Merax is what we can consider one of the industry leaders in regards to fitness equipment. Nobody can argue that, but the question is, is all their equipment really worth the money?
Today, we'll examine this question by applying it to the Merax Deluxe Foldable Utility Weight Bench. We've actually recently reviewed a similar weight bench – the Classic utility bench by Merax. In general, the name ‘Deluxe’ should mean that it tops its classic predecessor on every front, right?
Well, that's what we're here to find out. From features, to functionality, to pros and cons, let's find out if the Deluxe bench is worth buying.
Table of Contents
- Merax Deluxe Foldable Bench Reviewed
- My Experience Using The Merax Deluxe
- Merax Deluxe Weight Bench Pros and Cons
- Deluxe Vs Classic: Which Merax Bench Is Best?
- Yes Or No To The Merax Deluxe?
Merax Deluxe Foldable Bench Reviewed
Assembled Dimensions (LxWxH)
60" x 22" x 18.3"-50.4"
No. Of Seat Positions
Max User Capacity
Main Features Of The Merax Deluxe
The construction of this Merax bench is made of heavy-duty powder coated steel, and it's capable of supporting up to 800 lbs, which is a lot more than most of us need (myself included). The product dimensions are 60" X 22" X 18.3"-50.4" (L x W x H) and the empty weight of the bench is just under 60 pounds.
The low-profile design of the high-grade commercial reinforced steel frame features solid welding throughout for a sturdy bench that offers a great deal of support. The base is well supported with rubber feet to absorb shock and prevent scratching and skidding.
The ultra-thick soft padding on the back and seat creates a firm but comfortable surface and is specifically designed to reduce fatigue and discomfort during long time weight lifting sessions. The pads are covered in vinyl fabric for added protection, and they're water-resistant as well as tear-resistant.
The Deluxe adjustment system features 6 different back positions as well as 4 seat adjustments. The back of the bench is designed with solid back welded ladder adjusters so that position changes can be made quickly. The angles range between flat, incline and decline so you can get the exact sit up bench workout you need.
Packaging & Assembly
The bench arrived on time and came in one well-packed box. Most of the components were already assembled, but there was still some assembly required. Luckily, the User Manual comes with very clear instructions, so I was able to assemble and start using the bench within ~45 minutes.
To make the assembly process go smoothly, I’d recommend having a metric socket set at your disposal.
This is a mid-range weight bench that isn't quite commercial-grade in quality, but is still heavier-duty than cheaper models on the market. It's a great value for money option for those who are looking for a tough, versatile weight bench to build the core, back, chest and more.
My Experience Using The Merax Deluxe
Frame & Adjustability
Regarding sturdiness, I can confirm that the bench itself is solid and sturdy. The heavy-duty steel indeed does the job and the welds are designed quite well.
There was no wobbling or rocking from side to side, even as I leaned over to grab my dumbbells. Although I didn't come close to meeting the maximum weight limit, I have no trouble believing this bench can support 800 pounds.
One of first things I noticed when making adjustments is that the flat position is actually flat. It’s not slightly inclined or declined, it’s simply flat. This isn't the case for all weight benches that claim to have a flat position, so it's nice to see that the Merax can lay flat.
The adjustment system is one of the best I've seen. Most benches come with a lock-pin system that requires you to remove a pin, change the position, then secure the pin back into place. The ladder adjusters are a lot more convenient, and they make it easy to change the back/seat pad position in a matter of seconds.
I love that the padding of this bench is soft, yet firm for a good balance of comfort and support. The upholstery seems to be durable enough, although it’s only single-stitched so you might experience some upholstery issues - ripping, tearing, etc. - somewhere down the line.
The gap between the seat and back pad is a bit large – about 3 inches. This is a common problem for weight benches, and although it may not be an issue for you, some shorter individuals have said that the gap can be uncomfortable to deal with.
Weight & Height Limitations
Thanks to the length of the bench, I can imagine it should work well even for much taller people, maybe even 6’6" or 6'7". I already mentioned the potential issues for shorter individuals, let's say under 5'3", due to the gap between the padding.
If the 3-inch gap bothers you but your heart is still set on this bench, you can easily fill it with a towel, mat, pad, pillow, etc.
Merax Deluxe Weight Bench Pros and Cons
Deluxe Vs Classic: Which Merax Bench Is Best?
Like I said before, Merax has a similar weight bench called the Classic. Compared to the Deluxe model, the Classic weight bench is very similar, but there are 2 major differences. First off, the Deluxe can support up to 800 pounds, while the Classic can support just 600 pounds.
Secondly, the Classic does not come with ankle supports to secure the lower body while lifting. This isn't a deal-breaker, but a lot of people need a weight bench with foam rollers that hold the legs in place. If that's the case for you, then the Deluxe model is the way to go.
Yes Or No To The Merax Deluxe?
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To put it very simply – yes. I’d recommend the Merax Deluxe weight bench to practically everyone. As long as you do not mind the 3-inch gap between the pads, this bench can work for just about anyone.
If you're still on the hunt for your perfect weight bench, feel free to check out the complete guide on adjustable weight benches reviewed.
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