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The Best Weight Benches For Your Home Gym

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The weight bench is the gym’s unsung hero. It’s the perfect platform on which to build full-body strength and upgrade any free-weights workout. So if you’ve been ticking over at home using dumbbells, a bench will help unlock dozens of new full-body exercises, from the customary bench press and chest flye to major bang-for-your-buck lifts like elevated hip thrusts and incline bench rows.

But before breaking out your credit card, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. Should you get a fixed or adjustable bench? Do you need a barbell rack? How much weight does it need to support? How compact does it need to be? Our weight bench buyers’ guide will help you answer these questions, and our top picks will point you in the direction of a bench that suits your needs.


How To Choose The Right Weight Bench

Fixed Versus Adjustable Weight Benches

Some weight benches include a notched mechanism that allows you to set part of the bench to an incline or, in some cases, a decline. A fixed platform, typically set parallel with the floor, is likely to be sturdier and support a much heavier total weight – but an adjustable bench will allow you to perform more moves and more exercise variations.

Does Your Weight Bench Need A Rack?

If you only own dumbbells and don’t plan on expanding your free-weights collection then the answer is no. If you want to work on your bench press with a barbell then you will need a rack. Be wary of cheap or lightweight models. Some racks use little J-shaped hooks which you guide the barbell into when you’ve finished a set: racks that use large hooks made from steel are safer, but better still are racks with tall poles, pegs and a heavy base.

How Strong Does It Need To Be?

Most weight benches tend to support around 150-200kg of total load, which includes the weight of the lifter. Better-quality (and more expensive) models should handle 300kg and above. Work out what your maximum lift is likely to be, plus your own bodyweight, and give yourself plenty of leeway above this. If deviating from our picks below, double-check that the manufacturer’s listed weight includes the lifter.

What Optional Extras Should You Look For?

Some weight benches also include pads and handles so you can do different exercises, like leg curls and extensions. If this is what you’re after, you might be better off with a versatile multi-gym. But if your heart is set on a weight bench with a few frills, just make sure the configuration and spacing are right for your size and the space you have.

The Best Weight Benches

Technogym Bench

Best For Extras

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“Bench” is perhaps underselling this functional training kit from Italian fitness company Technogym. A “multi-gym storage solution” is probably more accurate. It contains resistance bands, weighted knuckles, a training mat and 10 high-quality hexagon dumbbells ranging from 2.5-10kg inside its compact footprint. As a consequence, it isn’t cheap, and the bench itself can’t be adjusted for different angles, but it’s a one-stop shop for full-body workouts.

Buy from Technogym (opens in new tab) | £1,250


DTX Fitness All-In-One Weight Bench

Most Versatile

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Not to be outdone by Technogym, DTX has packed in a rack for the barbell press, as well as a preacher curl pad for biceps exercises and attachments for butterflies and leg raises. It’s not the biggest bench, so users over 6ft (1.8m) may struggle to complete all those exercises in comfort, and while the bench has a max user weight of 110kg, the rack can only take a maximum load of 100kg.

£87.99

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Domyos 500 Fold-Down Incline Weight Bench

Best Under £100

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This economical bench is easily adjusted to a variety of positions so you can perform flat, incline and decline exercises. There are four incline settings on the backrest – 0°, 30°, 45° and 80° – and the seat can be set flat or raised slightly. The bench has an impressive max weight of 220kg, and can be folded quickly into a fairly compact shape that’s just 20cm high for easy storage. The only drawback is a lack of wheels, but at just 15kg it shouldn’t take too much manhandling.

Buy from Decathlon (opens in new tab) | £69.99


BodyMax FB500 Light Commercial Flat Utility Bench

Most Durable

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The FB500 is a rock-solid bench for heavy-duty lifting. It’s built for commercial use, so it will withstand years of daily punishment in any home gym, and its transport wheels and handle make it easy to manoeuvre into position, and then out of harm's way. It weighs just 20kg and can handle a mammoth maximum weight of 400kg, almost double its closest competitor in this line-up.

Buy from Powerhouse Fitness (opens in new tab) | £199

Sam Rider is an experienced freelance journalist, specialising in health, fitness and wellness. For over a decade he's reported on Olympic Games, CrossFit Games and World Cups, and quizzed luminaries of elite sport, nutrition and strength and conditioning. Sam is also a REPS level 3 qualified personal trainer, online coach and founder of Your Daily Fix (opens in new tab). Sam is also Coach’s designated reviewer of massage guns and fitness mirrors.