Do you like to work out in peace or want the convenience of a home gym? Hate waiting around to use specific gym equipment because someone is already using it? A foldable workout bench may be the solution, even if you live in a small apartment or condo. You can store it when you're not using it and bring it back out again when it's time to exercise.
Our top 10 list gives you some great options to choose from, including our number one choice, Flybird's weight bench. Keep reading to discover what you should look for in a workout bench, as detailed in our buying guide. There's a lot to consider, including the bench's capacity and accessories. Let's get going!
You're probably looking for a foldable workout bench because you're short on space and need something you can easily stow away. While space is important, you'll also want to consider a workout bench's capacity, comfort level, adjustability, and included accessories.
A workout bench's ability to hold and support weight is sometimes referred to as capacity or strength. Since folding benches are different from non-folding benches in terms of size and structure, folding benches don't have as much capacity. This is because folding workout benches tend to be smaller in size and overall weight.
However, stronger folding workout benches should support at least 500 pounds. This will give you enough wiggle room to support your body weight plus the number of pounds you're lifting.
For individuals who weigh 200 pounds or more and those lifting weights in the 250- to 300-pound range, we recommend folding benches that can support more than 800 pounds.
Heavier weights mean you need additional or heavy-duty capacities for safety reasons. Otherwise, you may run the risk of collapsing the bench or having the bench give out from underneath you, potentially leading to serious injuries.
Folding benches that can support enough weight will typically have metal or steel frames that can stand up to wear and tear over time. Look for powder-coated steel frames and designs that provide more than a removable pin, such as secure grooves on the support tubes.
Adjustable workout benches increase the variety of workouts you can do. Adjustability refers to whether you can move the backrest of the bench up and down. Moving the backrest up or down will give you an additional incline or decline from a flat position.
You may want to check if the bench has an adjustable seat, too. If you are on the tall (over 5 feet 10 inches) or short side (under 5 feet 5 inches), this feature can help accommodate your height during workouts. Without an adjustable seat, it may be more difficult and possibly uncomfortable to use workout benches designed for average heights and builds.
Furthermore, you may be able to adjust the leg holders, increasing the versatility of your workouts for the muscles in your legs, arms, and abdominals.
Look at the thickness of the padding of the seat and backrest. These are the two areas that can make or break your comfort level during your workouts. Look for padding that's not too soft nor too firm. Soft padding tends to be light or under a few inches, whereas firm padding contains heavy-duty foam and is over three inches.
Padding that's too soft may sink under your weight and ruin an otherwise effective workout. This will prevent you from being able to get an effective workout. On the other hand, you don't want padding that's so firm it hurts your body. Look for a bench seat with memory foam that adjusts and forms to your body shape and density.
Additionally, you should narrow down your choices to workout benches that are made of leather or vinyl. These materials are easy to clean with disinfectant spray and a cloth or dry towel. The materials also tend to be slip-resistant.
If you're looking at models with leg bars, look for ones that have foam padding. This will prevent your legs or feet from being in pain while you work out.
Foldable workout benches are not identical in size and weight. Some are made for shorter heights as well as for more compact living spaces. You'll want to look at the dimensions of each bench you're considering and take measurements of the room you're thinking of placing the bench in.
Be sure to leave some additional space for moving on or around the bench, as well as open space and room for other items in the area. This could be a dumbbell stand or towel rack, for example.
The weight of the bench can impact its portability, so you'll want something you can easily lift and move. This is especially important if you're going to put the bench in a closet, under a bed, or in a different room. Weight is also something to think about if you plan to take the bench with you when you go outside, like to a park or a friend's house.
Some workout benches come with accessories. These can include storage compartments, resistance bands, weight plate holders, and barbell holders. If you don't want to purchase additional equipment like dumbbells and are just starting a workout routine, a bench with built-in resistance bands can be a bonus.
However, if you already have your own separate set of weights and a place to store them, you may not want or need accessories for your workout bench.
Our top 10 list of the best foldable workout benches includes a variety of styles and accessories. We based our selection on customer reviews and feedback about space-saving features.
FF Finer Form
Adjustable Strength Training Bench
Adjustable Weight Bench
Adjustable Workout Bench
Foldable Workout Bench
Foldable Utility Weight Bench
Foldable Flat Bench
Compact Workout Weight Bench
Workout Bench Press
Foldable Weight Bench
Folding Weight Bench Press
The Most Versatile and Hassle-Free Workout Bench
The Perfect Bench for a Full Workout
The Best Workout Bench With Elastic Resistance Ropes
Work On Your Upper Body Strength
An All-Round Foldable Bench for Home Workouts
A Simple But Heavy-Duty Workout Bench
Features a Carrying Handle and No Assembly
The Best Foldable Workout Bench for Short People
A Simple Yet Versatile Workout Bench
A Workout Bench With Detachable Accessories
|Dimensions||30 x 16. x 9 in. (folded)||55 x 15.7 x 20 in. (unfolded)||31.75 x 13 x 12 in. (shipping)||55 x 15.7 x 20 in.||48.8 x 18.5 x 45.5 in. (unfolded)||15 x 46 x 13 in. (unfolded)||34 x 18 x 10 in. (folded)||44 x 43 x 16 in. (unfolded)||13.4 x 12.2 x 34.4 in. (unfolded)||57 x 13.4 x 17 in. (unfolded)|
|Weight||28.5 lbs.||Not listed||23.65 lbs. (shipping)||Not provided||33 lbs.||32 lbs.||29.95 lbs.||33.5 lbs.||24.56 lbs.||34.5 lbs.|
|Padding materials||Foam||Foam||Foam||Foam||Foam||Not provided||Not provided||Memory foam||Foam||Foam|
|Capacity||700 lbs.||500 lbs.||400 lbs.||600 lbs.||800 lbs.||1,000 lbs.||550 lbs.||330 lbs.||330 lbs.||660 lbs.|
|Accessories||Foot pads||Foot pads||Foot pads, elastic ropes||Foot pads||Foot pads||-||Back cushion, foot pads||Foot pads||Foot pads||Detachable foot pads, elastic resistance bands|
|Dimensions||30 x 16. x 9 in. (folded)|
|Dimensions||55 x 15.7 x 20 in. (unfolded)|
|Dimensions||31.75 x 13 x 12 in. (shipping)|
|Weight||23.65 lbs. (shipping)|
|Accessories||Foot pads, elastic ropes|
|Dimensions||55 x 15.7 x 20 in.|
|Dimensions||48.8 x 18.5 x 45.5 in. (unfolded)|
|Dimensions||15 x 46 x 13 in. (unfolded)|
|Padding materials||Not provided|
|Dimensions||34 x 18 x 10 in. (folded)|
|Padding materials||Not provided|
|Accessories||Back cushion, foot pads|
|Dimensions||44 x 43 x 16 in. (unfolded)|
|Padding materials||Memory foam|
|Dimensions||13.4 x 12.2 x 34.4 in. (unfolded)|
|Dimensions||57 x 13.4 x 17 in. (unfolded)|
|Accessories||Detachable foot pads, elastic resistance bands|
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