Best punching bags: 5 top buys for home

Buy one of these best punching bags to improve your upper body strength and striking ability from home

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Best punching bags: woman punching bag
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Looking to splurge on the best punching bag? Whether it's to go inside your new home gym, or, perhaps you have space for one in your bedroom? We've found five best punching bags for home use. You needn't head all the way to the gym to work out those arms.

When choosing a punching bag, you'll need to decide whether you want something freestanding, or one that needs to be hung up on your wall or ceiling. That and you should choose a weight to suit the fitness level you are at – 12kg ish for beginners, 20kg - 50kg for intermediate and anything more than that is best for those who know what they are doing. We've listed what each punching bag is filled with and made from, should you be looking for a particular material or avoiding leather. Keep scrolling for our top five buys to get sweaty from home.

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Best punching bags

Best punching bag: Everlast Omniflex Freestanding Heavy Punch Bag

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1. Everlast Omniflex Freestanding Heavy Punch Bag

Best punching bag: free standing, height-adjustable and durable

Type: Free standing
Material: PVC
Weight: 60kg
Filler: High-density polyethene
Reasons to buy
+On a stand+Great for striking+Height adjustable up to 171cm
Reasons to avoid
-Not so great for beginners

The Everlast Omniflex Freestanding Heavy Punch Bag is our best punching bag. It's well-made from long-lasting high-density polyethene, it sits on a stand so you needn't make holes in your wall, and it's manufactured by a popular sporting brand. This punching bag weighs 60kg by itself, before adding water or sand to its base. Boasting an Omniflex neck to absorb impacts, reduce the base movement and improve the stability of the bag, this is a great pick for those who like to practice quick and responsive strikes. An easy and convenient way to build endurance and agility from home since it's freestanding, this punch bag can be used by any size adult since it's height-adjustable up to 171cm.

Best freestanding punching bag: Century Wavemaster XXL Training Bag

2. Century Wavemaster XXL Training Bag

Best freestanding punching bag: a heavy, free standing punch bag for intense workouts; this is the best punch bag for movement

Type: Free-standing
Material: Vinyl
Weight: 225kg with water-filled base
Filler: Foam
Reasons to buy
+ Superheavy + 5'9 tall for kicking and punching 
Reasons to avoid
- Slight movement when punched hard 

Standing at 5'9 inches tall, the Century Wavemaster XXL Training Bag is perfect for kicking and punching practice and because it doesn’t move – it gives you a more intense workout without the need to wait until it has swung back and settled slightly for the next impact. Featuring a vinyl exterior, this option may not be the most authentic, but users report that they are consistently happy with the quality, making it totally worth the price tag. This bag should make the perfect sparring partner outside of the gym: there’s freedom to move 360 degrees around it (should your space allow).

Best punching bag for home: RDX Heavy Punch Bag

3. RDX Heavy Punch Bag

Best punching bag for home: this one comes with gloves and a pull up bar included

Type: Hanging
Material: Maya hide leather
Weight: 25kg
Filler: Textiles
Reasons to buy
+ Choose from three different designs + Pull up bar will allow you to vary your workout 
Reasons to avoid
- Perhaps too light for those experienced in contact sports 

Buying a punching bag for your home gym? The wall-mounted RDX Heavy Punch Bag comes with gloves and a pull up bar so you can start building your fitness levels form home. The bag itself is lighter than others on our list, so it’s more ideal for beginners looking to improve the power of their punches, but probably too light for those who are capable of full-throttle impact. The gloves won’t be representative of the highest quality (but are perfectly fine for beginners, too) while the pull up bar will allow you to build your upper strength for quicker results.

Best punching bag for beginners: Everlast Junior 2ft Boxing Punch Bag and Junior Gloves

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4. Everlast Junior 2ft Boxing Punch Bag and Junior Gloves

Best punching bag for beginners: a popular choice for beginners or those with little space

Type: Hanging
Material: Faux leather
Weight: 12kg
Reasons to buy
+Durable+Affordable+Great for small spaces
Reasons to avoid
-A little small

Everlast is pretty much a failsafe brand if you’re looking for the best punch bag and this is, without doubt, one of our favourites for beginners and small home gyms. As the same suggests, home gym equipment from Everlast is built to last. The Everlast Junior punching bag comes with pre-formed padded gloves so all you need to buy is a wall bracket. It's perfect for bedroom use or if your home is on the smaller side, too. A great buy for beginners, it can help build muscle and improve agility, all from home. It's also budget-friendly and built to last.

Best punching bag for target training: Century BOB Freestanding Punch Bag

5. Century BOB Freestanding Punch Bag

Best punching bag for target training: a popular choice for sparring and target training at home

Type: free standing
Material: high density urethane foam
Weight: 122kg with water-filled base
Filler: N/A
Reasons to buy
+ Realistic target practice + Full sized 
Reasons to avoid
- More for precision work 

If you’re looking to improve the accuracy of your punches or fancy a light and fast workout, the Century BOB Freestanding Punch Bag may just do the trick. With a large base filled with either sand or water, BOB has the weight to withstand fairly strong punches. However, due to less impact absorption, it's not built for power development. You can use BOB to get ahead of your sparring at home; as with our third pick, he’s freestanding, so you have the freedom to move 360 degrees around him should your gym space allow. 

How to buy the best punching bag

Shape, size and weight
They come in all shapes, sizes and weights, with smaller, lighter ones helping you to develop time and speed and long heavy ones helping with power and conditioning. 

It’s also worth considering the material of your punchbag. Most standard ones are made using fake leather, giving them the strength to take regular pummelling without showing much in the way of wear and tear. Genuine leather bags are great, too, but they’re a bit softer and can often be more expensive. 

Surprisingly, the best filling for punch bags is textile – a posh name for shredded clothing. An alternative filling is foam, which is essentially just as good as textile, just not as authentic. 

What is the best punching bag you can buy?

In our opinion, the Everlast 4ft Boxing Punch Bag is the best on the market right now. It's affordable and durable as well as a great for all fitness levels – particularly beginners.

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Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie joined the Real Homes team in 2018 as our Deals Editor. Now, as our UK Shopping Editor, she spends much of her time giving advice on what you need to add to your shopping cart. Whether that be a sofa bed for your spare room, accessories to give your space a new lease of life, shiny new appliances for a kitchen or some smart tech for an easier life. She's also our fitness and beauty guru, with hands-on experience with some of the top hair tools and the best home gym equipment around. Otherwise, you can find her rearranging the furniture in her space-savvy London flat, DIYing accessories to fit with her ever-changing colour scheme, or going on long walks with her pug. Next up on her to-renovate list is her bathroom...