5 Best Olympic Weight Sets

Best Olympic Weight Sets

If you are upgrading your personal home gym, or building it from scratch, then you’ve probably thought about weights. As you already know, weights and barbells and general divided into two categories, Olympic and standard. There are several differences between Olympic and standard barbells and weights, but this guide is not this comparison. Here we will compare the 5 best Olympic weight sets that are currently available on the market.

What, Why, and… Which?

You might ask, what exactly is included in the Olympic set? By default, it consists of one Olympic barbell and several Olympic plates, or just the plates with several variations. Most of the sets in our guide offer several variations, which will be outlined in the comparison.

If you have decided to go for Olympic weights instead of standard weights, you should consider purchasing a set, since they are often cheaper, rather when purchased separately.

We have scoured the market for about 7 hours to list the very best of 5 Olympic sets on the market. So without further due, here they are.

5 Best Olympic Sets

Let’s start our guide with one of the most famous set available.


1) XMark Lumberjack Texas Star Olympic Set

The very first on our list of the best Olympic sets is manufactured by XMark. This particular set includes the Lumberjack 7’ Olympic bar and Olympic weight plates, with 6 available variations:

XMark Lumberjack Texas Star Olympic Set

Set variations:
  • Olympic bar only
  • Bar + 12 weight plates totaling 155 lbs (2 x 45, 4 x 10, 4x 5 and 2x 2.5 lb)
  • Bar + 12 weight plates totaling 185 lbs (2 x 45, 2 x 25, 2 x 10, 4 x 5 and 2 x 2.5 lb)
  • Bar + 12 weight plates totaling 205 lbs (2 x 45, 2 x 25, 4 x 10 and 4 x 5 lb)
  • Bar + 14 weight plates totaling 255 lbs (2 x 45, 2x 35, 2 x 25, 2 x 10, 4 x 5 lb and 2 x 2.5 lb)
  • Bar + 16 weight plates totaling 365 lbs (4 x 45, 2x 35, 2 x 25, 4 x 10, 4 x 5 lb and 2 x 2.5 lb)

The Lumberjack bar features 28 mm black manganese phosphate shaft, with semi-aggressive knurling with dual knurling marks. The bar is built to last and has been upgraded with brass bushings. The total distance between the collars is 52 inches.

The TEXAS STAR Olympic weight plates come with 5 recessed openings for comfortable hand grip and easy loading. The cast-iron plates are covered with premium rubber casing with over time-dissipating odor.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • 6 variations available
  • Great bar and plates’ quality
  • Plates are easily loadable thanks to hand spaces
  • Quality knurling
  • Well packaged
Cons
  • Rubber casing odor can be annoying to some people

Our rating: 4.7 Star Rating 4.7 / 5


2) Day 1 Fitness Cast Iron Plates

2nd on our list of the best Olympic weight sets is the weight-plates set only by Day 1 Fitness. This set does not have a variation with an Olympic bar, it’s the plate-set only. The plates are sold in two-sets and have five variations:

Day 1 Fitness Cast Iron Plates

Set variations:
  • 5 lbs (2 x 2.5)
  • 10 lbs (2 x 5)
  • 20 lbs (2x 10)
  • 50 lbs (2x 25)
  • 70 lbs (2x 35)

The Olympic weight plates are made of heavy-duty cast iron, with standard 2-inch hole. The Day 1 Fitness unique design adds extra comfort; each plate offers 3 handle grip spaces. Each plate has a semi-gloss finish for a professional and clean look.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Professional semi-gloss finish
  • Easy to read weight number
  • Does not include smelly rubber cover
  • 3 handle grips in each plate
  • Great price
Cons
  • Weight number in lbs only (no kilograms)
  • Just plate variations without bar

Our rating: 4.6 Star Rating 4.6 / 5


3) Cap Barbell 2-inch Plate Set

Cap Barbell brand manufactures Olympic weight plates as well and, as it turns out, they are one of the best on the market. They offer several sets of two and sets of four variations:

Cap Barbell 2-inch Plate Set

Set variations:
  • 5 lbs (2 x 2.5)
  • 10 lbs (4 x 2.5)
  • 10 lbs (2 x 5)
  • 20 lbs (4 x 5)
  • 20 lbs (2 x 10)
  • 40 lbs (4 x 10)
  • 50 lbs (2 x 25)
  • 70 lbs (2 x 35)
  • 90 lbs (2 x 45)

These fellas are made from solid-cast iron. 3 over-sized holes for easy grab and load are part of each weight plate. Naturally, as with every Olympic plate, these 2-inch hole ones fit on every Olympic bar and on a variety of fitness machines. They are coated in semi-gloss finish for professional look and corrosion protection. All in all, the Cap Barbell 2-inch plate set is definitely one of the best Olympic weight set on the market.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • 9 set variations available
  • Quality cast iron
  • 3 holes for easy grab-n-load in each weight plate
  • Plates do not smell (no rubber cover)
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Weight in lbs only (no kg)
  • Gloss-finish might have imperfections
  • No Olympic bar set variation

Our rating: 4.5 Star Rating 4.5 / 5


4) XMark Olympic EZ Curl Bar and Weight Plates

4th on our list is another combo from XMark, this time with an Olympic EZ curl bar. The set comes in 5 different variations:

XMark Olympic EZ Curl Bar and Weight Plates

Set variations:
  • Olympic EZ curl only
  • EZ curl bar + 8 Olympic weight plates totaling 45 lbs (2 x 10, 4 x 5 and 2 x 2.5 lbs.)
  • EZ curl bar + 10 Olympic weight plates totaling 65 lbs (4 x 10, 4 x 5 and 2 x 2.5 lbs.)
  • EZ curl bar + 10 Olympic weight plates totaling 95 lbs (2 x 25, 2 x 10, 4 x 5 and 2 x 2.5 lbs.)
  • EZ curl bar + 12 Olympic weight plates totaling 115 lbs (2 x 25, 4 x 10, 4 x 5 and 2 x 2.5 lbs.)

The Olympic EZ curl bar (XM-3675) uses 28 mm black manganese phosphate shaft and comes with brass bushings. The bar has 28 mm grip with medium knurling, weights 22 lbs and offers 400 lbs weight load.

The Olympic weight plates are TEXAS STAR, the very same as in our first set. They offer 5 recessed openings for comfortable hold and load. The holes are 2-inch in diameter.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Great set variations
  • Black manganese phosphate shaft in the bar
  • One of the best EZ Curl bars available
  • Exact bar and plate weights
  • Good set price
  • Tightly packed (very low return rate)
Cons
  • No locking devices or clamps included
  • Sleeves can flake over time

Our rating: 4-8 Star Rating 4.8 / 5


5) X Training Equipment Premium Olympic Set

The last, but not least on our list of the best Olympic weight sets is the one manufactured by X Training Equipment. They offer 8 set variations in total:

X Training Equipment Premium Olympic Set

Set variations:
  • 20 lbs plates only (2 x 10)
  • 30 lbs plates only (2 x 15)
  • 50 lbs plates only (2 x 25)
  • 160 lbs plates only, (2 x 45, 2 x 25 and 2 x 10 = 6 plates in total)
  • 230 lbs plates only (2 x 45, 2 x 35, 2 x 25 and 2 x 10 = 8 plates in total)
  • 230 lbs plates only (2 x 45, 2 x 35, 2 x 25, 2 x 15 and 2 x 10 = 10 plates in total)
  • 350 lbs plates only (4 x 45, 2 x 35, 2 x 25, 2 x 15 and 2 x 10 = 12 plates in total)
  • Olympic 7’ Barbell + 6 weight plates totaling 160 lbs (2 x 45, 2 x 25 and 2 x 10)

The barbell is standard 7 Olympic barbell weighing 45 lbs.

Plates are designed for low-bounce and high durability, which is very convenient for exercises like deadlift and weightlift. The plates are made of 100% solid rubber, which will protect your floor. They come with standard Olympic 2-inch hole diameter.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Weight numbers are in lbs and kg
  • 8 set variations available
  • Bar variation includes spring collars
  • 100% rubber plates will not damage floor
  • Material-defect guarantee
  • Various warranty periods for weight plates
Cons
  • Smallest plates available are 10 lbs
  • Thanks to the rubber material the plates are a lot wider than Iron-casting alternatives
  • Weight plates do not have space for easy grab

Our rating: 4.5 Star Rating 4.5 / 5


Conclusion

That’s it. There goes our list of the 5 best Olympic weight sets on the market. If you are on a hunt for such a set, don’t forget to check pros and cons of each, this way you might avoid certain unpleasant surprises.  I hope that our guide was somewhat hopeful and… get cracking!