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Looking for the best home workout equipment can feel an awful lot like a workout in and of itself. With so many kinds of workout products out there, it's easy to spend hours reading online reviews trying to decide what you need. And even if you do know what kind of equipment you're looking for—like a calorie-roasting treadmill or a set of strength-boosting resistance bands—the breadth of options can still be intimidating.
The ACTIVE Reviews team has done the heavy lifting for you. We took our usual hands-on approach to every piece of equipment we reviewed and received input from our expert network to separate the serious contenders from the posers.
Here are our winners for best home gym equipment products:
- Best Treadmill - Sole F63
- Best Elliptical - NordicTrack Commercial 14.9
- Best Home Workout Mirror - Tonal
- Best Rowing Machine - Concept2 Model D Rower
- Best Stationary Bike - Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1879 Synergy Magnetic
- Best Fitness Tracker - Garmin vivosmart 4
- Best Kettlebells - Rogue Fitness E-Coat Kettlebells
- Best Resistance Bands - FitCord X-Over Resistance Bands
- Best Squat Rack - Rep Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack
- Best Pull-Up Bar - Titan Adjustable Depth Wall Mounted Pull Up Bar
- Best Yoga Mat - Gaiam Yoga Mat
- Best Sandbags - GORUCK Sandbags
- Best Bench - Rogue Flat Utility Bench 2.0
Best Treadmill: Sole F63
For cardio fanatics, the Sole F63 treadmill is packed with everything you need to give you a great at-home workout. There are 15 levels of incline, six built-in workout programs, a cushioned walking deck designed to reduce joint impact by 40%, an integrated tablet holder and Bluetooth speakers. A 3.0 HP motor lets you take a casual walk to warm up at 0.5 mph before kicking it all the way up to a sprint at 12 mph. Grasp the two grips with electric pulse detectors as you walk to track your heart rate, or put on the included chest strap heart rate monitor for a hands-free approach. And if something does go awry with the frame or motor, there's a lifetime warranty to back it.
What We Love
Speed: 3.0 HP motor has a speed range of .5 to 12 mph
Weight Capacity: 375 lbs.
Storage: Deck folds and locks into place for easy storage
- Warranty: Lifetime coverage on motor and frame, plus three years on the deck
Best Elliptical: NordicTrack Commercial 14.9
We previously rated the NordicTrack Commercial 14.9 elliptical machine as our top choice in our roundup of the best ellipticals on the market. So if you're serious about recreating the gym experience at home, this elliptical is your best bet. It delivers up to a 20-degree incline, has 26 digital resistance levels and has an adjustable stride length that lets you tone and target various muscle groups.
The 14.9 also comes with a one-year iFit membership, so you can stream workout videos led by elite personal trainers and take part in live classes and interactive training all through a 14-inch high-definition touchscreen.
What We Love
Incline and Resistance: Go from 0-20% incline, and utilize 26 resistance levels
Weight Capacity: 350 lbs.
- Warranty: 10-year coverage on the frame, two years for parts and one year for labor
Best Home Workout Mirror: Tonal
Want a piece of home workout equipment that can give you a full-body workout? Tonal passes the test with flying colors. Mounted to your wall, the machine provides virtual training through upper- and lower-body exercises. There are several attachments so you can perform all your favorite moves, from bench press and curls to presses and pull-downs.
Besides being a strength-training machine with a maximum of 200 pounds of resistance, Tonal has a variety of workout classes for you to choose from. There are options to take on-demand and live yoga, Pilates, strength, dance, meditation, family fun, triathlon training and more.
What We Love:
- Warranty: Three years
- Types of Classes: Yoga, strength, dance, Pilates, meditation, triathlon training and more!
- Resistance: 200 pounds of digital resistance
Best Rowing Machine: Concept2 Model D Rower
A rowing machine that packs a punch, the Concept2 Model D Rower takes the gold for being one of the best rowing machines available. This is a rower for every fitness level, from serious rowers to those to beginners who require easy-to-use cardio machines.
Rowers are great for people of all ages and abilities who need a full-body, low-impact workout, and the Concept2 fits the bill. Plus, this is a sturdy rower built to last, so it won't break down and leave you high and dry anytime soon. Its durable frame is also chock full of features you need to track your progress and adjust your workout. A Bluetooth-compatible performance monitor offers repeatable, comparable data, so you can keep an eye on your performance. There are also two height options and an adjustable damper to control airflow and resistance.
What We Love
Workout Options: PM5 Monitor shows your metrics or syncs to your favorite app via Bluetooth
Weight Capacity: 500 lbs.
- Warranty: Two-year Limited Warranty, plus a 30-day trial
Best Stationary Bike: Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1879 Synergy Magnetic
The Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1879 Synergy Magnetic indoor stationary bike delivers the workout you need to strengthen your cardiovascular health. Like its name implies, its patented flywheel design uses adjustable magnetic resistance coupled with a belt-drive system. The result is a quiet, solid and consistent ride that you can amplify or reduce in seconds. Even some of the more standard features you'd expect to find, like its performance monitor, pulse sensors and device holder, were meticulously well-designed.
Some other nice touches include its four-way adjustable seat and two-way adjustable handlebar, caged-foot pedals, floor stabilizers and built-in dumbbell holders. One downside is testers found the monitor a little hard to read. Overall though, we found the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-B1879 Synergy Magnetic indoor stationary bike offered a lot of bang for your buck.
What We Love
Price: Under $1,000
Magnetic Resistance: Quietly increase or decrease the intensity
Weight Capacity: 275 lbs.
- Warranty: Three-year frame coverage, 180-day coverage for parts, plus a 30-day trial
Best Fitness Tracker: Garmin vivosmart 4
With its vivosmart 4 fitness tracker, Garmin proves you don't have to choose between form or function. We analyzed fitness trackers not only on the kinds of metrics they track, but also on their overall user experience (navigation, controls, etc.) and, yes, eye appeal as well.
The vivosmart 4 is as slim as it is smart, blending a nice design with a bright, easy-to-read display that includes a wide range of fitness and health metrics. There's a ton of functionality packed into this little device, from sleep and oxygen saturation monitoring to all-day stress tracking, as well as an energy monitor. The "Body Battery" energy monitor lets you know whether you should rest or get after it based on your daily metrics. The vivosmart 4 can tough it out for the long haul too, with up to 7-day battery life and a design that's safe for swimming and showering. There is no built-in GPS tracking with the vivosmart, but it can sync to your smartphone's GPS, so it won't lead runners and cyclists astray.
What We Love
Tracking: Record sleep cycles, blood oxygen levels, performance metrics and more
- Battery: Get up to 7 days of use off a single charge
Best Kettlebells: Rogue Fitness E-Coat Kettlebells
Rogue already has quite a reputation for making high-quality kettlebells, yet it keeps finding ways to make its products better. Case in point: the Rogue Fitness E-Coat Kettlebells. For starters, other competitor's kettlebells use the same black powder coating. It's laid on thick, diminishes the grip of the cast, and chips and rusts underneath over time.
That's not the case with Rogue's E-Coat Kettlebells. They sport a black E-Coat finish that's applied in a thin and durable layer via an electric current, preserving the grip of the casting. The E-Coat Kettlebells are also made from ductile iron, which outperforms cast iron in terms of tensile strength and rust resistance. From the coating to the casting to the ergonomic design, Rogue has improved upon its already-great line of kettlebell products with the launch of the E-Coat Kettlebells—and it didn't even up the price. You can pick between 12 weight increments, starting at 9 pounds all the way to 88 lbs.
What We Love
Durability: Both iron and E-Coat are made to hold up over time, instead of rusting and breaking down
Customization: Made in Michigan, choose between 9 to 88 lbs.
- Stability: Handles range from 1.2 inches to 1.5 inches with flat bottoms to stay put
Best Resistance Bands: FitCord X-Over Resistance Bands
The FitCord X-Over Resistance Bands let everyone from elite athletes to patients in physical therapy work their shoulders, rotator cuffs and upper-body muscles with targeted precision. A single X-Over band can be used just like a traditional FitCord band for resistance training. But as the name suggests, you can use a pair of X-Over bands to form an "X" motion and perform a nearly unlimited number of exercises.
These are great for practicing internal and external rotations to strengthen your rotator cuffs, as well as increase shoulder and back stability for injury prevention. And while we love the versatility of these bands, we almost love their quality even more. Each FitCord X-Over Resistance Band is constructed from high-quality rubber and is completely covered with a durable and protective soft fabric sleeve. You can purchase FitCord X-Over Resistance Bands as a single pair or in packs of up to seven, and they're available in resistance levels up to 55 pounds.
What We Love
Injury Prevention: Resistance bands help strengthen key muscle groups
Customization: Choose between 3 to 55 lbs.
- Durability: Tubes, handles, connections and sleeves all thoroughly performance tested
Best Squat Rack: REP Fitness PR-4000
For those of you out there who are really serious about upping your at-home gym game with a weight training routine, the REP Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack won't leave you hanging. That's because this surprisingly budget-friendly modular rack boasts a 1,000-pound, heavy-duty frame constructed from thick 11-gauge steel. With six posts, it's one of the most secure and stable rack designs out there. As an added bonus, its 1-inch hole spacing and 5/8-inch pinholes mean you can find the perfect setup for your height for squats and bench press.
Compared to other racks in the same price category, the REP Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack takes the cake with its amount of customization options, weight capacity and sturdiness. Its 30-inch depth gives most people plenty of movement, and its weight storage makes for the convenient loading and unloading of barbells while adding a ton of stability. Our reviewers did catch that the rack tends to move just a little when you re-rack a heavy bench press. While bolting a squat rack to the floor is never a bad idea, it's not outright necessary with the REP Fitness PR-4000.
What We Love
Durability: Made of 3X3-inch, 11-gauge steel and holds up to 1,000 lbs.
Customization: Select your preferred color and height
- Accessories: Includes pull-up bar, J-cups, weight horns and more
Best Pull-Up Bar: Titan Adjustable Depth Wall Mounted Pull-Up Bar
If you think most high-end pull-up bars are all generally the same, you'll think twice after you check out the Titan Adjustable Depth Wall Mounted Pull-Up Bar. Constructed out of 11-gauge steel and mounting points chosen for sturdiness, this is one bar that won't let you down (pun intended).
Its 52-inch bar length lets you take a nice and wide grip for targeting your lats, deltoids, biceps and other muscles in your back. True to its name, the bar offers not one but two depth options: You can mount the Titan Adjustable Depth Wall Mounted Pull Up Bar 14 inches or 22 inches from the wall.
What We Love
Set-up: Choose between a depth 14 inches or 22 inches when adhering to a concrete, wood or stud wall
- Durability: Made of 11-gauge steel
Best Yoga Mat: Gaiam Yoga Mat
The Gaiam Yoga Mat is a rubber-free mat constructed from PVC that doesn't skip on stickiness, support or cushio—and it ditches latex, a common allergen found in many yoga mats. It's a noticeably thick yoga mat, which our reviewers loved, and it has an impressively large surface area that runs 72 inches long and 48 inches wide. That's double the width of traditional yoga mats, so you can really spread out on it. And despite its increased size, the Gaiam Yoga Mat manages to stay lightweight enough for easy roll-up, transportation and convenient storage. No matter if you plan on using it while cooling down with your foam roller, floor bodyweight workouts or yoga itself, this mat cushions and stays in place with all activities.
What We Love
Size: Larger than the average yoga mat, use it for extra cushion during your workouts
Stability: Uses a non-slip design to stay in place
- Storage: Comes with straps to keep the mat compact when storing it away
Best Sandbags: GORUCK Sandbags
With training sandbags, durability is one of the most critical elements to consider. They should withstand the wear and tear of strenuous workouts—without easily wearing out or tearing. GORUCK Sandbags not only stood up to everything our reviewers threw at them, but they also showed that high-quality sandbags are worth their weight when it comes to delivering an intense workout.
These sandbags feature heavy-duty padded handles (with lots of gripping options) and double-pass stitching at every seam. An additional box X stitch reinforces the handles even further, and the sandbags have an impressive 28 Bartack reinforcement stitches—with 42 individual stitches per Bartack. That's the long way of saying these sandbags are built, reinforced and reinforced again for toughness and longevity. GORUCK Sandbags are available in 20, 40, 60, 80 and 120 pounds, so you have plenty of variety when it comes to weight. The filler bags and sand are sold separately, so make sure to factor those costs into your budget.
What We Love
Durability: Reinforced Bartack stitching to keep the sandbag together, no matter what
Customizable: Choose between 20, 40, 60, 80 and 120 lbs.
- Warranty: Backed by a lifetime warranty if something breaks down
Best Bench: Rogue Flat Utility Bench 2.0
You'd think Rogue would have a hard time finding ways to improve its already stable and reliable Flat Utility Bench. But true to the "2.0" at the end of its name, the Rogue Flat Utility Bench 2.0 improves upon its predecessor in every way possible. Where the original consisted of multiple parts that required assembly, version 2.0 uses durable 2x3-inch, 11-gauge steel that is ready for use right off the bat. Rogue updated the bench with a pass-through joint for increased longevity and convenience, so it stays durable with no setup. Plus, Rogue positioned the legs at an angle that juts outward to help with stability.
The result is a bench with maximized stability and zero assembly, aside from screwing the pad on top of the steel frame. It even comes with a set of rubber "feet pads" that serve as just one more stabilizing element that also protects your flooring. This is a bench that is meant to last.
What We Love
Durability: Bench is made of 2 x 3-inch, 11-gauge steel to stay tough but lightweight (40 lbs.)
Convenience: Comes set up and ready to use, straight out of the box
- Stability: Included rubber foot pads prevent slippage
Home Workout Equipment Considerations
Take one glance around your gym or sporting goods store and you'll notice right away that workout equipment comes in all shapes and sizes. Aside from deciding what equipment can best help you achieve your fitness goals, you should also consider how much space you have at your disposal.
Some people have an entire garage to dedicate. Others need a way to conveniently store their equipment when not in use. If you're in the latter camp, something like a large power rack is probably out of the question. Luckily, aside from equipment like kettlebells and resistance bands, there are plenty of space-saving home workout machines that are foldable—like a rowing machine or treadmill—and can be easily stored away. A workout mirror is also a great option for anyone working with a small space.
It's important to stick to your budget when setting up your home gym—but keep in mind, cheaper materials mean less durability. In some cases, you may be better off paying a bit more for quality home workout equipment. That's why it's important to make sure you truly know what it is you want. Once you know exactly what you need, you'll have a better idea of what to look for within your price range. Your workout equipment also needs to stay durable and hold up with lots of use. With cheaper equipment, it often won't have as long of a lifespan. By paying extra for higher-quality equipment, it ensures your exercise equipment will be around for the long run instead of paying for replacements multiple times throughout the years.
Treat the warranty on your workout equipment with as much importance as the warranty on your car or home. Because, frankly, it is that important. Make sure you know whether the equipment you're investing in comes with a lifetime warranty, a one-year warranty or something else. And take the time to find out what it is the warranty covers. Some are simply better than others.
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