Home Gym Reviews: Guide to Finding the Best Home Gyms
If you want honest home gym reviews, then you’ve come to the right place. I have spent countless hours researching through consumer reports and testing home gym equipment, so that I can provide you with the information on this site. Hopefully it will help you make more informed decisions when it comes to putting together your own home gyms!
- the Home Gym Critic
It’s that time of year again, my turn to outline some of the best home gyms and pieces of home gym equipment that I think are worthy of your custom. These 2014 picks are my opinion, yours maybe entirely different and you’re entitled to your own opinion.
However, from my many years experience in the fitness equipment industry I believe these are the very best pieces of home gym equipment in 2014.
In the table below I’ve included the very best home gym in each specific category, such as price range, resistance type, and even floor dimensions! If I’ve written a review on the site then I’ll link to that in the table too!
Without further adieu, here are my picks for the best home gyms for 2014:
My Home Gym Reviews Comparison Guide
Image Home Gym Resistance Type Floor Space (sq ft) Height (inches) Parts Warranty Frame Warranty Rating MSRP (USD$)
Bowflex Blaze review
Bowflex Blaze Power Rods 23.75 83 Lifetime 5 Years 5 stars 1099.00
Inspire M4 review
Inspire M4 Dual Weight Stacks 32 83.5 Lifetime Lifetime 5 stars 4495.00
BodySolid EXM 1500S review
Body Solid EXM 1500S Weight Stack 12.25 83 Lifetime Lifetime 5 stars 1195.00
Bodycraft Galena Pro review
Bodycraft Galena Pro Weight Stack 29 81 Lifetime Lifetime 4.7 stars 1999.00
Powertec Workbench Multi-System review
Powertec Workbench Multi-System Weight Plates 64.45 96 2 Years Lifetime 4.6 stars 1399.00
Bowflex PR3000 review
Bowflex PR3000 Power Rods 18.22 83 7 Years 1 Year 4.5 stars 1299.00
Body Solid EXM 3000 LPS Double Stack Weight Stack 46.13 83 Lifetime Lifetime 4.5 stars 3955.00
Bowflex PR1000 review
Bowflex PR1000 Power Rods 22.16 81 5 Years 1 Year 4.2 stars 799.00
Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE review
Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Power Rods 19.73 83 6 Months 6 Months 4.5 stars 1599.00
Home Gym Buyers Guide
If you’ve looked at a my comparison table above and even took the time to read some of my home gym reviews, you might still be wondering which is the best home gym for you. Just read on below for some things to look out for…
If you’re looking for budget home gyms then be sure to take a look at my best rated home gyms for under $1000.
When it comes to finding a home gym it’s way more difficult than trying to decide which piece of cardio equipment to buy. In this guide to buying a home gym I’ll help you get to grips with the different types of home gyms, and understand which type of home gym is right for you and your fitness goals.
The choice a person has over which kind of home gym to choose is overwhelming. The sheer variety is mind numbing. If you don’t know what you’re looking for then choosing from these can be difficult:
- Leverage gyms
- Power rod gyms
- Single stack gyms
- Smith machines
- Power racks
- Cable crossover machines
- Multi station gyms
- Bodyweight (total gyms, weider bodyworks etc.)
The choice is seemingly never ending.
Before you head out on your shopping travels, it’s essential that you have an understanding of what it is you will need from your home gym machine, if you don’t it’s impossible to make an informed decision.
Each of the home gym systems has a certain form of resistance. The more common resistance types include:
- Weight plates (much like smith machine, power racks or stack machines like the Body-Solid EXM 1500S for example)
- Leverage plate loaded (example being the Powertec Multi System Workbench)
- Resistance tubing (like the Bodylastics Resistance Bands)
- Power Rods (like the Bowflex machines such as the PR3000)
- Bodyweight (like Total Gym 1800 Club)
The choice between them comes down to what your goals are and of course, the budget you’re working with.
Weight plate loaded machines are great for power lifters and those looking to build serious muscle. They don’t have limits in terms of resistance and you can swap and change weight plates on a whim.
The fixed stack machines like the EXM 1500S are a good choice for those looking to tone up and increase strength, they’re similar in size and function as to commercial gym equipment.
The leverage plate loaded machines like those from Powertec are a good option for those wishing to lift heavier weights but want to do so safely without the use of a spotter.
Power rods like the ones found on all Bowflex home gyms are the perfect choice for the majority of people. They have a maximum resistance of just over 400lbs and they combine multiple exercises.
Bodyweight resistance equipment like the Total Gyms, or power towers such as the Weider Power Tower 200, are a good space saving alternative for beginners looking to build some core strength
The Bottom Line – Price!
You’ve looked at your goals, you’ve determined what pieces of equipment you’ll need, you’ve even envisioned how they’ll fit in to your home, but as with everything you’re looking to buy, it all boils down to price!
You can pick up a quality yet cheap home gym these days for a lot less then you’d pay for a fancy piece of cardio equipment.
For a little under $100 you can pick up the Bodylastics Resistance Bands, a perfect choice in addition to any home gym. Depending on your goals they can also provide everything you need from a home gym.
If you’re looking into buying a single station machine with a built in weight stack then you can expect to pay around $500-$650 for a quality one. However, any less and you’re probably buying a piece of junk.
For an all purpose multi function home gym of real quality then you can expect to pay between $800-$4000.
The best home gym for the money in my view is the Bowflex Blaze. Although the gyms aren’t designed for the heavy lifter, it does provide a challenging workout with resistance up to 210 lbs and up to 410 lbs with upgradeable rods.
When buying any home gym machine, always look at the length of parts warranty, this generally gives an idea of how well the gym is made. Frame warranty is important too, if you have a home gym that has a frame warranty of just 1 year you can expect it to be pretty poorly built. Vice versa if it comes with a 10 year warranty.
Perhaps common sense, but before you go to the store or online to buy, always carry out extensive research. That doesn’t just mean read reviews on the site that sells them, ask around in forums, look for threads on the topic, check on this site, look on Amazon for feedback. Ask people about their experiences with it too and ask how the customer support was if they used it.
Just get an expert understanding of everything before you commit to buy, if you don’t you may just regret it.