Folding Weight Bench Buyer’s Guide
Why a Folding Weight Bench?
One of the problems that many people encounter when purchasing a weight bench is that many weight benches create an unnecessarily large footprint within the training space. If you train in a basement or garage, this probably isn’t an issue. However, if you train in a spare room then it can be incredibly inconvenient to walk around a bench that takes up too much space. There is an option to solve this problem, a folding weight bench.
Folding weight benches or Collapsible weight benches usually break down in some form or another so that they effectively reduce the space/footprint of the bench. After breaking down the bench it can be stored in different places, under a bed/couch or leaned up against a wall. Either way, they are out of the way and don’t take up as much space.
Things you need to know before purchasing a folding weight bench
1. How much space are you looking to save? The two benches listed on amazon fold to roughly 9”. Is this going to save enough space for you?
2. What will you use the bench for? It would be a good idea to compare the max capacity of each collapsible bench to an adjustable counter part.
Top Folding Weight Benches on the Market
Research reveals that there are two main options to choose from on the market if you decide that you do in fact need a foldaway weight bench. Here is a comparison between the PowerBlock Travel Bench and the Body-Solid Powerline Flat/Incline/Decline Folding Bench.
The powerblock travel bench is flat bench that can be folded away under a bed and has the option to be carried as a travel bench. There is a carry strap that would allow you to easily transfer the bench to a car or hotel room to allow you to train in multiple areas easily.
The powerblock travel bench has a weight capacity of 550lbs as reported by one user. This would be including user weight, which is perfect for a travel bench. The dimensions of the back pad are 9.5”
The Body-Solid Powerline Flat/Incline/Decline Folding Bench is slightly different when compared to the Powerblock Travel Bench because it is not meant for travel but strictly for saving space. This bench is an adjustable bench that offers up to seven different positions. Weight capacity is rated at 500lbs which is comparable to the power block travel bench and makes it ideal for dumbbell movements.
Another nice feature about this bench is that it comes pre-assembled in the box. This means you can unbox it and get training!
Our Best Folding Weight Bench Pick
To be honest this is an apples to oranges situation. There is a better choice but that is dependent on your needs. Are you looking for a solid bench at home that won’t take up too much space? Our vote goes to the Body-Solid Powerline Flat/Incline/Decline Folding Bench simply due to the versatility that the bench offers. Are you looking for a bench that you can take with you and train on the road? The PowerBlock Travel Bench accomplishes exactly this task.
Buyer Beware- If you are looking for just a flat bench to use in the home and aren’t concerned with traveling then I would suggest that you look at our reviews of flat benches for more information. Likewise, if you decide that you don’t need a folding adjustable bench then you should definitely visit our reviews of adjustable benches because you may be able to find a bench that better suits your needs and is more cost effective.