With the many weight benches available in the market, it is easy to get confused on which one to buy. If you are just beginning weight training, you can go for a lower weight rated bench. On the other hand, if you are a serious lifter, you probably need a higher weight rated bench that can withstand your capacity of training. If you do not have a lot of space in your home, you can go for a flat weight bench.
Adjustable Weight Bench Reviews
With the information available at the weight bench buying guide, you should be able to determine whether a particular bench will be a good buy for your home or garage gym.
And now comes the time to compare the available weight benches.
There are a number of excellent weight benches in the market and the one that will be ideal for you will depend on your situation. If you answered the questions posed earlier, deciding on the bench that will be right for you will be easier.
Below is a list of the best adjustable workout benches available in the market.
Best Adjustable Workout Benches Review – Comparison Table
|Weight Bench||# Adjustable Positions||Range||Weight Rating||Adjustable Pads||Cost|
|Bowflex SelectTech 5.1||6||17° decline to 90° incline||300lbs||Yes|
|PowerBlock Sport Bench||5||0° decline to 90° incline||550lbs||Yes|
|Marcy SB670 Utility Bench||6||10° decline to 90° incline||300lbs||No|
|Universal Five-Position Bench||5||10° decline to 45° incline||430lbs||No|
|Ironmaster Super Bench PR-3||11||0° to 85° incline||1000lbs||Yes|
|CAP Barbell Fitness Bench||4||0° to 180° flat||300lbs||No|
|AB-2 Rogue Adjustable Bench||15||flat to 85° incline||400lbs||Yes|
|XMark Adjustable Dumbbell Weight Bench XM-7630||7||-20° decline to 85° incline||1500lbs||Yes|
|Bowflex SelectTech 3.1||4||85°, 45°, flat and 30° decline.||300lbs||No|
|Bowflex SelectTech 5.1||4||17° decline to 90° incline||400lbs||No|
Let’s look at each of the benches in depth
CAP Barbell Deluxe Utility Bench
If you are looking to buy your first bench, the CAP Barbell Deluxe Utility will fit your bill. The bench is affordable and will allow you to have versatile workouts. The bench has attached anchor posts and hence is perfect if you use resistance tube/band or dumbbells.
The CAP Barbell is sturdy but lightweight and has many different seat and backrest options. However, it does not decline.
The adjustable workout bench can hold up to 500lbs of weight and hence you are assured of stability and safety when lifting.
PowerBlock Sport Bench
Available at a modest price compared to other benches, the PowerBlock Sport Bench features a beautiful design with five different backrest positions. To target even more muscles, the bench allows adding of attachments, for example a dip attachment.
The solid steel bench has a weight rating of 550lbs and is long lasting. However, the feet of the bench are not covered with rubber. Therefore, if you plan to put the bench on your carpet, you may need to buy custom rubber for it.
Read the PowerBlock Sport Bench Review.
AB-2 Rogue Adjustable Bench
Coming from Rogue, America’s #1 strength equipment manufacturer, the AB-2 bench is of the best adjustable workout benches in the market. The quality, functionality and price of the bench put it ahead of the pack.
The beautiful bench is perfect if you have little space, measuring only 17” tall in the flat position. Moreover, it has wheels and hence can be easily moved around. The beautiful bench has four different positions and is made from good quality materials. Worth mentioning is the incredibly absorbent pad that does not show any pools of sweat after your workout.
The AB-2 Rogue bench is well constructed and while it does not have decline, its high quality is worth the price. The comfortable and supportive padding will ensure you have an enjoyable workout no matter how much iron you are lifting.
Read the full Rogue AB-2 Adjustable Bench Review.
Universal 5 Position Weight Bench
For beginners, the Universal 5 Position is also among the top adjustable benches you can consider. The bench is high quality yet affordable. With five positions and a decline, this is a great bench if you will be doing decline exercises. The bench is lightweight and says steady on the ground when you’re working out thanks to the form rollers on its feet.
While the adjustable workout bench is cheap compared to other entry level model, its quality is not cheap. The bench is constructed well and offers great support and safety for any kind of weight training.
Read the full Universal 5 Position Weight Bench Review.
XMark Adjustable Dumbbell Weight Bench XM-7630
If you are looking to take your training to the next level, the xMark Commercial XM-7630 adjustable weight bench is an ideal option. The bench has seven different positions (including decline). It is solid while still versatile with a very high weight rating of 1500lbs. The bench has a thick pad that is durable.
The ergonomically designed bench offers maximum support and makes weight training comfortable. The XMark is a little pricier than entry-level benches but not as expensive as a high end options. The bench is highly rated by users and is one of the few that is difficult to find fault with.
Bowflex SelectTech 3.1 Adjustable Bench
The Bowflex Adjustable Bench 3.1 is similar to its counterpart, the 5.1 model. However, the main difference is that the 3.1 model offers four positions (including decline). The bench has a weight rating of 480lbs and is great for beginners.
One feature that sets the adjustable workout bench apart from other entry level options is its removable leg. The leg helps to support proper form but if you don’t like it, you can remove it without affecting the stability of the equipment. Moreover, unlike many benches, the Bowflex 3.1 has the full 90 degree position and won’t break your bank.
Bowflex 5.1 Adjustable Weight Bench
This Bowflex 5.1 bench looks like the Bowflex 3.1 but comes with additional options. For example, instead of four positions like the 3.1 model has, the 5.1 weight bench has six. Moreover, its decline position is deeper than that of the 3.1. The seat of the bench can also be adjusted, unlike is the case with 3.1
The Bowflex 5.1 and the 3.1 model are of the same size. However, the former weighs a little more. The bench is made of steel and is therefore sturdy and long-lasting.
This adjustable gym bench offers great value for money.
Read the full Bowflex 5.1 Adjustable Weight Bench Review
Marcy Deluxe Utility Weight Bench
The Marcy Deluxe Utility Bench is among the cheap adjustable weight benches available on the market. However, don’t let the cheap price make you think the bench is low quality. Instead, it’s exactly the opposite. Marcy has a simple design that is meant to simply help you accomplish your weight training. The bench does not have extra trimmings or thrills.
The Marcy Deluxe has six positions (including decline) and hence getting a full workout is possible. Moreover, if you have limited space, you can fold the bench flat to store it in a wardrobe or under the bed out of sight.
Like is expected of other entry level benches, the Marcy has a low weight rating at 300lbs. If you are not lifting heavy, this will be a perfect adjustable weight bench to buy.
Ironmaster Super Bench (what I use)
I use the Ironmaster and this is one of the best adjustable weight benches in the market. The exercise bench has a beautiful design, unique features and lots of options for its price range. For instance, it has 11 different angles which are easy to adjusting using a foot lever. The bench also has decline and offers plenty of versatility during your workout. The seat design and backrest is sleek and modern.
Comparing price to quality, you will get the best of both worlds with the Ironmaster Super Bench. The bench can hold up you 1000lbs and at the affordable price, you cannot go wrong with it. The Ironmaster is great whether you are a beginner or an advanced weight lifter.
Read the full Ironmaster Super Bench Review.