Home Gyms: Ratings of Sources
Total of 12 Sources
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by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com has a wide selection of home gyms and an equally solid collection of user reviews. While many home gyms receive only a few ratings, several weight machines enjoy a significant amount of feedback, including the Weider Total Body Works 5000. Other home gyms from Total Gym, Body-Solid and Bowflex also get high marks.
Home Gym Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentThere are more than 700 home gyms and exercise products listed on Buzzillions.com, a site that compiles owner-written reviews from online retailers. Several home gyms from Bowflex and Total Gym receive a significant amount of feedback, especially the Total Gym XLS, which boasts nearly 3,000 individual reviews.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells fewer home gyms than other online retailers, but several popular gyms receive a good amount of feedback. The Weider Total Body Works 5000 tops the list as the best-reviewed home gym here, but the Bowflex PR1000 also gets high marks.
Home Gyms & Stations
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears.com is a useful source for user reviews of home gyms, although Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com attract more reviews overall. Only a few home gyms garner a significant amount of feedback. Weider home gyms, including the Weider Pro 6900, and the Body-Solid EXM1500S earn the highest ratings here.
Top 7 Home Gyms and Multi Gyms
by Paul Rogers
Our AssessmentPaul Rogers, the weight-training guide at About.com, recommends seven home gyms in this brief article. Each receives a short overview, although the article links to longer single-product reviews from TheHomeGymCritic.com. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Best Home Gyms of 2012
Our AssessmentThe author behind TheHomeGymCritic.com admits that he has no special qualifications beyond his own love of fitness, but at least he's upfront about his background. We're normally skeptical about anonymous review sites such as these because they are designed to steer readers toward certain online retailers. However, TheHomeGymCritic.com has better reviews than most, and user reviews are included as well.
Best Home Gyms for 2011
by Bret Spottke
Our AssessmentThis site contains reviews of all kinds of fitness equipment, including home gyms, written by Bret Spottke, a personal trainer with more than 20 years of fitness experience. Spottke provides his top picks in a variety of categories, although only two could be considered true home gyms. Recommendations include Body-Solid and BodyCraft gyms. While the site doesn't claim to be totally objective and no side-by-side tests are conducted, reviews are more detailed and up to date than those on some other websites.
Home Fitness Systems
by Matt Griffin
Our AssessmentAskMen.com, a men's interest site, reviews one home gym in this article on the best home fitness systems. Matt Griffin recommends the Hoist Half Cage Ensemble because of its versatility -- users can perform many different types of workouts using the machine. It's also easy to change resistance.
Building a Home Gym
by Janet Lee
Our AssessmentThis article focuses on how to build a home gym without spending a ton of money. Janet Lee interviews a certified personal trainer who picks his favorite equipment for a "dream gym" as well as those on a budget.
5 Best Home Gym Machines
by Aric Mitchell
Our AssessmentMadeMan.com, a men's interest website, reviews five home gyms. Each gets a brief evaluation, but there are no ratings and it doesn't appear that the gyms have been personally tested. Units from Body-Solid, Powertec and BodyCraft all score a recommendation. However, two of the recommended gyms have already been discontinued.
Home Gym Equipment
by Murray G. Hughes
Our AssessmentHome-Gym-Review.com has relatively detailed reviews of home gyms, but the site seems geared toward steering visitors to purchase certain products. Reviews are written by so-called "industry experts and professionals specializing in home-gym reviews," but we don't know exactly who they are. The reviews list features and specs, and most have a good mix of pros and cons. The Body-Solid EXM1500S is picked as the best home gym under $1,000.
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentOf the 500 home gyms listed on Epinions.com, very few are actually reviewed. Two Bowflex machines, the Ultimate 2 and Revolution, get good feedback from consumers, but most other home gyms attract only a review or two.