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Best Home Multi Gym – UK 2019 Buyer Guide

Fitness Savvy has produced the most comprehensive guide to the best home multi gyms in the UK for 2019. We looked at over 520 online user reviews to help compile this list of the top 10 best home gyms UK shoppers can get.

Other articles and buyers’ guides limit the range they investigate before linking to a “preferred” retailer. Not us. As the UK’s first and only dedicated fitness price comparison site, you can compare prices to ensure you’re confidently getting the best deal.


Best Multi Gym By Price Range

To begin with, we’ve highlighted the best home multi gyms for various price ranges. Further down you can read detailed reviews of each of them, and compare prices, too.

Best Multi Gym Under £300

  • Dynamix Multi Gym
  • F4H Olympic 7080 Multi Gym

Best Multi Gym Under £500

  • Weider Multi Gym 8700
  • Marcy Eclipse HG3000

Best Multi Gym Under £1,000

  • BH Fitness G152X Global Multi Gym
  • Marcy MKM-81010 Home Multi Gym

Best Multi Gym Under £2,500

  • Life Fitness G4
  • PowerTec Workbench Levergym

Best Multi Gym Under £5,000

  • TuffStuff SXT-550 Hybrid Home Gym
  • Vectra 1450 Home Gym

Best Home Multi Gym Reviews

Here we have produced the best multi gym review list you’ll find. We’ve covered the pros and cons, the features, what we love about each multigym and then linked to our price comparison pages to help you make the right choice. You might also find our multi gym price comparison page useful, too. On this page, you can filter by attributes, price range and features to help narrow down your search.

1. Life Fitness G4 – Best Value Multi Gym 2019Life Fitness G4 Multigym

Out of 10 online user reviews, The Life Fitness G4 scored an unbeatable 100%. The only reason it has a Savvy Score of 99% is that it doesn’t have colour or upholstery options. We’re super picky, we know!

By mimicking the body’s natural motion, the Life Fitness G4 multi-gym allows users to move comfortably, which can lead to maximum results.

With 7 different pressing angles, the press station allows a wide range of exercises including incline and decline bench press, seated shoulder presses, and flat chest pressing.

Switching exercises is easy, so no need to worry about complicated cable adjustments!

Key Features

  • 73 kg (160 lb) weight stack – upgradeable to 95 kg (210 lbs)
  • Optional leg press attachment
  • Adjustable back pad
  • Includes great accessories such as revolving lat bar, abs/triceps strap, ankle straps, low row bar.
  • Weight stack shrouds for added safety
  • Maximum user weight: 136 kg

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Very quick assembly time
  • Super comfortable
  • Wide variety of exercise options
  • Smooth operation
  • Available from a wide variety of retailers

CONS:
  • Heavy Machine
  • Not as small and compact as others

What We Love Most

The balance between price and functionality: it crams features only available in more expensive multi-gyms, and comes in at a price that seems wrong when you consider the versatility and upgradeability of this machine.

Verdict

Pound for pound, this is the best value multi gym available at the moment. At around £2,000, it is not going to be within everyone’s budget, but you’ll need to spend twice as much to get anything that is noticeably better than this machine.

 

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TuffStuff SXT-550 Hybrid Home Gym2. TuffStuff SXT-550 Hybrid Home Gym – Best Buy Multi Gym 2019

While the SXT-550 only had one online user review, the features it packs are phenomenal. This is probably the reason it has won awards and continues to be praised by anyone who uses it.

Key Features

  • 90 kg (200 lbs) weight stack
  • Solid steel weight plates. Self-aligning, low friction sleeves
  • 6 pre-set pulleys
  • Optional leg press attachment
  • Adjustable back pad
  • Product weight: 305 kg

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Exceptional build quality
  • Varied, pre-set pulley positions make exercise changes seamless
  • Heavy weight stack
  • Upgradeable with leg press attachments
  • Looks awesome
  • Huge range of exercises

CONS:
  • A very heavy piece of kit
  • Quite pricey
  • Requires regular maintenance

What We Love Most

The pulley system on this multi gym is second to none. There’s no need to invest in a separate cable machine or functional trainer if you have one of these in your home gym! In particular, we like the fact that exercises such as lat pulldowns can be alternated, thanks to the unique pulley cable design.

Verdict

There’s no denying it: the TuffStuff SXT-550 is an expensive piece of kit. At around £3,500-4,000 (at the time of writing), this is only going to be available to those with the highest budget.

That said, it is worth every penny. The build quality, look, design and range of exercises, are all top-notch.

If aesthetics and exercise variety is important to you, this home gym is a must.

 

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3. BH Fitness G152X – Best Home Multi Gym with Leg Press 2019BH Fitness G152X Global Multi Gym

Scoring a jaw-dropping 98% from 15 online user reviews, we present the BH Fitness G125X Global Multi Gym. This is the only machine in our list which comes with a leg press attachment – and all that for under £1,000!

Key Features

  • Includes leg press attachment
  • Includes dip station
  • 75 kg (165 lbs) weight stack
  • Protective steel enclosure for maximum safety
  • Lateral and straight bar attachments
  • Maximum user weight: 100 kg
  • Product weight: 210 kg

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Leg press attachment
  • Quick assembly time (3-5 hours)
  • Clear instructions
  • Comfortable
  • Smooth operation

CONS:
  • Not as compact as other multi gyms.
  • Some users mentioned the pulley sticking a bit on the lowest weight setting.

What We Love Most

We love the inclusion of the dip station. As a compound move for your shoulders, triceps and chest, the dip is a perfect exercise and something which cannot be performed on many multi gyms. Normally you need to get yourself a separate station, which will inevitably take up more space.

Verdict

If space is your primary concern, this machine is probably not for you. At 174 cm x 200 cm, this machine has a footprint of 3.48 metres squared. Compared with the Marcy 81010’s which is 1.3 metres squared, it is huge.

However, if space is not a concern, then this is hands down the best multi gym for home use under £1,000. For us, the inclusion of the leg press attachment and dip station is what really makes this machine stand out from anything else in the price range.

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Vectra 1450 Home Gym4. Vectra 1450 Home Gym – Best Semi Commercial Multi Gym 2019

We’ll start off by saying that we love the idea of the Vectra 1450 Home Gym. It fits perfectly in the corner of a room. So, while the footprint isn’t as small as others (2.94 metres squared), it does pack a phenomenal amount of workout options relative to the space it occupies. In addition, all the workouts are performed within the footprint.

Key Features

  • Multi-adjustable bench
  • 72 kg (160 lbs) weight stack, upgradeable to 95 kg (210 lbs)
  • 7 bench and 4 seat positions
  • Aircraft quality 7 x 19 strand construction
  • Ball bearing pivots for push arms and leg developer for smooth and durable operation
  • Seamless cushions and adjustable seat for maximum comfort
  • 18-position press arms
  • Adjustable pulley – extend to the height of the room, or personalise for primary user/s (6’6” to 7’0”)

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Bench-based for extra versatility
  • Small footprint relative to the number of exercises
  • Adjustable pulley height

CONS:
  • Falls into the higher price category

What we love most

The bench is the best thing about this machine. You can workout using dumbbells, perform additional exercises and adjust to many angles for advanced chest exercises and pectoral targeting.

Verdict

If budget is no issue, and space is tight (but not too tight), the Vectra 1450 is probably the best multigym for you. The heavy-duty aircraft quality construction, seamless cushioning, ball bearing pivots, high-quality powder coat finish, and versatility make this worth every penny.

 

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5. Marcy MKM-81010 Home Multi Gym – Best Marcy Multi Gym 2019Marcy MKM-81010 Home Multi Gym

Like the Life Fitness G4, the Marcy MKM-81010 Home Multi gym scored 100% from 7 user reviews. What’s more is that we’ve seen this on offer for under £500! When priced at this level, it is impossible to argue, and we suggest if you have £500 to spend on a multi-gym, and this one is on offer, you should buy it.

It is worth noting that the dimensions stated online say that this machine is 132 cm long. However, upon investigation, users report that it is actually 190 cm from the wall to the end of the foot plates. We have taken this into our calculation. Even then, it still has one of the smallest footprints in our guide.

Key Features

  • 90 kg (200 lbs) weight stack
  • Great accessories such as lat bar, straight bar, ankle straps and exercise chart
  • Weight stack combination locks to ensure children can’t use the multi gym if they discover it
  • Chip resistant finish
  • Safety shroud – protection in case children or pets get near it by accident.
  • Maximum user weight: 135 kg
  • Product weight: 170 kg

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Very small footprint – only 1.9 metres squared
  • Clear assembly instructions
  • Great for taller people

CONS:
  • No leg press attachment
  • Assembly time can be 6 – 8 hours

What we love most

This thing is tiny! But as they say, good things come in small packages. Combine its small footprint with the huge weight stack and thoughtful safety features, and you can see why this made our top 10.

Verdict

If you have a budget of up to £1,000 to spend, but not much space, the Marcy MKM-81010 is the perfect solution.

 

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Powertec Workbench LeverGym6. PowerTec Workbench Levergym – Best Plate Loaded Multi Gym 2019

The rugged and charming PowerTec WorkBench Levergym is another highly rated product. 20 online users reviewed this product, with 18 of them giving it the full 5 out of 5 stars. Available in either black or yellow, this multi gym features plate loading and cables, but does not come with weights!

Please remember that if you’re looking to buy, you will need to get yourself some Olympic sized plates. That said, this multi gym does come in at the bottom end of the “Under £2,500 Multi Gym” category, so even if you spend a few hundred quid on some awesome weight discs, it is still fantastic value.

Key Features

  • 227 kg (500 lbs) weight capacity for press arms
  • 136 kg (300 lbs) weight capacity for the cable machine
  • LeverGym Advantage easily replaces a barbell for effective, and more importantly, safe resistance exercise
  • Powerlifter-friendly: Simply remove the bench to access area for power moves including squats, rows, and shrugs
  • Support plate for PowerTec accessories
  • Linkage & Safety bar

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Great value
  • Sturdy & stable
  • Easy to use
  • Smooth action on the bench
  • Easily adjustable
  • Firm pads are more comfortable than alternatives
  • Great attachment selection
  • Feels safe to use thanks to the safe stopping point on the leverage arms

CONS:

What we love most

It’s a plate loaded machine, a cable machine, and a multi-gym, all in one. Nothing more to say, really!

Verdict

If you’re looking to lift heavier weights, this is the multi gym for you. With a maximum weight capacity of 227 kg (500 lbs) for the lifting arms and 136 kg (300 lbs) for the cable machine, this home gym offers far more resistance than any other gym in our list.

 

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7. Dynamix Multi Gym – Best Cheap Multi Gym 2019Dynamix Multi Gym

The Dynamix Multi Gym received more online user ratings than any of the other machines in this list. 74 people rated this product, yet only one of these people gave it less than a 4-star review. It is rare to find any product online which receives so many reviews without at least a handful of ones and twos – we’re sure you’ll agree.

Key Features

  • 52 kg (115 lbs) weight stack
  • Adjustable seat
  • Preacher curl pad
  • Incredibly small footprint at just 1.6 metres squared
  • Maximum user weight: 120 kg

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Quick assembly time – 2 to 4 hours
  • Easy to use
  • Very compact
  • Great attachments

CONS:
  • Light weight stack
  • Not designed for serious weight lifters.

What we love most

The audacious compactness of this multi gym has to be admired!

Verdict

If you have a £300 budget and are just starting out with resistance training, you won’t find much better in this price range. However, for an extra £300, you can get the Marcy MKM-81010. When you look at the weight stacks – 90 kg vs. 52 kg, you begin to understand why you could quickly outgrow this gym.

 

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F4H Olympic 7080 Multi Gym8. F4H Olympic 7080 Multi Gym

The F4H Olympic 7080 comes in at around the same price as the Dynamix. Side by side, they are very similar in terms of features and attachments. However, the larger weight stack on the Dynamix multi gym is what sets these 2 apart

Key Features

  • 45 kg (100 lbs) weight stack
  • Preacher curl pad
  • Deep, padded seats
  • Maximum user weight: 120 kg
  • Product weight: 94 kg

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Fluid weight movement
  • Great value
  • Quick assembly time (2 to 3 hours)

CONS:
  • Poor instructions
  • Not great for leg development

What we love most

Comfortable pads and fast assembly time.

Verdict

To be honest, at this price point, you’re not going to set the world on fire. However, the user reviews say that it is comfortable, durable, and quick to put together – despite poor instructions.

 

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9. Weider Multi Gym 8700 – Best Mid Range Multi Gym 2019Weider Multi Gym 8700

It’s a strange one: When we first began compiling this list, we were sure a couple of Weider multi gyms would make the top 10. Weider produces top-notch multi-gyms, and if any were to make our list, it would be the Weider Pro 5500 Multi Gym. However, it only scored 89%.

Making this list instead is the 8700, which still scored an incredible 93% out of 30 online user reviews.

Key Features

  • 57 kg (125 lbs) weight stack
  • Up to 150 kg resistance on some exercises (due to cable friction)
  • Preacher curl pad
  • Weight shroud
  • Maximum user weight: 135 kg
  • Product weight: 108 kg

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Easy assembly
  • Great build quality
  • One user reported using this machine for 4 years, and it works just as well now as it did at the start

CONS:
  • Not as compact as other multi-gyms.
  • Weight increases on the low pulley are too much – increasing from 26kg, 38kg, 50kg etc.
  • Weights marked in lbs which can be a little annoying if you’re used to working in kilograms

What we love most

The clever engineering allows for greater resistance when exercising. This means that, although it only has a 57 kg stack, it can feel much heavier – up to 150 kg on leg exercises, and 125 kg for chest press!

Verdict

We’ve looked online for hours and found nothing better than the Weider Multi Gym 8700 for under £500. If you want a sturdy machine, from an established manufacturer, with decent resistance, then this is the gym for you.

 

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Marcy Eclipse HG3000 Compact Home Gym with Weight Stack - 68kg10. Marcy Eclipse HG3000 – Best Multi Gym to Finish Bottom of a List!

The Marcy Eclipse HG3000 has the unfortunate title of being bottom of a “best multi gyms” list. Although, saying that, Marcy do already have another gym in this list. We think that tells you all you need to know about this company.

I think at this point, it is also worth reiterating that every one of the multi gyms in this list scored 93%+, based on over 520 reviews. Even though this multi-gym appears in 10th place, it is still an awesome gym. And here’s why:

Key Features

  • 68 kg (150 lbs) weight stack
  • High and low pulley system
  • Preacher curl attachment
  • Maximum user weight: 135kg
  • Product weight: 117 kg

Pros & Cons

PROS:
  • Great quality
  • Looks nice
  • Comfortable
  • Good range of exercises

CONS:
  • Perhaps too small for people over 6’ – especially for lat pulldowns, as you won’t get a full stretch in your lats as it won’t be high enough
  • Poor instructions
  • Assembly time is 6 – 8 hours
  • The seat is not adjustable

What we love most

The brand reputation: Marcy is fast becoming a leading name in home gym equipment, and for under £500, the only thing better than this is the Weider 8700.

Verdict

We think that at £400 or so (at the time of writing) you should consider spending an extra £100-200, and getting the Marcy MKM-81010 Home Multi Gym – especially if you are taller, more experienced, or have small children or pets who might gain access to the machine.

 

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How We Scored The Multi Gyms

We sorted a master list of home gyms by price range. We then looked online to find every user review we could find.

Using these scores, we calculated a percentage ranking.

However, some products only had a few online user reviews, so we needed to further investigate to provide a proper score.

All the multi-gyms which had fewer than 10 online reviews scored the maximum 100%, which made things difficult.

So, we considered the following when calculating the final score:

  • Is the multi gym space-saving – i.e under 2.5 metres squared? This is important because most people are looking for a small multi gym. This is why they tend to opt for a multi-gym over a power rack, for example.
  • Is the weight stack greater than 75kg or upgradeable? When looking to gain strength and muscle mass, or even toning up, you’ll need to increase the weight. Ideally, you want a machine that either has a large weight stack as standard or can be upgraded.
  • Is assembly time estimated at less than 8 hours? Easy assembly is something everyone wants when purchasing a piece of gym or fitness equipment for their home.

If 2 score the same, we looked for any defining feature that we thought made one more preferable than the other.


Home Multi Gym Buying Guide

Once upon a time, there was a guy called Jim. Before you ask, no, he did not invent the multi-gym. But that would make a fantastic story, wouldn’t it? Anyway, let’s get back on track with the important stuff so you can improve your knowledge and make the right choice!

With a huge range of products available, shopping for the right multi gym can prove daunting. When deciding on which one is right for you, these are the attributes and features which should be considered.

It is also advisable to grab yourself some kind of cardio machine if you want a full home gym set-up. A good choice is a magnetic resistance spin bike. You can check out reviews over on this page to find one that is right for you.

Types of Multi Gym

When you begin your quest to find the perfect multi-gym you’ll find there’s a wide selection to choose from. So, to get you started, here are some of the more common terms and phrases you are likely to come across:

Single station multi gyms – these don’t take up as much space, and are more affordable options. A great place to start for those on a budget or who are new to training. In the single station arena, you will find things like leg curl machines, lever rowing machines and dipping stations. Pros, as mentioned are cost and space, cons are that they are limited – both in terms of exercises you can perform and scope for upgrading.

Dual station & multi-station multi gyms – comprising of multiple areas, a wider selection of exercises can be performed on these machines. Often, you will find there are extra weight stacks which allow multiple users to train at once. As you would expect, these tend to be more expensive than the single station options. Pro’s are that you can perform a wider range of exercises when you train, and that they are upgradeable with multi gym accessories. Con’s are that they take up more space and can be costlier.

Functional trainers – if you are serious about your training, you have space, and the budget, you will probably be more interested in these bad boys. They’re versatile machines, featuring two height-adjustable cable columns. Each column has its own weight stack allowing for many exercises that will improve core strength, body balance and overall stability. Personally, I would love one of these in my gym, so I could do awesome exercises like cable flys. But the con’s – space and cost – are holding me back. The benefits speak for themselves – so much you can do with these awesome machines.

Multi Gym Key Features

Weight Stack – if you’re just starting out, you will want something that allows you to begin on a low weight – around 5kg or 10lb. But as you advance, you will need to ensure that you don’t outgrow the multi-gym. For this reason, you should either look for a gym with a large weight stack (100kg/220lb) or one which you can upgrade by adding extra stacks as you increase in strength. Cheaper models will come with vinyl weight plate, whereas the better-quality model plates are made of cast iron. The difference? Cast iron weight stacks offer a smoother range of motion and are more durable.

Cables & Pulleys – this is probably the last thing on your mind, but I can tell you from experience that the cheaper PVC coated cables (or wire rope, as it is sometimes called) and plastic bushings won’t last long. These lower quality components also create friction which can make the weight feel heavier. Grinding, squeaking and shaking are the results, so certainly something worth considering. Look for machines with nylon coated galvanised steel wire, or if the budget allows, aircraft cable coated with black pressure-extruded nylon.

Build Quality – we’re probably stating the obvious here, but a better quality multi gym will be built with a higher standard parts and components, and will – in most cases – cost more. Better built models will come with heavy gauge tubing, solid welds and steel frames. A good way of broadly determining build quality is by the maximum user weight. Those with a higher max weight tend to be more sturdily manufactured.

How to Use a Multi Gym Safely

Your personal safety is highly important when operating multi-gym equipment – or any fitness equipment, for that matter.

Weight stacks are often used in multi gyms. These can be hazardous if adequate precautions are not taken. This is because there is a risk of crushing. Be vigilant when adjusting the pin as not to trap your hand between the weights. If you have toddlers, or young children, ensure that they are kept away from the multi gym at all times. You can purchase a shroud for the weight stack to protect when not in use. This is certainly recommended if you have children.

We advise you to consult your doctor before starting any kind of exercise or workout programme to minimise chances of, or to prevent injury.

Other Factors to Consider When Buying Multi Gyms & Home Gyms

A few things we thought are worth mentioning. They might sound silly, at first, but believe us when we say – many people have spent a lot of money on a multi-gym, only to find that – for whatever reason – they could not use it

Dimensions – sounds silly, but really – you must check the width, height and depth of the home gyms you’re considering buying. Measure the space you want to use, and look at the dimensions. On the Fitness Savvy website, we have tried to include as many specs as we could, but remember, manufacturers and retailers are constantly changing models, and even a small change to dimensions on a new production run could mean the item does not fit as required.

Space – following on from dimensions, don’t buy something that will “just about” fit in the dedicated space. Always allow several inches each side of the multi-gym. If in doubt, take a look at the manufacturer’s website to see if there is anything else need to know. A classic example is that the item is one width at the bottom, but actually wider at the top. Keep this in mind

Your height/weight – if you’re standard height you should be okay. What’s standard height, I hear you cry… well if people often say – “Crikey, you’re tall!” or call you “shorty”, chances are, you’re not standard size. If the multi gym does not have adjustable seats you might be too short or too tall to use it comfortably. If you’re wider than the average bear – be that super buff, or maybe carrying extra weight that you’re looking to shed (with your brand new, shiny multi-gym), then the machine might be too narrow for you – defeating the whole point of it!

Our Final Words

Exercising has a ton of health benefits. That’s what we want to promote, here at Fitness Savvy. Cardio is great; however, resistance training is an absolute necessity for improving body composition, increasing insulin sensitivity and upgrading your overall general health.

And what better way than with a multi-gym, where you can perform complete body workouts from the comfort of your own home?

We could go on all day about what you should, could or might look for in the perfect multi-gym, or what we would recommend for this, or for that. But we haven’t got all week to write it, you haven’t got all day to read it, and we want to keep this as short and sweet as possible. Just remember to look for a product that suits your size, is safe for you and your kids or pets (if you have them) and has enough weight to keep you going.

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