beautiful piece of equipment,” concluding, “When I pulled it out of the box I was like Wow it’s so nice. It’s just so rare nowadays to not only get what you pay for but to actually be blown away with the quality.”
Best-rated (less expensive) weight bench
“I used to go to the gym, which cost me $120 a month and 30 minutes driving back and forth. Now instead of spending that amount of money and time, I do exercise at home using this bench,” says one pleased customer, who describes this bench as “sturdy and yet inexpensive.” Dozens of other reviewers say that you don’t sacrifice quality for price with this less expensive bench, including one who says that after a month of constant use during quarantine “it feels very sturdy while doing a variety of exercises. This seems like the sweet spot with price and quality,” they add. Over 200 other customers describe this bench as “sturdy.” One such customer, who replaced her full bench setup with this foldable, easy-to-store option, was initially afraid it wouldn’t be as strong, but reports, “I could not have been more wrong. I’m 5’9, 168 lbs and this thing doesn’t budge when doing step ups or any other exercises. With this, my power blocks, and resistance bands I can have a fully functioning gym set up available to me right in the closet of my studio apartment!”
Best adjustable weight bench
Reviewers rave about the wide adjustment range of this bench, especially given its under-$200 price tag. “I was amazed by how easy it is to adjust the angle and how many positions I can set this bench to. It feels like an expensive, heavy duty bench” says one reviewer, who includes a video of the bench’s seven adjustment levels with their review. Another five-star reviewer, who notes that they hardly ever give items five stars on Amazon, says “this bench is so much better than anything else on the market for its price range. Amazing, light weight, super sturdy, comfortable cushions and super easy to assemble.” Many other customers mention how “easy” it is to assemble, store, and adjust this bench, including one who says it has taken their home workouts to the next level: “I’m 5’11, weigh about 180 lbs. and I had no issues with it wobbling or not being able to hold my weight/height. I even do ab exercises with it by putting it in the recline position and propping my feet up on the bench. Now I have no excuses to get my workouts in.”
Best folding weight bench
This weight bench gets lots of five-star reviews from those who are lifting in small spaces, including one who is unable to go to the gym during quarantine: “My wife and I live in a smaller apartment so space is critical. This little bench saved the day; highly portable and professionally constructed,” he says. Another reviewer, whose home gym is a small spare bedroom in his house, describes it as “great for tight spaces,” adding “this bench comes fully assembled, and folds/unfolds in second.” Even a truck driver, who takes this “sturdy and space mindful” bench on the road, vouches for this bench’s foldability, adding, “I weigh 240 lbs and I have no issues with [the] structural integrity of the item.” Many other 200-pound-plus customers say that this bench is “sturdy,” including one six-foot-three reviewer who says: “I weigh 220 lbs and have not had a problem maxing out my weights as I do in my local gym.” Another customer who lifts 185 pounds on this bench adds “the bench itself looks small but is unbelievably sturdy for its size. I honestly don’t even feel the bench flex or hear any noise like I’m straining it at all.”
Best easy-to-assemble weight bench
With a load capacity of over 500 pounds, this weight bench got lots of positive reviews from customers looking for a sturdy and easy-to-assemble bench. One customer confirms that it’s “as solid as it looks online,” adding that the bench “comes almost completely assembled and comes with two wrenches to easily complete. Great padded cover, no wiggle, solid!” Another reviewer adds that “even the wrenches they give you are heavy weight” and that “the installation was ridiculously easy.”
Best weight bench for tall people
“Excellent value for big and tall guys,” begins one five-star reviewer, who is six-foot-six and 350 pounds. “This bench is solid and easily adjustable. Yes, you can feel the gap between the seat and back, but it is not uncomfortable, and is required to enable adjustment of all positions.” Another customer, who is over six feet tall, was initially concerned that this bench would not fit them, but they were pleased to find out that it does and is actually even comfortable: “Now I can expand on my weight lifting routines and increase the weights without being concerned of pulling a muscle while I try to maintain balance. This bench is very rock solid stable.” A third tall reviewer says that their head used to hang off the edge of other adjustable benches when put flat, but this one “worked best for me. I feel that the tackiness of the material and the ability to put my feet up on the pegs made it perfectly comfortable to do incline work.”
Best Olympic weight bench
Many reviewers love that they can fit an “Olympic bar” on this weight bench, like one who writes, “Have owned this for a couple of months and it’s been great. So far it seems very durable and I am able to use my Olympic size bar with 230 pounds.” Another customer bought this for her husband, explaining, “He has been waiting to get an Olympic bench for a while now. It had everything and more that he wanted.” Many also rave about the attachments, including one reviewer who says, “As for the bench itself I give it an A+. I have owned several in the past and this one outshines them all. The curl attachments are wonderful.” Another thinks that “This bench gave me a lot of options to add elements into my routine.” One more concludes, “I don’t go to the gym anymore after I bought this bench. It’s the best decision I’ve made. Just love it.”
[Editor’s note: This weight bench is out of stock, but will be back in stock on July 4.]
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