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Since the COVID pandemic, there has been an explosion in the number and size of home gym and garage gym review communities.
With so many different options for garage gym and home gym equipment, someone had to review everything to provide detailed information on the best equipment for the home gym community.
These review sites breakdown the best and worst fitness equipment on the market in terms of form, function, and quality. From concrete free weights to barbells and squat racks, these websites cover pretty it all.
Not every garage gym review site or home gym review site is high quality, and there are a few sites that are essentially spam bots, exclusively affiliated sites, or low-quality blog posts, trying to get you to buy the latest CAP strength or Amazon basics barbell.
The sites in this top 10 list have been vetted for quality, contacted, and in some cases personally interviewed, to provide a brief description and summary of their own websites.
These pages are allowed to display a “TOP GARAGE GYM WEBSITES” badge on their pages for authenticity and credibility.
If you find a garage gym reviews website that displays this badge, but has not been listed below, and does not link back to our website for verification, please report the page here on our contact page.
#1 Garage Gym Lab
Offering in-depth reviews of home gym equipment, as well as informational articles, interviews, and looks around other people’s home gym setups, Garage Gym Lab is an amazing, honest, and incredibly detailed gym equipment review site for people to check out who are on the hunt for quality pieces of fitness equipment for their home gyms.
Adam, who runs the Garage Gym Lab, started the website in 2017. In his words, he was sick of dealing with the madness that went with commercial gyms, as well as having no control over the way he trained himself that he decided to start his own home gym.
Fed up with paying premium prices for budget equipment, as well as dealing with large crowds, ridiculous rules, price hikes, and other issues, he began researching home gyms online and created the Garage Gym Lab.
We interviewed Adam on our podcast and discussed how Garage Gym Lab got started, his favourite equipment, and even did a home gym tour with him! Check it out here:
#2 Garage Gym Reviews
Garage Gym Reviews is the perfect home gym review site for people who wish to learn more about home gym equipment favourites, while also having the option to purchase home gym essentials with heaps of positive feedback behind them.
This site was founded by Cooper ‘Coop’ Mitchell, back in 2014 and has gone from strength to strength with each passing year. At Garage Gym Reviews, the aim is to provide in-depth, useful information regarding all things home gym related.
Offering reviews, informative articles, advice on building a home gym, as well as images of other home gym setups, the Garage Gym Reviews site has been able to grow and evolve thanks to a strong home gym community, quality reviews, and committed and consistent content. Visitors to the site are able to purchase home gym essentials via the site’s independently chosen links, thereby providing the Home Gym Reviews site a small commission to put back into the site.
From dumbbells and bumper plates to treadmills and spin cycles, you’ll find countless reviews here on virtually every piece of home gym equipment imaginable.
#3 Basement Brandon
(Brandon Campbell Diamond)
Third on our list today we have Basement Brandon, AKA Brandon Campbell Fitness.
While Brandon Campbell provides home gym review content mainly through Youtube, he has a consistent, high-quality, and approachable take on fitness equipment for the garage gym enthusiast. Brandon is well known for his dedication to fitness and his Basement Brandon YouTube channel is testament to this.
Basement Brandon is the perfect YouTube channel for home gym enthusiasts, powerlifters, and fitness fans in general. On the channel you will find videos on diet and nutrition, lifestyle tips, powerlifting tips, gym equipment reviews, training tips, and much more.
With 222K subscribers as of this writing, it’s clear that Brandon’s content resonates with the home gym community, which is why we’ve included it on our list for you today.
#4 Garage Gym Experiment
If you are in the home gym community, you’ll know the name Garage Gym Experiment as one of the original OG home gym review sites on the web.
Described as a platform dedicated to optimizing the home gym experience, it’s safe to say that they’ve done precisely that.
The Garage Gym Experiment provides product reviews, surveys, articles, and other content dedicated to working out at home. What people have been especially impressed with when it comes to the Garage Gym Experiment, is the fact that the site itself is more like a community for likeminded individuals who all share the same passion for working out at home.
Perhaps not quite as detailed and in-depth as the other review sites we’ve listed today, the content on the site more than makes up for that. With step-by-step guides for creating a home gym from scratch, to the ‘One Product a Day’ section dedicated to reviewing one product for your home gym each day, the Garage Gym Experiment is a very handy resource for anybody looking to create a dedicated workout space at home.
We interviewed Jake on our podcast and discussed how Garage Gym Experiment got going, and nerd out a little bit about statistics, trends, and more gym equipment! Check it out here:
#5 Two Rep Cave
Founded by David Kiesling, Two Rep Cave is aiming to be the best home gym equipment evaluation website in the world. One of the most useful pieces of content on the website is a regularly updated page showing cross-compatibility with different power racks and rack accessories, an incredible bit of content for those looking for different squat rack accessories.
The Two Rep Cave is excellent because they provide reviews on all kinds of different pieces of gym kit, with the site owner’s favourite pieces of equipment getting detailed in-depth reviews.
A really neat piece of the website is the ‘featured gym’ section which features pictures and details about site visitor’s home gym setups so readers can get inspiration for their own garage/home gyms that they’re building at home.
The site began as Adamant Barbell, selling various pieces of home gym equipment online. People were so impressed with the reviews and info the site provided for various pieces of kit that they sold that David decided to start reviewing other pieces of equipment, including stuff that they didn’t sell.
Each writer for the blog has an extensive background in different disciplines when it comes to weightlifting, health and fitness, Powerlifting, CrossFit, and so on. So, whether you want to purchase gym equipment on a budget, find the best gym flooring, or simply learn more about certain pieces of kit that you’ve had your eye on for a while, Two Rep Cave is a site which you’ll almost certainly find extremely useful.
#6 Gym Crafter
“GymCrafter.com helps people decide not only what to put in their home or garage gym, but also strives to help them understand why. Founded by Tim Steward, a long-time garage gym enthusiast, Gym Crafter focuses on providing helpful information and reviews grounded in real world, practical experience. Tim believes that the key to aging and living well is a consistent fitness practice that is best achieved in a home gym.” – Tim, Gym Crafter
Tim initially built his garage gym in order to stay healthy a home, perhaps get a little stronger and more jacked, and ultimately, to age healthier and better. Tim has used his own personal experiences with home gym equipment and his garage gym setup to help create Gym Crafter and provide useful and insightful knowledge and guidance to his readers.
Tim lost over 40-pounds when working out at home, getting stronger than ever and transforming his physique in the process. His main motivation for creating Gym Crafter however, was simply the fact that when he was researching his own setup, he had to wade through page after page of nonsense. Everything he read was either extremely biased, was written by fanboys, or was clearly written by people that had never used the equipment.
Tim’s Gym Crafter site is awesome because he only reviews and writes about products that he has purchased and/or used extensively which he would more than happily spend his money on. This type of content is refreshing because you can tell from his reviews that he is passionate about what he is reviewing and that he truly believes in it.
We have also been impressed by the fact that, as well as equipment reviews, there are also sections dedicated to helping people plan their own home gym setups, filling their home gyms, and maintaining their home gym setups.
We interviewed Tim on the FreedomCast Podcast to ask him about Gym Crafter, how his background and health issues got him started with the site, and did a quick home gym tour with him as well! Check it out here:
#7 Morning Lifter
“Morning Lifter is a page dedicated to help inspire, educate, and empower individuals through Strength and Leadership. That’s provided through a variety of high-quality articles and videos related to DIY, strength training, interviews, equipment review, and leadership.” Shawn, Morning Lifter
Morning Lifter is a review website which has been more than 20 years in the making. The owner has been actively involved in weight training for two decades now, with most of his training stemming from his days as a football player.
After leaving football, weighing in at over 320-pounds, he knew it was time to change his physique. Feeling sloppy, lethargic, and lacking motivation, he set himself the goal of dropping to 230-pounds by Christmas. He began researching books, videos, clips, websites and articles dedicated to training in a healthy and balanced manner.
Using resources such as Muscle and Fitness, Flex Magazine, Bodybuilding.com, and the bible of bodybuilding ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding’ he was able to refine his diet and his training to burn fat and lose over 90 pounds!
Shawn trains in his basement weight room and considers it a blessing as, despite being incomplete, what he does have enables him to train as he would at a commercial gym, without the drawbacks associated with commercial gyms.
Morning Lifter is the perfect outlet for home gym users as you’ll find equipment reviews, diet and nutritional advice, motivational content, podcast content, and more.
We interviewed Shawn on the FreedomCast Podcast to ask him about Morning Lifter and the legacy he wants to leave for those interested in resistance training. Check it out here:
#8 Garage Gyms
As the name implies, Garage Gyms is a site committed to providing visitors to the site with invaluable info regarding all things garage gym related.
What we like about Garage Gyms is the fact that the site is easy to navigate, it gets straight to the point, and it’s created by people that truly appreciate what training at home is all about.
Garage Gyms was created by J Burgeson with the simple goal of proving helpful content for people looking to build a garage gym and workout at home primarily, rather than in a commercial gym setting.
The site is incredibly useful as you can read reviews for all manner of gym equipment, as well as find handy content around CrossFit, powerlifting, and much more. Another awesome feature of the site is the fact that guest articles and reviews are regularly posted.
As the vast majority of equipment which is reviewed has been purchased independently, at full market price, the site owner and contributors have no ulterior motives in their reviews so you get honest, quality, unbiased content, which in this day and age is extremely rare yet very refreshing.
Though many different types of gym equipment are reviewed here, you’ll generally find that there is an abundance of content based around barbells, dumbbells, benches, and weight plates here, so if they’re your thing you’ll be in your element.
#9 Gray Matter Lifting
Joe Gray, owner of the website Gray Matter Lifting, recently came onto our podcast to discuss his sponsored virtual powerlifting competition for home gym owners worldwide. Joe runs his own website reviewing and assessing the best home gym equipment on the market today.
Joe takes a very different approach to his reviews. Rather than spending 1-2 weeks assessing the equipment and then reviewing it, a process which Joe believes is quite quick and a little disingenuous, Joe takes 6-12 months to thoroughly analyze and review the equipment he discusses on his website. This allows him to give it a full rundown, walkthrough, and vetting prior to any review.
From massage guns and lat pulley grips, to barbells and safety squat bars, the Gray Matter Lifting covers it all in both video and written reviews.
Joe also runs Garage Gym Competition, a worldwide powerlifting meet for home gym owners to compete and train in, with prizes for the top winners, as well as randomly distributed prizes for community participation.
Check out Gray Matter Lifting for honest, and thoroughly vetted reviews for your next home gym or garage gym setup.
We also were able to interview Joe on our FreedomCast Podcast, check out the interview in all its glory here!
And finally, last but certainly not least, we have BarBend.
BarBend is a New York based fitness website comprised of more than 70 athletes, photographers, contributors, and researchers from all over the globe.
Thanks to the scale of the organization and the sheer talent they have working for them, the content they provide is among the best in the industry today, and that is saying something.
BarBend offer everything you could wish for in the world of health and fitness, from Olympic Games updates and powerlifting meet results to reviews of the latest adjustable barbells and squat racks, and everything in between.
The content on BarBend is professional, informative, and entertaining and covers every genre in the world of health and fitness that you could ever wish for. As for home gym content, don’t worry because BarBend has more than enough to keep you going for quite some time.