Best weight benches 2024: 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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To get the most out of your home workouts you need the best weight bench; that's a fact. If you’re doing strength training with a pair of dumbbells, a weight bench will allow you to execute a variety of upper and lower body exercises – from Bulgarian split squats, to chest press, dumbbell flies and more. But even if you’re doing cardio, you can use a weight bench for plyometric exercises to challenge yourself even further. It really is one of the best pieces of home gym equipment you can invest in.

In this weight bench guide we've included everything, from superb value offerings for those on a tight budget to blow-out models with all the bells and whistles. 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 adjustable dumbbells, best barbell, best weight plate and best kettlebell guides.

The best weight benches to buy right now

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How to buy the best weight bench for you

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

Storage space: You may have found the weight bench of your dreams, but do you have enough room to store it (realistically)? Weight benches come in all shapes, sizes and styles, so if you’re tight on space consider a more compact option, like a collapsable bench, one with wheels or, nowadays, you can even get one that looks like it’s part of the living room furniture.

Adjustability: You can either get a flat weight bench, one with an adjustable incline, or an adjustable incline/decline. Flat benches are often cheaper and will do for iron-pumping newbies, whereas a weight bench with adjustable incline/decline settings will offer far more exercise versatility, especially when looking to build the upper body or core. We’d therefore recommend parting with a little extra cash (especially if you’re an experienced lifter) and getting an adjustable option.

Weight capacity: It’s key that you choose a weight bench that’s sturdy enough to support your body weight and training, especially if you’re doing heavy weightlifting, like powerlifting, or high-impact exercises. Make sure you check the bench’s weight capacity before you buy it, the last thing you want is for it to collapse beneath you. 

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 several exercises to determine what type of workouts they are best for. We aim to test each weight bench featured in this guide for at least a couple of months to ensure they don't fall apart after a few workouts. Find out how we test at T3 by clicking on the link now.


What is the best weight bench for home use?

Our current favourite weight bench for home use is the Mirafit M150 Adjustable Weight Bench. In classic Mirafit fashion, it offers gym-worthy build quality while considerably undercutting the price of its premium rivals. The bench packs a solid frame constructed from 7cm x 5cm steel tubing, 2mm thick throughout. Six backrest angles and four individual seat angles allow a great selection of positions to perform gun-busting routines.

Are weight benches worth it?

Yes! A weight bench is one of the best pieces of home gym equipment that you can invest in (alongside a pair of dumbbells), especially if you're looking to build muscle. 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
Section Editor | Active

Matt Kollat is a journalist and content creator who works for and its magazine counterpart as an Active Editor. His areas of expertise include wearables, drones, fitness equipment, nutrition and outdoor gear. He joined T3 in 2019. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar and Fit&Well, and more. Matt also collaborated with other content creators (e.g. Garage Gym Reviews) and judged many awards, such as the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance's ESSNawards. When he isn't working out, running or cycling, you'll find him roaming the countryside and trying out new podcasting and content creation equipment.

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