Merax is by all means what we can consider one of the industry dominants in regard to fitness equipment. Nobody can argue that, but the question is if all their equipment is really worth our money. Today we will take a closer look at Merax Deluxe weight bench and what it can offer.
A while ago we’ve actually reviewed 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, let’s see if that’s indeed the case. From features, to practice to pros and cons to conclusion, we will find out if the bench is worth buying.
Features of Merax Deluxe Weight Bench
The frame is made of heavy duty steel and should support the total weight of 800 pounds (362.9 kg). It’s upholstered in heavily durable vinyl and is made to last and easy to clean. The soft dense padding throughout the entire bench secures comfortable workout. The bottom part of the frame is equipped with small wheels for easy transportation.
The bench offers 7 adjustable positions in total (if counting the flat position – one decline, one flat and five inclined positions). The seat has 4 adjustment positions.
The assembled dimensions are 60″x 22″ x 18.3″-50.4″ (152.4 x 55.9 x 46.5-128 cm) and the empty weight is 58.9 pounds (26.7 kg).
That Sturdy, Huh?
The assembly of the bench is quite easy. The provided instructions are pretty clear. It is doable by one person and should take about an hour; however, I’d recommend having a metric socket set at your disposal. The bench comes with small wheels at the frame’s bottom, so it can be easily moved around.
One of first things to notice is that the flat position is actually flat. It’s not slightly inclined or declined, it’s simply flat. The gap between seat and back-pad is quite small – 3 inches, which is very convenient, as this is a common issue among adjustable weight benches. Thankfully, Merax Deluxe weight bench does not have this problem. However, if you are a smaller person and 3-inch gap is going to bother you, you can easily fill the gap with a towel.
Regarding sturdiness, the bench itself is pretty solid and sturdy. The heavy-duty steel indeed does the job and the welds are done quite well. No wobbling or rocking from side to side.
Thanks to the length of the bench, I can imagine it should work well even for much taller people, maybe even 6’6-7”. The padding is soft, yet firm and the upholstery seems good, although it’s only single-stitched. But that can be properly reviewed only after several months of active use.
Pros & Cons
Conclusion – Is It Worth Your Money?
Our rating: 4.7 / 5
To put it very simply – yes. I’d recommend Merax Deluxe weight bench to practically everyone. As long as you do not mind the 3-inch gap between the pads, I can’t imagine any other major problem.