13 Best Weight Benches to Buy in 2021

The 13 Best Weight Benches - Garage Gym Lab

A weight bench is one of the most important pieces of gym equipment that most lifters can own. I consider it to be one of the ‘core four': a power rack, a barbell, some plates, and a weight bench… especially for the home gym.

Benches can range in price, features, quality, etc… which can be a challenge when narrowing down a list of potential candidates.

In this article, I'll take you through some of the best weight benches to buy in 2021. Whether you're looking for a flat weight bench or an adjustable weight bench, this article has you covered.

Let's dig in!

Best Weight Benches

How to Find the Best Weight Bench for You

Selecting gym equipment can be exhausting, overwhelming, and downright confusing when you factor in different features, prices, etc… Weight benches are certainly no exception, and it's important to filter it down to make the best buying decision for you.

In addition to this guide, which will detail everything you need to know about weight benches, Garage Gym Lab also has a very useful equipment finder that will filter it down for you based on a few quick questions. It takes less than 30 seconds – no emails, no funny business – just helpful content right inside your browser.

Each weight bench that I have outlined has either been personally owned/used by me or has been meticulously researched through spec comparisons, user reviews, and feedback from people I trust.


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6.) Honorable Mentions


Best Overall Flat Bench

REP FB-5000

REP FB-5000 Side

Price: $169
Construction: 3×3 11-gauge steel
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Height: 17″
Length: 48″
Weight: 62lb
Pad Width: 12″ or 14″ (also compatible with Thompson Fat Pad. See below)
Assembly: 10-15 Minutes
Warranty: 10-Years on Frame/30 Days on Upholstery
GGL Review: Click Here

The REP FB-5000 is one of the most popular flat weight benches on the market and rightfully so. It has a great design, it offers solid specs, and it's very well priced. As such, it's become a go-to weight bench for a lot of home gyms. Since its release several years ago (I have owned the bench since it first launched), several companies have created very similar designs. Considering the price, the reputation in the market, the pad compatibility, and the color options, putting the FB-5000 from REP at the top of the flat bench offerings was an easy choice.

Keep in mind that I have the original FB-5000 – the current version has a slightly more narrow front post, but all else remains the same.

REP FB-5000 Front

One of the most notable design features of the FB-5000 is that it uses a tripod foot design. That is, it employs a single post as the front foot instead of a wide base (like on the back). Having a single post greatly improves leg drive since lifters can find their optimal foot placement based on their height and/or general preferences. Compare this to a wider base, which limits where you can place your feet, and you can see where this would be a big advantage. The popular Rogue Flat Utility Bench is an example of the wider base up front. While that bench has some good qualities, I found it to be challenging to get consistent leg drive because I was constantly battling the base with my feet. That isn't the case with the FB-5000, or with any tripod design for that matter.

The FB-5000 is a bolt-together bench that ships with some assembly required. It's a very straightforward assembly, however, which requires attaching the feet to the spine and mounting the pad to the top. All-in, it takes 10-15 minutes.

REP FB-5000 Post

Another great feature of this weight bench is that it offers a 17″ height, which fits within IPF specs. Coupled with the tripod design, this offers excellent leg drive to virtually any lifter. The frame itself is 13″ high, which allows for a thick 4″ pad. Compare that to some other benches that use a higher frame and a thinner pad of 2.5″ or less.

The pad itself is comfortable, fairly firm, and grippy. This bench uses their popular vinyl that includes a unique texture to reduce slippage when performing a bench press. I do think the Rogue vinyl is superior, but I've found REP's vinyl to be up to the task in every department. That said, I did replace my REP pad with the Thompson Fat Pad, which is my preferred pad. Note that you will not be able to mount the Thompson Fat Pad with the standard REP hardware that ships with the bench. You will need to purchase four 3/8″ diameter x 1″ long bolts. I found mine at Home Depot. Also note that the Thompson Fat Pad will add 1/2″ to your bench height, making it 17.5″ (still within IPF specs). It will also add 1/2″ to the width over the REP Wide Pad (14.5″ vs. 14″).

REP FB-5000 Vertical

If you'd rather save money on the pad and the shipping, you have the option to purchase the REP Wide Pad with the FB-5000. REP calls this the FB-5050, which is the same FB-5000 frame, but with the wide pad. This will add 2″ in pad width, from 12″ to 14″, for an additional $20 if purchasing together. You can also buy the wide pad separately, but it will be more expensive. If you're upgrading your already-owned FB-5000 to the wide pad, however, this is the way to go. As mentioned earlier, 12″ is a very common pad width that most people will find totally suitable. I prefer a wide pad personally, but it's not an essential upgrade.

Overall, this is a fantastic flat weight bench. It's the one that I use in my home gym and it's the one I recommend most to others.


Runner-Up Flat Bench

Rogue Monster Utility Bench 2.0

Rogue Monster Utility Bench 2.0

Price: $295
Construction: 3×3 11-gauge steel
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Height: 15.25″, 17.5″, or 19.75″ (see below)
Length: 47.375″
Weight: 68lb
Pad Width: 12″, 12.5″, or 14.5″ (see below)
Assembly: 10-15 Minutes
Warranty: Lifetime on Frame/90 Days on Upholstery

The Rogue Monster Utility Bench 2.0 is the improved version of their popular Monster Utility Bench. In the 2.0 version, they added a tripod/single post design and they also added wheels with the ability to store vertically. Neither of these existed on the earlier version.

The tripod design, as mentioned, means lifters will get much-improved leg drive since they have more freedom to place their feet to maximize leverage. On the front of the front post is a vertical handle that can be purchased in either standard black powder coat or knurled stainless steel (upcharge). This handle spans the whole length of the post so you get more surface area compared to the REP FB-5000 or other benches. The bench does include wheels for easy portability, which is nice considering this is one of the heaviest flat benches on the market at 68lbs. When stored vertically, it takes up a footprint of 26.25″ x <19.75″.

Rogue Monster Flat Utility Bench - Heights

One interesting feature of the Monster Utility Bench 2.0 relative to other benches like the REP FB-5000, Griffin Competition Flat Bench, etc… is that it can be purchased in two heights. This way users can make selections based on their pad choice, height, or general preferences. The bench can be purchased with a standard height (17.5″) or in a “shorty” height (15.25″). Most lifters will choose the standard height if they plan to keep the standard pad since it maintains the 17.5″ IPF height. If you add a fat pad to the standard height, it takes the overall height to 19.75″, which is far too tall for most users. If you do plan to buy a Fat Pad, the shorty height is ideal because it brings the total height to 17.5″.

The different measurements are broken down as follows:

Height
Standard: 17.5″ with standard pad/19.75″ with Fat Pad.
Shorty: 15.25″ with standard pad/17.5″ with Fat Pad.

Pad
Standard Pad: 47″ long, 12″ wide, 2.5″ thick
Competition Fat Pad: 50″ long, 12.5″ wide, 4.5″ thick
Thompson Fat Pad: 50″ long, 14.5″ wide, 4.5″ thick

You'll be able to select both the height and the pad directly on the product page. Each of the Fat Pad options will add $50 to the total, taking the bench to $345.

Rogue Monster Flat Utility Bench - Vinyl

One thing Rogue is known for is having excellent vinyl on their pad options. This includes both the standard pad and the Fat Pads. Having owned both, I can attest to their stickiness and overall quality. The Fat Pad is especially grippy and well made. The foams are comfortable, dense, and of high quality.

This weight bench ships partially disassembled, which does require some assembly upon unboxing. Eight bolts in the frame and a few in the pad is all you need though, so you'll be up and running in 10-15 minutes.

If you have a bigger budget, the Rogue Monster Utility Bench 2.0 could be a great option for your home gym or your commercial gym. It's a tank and it has a better warranty than other options.


Third-Place Flat Bench

Griffin Competition Flat Bench

Griffin Competition Flat Weight Bench - Side

Price: $165
Construction: 3×3 11-gauge steel
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Height: 17″
Length: 48″
Weight: 58lb
Pad Width: 12.5″
Assembly: 10-15 Minutes
Warranty: 10-Years on Frame/30 Days on Upholstery

The Griffin Competition Flat Bench is built very similarly to the REP FB-5000, with the primary differences being price, standard pad width, color options, and handle design. Weighing 58lbs, it's slightly lighter than the first two flat bench winners, but the Griffin bench is still capable of handling 1,000+lbs.

Griffin Competition Flat Bench - Front

Just like the REP bench, the Griffin Flat Weight Bench includes a tripod-foot design to maximize leg drive. Off the front of the single post is a horizontal handle with a contoured grip. Compare this to the vertical arch handle on the REP FB-5000 and the fully vertical handle on the Rogue Monster Utility Bench 2.0. This bench includes wheels on the back for easy maneuvering around the gym and it can be stored vertically.

Griffin Competition Flat Bench - Back

The pad on this bench is similar in height to the REP FB-5000, which means you get the same 17″ IPF height since the frame height is also similar. As mentioned, this is an ideal flat bench height. The main difference between these two standard pads is that the Griffin pad is 12.5″ vs. 12″ on the REP. This essentially makes it equal (slightly shorter) to the Thompson Competition Fat Pad. As someone who prefers a wider pad, I find this to be an advantage over the REP bench. Griffin is soon to release a wide pad option of 14″, but users can also mount the Thompson Fat Pad to this frame. In terms of the vinyl, these will offer a similar texture and the pad will offer a similar firmness.

Griffin Competition Flat Bench - Vinyl

One thing you won't get with the Griffin Comp Flat Bench that you will with the FB-5000 is the ability to change the frame color – at least for the time being. As of this article, the Griffin bench comes in black while the REP can be purchased in two types of black in addition to red and blue.

In terms of warranty, both are identical – 10 years on the frame and 30 days on the upholstery. Price-wise, the Griffin bench is marginally cheaper at $165 vs. $169. Another consideration is that Griffin will ship this bench to Canada whereas REP currently will not. That is, however, expected to change in the future.

Overall, this is a very solid flat weight bench with great specs at an attractive price-point.


Best Budget Flat Bench

REP FB-4000

REP FB-4000 - Side

Price: $139
Construction: 3×3 14-gauge steel
Weight Capacity: 700lbs
Height: 17″ or 19″ (see below)
Length: 45.25″
Weight: N/A
Pad Width: 12″ or 14″ (see below)
Assembly: 10-15 Minutes
Warranty: 10-Years on Frame/30 Days on Upholstery

The REP FB-4000 is a quality entry-level bench that's built similar to the FB-5000 but with a few trade-offs. It has a 17″ IPF height, a tripod design, wheels, and it comes in multiple colors at a less expensive price than the 5000. It also has a lower weight capacity, it uses thinner-gauge steel, and it won't accommodate the Thompson Fat Pad (will fit REP wide pad – see below).

REP FB-4000 - Front

The FB-4000 is constructed with 14-gauge steel vs. 11-gauge steel on the FB-5000. This gives it a weight capacity of 700lbs vs. 1,000lbs. This is still plenty for most people, but heavy lifters may find the higher capacity to be necessary.

This bench does include a single post front, which is again helpful for finding the optimal foot placement for leg drive. On the front of the post is an angled handle that extends outward to wheel the bench around. It can also be stored vertically. This bench is slightly smaller than the FB-5000 by about 3″, which makes it a nice home gym option.

REP FB-4000 - Back

The FB-4000 uses a 2.5″ thick pad as opposed to a 4″ pad on the FB-5000. Being that the frame is taller, this 2.5″ pad translates to an ideal 17″ bench height. While it's able to accommodate the REP Wide Pad, you will be adding 2″ to the height, making it 19″. This is too tall for most people. In my opinion, if you want a wide pad, the FB-5000 is the better buy. The 5000 model is also able to fit a Thompson Fat Pad whereas the 4000 model is not.

For $139, the FB-4000 is a nice weight bench that won't break the bank. You can certainly find benches for less money, even down to below $100, but there is a sharp drop in quality in my experience.


Best Overall Adjustable FID Bench

REP AB-5000 Zero Gap

REP AB-5000 Incline

Price: $539
Construction: 11-gauge steel (2×4 and 2×2)
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Adjustment Type: Telescoping Spine
# of Back Adjustments: 7 (0-90 degrees)
# of Seat Adjustments: 5 (-15-45 degrees)
Height: 17.75″
Length: 57″
Weight: 117lb
Pad Width: 12.25″
Assembly: 15-20 Minutes
Warranty: 10 Years on Frame/30 Days on Upholstery
GGL Review: Click here

In my opinion, REP has been making the best home gym weight benches for a few years. Because of that, they've taken top spots for flat benches and FID benches.

The AB-5000 Zero Gap bench offers a very innovative design that eliminates the pesky gap between the back pad and the seat. As previously mentioned, the pad gap can be a very annoying thing for some users to deal with depending on the severity of the gap, the lifter's height, etc… The Zero Gap Bench from REP rather brilliantly solves this issue by using a sliding seat.

REP AB -5000 Sliding Seat

This is far and away the best feature of this bench. Unlike most adjustable bench seats that only tilt to the desired angle, the AB-5000 seat tilts AND slides. Underneath the seat is a pop-pin selector that can position the seat in 1-of-8 sliding slots. The system uses two bearings and two guide rails to accommodate the adjustment, and it's extremely easy to use. My recommendation is to pull the seat in the forward-most position, set the back pad angle, set the seat angle, and then slide the seat into the closest position to the back pad. I know it sounds like a lot, but all three adjustments can be made in 10-15 seconds total (yes, of course I timed it!).

REP AB-5000 Telescoping Spine

The back can adjust anywhere from 0 degrees to 90 degrees across seven options (0, 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90) and the seat can adjust across five options (-15, 0, 15, 30, 45). Of the 35 adjustment options in total, only six cannot achieve a zero gap position. These are positions you likely would never use anyway, however, so it's of little concern.

REP AB-5000 Side

The bench measures 17.75″ tall from the ground to the top of the pad. While this is technically outside of IPF specs (barely), it's on the low end of adjustable benches. Because of that, it's an advantage compared to some FID benches, and it still allows for solid leg drive. The front post uses a T-shaped support with a relatively narrow width – at least compared to the back. While you won't get total freedom to roam your feet, there is plenty of room to find a good spot.

REP AB-5000 Front

The pads are 2.25″ thick and 12″ wide. The seat does taper down to 7.5″ near the front to allow for a more comfortable leg position for some users. They use the same textured vinyl as their other benches, which is grippy and tight-fitting. The foam itself is dense and it creates an overall solid base to lift off of.

This a very heavy bench a 117lbs. It's extremely stable and with its combination of 11-gauge steel, it's capable of handling 1,000lbs. The bench does offer wheels and a handle for easy transport, and it's easily stored vertically, which is a huge benefit for home gym owners.

REP AB-5000 Leg Attachment

Lastly, this is an FID weight bench, which means you can perform decline work. This is made possible with an optional leg attachment that does cost $89 extra. The attachment can further be adjusted to accommodate various user heights and, while it does wobble somewhat (almost all do), it's a very secure operation. Of course, you don't have to buy the attachment. At that point, the AB-5000 is just an adjustable incline bench with a zero gap.

This is a bench I have owned since it was released in 2018. It remains a bench I use regularly in my rotation, and I've been extremely pleased with it.


Runner-Up Adjustable FID Bench

Get RX'd FIDAB-2

Get RXd FIDAB-2 Incline

Price: $489
Construction: 7 & 11-gauge steel
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Adjustment Type: Ladder
# of Back Adjustments: 7 (0-85 degrees)
# of Seat Adjustments: 4
Height: 18″
Length: 57.7″
Weight: 115lb
Pad Width: 12.5″
Assembly: 15-20 Minutes
Warranty: 1 Year

The Get RX'd FIDAB-2 is a new adjustable bench for 2021 and it's one that I very nearly put as the best overall FID bench. This bench combines some of my favorite features of the REP AB-5200 (incline bench), but adds an option for decline and adds nifty dumbbell holders to the side for things like chest-supported rows. Since receiving this bench, it has been one of the heaviest-used in my collection.

Get RXd FIDAB-2 Ladder

As mentioned earlier, I prefer a ladder-style adjustment mechanism over the telescoping spine. It's easier to use, easier to adjust, and it's very secure. Until this point, most (not all) FID benches use a telescoping spine, so I was very excited to see an FID bench employ the ladder. The bench includes seven adjustments on the back (0, 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 85) and four adjustments on the seat, which includes a decline angle.

The FIDAB-2 includes a cage around the adjustment section, which keeps the ladder from any unwanted movement during the adjustment process. The ladder itself also includes a nylon-coated pin to prevent the bench's finish from getting damaged during the adjustment or while the bench is in use. This bench is available in multiple colors, including black, blue, red, yellow, and green.

Get RXd FIDAB-2 Front

Weighing in at 115lbs, it's an absolute tank. I haven't noticed any wobble whatsoever – totally rock solid. This bench includes a handle, wheels, and it can store vertically, which are all great benefits. When stored vertically, it only takes up an 18″x20″ footprint, which is great for the home gym. The handle sits low on the frame and is covered in urethane – this provides a comfortable grip and it lets you lift it low for good leverage and easy portability.

The vinyl on the FIDAB-2 is very grippy. It has a slightly different texture compared to other imported benches that I've seen from the likes of REP, etc… but it's very similar overall in terms of grip and overall feel. The pad is 12.5″ vs. 12″ on the REP benches, which is something that I prefer and it's a comfortable/dense foam.

Get RXd FIDAB-2 Leg Attachment

This bench improves on a couple of things as compared to the REP AB-5200 incline bench. Firstly, it offers a leg attachment for decline work. This is very similar to the REP AB-5000 leg attachment and the Rogue AB-3 attachment. It's easily removed via a pop-pin and the leg holders are adjustable based on the lifter's height. Like other FID benches, there is some wobble noticeable when using it, but it's not egregious. The leg attachment is sold separately for under $90.

Get RXd FIDAB-2 Dumbbell Holders

The second improvement is that it provides an option to add dumbbell holders, which is useful for chest-supported rows, etc… These are also sold separately for under $30. These are mounted to the square cage on the rear of the bench and they can be adjusted in height based on which holes you use. You can also front mount them since the uprights offer 4-way holes, which means you can technically use a barbell as well. Keep in mind that the range of motion with a barbell may be limited by the bench's spine, but you can use a cambered bar or a seal row bar effectively.

Get RXd FIDAB-2 Vinyl

One possible downside to the FIDAB-2 from Get RX'd is that it only ships freight, which can add $50 or more to your purchase depending on where you live. While this is great for preventing possible damage caused by traditional ground transportation, it pushes the price up to over $740 (if you include all the add-ons) where I live in South Carolina.

That said, I am a big fan of this bench. It's solid, feature-rich, and it includes my personal favorite ladder adjustment.


Third-Place Adjustable FID Bench

Rogue AB-3

Rogue AB-3 - Decline Sit Up

Price: $950
Construction: 11-gauge steel (2×4 and 2×2)
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Adjustment Type: Telescoping Spine
# of Back Adjustments: 9 (0-78 degrees)
# of Seat Adjustments: 6 (-15-40 degrees)
Height: 18″
Length: 68″ (when flat)
Weight: 117lb
Pad Width: 12″
Assembly: Ships Assembled
Warranty: Lifetime on Frame/90 Days on Upholstery

The Rogue AB-3 is one of the nicest adjustable benches on the market, and it's also one of the most well-reviewed. It offers more adjustment options than most, it's very heavy-duty, and it offers a great warranty backed by the Rogue reputation.

Rogue AB-3 - Adjustments

The back pad on the AB-3 can adjust anywhere from 0 degrees to 78 degrees across nine options (0, 8, 18, 28, 38, 48, 58, 68, 78) and the seat can adjust across five options (-15, 0, 10, 20, 30, 40). The 78-degree max upright angle is something that some people may find lacking on this bench since most others offer 85 degrees or even 90 degrees.

The bench measures 18″ tall from the ground to the top of the pad, which is fairly common for adjustable benches. The REP AB-5000 is an example of a shorter FID bench, but most adjustable benches are 18″+ tall. The front foot is relatively low profile, which helps to find good foot placement and produce solid leg drive. Under the feet are rubber feet which help to protect the frame but also which contribute to the 18″ height. Making these lower profile would allow the overall bench height to drop.

Rogue AB-3 - Feet

The pads are 2.25″ thick and 12″ wide, which is right in the wheelhouse of adjustable benches. The seat gradually tapers down, which many users prefer for overall leg comfort. The pad gap on the AB-3 is wider than most. Since the pads have a downward angle into the gap, it's around 6″ from top-to-top. These angles, however, make it more comfortable than some benches with narrower gaps.

The bench is built with a combination of 2×2 and 2×3 11-gauge steel and weighs in at 117lbs, giving it a 1,000+lb weight capacity. On the front of the front post is a swivel handle that extends out for easy portability.

Rogue AB-3 - Leg Attachment

The AB-3 comes standard with the leg attachment to make it a true FID bench. This leg attachment, like many others, can be easily removed and adjusted for user height/preferences. In general, this attachment feels higher quality than others that I've used from REP and Get RX'd, but some wobble does exist.

The AB-3 from Rogue is among the more expensive options, but it's a very high-quality, highly-adjustable bench with a stellar track record. With one of the strongest warranties in the game, you can rest easy knowing you've made a good buy.


Best Budget Adjustable FID Bench

Griffin Adjustable FID Bench

Griffin Adjustable FID Bench - Side

Price: $265
Construction: Steel
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Adjustment Type: Ladder
# of Back Adjustments: 9 (-15-85 degrees)
# of Seat Adjustments: 3
Height: 18″
Length: 54″
Weight: 88lb
Pad Width: 12″
Assembly: 15-20 Minutes
Warranty: 10 years on Frame/30 Days on Upholstery

The Griffin Adjustable FID adjustable bench is a budget-friendly option that allows for flat, incline, and decline movements. This is not a revolutionary design by any means. In fact, several companies offer this exact same bench with a few minor differences on the handle, foot base, etc… The Griffin version does offer a slightly better price than some others, it ships to Canada, and it has a couple of design features that I prefer.

Griffin Adjustable FID Bench - Incline

Firstly, this is a 1,000lb rated bench that weighs 88lbs. It has a ladder-style adjustment with seven positions on the back (-15, 0, 20, 35, 50, 65, & 85) and it offers a pop-pin guide rod adjustment on the seat that includes three positions. While this bench does wheel easily, it is not built to store vertically although it is possible in some situations (propping up, etc…).

Griffin Adjustable FID Bench - Leg Roller

Near the front of the bench is a mounted leg roller attachment, which allows for decline movements. This is going to be something some people like and others do not. While you can technically remove the roller altogether, it also includes the handle to maneuver the bench, so it's advised to keep it on. That said, it's not always ideal to have it on since some users may find that it gets in the way, feels awkward, or otherwise makes it slower to get into position each time you perform a movement. The roller itself is somewhat adjustable by sliding it inside a laser cutout and tightening it with a bolt.

Griffin Adjustable FID Bench - Rubber Caps

Both the front foot and back foot bases offer rubber caps to protect your flooring. This differs from companies like REP Fitness and Crandall Fitness who use a steel plate base, and it should be considered an advantage over those benches. The front foot is narrow to allow for solid leg drive/feet positioning. As mentioned, there is a handle on the front of the bench, which is a horizontal piece of cylindrical steel. This differs from the plastic-covered vertical handles on competitive benches, and it's something I prefer.

Griffin Adjustable FID Bench - Decline

The pads are 2.5″ thick, which creates an 18″ overall height from the floor to the top of the pad. Again, this is common for adjustable benches. The pads measure 12″ in width, but it's important to note that the seat gets wider as it gets closer to the leg rollers. This is contrary to most benches that gradually taper and it's something that some users will not find advantageous. I agree that it takes some getting used to and I do prefer a thinner seat personally. The gap on this bench is ~2″, which is very manageable.

In my opinion, this bench from Griffin represents a really nice home gym adjustable bench option for those looking to save some money and still get a functional piece.


Best Overall Adjustable Incline Bench

REP AB-5200

REP AB-5200 Incline

Price: $469
Construction: 2×3 7 & 11-gauge steel
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Adjustment Type: Ladder
# of Back Adjustments: 7 (0-85 degrees)
# of Seat Adjustments: 3
Height: 18″
Length: 55.25″
Weight: 125lb
Pad Width: 12″
Assembly: 15-20 Minutes
Warranty: 10 Years on Frame/30 Days on Upholstery

The REP AB-5200 has been one of my go-to adjustable home gym benches since it was released. It's a very well-made adjustable incline bench with several notable features. While I am loving my Get RXd FIDAB-2 listed above, the REP AB-5200 has one unique feature that I really appreciate… a wide pad option.

REP AB-5200 Pad Options

While wide pads are common on flat benches, it's rarely been seen in the adjustable bench world until REP introduced it in 2021. I purchased the wide pad the day it was released and I'm a big fan of it overall. REP gives you the option to purchase the back pad only or both the back and the seat in the wide variant. I purchased both, but I prefer the narrow seat by a wide margin (no pun intended). This way I can get better leg drive. The standard pads on the 5200 bench are 12″ wide while the wide pads are 14″ wide. All pads are 2.25″, which creates a total height of 18″. The pad gap on this bench is less than 2″ and it may be completely avoidable in the flat position for some lifters given how long the back pad is.

REP AB-5200 Front

The frame is built using a combination of 11-gauge and 7-gauge 2×3 steel, which creates a very beefy 125lb bench. Seriously, this thing is a tank. It's one of the most solid benches that I own. The front foot is essentially a single post in that it's very narrow and allows for great leg drive. On the front of the post is a horizontal steel handle that sits low on the frame. Wheels on the back make it easy to move around and a top brace allows for vertical storage.

REP AB-5200 Ladder

The AB-5200 uses a ladder-style adjustment, which I prefer over other styles. It's very fast and easy to use. A cage surrounds the position hooks to eliminate ladder movement when adjusting/using the bench and a nylon-coated pin protects the bench's finish. The back can be adjusted along seven positions (0, 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 85) and the seat can be adjusted, ladder-style, along three positions. 85 degrees is my personal favorite upright angle since 90 degrees can be too vertical.

Off the back, users have the option to add a separately-purchased spotter platform. If you're using the bench in a commercial gym or even in a home gym and you lift with a spotter, this can be very helpful. It's large and it includes a diamond pattern on top. This is something also unique about the AB-5200 that the Get RXd FIDAB-2 does not offer.

REP AB-5200 Flat

Lastly, the 5200 can be purchased in several colors: black, blue, and red. While you don't get decline ability on the 5200 as you do on the FIDAB-2, this bench is cheaper and it offers a wide pad. It also ships UPS ground (or freight), which saves money relative to the FIDAB-2.

If you're not someone who uses decline much, I would highly recommend the AB-5200. It's one of the best incline benches for the money and it's a great home gym bench overall.


Runner-Up Adjustable Incline Bench

Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0

Price: $545
Construction: 2×3 11-gauge steel
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Adjustment Type: Ladder
# of Back Adjustments: 6 (0-85 degrees)
# of Seat Adjustments: 2
Height: 17.5″
Length: 55.5″
Weight: 128lb
Pad Width: 11.25″
Assembly: Ships Assembled
Warranty: 10 Years on Frame/30 Days on Upholstery

The Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0 is a high-quality and well-regarded incline bench that has a few nice features. That said, I do consider it a runner-up to the REP AB-5200 because it doesn't have as many adjustment options, it's more expensive, and you have to pay extra for the vertical storage option. It is, however, slightly shorter, it doesn't require assembly, and it's made in America.

Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0 - Ladder

This bench is constructed with 2×3 11-gauge steel to create a very heavy 128lb frame – one of the heaviest in its class. It uses a tripod design similar to the AB-5200 and it offers a horizontal handle to wheel around the gym. One thing I like about this bench design is that it offers a 17.5″ height, which is within IPF specs and which is less than most adjustable benches (18″+).

It uses a similar ladder-style design but it doesn't offer the cage enclosure, which is something I really like about the 5200 and FIDAB-2. It also only offers six positions ranging from 0-85 degrees (vs. seven) and only two positions on the seat (vs. three). The Adjustable bench 2.0 is still going to hit the primary adjustments, but if you're looking for maximum adjustment options, this is something to consider.

Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0 - Vinyl Pad & Gap

The pad on this bench, like all Rogue pads, is very high-quality. It's dense, comfortable, and grippy. One potential downside for some users is that it has a width of 11.25″, which is less than the common 12″ pad. Wide-shouldered lifters may find this to be too narrow, but if you perform a lot of chest flies, the narrower width may actually be preferred. One other nice feature of this bench is that the pad gap is very small – less than 2″.

Buyers will have the option to purchase an optional spotter deck and/or the vertical storage bracket to expand the feature set of the bench.

Overall, the Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0 is a solid incline bench option. If you like the shorter height and narrower width pad, this will likely appeal to you. On the other hand, if you want more adjustment options, you like a wider pad, and you want to save some money, the REP AB-5200 may be the better buy for you.


Third-Place Adjustable Incline Bench

Vulcan Prime Adjustable Bench

Vulcan Prime Adjustable Bench

Price: $419.99
Construction: 2×3 11-gauge steel
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Adjustment Type: Ladder
# of Back Adjustments: 12 (0-85 degrees)
# of Seat Adjustments: 3
Height: 18″
Length: 50″
Weight: 96lb
Pad Width: 12″ & 10″ (see below)
Assembly: 10-15 Minutes
Warranty: Lifetime on Frame/6 Months on Upholstery

The Vulcan Prime Adjustable Bench is one of the most adjustable weight benches on the market. It also has some of the best value with an attractive price (plus free shipping) and one of the best warranties among all adjustable benches.

Weighing in at 96lbs, this bench is constructed with 11-gauge steel and is capable of handling 1,000lbs. Like most adjustable benches, it offers a handle and wheel combo to move around the gym easily. It also includes one of the narrowest front posts, which provides excellent leg drive and foot positioning.

Vulcan Prime Adjustable Bench - Dimensions

One of the best features of this bench is that it not only includes a ladder adjustment, but that it offers so many adjustments. While most benches in this class have six or seven adjustments, the Vulcan Prime Adjustable Bench has twelve! The back maxes out at 85 degrees and hits many different angles along the way (0, 10, 20, 30, 35, 40, 50, 55, 60, 65, 75, 85). The seat adjusts three ways from 0-30 degrees.

Aside from the adjustments, the most unique feature of this bench is its tapered back-pad. What starts at 12″ in the lumbar spine region tapers down to 10″ in the mid-back and scapula regions. This is something you'll either really like or something that will steer you to something different. While some users love a 10″ pad, others (like myself), do not… for standard pressing movements at least. Where I think a 10″ pad shines is with accessory work, namely chest flies and neutral grip DB presses. When it comes to bench pressing, a wider base is preferred by many.

The pads themselves are covered in a grippy vinyl similar to other imported benches, and they include a 6-month warranty. This is much better than the 30-day warranty on most other weight benches. It also includes a small and very manageable pad gap of less than 2″.

If you're looking for an extremely adjustable weight bench, the Vulcan Prime Adjustable Bench is a great candidate. With a solid price and free shipping, it's an especially nice home gym option.


Best Budget Adjustable Incline Bench

REP AB-3100 v3

REP AB-3100

Price: $209
Construction: Combination of 4-gauge and 11-gauge steel
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Adjustment Type: Ladder
# of Back Adjustments: 6 (0-90 degrees)
# of Seat Adjustments: 3
Height: 17″
Length: 49.5″
Weight: N/A
Pad Width: 11.75″
Assembly: 15-20 Minutes
Warranty: 10 Years on Frame/30 Days on Upholstery

At $209, the REP AB-3100 Adjustable Bench v3 has a lot going for it. IPF height, minimal pad gap, ladder design, and a 1,000lb capacity at that price combine to make for a very compelling offer.

REP AB-3100 - Angle

The AB-3100 is built using a combination of 4-gauge and 11-gauge steel to create a strong bench capable of handling 1,000lbs. It has a true tripod design with a very narrow single front post and rubber feet to protect your floor. On the front of the single post is a rubber-coated handle that extends outward and on the back are two wheels for portability. The bench is not designed to be stored vertically, but you can do it by propping it up and preventing the wheels from sliding out by placing something behind them. Not ideal, but it's a workaround solution.

One of the best features of this bench is that it has a total height of only 17″, which is one of, if not the lowest in the industry. This is within IPF specs and it will provide the majority of lifters with an opportunity to generate great leg drive. The single post design only helps in that regard.

REP AB-3100 - Incline

The AB-3100 uses the popular ladder design and it has six back adjustments (0, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90) and three seat adjustments to dial in the angle. It also uses coated pins to protect the bench's finish. The 3100, like all of REP's benches, comes in several colors, including black, red, and blue.

REP AB-3100 - Dimensions

The bench pads are 2.5″ thick and 11.75″ in width. While they are slightly narrower than the 12″ pads, 1/4″ inch isn't going to make much of a difference. The seat pad tapers slightly down from 11.75″ towards the front of the bench to give your legs a little more freedom. There is a small gap of less than 2″ on the bench, which is very competitive with other products. The vinyl is similar to REP's other offerings – it has a grippy texture to prevent slippage.

In general, this is a great adjustable incline bench for the price. If you're shopping for a home gym weight bench on a budget (that doesn't suck), the REP AB-3100 may be tough to beat.


Best Adjustable Bench for Versatility

Ironmaster Super Bench Pro

Ironmaster Super Bench Pro - Main

Price: $399
Construction: Combination of 11-gauge and 12-gauge steel
Weight Capacity: 1,000lbs
Adjustment Type: Telescoping Spine
# of Back Adjustments: 11 (0-85 degrees)
# of Seat Adjustments: 11
Height: 17.2″
Length: 47″
Weight: 64lbs
Pad Width: 10.5″
Assembly: 15-20 Minutes
Warranty: 10 Years on Frame/1 Year on Upholstery

The Ironmaster Super Bench Pro is one of, if not the most versatile weight benches in the industry. The Pro version improves on the original Super Bench in several ways including IPF height, among others.

Unlike most adjustable benches that have back pads and seats that both adjust, the Super Bench Pro has a single back pad that adjusts. The seat is then attached to the frame to create the proper angle. There are a total of 11 pad adjustments ranging from 0-85 (0, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 85). There are therefore 11 seat adjustments as well, each with a corresponding angle. Because it’s built this way, the Super Bench Pro creates a zero pad gap in every position.

Ironmaster Super Bench Pro - Flat

The pad itself measures 44” long, which makes it long enough to use as a flat bench without the need for an additional seat. One downside to the Super Bench Pro is that it has a width of 10.5”, which many lifters will find to be too narrow for conventional bench pressing. This is, however, an improvement over the regular Super Bench, which is 10”.

The bench is constructed with a combination of 11-gauge and 12-gauge steel and its base weight is 64lbs. It’s capable of handling 1,000lbs in the flat position and 600lbs while in any adjusted position. Perhaps the biggest improvement of the Pro version is that it reduces the frame height from 20” to 17.2”, which is within IPF specs. The front of the Pro version is narrower than the regular version also, but it’s still not a single post design so you may not get as much freedom to set your feet.

Ironmaster Super Bench Pro - Dimensions

The Super Bench Pro, unlike the regular version, also comes with wheels and a handle as standard. It can also be stored vertically, which makes it a great option for a home gym weight bench.

What makes the Super Bench Pro so versatile is that it offers multiple attachments to do a variety of movements. These do cost additional, but they can configure the bench in ways other adjustable weight benches simply cannot. A list of the available attachments is as follows:

  • crunch sit-up (recommended for decline movements to hold legs)
  • Leg extension/leg curl
  • Dip bar
  • Preacher curl
  • Lat tower (yes, a full-blown lat tower)
  • Chin-up bar
If you’re looking for a weight bench that offers maximum versatility, the Super Bench Pro is a great option.

Types of Weight Benches

Types of Weight Benches

  • Flat/Utility Bench – As the name implies, this is a flat weight bench that can be used in a variety of ways. The most notable, of course, is the flat bench press, but a flat weight bench can also be used for things like dumbbell rows, dumbbell flies, split squats, step-ups, and other movements.
  • Adjustable FID Bench – FID stands for ‘Flat/Incline/Decline'. An adjustable FID bench, therefore, means you can perform movements on any of those planes. If you're someone who likes to perform decline bench press or decline ab movements, then having a full FID weight bench is likely to appeal to you. Generally speaking, FID benches are the most expensive, but they're also the most versatile.
  • Incline Bench – An incline weight bench allows for movements in either the flat or incline position. These are versatile benches and they allow for dozens of movements. If you're not someone who uses the decline feature much, my recommendation is an incline bench – you'll save some money and still get a ton of variety in your training.

Adjustment Types

Adjustable weight benches primarily offer three adjustment types:

  • Ladder-Style – The ladder style adjustment is my favorite because it's very fast, it's very convenient, and it's very secure. A user can adjust the back and seat of a ladder-style bench in a few seconds, and these benches will accommodate the full range of adjustment positions. You will find this adjustment type on FID adjustable benches as well as incline benches.
  • Telescoping Spine – The telescoping spine is another very popular adjustment type. It's an extremely secure mechanism that allows for fast adjustments using a simple pop-pin. The curved spine has laser-cut holes at various degrees to accommodate a comprehensive range of positions. Like the ladder-style benches, you will find this type of mechanism on FID and incline benches.
  • Guide Rod w/ Pop-Pin – The guide rod is a less common adjustment type that slides a tubular steel upright up and down inside of a slightly larger fixed tubular steel upright. A pop-pin is used to make the selection.

Important Factors to Consider when Choosing a Weight Bench

Weight Bench Buying Guide

The following factors are among the most important based on my experience. I currently own and use six weight benches in my home gym, but I have owned over a dozen, and I have used well above that.

  • Price – Price is an important consideration for obvious reasons. Weight benches can range in price from under $100 to well over $1,000. Price will ultimately come down to many of the features listed below, but notably it will reflect material quality, specs, features, and manufacturer/origin. Adjustable benches are generally more-to-much-more expensive than flat benches.
  • Construction, Materials, & Overall Quality – How well is the bench made and what type of materials does it use? Some benches use 3×3 11-gauge steel like you'll find on high-end power racks. Others use wider or narrower frames with thicker or thinner gauge steel. Is the bench bolted together or welded? If it's bolted, do all the holes line up, and are the frame components free of warping? If it's welded, do the welds indicate quality craftsmanship?
  • Weight Capacity – Depending on the amount of weight you'll be throwing around, weight capacity can be a very important factor. Keep in mind that weight capacity reflects the bar weight plus the weight of the lifter. If you're a 300lb lifter who's benching 500+lb, anything less than an 800lb capacity is not recommended. Flat benches generally have a higher weight capacity than adjustable benches.
  • Bench Height – Bench height in the flat position is a very important factor for anyone, but it's especially important for competitive lifters. The International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) stipulates that benches must be between 42cm-45cm (16.5″-17.7″) from the ground to the top of the pad. While you may not be competing in the IPF, other federations use similar guidelines and it's generally a good height for most users. That's because most people will be able to generate good leg drive within this range. Most quality flat benches will offer 17″ or 17.5″ while most adjustable benches are 18″+.
  • Adjustment Style (Ladder, Telescoping, etc…) – As outlined above, there are three main adjustment styles on adjustable benches. Ladders are very fast, convenient, and secure. Telescoping spines are less fast, but they're very secure and they have a great aesthetic. Guide rods are much less common.
  • Adjustment Options (FID vs. FI, Number of Adjustments, etc…) – How many total adjustment options are available? Some adjustable benches may offer five back adjustments while others offer more than ten. Similarly, how many seat options are there? Some offer two, some four, and others even more. Multiply them to see how many total configurations are possible.
  • Portability – Let's face it – weight benches are heavy. Quality flat benches are around ~60lbs while adjustable benches can exceed 120lbs. Having options for portability can be important and convenient. Thankfully most adjustable benches offer handles and wheels and most quality flat benches do as well.
  • Storage – Weight benches take up a fair amount of space, which can be especially important in a home gym. Some benches will allow for upright storage by simply tilting the bench vertically. Others can be secured to a wall with a hanger. Others offer neither.
  • Pad/Foam Quality (Texture, Durability, Firmness, etc…) – You want a weight bench that's comfortable, grippy, and capable of withstanding abuse. Different vinyl coverings offer different types of texture that will determine how well you can “stick” to the bench. The type of foam itself will determine how comfortable it is. Most people want a pad that's firm – not too firm to cause discomfort, but not too soft to cause significant compression. Does the vinyl bunch up or is it tightly fitted around the pad?
  • Pad Options/Compatibility – Different benches offer different support structures and hole patterns. Therefore, the pads themselves are built to conform to those structures. There are, however, after-market pad options, like the Thompson Fat Pad that some users prefer. Will the bench allow for that or does it only fit the stock pad? Some benches will offer more than one pad width option – a standard pad and a wide pad. 12″ pads are among the most common, but you'll also see 10″-12.5″ pads. Wide pads are typically 14″-14.5″. This all comes down to preference and your body type. For example, a narrow-shouldered lifter may prefer a 12″ or less pad width.
  • Pad Gap – Adjustable benches invariably have a gap between the back pad and the seat except for the REP AB-5000 Zero Gap Bench. This can be an important consideration because some people use adjustable benches to perform flat bench movements and the gap can be uncomfortable. A gap of 2″ or less is considered to be small, but there are some benches with much larger gaps. Other benches have back pads long enough to perform flat movements without ever contacting the gap.
  • Assembly – Some benches will ship fully assembled – simply unbox and get to lifting. Others require assembly, the extent of which depends on the bench and the manufacturer. In general, most benches requiring assembly can be built in less than 20 minutes.
  • Warranty – As it relates to weight benches, there are generally two types of warranties – a warranty on the frame and a warranty on the pad. How long these warranties last and the reputation of the company are important factors.
  • Extra Features – There are some benches with innovative features and options that separate them from the pack. The zero gap on the REP AB-5000, the dumbbell holders and leg attachment on the Get RX'd FIDAB-2, the elbow pads on the Prime Adjustable Bench, the various attachments on the Ironmaster Super Bench Pro, etc… are all examples of extra features worth considering.

FAQs

Do I need a weight bench for my home gym?

In my opinion, a home gym weight bench is very important to have. I consider it to be a part of the core 4: a bench, a rack, a bar, and some plates. Owning a bench, be it a flat bench or an adjustable bench can open up a lot of training variety. The fact that many weight benches are portable and easily stored also helps in the home gym.

Should I buy a flat bench or an adjustable bench?

This ultimately comes down to preference and your training style. A flat weight bench will excel in some movements, like the flat bench press. They're also smaller, less expensive, and lighter. On the other hand, an adjustable weight bench is far more versatile. If you perform incline or decline movements, an adjustable bench is a borderline must-have. In an ideal situation, you would have both to maximize performance and variety, but if you can only pick one, go with the one that fits your training style the most.

How much do weight benches cost?

Benches will generally range in price from less than $100 to over $1,000. Below is a general guideline of how pricing may shake out.

  • Budget Flat Bench: $50-$125
  • Mid-Tier Flat Bench: $126-$159
  • High-End Flat Bench: $160+
  • Budget Adjustable FID Bench: $150-$299
  • Mid-Tier Adjustable FID Bench: $300-$499
  • High-End Adjustable FID Bench: $500+
  • Budget Incline Bench: $75-$199
  • Mid-Tier Incline Bench: $200-$449
  • High-End Incline Bench: $450+

Other Options

There is no shortage of weight benches on the market. This section will feature other options worth consideration. If you would like to do more research and see even more options, be sure to check out the Garage Gym Lab Equipment Finder.

  • Prime Fitness Adjustable Bench – This bench very nearly made it into the winner's circle. There's a strong case to be made for it to be included since it's very versatile and very well made. It's fairly expensive at $675 before shipping, but it offers full FID functionality. It includes 10 back pad adjustments ranging from 0-85 degrees and 5 seat adjustments. It also includes a very unique elbow attachment for dumbbell curl isolation movements. The downside is that it offers a 10″ wide pad which, again, is nice for accessory work but not so much bench press work (for most people). It sits 18″ off the ground, includes a pure single front post, and can be wheeled for easy portability.
  • Hammer Strength Home Adjustable Bench – This Hammer Strength bench is relatively new to the scene and it has a few nice features. Firstly, it's a ladder-style adjustable bench with 7 back pad adjustments up to 75 degrees and 4 seat positions. While it's not a true FID bench with a leg attachment, it does offer a -10 degree position that can be useful for things like decline presses, etc… It has an 845lb weight limit, which is plenty for most, but which does lag some of the competition. A nice benefit of this bench for some is that it's smaller than most others (52″ total length). If you're training in a tight space, this might be an important factor. It offers a true tripod design, it's fairly light, and it can easily be wheeled. It doesn't have vertical storage and it offers a narrow pad of 10″.
  • Rogue Flat Utility Bench – This is a decent and basic flat bench. It's welded and ships fully assembled. For the price, there are better options, in my opinion. This does not have a tripod design, it's not IPF height (18″), it doesn't have wheels, and it cannot support the Thompson Fat Pad. It is, however, lightweight and it can be stored on a wall hanger easily. Considering most tripod-design benches cost less, I would recommend them over the Rogue Flat Utility Bench.
  • Rogue AB-2 – The Rogue AB-2 is built very similar to the AB-3, but it doesn't come with decline ability. If you already own the AB-2, you can buy a retrofit kit to add the decline and essentially convert it into the AB-3. If you have no intention of using decline, then this is a nice telescoping adjustable incline bench.
  • REP AB-3000 FID Adjustable Bench – This is one of those adjustable bench designs that many companies have. It's essentially the same as the Griffin Adjustable FID bench, but it's slightly more expensive, it doesn't have rubber foot caps, and it has a slightly different handle. It's still a nice budget option, and if you're buying other things from REP, it will save you on shipping.
  • Get RXd Competition Heavy Flat Bench – This is a solid tripod-design flat bench at a good price point. It's built with 11-gauge steel and it's rated for over 1,200lbs. You have the option to pick their standard hefty pad or the hefty wide pad. Either option will result in a 16.7″ IPF height, making it one of the shortest benches on the market. If you're a shorter lifter or you just prefer the leverage for leg drive, this could be a great choice.
  • Get RXd Competition Econ Flat Bench – This bench is similar to the Heavy Flat bench except that it uses ~14-gauge steel vs. 11-gauge, which results in a weight rating of 850lbs. Considering this bench is only a few dollars cheaper, I would go with the Heavy Flat Bench and future-proof yourself. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, however, it's a solid choice. It's similar to the REP FB-4000.
  • Titan Max Adjustable FID Bench – This is Titan's best adjustable bench. As an FID bench, you'll get flat, incline, and decline positions via a leg attachment like other benches. It offers 10 back pad positions and 7 seat positions with a telescoping spine on both. It has a fairly wide pad gap but Titan includes a separate wedge piece to bridge it. Not a perfect solution by any means, but it does help. The bench includes a handle and wheels but it cannot be stored vertically due to its long and angled rear frame. For its price, I think there are better options, but it's one to consider.
  • Titan Hefty Bench v2 – This is Titan's most expensive flat weight bench. It's constructed with 3×3 11-gauge steel, weighs 84lbs, and has a weight capacity of 1,200lbs. It includes a very wide 15″ pad with 4″ thickness, which creates an overall bench height of 17″ (IPF height). It does include a handle and wheels, but it doesn't include a single front post. Therefore it's not going to provide the same level of leg drive. If it did have a tripod design it would be worth more consideration in my eyes, but without it, there are better options.
  • Titan Single Post Competition Flat Bench – This is Titan's mid-priced flat bench and it includes a tripod design. While that's great, it doesn't include a wide/thick pad and if one were to be added, it would no longer be IPF height since it's 17″ tall with a less-than-2.5″-thick standard pad. It's built with 3×3 11-gauge steel and it offers a 1,000lb weight capacity, but I'm not sure why they didn't build the hefty bench with a single post or shorten this frame to better accommodate a hefty pad. Still, this is a decent offering, but again, there are better options at this price point or less.
  • Titan Single Post Adjustable FID Bench – This is Titan's version of the AB-3000, Griffin FID, etc… It's built with 11-gauge steel and it offers a slightly higher profile at 18.25″ vs. 18″ on the others. It is priced well and it ships for free, so it's a solid contender if you like this style of bench.
  • Fringe Sport Fatty Comp Flat Bench – This is Fringe's version of the REP FB-5000. It's virtually a clone, but for more money. It can be purchased with a 12″ pad or a 14.5″ pad and it sits 17.5″ off the ground. Built with 11-gauge steel, it has a weight capacity of 1,000lbs and it can be store vertically.
  • Vulcan Prime 3×3 Flat Competition Bench – This is Vulcan's version of the REP FB-5000, etc… It's built with 3×3 11-gauge steel, has a 4″ thick pad, and a 17″ overall height. It can be wheeled around and stored vertically. It has a solid warranty (lifetime on frame/90 days on vinyl) and it ships for free in the Continental US.
  • Vulcan Incline/Decline Adjustable Bench – Once again, this is a similar design as many companies (REP AB-3000, Griffin FID, etc…). It includes 7 back positions and 5 seat positions (more than others). It's more expensive than the rest, but it does include free shipping and the extra seat positions.
  • Bells of Steel Fat Flat Bench – This is Bells of Steel's version of the REP FB-5000. 3×3 11-gauge steel construction results in a weight capacity of 1,000lbs. It can be wheeled, stored vertically, and it offers IPF height of 17″. A single post front foot allows for great leg drive. It comes with a 4″ thick/12″ wide pad, but you can also buy their wide pad version which is 4.5″ thick/14″ wide. The wide pad creates a 17.5″ bench height (still IPF-spec). This weight bench is slightly more expensive, but it does include free shipping.

Other notable weight bench brands to consider are Williams Strength, Elitefts (Williams Strength makes them), and Sorinex. These benches tend to be more expensive, but they're all very high quality. When Williams Strength reintroduces their online retail store, I will update this guide with several of their options.

So, there you have it – my top ranked weight benches to buy in 2021! Be sure to check out the equipment finder to conduct any more research or to get help narrowing down your list further.

If you have any questions about weight benches, please leave a comment below. Likewise, if you own any of these benches and you want to chime in with your own thoughts, please do so!

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Adam

Adam is the founder of Garage Gym Lab. He serves as the chief content creator with over two decades of training experience. When he's not testing equipment and writing about all things fitness, Adam loves spending time with his wife and two children.

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