Best weight benches 2022 elevate your home workouts to the next level

The best weight bench for home workouts, from simple flat benches to adjustable home gym platforms

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You need the best weight bench for proper home workouts; that's a fact. No matter what type of resistance training you're into, a sturdy adjustable or flat weight bench can help you elevate your workouts to the next level. 

In this guide, we included only weight benches worth your attention, including the best cheap weight bench and more. Do you need an inexpensive weight bench for simple home workouts or an adjustable bench for more nuanced exercise sessions? Are you a tall or heavy person looking for a new weight bench? We have options for all of you here.

In itself, a weight bench is not quite enough to get fit at home: you might need to buy some weights if you want to build muscle or lose weight using a weight bench. For more information on home weights, check out T3's best dumbbell, best barbell, best weight plate and best kettlebell guides.

The best weight benches to buy right now

Mirafit M150 Adjustable Weight BenchT3 Best Buy Award badge

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1. Mirafit M150 Adjustable Weight Bench

Best weight bench overall (and great value)

Specifications

Max load: 260kg
Dimensions (in cm): 125x55x43 (flat) to 117cm (Highest Position) cm
Foldable: No
Adjustable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Gym-grade equipment for less than a membership
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Adjustable

Reasons to avoid

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Cushion on the thin side

The chunky Mirafit M150 Adjustable Weight Bench offers gym-worthy build quality while considerably undercutting products from established players like Life Fitness and Technogym.

Despite the reasonable asking price, it still packs a solid frame constructed from 7cm x 5cm steel tubing, 2mm thick throughout. It also boasts premium extras such as the small wheels at the back and grab handle at the front for easy manoeuvrability.

Better still, the user benefits from six backrest angles and four individual seat angles that allow a great selection of positions to perform gun-busting routines.

However, there's no rack at this price point, so unless you add one, the bench is more suitable for use with a dumbbell set unless you have a particularly nice friend who is happy to grab the barbell from you after blasting your one-rep max.

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2. Again Faster Team Plus Adjustable Bench

Best heavy duty weight bench

Specifications

Max load: 450 kg
Dimensions (in inches): 17 x 34.5 x 11.5 (flat), 50 x 34.5 x 11.5 (fully upright)
Foldable: No
Adjustable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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High max user weight
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Sturdy AF
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Transport wheels and handle
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Dense padding
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No assembly required

Reasons to avoid

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No rack
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90-degree angle is too steep

The Again Faster Team Plus Adjustable Bench is designed for people who take weight lifting seriously, even when working out at home. The insane max load (up to 450 kg) allows users to bench press seriously heavy weights, even if they weigh a lot. Better still, the bench comes almost fully assembled, so you can start pumping iron instantly as soon as the bench arrives.

The bench features a solid, 4 to 14 variable-gauge steel frame, durable, thick anti-slip padding, and a thick steel backplate holding the main pad firmly in place. The backrest can be adjusted from flat to 90 degrees of incline, ideal for working on the pecs, arms, delts and more.

One minor issue is that the fully upright position goes beyond 90 degrees, making it useless for strict shoulder press. However, we found the 75-degree angle good enough to perform that exercise.

The pad is dense and supportive, and the cover is made of anti-slip material, so you won't get stuck to it even after sweaty workouts. The seat is kept narrow to allow the legs to move freely, but the front and the rear base have a wide rubber feet design to allow for a rock-solid base for your workouts.

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Best weight bench for heavy lifting

Specifications

Max load: 610 lbs / 275 kg
Dimensions (in cm): L141 x W53 x H41
Foldable: No
Adjustable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Flat, incline, and decline seat positions
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Rock-solid construction supports up to 610 pounds
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Extra-wide seat/back padding
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Built-in wheels and handle

Reasons to avoid

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No leg bar
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Non-collapsible
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A bit bulky (ie, tricky to store)
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Wide gap between the seat and backrest

While $300 is on the expensive side for a weight bench, the NordicTrack Utility Workout Bench should earn its keep in no time. It’s a slick-looking bench that has plenty of padding and is super adjustable. Plus, its steel construction is built to last.

We’d recommend the NordicTrack Utility Workout Bench to weight lifters of all skill levels; it’s never too soon to own your weight bench, after all, and if strength training is new to your fitness routine, this weight bench sets the bar in terms of overall quality and functionality.

Read our full NordicTrack Utility Workout Bench review

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4. Domyos Reinforced Flat/Inclined Weights Bench (900)

Best cheap adjustable weight bench

Specifications

Max load: 250 kg
Dimensions (in cm): L141 x W53 x H41
Foldable: No
Adjustable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Great value for money
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Can be used for a variety of exercises
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2-year warranty

Reasons to avoid

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No weights rack
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Not ideal for sit ups for tall people

You can always count on Decathlon when it comes to great value for money fitness equipment. And we don't mean 'cheap' or 'rubbish quality'; Domyos fitness equipment is usually of decent quality and provides enough flexibility for most types of home workouts. 

Case in point, the Domyos 900 Weights Bench (opens in new tab) (retailer link) has seven different positions so that you can attack the pecs and the shoulders with various exercises, and there is even a footrest so you can do crunches. That said, since the legs are not too tall, tall people might find it uncomfortable to do sit-ups on it. For everything else, it's perfect.

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5. Bowflex 5.1s Stowable Weight Bench

Best premium weight bench

Specifications

Max load: 272 kg (combined weight)
Dimensions: 55 x 71 x 125 cm
Foldable: Yes
Adjustable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Wide range of incline/decline positions
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High load capacity

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly higher price

Featuring high-density foam padding, the Bowflex 5.1S Stowable Bench is the perfect compliment for the Bowflex Selecttech modular dumbbells, which you will most likely use for your free weight exercises. The selection knob lets you adjust between six positions for versatility, including 17° decline, flat, 30°, 45°, 60° and 90° incline.

Built to last long with heavy-duty commercial construction, the Bowflex 5.1S Stowable Bench has a very high 272 kg (600 lbs) load capacity. Even though this is a combined weight, it takes user weight into account – it's still not likely that you will need more capacity anytime soon.

The one-button 'click, lift and go' process makes it very easy to stow the bench and save space when not in use. The additional transport castors mean the bench can easily move around to different positions.

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6. BLK BOX Goliath Adjustable Weight Bench

Best weight bench for tall people

Specifications

Max load: 800 kg
Dimensions (in cm): L145 x W61 x H47
Foldable: No
Adjustable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Insane max load capacity
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Mega sturdy
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Transport wheels

Reasons to avoid

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Quite pricey
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Not many people will be able to use the bench to its full potential

It's in the name: the BLK BOX Goliath Adjustable Weight Bench is a monster home gym equipment that's sturdy enough to, in theory, support The Mountain bench pressing the deadlift world record (approx. 500 kg) and then some. What we are trying to say here is that no one in the world will be able to fully utilise this bench, ever.

That said, the robustness can come in handy for people (or groups of people) who train hard frequently. The Goliath bench features seven backrest positions and three seat positions ranging from 0 degrees to 30. The 100mm x 50mm box section, and laser-cut moving parts, are all cut, fabricated, welded, powder-coated and assembled at BLK BOX HQ in Belfast.

Even the padding is locally sourced durable vinyl leather to ensure that the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process is as low as possible. The pads are 58 mm thick and 265mm wide, featuring 40mm thick foam padding.

This bench can be easily moved using the handle at the front, and the heavy-duty wheels at the back.

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Best weight bench for small spaces

Specifications

Max weight: No information available
Dimensions (in cm): H91 x W55 x L113
Pad thickness: No information available
Foldable: Yes
Adjustable: Yes (1 incline position, 5 barbell rack height positions)

Reasons to buy

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Takes up very little space when folded
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Adjustable weight rack
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Cheap

Reasons to avoid

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Very narrow
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Needs to be weighed down when doing dips
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Not suitable for standard Olympic barbells

In our Mirafit M1 Folding Weight Bench with Dip Station review, we said that despite its shortcomings, it's hard not to recommend the Mirafit M1 Folding Weight Bench with Dip Station. It has a slew of features for people who would buy such home gym equipment and offers them for a very competitive price.

Sure, you won't be using the Mirafit M1 bench for your bench press PB attempts. Also, if you have a larger (body) frame, we'd recommend steering clear away from the bench as we don't think it would be capable of supporting large body weight as well as a fully loaded barbell. 

However, for smaller home gyms and beginners who aren't ready to spend loads of cash on a weight bench (yet), the M1 might just be the perfect started bench. Not to mention, 4-foot bars – ones compatible with the rack on this bench – are way cheaper and more readily available than standard Olympic barbells.

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8. Adidas Utility Bench

Best weight bench for dumbbell work

Specifications

Max load: 125kg
Dimensions: 123x49x113cm
Foldable: No
Adjustable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Comfortable foam pads
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Leg bar for ab crunches

Reasons to avoid

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Low maximum weight

For those looking to stay trim, shape up, and work on muscle definition instead of bulking up, the Adidas Utility Bench is a perfect companion. It can't quite cope with a huge amount of weight, but the extra comfortable high-density foam padding and the multitude of adjustable seating positions make it great for ab crunching and low-weight decline dumbbell exercises.

A powder-coated steel frame and heavy-duty rubber floor grips will ensure it stays in place, although a lack of wheels and a folding mechanism means it will probably stay where you put it.

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9. Fitness Gear Pro Olympic Weight Bench

Best weight bench set for serious home workouts

Specifications

Max load: 600 lbs (~ 272 kg)
Dimensions (in inches): 62'' L x 51.3'' W x 62.3'' H
Foldable: No
Adjustable: Yes (in 8 positions)

Reasons to buy

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Comes with an adjustable weight rack
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Extra sturdy

Reasons to avoid

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Takes up a lot of space
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Not stowable

For those who want to improve their bench press at home, the Fitness Gear Pro Olympic Weight Bench (opens in new tab) (retailer link) is the ideal choice. This weight bench is as sturdy as it gets: the metal frame is constructed from extra heavy-duty steel and can hold 600 lbs worth of weight (including the user's weight).

As for comfort, the 2.5" thick foam covering the bench is plenty deep and will make working out on this bench all the more relaxing (?). Not like you will relax all that much as there are many ways to work out using the Fitness Gear Pro Olympic Weight Bench.

Although the 24 different barbell positions might sound excessive at first, having a second look at the frame makes it obvious that not all positions can be utilised properly, especially the lowest and highest ones. The weights rack without the bench is not sturdy enough to hold a barbell securely, so you can't use the frame as a squat rack which would justify the existence of the higher positions. Nevertheless, the Fitness Gear Pro Olympic Weight Bench will provide ample flexibility for home workouts with a barbell or dumbbell.

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10. Weider Traditional Flat Bench

Simple yet brilliant weight bench for old-school workouts

Specifications

Max load: 460 lbs (~ 208 kg)
Dimensions (in inches): 17.25" H x 18.75" W x 39.75" L
Foldable: No
Adjustable: No

Reasons to buy

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Dirt cheap
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Sturdy enough for beginners

Reasons to avoid

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Not adjustable
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Only good for a few basic exercises

Admittedly, not everyone needs the biggest weight bench for home workouts. For some, having a simple, flat weight bench at home is enough so they can do all the basic exercises, such as the bench press or triceps dips, without breaking the bank.

This doesn't mean the Weider Traditional Flat Bench (opens in new tab) (retailer link) is a flimsy piece of gym equipment. For example, it has a 460-pound total weight capacity which is more than enough for most exercises you can perform. Also, the sewn vinyl seat is sturdy and easy to clean, making it easy to maintain a sanitary workout space. Not to mention, this weight bench cost only $49 – a real bargain.

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How to buy the best weight bench for home

In-depth: 7 things to consider before buying a new weight bench

Even the cheapest entry on this best weight bench guide is a better option than having to work out using two chairs pushed together. It's amazing what can be achieved with a good set of weights and even a cheap bench. We've included everything here, from superb value offerings for those on a tight budget to blow-out models with all the bells and whistles.

Home weight benches come in all shapes and sizes, with pricing typically reflecting additional features and overall build quality.

Cheap weight benches are aplenty online but these will be straightforward affairs that usually consist of a flat padded cushion perched atop a pair of support legs. Stability isn't going to be great here, and a lack of adjustability limits the spread of exercises that can be performed. At the same time, those looking to lift hefty metal could find cheaper variants a bit flimsy.

Spend a bit more, and manufacturers will throw in added niceties, such as areas to stow weights when not in use, a rack that makes bench-pressing with a bar much easier and a good range of adjustability that opens up endless exercise possibilities.

So buyers should first bear in mind their needs, goals, and experience level (are you an entry-level weight lifter or expert gunsmith?) and the amount of space available at home (a foldable option is great for smaller rooms) and budgets.

Iron-pumping newbies can probably afford to look at the lower end of the budget scale, as build quality, adjustability, and additional flourishes are probably not too high on the agenda.

Those with more weight lifting experience or who have previously frequented a gym will want to part with slightly more cash to secure something fit for purpose and will last.

While we have you here, we can wholeheartedly recommend investing in adjustable dumbbells and kettlebells if you are thinking about buying some new weights. These home weights were designed with small living spaces in mind and can provide a sense of progression without taking up a lot of space in your living room.

For more information, check out these reviews: Men's Health Cast Iron Adjustable dumbbell review, Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell review and Bowflex Selecttech 1090i dumbbell review. High-quality home weights for quality lifters.

How we test the best weight benches

Weight benches are always tested in a home (or, more like, home gym) environment to ensure they perform in a setting they were meant to be used. We use weight benches for a number of different exercises so we can determine what type of workouts they are best for.

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Are weight benches worth it?

If you want to build muscle at home, you'll need to add a weight bench to your home gym setup. Weight benches can be used for much more than bench press, although that in itself should be a good enough reason to get one as it's one of the 'big 5' exercises that can give you a full-body workout and work almost every muscle in your body.

Whether it's a flat or adjustable weight bench or a weight bench with or without a weight rack, the best weight benches will enable you to work out your upper body in a way that's not possible without a weight bench. Do yourself a favour and start building monster pecs and arms today by getting a weight bench.

Matt Kollat
Fitness Editor

Matt is T3's Fitness Editor and covers everything from smart fitness tech to running and workout shoes, home gym equipment, exercise how-tos, nutrition, cycling, and more. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar (opens in new tab) and Fit&Well (opens in new tab), and he collaborated with other fitness content creators such as Garage Gym Reviews (opens in new tab).

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