Since a lot of people think that chest press and bench presses are exactly the same thing, I’ve decided to put together a comprehensive guide on this very topic. Here we will take a closer look at the very best chest press machines available on the market.
But before we do so, let’s first talk about the main differences between chest and bench presses.
Table of Contents
- Same Muscles, Different Design
- Are Chest Press Machines Available for Home Use?
Same Muscles, Different Design
Let’s get something straight here. In regard to muscles, both machines (let’s consider incline bench press a machine for the technical purposes) work the same muscle groups. We are talking about pectoralis major, along with the front (anterior) deltoids. These are the major muscles involved. Secondary muscles that are being stressed are traps, back muscles and front shoulders.
In regard to design and position used, while with bench presses you are on either an inclined bench or flat bench pushing barbell with plates in front of you, this is not the case with chest press machine.
These machines are usually used in a seated position while pushing forward two hand-grips or one longer bar, which are connected to mechanical shoulders and these are loaded with weight plates. Of course, some of these machines can also be used in the flat position.
Are Chest Press Machines Available for Home Use?
You might be surprised, but yes, there are several manufacturers who make these machines for home gyms and they are actually quite affordable.
However, this guide will not be long because of two reasons. First is that I want to include only the very best on the market, and there is not so many of them.
Second reason is that I will include only the full-built chest press machines, not just inclined adjustable benches.
With that being said, let’s dive right onto our list of the best chest press machines for home gym use. Please note that the machines are in no particular order.
1) Fitking ISO Chest Machine
Our list starts with a chest press machine manufactured by Fitking.
This particular machine is made of quality steel and can be used for flat and incline presses. The maximum supported weight is 360 lbs (163.3 kg).
It does not include stacked weights, so you have to use your own plates (purchased separately).
The assembled dimensions are 58″L x 55″W x 32″H (147.3 x 139.7 x 81.3 cm) and the weight is 92 lbs (41.7 kg). Fitking also offers 3-years warranty on the frame and one-year warranty on other parts.
Our rating: 4.8 / 5
2) SportsArt Fitness A977 Incline Chest Press Machine
2nd machine on our list is manufactured by IronCompany.
While our guides are especially designed to review and compare home-gym equipment which is usually affordable, I had to include one commercial-grade chest press machine as well – the SportsArt Fitness A977.
The top-quality welded steel frame with charcoal gray shade gives the machine a powerful look. It also has an electrostatic powder coating finish, which is resistant to scratches. This is a machine that can be found in any public gym. The maximum user weight is set to 500 lbs (226.8 kg)
The arms have independent movement with progressive resistance curve and converging pushing angle. The back-rest and seat are made of heavy-duty quality vinyl for maximum comfort and durability. The seat is also adjustable in height.
This machine is designed for Olympic weight plates only with 2-inch center hole. It uses one plate horn on each arm side for weight loading and the frame has four additional plate horns for weight plate storage. The weight plates are not included and need to be purchased separately.
This is a machine for dedicated home-gym enthusiasts and hard-core body-builders.
The assembled dimensions are 59″ L x 69″ W x 59″ H (149.9 x 175.3 x 149.9 cm). The manufacturer offers 5-year warranty for frame and 6 months for upholstery.
Our rating: 4.5 / 5
3) Powertec Fitness Multi Press Work Bench (WB-MP16)
3rd on our list is a chest press machine manufactured by Powertec Fitness.
This newest version of the machine uses the most practical and comfortable design. The frame is made of quality steel and the total supported weight is 500 lbs (226.8 kg).
The cushioned seat is adjustable via sealed bearings carriage to be set comfortable for all heights. The back rest pad can be adjusted as well.
New design uses isolated arms which can be used separately or locked together as per standard bench/chest press. The older versions had some issues with alignment, but that shouldn’t be the case with WB-MP16 (you can double check with manufacturer this information).
The assembled dimensions are 77.8 x 55.6 x 41.3 inches (197.6 x 141.2 x 104.9 cm) and the weight is 188 pounds (85.3 kg).
Our rating: 4.3 / 5
4) GOPLUS Multifunction Home Gym System
The 4th machine which made it to our list is manufactured by GOPLUS.
The entire construction is made of heavy-duty steel tube and PVC. This is another multi-function machine which can be mainly used for chest presses. Besides chest presses, the machine can be used for dual-function arm presses, leg development and it also offers high and low pulley system, which can be used for many different exercises.
This particular machine does come with the included weight stack of 100 lbs (45.35 kg), so there is no need to purchase weight plates.
In regard to pectoral muscle development, the machine can be used for flies and chest presses. The 12 high and low pulleys can be utilized by various exercises and the 4-roll leg developer station with thick foam will comfortable accommodate your ankles and legs.
Our rating: 4.3 / 5
5) Marcy Free Weight Strength Exercise Machine
A multi-purpose exercise machine by Marcy also made it to our list.
This particular piece of equipment is especially designed for home use, since the materials used are not commercial quality, but this is also reflected on the price.
The frame is made of heavy-duty steel and supports up to 300 lbs (136.1 kg) of weight (user weight capacity). The frame also has powder coated finish, so it won’t get scratched easily. The machine uses weight plates (both Olympic and standard are supported), which need to be purchased separately.
This is a multi-purpose machine with a pulley system, but I’ve included it in our list of the best chest press machines, because it has one of the best designed chest press systems. The seat itself is not adjustable, but it is designed to work great with all kinds of heights.
The assembled dimensions are 56 x 38 x 84 inches (81.3 x 96.5 x 213.4 cm) and the weight is 113 pounds (51.25 kg). Marcy offers 2-year warranty on the machine.
Our rating: 4.2 / 5
That concludes our list of the best chest press machines on the market. As you can see, I’ve included the very best machines in regard to quality and affordability. Don’t forget to check the pros and cons to make sure the chosen machine suits all your needs.