Buying weight plates can be intimidating, but it shouldn’t be. If you aren’t competing, all you need is a nice, durable set of plates that won’t break the bank. I’ve owned or tried dozens of sets of plates. There are a lot of great choices out there. Based on my testing and experience, the plates on this page are what I recommend.
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Bumper Plates – Budget Option
The Titan Fitness recycled rubber olympic bumper plates were my first bumper plates and for those on a budget that don’t want to buy used, this is an ideal set of bumpers.
They are well made, inexpensive (as far as bumper plates go), and durable. On the whole, they’re a great buy. As with most of Titan’s products, they are an overall good value.
But as with most of Titan’s products, this value comes at the expense of something else. For these plates that something else is their smell.
For most people it won’t be a deal breaker. All recycled rubber (read this as any rubber other than virgin rubber) bumpers smell. This Titan set is no exception. If odor is something you don’t mind, definitely consider these!
For me, it was bad enough to sell them and upgrade to the Fringe Sport plates referenced above. In my opinion, if you have the extra money, go that route. If you don’t, however, do not hesitate to pull the trigger on this low priced set by Titan!
SEE A FULL DESCRIPTION AND PRICING FOR THE TITAN FITNESS OLYMPIC BUMPER PLATES HERE!
Bumper Plates – Premium Option
If money were no object, the American Barbell urethane pro series bumper plates are the only plates I would buy.
I’ve used them a few times and every time I fall in love all over again. These things are simply amazing. Truly the perfect bumper plate.
Urethane bumpers are the single most durable plate you can buy. They will look new for years to come and take any abuse you might want to dole out.
They also have a noticeably lower bounce than rubber bumpers. This makes them both safer and quieter than any other choice.
This will be the last set of plates you ever need to buy. If you take that into consideration, they are well worth what they cost.
One last note. While most urethane bumpers out there all come out of the same factory, these don’t and are markedly better and clearly different. They are simply THE best urethane plate made today!
SEE A FULL DESCRIPTION AND PRICING FOR THE AMERICAN BARBELL PRO SERIES URETHANE BUMPER PLATES HERE!
Standard Plates – What I own
When I’m not using my bumper plates, I’m using my small set of urethane coated plates by Troy Barbell.
When using my EZ curl bar, when I need to add less than 10 lbs to my barbell, or when doing a number of other types of lifts that bumpers aren’t appropriate for, I reach for these.
Urethane means there is no odor. It also means these plates are extraordinarily durable.
You only need a small set to compliment your bumpers, so it’s not a huge investment. I love these plates and use them every time I lift. They will be a great addition to your home gym!
BUY YOUR SET OF TROY URETHANE PLATES HERE ON AMAZON!