10 Best Functional Trainers For Home Gyms – Garage Gym Pro

Choosing a functional trainer for your home gym can take time and effort. So many are on the market, which can leave you scratching your head trying to figure out which is right for you.

Once you’ve chosen, though, you’ll never look back. Functional trainers are one of the best pieces of gym equipment you can buy.

Are you looking for the best functional trainer for your home garage gym? - If so, you're in the right place.

By the end of this article, you’ll know exactly which functional training equipment is best for you.

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If you’re looking for the best functional trainer for your home gym, you’re probably expecting to spend thousands of dollars on the machine.

However, this might not always be the case. During my research, I found many excellent functional trainers for under $2000.

While this might seem like a lot to start, the machine is multi-functional and allows you to work your entire body, eliminating the need for other pieces of equipment and a gym membership (saving you a ton of money).

During this review, I looked at 32 of the best functional trainers around and put them through their paces.

I spent hours scouring the internet, collecting data, reading other users' reviews, and testing each product.

I even watched countless instructional videos to assess how easy the machine is to use for beginners.

As I work within the personal training industry, I consulted several other trainers and fitness professionals, asking for their thoughts on the products.

This whittled down the list of 32 to the remaining 10 best functional trainers.

Each functional trainer mentioned has been selected as it stood out above the rest, offering something many of the others didn't.

Each has something special, whether it's incredible pricing, exceptional features, or a compact design. 

Whether you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful or the best around, I’ve got you covered.


10 Best Functional Trainers For Home Use

1. REP FITNESS FT-3000 - Our Top Pick!

Our Ratings

Workout Versatility

10.0

Value For Money

10.0

Ease Of Use

10.0

Ease Of Assembly

9.0

Materials & Durability

10.0


Overall Rating

9.8

Key Features
  • Assembled Dimensions: 53 x 34 x 78 Inches
  • Product Weight: 770lbs
  • Weight Stacks: 180lbs (dual 90lbs per side)
  • Resistance Ratio: 2:1
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame warranty, 1 year on parts
Our Review

REP FITNESS is one of the top fitness brands for a reason. They produce excellent quality equipment while giving you fantastic value for money.

REP's FT-3000 is a compact, functional trainer that will fit in the corner of most garage or home gyms. This functional trainer machine is ideal if you have a small apartment home gym with minimal space. 

Its compact design has a small footprint of around 4.5' x 3', giving you plenty of room for other gym equipment (if needed).

The FT-3000 functional trainer only comes with a set of stirrup handles. Others, such as V handle, rope, ankle cuff, etc., can be added but aren’t included.

The stirrup handles are of excellent quality and comfortable to use. And to make up for the lack of attachments, you also get a brilliant chin-up bar included.

The pull-up bar is comfortable to hold and is the perfect thickness (not too thick or thin), and I found performing wide-grip pull-ups a joy…well, until my lats started burning.

As this fitness functional trainer comes with dual weight stacks, you have access to 180 lbs of resistance, which should be more than enough for most gym goers.

If you want more weight, check out the FT-5000 (mentioned in a moment).

I found the cable pulley system to be smooth, and the 2:1 ratio makes it suitable for all ability levels, even beginners. However, I would prefer a 1:1 cable pulley ratio.

I was impressed by how easy the assembly was.

The instructions were straightforward, but I would recommend having a friend or family member available to help you construct the FT-3000 functional trainer.

It took me around 2 hours to fully assemble this functional trainer.

REP FITNESS has used 11-gauge steel for the FT-3000, making it incredibly sturdy. The functional trainer didn’t wobble side to side and felt stable throughout my workout, even during pull-ups.

And this compact, functional trainer comes with a lifetime frame warranty and 1 year on parts, which gives you peace of mind.

Yet, if you want a heavier-duty version of the FT-3000, you can! REP FITNESS has the FT-5000 functional trainer.

Both machines are within similar price ranges:

  • FT-3000 functional trainer: $2400
  • FT-5000 functional trainer: $2500

The heavier-duty FT-5000 functional trainer has more weight totaling 440lbs, a multi-grip pull-up bar, and extra cable positions. However, it does have a larger footprint.

If you’re more advanced and need to lift heavier weights, the FT-5000 might be the machine for you.

Overall, the FT-3000 functional trainer should be suitable for most gym-goers looking to add a functional trainer to their home gym.

The FT-3000 is the best functional trainer I’ve tested on this list and will be an excellent addition to most home gyms.

What We Like

  • Comfortable handles
  • Excellent chin-up bar included
  • Brilliant value for money
  • Easy to assemble
  • Small footprint

What We Don't Like

  • Minimal handles
  • 2:1 pulley ratio
  • Would like heavier weight

2. Titan Fitness Functional Trainer - Runner Up!

Our Ratings

Workout Versatility

10.0

Value For Money

9.5

Ease Of Use

10.0

Ease Of Assembly

9.5

Materials & Durability

10.0


Overall Rating

9.8

Key Features
  • Assembled Dimensions: 64 x 44 x 82 Inches
  • Product Weight: 672lbs
  • Weight Stacks: Dual 200lb stacks (400lbs total)
  • Resistance Ratio: 2:1
  • Warranty: 1-year warranty
Our Review

Even though the REP FITNESS FT-3000 was our "best functional trainer," the Titan Fitness functional trainer was pretty close.

Titan Fitness has produced an excellent quality functional trainer cable machine that has 200lb dual weight stacks and comes with seven attachments.

The attachments included are a short bar, long bar, ankle cuff, dual stirrup handles, rope handle, and single and double D handles.

The wide selection of attachments makes the Titan Fitness a versatile, functional trainer suitable for most home gyms.

As the Titan Fitness functional trainer utilizes a dual-weight stack system, there is no need for weight plates. This will save you money, as you won’t need to buy any additional weight plates.

As this functional trainer costs around $2500, it’s an excellent mid-range machine for your home gym.

You’ll have everything you need to perform a full-body workout without taking up much space.

When I assembled the machine, I found the instructions easy to follow and shouldn’t be an issue for anyone (even if you’re new to building fitness equipment).

I loved the assembly video included on the Titan Fitness website [1]; it really helped me visualize what I was doing.

Note: Be sure to keep a couple of hours free to assemble this functional trainer and have help from a friend or family member, as the machine is rather heavy. 

This high-quality functional trainer is made using excellent materials and is built to last. You can tell this when you begin using the pulley system, which is reinforced using fiberglass.

The Titan Fitness functional trainer doesn't rattle excessively and doesn't have the jerky movements or sticking points that other compact functional trainers do.

The pulley system uses a 2:1 ratio which I’m not always a fan of, as I like to know if I set 100lbs, I’m lifting 100lbs.

However, it did impress me, and it was a pleasure to use while performing a variety of exercises.

As with other functional trainer machines, you can perform a range of exercises such as squats, deadlifts, tricep pushdowns, lat pulldowns, chest flys, bicep curls, and more.

Titan Fitness claims there are over 1000 variations you can perform on this functional trainer, which should please most home gym owners.

One area where this exercise equipment lets itself down is the warranty. The warranty lasts 1 year, which is low for a good functional trainer.

Overall, the Titan Fitness functional trainer will provide you with an excellent piece of home gym equipment that you can perform a full-body workout.

It's one of the best functional trainers on this list and is only let down by a short warranty.

What We Like

  • Extremely smooth pulleys
  • Plenty of handles
  • Easy-to-follow assembly instructions
  • Excellent price

What We Don't Like

  • Short warranty
  • 2:1 pulley ratio

3. X-Mark XM-7626

Our Ratings

Workout Versatility

9.5

Value For Money

9.0

Ease Of Use

10.0

Ease Of Assembly

8.0

Materials & Durability

9.5


Overall Rating

9.2

Key Features
  • Assembled Dimensions: 43.5 x 65 x 83 Inches
  • Product Weight: 807lbs
  • Weight Stacks: Dual 200lb weight stacks
  • Resistance Ratio: 2:1 ratio
  • Warranty: Lifetime frame warranty
Our Review

XMark is well known for its excellent quality strength training equipment.

And the XM-7626 is no exception; it's a premium functional trainer that'll enable you to perform a full-body fitness routine in your home gym without needing a ton of equipment.

The XMark functional trainer has a brilliant 200lb dual weight stack that places 100 lbs into each hand (once you take the 2:1 pulley ratio into consideration); this is more than enough for most gym goers.

One aspect I love about the Xmark functional trainer is how far the cables can extend from the machine (up to 7ft), which is plenty of room for even the tallest of users to work out.

Exercises like overhead tricep extension can be performed without worrying about maxing out the cables' length.

I was impressed by the number of attachments included with the Xmark functional trainer, which included:

  • Pair of 8” hand straps
  • Pair of 17” long straps
  • Short bar
  • 42” long bar
  • 23” tricep rope
  • Leg extension leg curl strap
  • Ankle strap

As you can see, the number of attachments makes this a versatile functional trainer capable of working different muscle groups effectively.

A great addition to this traditional functional trainer is the wall poster that comes with the machine.

It shows you 36 exercises you can perform, so if you're new to working out, you've got a place to begin.

When it comes to the machine’s assembly, it’s tough to do by yourself, and I recommend that you have 1-2 people help you.

This is mainly because the machine is extremely heavy, and moving the pieces into the correct position and fiddling with the nuts and bolts can be challenging.

While I found this functional trainer easy to assemble, other users have complained that the instructions are rather basic and could use a revision.

The hardest part of the assembly is positioning the cables correctly; this is usually the part that most people stumble on.

However, XMark has excellent customer service; they're usually quick to respond if you get stuck.

The typical functional trainer takes between a few hours to a day to assemble. But for the XMark, I’d set aside a day.

The warranty is brilliant; you get a lifetime frame warranty and 1 year on all moving parts and hardware.

The only thing I’d change would be to extend the moving parts warranty to 2 years, but that’s me being pedantic.

Overall, for the $3000 price tag, it’s an excellent functional trainer cable machine that’ll be perfect for almost any home gym, especially if you don’t have a lot of room for free weight equipment.

Still can't decide? Check out my full review of the XMark Functional Trainer here!

What We Like

  • Excellent variety of attachments
  • Brilliant warranty
  • Plenty of weight provided
  • Super smooth cables
  • Comfortable handles

What We Don't Like

  • Machine is super heavy
  • Instructions could be improved

4. Inspire Fitness FT1

Our Ratings

Workout Versatility

9.5

Value For Money

9.5

Ease Of Use

10.0

Ease Of Assembly

8.5

Materials & Durability

10.0


Overall Rating

9.5

Key Features
  • Assembled Dimensions: 54 x 46 x 82 Inches
  • Product Weight: 595lbs
  • Weight Stacks: 165lbs dual stacks (330lbs total)
  • Resistance Ratio: 2:1 Ratio
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty on frame.
Our Review

If you’re looking for the best compact, functional trainer, the Inspire Fitness FT1 could be what you need.

This is the perfect functional trainer for anyone whose home gym lacks space. It has a small footprint of 54” x 46”, making it one of the smallest strength training machines around.

As with most functional trainers on this list, it comes with a dual weight stack system which totals 330lbs. While this should be enough for most gym-goers, but can be a little light.

If you require additional weight, you'll be pleased to know you can purchase add-ons totaling 50lb per side (for an additional cost).

While using the pulley system, I found the 30 different heights perfect for hitting my muscles from multiple angles, particularly when I was performing chest fly variations.

The weight stack moves relatively quietly and doesn’t rattle too much; this is always nice to see.

I was impressed with the multi-grip pull-up handles, they allowed me to perform a variety of pull-up and chin-up variations with ease, and the handles are comfortable to hold.

One of the most impressive features is the number of accessories included with this functional trainer.

You get 1x tricep rope, 2x rubber D handles, a straight bar, an EZ curl bar, an ankle strap, a multi-function belt, an exercise booklet, and 2 x 5lb add-on weights… talk about adding versatility to your exercise routine.

When it comes to the assembly of the FT1 functional trainer, I found it to be one of the easiest functional trainers to assemble.

This is mainly because the towers come pre-assembled, so you only need to attach them to the framework.

During the assembly, I recommend having a partner help you. The assembly should take around 2-3 hours in total.

Inspire Fitness offers one of the best compact functional trainer warranties around, with a lifetime warranty on residential use of the machine.

However, if you intend on placing the functional trainer in a commercial gym, you’ll get a 10-year warranty which is still impressive.

Compared to other functional trainers by Inspire Fitness, the FT1 costs around $3000, which is slightly more expensive than the FTX, but $2000 cheaper than the FT2.

Overall, the FT1 is the best functional trainer if your workout area has limited floor space. You won’t need much else with this functional trainer in your arsenal.

See Related - Complete Inspire Fitness FT1 Review

What We Like

  • Wide variety of attachments
  • Extremely compact footprint
  • Excellent build quality
  • Easy to assemble
  • Best functional trainer for the money

What We Don't Like

  • Need to pay for bench add on
  • Standard weight stacks are light

5. BodyCraft HFT

Our Ratings

Workout Versatility

10.0

Value For Money

9.0

Ease Of Use

10.0

Ease Of Assembly

9.0

Materials & Durability

9.0


Overall Rating

9.4

Key Features
  • Assembled Dimensions: 56 x 40 x 80 inches
  • Product Weight: 521lbs
  • Weight Stacks: 2 x 150lbs (300lbs total)
  • Resistance Ratio: 2:1 ratio
  • Warranty: N/A
Our Review

The BodyCraft HFT is one of the best functional trainers around and is pretty similar to the Inspire Fitness FT1 (mentioned above).

As with most functional trainers, the BodyCraft HFT uses a dual-weight stack of 150 lbs per side.

While this might seem pretty light for more advanced gym goers, it'll be more than enough for most people.

However, I was impressed that you can upgrade the weight stack to a heavier 200lb system (for an additional fee). This will suit more advanced users looking to lift heavy.

As with the alternative functional trainers mentioned on this list, the commercial-grade cable pulley system can be used independently from each other.

Each of the adjustable pulleys has 31 height positions available.

The pulley ratio is 2:1, and as I’ve said previously, it’s not my favorite ratio, but it does give the pulley a smooth action, even when you’re using the lowest weight settings.

Included with the BodyCraft HFT are 7 handles and a mounted exercise booklet giving you plenty of workout options straight off the bat.

You can easily perform a full-body workout on this machine.

Another great feature is the multi-grip pull-up bar with knurling. It’s brilliant for performing various exercises and is an excellent addition to this strength training machine.

When it comes to the assembly, I found it relatively straightforward, and it’s much easier than you’d expect.

But, with that said, I still recommend you have somebody to help you throughout the assembly process.

The instruction manual provided by BodyCraft is easy to follow and has excellent instructions alongside detailed drawings.

I expect you’ll need around 2-4 hours to completely assemble your BodyCraft HFT functional trainer (depending on your skill level and experience).

I highly recommend using a socket wrench, Allen key, and adjustable wrench.

While the BodyCraft HFT is like similar quality functional trainers (like the FT1), I found the warranty really sets it apart.

You get:

  • Lifetime frame warranty (residential use)
  • Lifetime parts warranty (residential use)

But you also get a commercial-grade warranty for use within a commercial fitness facility.

This covers you for 10 years (frame) and 2 years (parts), which is amazing if you ask me and is often an area where functional trainers fall.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with the BodyCraft HFT unless it’s outside your budget. It costs around $3000 as standard.

What We Like

  • 8 attachments included
  • Brilliant warranty
  • Excellent assembly instructions
  • Extremely compact
  • Great pull-up bar included

What We Don't Like

  • Only 150lbs per weight stack
  • Need to pay for extra weight

6. REP Fitness FT-5000

Our Ratings

Workout Versatility

10.0