Best Leg Press Machines for Your Home Gym

Best Leg Press Machine

I bet that you’ve encountered a leg press machine in your local gym. These machines should be present in every public gym as they can be very beneficial to your workout. But maybe you are building your own home gym and started to wonder if you could get such a machine for yourself.

Luckily, indeed several fitness equipment manufacturers are making these machines for home gym use. I’ve scoured the market for several hours to come up with the very best that are currently available on the market. That should save you plenty of time of research and comparison.

But before we jump directly to the list of the best leg press machines for home, let’s quickly summarize why is this particular piece of equipment beneficial for you and in what way in particular.

Benefits of Leg Presses

Leg press machine works similarly as when you’re doing squats, although you are not working with that many muscles. Usually athletes include leg press exercise to isolate quadriceps muscles, which works effectively along leg extensions and leg curls.

If done correctly and effectively, it can help you build powerful legs along with other leg exercises. I would not recommend doing only leg presses, however, because you are isolating quads and therefore completely eliminating glutes from the workout routine.

Dangers of Leg Presses

Are leg presses dangerous for you? Mostly, yes, the exercise can be quite dangerous to your body. Since the machine isolates quadriceps muscles, it does not allow your body to properly and naturally use other muscles and therefore it puts a lot of stress on your knees and lower back, hips and spine. One of the most common mistake is that people might tend to fully lock-out your knees. This is not recommended and can seriously damage them.

With that being said, if you are not sure how to use the leg press machine properly, consult that with a certified trainer. You can also consider using knee wraps, so the pressure on your knees is limited.

Okay, okay… So Which Machine Should I Get?

Now that we know the benefits and dangers of leg presses, let’s jump right onto our list of the 6 best leg press machine for home.


1) TDS Premier Vertical Leg Press

From all the vertical leg press machines, I’ve decided to include the ones made by Powerline (2nd on our list) and then, this fella made by TDS. TDS brand is mostly known by their quality power racks and ugly pictures they use for them (lol, right?).

TDS Premier Vertical Leg Press

The entire construction is made of heavy-duty steel tube and it’s mounted on eight heavy-duty steel rollers. The extra-wide foot deck fully accommodates all feet sizes.

The back-pad itself is of heavy quality and uses 3-inches thick stitched padding. The machine also includes heavy-duty safety stoppers. I feel like I say (write) heavy-duty way too much, but this is indeed the case with TDS Premier vertical leg press machine.

The machine comes in silver-gray finish, which is of pretty good quality. It supports 1,000 pounds (453.6 kg) of total weight.

The assembled dimensions are 49″W x 47″D x 75″H (124.5 x 119.4 x 190.5 cm) and the weight is 200 lbs (90.7 kg).

Pros
  • Quality heavy-duty steel frame
  • Quiet and smooth rollers
  • Back-rest is large enough
  • Can be used for calf raises as well
Cons
  • Assembly instructions could be better
  • Some users reported missing nuts and bolts, but you can get those in your local hardware store

Our rating: 4-8 Star Rating 4.8 / 5


2) Body-Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press & Hack Squat Machine

The very first on our list is a machine manufactured by Body-Solid. The brand is very-well known in the fitness equipment business.

Body-Solid GLPH1100 Leg Press & Hack Squat Machine

Let’s start with the frame. Body-solid used quality extra heavy-duty 2″x 4″ 11-gauge steel mainframe and the built effectively limits torsional flex (facility of particular sequence elements to vary twist angles) and offers maximum stability and strength. The extra heavy-gauge diamond plate foot platform is made with care for both, leg presses and hack squat position.

Quick flip-n-lock mechanism is utilized by both back-pads for maximum safety and comfort.

This is one hell of a piece of equipment. The assembled dimensions are 56 x 34 x 83 inches (142.2 x 86.4 x 210.8 cm) and the weight (without plates) is 310 pounds (140.6 kg). Weight plates are not included and need to be purchased separately.

Pros
  • Quality steel used on all parts
  • Great design to limit the stress on the knees
  • Easy switch from leg presses to hack squats
  • Body-Solid knows how to pack properly
Cons
  • Assembly can be tricky, make sure you have someone to help you out
  • The package is (for some reason) short for some nuts and screws

Our rating: 4.7 Star Rating 4.7 / 5


3) Powerline Vertical Leg Press (PVLP156X)

2nd on our list is a vertical leg press machine made by Powerline, which is child-brand of Body-Solid.

Powerline Vertical Leg Press (PVLP156X)

Vertical leg press machine works a bit differently, but it still effectively isolates lower body muscles. The entire frame is made of durable alloy steel with a tough powder-coated finish.

The locking system is dual-adjustable 1/2” locking pins with 3 starting & stopping positions. All the pads are extra thick and contoured for maximum comfort and safety. The bushings are made of nylon for consistent and smooth motion.

The foot plate is extra-wide and is especially made with a non-slip design. Powerline offers 10-years warranty on frame and 1-year warranty on other parts.

The assembled dimensions are 46 x 48 x 60 inches (116.8 x 121.9 x 152.4 cm) and the weight is 93 pounds (42.2 kg).

The plates, collars and adapter sleeves are not included and need to be purchased separately.

Pros
  • Frame is quite sturdy
  • Thick and comfortable pads
  • Practical and good design
  • Pins have good position
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Assembly could be easier (it’s not recommended to do it just on your own)
  • The steel is not commercial grade (that can be expected considering the price)

Our rating: 4.6 Star Rating 4.6 / 5


4) Body-Solid Pro Club Line SLP500G2 Leg Press

The last, but not least machine on our list of the very best ones for your home is once again made by Body-Solid, although this time we will take a closer look at the fully-commercial version with included weight stacks.

Body-Solid Pro Club Line SLP500G2 Leg Press

The entire frame is made of 2” x 4” steel for rock-solid stability and sturdiness. Pro Club version of the machine is made for users who prefer maximum quality over anything else.

In comparison with the competition, this machine uses sealed ball bearings and sophisticated pillow block for precise alignment and friction-free movement.

The machine is designed to provide full range of motion and limit spinal compression for maximum safety.

The DuraFirm back-pad is very high quality and fully adjustable. Along with the ergonomically designed press plate with two positions accommodates vast variety of users. Since this commercial version comes with included 210 lbs (95.2 kg) weight stack, there is no need to purchase weight plates.

I guess there is no need to mention that this beast of a machine is designed to last. That’s one of the reasons Body-Solid offers home lifetime warranty.

The assembled dimensions are 75 x 32 x 72 inches (190.5 x 81.3 x 182.9 cm) and the weight is 393 pounds (178.3 kg).

Pros
  • Commercial-grade quality materials
  • Rock-solid stability & sturdiness
  • Included weight stack
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Smooth movement
Cons
  • Difficult to assemble – a pair of extra hands will come handy
  • Assembly instructions are not very precise
  • Foot plate might be slippery for certain shoe soles

Our rating: 4.6 Star Rating 4.6 / 5


5) Bodycraft F660 Leg Press & Hip Sled

Our list continues with a leg press machine manufactured by Bodycraft.

Bodycraft F660 Leg Press & Hip Sled

Similarly, as the GLPH1100 by Body-Solid, F660 machine can be used as a leg press machine and for hack squats as well. Actually, you can even do donkey squats and calf raises. The frame of the machine is made of heavy-duty steel along with industrial-grade linear bearings. Most manufacturers use plastic bearings, which tend to flatten over time. This is not the case with these ones.

The quality steel foot plate is large enough to accommodate any feet and is fully adjustable for any desired angle. In case of hack squats, the foot plate can be folded out of the way.

The quality cushioned shoulder pads are fully adjustable to accommodate any height comfortable. Despite this, several users under 5’7” pointed out that while doing hack squats, you can’t do full-depth position even with the lowest shoulder setting. That’s something that should definitely be considered.

The total weight support is 1,000 pounds (453.6 kg). The assembled dimensions are 48 x 60 x 70 inches 122 x 152.4 x 177.8 cm) and the weight of the machine is 378 pounds (171.4 kg). Bodycraft offers a lifetime warranty for this product.

Pros
  • Can be used for hack squats, leg presses, calf raises and donkey squats
  • One of the best-quality leg press machines on the market
  • Smooth movement
  • Good assembly instructions, easy assembly (even by one person)
  • Lifetime warranty
Cons
  • Expensive – but that is to be expected from this kind of quality
  • The shoulder pads might feel a bit wide apart for shorter people
  • Despite being adjustable, it might not be the best option for shorter people (under 5’7”)

Our rating: 4.5 Star Rating 4.5 / 5


6) Powertec Fitness Compact Leg Sled (P-CLS16)

Let’s move to our 5th leg press machine, which is manufactured by Powertec.

Powertec Fitness Compact Leg Sled (P-CLS16)

First thing worth mentioning is that we are reviewing the P-CLS16 model, not 14 or 11, but 16. This model is vastly superior when compared to its predecessors.

The frame is made of quality steel and is very well built and compact in design. It is possible the most compact leg press machine on the market. The weight load capacity of the sled carriage is 700 lbs (317.5 kg).

The machine is fully adjustable, from seat to back pad to angle foot plate, so it will accommodate even tallest of users.

The sled system is driven by eight nylon bearing wheels, which provides comfortable, quiet and very smooth motion.

The assembled dimensions are 48 x 46 x 47 inches (121.9 x 116.8 x 119.4 cm) and the weight is 198 pounds (89.8 kg).

Pros
  • Great range of motion
  • Compact in design
  • Fully adjustable
  • Very quiet motion
  • Sturdy frame
Cons
  • The included nuts are made of cheap alloy metal
  • The assembly instructions could be better
  • Support arms are quite flimsy

Our rating: 4.2 Star Rating 4.2 / 5


And with that, our list of the best leg press machines for home use ends.

Conclusion

That, ladies & gentlemen concludes our list. It took me several hours to scour the market for the very best machines currently on the market. If you are interested in one of the mentioned beasts, double check the features and pros and cons to make sure it suits all your needs.