Best Weight Bench Reviews – Do NOT Buy Before Reading This!

Planning to buy the best Weight Bench for Your Home Gym? Read our in-depth Weight bench reviews, comparison charts and top picks for 2017 to help you make the right buying decision. 

If you’re thinking about building a home gym, we are sure the power rack, adjustable dumbbells, weight plates and barbells jump to mind at first, isn’t it? But having the right weight bench can be a game changer.

A weight bench opens the door to a plethora of seated and lying down exercises like the chest press, hammer curls etc. But with tons of brands and models available making the right pick can be both stressful and time-consuming.

So we gathered the experts, tested different models and picked out the 7 best weight benches for 2017 making your job simpler and quicker.

Best High-End Weight Bench for Commercial Gyms

Fitness Reality X-Class Light Commercial Bench: If you’re looking for a top of the line weight bench and budget isn’t a concern then Fitness Reality X-Class is the best purchase you can make in 2017!

XMark Fitness XM-7472 FID Adjustable Weight Bench: However, if you’re on a budget but still need something that will hold the test of time and the weight of your dumbbells without wobbling, the XMark FID 11-Gauge Weight Bench is our go-to recommendation. It is only second best to our top recommendation.

Best Budget Weight Bench for Home Gyms and Personal Use

Bowflex SelectTech 5.1:  If you’re looking for something cheap yet durable that will do the job then Bowflex SelectTech 5.1 is our go-to recommendation when it comes to buying a weight bench for your home gym.

Best Weight Benches for 2017

Weight BenchBest FeatureWeight CapacityBudgetRating
Fitness Reality X-Class

Preacher & Leg Curl Attachments1500 lbsPremium4.9/5
XMark Fitness XM-74723" Padding for extra comfort1500 lbsPremium4.7/5
Bowflex SelectTech 5.1

30-Year Frame Warranty400 lbsBudget4.5/5
Rep AB-300010-Year Frame Warranty1000 lbsPremium4.5/5
Ironmaster Super Adjustable Bench11 Incline Positions1000 lbsPremium4.4/5

In-Depth Weight Bench Reviews

If you’re serious about your weight training and would settle for only the absolute best, note, the Fitness Reality X-Class is just the perfect fit for any home or commercial gym.

It’s simple yet durable design and unmatched versatility turn into a complete weight training package.

Wondering what puts the Fitness Reality X Class leaps and bounds ahead of the pack? Here’s everything you need to know.

Fitness Reality X-Class

Multi-Purpose Equipment

One of the standout features of the X-Class is the preacher curl and leg developer attachment that turn this bench into a multi-purpose gym workhorse (yeah, this isn’t your average bench, it’s much more).

These attachments help you maximize your gains so you too can grow those big guns (you so badly crave) and develop those chicken legs that are often neglected.

Secondly, the ergonomically designed bench has 6 preacher curl and 2 leg developer height adjustments so you’re always perfectly positioned on the bench.

Also, with the 7-inch storage post capable of holding 180 lbs you can easily take your arm and leg workouts up a notch

Incline/Decline

For adjustable bench, an inline and decline feature is a priority and the X Class does not disappoint.

It comes with 4 adjustable seat and 7 adjustable backrest positions with safe lockups and can go from a -15-degree decline to an 85-degree incline within seconds.

So you can perform all the presses and seated exercises with a single equipment right from the comfort on your home irrespective of your height.

Build

The powder coated heavy duty 2”x 3” tubular steel build of the X Class makes it one of the most durable benches on the list and has a whopping user weight capacity of 1500 lbs so you can throw some weight around while on it.

Secondly, the U-shaped stabilizer bar at the bottom with flat platforms provides added stability.

And with the detachable leg lockdown system, you’ll no longer have to worry about wobbles and jerks while performing sit-ups and crunches.

Finally, the oversized transportation wheels make for easy movement of the bench so storage and placement are hassle-free.

Padding

The 2.5” commercial grade multi-layered backrest and seat have been primed for stability and more importantly comfort.

Covered with a double stitch moisture resistant vinyl, the backrest, seat and the foam rollers add to the stability.

Don’t let the fear of injuries cripple you and turn the beast mode on!

It’s also scratch and tear resistant further justifying its premium price and build quality.

Verdict

Overall, yes the X Class comes with a hefty price tag but it’s attachments, build and padding turn it into the most versatile and durable benches (just the badass bench any serious bodybuilder needs).


With a rating of 4.5 and over 70 reviews, the XMark 11 Gauge Adjustable bench has definitely left a ‘Mark’ amongst its buyers and checks pretty much every feature box that defines the perfect weight bench, making it our # 2 pick.

XMark Fitness XM-7472

Incline/Decline

The XMark FID Bench too has 7 adjustable incline/decline and 4 seat positions for optimum safety and comfort while enabling you to perform over 25 different exercises.

It can go from a full decline to a 90-degree military press pose within seconds while the secure locking system keeps it steady.

The ergonomic design ensures it’s perfectly positioned off the ground and sufficiently wide allowing free and wider motion range, perfect for even the tallest or bulkiest of users.

Build

It’s 11-gauge steel frame finished with a scratch resistant powder coating make it a rock-solid investment, one to last you for years with proper care.

Further, due to its strong build, the bench can hold up to 1500 lbs so for the pros cranking up the lifting game, it’s a great pick.

Also, with the built-in wheels moving this 70-pound bad boy is easy.

Padding

A unique feature of the XM-7472 is the padding. So what is so special?

While most benches come with a 2” padding, XMark has gone a step further and added to the comfort with the extra thick 3” duracraft padding preventing strains and soreness.

Topping that is slip-resistant and wipeable vinyl cover which makes working out even in the hottest and humid conditions safe and sound and saves you clean-up time.

Further, even under the sheer weight, the scratch and tear-free nature of the vinyl stands the test of time like a boss.

Verdict

While it goes toe to toe with the X Class on most features, its separately sold preacher or leg curl attachments significantly add to the cost, in turn, lowering the bench’s versatility.

But if you’re not in for the fancy frills and need the best features at a relatively lower price, the XM-7472 is a worthy buy for its price tag.


Are you on a budget? Relax, we’ve got you covered as well. Unlike most budget products, the Bowflex SelectTech 5.1 does not compromise with basic features or the build thus making it home (only) gym equipment.

Here are 3 reasons the SelectTech 5.1 stands out in this price range.

Bowflex SelectTech 5.1

Incline​​​​​/Decline

While most cheap benches have fewer incline angles and no decline, Bowflex has gone the extra mile to ensure your regime isn’t compromised even if on a budget.

The SelectTech 5.1 has 2 seat and 6 different backrest positions which include a 17-degree decline and a maximum of 90-degree incline so you always have the perfect posture and motion range.

Build

With its commercial steel build, the bench can withstand 400 lbs of user weight making it the ideal pick for people of all sizes and if that’s not enough, hear this.

The bench comes with a 30-year frame warranty and 1-year upholstery warranty (yup, that’s how much faith Bowflex has on the product).

Use it right, maintain it well and the investment will last you long and we mean really long. (This feedback was shared by some long-time users of Bowflex weight bench)

Lastly, the detachable leg brace provides added support during a decline, ideal for first-time lifters while for the pros finding it a distraction, it can be easily removed.

Padding

The bench comes with the ideal amount of padding for a comfortable workout while the moisture resistant upholstery adds to the stability.

Yes, the upholstery does wrinkle with use, but it’s not one that will tear or wear out quickly and is wipeable, so hey, don’t ditch the post-workout clean-up.

Verdict

Finally, While the SelectTech doesn’t offer the versatility of a higher end model and neither can be folded but for those on a budget in need of a durable, compact yet comfortable bench, this baby is the perfect fit.


Based in Colorado, Rep Fitness isn’t just a distributor but a creator and has over the years grown into one of the most popular fitness brands worldwide and their AB-3000 FID adjustable bench is just another example of their expertise and knowledge in the fitness arena.

Here’s why this bench makes the top 5.

Rep AB-3000 FID

Incline/Decline

Like most adjustable benches, the AB-3000 too comes with 7 positions that include an 85-degree incline and -20-degree decline. Now, be it a decline or incline press, you can do it all.

And with the 4 seat position, your back is provided the perfect support irrespective of the incline/decline angle.

Further, it’s 11.5 inches wide and 17.5 inches high allowing lats and your elbows the perfect motions and helping you push perfectly push off the ground.

Build

With a strong, commercial quality 11- Gauge steel build the bench won’t crack even under 1000 lbs of weight.

That’s not all, Rep Fitness provides a 10-year frame and 1-year upholstery warranty placing immense trust on the build and design of the AB-3000

So whether you’d like to shed excess fat or put on a few extra muscle pounds, this weight bench is there to stay and grind it out with you.

Padding

Providing you maximum comfort and endurance especially during heavy lifts is the 2” inch thick padding.

Also, the durable and non-slip vinyl cover is wipeable and adds to the stability so sweat or moisture is never a deterrent to your routine

Verdict

The Rep AB-3000 FID lacks transport wheels and weighs about 85 pounds so unless and until you’re up for another round of heavy lifting, moving it can be tough.

Also, because of it’s bulky size you’ll need to free up some space so your movement isn’t restricted and neither is the bench damaged

But if you’ve got a fixed open spot at the gym or home, its versatile build and convenient features make it a great buy.


While Ironmaster is mainly known for their innovative and convenient adjustable dumbbells, their Super adjustable bench with its sleek and sexy design yet amazing build quality is certainly one to watch out for in 2017.

​Ironmaster Super Adjustable Bench

Incline/Decline

While most benches come with 6-7 adjustable positions, the Ironmaster sets itself apart with a stunning 11 incline positions so there isn’t a muscle in your body that’s not targeted.

The seat can be further adjusted to 4 different positions so you’d never be off the mark with your posture and form.

Build

The Super Bench is capable of lifting 1000 lbs of weight with ease mainly because of its 11-inch gauge steel frame and powder coated finish which prevents rust and scratches.

Further, its relatively smaller size and low weight make storage and movement easier making it an ideal pick for both home gyms or commercial gyms with less space.

Further adding to its reputation is the 10-year frame and 1-year upholstery warranty.

Padding

Padding is an important weight bench feature as it has direct implications on the comfort and the Super Bench does not disappoint.

The 3″ duracraft pad teamed with the moisture and tear resistant duraguard vinyl cover, seat and back cushion is just the perfect amount of cushioning and stability to prevent strains and aches.

Verdict

While the Super bench is great, it isn’t perfect.

The bench lacks wheels so moving it around isn’t tough it weighs just 65 lbs (hey, don’t be a lazy ass, just lift it).

Using the decline feature will require you to purchase the dip attachment that can set you back a few extra bucks.

Overall, there’s a reason that Ironmaster calls it the super bench and that’s its 11 incline positions which combined with the build and design make it a buy you won’t regret.


#6: FEIERDUN Adjustable Gym Bench - Heavy Workout Utility Bench

Yes, we’re almost at the end of our countdown but with the Feierdun adjustable weight bench, we aren’t quite done yet especially if you’re in for mid-range product with the basic features done right.

FEIERDUN Adjustable Gym Bench

Incline/Decline

The weight bench features 5 adjustable positions so you can work on your core and upper body muscles.

And the 3 seat adjustments ensure you’re comfortably positioned irrespective of the workout you’re performing.

Build

The heavy-duty steel build of the Feierdun Adjustable Gym Bench not only provides durability but also makes it capable of handling about 882 lbs. of user weight.

And backing the build quality is the 10-year frame warranty provided by Feierdun

Padding

The bench comes with a 1.97-inch dense foam padding which provides adequate comfort considering you’re not lifting too heavy.

The vinyl cover is slip resistant which provides great stability but may wear out with regular use.

Verdict

The Feierdun has lesser adjustable positions, lower weight capacity, and also has a comparatively thinner foam padding.

Yes, it’s durable and if you like to keep it simple and light it’s a good mid-budget buy that can last you a few years.


Last but not the least comes in the Marcy SB670 and is worth a mention especially for newbies looking for a cheap, basic adjustable bench with features to help you get on the fitness bandwagon.

Marcy SB670 Weight Bench

Incline/Decline

The Marcy SB670 comes with 6 different positions so switching from incline to decline or even a seated workout is easy and can be done within seconds.

Also, the automatically adjustable seat provides a comfortable posture irrespective of the angle you’re working out in.

Build

The 14-inch gauge steel build, combined with a powder coated finish makes it a sturdy bench and it can withstand around 300 lbs of user weight.

Have to move the bench around daily? Well, you’ll love the SB670 as it weighs just 45 lbs and comes with wheels.

Padding

The dense foam padding on the backrest and the seat provides good comfort so you can workout without jeopardizing your safety.

The upholstery is slip resistant but does need regular maintenance. So make sure you’re cleaning it up at the end of every workout.

And unlike most weight benches that come with a plain, flat colored cover, the white stripes on each end add to the design of the bench.

Verdict

At 330 lbs. the weight capacity of the Marcy utility bench is quite low and we’d recommend the pros to steer clear of it.

Another major drawback is the lack of additional leg support for the decline workout so you may experience some wobble or jerks during heavy lifts.

Also, if you’re a first-timer, we’d recommend getting help with the assembly as it can be tedious and time-consuming.

All in all, for a weight bench that is priced below $150 the Marcy SB670 has quite a lot to offer.


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