The best ab machines

Get those dream abs and tone up your muscles with our top picks of the best ab machines for use at home

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Ab machines – yup, they're a thing. And here's why: toning the abdominals is one of the hardest exercises, and none of us can really say that doing crunches is one of our favourite past times. However, there are now plenty of machines on the market that can help you work out and tone your abdominals in a much easier and more effective way from the comfort of your home gym. We've rounded up a buying guide of the best on the market...

1. Body-Solid Cam Ab & Back Machine

Strengthen your back and abs with this dual-function machine

Specifications
Best for: Abs and back strengthening
Dimesions: HWD 109.22cm x 152.4cm x 116.84cm
Weight Capacity: 204kg
Weight: 34.9kg
Reasons to buy
+ Dual-function ab machine + 26 adjustment settings 
Reasons to avoid
- Large piece of equipment 

If you’re a complete beginner, this machine may look a little bit confusing. However, what is great about this machine is its dual-function works to strengthen your abs while protecting your back and improving posture all at the same time. When you first start working on your abdominals, it can be very easy to hurt your back, so if you’re serious about training, this machine is designed to help you become stronger quicker and with less risk of injury. It’s easy to use (despite looking a little tricky), but it is quite large so make sure you have enough room to use this machine in its full range of motion.  

2. Perfect Fitness AB Carver Pro Roller

A simple yet very effective tool for training your abdominals

Specifications
Best for: Obliques
Dimesions: HWD 22.9cm x 20cm x 22.9cm
Weight Capacity: No limit
Weight: 2.5kg
Reasons to buy
+ Ergonomic grip + Includes foam kneepad 
Reasons to avoid
- Not great for weak backs 

This ab roller ball is designed specifically to target your obliques, and is a lot harder than it looks! Customers who have this roller say they definitely noticed a difference after regular use, but to be wary that it’s not great for supporting your lower back, so beginners may find this ab machine a little tricky to get on with at first. The design of the ball itself is sturdy and strong, with ergonomic handles and a foam kneepad to help make the exercises as comfortable as possible. Its size and simplicity mean it can be used pretty much anywhere in the house, on any type of floor, although carpet is reportedly better for a more controlled roll.  

3. Wondercore 2

Get super toned with this ab machine

Specifications
Best for: Toning all muscles
Dimesions: HWD 25cm x 85cm x 33cm
Weight Capacity: 120kg
Weight: 10.8kg
Reasons to buy
+ Folds away for easy storage+ Workout DVD included 
Reasons to avoid
- For the more advanced 

If you’re just starting out with your workouts, then this ab machine might be a little too advanced, but for those who have been into their fitness for a while, they found that the Wondercore 2 is just the thing to really help you tone up alongside your cardio workouts. This device is designed to work your upper, middle and lower abs, obliques and the rest of your muscles including arms and legs. So really you are getting a full body workout from this machine, and the dual resistance ensures that your core is always engaged for maximum results. 

4. Bodymax CF306 Adjustable Abdominal Board

Do crunches with ease and support your back with this ab bench

Specifications
Best for: Back support
Dimesions: HWD 11cm x 124cm x 36cm
Weight Capacity: 115kg
Weight: 12kg
Reasons to buy
+ Folds away + Sturdy build 
Reasons to avoid
- More of a DIY machine  

This ab bench is a pretty simple tool which allows you to add intensity to your standard sit ups and crunches. All you have to do is change the incline of the bench to suit your needs, which will make the move more difficult when required. Having the bench supports the back, which in turn makes it easier to do more exercises than you would normally. Those who struggle to find motivation in doing crunches may prefer one of the more interactive ab machines, but if you’re someone who also uses weights, this bench can be multifunctional and its compact design means it’s not too cumbersome for the home.  

5. Body Sculpture Ab Trimmer

A little bit of extra support for comfortable sit ups

Specifications
Best for: Supporting your sit up
Dimesions: HWD 66cm x 73cm x 69cm
Weight Capacity: No limit
Weight: 3.9kg
Reasons to buy
+ Increases impact  + Cushioned headrest 
Reasons to avoid
- Awkward shape to store 

Do you find that you strain your neck when you sit up? If so then this ab frame has a cushioned head rest which will support your head and neck when you sit up, and holding on to the frame helps you maintain posture throughout its full range of motion. The two different handles are designed to help you work the abs differently and more intensely as you build up strength. Beginners should start by holding the top bar which will strengthen the upper body, too, while those who are further along in training can use the side handles to really focus on the core muscles by performing a tighter crunch.  

6. Homcom Abs Roman Chair

Target multiple muscles with this hypertension machine

Specifications
Best for: Adjustability
Dimesions: HWD 97cm x 104cm x 58cm
Weight Capacity: 120kg
Weight: 10.5kg
Reasons to buy
+ Targets abs, glutes and hamstrings + Padded for comfort 
Reasons to avoid
- Quite large 

This training bench, also known as a Roman Chair is designed to not just strengthen your abdominals but to increase flexibility and target multiple muscle groups including your glutes and hamstrings. If you find you often get a bad back after just a few crunches, then you can expect this ab machine to stretch out your back in order to make exercises easier. Users found that this machine can be tricky to use at first, but the more you use it, the better your balance and core strength becomes. This is the ideal machine if you struggle with flexibility.  

7. WonderCore Smart

All the benefits of the Wondercore 2 for your abs, but in a compact machine

Specifications
Best for: Space saver
Dimesions: HWD 36.5cm x 54cm x 54cm
Weight Capacity: No limit
Weight: 6kg
Reasons to buy
+ Small and compact + Adjustable resistance  
Reasons to avoid
- Not as robust as bigger machines 

If you don’t have the space for the WonderCore 2 or some of the other ab machines on the list, then the WonderCore Smart could be a space saving alternative for you. You can use this machine to target your upper, middle and lower abs, as well as your obliques and for performing push ups, tricep dips and bridges. Users have found this machine to be just as good as a larger machine, the only downside is with the size it means it is susceptible to wear more than a larger bench, which with frequent use may mean it doesn’t last as long.  

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