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We’ll be honest: narrowing down our picks for the best home gym equipment was difficult. Not just because there are a lot of categories to cover, but what’s good for one person may not be good for another. 

So with that in mind, let’s see how our team would design their dream home gym with everything from barbells and weight plates to the very floor we’d be standing on. 

And if you get sticker shock at any time during this piece, just know we also have a comprehensive list of the best budget home gym equipment, too.  

Hundreds of Pieces of Home Gym Equipment Reviewed 

We’re about to go over 17 different pieces of equipment, and the Garage Gym Reviews team has placed their hands and/or feet on every single last one of them. Not only that, but for every category listed here we’ve tested dozens, if not hundreds, of different pieces of equipment so we could be confident in our top pick for each one. 

And because we’re competitive weightlifters, CrossFit coaches, and certified personal trainers, we also take into consideration how each item can impact your training goals and overall fitness. In some cases, we’d use these very products either to train for a competition or train our clients. You can trust us when we say we only recommend the best. 

The Best Home Gym Equipment 

Video Review

Best Barbell: Rogue Fitness Ohio Bar

Good for: Anyone who needs a high-quality multipurpose barbell

4.57
For Most Lifters
Rogue Ohio Bar
Rogue Ohio Bar

Each Rogue Ohio Bar is machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, and includes a lifetime guarantee against bending.The bushing sleeves on the Ohio Bar promise a reliable spin, and their snap ring design maintains optimal stability throughout any type of weightlifting regimen-- from basic high school or collegiate strength training programs to intense Crossfit workouts. This steel is manufactured in the US and has proven to be one of the best steel variants for a multi-purpose barbell.Each barbell shaft is ground and polished prior to machining which allows the bar to have a very smooth finish post any black oxide, zinc or chrome finish.Every bar shaft is machined in Columbus, Ohio. A great deal of pride is built into each bar as the knurling process is an art. We spent months working on the knurl we believe to be the best for the Ohio Bar.To test the knurl it is more a beer tasting process than exact measurement. There is a look and feel that go into testing every bar. The Ohio Bar is available with 4 different finishes. Each finish offers a different level of oxidization protection and has a direct effect on the feel of the knurl. Black Oxide is a mild oxidization protectant process. This type of steel treatment will still require some maintenance but will give the best knurl feel, more like a naked bar. Zinc is a medium oxidization protectant process. This type of steel treatment requires minimal maintenance and is used on The Rogue and Bella Bars.The Ohio Bar is also available in Stainless Steel & an advanced ceramic-based coating called Cerakote. The Ohio Bar is assembled with bronze bushings which act as bearing surfaces between the bar sleeve and bar shaft. This is a very robust way of building a barbell. Each bar will come with an Ohio Bar card that has the initials of the Rogue team member that built the bar. This bar will have normal “whip” during Olympic weightlifting and enough stiffness to hold for heavy powerlifting. The steel in this bar is proven as an excellent choice for weightlifters.

Pros:

  • Perfect for most lifters 
  • Made in the USA
  • 190,000 pounds-per-square-inch (PSI) tensile strength
  • Plenty of finish options to choose from

Cons:

  • Knurling can be passive for some 
  • Not the most budget-friendly option, but it’s the best value 
  • End caps scratch easily

No matter how you train, the Rogue Fitness Ohio Bar is most likely the best barbell for you. It has a 190,000 PSI tensile strength (200,000 if you get the stainless steel finish), so you can put as much weight as you want on it and slam this barbell if you must (though we don’t recommend it!) without fear of it bending. 

The bar also comes with dual knurl markings, a 28.5-millimeter shaft, and 16.4 inches of loadable sleeve length. 

The price will depend on which finish you pick, with black zinc being the cheapest at just over $300 and stainless steel the most expensive at $465. All of the options, however, are pretty rust and corrosion resistant. 

rogue fitness ohio bar review

Being a multipurpose bar, the Ohio Bar is great for most people but not-so-great for certain lifters. People who need a high-spin bar may not like that it uses bronze bushings, though those are more durable than needle bearings, and some powerlifters may be annoyed at the lack of center knurling. 

Speaking of knurling, it goes all the way to the collar so people with longer arms can get maximum grip. The knurling itself is about medium, and even passive depending on the finish you get. If you’re going for a heavier lift, the bar takes chalk pretty well. 

Although we’re confident the Rogue Ohio Bar will stay strong no matter what, it does come with a lifetime warranty, so you’re covered in case anything happens to it. 

For a full look at this barbell, check out our Rogue Ohio Bar review.

Price
Shaft diameter
Tensile strength
Rotation system
Knurling
Knurl markings
$305-$465 (varies by finish)
28.5 mm
190,000 PSI (200,000 for stainless steel)
Bronze bushings
Medium
Dual, no center knurling 

Best Squat Rack: REP Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack

Good for: Trainees looking for a durable and customizable squat rack

4.38
Have It Your Way
REP PR-4000 Power Rack
REP PR-4000 Power Rack

The PR-4000 is a heavy-duty, 1,000 lb rated commercial-grade power rack featuring 3x3” 11 gauge steel with 1” hole spacing through the bench zone and 5/8” pin holes. If you're looking for a "never need to upgrade" home gym power rack, or a centerpiece for your commercial facility weight room, this is it.The PR-4000 re-defines customizability: You're no longer stuck with a pre-configured power rack and overpaying for options. Choose the components you want from our large selection of stock inventory, and have them delivered to your door in about a week or less! Multiple color, height, and depth options combine with an ever-expanding list of accessories and attachments to create the only power rack system you'll ever need.Every rack comes with our top rear logo cross-member which serves as a convenient anchor point for future attachments you may want to add, and from there the rest of the rack is up to you.Our new painting process specially prepares your rack with the most high-end surface prep and care possible, including sandblasting to ensure superior paint adhesion, and a baked on powder coating that will last for years.47" outside-to-outside width allows plenty of room to rack the bar without plates hitting the sides of the uprights, which is a common problem on competitors' 3x3" racks.This color is achieved by using a specially prepared steel combined with a metal grinder and a clear powder coat to give it a raw brushed steel look, while maintaining the rust-resistance of a powdercoat. In addition, the rack shows less wear over time due to the finish and clearcoat making it difficult to notice any imperfections.Standard 3x3" uprights with 5/8" holes ensures compatibility with REP attachments as well as most others on the market. 1" hole spacing through bench zone, and 2" spacing everywhere else.Front Foot extension for working outside the rack without bolting down. Allows you to add spotter arms off the front of the rack and have dedicated setups for benching and squatting without changing j-cup or safety height.Uniquely shaped base stabilizer removes the need to bolt down a 48" depth rack, and also serves as an anchor point for the pulley system and low row foot plate.

Pros:

  • Highly customizable to your lifting needs and space constraints 
  • Durable 3-inch-by-3-inch 11-gauge steel 
  • 1-inch Westside hole spacing through the bench area

Cons:

  • Only numbered on one side 
  • Rack has to be bolted to the ground 
  • Not as versatile as other REP racks, though a better value 

We chose the REP Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack as the best squat rack for most home gym owners because it can be customized to every person’s needs and space. That’s right, you get to customize everything about this rack from the height of the uprights to the type of pull-up bar (you can even pick from eight different color options).

And once the REP Ares cable attachment system is available, you’ll be able to add a functional trainer, lat pulldown, and low row machine to your rack, making it an even better value for your home gym.   

But even without that, there are countless attachments available for the REP PR-4000 that you can either add when you first order it, or sometime later on. 

REP Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack

No matter how you design your rack, you’re getting uprights made with 3-inch-by-3-inch 11-gauge steel, 1-inch Westside hole spacing through the bench area, and ⅝-inch hole spacing throughout the rest of the rack. 

It has a 1,000-pound weight capacity, which is more than enough for most people’s home gyms, though we should mention this rack does better when it’s bolted to the ground. That’s not the most convenient thing, but better safe than sorry. 

One of our biggest issues with the REP PR-4000 is it’s only numbered on one side, which is a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of things, but we would’ve liked to see it on both sides. 

This is a great choice for those who want something that’s more durable and has more attachment possibilities than a budget squat rack, but still isn’t quite as expensive as higher-end options. 

Find out everything you need to know about this rack in our REP Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack review

Price
Footprint
Material
Hole spacing
Weight capacity
Color options
Depends on specs
80” or 93” H x 47” W x 23” 30” or 41” D
3”x3” 11-gauge steel
1-inch in bench zone, ⅝-inch pin hole spacing 
1,000 lbs
Metallic black, matte black, red, blue, green, orange, white, clear coat 

Best Weight Plates: Rogue Echo Bumper Plates

Good for: Anyone who needs durable weight plates for all their lifting needs

4.22
Bump It
Rogue Echo Bumper Plates
Rogue Echo Bumper Plates

Rogue Echo Bumper Plates are the workhorse of your at home gym. They are budget-friendly with an International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) standard 450-millimeter diameter (the 10-pound plate is 446 millimeters). They meet their target weight within 1% and have minimal surface imperfections.Due to their quality stainless steel inserts and virgin rubber, these plates offer an 88 out of 100 durometer rating, meaning they absorb impact for less damage to your barbells and floors. The Echo Bumpers are sold in pairs or sets at a reasonable price.

Pros:

  • +/- 1 percent weight tolerance
  • Incredibly durable
  • Can be bought in pairs and sets (many weight plates are sold individually)  
  • 3-year warranty for 25-, 35-, and 45-pound plates

Cons:

  • Strong rubber smell, but that should go away with time 
  • Large width means you can’t load many plates onto a barbell
  • Some may not be a fan of the dead bounce these have

There are many types of weight plates we could’ve picked from, but we went with the Rogue Echo Bumper Plates because they’re durable, budget-friendly compared to other options, and have great weight accuracy. 

These plates have a Shore Durometer rating of 88, which is a fancy way of saying these things are built tough. A Shore Durometer measures how hard certain materials are, and grades it from 0 to 100. In other words, these plates are about a B+, which is great for the price point they’re offered at. 

rogue echo bumper plates

The plates have a 450-millimeter overall diameter and a 50.6-millimeter collar opening, both of which meet the International Weightlifting Federation standards. And because every plate has a 1 percent weight tolerance (meaning each plate is within one percent of the listed weight), you can use it to prepare for weightlifting competitions. 

These do have a pretty strong rubber smell, which dissipated over time for some reviewers but stayed for others. They’re also pretty wide, so you won’t be able to load many of them on a barbell. For lifters who need to stack more plates, we’d go with Rogue’s competition bumper plates, but those are much more expensive than the Echo bumper plates. 

Price
Weight tolerance
Overall diameter
Collar opening
Shore Durometer rating
$64 for 10 lb pair up to $190 for 45 lb pair
+/- 1%
450 mm
50.6 mm
88

Best Weight Bench: REP AB-4100

Good for: Those looking for a versatile and cost-friendly weight bench

All About The Angles
REP AB-4100 Adjustable Bench
REP AB-4100 Adjustable Bench

The REP AB-4100 is one of the best adjustable weight benches on the market today. Not only does it have a minimal pad gap, at 1.57 inches, but it also meets International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) standards for weight benches and is lightweight at only 85 pounds.One of the only drawbacks of this weight bench is the lack of a decline option, but that probably won't be an issue to most home gym owners. What you do get is a heavy-duty piece of equipment at an affordable price point. 

Pros:

  • Meets IPF standards for weight benches (rare in an adjustable bench)  
  • Available in seven different colors
  • Costs around $400, which is a great price for an adjustable bench
  • 10 total adjustment positions

Cons:

  • No decline adjustment 
  • Slightly shorter back pad than other benches 
  • Knobs and powder coat feel very cheap

In an ideal world, we’d have both a flat bench and an adjustable weight bench in our home gym but that’s not realistic for most people. An adjustable bench is, in our opinion, the way to go because you can hit more muscle groups at different angles, allowing you to get a full-body workout, and still do all the things a flat bench can do. 

And when it comes to adjustable weight benches, the best value is the REP Fitness AB-4100. 

seat on REP AB 4100 adjustable bench

Not only is it one of the few weight benches to meet all International Powerlifting Federation standards, but it also comes with 10 total adjustment positions (seven for the back and three for the seat), and a minimal pad gap. The listed weight capacity is 700 pounds, but we think it can hold more than that because it’s made with 7- and 14-gauge steel and has a sturdy tripod design. 

What really pushed this to the top of our best weight bench list is the fact that you get all that for under $400. The vinyl, powder coat, and knobs are of lower quality than more expensive benches, but in terms of functionality, we have virtually zero complaints about this bench. 

There’s no decline option and the back pad is 36 inches, which is shorter than most other benches, so taller lifters may have to look elsewhere. 

Still curious? Our full REP AB-4100 adjustable bench review has the full breakdown of this bench. 

Price
Footprint
Pad Dimensions 
Adjustments 
Construction
Weight 
Weight Capacity
$399
51.3” L x 20.3” W x 17” H
36” L x 12” W
7 back, 3 seat
7- & 14-gauge steel
85 lbs
700 lbs

Best Dumbbells: Rogue Rubber Hex Dumbbells 

Good for: Those looking for an easy-to-use and durable dumbbell set

4.67
Saved By the Dumbbell
Rogue Dumbbells
Rogue Dumbbells

Rogue Dumbbells are sold in pairs and available in weights ranging from 2.5LB to 125LB. This standard rubber hex design is a great, budget-priced option that still delivers on quality, performance, and longevity. The heavy-duty, rubber-encased heads minimize noise and limit wear and tear (to both the bells and your flooring), while the chrome-plated handle is ergonomically designed for a firm but comfortable feel in any grip style.All smaller Rogue Dumbbells up to 10LB feature a 25MM diameter handle, while those 12.5LB and up have a larger 35MM diameter handle.Dumbbell training has stood the test of time for good reason. Along with the versatility in weight choices for multiple athletes, a good set of bells can be used to duplicate nearly all types of barbell exercises, while also offering a wider range of single-arm, rehab-specific, and explosive movements in virtually any sized space–something not possible with bars or most weight room machines.Specifications:Weight range: 2.5LB to 125LB Tolerance: +/- 3% Handle Diameter: 25MM up to 10LB, 35MM for 12.5LB and above Heavy-duty Rubber Encased Heads: minimize noise, floor damage, and wear and tear on the dumbbells themselves. Easy-grip, ergonomic Chrome-Plated Handle Proprietary head to handle construction ensures the head does not come loose

Pros:

  • Built to last
  • Sold in pairs, and many weight options available 
  • Hex design prevents weights from rolling around

Cons:

  • Shipping can get pricey 
  • Only has partial knurling
  • Have a strong rubber smell when first taken out of the box, but that should go away

Dumbbells are one of the most widely used and versatile pieces of strength training equipment, which is why most home gym owners and fitness enthusiasts would put them near the top of their list of “must-haves.” 

The Rogue Rubber Hex Dumbbells feel like the free weights most people have used at one point in their life, making them great for beginners and those of advanced fitness levels. 

Rogue Rubber Hex Dumbbells product image

They’re also incredibly durable. Seriously, we’ve dropped these things many times and the rubber coating has kept them intact no matter what. The heads are also tightly welded to the handles, so they won’t come apart like cheaper dumbbells when dropped repeatedly. 

The hex head design prevents them from rolling when placed on the floor, but it does mean if you drop them they can bounce in any direction. 

In terms of pricing, these are pretty affordable with the heavier dumbbells coming in at around $1.80 per pound. Depending on where you live, you may get pinched on shipping costs, which can get pretty pricey depending on how many dumbbells you order. 

But, as we like to say, home gym equipment is an investment and these dumbbells will show returns for many years to come. 

Check out our best dumbbell roundup for even more options. 

Price 
Weight range
Handle diameter
Handle length
Knurling
$20-$455
2.5 lbs to 125 lbs
25 mm for 2.5 to 10 lbs, 35 mm for 12.15 lbs and up
Varies by weight
Partial

Best Adjustable Dumbbells: PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbells

Good for: People who either can’t or don’t want to store dozens of traditional dumbbells 

4.50
Space Savers
PowerBlock Elite Series Adjustable Dumbbells
PowerBlock Elite Series Adjustable Dumbbells

PowerBlock was an innovator in this category and has been making adjustable dumbbells since 1991. This means they have had over 25 years of production and refinement to create the ultimately adjustable dumbbells set, and they truly have. The PowerBlock Elite dumbbells are one of the highest-rated and best-selling sets of all time. This is one of the last adjustable dumbbells sets to still be made in the USA, and PowerBlock uses only premium-quality materials. Thanks to their smart and economical design, the PowerBlocks are extremely tough and can withstand all sorts of regular gym abuse.Has a weight range of 5-50 lbs per hand and increments- 2.5 (adder weight), 5, 7.5, 10,15, 17.5, 20 25, 27.5, 30, 35, 37.5, 40, 45, 47.5, 50 pounds per hand Is expandable later to 70 and again to 90 pounds per hand. Made in USA 10 year home use warranty Replaces 16 pairs of dumbbells in the space of 1

Pros:

  • Lots of weight range options 
  • One of the most durable adjustable dumbbells
  • Weight can be changed very quickly

Cons:

  • Caged handle affects your range of motion
  • Makes some noise during use (nothing that will wake up your roommates)
  • Not the best choice for heavy lifters

For those who don’t have the space or budget for an entire dumbbell set, we recommend the PowerBlock adjustable dumbbells. Depending on which model you choose, you can replace up to 28 pairs of dumbbells in the same amount of space as a large shoe box. 

Adjustable dumbbells are typically less durable than traditional free weights, but PowerBlocks have held up to years of use in our testing facility. They’re also quicker and easier to change than other options and are priced pretty well no matter which model you go for. 

Related: PowerBlock adjustable dumbbell review.

Plus, they’re one of the only adjustable weights that come with expansion kits to make them heavier, should you find their max weight gets too easy for you. 

Powerblock Elite adjustable dumbbells

Their shape and caged box handle could affect the range of motion that some lifters can get with them, especially if you have larger hands, but most people get used to them with regular use. They also make some noise when being used, but you probably won’t notice it if you’re training with headphones in. 

You can go up to 90 pounds per hand with the expansion kit, which for a majority of people is heavy enough. There is a Commercial Pro option that goes up to 175 pounds per hand, but it can cost more than $2,000.  

To find heavier options, or see what else we recommend, check out our top picks for the best adjustable dumbbells

Elite 50 USAPro SeriesSport Series
PriceStarting at $419Starting at $509Starting at $199
Footprint12″L x 6″ W x 6″ H12.5″ L x 7″ W x 7.25″ H12″L x 6.5″ W x 6.5″ H
Replaces16 pairs of dumbbells, or 825 lbs8, 19 or 28 pairs of dumbbells, depending on the modelReplaces 8, 9 or 16 pairs of dumbbells, depending on model
Weight range5-50 lbs, expands to 70/90 lbs per dumbbell with expansion kits5-50 lbs, expands to 70/90 lbs per dumbbell with expansion kitsVaries by model
Increments5 lbsVaries by modelVaries by model

Best Kettlebells: Rogue Fitness E-Coat Kettlebells 

Good for: Home gym owners who love kettlebell training and want the real thing

5.00
Take a Swing
Rogue E-Coat Kettlebells
Rogue E-Coat Kettlebells

Cast in northern Michigan by Cadillac Casting, Inc., these ductile iron Rogue Kettlebells represent our new, exclusive line-up of American-made KBs. The series is currently available in 12 weight increments, from 9 LB to 88 LB, and features a black E-Coat finish. Debossed weight indications are marked on one side (in both LB and KG), with Rogue branding on the other.What Sets the New Rogue Kettlebells Apart:Material Ductile Iron Significantly more durable than traditional gray iron with a higher tensile strength and yield strength + greater corrosion resistance.Finish E-Coat Known for its excellent adhesion, even coverage and toughness, our E-coat finish is applied in a thin durable layer that allows the texture of the casting to be felt while still being easy to clean.Gloss ~22 GU Rating These KBs have a higher gloss appearance (approx 22 gloss units, or “semi gloss”) than our powder coat KBs [0.5 to 1.5 GU, or “low gloss”).

Pros:

  • E-coat protects from chipping, corrosion, and provides good grip 
  • Large range of weight options to choose from
  • Flat base allows for easy storage

Cons:

  • Shipping costs can add a lot to final order  
  • Weight may not be entirely accurate, but that’s common among non-competition kettlebells
  • Not the most budget-friendly kettlebell on the market

No matter which side of the dumbbell vs kettlebell debate you stand on, you have to admit the latter deserves a place in every gym. Not only can they be used to make strength and muscle gains, but they’re a great way to get a quick cardio workout. 

The Rogue E-Coat Kettlebells are our top pick simply because they’re more durable and corrosion-resistant than most kettlebells on the market. They’re made with ductile iron, which is a higher-quality material than the cast iron kettlebells you’ll find in most gyms. 

Rogue-Kettlebells-Review-Garage-Gym-Reviews

Plus, the e-coat will protect your weights from chipping, scratching, and rust, and generally provide a stronger grip than those with a powder coat finish. That’s especially important when you’re swinging a heavy weight in between your legs (search “kettlebell fails” on YouTube and you’ll know what we mean). 

Related: We picked the best kettlebells for your home gym. 

Rogue offers kettlebells ranging from nine to 88 pounds, all of which come with a flat base for easy storage. As is the case with most kettlebells, the handle diameter will increase the heavier the weights get. 

The price is pretty good for kettlebells, with the 88-pound option coming in at $140, but shipping can be expensive depending on where you live. 

If you want to learn more about these specific bells, read our Rogue kettlebells review.

Price
Weight
Finish
Handle diameter
Material
$30-$140
9 to 88 lbs
E-coat
9-18 lbs: 1.2″26 lbs: 1.4″35-88 lbs: 1.5″
Ductile iron 

Best Adjustable Kettlebells: REP Fitness Adjustable Kettlebells

Good for: Anyone who wants a great value adjustable kettlebell 

Ring The Bells
REP Fitness Adjustable Kettlebells
REP Fitness Adjustable Kettlebells

The space-saving REP Fitness Adjustable Kettlebells are high quality and a great value. There are three sets available (two in kilograms and one in pounds) and each set can quickly and easily be adjusted to five different weights. The matte powdercoating provides a secure grip that mimics a standard kettlebell and the rubber bottom helps protect the flooring. 

Pros:

  • Feels like a traditional kettlebell
  • Incredibly durable, especially for an adjustable kettlebell 
  • Clearly marked weight increments

Cons:

  • Only 5 weight increments 
  • Adjustment dial is plastic 
  • Not the heaviest, but still has a good top weight of 53 pounds

One of the biggest disadvantages of adjustable kettlebells is they often don’t feel like the real thing, but that’s not the case with the REP Fitness Adjustable Kettlebell. Seriously, if you were to close your eyes and touch this thing you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. 

Because of that, it’s one of the most durable adjustable kettlebells, which are typically made of plastic or other materials that can easily crack. Several reviewers have said their REP adjustable kettlebells have taken a beating during their workouts, but still operate as well as the day they were taken out of the box. 

Man and woman lunging with REP Fitness Adjustable Kettlebells.

We also like that it’s easy to change the weights (simply turn the dial to select how heavy you want it) and that every increment is clearly marked. The only adjustable kettlebell that’s easier to use is the Bowflex SelectTech 840, but that only goes up to 40 pounds in weight. 

REP offers three options: eight to 16 kilograms (17.6 to 35.2 pounds), 16 to 24 kilograms (35.2 to 52.9 pounds), and 20 to 40 pounds. The 16 to 24 kilograms option is the most expensive, at just over $200, but we still think that’s a great value for a high-quality adjustable kettlebell. 

Need more options? Check our best adjustable kettlebell roundup.  

Price
Weight ranges
Replaces
Adjustment system
Finish
$149.99-$209.99
8-16 kg, 16-24kg, 20-40 lbs
Five kettlebells
Dial
Black matte powder-coat

Best Gymnastic Rings: Vulcan Elite Wood Gymnastic Rings

Good for: Those who want to switch up their training regimen

4.43
Put a Ring On It
Vulcan Elite Wood Gymnastics Rings
Vulcan Elite Wood Gymnastics Rings

Wood gymnastics rings are normally manufactured by cutting a ring out of a sheet of plywood, then sanding the ring for smoothness. Although Plywood is fairly cheap, easily available, and easy to work with, it is not an optimal choice for gymnastics rings. Vulcan Elite gymnastics rings are manufactured from Hard Birch Wood. Birch wood provides a much harder wood ring that has a much better surface and grip than other woods.Specifications:1.25" Diameter Wood RingSmooth but tactile surface that holds chalk well or works well without chalk19 feet of strap each ring1.5" super wide straps for more comfort and durabilityStraps have numbers and graduated marks for easy and accurate height adjustment2" super wide heavy duty cam buckles

Pros:

  • 15 feet of strap length for maximum adjustability 
  • Rings take chalk really well
  • Made with hard birch wood and not plywood like other gymnastic rings

Cons:

  • Pricey, at $59.99
  • Not an intuitive piece of equipment 
  • Can’t be left outdoors

Even if you don’t do gymnastics, there are many reasons why you might want a pair of gymnastic rings in your home gym. They can be used for instability training, strengthening your joints, bodyweight workouts, and improving your flexibility. They also take up less room and are easier to install than a pull-up bar, and cost less money than a TRX suspension trainer.  

The Vulcan Elite Wood Gymnastic Rings offer the best combination of functionality and value. Gymnasts agree that wood is the best choice for grip, and Vulcan uses hard birch wood for their rings (most budget rings will use plywood, which is not as durable). They’re also sanded down for maximum smoothness, and work well with or without chalk. 

Vulcan Elite Wood Gymnastic Rings best home gym equipment

We will say, if you plan on using these outdoors, you should bring them into the house if there’s rain in the forecast. Water can easily deteriorate your wooden rings, so if you’re looking for a weather-proof set of rings, go with something made with nylon. 

There’s 15 feet of strap per ring, and each is clearly numbered for easy and accurate height adjustment. 

Price
Ring Diameter
Strap length
Strap width
Material
$59.99
1.25”
15’
1.5”
Wood

Best Exercise Bike: NordicTrack S22i Studio Bike 

Good for: People who love high-quality home cardio workouts 

Best Exercise Bike
NordicTrack S22i Studio Bike
NordicTrack S22i Studio Bike

Join high energy studio classes, mountain bike rides in Moab, or ride a Tour de France stage all from the comfort of your home. Access on-demand classes with the world's best personal trainers for beginners or the hard-core cyclist. Interactive Personal Training comes to life as your personal trainer controls the incline, decline and resistance of your ride, a truly Interactive Experience.

Pros:

  • 24 digital resistance levels
  • Incline and decline adjustments 
  • Fully rotating touchscreen

Cons:

  • Difficult to assemble
  • Can’t be stored in the garage (brand states doing so will void the bike’s warranty)
  • Hard to move and weighs more than 200 pounds

The NordicTrack S22i Studio Bike has just about everything you’d want in an exercise bike, from incline/decline training to 24 digital resistance levels that are sure to give you a heart-pounding cardio workout every time you get on it. If you’re looking for a bike that can truly replicate the feeling of road cycling, this is it.

If live cycling workouts are more your speed, the S22i can deliver that too with its 22-inch HD touchscreen (which also turns 360 degrees for off-bike workouts) and incredible sound system. You can access thousands of live and on-demand workout classes through the iFIT app, which you’ll need to access most of the bike’s features.

Coop using the S22i cycle best home gym equipment

A bike with this many features, and built as well as it is comes with a steep price tag: $1,900, to be exact. Is it worth it? If you’re someone who wants the best indoor cycling experience on the market today, then yes. If you’re someone who’s looking for something a little more affordable, we recommend checking out our best budget exercise bike roundup.

A similar bike is the NordicTrack S15i Studio Bike, which is usually around $1,300 but as of this writing, NordicTrack is only selling it alongside a four-year iFIT membership, which bumps up the total price to just about the same as the S22i.

Price aside, our only other gripes with the S22i Studio Bike is that it’s difficult to assemble (grab a friend for this one), it weighs more than 200 pounds and is difficult to move, and you can’t put it in the garage (NordicTrack will void your warranty if you do).

Check out our full NordicTrack S22i review for more information.

Price
Footprint
Weight
Weight capacity
Display
Subscription needed?
Connects to fitness trackers?
$1,899
61″ L x 58″ H x 22″ W
205 lbs
350 lbs
22” touchscreen
Yes (iFIT)
Yes

Best Vertical Climber: CLMBR

Best Vertical Climber
CLMBR
CLMBR

While vertical climbers have been around for some time, none on the market today can really compare to the CLMBR, which is the most immersive home vertical climber. This machine offers both a resistance strength session as well a high-intensity cardio workout that targets the entire body. In fact, CLMBR claims that one workout engages 86% of your muscles burning serious calories in a short time.A large interactive screen provides users with a truly immersive experience. Users can purchase a membership to their online fitness platform that provides exclusive access to on-demand workouts. What’s more, when you’re in an active climb, you can connect to the app through any Alexa-enabled device to start, pause, stop, or resume.Fully equipped with an integrative sound system, the CLMBR allows for multiple ways to stay entertained and connected throughout your workout. Set your own standard using your own fitness benchmarks and stay on track via the CLMBR app, which you'll pay a monthly fee for. This app records all your fitness metrics so you can analyze progress at any time. Offering three ergonomic grip positions, oversized, textured pedals, and caster transport wheels, the CLMBR is both convenient and efficient. It does, however, come with a large price tag and is available for purchase in three different bundles—Base, Peak, and Summit—with slightly different offerings. Additionally, the CLMBR only offers a one-year warranty, which is quite disappointing. It does have a 30-day return policy, but for the hefty price tag, you’d expect more in terms of warranty backing. 

Good for: Anyone who wants a full-body workout machine 

Pros: 

  • Great interactive workouts with popular music 
  • 21” HD adjustable touchscreen with built-in speakers 
  • 11 magnetic resistance settings

Cons: 

  • Not the best for very tall people 
  • Starts at $1,800  
  • Only 1-year warranty protection

Vertical climbers aren’t the first piece of equipment many people think of when designing their home gym, but we can give you a few reasons why you should consider one, specifically the CLMBR. For one, it works just about every muscle group in your body while also providing a heart-pounding cardio workout. 

It’s also low-impact and, height aside, quite compact compared to other cardio machines. 

clmbr along wall

A big reason why we picked the CLMBR over other vertical climbers is that it comes with some of the most engaging interactive workouts we’ve seen. Caroline Lubinsky, GGR product tester and fitness writer, actually compared it to Peloton classes (yup, they’re that good). 

“If you’re tired of the same-ole-same-ole cardio equipment, I recommend checking out the CLMBR for a vertical climber that surpasses the rest,” Caroline says, which is quite the endorsement coming from a former NCAA Division I soccer player. 

Unfortunately, there is a height limit on this ride as we found that people taller than 6 feet have difficulty climbing the CLMBR without feeling cramped. It also starts at $1,800, but if you have the budget for it, we think it’s well worth the asking price. 

If you still want to look up more on this machine, take a look at our full CLMBR review.

Best Treadmill: NordicTrack Commercial 1750 

Good for: Walkers and runners who want a treadmill with lots of high-tech features

Just Run With It
NordicTrack Commercial 1750
NordicTrack Commercial 1750

The NordicTrack 1750 treadmill features a 14-inch HD adjustable touchscreen with which you can stream iFIT programming on (sold separately). The under $2,000 machine can be financed through the NordicTrack website where you can get deals as low as $49 per month with 0% for 39 months.Models from 2013-2021 of the 1750 had adjustable cushioning, but the 2022 model no longer has this feature.iFIT workouts incorporate Automatic Trainer Control, which allows your trainer to digitally adjust your incline, decline, and speed. This is a nice feature to have because all you have to do is focus on the workout at hand versus frantically switching the controls.

Pros:

  • Comes with iFIT programming 
  • Expansive running deck that works for people of all sizes 
  • Incline/decline options 

Cons:

  • Can’t be placed in a garage gym, or you risk voiding the warranty 
  • Expensive, at nearly $2,000
  • Heavy, at 340 pounds

If you’re looking to add a workhorse of a treadmill to your home gym, we recommend the NordicTrack Commercial 1750. This large-and-n-charge cardio machine weighs a whopping 339 pounds, but it has durability and lots of extra features that make it worth the space. 

Related: NordicTrack Commercial 1750 review

We love that there are both incline and decline options on this machine, as this isn’t common on every treadmill on the market. Plus, you’ll be able to stride with ease on the expansive 22” W x 60” L deck, which is ideal for people of all heights.

nordic track commercial 1750 treadmill in use

If you’re into interactive programming, you’ll enjoy the included touchscreen, which connects to iFIT. With the purchase of this treadmill on NordicTrack, you’ll receive a free trial to check out iFIT to see if it is a good fit for you.

In terms of extras, the nearly $2,000 Commercial 1750 has it all–– think Bluetooth connectivity, cooling fans, a water bottle holder, and more.

On previous models, the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 has adjustable deck cushioning, which was a huge plus for those who wanted to simulate outdoor running conditions. However, they have taken this feature off of the 2022 model, much to our chagrin. It is also worth noting that you cannot store this treadmill in your garage, as the warranty will be voided.

If this treadmill doesn’t fit your needs, our best treadmills for a home gym list surely has something that will. 

Price
Footprint
Weight
Speed
Incline/decline
Motor
Weight capacity
$1,899
80” L x 38” W x 65” H
340 lbs
0-12 mph
-3% decline to 15% incline
3.5 CHP DurX Commercial Plus Motor
300 lbs 

Best Rowing Machine: Concept2 Model D Rower

Good for: Professional athletes and everyday trainees looking for a highly efficient workout machine

4.36
Row Merrily To Your Gains
Concept 2 Model D Rower
Concept 2 Model D Rower

The Concept 2 Model D Rower is perhaps the most popular rowing machine on the market, found in commercial gyms and home gyms around the world.  It  provides a low-impact, full-body workout and uses air resistance generated by a fanned flywheel.  The Model D has an adjustable damper setting from 1 to 10 allowing you to move with ease or with more resistance and intensity.The Model D comes with adjustable foot-rests, a 14-inch seat height with an aluminum l-beam monorail and stainless steel track for a smooth back-and-forth slide.  This is a light cardio machine with wheels, which means you can move it with ease around your space. Also, for storage, the rower can be easily broken down into two segments, hung on a wall with a Rogue wall hanger, or simply tilted upright and stored vertically.  The PM5 Performance Monitor gives instant feedback on pace, watts, calories, distance, and rpms.  The monitor is easily adjustable, Bluetooth-compatible, and can easily connect to a heart rate monitor or the ErgData app.  

Pros:

  • Easy assembly 
  • Air resistance is low-maintenance
  • Can be stored upright

Cons:

  • Costs around $1,000
  • Seat is uncomfortable to some
  • Reviews state that plastic monitor can easily break 

There is truly no better-value rowing machine than the Concept2 RowErg, formerly called the Concept2 Model D Rower. The Model D consistently tops our various guides to the best cardio machines, and for good reason: For just about a grand (which is a lot, but hear me out), you get one beast of a rowing machine that should last you a literal lifetime, provided you perform the minimal maintenance needed a few times per year. 

Woman using the Model D Concept 2 Rower in her living room

In addition to a solidly built aluminum frame and durable components, the Model D Rower also provides several built-in workouts and Bluetooth compatibility, so you can connect to third-party fitness apps. The small LCD screen isn’t anything to shout about, but it does track a handful of metrics—distance, stroke rate, calories, watts, time, 500-meter split—and it does so accurately, which is the most important thing. 

For a machine that weighs less than 60 pounds, its 500-pound weight capacity is impressive. Also worth mentioning: The rower can store vertically or easily separate into two pieces to save space when not in use. Truly, our roster of product testers loves this rowing machine and it’s the first one we recommend for anyone who’s not on a strict budget. 

Read our full Concept2 Model D Rower review.

Price
Weight
Footprint
Resistance type
Weight capacity
Monitor
Programming
About $1,100
57 lbs (68 lbs with tall legs)
96” L x 24” W x 14” H (20” H with tall legs)
Air flywheel
500 lbs
LCD display
5 built-in workout options

Best Elliptical: NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 

Good for: Anyone who wants a low-impact cardio machine

Step To It
Nordictrack Commercial 14.9
Nordictrack Commercial 14.9

The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 will give you a highly customizable workout with adjustable pedals, stride, resistance, and incline. The 14.9 also features a heavy 32-pound flywheel to challenge even the most experienced cardio athlete.The NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 features a 14-inch, built-in, HD touchscreen enabled with iFIT technology. iFIT will bring shake up your cardio routine with a growing library of on-demand workouts featuring world-class trainers. The iFIT auto-adjust technology will change your elliptical's incline and resistance with the cadence your trainer's cues, so you won't have to lift a finger to kick your workout up a notch.

Pros:

  • 26 levels of magnetic resistance 
  • Auto-follow feature adjusts resistance for you during workout classes
  • Comes with a free year of iFIT

Cons:

  • Difficult to assemble 
  • Can’t be folded (but not many ellipticals can be)
  • Requires a lot of floor space

For those who want the Mercedes equivalent of an elliptical, the NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 fits the bill. This luxury machine has an interactive touchscreen, which can be used to view iFIT programming. You’ll also get a free year of iFIT with the purchase of this machine. How great is that?

The 14.9 features a 32-pound flywheel, which makes this machine run both smoothly and quietly. We’re big fans of the 26 different levels of resistance that can be adjusted on the 14.9. 

Garage Gym Reviews writer Caroline Lubinsky testing the NordicTrack Commercial 14.9

You can check out our NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 review for our full thoughts on this machine. 

Plus, if you’re taking an iFIT class, you can even turn on a feature that allows the machine to auto-adjust both the resistance and incline for you. If you’re not into that on a particular day, you can easily toggle it on or off.

Not many ellipticals are foldable, so it isn’t a huge surprise that this one isn’t. However, you’ll want to account for the large footprint and make sure you have the appropriate amount of space to accommodate it. 

Also, a word of caution for those who are not great at assembling things––this isn’t an easy build. If you plan to undertake it without professional assistance, we recommend grabbing a friend or family member to help.

Find out what machines NordicTrack competed against in our best ellipticals roundup.

Price
Footprint
Weight
Weight capacity
Stride
Incline/decline
Resistance
$1,799
67″ L x 29″ W x 69″ H
210 lbs
350 lbs
17.5″-18.7″ auto-adjustable stride
0% decline to 20% incline
26 digital resistance levels

Best Jump Rope: WOD Nation Double Under Speed Jump Rope 

Good for: Those who want a budget-friendly and durable speed rope

Jump Around!
WOD Nation Double Under Speed Jump Rope
WOD Nation Double Under Speed Jump Rope

Our team has used and loved the WOD Nation Double Under Speed Jump Rope for years. For under $20, you get the rope, an extra cable, and a carrying case.However, the real value in the rope lies in its performance. It's a 2.5-millimeter cable that whips quickly through the air, ideal for people who need a fast spin (hence why it has "double under" in the name). This is thanks in part to the double-steel bearing system, which features a ball-and-socket-style mechanism.The WOD Nation ropes come in a variety of colors on the handles and cable. Each cable is a standard length, requiring you to size and cut (with wirecutters) at home. If the rope is still a little too long, you're able to adjust without cutting by pulling the cable through the bearing and tightening the bolt (which you should use a tool for instead of just hand-tightening).

Pros:

  • Only costs $20, and you get two ropes 
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Spins quickly with minimal wrist movement

Cons:

  • Must use cutters to adjust the length, and you can only cut once
  • Handles are plastic
  • Ropes tend to tangle easily

Value-driven folks will be pleased to learn that the WOD Nation Double Under Speed Rope is not only one of the best jump ropes out there, but it’s also one of the least expensive speed ropes out there. Whether you’re looking to become a double-under wonder and dominate your local CrossFit leaderboard or simply jump rope to get your heart rate pumping, the WOD Nation jump rope is a good choice. 

WOD Nation Double Under Speed Jump Rope color options best home gym equipment

For less than $20, you get two (yes, two!) PVC-coated, 2.5-millimeter-thick steel cables and a little carrying case to cart it all around. The cable features swivel ball bearings for smooth, 360-degree rotation. One of our product testers and GGR Head of Content, Kate Meier, has had a WOD Nation Double Under Speed Rope for years and has put it through the wringer during CrossFit workouts and conditioning sessions. It’s survived all of her double-under tantrums thus far. 

Our one gripe with this rope? It must be cut to size, and you’ll need wire cutters for that—kitchen shears and craft scissors won’t get the job done. Once you cut the 120-inch cable to size, you’ll enjoy years of use out of this simple and inexpensive jump rope. 

Rope Length
Rope Width
Cable Style
Rotation System
Grip Material
120”
2.5 mm
Coated steel cable
Bearings
Plastic

Best Home Gym Flooring: Tractor Supply ¾” Rubber Stall Mats

Good for: Just about any home gym owner looking to protect their flooring 

4.30
You’ll Be Floored
Tractor Supply 3/4" Rubber Stall Mats
Tractor Supply 3/4" Rubber Stall Mats

This Rubber Mat is ideal for agricultural, commercial and sporting uses. The anti-skid surface is safe and comfortable. Mats can be cut or interlocked, glued or fastened to any surface. An ideal rubber mat for horse stalls, barn flooring, gyms, garages, maintenance areas, workstations, or arena flooring.4 ft. x 6 ft. x 3/4 in. Heavy-duty 100% recycled rubber Insulating properties Noise and vibration absorbent Surface pattern may vary by location May be used as gym mats 5 year limited warranty

Pros:

  • Costs around $2 per square foot 
  • Great noise reduction
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Have a strong rubber smell 
  • Bumpy surface not the easiest to clean
  • Weigh around 100 pounds per piece

If you’re a member of our Home Gym Community on Facebook (and if you’re not signed up, what’s the holdup?), you know that horse stall mats are a go-to choice for most people designing their home gym. 

Yes, you read that right: Horse stall mats. Listen, a yoga mat just isn’t going to cut it if you plan on doing heavy deadlifts. You need a heavy-duty mat, and these are better than anything you’d find at a fitness store.  

Tractor Supply hose stall mats

These mats are .75 inches thick and weigh 94 pounds per piece. So they’re bulky and may require more than one person to install, but they’ll absorb sound with ease and protect your foundation. If needed, they’re also pretty easy to cut to size. 

Each four-foot-by-six-f00t piece costs just over $50, which comes out to around $2 per square foot. Obviously, the total price is going to depend on the size of your home gym, but that’s a good price compared to other high-performance home gym flooring. 

The surface is perfect to prevent skidding, but it is a little bumpy, which may make it a little more difficult to clean. And because they’re rubber, there’s going to be a strong smell at first but with time that should dissipate. 

We have even more picks on our best home gym flooring roundup. 

Price
Size
Material
Weight
$54.99 per piece
4’ x 6’ per piece 
100% recycled vulcanized rubber
94 lbs per piece

Best Resistance Bands: Rogue Monster Bands 

Good for: Anyone looking to perfect pull-ups, or who likes to train with resistance bands

4.00
Tune Up the Band
Rogue Monster Bands
Rogue Monster Bands

Rogue Monster Bands are an easy on-the-go or at-home addition to any style of workout, indoor or outdoor. With the wide variety of resistance and tension options they are great for any workout from resistance training, speed training, and conditioning to rehabilitation, general exercise and stretching.The Rogue Monster Bands come in a variety of colors to make them easily identifiable. The bands come in Pull-up Package sets that include three set bands of varying resistance, or they can be purchased individually to suit your workout needs.The high-quality latex material is durable and proven to last through high-intensity workouts. Thinner bands can be used in place of weights or help add another level of intensity to weightlifting movements. Thicker bands are great when used in conjunction with weights for deadlifts, squats, leg press etc. for added resistance and challenge.Resistance categories explained:The lowest resistance bands are 15-50 pounds. These bands are best for incorporating into your daily workout for added tension, rehabilitation, assisting pull-ups, working upper and lower body areas .– Micro #0: 15-lb resistance - orange– Mini #1 – 30-lb resistance - red – Mini #2 – 50-lb resistance - blueThe mid-level bands are best for someone with slightly more experience in weight training. This level is great for added resistance to bench press, squats, and other lower body exercises. These might be too much if you are aiming for more of a stretch or rehabilitation. – #3 – 65-lb resistance - green– #4 – 100-lb resistance - black The last three bands are the highest resistance. These bands will add more of a challenge to your workout. They are recommended for more experienced lifters and athletes.  – Strong #5 – 140-lb resistance - purple– Strong #6 – 170-lb resistance - red– Super #7 – 200-lb resistance - silver

Pros:

  • Incredibly durable 
  • Can be used for pull-up assistance or rehab work
  • Plenty of resistance options

Cons:

  • Strong rubber smell when you first open the package (but it goes away) 
  • Pricey compared to other resistance bands
  • Come with a good amount of powder

The Rogue Monster Bands are both heavy-duty and versatile, which makes them excellent additions to a home gym. They can be purchased individually for as little as $18, or bought in a set of three for $75 to $80. The Monster Bands are made with latex rubber and come in a variety of resistance options. 

Rogue monster bands on the carpet.

I particularly like the heavier ones for pull-up assistance and in tandem with barbell work. The lighter options can be used for rehab, upper body work, and general mobility training.

There isn’t a lot I don’t like about these bands, but the price may be a deterrent for some. However, they are some of the most durable bands I’ve used and I feel confident they will last for years to come.

We will say, the Rogue Monster Bands come out of the package smelling very rubbery, so if you are extra sensitive to strong smells, you may not appreciate this unwelcome addition. Plus, they also are a bit powdery, but this goes away with time.

Our best resistance bands piece has even more choices for you to choose from. 

Price
Resistance
Length
Material
$18-$80
15-200 lbs
41”
Natural latex rubber

Best Workout Mirror: Tonal 

Good for: Anyone looking for an all-in-one workout machine  

See Yourself Get Stronger
Tonal Smart Home Gym
Tonal Smart Home Gym

Looking for a complete home gym that fits in a compact space? The Tonal smart home gym offers 200 pounds of resistance, more than 170 moves, and a range of full-body exercises. Plus, the AI gets to know you as a lifter the more you use it, so the workouts will be customized to your needs.Tonal may be effective, but it's not budget-friendly. The machine sells for $3,495 (which does include professional installation), but you still have to pay a $50 monthly subscription fee on top of that.

Pros:

  • AI assesses your form in real-time  
  • 100 pounds of digital resistance per arm (may not seem like a lot, but it’ll challenge you)
  • Takes up minimal space

Cons:

  • Expensive, and requires costly accessories and professional installation 
  • $49 monthly subscription is needed 
  • Can’t be moved once installed

Tonal appears in our guides to the best workout mirrors and best smart home gym equipment because it’s a thoughtfully designed, multifunctional, durable product. Although it’s not technically a workout mirror (the screen isn’t reflective), it does provide form and technique feedback during workouts in many ways. 

In addition to the AI form feedback, Tonal offers a ton of other cool tech features. For instance, there’s an eccentric mode, during which Tonal automatically makes the lowering phase of your lift more challenging. 

Tonal trainer with the arms positioned down in front of the Tonal weight bench

The AI also automatically generates progressive overload and recommends weight changes based on your effort and form. Some might scoff at the 100 pounds of digital resistance, but give it a try and you’ll see it’s an effective way to build muscle. 

As for workouts, Tonal’s library of on-demand classes and live instructor-led workouts is impressive and ever-growing—better yet, the filtering options are robust, so you can find exactly what type of workout you want within minutes (or seconds). 

Finally, Tonal boasts an exceptional build quality and is installed by professionals. The downsides include the price—it’s definitely not a budget-friendly option, and it requires accessories and a subscription on top of the purchase price—and you’ll need to hire professionals if you want to uninstall and move it somewhere. 

We break down who this machine is perfect for in our Tonal smart home gym review.

Price

Footprint
Resistance
Space needed
Power
Installation
$3,495 (not including monthly subscription or required professional installation) 
21.50″ W x 50.9″ H x 5.25” D
100 lbs per arm
7’x7’ space with 7’ 10” ceilings
Requires three-prong outlet within 6 feet 
Professional only, requires 16” to 24” studs

How to Choose the Best Home Gym Equipment 

As we said at the beginning, the best home gym equipment will differ from person to person. The home gym of a CrossFit trainee is going to look different than someone who’s into bodybuilding. 

No matter how you train, here are some general guidelines you should follow when trying to pick workout equipment that works for you.  

Purpose

Does the equipment do what it’s intended to do, and does it do it well? 

Price

Obviously, you’re going to want to make sure you can afford the equipment you need for your home gym. Many equipment manufacturers and third-party websites, like Amazon, will offer financing options if you need to split your payment into monthly installments. 

You can also see if there’s a coupon code or discount for your favorite manufacturer by searching our coupons page. We’ve also secured deals with many companies for exclusive discounts, so be sure to see if we have one for the item you have your eye on.

Warranty

We’re sure you’ll take good care of the equipment in your home gym, but sometimes equipment is defective or breaks on you just a few weeks after you get it. Research the warranty for every piece of equipment you’re looking to buy, and factor that into the final cost considerations. It may be worth it to pay an extra $100 for an item if it comes with a 10-year warranty just to give you that peace of mind. 

Also, look at what the warranty covers. Items like weight benches have different warranties for the steel frame than they do for the upholstery.  

Versatility

Food Network host Alton Brown often said the only uni-tasker you should have in your kitchen is a fire extinguisher, and the same rule applies to home gyms. A piece of equipment that can perform multiple functions, or be used in more than one training scenario, is vastly superior to one that can only be used for one thing.  

Materials

You’ll want to look at how durable the materials being used in your home gym equipment are, and some people may want to make sure their equipment doesn’t have anything they’re allergic  or sensitive to. 

Size

Size matters when it comes to home gym equipment. People with longer strides will want to make sure a treadmill has enough running space for them, and people with smaller hands may want to look for a dumbbell or barbell that they can comfortably wrap their hands around. 

Space 

This is pretty self-explanatory, but you’ll want to make sure all your gym equipment can fit in your workout space. If you’re not blessed with a massive garage gym, you can check out our picks for the best compact exercise equipment

Max weight capacity 

Whether it’s a barbell or an exercise bike, you’ll want to make sure your equipment can handle whatever you throw at it. Manufacturers are usually good at listing the max weight capacity of their products.

Style

This is secondary to the functionality of your equipment, but it helps to have good-looking home gym equipment. Many manufacturers are now allowing you to customize the color of certain products, which can help your home gym to look as snazzy as possible. 

Safety

This can mean a few things, depending on the product you’re talking about, but overall you want to make sure the equipment is free of anything that may cause any harm to you. 

For a squat rack, this means having spotter arms and for barbells, it means having a tensile strength that won’t snap under the weight you’re putting on it. 

Benefits of Home Gym Equipment 

We may be biased, but we think home gyms offer quite a few advantages over commercial gyms. Here are just some of the reasons why we recommend everyone, from apartment dwellers to homeowners, should stock up on home gym equipment. 

Saves Money 

Yes, buying home gym equipment can get pricey real quick (especially if you’re buying everything at once), but when you add up the cost of monthly gym memberships throughout your lifetime, creating your personal setup saves you money in the long run. 

Plus, you’ll save money on things like gas and snacks you may purchase at the gym, and you’ll get more time back in your day to spend with your family and friends. 

Convenience 

Imagine this: It’s the middle of the night, or maybe early in the morning and you can’t rest. You want to work out to let off some steam, but the gym isn’t open. 

If you have a home gym, though, the hours are 24/7. You can also play music as loud as you want (as long as you’re respectful of neighbors and roommates), and use things like chalk, which many commercial gyms prohibit 

Customizable 

Unless you belong to a specialty gym, which typically has higher membership fees, commercial gyms may not have the equipment you need for your training goals. If you create your own home gym, you can customize it however you want. 

It’s an Investment 

We mean this not only because you’re investing in your overall health, but gym equipment can also be resold. You may not make 100 percent of what you originally paid for it, but something’s better than nothing. And certain pieces of equipment may increase in value, depending on supply and demand. 

Best Home Gym Equipment FAQs

What is the best gym machine to have at home?

This is one of those cases where the answer is, “It depends.” You’ll want to consider your training routine and goals, budget, and how much workout space you have. Some good recommendations for most home gym owners include the Tonal (great for apartments), a rowing machine, and a functional trainer.

What is the most effective piece of home gym equipment?

Our answer would have to be a rowing machine, as it works both upper- and lower-body muscles while giving you an incredible cardio workout.

What basic gym equipment do I need at home?

Most home gym owners should, at the bare minimum, have a barbell, squat rack, weight plates, and a weight bench. With those four pieces of equipment, you can do dozens of exercises that target multiple muscle groups. If you’re looking to add cardio equipment to your home gym setup, we’d recommend a rower, but an exercise bike or treadmill are good choices as well. 

But again, this answer might change depending on your budget, training goals, and overall space constraints. What works for one person might not work for another.

Is buying home gym equipment worth it?

Absolutely! Home gym equipment helps save you money in the long run, allows you to work out whenever you have free time, and can be customized to your needs and fitness goals.

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