Weight benches are a sound investment for people who want to get in shape or stay in shape. Having a weight bench can provide the ability to do several workouts from home, but some foreign manufacturers can sell lower-quality items that may not be safe or last very long. That’s why we set out to find all the weight benches manufactured in the USA.
Full List of Weight Bench Brands Made in the USA
Brand name: Rogue Fitness
Headquarters: Columbus, OH
States manufacturing in: OH
Rogue Fitness sells a wide range of fitness benches, meaning there’s something for everything, regardless of exercise goals, budget, or space.
They offer a variety of Utility Benches, which are flat and non-adjustable, perfect for basic use, but still include features that make them good for workouts, such as rubber boots to keep it stable, a wide set frame for comfort and security while working out and a neoprene pad to support the body.
Rogue also has a range of adjustable racks with plenty of extras and features you would expect with a pricier model. Some have features such as removable foot catch pads for decline movements, six-seat positions for versatility, and nine adjustable back positions. All feature rubber feet to ensure no damage to flooring and stability while working out.
As well as these freestanding weight benches, you can also get ones that fit into power racks, hip thruster benches, and a premium textured foam pad set for extra comfort on your bench.
Brand name: PRx Performance
Headquarters: Fargo, ND
States manufacturing in: ND
PRx Performance has one bench made in the USA – their PRx Profile Incline Folding Bench. This piece of equipment is a great addition to any home gym and can adjust to 12 positions to cover pretty much every movement you want to do.
Brand name: Sorinex
Headquarters: Lexington, SC
States manufacturing in: SC
Sorinex sells a handful of benches, but all with entirely different features depending on your needs. These include an adjustable bench, competition bench, autospot bench, recon adjustable bench, flat bench, mobility maker, and adjustable decline sit-up bench.
These benches include rubber coating on the feet to prevent scratches to the floor and help maintain stability. Some of their benches have five adjustment position settings and feature wheels, making them easy to move and store. The pads are also made of high-quality Naugahyde that can stand up to frequent use. Sorinex’s benches are ideal for home gyms or even professional or school gyms.
Brand name: Stray Dog Strength
Headquarters: Newark, OH
States manufacturing in: OH
Stray Dog Strength is based in Newark, Ohio, and is making some great benches. Although they don’t have too many options, they are well-made and built to last. They offer an adjustable bench, a decline bench, a storage bench, and a few accessories.
Brand name: Power Lift
Headquarters: Jefferson, IA
States manufacturing in: IA
Power Lift is known for its commercial gym equipment and has some great weight benches if you need to outfit your personal training facility, sports team, or other big training space.
Brand name: Bridge BUILT
Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH
States manufacturing in: OH
Bridge BUILT makes an excellent bench called the Phoenix Adjustable Bench from American steel. It has full 0-90 degree adjustability and comes with some customization options like adding wheels and choosing the primary and secondary colors.
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How To Find Weight Benches Made in the USA
When stocking up your home gym, one of the first pieces of equipment you’ll get is a weight bench. When looking for one, why not purchase one made in the USA? Weight benches made in the USA have higher quality and safety standards and reduce the carbon footprint compared to imported products, not to mention you’ll be supporting local businesses.
However, finding US-made products is not as easy as it seems.
What Does “Made in the USA” Mean?
First, it is important to know what “made in the USA” actually means. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) defines it as a product that is “all or virtually all” made in the United States. So, for a weight bench to be “made in the USA,” everything from the sourcing of the raw materials to manufacturing the product must take place domestically.
Check out our “made in the USA” labeling guide for more information on this.
To find the US-made weight bench of your dreams, you must first research the raw materials used to make the product. Understanding the materials and knowing where they come from will make you one step closer to finding a USA-made weight bench.
Steel is commonly used in weight benches for support as it can hold a large amount of weight without breaking. China is the largest steel producer and produces over half of the steel in the world. The United States ranks fourth in the world, behind China, India, and Japan. So, while it does have a sizeable steel industry, it is not comparable to those Asian manufacturing giants!
Although you may come across imported steel more than US-made steel, with a bit of research, you will be able to find weight benches made with USA-made steel. Imported steel is often cheaper, but USA-made steel is three times stronger than Chinese-made steel! So, if you are after quality, find US-made steel. After all, this bench will be holding all your weight and more, so good quality is essential for your safety.
Polyurethane Leather (PU Leather)
PU leather is used in weight benches for cushioning. It is 100% artificial leather that is considered vegan. It is generally glossier than true leather and less thick. The largest PU leather manufacturer is China. The USA does produce PU leather. However, it is mainly exported to other countries. Don’t lose heart, though, as you should be able to find a weight bench made with USA-made PU leather with research. But since American-made faux leather is not as common, it’s definitely worth double-checking the country of origin of the PU leather used before purchase.
Foam is also used on the seat part of the weight bench for cushioning. While most of the world’s foam comes from China, a few companies in the United States produce foam domestically. So, finding foam made in the USA, while difficult, is not impossible.
When you are shopping for weight benches made in the USA, make sure that you look out for the labeling. Title 19 Chapter 4 Section 1304 of the US Code states that all imported products must be labeled as such. So labels like “made in China” help narrow your search for US-made products. When looking for US-made weight benches, look specifically for the FTC-protected label: “made in the USA.”
Although the “made in the USA” label is protected by the FTC, there is no pre-approval process to use the label. The FTC also does not do the best job of policing the use of this label. Instead, it is directly up to the companies to determine whether or not their products meet the requirements to use this label. As a consumer, you can report any false usage of the label to the FTC if you come across any.
Also, keep in mind that many companies will use confusing labels to trick consumers into thinking that the product is made in the USA when they are not. An example is the label “made in America.” This label does not necessarily mean the product is made in the USA. America can also refer to Canada or Mexico. Other examples are the labels “assembled in the USA” or “designed in the USA.” These labels mean that not every part of the manufacturing process takes place in the USA, so they cannot truly be considered “made in the USA.”
Lastly, beware of the American flag on labels. The usage of the American flag on labels is not regulated, so do not rely on this when looking for a US-made weight bench.
Here are some more tips to help you find weight benches made in the USA.
Check the Company’s Website
A product that is “made in the USA” is a huge selling point. This means you should see this fact proudly advertised on the company’s website. Be sure the check out the About Us section or the product page specifically.
Note that companies are not required to state the country of origin on their online or promotional materials. So if you cannot find the information you need, it is best to assume that the product is not US-made.
Go Online Shopping
Online shopping sites like Amazon state the country of origin in the Product Information section on the product’s page. If you cannot find it, try the FAQ section, as other people may have already asked the same questions regarding the product’s origin.
Call the Manufacturer
If you are still having trouble finding information about the product you are interested in, contact the manufacturer directly. They should be able to give you more information and answer any questions you have, including where the materials are sourced and where the product is assembled and packaged.
Weight Benches Not Made in the USA
We came across several fitness brands that are not making their weight benches in the USA. Check them out below as well as where they are manufacturing their weight benches:
- REP – Manufactured globally, but primarily China.
- Titan Fitness – Most products are made in China.
- Bells of Steel – Made in China.
- FLYBIRD – Made in China.
- Tru Grit – Designed in the USA, manufactured with global materials.
- Bowflex – Made in China and Taiwan.