There are a few ways to go about getting a bench for your home gym. The first is to get 2-3 separate benches (flat, incline, decline) each purpose built and solid in its own right. The second is to go minimal with a basic, yet substantial flat bench. The third, and the option I like best, is to get a quality adjustable “FID” (flat, incline, decline) bench.
What I own
Rep Fitness AB-3000, my recommended bench
After years of using the below listed Body Solid bench, I finally made the switch over to the Rep Fitness AB3000. Over the last few years, I’ve been lucky enough to try out a ton of benches. The Rep Fitness bench is simply the best adjustable bench available in its price category. No one else comes close!!!
With the ability to angle both the seat and the back, this Rep Fitness bench is ideal for any lift I’ve been able to dream up! I used the Body Solid bench mentioned next for years, but am very happy I made the switch to this AB3000!
If you are in the market for an adjustable FID bench and are looking for something you’ll have and love for a long time, I highly recommend the Rep Fitness AB-3000.
SEE A FULL DESCRIPTION, PRICING, AND REVIEWS OF THE AB-3000 HERE ON AMAZON
This bench served me well for quite a few years!
Best Fold Flat Bench
Buying a bench was one of my first home gym purchases. I bought the Body Solid GFID-225 based on it’s price point at the time of $250 and a lot of solid reviews on Amazon. It was also a primary choice because of its ability to fold flat and store under my bed!
Overall, I’ve been happy. In fact, you can read a very in depth review I wrote here. It’s been a solid bench for me and has lasted for several years of regular use. After that time, it still looks brand new.
It’s easily adjustable to flat, declined, and a nice number of inclined positions. It has wheels and an integrated handle so I can move it around my small garage gym very easily. The padding is solid and comfortable.
This is also the single best bench for the money when you need a bench that can collapse down flat to store under a bed or other similar area! If you are working out in a tight space, apartment, or a multi use area, this feature is invaluable. There isn’t another bench I would buy if this is a primary concern!
SEE A FULL DESCRIPTION, PRICING, AND REVIEWS OF THE GFID225 HERE ON AMAZON
Best Budget Bench
This Titan adjustable bench is the single best budget bench on the market!
If you’ve read many of my equipment articles, you’ll know I’m a big fan of Titan Fitness. They aren’t always the best budget solution, but in this case they win hands down. They don’t make a bench that declines, but their adjustable model will make a great flat and incline bench for you. Coming in at just over $100, you simply can’t beat the value.
It has a 650 lb. capacity. It’s stable and well built (I’ve used this bench numerous times and was surprised at how much I liked it). The seat angles up for stability when using it on an incline. It even has a handle and wheels for ease of positioning!
If you are on a budget, you simply can’t do better than the Titan adjustable bench. It even ships for free!!!
CHECK PRICING AND REVIEW OF THE TITAN FITNESS ADJUSTABLE BENCH HERE ON AMAZON
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Lowest Cost Option
I wanted to include this option for those who are on a really tight spending plan.
I don’t always provide an option for the lowest possible price on anything as the lowest priced options are often a huge waste of money. Buying the cheapest anything usually means you are getting what you paid for and it’s just not worth it.
Buying a low priced flat bench, on the other hand, isn’t a terrible option. In fact, the Amazon basics flat bench is a surprisingly good bench. When you consider its price, it’s down right remarkable!
The Amazon bench is very well built. It’s durable and strong. It doesn’t wobble and will provide a safe and secure base to lift from. It’s pretty much everything you could want in a basic flat bench at an amazing price.
If every dollar of your gym budget matters, check out the Amazon basics flat bench. It’s a great way to save some coin and still get a quality product!
SEE A FULL DESCRIPTION, REVIEWS, AND PRICING FOR THE AMAZON BASICS FLAT BENCH HERE!
- If your budget is in the sub $400 range, go for the Rep Fitness AB-3000.
- If your budget is in the sub $300 range, go for the Body Solid GFID-225.
- If your budget is in the just over $100 range, don’t hesitate to get the Titan Fitness adjustable bench.
Should you spend more???
Honestly, probably not. I suppose if you have an unlimited budget there are some options out there with a bit better padding, nicer powder coating, and a smaller gap between the back and the seat (although the gap has never, ever bothered me). By all means I am not knocking the other, more expensive benches that are out there.
What I am saying is that there are some things in your gym you’ll want to spend a little money on. There are many more where you can save quite a bit and still get very high quality gear. The adjustable bench is one of those areas. Save the few hundred dollars and invest it elsewhere. Go for one of the above three options based on your budget and get to working out! You’ll really like whichever you end up with.