If you dabble in at-home workouts, you’ve probably already got some basic gear. (If not, start with these top-rated dumbbells and trainer-approved resistance bands.) But if you’re getting serious about strength training, it’s worth investing in a weight bench–and no, workout benches are not just for dudes who want to chest press a million pounds.
Though your standard, flat weight bench does give you an easy platform on which to perform pushing exercises like dumbbell or barbell presses, it also provides the sturdy surface you need for bird-dog rows or dips, and so much more. And being able to do these types of moves on a stable, elevated surface, isn’t just easier on your knees than the floor–a weight bench’ll give you a chance to perform exercises with a greater range of motion.By doing so, you’ll increase your mobility and have a chance to get even stronger by challenging your body in a different way.
Plus, there’s a bench out there designed for every space and every muscle you want to work. Need support for shoulder presses? An adjustable incline bench has (literally!) got your back. Want to really fire up your core? A decline abs bench keeps your lower body locked and loaded so you can sculpt your abs with your most efficient sit-ups ever.
When in doubt, a flat bench is a simple, budget-friendly way to spice up your home workout game, but if you’re willing to get ~fancy~, the opportunities are practically endless. Here are the best weight benches out there, according to home workout warriors just like you and Women’s Health editors.
Amazon shoppers have spoken and dubbed this the best-rated workout bench on the site. An easy, click-and-lift system make it simple to adjust this bench from flat to incline like it’s NBD. It’s actually got six different incline angles and can hold up to 600 pounds so you don’t have to worry about it maxing out before you do.
- Easy, Button-Click Adjustability
- Six Incline Angle Settings
If you’re new to lifting weights or are just looking for an affordable option for basic training, here’s our pick. It’s nothing fancy, but the flat, foam-padded surface is ideal for everything from doing bodyweight exercises that require an elevated surfaces to bench pressing.
- Compact Design
Want to keep your home workout sitch as simple as possible? This basic flat weight bench from BSN Sports gets the job done. It’s heavy wall steel tubing makes it super sturdy and the high-density foam pad is just firm enough to support everything from step-ups to dumbbell presses without being uncomfortable.
- Super Sturdy
Complete with two inches of foam padding, this budget-friendly adjustable bench is easy to fold up and stash away, comes with a one-year warrantee, and requires zero assembly (which, let’s be honest, is a huge perk).
With seven different possible back positions and three seat positions, it’s easy to adjust for a variety of moves. Oh, and did I mention the 900 solid reviews it has? Yeah, there’s that, too.
- Easy To Stow
- No-Assembly Required
With four adjustable positions, this curved sit-up bench makes it easy to progress your core strength. The bench itself is made up of four layers, including a layer of memory foam for max comfort, and features padded bars to keep your legs comfortably secure so you can keep the focus on your abs.
- Curved Design To Target Abs
- Four adjustable positions
- Padded Foot Bars
With more than 800 positive ratings, this adjustable aerobic step is a must-have if you’re looking for a weight bench you can pack up and slide under the bed after your workouts. With four feet that allow you to adjust the height from 4 to 8 inches, this step has a grippy surface that makes it perfect for lower-body moves like Bulgarian split squats–but it gets the job done for most upper-body moves (hellooo, incline pushups) and cardio exercises (like box step-overs), too.
- Easy To Stash
- Adjustable Height Settings
This compact adjustable bench has more than 2,000 reviews on Amazon, many of which tout it as the perfect size for small spaces and people under 5’8″. It has a short back pad and weighs in at just 26 pounds. With four back positions (upright, incline, flat, and decline), the bench covers all of your bases–and even features dumbbell holders for easy access to your weights. Plus, padded bars keep your legs locked in but comfortable for moves like decline sit-ups.
- Four Incline Angles
- Dumbell Rack
Made of heavy-duty steel and thick, vinyl-covered pads, this Steelbody bench really gives you your money’s-worth. At 53 pounds, it’s heavier than many in the bunch–but features transport wheels for easier storage and portability. With six possible back rest positions and five possible seat positions, it offers an endless number of configuration options.
- Transport Wheels
This bench is basically as close as you can get to having all of those different weight machines you see in the gym at home. In addition to the usual adjustable back bench, this impressive set-up also includes a removable pad to use for moves like super-focused biceps curls and a lower-body set-up for exercises like leg extensions.
- Offers Gym-Level Quality At Home
This workout deck is basically a bigger, better aerobic step. Whether you want to strength train or practice your plyometrics, this easy-to-transform deck has 16 possible configurations, including a low aerobic step and high flat and incline benches. (It even has hook-ups for resistance bands.)
- Easy To Adjust
This bench takes up a bit of space (it’s 55 inches long). But if you’ve got the room to spare, it’s a great multi-purpose option, complete with am extra-long back pad with one flat and two decline settings.
Featuring two inches of bench padding, this option keeps your workouts comfortable without sacrificing stability. Plus, the adjustable thigh and ankle supports and the large hip cushion make this bench easy to use for exercises like hyperextensions and sit-ups.
- Longer Than An Average Workout Bench
- Added Stability