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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 of certified personal trainers, competitive weightlifters, and home gym equipment experts would design their dream home gym with everything from barbells and weight plates to the very floor we’d be standing on. We’ve had our hands and/or feet on every item we’re about to discuss, and 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.

While each category has its own unique rating system, we generally score various pieces of equipment on important factors like:

  • Durability: How long does it last?
  • Value: Do you get enough bang for your buck?
  • Versatility: Can it be used for a variety of workouts?
  • Customer service: Does it come from a reputable brand that cares about its customers?

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.  

The Best Home Gym Equipment 

Video Review

Best Squat Rack: REP Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack

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

Best Squat Rack

REP PR-4000 Power Rack

GGR Score: 4.4 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 3.9 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Heavy duty 11-gauge steel
  • 3" x 3" uprights
  • Rated for 1,000 lbs

Pros & Cons


  • Affordable, high-quality rack
  • Several color options available
  • Laser-cut holes and logos
  • Uprights are numbered every 5 holes
  • Westside hole spacing
  • Can be built out to include weight storage, pull-up bar, strap safeties, etc.
  • 3x3-inch 11-gauge steel


  • Accessories for the PR-4000 and PR-5000 racks aren’t as good as the competition
  • Some of the welds and powder coating aren’t up to par

Bottom Line

The Rep Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack is honestly one of the best value power racks on the market. This rack has garnered excellent reviews from us and others and it's largely due to how great it's features are for the price point. This is still a pretty expensive rack for those on a tight budget and trying to build a home gym, but this is the type of rack you never have to upgrade. Is it better than the Rogue Monster Lite? No, but it is cheaper and very similar quality, although it is imported. We are big fans of the PR-4000 and recommend it.

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 with the REP Ares cable attachment system , you can 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. You also get uprights that are 47 inches apart, which GGR founder and home gym equipment expert Cooper Mitchell says is perfect for most strength training movements.

“The 47-inch overall width allows you to have plenty of room to rack your barbell without the plates hitting the sides of the uprights,” he says in our full REP Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack review.

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. Overall, we give it a 4.5 out of 5 for construction.

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. The powdercoat also isn’t smooth, Coop notes.

“To be honest it’s more of a hammertone type of finish, which could be because they’re not doing as even of a spray or could be on purpose,” he says, rating the powdercoat a 4 out of 5.

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. 

PriceDepends on specs
Footprint80” or 93” H x 47” W x 23” 30” or 41” D
Material3”x3” 11-gauge steel
Hole spacing1-inch in bench zone, ⅝-inch pin hole spacing 
Weight capacity1,000 lbs
Color optionsMetallic black, matte black, red, blue, green, orange, white, clear coat 

Best Barbell: Rogue Fitness Ohio Bar

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

Best Barbell

Rogue Ohio Bar

GGR Score: 4.6 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 3.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • 190K PSI tensile strength
  • Multipurpose bar with great versatility
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Bushing sleeves
  • Snap ring design

Made in USA Made in USA

Pros & Cons


  • Made in the USA of US-Sourced Steel
  • Somewhat passive knurling
  • Grips with chalk
  • Great for a variety of training styles
  • Dual knurl marks
  • 28.5-mm shaft
  • Bronze bushings
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Coatings include stainless steel, Cerakote, black zinc, and more.
  • 190K tensile strength


  • Not outstanding for powerlifting or weightlifting in comparison to more specialized bars
  • Expensive
  • Diameter doesn't meet IWF standards
  • No center knurl, which may matter to some

Bottom Line

The Rogue Ohio Bar is one of the most iconic barbells in the world. It's been used at the CrossFit Games by some of the fittest athletes in the world and is just as well suited in your garage gym. The Ohio Bar is priced well despite its features and being made in the USA. Although we prefer the Rogue 2.0 Bar for its price, we don't blame you if you decide to spring for the Ohio Bar, although we'd suggest getting the Stainless Steel or Cerakote version.

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, but all of them are under $400 and come with rust and corrosion resistance.

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 but overall is good enough to earn a 4.5 out of 5. “If you rub your hand over the shaft you can hardly feel the knurl, then when you grip it tight, you can feel it stick in like you want it to,” Cooper Mitchell, GGR founder and knurling lover, says in our Rogue Ohio Bar review.

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.  

Price$295-$370 (varies by finish)
Shaft diameter28.55 mm
Tensile strength190,000 PSI (200,000 for stainless steel)
Rotation systemBronze bushings
Knurl markingsDual, no center knurling

Best Weight Bench: REP FB-5000

Good for: Those looking for a cost-friendly weight bench with a superb build quality

Best Weight Bench

REP FB-5000 Competition Flat Bench

GGR Score: 4.5 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 4.6 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Great price on a high-quality bench
  • Compatible with REP Wide Pad or Thompson Fat Pad
  • 3" x 3" 11-gauge steel provides solid construction

Pros & Cons


  • Great price for a good value bench
  • 3” x 3” 11-gauge steel
  • Sturdy 3-post bench
  • Nothing in the way of your feet when you bench
  • Rated to 1,000 pounds
  • Meets the IPF specs for length, height, and width
  • Comes with a 4” thick pad on a plywood base with durable vinyl upholstery and the option to purchase an extra wide pad
  • Comes with a handle and wheels
  • Compatibility with 2 other bench pads including the extra wide and the Thompson Fat Pad
  • Easily assembled in less than 20 minutes.
  • Available in multiple colors and designs.


  • Shipping not included in price
  • Short manufacturer’s warranty
  • Some assembly required
  • 30-day return period and restocking fee applied to returns

Bottom Line

The Rep FB-5000 Flat Bench is the best value flat bench we've tested and reviewed. It offers an incredible combination of price and quality that many companies have overlooked for some time. With over 250 customer reviews, there is not 1 under 4 stars and most of those are for less than minor complaints. If you need a flat bench, this is the one we suggest. You could pay more, but it would still probably not be as good. Seriously.

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. You might think we’d recommend an adjustable bench as an essential since they’re more versatile, but in fact, we’re recommending that you invest in a good flat bench first.

rep fitness fb 5000 bench

Why? Because we believe a solid flat weight bench is, despite the lack of adjustments, one of the most versatile tools you can possibly have in a home gym–and there are fewer parts to potentially break or maintain than in an adjustable bench.

The REP Fitness FB-5000 Competition Weight Bench is our recommendation to most home gym owners. This bench is solidly built, meets IPF competition standards, comes in five color options, features grippy vinyl, and is compatible with both a standard 12-inch bench pad and an extra-wide 14-inch bench pad for heftier lifters.

“Despite the thicker width, the padding itself is pretty firm—not the same level of firmness as you would get with Rogue, but again, given the price of this bench, I don’t think you’ll have any complaints about it,” says GGR founder and home gym equipment expert Cooper Mitchell in our REP Fitness FB-5000 Bench review.

What really pushed this to the top of our best weight bench list is the fact that you get all that for under $250. The vinyl and powder coat may be of lower quality than more expensive benches, but in terms of functionality, we have virtually zero complaints about this bench and give it a 4.75 out of 5 for its incredible value. 

Footprint51.3” L x 20.3” W x 17” H
Pad dimensions50.5″ L x 21” W (or 14″ W)
Construction11-gauge steel
Weight62 lbs
Weight capacity1,000 lbs

Best Weight Plates: Rogue Echo Bumper Plates

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

Bump It

Rogue Echo Bumper Plates

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 3.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Great value for the quality
  • Black-and-white contrast for easy weight identification
  • 88/100 durometer rating
  • 3-year warranty

Pros & Cons


  • Tremendous value
  • Shore A Durometer rating of 88
  • Weight tolerance of these bumpers is +/- 1%
  • Great for general training and CrossFit
  • White lettering offers great contrast
  • Stainless steel insert rings
  • 25-45 lb plate variants are warrantied for 3 years


  • Wide plates
  • Maximum you can fit on the bar is less than 500 lbs
  • May smell bad out of the box

Bottom Line

The Rogue Echo Bumper Plates are a great value plate based upon our review. Although they're cheaper than Rogue's flagship HG 2.0 Plates, they have extremely similar specs and warranty at a much lower price. If you need bumper plates for your garage gym, these are a great option. If you need them for your commercial facility or CrossFit Affiliate, we'd suggest going with something like Hi-Temps.

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+, or a 4 out of 5 on our rating scale, which is great for the price point they’re offered at. 

Caine Wilkes, an Olympic weightlifter who competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, loves that these are thinner, which makes them the best bumper plates for people who want to stack lots of weight on their barbell.

man using rogue echo plates

“As a competitive weightlifter, I need to be able to load the bar heavy sometimes, and it is often frustrating with thick pound plates,” Caine writes in our Rogue Echo Bumper Plates review. “With the Echo Bumper Plates, though, I can load what I need for just about any exercise.” (Rogue’s competition bumper plates are also a good choice for heavy lifters, but those are much more expensive than the 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.

Price$45 for 10 lb pair up to $165 for 45 lb pair
Weight tolerance+/- 1%
Overall diameter450 mm
Collar opening50.6 mm
Shore Durometer rating88

Best Dumbbells: REP Fitness Rubber Hex Dumbbells 

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

Saved By the Dumbbell

REP Rubber Coated Hex Dumbbells

GGR Score: 4.5 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 4.3 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Made from premium low-odor rubber,
  • Rubber coated hex dumbbell design is quiet and easy on your floors
  • Chrome-plated handle is straight and fully knurled

Pros & Cons


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


  • Have a strong rubber smell when first taken out of the box, but that should go away
  • Straight handle isn’t for everyone

Bottom Line

The REP Fitness 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

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 REP Fitness 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, except these have a unique handle you won’t find on most other hex dumbbells: The handle is straight, not contoured, and features full knurling for maximum grip. 

rep fitness dumbbells

“This makes them closer in feel to the more expensive urethane, round dumbbells that are used in many commercial gyms,” GGR founder and home gym equipment expert Cooper Mitchell notes in our REP Fitness hex fixed dumbbell review. “The knurling is still fairly mild compared to most decent barbells, but the grip is still considerably better than the ergonomic handles of the standard rubber head dumbbell.”

Coop, who has a wedding band made of barbell knurling, rated the knurling on these dumbbells a 4.5 out of 5.

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 $2 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. 

Weight range2.5 lbs to 125 lbs
Handle diameter28mm diameter for 5 to 20 pounds, and 34mm diameter handle for 25+ pounds
Handle lengthVaries by weight

Best Adjustable Dumbbells: SMRTFT NUOBELL

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

Space Savers

NÜOBELL Adjustable Dumbbells

GGR Score: 4.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • All-in-one adjustable dumbbell
  • Weight ranges from 5 to 80 lbs
  • Easy to use
  • Feels like a standard dumbbell

Pros & Cons


  • Feels like a regular dumbbell in hand
  • Easy quick-change adjustments
  • Knurled handle
  • Comes with a stand


  • Can be tricky to get in the stand
  • Unsure of structural integrity
  • Pricey

Bottom Line

These are great for people who want an easily adjustable dumbbell pair that feels more like a traditional fixed dumbbell

For those who don’t have the space or budget for an entire dumbbell set, we recommend the SMRTFT NUOBELL adjustable dumbbells. Whichever model you choose (the 50-pound or 80-pound option), you can replace several pairs of dumbbells in the same amount of space as a large shoe box. 

Adjustable dumbbells are typically less durable than traditional free weights, and that remains true with the NUOBELLs, so keep that in mind. However, they’re also quick and easy to change, and if you don’t drop them, you shouldn’t have any issues with durability.

What we really love about these adjustable dumbbells is their more natural shape. Unlike PowerBlock dumbbells, the NUOBELLs feel much more like a traditional dumbbell. You won’t notice a ton of difference when using these compared to the REP hex dumbbells recommended above.

Coop being amazed at Nuobell dumbbells

Coop Mitchell, home gym equipment expert and GGR founder, is a big fan of the adjustment mechanism, which he scored a 4.75 out of 5. You simply twist the handle while the dumbbell is in its cradle until it reaches your desired weight.

“I have yet to see any other dumbbells that are as quick and easy to adjust as the NÜOBELLs,” Coop writes in our SMRTFIT NUOBELL adjustable dumbbell review.

They do 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 80 pounds per hand, which for a majority of people is heavy enough.

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

Material:Plastic and metal
Total Weight:80 pounds
Warranty:2 years
Weight:5-80 pounds
Sold in:Pairs

Best Kettlebells: REP Fitness KG Kettlebells 

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

Best Kettlebell

REP Fitness KG Kettlebells

GGR Score: 4.7 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 2.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Range from 4 kg (9 lbs) to 48 kg (106 lbs)
  • Have a great grip with or without chalk
  • Reasonably priced
  • Made of cast iron

Pros & Cons


  • Good grip with or without chalk
  • Gravity die casting
  • Matte coating


  • May be susceptible to rust
  • No weights above 106 lbs
  • Textured handle not for everyone

Bottom Line

REP Fitness kettlebells, in both the kilogram and pound versions, are an excellent choice for people who want a grippy, well-constructed kettlebell.

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 REP KG Kettlebells are our top pick simply because they’re more durable and corrosion-resistant than most kettlebells on the market. Although they are made with typical cast iron, they feature a durable powder coat to resist corrosion and give them a 4 out of 5 for durability and construction.

Plus, the outer coating will protect your weights from chipping and scratching and generally provide a stronger grip than those with an enamel 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. 

REP offers kettlebells ranging from just 1 kilogram up to 88 kilograms, 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. 

Weights1 kg – 48 kg
MaterialCast iron
Handle Diamter30 mm – 40 mm

Best Adjustable Kettlebells: REP Fitness Adjustable Kettlebells

Good for: Anyone who wants a great value adjustable kettlebell 

Best Adjustable Kettlebell

REP Fitness Adjustable Kettlebells

Community Score: 5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

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

Made in USA Made in USA

Pros & Cons


  • Feels like a regular kettlebell
  • Weights are quick and easy to change
  • Weight adjusts to 24kg
  • Rubber bottom helps protect flooring
  • Offered in kilograms and pounds


  • Plastic changing mechanism could break

Bottom Line

If you close your eyes (although we don’t advise it because kettlebells are heavy) when using the REP Fitness Adjustable Kettlebells, you will think that you are using a regular kettlebell.

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. 

“It has a good grip and texture,” notes Cooper Mitchell, GGR founder and home gym equipment expert who rated the handle a perfect 5 out of 5 for its natural feel.

Because of all 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. 

REP Fitness Adjustable Kettlebell

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.  

Weight ranges8-16 kg, 16-24kg, 20-40 lbs
ReplacesFive kettlebells
Adjustment systemDial
FinishBlack matte powder-coat

Best Exercise Bike: NordicTrack S22i Studio Bike 

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

Best Exercise Bike

NordicTrack S22i Studio Bike

GGR Score: 4.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

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

Pros & Cons


  • Large 22" smart HD touchscreen
  • Incline and decline ability
  • Compatible with iFIT
  • Adjustable seat
  • Adjustable handles
  • Dual-sided pedals
  • Fan
  • Comes with 2 3-lb dumbbells
  • 24 digital resistance levels


  • Expensive
  • iFIT membership not necessary, but most beneficial
  • 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

Bottom Line

This is the bike to get if you want an indoor cycling bike with interactive programming, incline and decline capabilities, and all the extras.

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.

“I’ve had times when I’ve forgotten I’m actually indoors on a stationary bike,” says Anthony O’Reilly, a certified personal trainer and GGR performance editor.

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.

Sometimes exercise equipment can get too techy, but the S22i is able to receive a 5 out of 5 on tech capabilities while still delivering on the parts that matter most—good resistance and high-quality parts.

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: $2,000, 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.

Footprint61″ L x 58″ H x 22″ W
Weight205 lbs
Weight capacity350 lbs
Display22″ touchscreen
Subscription needed?Yes (iFIT)
Connects to fitness trackers?Yes

Best Vertical Climber: MaxiClimber

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

Best Vertical Climber

Maxi Climber

Product Highlights

  • Vertical climber that allows you to pull down on tall handles while completing steps similar to a traditional elliptical or stair stepper
  • Advertised for people who are looking for a low-impact yet maximum-movement machine that targets fat burning
  • Follow fitness routines on the free MaxiClimber fitness app, compatible with iOS and Android

Pros & Cons


  • Maxiclimber App free download for coach-led classes
  • Low-impact form of cardio
  • Easy assembly
  • Varying resistance levels for all users on the XL


  • Weight limit of 240 lbs on the Classic and 300 lbs on the XL
  • Reviews say customer service can be difficult to reach or receive missing parts
  • Some buyers claim that their product broke within several days or weeks of use
  • Lack of varying resistance on the classic climber

Bottom Line

These products are low-impact cardio machines that are great for all fitness levels. If you’re looking for a new and unique piece of cardio equipment, both of these models could be a solid addition to your gym.

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 MaxiClimber. 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. 

man stepping on to maxiclimber

A big reason why we picked the MaxiClimber over the other best vertical climbers is that it’s relatively affordable (it’s under $500, while most high-quality climbers are in the thousands) and is foldable so it can fit in a closet or upright against a wall when not in use. We’ll give it a 5 out of 5 for portability, which again is rare for this type of equipment.

Make sure you’re getting the MaxiClimber XL-2000. It has a 300-pound weight capacity and is slightly higher quality than the classic MaxiClimber—the pedals, for example, are slightly larger and more comfortable than the classic version—and has aluminum in parts where the more affordable classic model has plastic.

Home gym equipment expert and GGR founder Cooper Mitchell explains the other big difference between the XL and classic is that the former has 12 resistance levels, while the classic only uses your bodyweight.

“Honestly, for most people, I think they would be fine with bodyweight only, but having the option for resistance is nice and the machine is just overall a better and more stable build on the XL,” he says.

He adds the workouts will have you sweating. “I really like climbing and it can certainly be a tough workout,” Coop says in our MaxiClimber review. “It’s low-impact like an elliptical, but if you want to push it, you can have a great workout.”

Footprint25.78″ L x 41.33″ W
Max user weight300 lbs
Max user height6′ 6″
Resistance levels12
AppMaxiClimber app
Warranty1-year limited warranty

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

GGR Score: 4.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Spacious running deck
  • Compatible with iFIT
  • 14-inch touchscreen
  • Incline and decline training
  • Financing available

Pros & Cons


  • Compatible with iFIT
  • 3.5 CHP motor
  • Free trial of iFIT subscription with purchase
  • Treadmill with incline and decline training
  • Foldable to save space (EasyLift Assist)
  • Run that feels similar to road running
  • Financing options available through NordicTrack
  • Generous speed range
  • Wide running deck
  • Cooling fan


  • Big footprint
  • Heavy and not the easiest to move
  • Price is around $2,000
  • Warranty is voided if the treadmill is used/stored in a garage

Bottom Line

If you’re looking to add a workhorse of a treadmill to your home gym, we recommend the NordicTrack Commercial 1750.

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

“There isn’t any play at all on this machine, even when I took it to top speeds,” says certified personal trainer and competitive weightlifter Kate Meier, who scored the durability a 5 out of 5.

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-inch wide and 60-inch ling 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 $2,200 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 2023 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. 

Footprint80” L x 38” W x 65” H
Weight340 lbs
Speed0-12 MPH
Incline/decline-3% decline to 15% incline
Motor3.5 CHP DurX Commercial Plus Motor
Weight capacity300 lbs

Best Rowing Machine: Concept2 RowErg

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

Row Merrily To Your Gains

Concept2 RowErg

GGR Score: 4.4 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 3.4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Priced around $1,000
  • Uses air resistance generated by the fanned flywheel
  • Advanced PM5 Performance Monitor
  • Low impact full-body workout fitness machine
  • Lightweight and easily portable
  • Can be broken down into two pieces for storage
  • Can also be hung for storage

Pros & Cons


  • Best-selling rowing machine in the world
  • Easy assembly
  • Accommodates users up to 6.6 feet tall and 500-pound weight
  • Ergonomic seat and handlebar
  • Seat is 14”
  • 10-degree angle on handle for natural grip
  • Air-resistance
  • Adjustable airflow
  • Performance Monitor 5 (PM5) monitor
  • Nickel-plated steel chain
  • Adjustable footrests
  • Easy to store
  • Limited 5-year warranty


  • Priced around $1,000
  • Few built-in workouts

Bottom Line

The Concept 2 Model D Rower is the best rowing machine we've tested and reviewed, including those that are much more expensive like the WaterRower. There's a reason you can find Concept 2 products in nearly every gym in the world, including CrossFit Boxes, and home gyms. After having the Model D for over two years, we are still as satisfied with it as we were on day one.

There is truly no better-value rowing machine than the Concept2 RowErg, formerly called the Concept2 Model D Rower. The RowErg 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 us out), you get the best rowing machine that should last you a literal lifetime, provided you perform the minimal maintenance needed a few times per year. 

It can also be used by just about anyone. The footpads and stainless steel slider can be adjusted to fit people up to 6 feet, 9 inches tall and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds. Kate Meier, a certified personal trainer and GGR’s head of content, also notes the screen can be adjusted up and down and the handles are at a 10-degree angle for a more natural feeling.

Overall the adjustability and ergonomics received a 4.5 out of 5, and it would’ve been a perfect 5 out of 5 if the seat was slightly more comfortable. “The seat is contoured, but it is hard plastic,” Kate says. “After spending an extended amount of time on it, you’ll be uncomfortable. There are seat pads you can purchase.”

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

In addition to a solidly built aluminum frame and durable components, the RowErg 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 RowErg review.

PriceAbout $1,000
Weight57 lbs (68 lbs with tall legs)
Footprint96” L x 24” W x 14” H (20” H with tall legs)
Resistance typeAir flywheel
Weight capacity500 lbs
MonitorLCD display
Programming5 built-in workout options

Best Elliptical: NordicTrack AirGlide 14i 

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

Best Elliptical

NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical

GGR Score: 4.38 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Elliptical machine with incline and decline settings
  • 14” touchscreen display
  • iFIT interactive programming
  • Adjustable stride length
  • Built-in fan and speakers

Pros & Cons


  • Automatic trainer control with iFIT
  • 30-day iFIT trial included
  • Large, cushioned pedals
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Quiet drive system


  • Expensive price tag
  • iFIT trial requires your credit card
  • iFIT requires monthly membership fees

Bottom Line

The NordicTrack AirGlide 14i Elliptical offers both incline and decline training, an adjustable stride length, and a 14-inch touchscreen display for iFIT interactive programming. You’ll enjoy the AirGlide if you want to break a sweat with expert instruction and motivation from iFIT trainers and coaches.

For those who wants a solid, tech-enabled elliptical, the NordicTrack AirGlide 14i fits the bill. This high-tech machine has a 14-inch interactive touchscreen, which can be used for iFIT programming. You’ll even get a free 30-day iFIT trial with the purchase of this machine to try it out.

Woman working out on NordicTrack AirGlide

But trust us, the iFIT programming is where the AirGlide comes to life. You’ll have access to thousands of on-demand workouts (both on and off the elliptical) led by world-class trainers. Plus, the AirGlide 14i offers an automatic trainer control feature that automatically adjusts the resistance level, incline, and decline settings of the elliptical as you follow along with trainer-led classes.

This automatic trainer control also works when using the Google Maps feature, where you can drop a pin nearly anywhere in the world for virtual scenic workouts. Based on the terrain of the location the automatic trainer control will kick in to mimic the environment.

Additionally, you can purchase NordicTrack’s “SmartBeat” heart rate monitor if you’re interested in target heart rate training. The wireless heart rate monitor connects to the AirGlide 14i and automatically adjusts your speed, incline, and decline settings to maintain your optimal heart-rate zone. 

Woman touching display on NordicTrack AirGlide

You can check out our NordicTrack AirGlide14i review for our full thoughts on this machine. 

The 14i features a 32-pound flywheel, which makes this machine run both smoothly and quietly. We’re also big fans of the 22 levels of resistance that can be adjusted on the 14i. Our testers gave their workout experience a 5 out of 5 after a week of using the AirGlide.

“Such a solid machine, there was no shaking to it and felt super smooth throughout the workout,” says Lindsay Scheele, home gym equipment expert and host of the Garage Gym Reviews Everything YouTube channel. “I will say that it felt like a higher resistant to start off than other ellipticals I’ve tried in the past, but there is no way to really test that because it says it is set to 0.”

You’ll even have a handful of extra features like a built-in workout fan, oversized cushion pedals, dual handlebar options, digitally amplified speakers, and Bluetooth audio connectivity options.

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.

Footprint67″ L x 25″ W x 71″ H
Weight244 lbs in-box weight
Weight capacity300 lbs
Stride17.8″-18.5″ auto-adjustable stride
Incline/decline-5% decline to 15% incline
Resistance22 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

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Very affordable and comes with extra cable
  • Has a great spin for speed jumping
  • Adjustable with wire cutters

Pros & Cons


  • Extremely lightweight
  • Very affordable
  • Comes with an extra cable
  • Adjustable
  • Comes with a carrying case
  • Spins fast


  • Plastic handles could break if stepped on
  • Need a wirecutter to adjust

Bottom Line

This is one of the best value speed ropes on the market. It moves well, lasts a long time, and you get an extra cable with your purchase.

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. 

“It’s light and smooth every time,” she says, rating the workout experience a 5 out of 5. “Even after testing and using probably more than a dozen speed ropes, this is still my absolute favorite.”

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 length120″
Rope width2.5 mm
Cable styleCoated steel cable
Rotation systemBearings
Grip material Plastic

Best Gymnastic Rings: Vulcan Elite Wood Gymnastic Rings

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

Put a Ring On It

Vulcan Elite Wood Gymnastics Rings

GGR Score: 4.4 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 4.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Wooden ring with great grip
  • 15 feet of strap each ring
  • Super wide straps for more comfort and durability
  • 2" super wide heavy duty cam buckles

Pros & Cons


  • 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


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

Bottom Line

The Vulcan Elite Wood Gymnastic Rings offer the best combination of functionality and value.

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. 

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 of nylon. 

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

Ring diameter1.25”
Strap length15’
Strap width1.5”

Best Home Gym Flooring: IncStores 3/4″ Premium Extreme Rubber Mats

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

You’ll Be Floored

Rubber Flooring Inc 3/4" Premium Extreme Rubber Mats

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Vulcanized rubber construction
  • 4' x 6' footprint
  • 3/4" thick
  • Available in 3 color options

Pros & Cons


  • Made of vulcanized rubber
  • 3/4" thickness
  • A few color options
  • Smooth, nonskid surface
  • Cut cleanly
  • Shock-absorbing
  • Sound-dampening


  • Pricier than horse stall mats

Bottom Line

IncStores Rubber Flooring Inc 3/4" Premium Extreme Mats are a durable and cost-effective flooring solution for your home gym.

The IncStores 3/4″ Premium Extreme Rubber Mats are super-similar to our prior top pick for the best home gym flooring, which was horse stall mats, with the added benefit of being much more durable and easier to clean than our other pick.

These 4-foot-by-6-foot rubber mats are super similar to stall mats, but they feature a smoother, easier-to-clean surface, and you can rest assured each one is actually cut to an exact 4-foot-by-6-foot rectangle.

These mats are .75 inches thick and weigh about 100 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-foot piece costs just over $70. 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. 

Because they’re rubber, there’s going to be a strong smell at first, but that should dissipate with time.

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

PriceAbout $79 per piece
Size4’ x 6’ per piece 
Material100% vulcanized rubber
WeightAbout 100 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

Tune Up the Band

Rogue Monster Bands

GGR Score: 4 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 4.3 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • High-quality natural latex rubber
  • Versatile use for any workout
  • Color coded resistance/tension
  • Compact and easily stored or transported
  • Available in a wide range of tensions

Pros & Cons


  • High-quality natural latex rubber
  • Band tension from 15-200 lbs
  • Bands can be used alone or with a barbell
  • Less prone to splitting and breaking than cheaper latex


  • Pricey due to natural latex rubber
  • Not meant for anyone allergic to latex

Bottom Line

The Rogue Monster Bands are, by and large, the best value resistance bands on the market. They use high quality natural latex, offer a variety of resistance levels, and have free shipping when you buy three at a time. If you're using these as stand-alone or with a barbell, these are what we suggest, although we do recommend checking pricing on EliteFTS before a purchase as they sometimes have sales that win out on price.

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.

We 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 we don’t like about these bands, but the price may be a deterrent for some. However, they are some of the most durable bands we’ve used and we feel confident they will last for years to come, which is enough for it to earn a 5 out of 5 for durability. “They feel super-thick,” says former collegiate athlete and semi-professional soccer player Caroline Lubinsky.

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. 

Resistance 15-200 lbs
MaterialNatural 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

GGR Score: 4.6 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 3 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • AI gets to know you and makes weight adjustments for you
  • Up to 200 pounds in digital resistance
  • All-in-one gym that takes up minimal space
  • Access to on-demand and live classes
  • 30-day trial period

Pros & Cons


  • AI gets to know you and makes weight adjustments for you
  • Lift up to 200 pounds in digital resistance (much different from free weights)
  • All-in-one gym that takes up minimal space
  • AI assesses your form and gives real-time cuing
  • Access to on-demand and live classes
  • 30-day trial period


  • High initial price tag
  • Accessories cost extra and are pretty crucial to your workouts
  • 12-month initial subscription required (and an additional cost)
  • 200 pounds in resistance might not be enough for heavy lifters

Bottom Line

A complete smart home gym that offers versatility in a compact piece of equipment, but at a high price.

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. 

anthony using tonal smart home gym machine

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. Digital resistance requires more stabilization than a standard barbell, so a 50-pound biceps curl is going to be a lot more grueling on a Tonal than on a barbell.

That said, Coop Mitchell, GGR founder and home gym equipment expert, felt the Tonal didn’t cut it on lower-body workout days. “Movements like squats or deadlifts aren’t as satisfying as using the real thing for obvious reasons,” Coop says in our Tonal smart home gym review, in which he rates the maximum resistance a 4.25 out of 5. “For those already doing heavy-weight exercises like myself, you’ll most likely need to add in non-Tonal strength days.”

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. 

Price$3,995 (not including monthly subscription or required professional installation) 
Footprint21.50″ W x 50.9″ H x 5.25” D
Resistance100 lbs per arm
Space needed7’x7’ space with 7’ 10” ceilings
Power Requires three-prong outlet within 6 feet 
InstallationProfessional only, requires 16” to 24” studs

How We Chose 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. 

RELATED: Best Home Gyms 


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


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.


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.  


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.  


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 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. 


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.


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. 


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. 


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 


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.

Are home gyms effective for building muscle?

Absolutely! Home gyms allow people to train at any time they want, and there’s no waiting for an empty bench during “rush hour.”

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