For people who like to work out together, reviews recommend the BodyCraft X2 Family Xpress, which features two 200-pound weight stacks and three exercise stations (plus an optional fourth). It comes with an adjustable cable system, an abdominal crunch station and a leg press with resistance up to 400 pounds. The seats are fully adjustable to accommodate users of different heights, and most reviewers say the BodyCraft home gym is a very good investment. There's no deck for working pectorals, but one reviewer prefers cable arms for their versatility anyway. The X2 takes up a lot of space, and reviewers say the assembly process is a huge headache. If you don't need two weight stacks or can't spend this much, consider the Body-Solid EXM1500S (*Est. $950) . It only has one 160-pound weight stack, but owners say it's a solid value.
In general, reviews are scarce for home gyms, but we found decent reviews for the BodyCraft X2 Family Xpress at About.com and MadeMan.com, a men's interest website. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.) Neither of the reviews is especially timely, however. Unfortunately, there are few user reviews available for home gyms in this price range.
Paul Rogers picks the BodyCraft X2 Family Xpress as one of the best home gyms, largely because it has a "great set of exercise stations." Rogers also likes that it accommodates multiple users. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 7 Home Gyms and Multi Gyms, Paul Rogers, April 18, 2011
MadeMan.com recommends the BodyCraft X2 as one of the top five home gyms, but the analysis here is rather superficial. Editors like that more than one person can use the home gym simultaneously, and they say it targets every muscle group.
Review: 5 Best Home Gym Machines, Aric Mitchell, April 17, 2010
This review praises the BodyCraft X2 Family Xpress for its versatility and says you can accomplish many exercises that aren't featured on other home gyms. This website appears to direct readers to a particular retailer, but the review is relatively balanced.
Review: Body Craft Family Xpress 2 Stack Home Gyms, Murray G. Hughes