A great home gym is a lifter’s paradise.
The only problem is that there are hundreds of them in the market. To compound the issue, you’d be wasting a lot if you bought the wrong kind.
But fear not, because we’ll be showing you what kinds of home gyms are available and which equipment is best for you.
That said, we’ve gone through the trouble of sifting through every available home gym product and picking out the ‘best of the best’ in every category. It took us over 80 hours, but we think we got it right.
So if you need a machine that can do it all, or something you can fold and store after use, you can find it on this list.
Let’s get started.
Quick List of the best home gyms:
- Best All in Home Gym – G3 All in One Trainer
- Best Garage Gym – BYO Home Gym Package
- Best Home Gym Power Rack – MyRack Modular Power Rack
- Best Home Gym for Bodybuilding – G6 All in One Trainer
- Best Squat Stand With Pull-Up Bar – Squat Stand with Pull-Up Bar
- Best High-End Home Gym – G20 All in One Trainer
- Best Compact Home Gym – FT-3000 Compact Functional Trainer
- Best Home Gym Weight Bench – Monster Lite Competition Bench
- Best Home Gym on Amazon – Marcy Smith Machine Cage
- Best Portable Home Gym – Gonex Portable Home Gym
- Best Suspension Trainer – TRX PRO4
- Best Bowflex Home Gym – Bowflex PR3000
- Best Cable System – Hulkfut Adjustable Cage
- Best Multi-Station Home Gym –Body-Solid EXM2500B
- Best on a Budget – Weider 2980
See details about each home gym below.
15 Best Home Gyms on the Market
These are the best home gyms available today. No matter what kind of home gym you are looking for, there is one on this list that will fit your needs.
Best All in One Home Gym
G-3 All in One Trainer from Force USA
If you like the idea of having a home gym that does everything, then the G3 is for you. It’s the best all-in-one I’ve ever seen, and the good news is that it doesn’t take too much of your time to figure out.
The G3 by Force USA is a core trainer, chin-up station, smith machine, cable machine, functional trainer and power rack, all neatly bundled up in a relatively compact footprint. If you want more, there are several upgrades available, including the Lat Pulldown Seat, Leg Press Attachment, Stability Bar, and Straight Chin-Up Bar to make it even more useful.
With the G3 you won’t have to switch machines constantly and still get the most of every workout. You can switch to endurance, WODs, circuit, or split training, as well as focus on specific parts or do complete full-body sets, depending on your preference.
I love how the G3 can also act as storage for your cable attachments, weight plates, and barbells. The title ‘all in one’ truly lives up to expectations.
On the negative side, you will either have to put this bad boy together yourself or pay to have someone do it for you. It’s not too hard to put together, but it is time-consuming. ForceUSA does have a 3rd party assembly service you can use, but it does cost extra.
- No need for secondary gym equipment
- Has add-ons for even more versatility
- 18 Attachments included
- Allows you to do over 75 exercises
- Many upgrades available
- You have to assemble it or pay someone else to
- Bench not included
Best Garage Home Gym
The BYO Home Gym from REP Fitness
If you are looking for a nice package to start your garage gym or home gym, then the BYO (Build Your Own) Home Gym Package from Rep Fitness is great.
You can choose from a power rack, rack accessories, bench, barbell, and bumper or iron weight plates. Choose what you want, leave what you don’t.
They have 6 power racks to choose from. The accessories include a dip attachment, lat and row attachment or weight storage if you so choose. They then have 3 different adjustable benches to choose from, and you can pick between 5 different colors on each.
After that, you can choose from 3 different barbells. The Sabre Bar, Gladiator Bar, and Power bar are all solid quality, with the Power Bar being the most heavy-duty and expansive of the three.
Rounding out the package, you can choose either bumper or traditional iron plates. The bumper plates are the more expensive of the two but you will need them if you plan on doing any Olympic lifting.
The total cost of the package will vary depending on what items you select and if you go with any accessories.
Luckily the shipping is free as I am writing this, so that will help keep the cost down.
Overall the BYO Home Gym is a great setup for your garage or home gym that will give you everything you want and nothing you don’t, all in one nice package.
The only real negative with this BYO gym is that the website can be a bit confusing, and occasionally, some items are out of stock.
- Buy what you want, leave what you don’t
- High-quality equipment that can take whatever you can throw at it
- Quality barbells that can handle Olympic lifting
- Excellent customer service
- Free shipping
- Certain items may be out of stock
Best Home Gym Power Rack
MyRack Modular Power Rack By Force USA
Shopping for the best power rack available is no joke, but somehow Force USA made things easier with the Myrack Modular Power Rack. It’s packed with functional features and some pretty aesthetic ones as well.
This bad boy is a great value, and it’s fully customizable. It comes in 3 different colors and has a ton of attachments and extras.
In fact, you can modify this beast to be a complete home gym if you like. Some of our favorite modifications include the multi-grip chin-up bar, lat pulldown, landmine, monolift, and the cable crossover machine.
This power rack is made from 12 gauge steel, 2.4″ uprights, and 10 gauge support brackets, and it boasts a mighty 2000 pound weight capacity so you know it can handle whatever you can throw at it.
Check out the video below to see how this power rack works and how it can be modified.
The big negative with this rack is that it can take up a good amount of space when you get all the attachments and modifications. Some people won’t have room for this beast when it is fully modified.
- 2000 lb weight capacity
- Comes in 3 different color finishes
- Awesome add-on attachments available
- Ships quickly
- Excellent customer reviews
- Can take up a lot of space with the add ons
Best Home Gym for Bodybuilding
G-6 All in One Trainer from Force USA
What, two Force USA products in one list? You better believe it. The G-6 is a towering hulk of a strength training machine, and it’s the best equipment when you need huge muscles fast.
The original pin and plate-loaded machine have plenty of things going for it. You get a core trainer, dip station, smith machine, low row, leg press, suspension trainer, and a chin-up station in one efficient footprint.
This isn’t just a glorified smith machine or either. The G6 comes with a power rack that will have you doing all the squats, bench presses, and other free weight exercises to you can handle. This beast allows you to do 150-plus exercises to sculpt your physique the way you want it. This machine allows you to do pretty much any exercise you can do at a commercial gym in the comfort of your own home..
The exercise chart is certainly a nice touch, especially for beginner bodybuilders. Pin loading eliminates time spent having to lift and place weights. Although assembly is needed, Force USA is thoughtful enough to include tools and instructions with the kit. If you don’t want to assemble it yourself there is a 3rd party service that can assemble it for you but it will cost an extra $600.
- Complete strength training system
- Pin and plate loaded makes changing the weight effortlessly
- Weight stacks included
- Lots of plate storage
- 17 attachments included
- TV mount available
- Assembly can be lengthy
- Weight benchench is extra
Squat Stand and Pull-Up Bar by Fringe Sport
Best Home Gym Squat Stand with Pull-Up Bar
Any squat stand with pull-up bar equipment should be good no matter what, right? Wrong. Apparently, it has to tick a few boxes in order to reach ‘best’ status. Case in point- Fringe Sport’s pull-up bar and squat stand is commercial-grade and, therefore can withstand all your WODs, including presses, squats, and pull-ups.
The adjustable J-hooks can accommodate a lot of preferences, and even bench press and squat safety bars. You get a full-year satisfaction guarantee on a squat stand that has many quality improvements, such as the UHMW coated hooks to protect the bar finish, bolting options for extra stability and a 5×4 footprint so you can do banded pull-ups and kips without worrying that the equipment will come crashing down on you.
Extra J-Cups, rig attachments and a dip bar station can be added quickly to get a well-rounded workout. All in all, a very solid buy!
- Floor bolting option for extra stability
- Lets you kip to your heart’s content
- Ships fast in the US
- Bench not included
Best High-End Home Gym
G-20 All in One Trainer from Force USA
Money not an object in your pursuit of physical perfection? You’re going to love Force USA’s G20 All-in-One Trainer. It’s big, menacing, and can scratch any gym and exercise itch any day at any time!
The G20 is billed as the ‘ultimate’ home gym for many reasons. You can perform an astounding 400-plus movements in eleven strength machines – a smith machine, leg press, core trainer, suspension trainer, power rack, VersaPad, calf raise, low row, lat pulldown, pull-up, and a functional trainer. You’ll never run out of exercises as long as you have this bad boy in your home.
It comes with 29 attachments e.g., J-hooks, leg plate, chains, handles, and training bars for variations. The walkthrough design makes it easy to transition from one workout to another. Up to three people can use the G20 simultaneously, and you’ll find it very difficult to max the machine, especially when you add the optional Force USA Super Bands.
While it seems to have everything you need, there is a lat pulldown/low row station that you can add to it as well. Also, this machine is big and weighs over 1000 lbs all by itself, I don’t have any rubber flooring in my home gym, but for this beast, you might want to consider the rubber gym flooring for underneath it.
On the negative side, this monster isn’t cheap and assembly can be lengthy. As with the other ForceUSA products, you can pay to have it assembled, but it’s not cheap. Also, it does have a pretty large footprint.
- The most exercise options of any home gym
- Several add-ons make it even better
- Can accommodate 3 people simultaneously
- Comes with 29 attachments
- Built solid as a rock
- It’s a hefty investment
- Weight stack uses 10lb increments
- Large footprint
Best Compact Home Gym
FT-3000 Compact Trainer by Rep Fitness
Apartment and condo dwellers, rejoice! You can now work out in the comfort of your own space with the help of the FT-3000 Compact Trainer from Rep Fitness.
This bad boy has a smaller footprint but is built solid as a rock. The pulleys and cables are smooth, with no bumping or catching while you getting your pump on.
The FT-3000 features twin 180lb cable stacks at a 2:1 ratio. There are 15 different cable positions to choose from and a pull-up bar across the top.
You will be glad to know that this machine comes partially assembled, so you won’t spend forever putting it together; assembly for this machine is only a couple of hours.
The heavy-duty steel frame is a nice plus in a smaller home gym.If you want a quality cable machine for your home gym, this is one of the best you will get for the money.
On the negative side, this machine only allows you to do cable exercises and pull-ups. While you can get a great workout with cables, some of you might want a rack so you can do barbell exercises like squats and bench presses.
- Can fit into most rooms
- Comes partially assembled
- Moderately priced
- Slim enough to fit through a 34″ doorway
- Doesn’t give you a free weight experience
Best Home Gym Weight Bench
Rogue Monster Lite Competition Bench
For some people, a good weight bench is all you really need for your home gym. For me, the bench has been the centerpiece of my garage gym for the last 20 years. Of course, I’m one of those guys that really likes to bench, so it makes sense.
The Monster Lite Competition Bench from Rogue is an excellent selection if you want a great bench.
This bench is built like a tank and features a 3×3″ 11-gauge steel frame with Westside hole spacing with laser cut numbering.
It comes with 3 pads you can choose from. The standard pad, the Competition Pad, which is 2″ thicker and 3″ longer, or the Thompson Fat Pad, which is like the competiion pad, but 2 inches wide
There are also optional spotter arms that you might want to consider if you lift alone. They also have band pegs which are optional.
There is also an optional spotter stand which has mixed reviews. Some like it; some say it is too low to give a good lift-off when spotting.
With Rogue, you always get good quality, but it’s not cheap, so the price on this bench can be a bit much for some. If you want a cheaper bench that is high quality, the Bench Press Rack by Titan Fitness is a comparable bench that costs less.
- Rogue delivers high quality
- 3 pads to choose from
- Built like a tank
- Easy assembly compared to others on the list
- 1000lb weight capacity
- Not cheap
- Mixed reviews on the spotter deck
Best Home Gym on Amazon
Marcy Smith Machine Cage System Home Multifunction Rack
The Marcy Machine Cage System Home Gym should be your first choice if you want tried-and-true equipment. After all, it’s rated the best home gym by satisfied Amazon customers!
It’s a professional gym you can use in the comfort of your own home. The cage system typically needs more room but it’s totally worth it if you have the luxury. Switch freely between the pull-up bar, dual pulleys, smith machine, preacher curl, lower pulley, butterfly press arms, triceps rope and bench press station so you can quickly get into a workout groove.
Marcy gets extra brownie points for having an attachment that can accommodate a landmine, cable handle and dip bars. This effectively gives you access to more exercises and to round out your routine. Also, the rowing cable makes doing seated rows possible.
- Cage system means no more switching stations
- Great reviews on Amazon
- Bench is included
- Large footprint
- Not as high quality as others on the list
Best Portable Home Gym
Gonex Portable Home Gym
A portable home gym may sound like a pipe dream, but Gonex has made the impossible possible with its all-in-one home gym equipment system.
So, what’s included in it, you ask? Get ready. With every purchase of the Gonex Portable Home Gym you’re given the Gonex Training Base, two push-up handlebars, two ab rollers, two training straps, two 30 lbs. resistance bands and two 50 lbs. advanced resistance bands, two training handles, two training ankle straps, a door anchor, a bar pad with safety straps, a 3-section bar, a post landmine sleeve, a training guide and a storage bag to stash and move everything.
The Training Base is a marvel in engineering. It’s anti-slip and sports a honeycomb structure and features upgraded materials that can withstand 250 and 300 pounds of tension and pressure, respectively. You can use it with the accessories to do virtually any exercise you can think of to target the core, back, glutes, chest, quadriceps and more.
The kicker is that the portable home gym comes with a fitness instruction manual and video for various training courses, movements and workout levels!
- Full body workout system you can bring anywhere
- Ultra-sturdy and stable training base
- Comes with an instructional video and training manual
- Has a bit of a learning curve
Best Suspension Trainer
TRX has come up with an excellent suspension trainer, the PRO4. It’s convenient and ingenious- you can work out your whole body, core, lower or upper body using just movements and your body weight.
The base package includes the TRX xtender, door anchor, suspension anchor, barrel lock adjusters, reinforcement stitching, theft-resistant carabiner, adjustable foot cradles, the suspension trainer, and a carry bag. You can set the PRO4 directly overhead or to a pole, tree trunk or beam and do hinges, rotations, planking, pulling and pushing in various difficulties.
I like the fact that the suspension trainer is easy to clean- just put everything in the mesh bag and pop it in the washing machine, then air dry and use the next day. The price and quality are icing on the cake!
- Portable and easy to set up
- Teaches a variety of bodyweight exercises
- Attaching to a doorway limits movements
Best Bowflex Home Gym
Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym
Bowflex has been around for decades and offers great machines that are versatile and space-saving. The best machine Bowflex has to offer is the Bowflex PR3000 Home Gym. It’s a total body home gym featuring 50-plus strength exercises at half the footprint of most conventional all-in-ones.
Bowflex took away the fold-down bench to make their equipment compact, but it’s about the same in quality and feature as the PR1000. What you should focus your attention on is the Quick Change Power Rod System, which allows you to seamlessly get into your next exercise without having to change cables. The built-in ankle cuffs and handgrip add even more versatility and safety.
The PR3000 has upholstered roller cushions, so you won’t be uncomfortable doing leg curls and extensions at max reps. The heavy-duty steel frame is a nice plus in a smaller home gym. Trust me when I say you won’t need to sign up for a gym membership as long as you have the PR3000!
- Can fit into most rooms
- Quick Change Power Rod System is a must-experience
- Resistance maxes out at 310 lbs
- No fold-down bench or aerobic rowing
Best Home Gym Cable Machine
HulkFit 1000-Pound Capacity Multi-Function Adjustable Power Cage
HulkFit boasts an impressive 1,000 lbs. capacity in a sturdy power cage frame. If you’ve got room to spare then you should make the most of it by getting this cable machine right now!
H-shaped construction lets you work out without worrying about failure, falling weights, or bars catching on the side pegs. With this equipment, you should be able to handle more weight and get to your fitness goals much sooner.
Included in the cable machine is an Olympic wide grip pulldown attachment, four J-hooks and two dip bars. Rubber feet and walk-in space make it safer than most similar machines out there. The price is just right, and you’ll be sure to enjoy your home gym for a long time.
- Great power rack design
- Has a 1,000 lbs. capacity
- Good value for money
- Large footprint
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Best Multi-Station Home Gym
Body-Solid EXM2500B Home Gym
We hear you- sometimes all you need is a multi-station home gym so you can do even the most obscure movements with ease. If so, then the EXM2500B by Body-Solid should be right up your alley!
With just one look you’ll know that the multi-station gym can accommodate hundreds of exercises. The quality of materials are top-notch, thanks to oversized aspects, high tensile strength steel, reinforced fiberglass and nylon pulleys and 2,200-pound test cables. The 210-pound cast-iron resistance allows for even the toughest strength training routines.
Breaking it down, you get a lower pulley, upper pulley, leg developer, pectoral fly and chest press station, all designed for maximum efficiency and ergonomics. There’s also a leg press attachment for even more workout options.
The all-black look is easy on the eyes, as is the price tag that comes with it. Get the EXM2500B Home Gym and you’ll find out no exercise is out of reach!
- Superb assortment of exercise stations
- Great value for money
- Can last a lifetime
- Spacious real estate
Best Home Gym on a Budget
Weider 2980 214 Lb Stack Home Gym
I love how Weider has managed to come up with a world-class home gym while keeping costs down. The 2980 Home Gym is sleek, performs great and is an amazing entry-level machine to boot!
What’s impressive is that the manufacturer has managed to provide 214 pounds of resistance using only an 80 lb. vinyl stack. The secret is an innovative pulley system that holds up well against punishment.
You get a total of six workout stations, including a low pulley, preacher curl, leg developer, chest fly, chest press and a high pulley, all of which can train your quads, core, biceps, back and more.
The Weider 2980 has an efficient footprint and should fit in any home. Most of the material is made of steel tubing, which isn’t the strongest but it should last you for years. Lastly, you can get interactive help when you download the iFit app and follow along with instructor-led video workouts.
- Amazing value for money
- Maxes out at 214 lbs
- Easy wipe vinyl seats
- Also the best home gym for beginners
- Steel tubing not the most durable material
Benefits of Having a Home Gym
You might be wondering, why bother with a home gym at all?
Well, for me the better question is, ‘why not?’
Home gyms nowadays aren’t just limited to the rich and famous. They come in every imaginable size, shape and function, and the wide price range means there’s something for everyone.
You get these benefits when you opt to get a home gym.
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Never Miss a Workout Again
Can’t go to the gym because of the pandemic, the weather, your partner, or the children won’t let you and all that? A home gym is the perfect solution for you.
It guarantees a 100% attendance rate, which in turn boosts the results of hard and consistent training. You just have to get off the couch, drink your pre-workout and start working your way towards your fitness or muscle-building goal. There’s no more driving, checking to see if the gym is open or making up an excuse.
It’s even more beneficial if you’re under a frequent training program and the nearest gym is a thousand miles away.
Never Wait for Your Turn Again
You know how the best gyms are always packed, and that you can’t fall into any type of workout rhythm because the best machines are full of people waiting for their turn?
If your partner or spouse is tired of your constant complaining, then a home gym purchase should definitely be in order. With it, you’ll get that workout groove thing going faster than you can say ‘excuse me, it’s my turn’
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Always felt you could achieve your best workout at night but couldn’t test this theory because all the gyms in your area are only open during the day?
Now’s your chance to try. Incidentally, a home gym is an excellent fallback option if you love having those second winds, or when you want to exercise your core or pack more lean muscle on Thanksgiving, the 4th of July or when it’s absolutely freezing outside.
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Last but definitely not least, a home gym can save you money in the long run. Say goodbye to expensive monthly memberships, gas costs and clothing expenses!
Sure, the initial investment of buying the equipment is significant, but over time you’ll get it back anyway. Plus, you can wear anything you want and let out a primal roar when you’ve completed a particularly vicious set without worrying about people staring at you.
You can also wear whatever you want. Workout in your underpants if you want, no one will see you anyways.
The home gym is total workout freedom and these are the best home gyms out there.
Yes, I know shopping for the best home gyms is a complicated process, but with our list of the best home gyms you should have it narrowed down to a select few.
All of these home gyms cater to specific factors, e.g., workout style, space and price, among others. You can bet that each of these products will give you your money’s worth and are built to last a lifetime.
Ryan is a former college wrestler and lifelong fitness fanatic. He has run half marathons, done mud runs, placed in body transformation contests, coached wrestling and now coaches girls soccer. Not to mention he has also tried literally hundreds of supplements over the years and has a vast and thorough supplement knowledge. He has written for Muscle & Strength, Testosterone Junkie, The Sport Review and other publications. He is also the editor in chief of this website. Feel free connect with him on his LinkedIn page below.