Home Gyms: Ratings of Sources
Amazon.com has a wide selection of home gyms and an equally solid collection of user reviews. Of course, there aren't as many reviews for home gyms that cost thousands of dollars as you'll find for less expensive items. As usual, user comments are useful and often include pros and cons, additional insights and tips regarding assembly. Standout models have a 4.5 star or better rating.
Walmart.com also sells a good selection of home gyms, with a focus on mid-priced to very inexpensive gyms. Bowflex, Marcy and Gold's Gym equipment is the most popular and best-reviewed, several popular models receive a lot of feedback.
Dick's Sporting Goods sells quite a few home gyms and home gym accessories from a wide variety of manufacturers. Customer reviews only come from Dick's shoppers, and reviewers must leave a rating (with an optional comment).This is a good source for finding reviews of higher-end home gyms, although there are fewer reviews overall than elsewhere.
Although Amazon.com and Walmart.com attract more reviews overall, Sears.com is another good source for insightful user reviews of home gyms. They carry a wide variety of exercise equipment types and brands.
HSN.com is a popular destination for As Seen on TV products, and exercise equipment is a staple of the As Seen on TV commercial world. The keywords "home gym" bring up some equipment you can use to create a home gym, rather than home gyms themselves, leaving HSN as a better choice for finding reviews of a product you've already chosen.
Fitness buff and blogger Wes McDermott runs this blog dedicated to reviewing home gyms. Most reviews are merely overviews of features, with some recommendation of what type of exerciser the home gym might be best suited for. A few reviews are from personal experience with the machine.
While this article doesn't discuss all-in-one home gym machines, there is an interesting discussion of how to choose the best flooring for a home gym.