If you are expanding your own home gym, you might wonder if there is some affordable tool for bicep workout. A lot of people have experience with preacher curl benches through local gyms, but they might never have thought of having their own preacher bench. You might be surprised how affordable they area these days.
They also do not take a lot of space and come in various colors and designs. Now you might wonder what is the benefit of having your own preacher curl bench?
Table of Contents
- What Muscle Does Preacher Curl Bench Target?
- Is It All the Same?
- Ok, I Get It. So Which One is the Best?
What Muscle Does Preacher Curl Bench Target?
It does not really matter if you are standing or sitting, or if you are using a barbell or dumbbell, the main muscle that this exercise target is brachialis, which is basically lower bicep, and is needed for the flexion of the elbow.
It is a great bicep exercise and thanks to the bench design you put most of the workout pressure on the bicep, so the muscle is perfectly isolated. This annihilates the tendency of using your lower back when doing barbell or dumbbell curls in the standing position.
Is It All the Same?
There is actually a huge difference between preacher curl benches and commercial preacher machines. The commercial ones usually cost several times the price of a standard preacher bench, however, they come with pre-installed system with included weights.
On the other hand, standard preacher curl bench is a lot cheaper, but you have to get your own EZ curl bar with weight plates. The EZ curl bar that can be used usually weights from 15 to 25 lbs (6.8 to 11.3 kg).
It is eventually up to you which machine you prefer. In this guide I will include both examples; however, my primary focus will be on standard home-gym preacher benches, since my website is about building your own home gym.
Ok, I Get It. So Which One is the Best?
Now that we know everything we need about the benefits of owning such bench, let’s dive right into our list. I’ve scoured the online market for nearly 8 hours and finally came with these 6 best preacher curl benches on the market.
1) Valor Fitness CB-5 Preacher Curl Station
The last but not least fella on our list of the best preacher curl benches is one made by Valor Fitness.
This particular piece of equipment is a bit more expensive than the competition, but that is due to the material used. Valor Fitness definitely went for the best out there. The entire frame is made of heavy duty 2” x 2” steel, with an option to screw the machine to the floor for maximum stability. Both, the arm-pad and the seat pad come with high-quality, dual-layered padding, especially built for maximum workout resistance.
One this particular bench sets it from the competition besides materials used is the option for dual positioning. It can be used to perform curls from both sides, which is useful if you prefer different range of motion.
The extra long 19.5” safety catches on both sides provide maximum security during the exercise. Plastic covers are included on safety catches to protect the bars from scratching. The assembled dimensions are 45” x 30.5” x 45.5” (114.3 x 77.5 x 115.6 cm). The angled arm-pad measures 14.5” x 24” (36.8 x 61 cm) and the straight pad measures 11.5” x 23.5” (29.2 x 59.7 cm). Valor fitness offers 3-year frame warranty and 2-year pad warranty.
Our rating: 4.7 / 5
2) Deltech Fitness Pro Preacher (DF306)
Another preacher bench that made it to our list of the best 6 is made by Deltech Fitness.
This fella is also made of heavy 14-gauge steel tubing and has quality powder-coat finish. Unlike the first bench on our list, Deltech Fitness preacher bench has adjustable arm-pad, along with adjustable seat. The weight capacity is 500 lbs (226.8 kg).
The assembled dimensions are 37″ x 41-1/2″ x 33″ (94 x 105.4 x 84 cm), the arm pad’s dimensions are 24 x 10 inches (61 x 25.4 cm) and the weight is 52 pounds (23.6 kg).
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
3) Body-Solid Powerline PPB32X
Let’s start with a classic and well-known brand that rarely disappoints. Our first preacher bench is made by Body-Solid.
The frame of this fella is made of quality heavy-gauge steel and comes with extra-wide cushioned seat. The seat is adjustable in height, so it can fit properly most of the heights. The arms pads are cushioned and comfortable, which effectively minimizes the stress on your elbow. The frame supports up to 300 lbs (136 kg) of weight and is gray in color.
The dimensions are 36W x 37H x 33D inches (91.4 x 94 x 83.9 cm), the arm pad is 23.5 inches (59.7 cm) wide and the weight is 40 lbs (18.1 kg).
Our rating: 4.5 / 5
4) Merax Weight Bench with Leg Developer
4th fella which made it to our list is manufactured by Merax. This is actually a fully-fledged bench with leg developer and preacher curl bench.
If you prefer multi-purpose machines, then this bench by Merax is definitely worth noting. The bench itself comes with incline and decline 6-in-total positions, which is useful for all kinds of exercises, including bench press and flies for pectoral muscle development.
The frame is made of heavy duty steel and total weight support is 550 lbs (249.5 kg). The preacher part is adjustable in height as well. The bench comes with rubber stoppers for maximum stability and floor protection. Important thing to note here is that this preacher is made for standard and Olympic plates, NOT weight bars. Please take that into consideration.
The assembled dimensions are 73” x 26” x 48” (L x W x H) (185.4 x 66 x 122 cm) and the weight is 60 lbs (27.2 kg).
Our rating: 4.3 / 5
5) GOPLUS Preacher Curl Weight Bench
GOPLUS brand is well known for their fitness equipment machines and their preacher curl bench also made it to our list.
They pride themselves by using commercial-quality heavy-duty steel for this particular piece of machinery. The load support is 350 lbs (158.7 kg) and is built to last. The bench is fully adjustable, both seat-pad and arm-pad can be adjusted. Both pads are cushioned (high-density foam padding).
The bench is compact in design and can be easily transported or stored. Naturally, it is equipped with foot pads to protect your floor. The arm pad is 19″ wide and 12″ tall (48.3 x 30.5 cm).
Our rating: 4.2 / 5
Bonus: Celebrita Arm Blaster
The 5th “bench” on our list is not actually a bench but rather a piece of equipment called arm blaster. This particular one is manufactured by Celebrita MMA.
The reason that I’ve included it in our list is that it serves the same purposes as the preacher bench, with one difference and that it is you can use it only with dumbbells and barbell, not with weight plates.
Celebrita Arm Blaster is one of the best rated currently on the market for several reasons. The agronomical design isolates your biceps, so you will not accidentally use back as a support. It comes with a heavy metal buckle for clip for security and an adjustable strap, which is made of strong nylon material. The aluminum build keeps it secure and is designed to fit any body size. As mentioned above, this arm blaster basically imitate preacher curl bench. It seemed pointless to make an entire guide just about arm blasters, so I’ve included the very best one in this guide.
Our rating: 4.8 / 5
Well, that’s it. There goes our list of the best preacher curl benches on the market. I believe the mentioned ones differ from each other and that the guide was at least somewhat helpful. Make sure to double check dimensions and pros and cons and then find your winner. 🙂