Best multi gyms 2020: working out at home has never been so convenient

We've ranked the best multi gyms from budget versions to luxury ones and even compact models

Best multi gym: G7 Cable Motion Gym & Bench in living room with brick wall and wooden floors
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The best multi gym is right up there in our best home gym equipment guide. Why? Although hefty, this piece of apparatus offers everything you need in one place. Whether you have a large, spacious room to work out in or you can only buy equipment that folds away or is super-compact, we think a multi gym is the ultimate buy for anyone decking out their own home gym in 2020.

Now we've got the 'why buy' part off our shoulders, we can begin to tell you which multi gyms are the best to spend your hard-earned £££s on – it's no secret that these are expensive. From family-friendly buys to ones that are best made for beginners or luxury versions, we've found the best multi gyms on the market in 2020.

Alternatively, check out our guide on how to create a home gym, where you'll find design ideas and equipment recommendations aplenty. 

What is the best multi gym?

Out of all the multi gyms you can buy, we think the best one is the Marcy MD-9010G Home Gym Smith Machine. It's comprehensive, smooth to use, sturdy and it can be used by beginners and pro multi-gym users alike. Looking for a budget-friendly buy? The Opti 50kg Home Multi Gym us your best bet at under £200.

These are the rest of our top picks, below. Keep scrolling for the full reviews.

  • Best multi-gym you can buy: Marcy MD-9010G Smith Machine
  • Best multi gym for families: G7 Cable Motion Gym & Bench
  • Best multi gym for large home gyms: BH Fitness Global Gym Plus
  • Best budget multi gym: Opti 50kg Home Multi Gym
  • Best multi gym for small spaces: Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym
  • Best multi gym for would be weight lifters: Weider 8700I Multigym
  • Best multi gym for beginners: Marcy Eclipse HG3000 Home Gym
  • Best basic multi gym: V-fit LGF-2 Herculean Cobra Home Multi Gym
  • Best luxury multi gym: Technogym Unica

Before pressing pay, skip down to the bottom of this page to find out all you need to consider before buying a multi gym.

The best multi gyms to buy for 2020

 Best multi gym: Marcy MD-9010G Home Gym Smith Machine

1. Marcy MD-9010G Home Gym Smith Machine

Best multi gym: you won’t miss a muscle with this large deluxe multi gym

Size: H216cm x W203CM x D203cm
Weight: 198kg
Maximum User Weight: 136kg
Reasons to buy
+3 in one +Comprehensive multi gym +Smooth to use 
Reasons to avoid
- Weight stack plates not included 

If you want a multi gym that will be worth your time and money, the Marcy MD-9010G Home Gym is it. Why? We think it's the best multi gym on the market for working out every part of the body. Those who have this machine say it is very sturdy and smooth to use, and it’s great for both beginners and more advanced training.

Single station
Although this Marcy model is a single station machine, it can be used as a smith machine, power rack and cable gym all in one. This means you can train any and every muscle you have on this one machine. Versatile doesn't even cut it.

Since the machine is three-in-one, it's understandably rather large so you will need a fair bit of room to accommodate it. Also its max user weight is 198kg.

Weight stack plates
Be aware that the weight stack plates for this multi gym are sold separately, but on the bright side, this does mean you have more control over how much weight you add to your machine.

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Best multi gym for families: G7 Cable Motion Gym & Bench

2. G7 Cable Motion Gym & Bench

Best multi gym for families: a sleek looking machine that caters to all abilities

Size: H211cm x W357cm x D178cm
Weight: 336kg
Maximum User Weight: 159kg
Reasons to buy
+ Just like in gyms + Over 60 exercises 
Reasons to avoid
- Very pricey 

The sleek G7 Cable Motion Gym & Bench is the same as many of the ones you might find in your local gym or leisure centre – simply put it's adaptable to all capabilities. 

Weight stack plates
Its two weight stack plates are as heavy as 73kg when used together, and you can  work out one side of the body at a time or both together. 

Workout guide
This machine comes complete with a book containing over 60 exercises; whether you're a beginner or more advanced this helps when it comes to pushing yourself and trying things you’ve not done before. 

Price tag
We're well aware that this multi-gym is the priciest on our list – we suspect this is because of the brand. However, the machine is praised for its build and you'll also be pleased to know that it isn’t as bulky as other multi gyms on the market.

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Best multi gym for large home gyms: BH Fitness Global Gym Plus G152X with Leg Press

3. BH Fitness Global Gym Plus G152X with Leg Press

Best multi gym for large home gyms: a dual station multi gym so you can work out comfortably

Size: H225cm x W200cm x D174cm
Weight: 210kg
Maximum User Weight: 100kg
Reasons to buy
+ Dual station + Padded seating 
Reasons to avoid
- Very large 

You shouldn’t find it hard to get in a quick work out here and there if you have the BH Fitness Global Gym Plus in your home gym. In our opinion, this is the very best multi gym you can buy if comfort is at the top of your mind.

The BH Fitness Global Gym Plus is designed with comfort in mind. This means it features extra-large padded seats so you can exercise with ease. 

Dual station
While our top pick was a single station model, this one is a dual station which means two people can work out on this at one time. An ideal purchase to pop in a family home gym or if your partner likes to workout, too. 

While it can be classed as a good thing that this machine can be used by two people at once, it does however mean it's larger than other machines. Users commented how it's bigger than expected, so it's best to make sure you have enough room to use this machine properly before purchasing.

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Best budget multi gym: Opti 50kg Home Multi Gym

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4. Opti 50kg Home Multi Gym

Best budget multi gym: a great multi-gym for a great price

Size: H202cm x W98cm x D168cm
Weight: 88kg
Maximum User Weight: 120kg
Reasons to buy
+Large maximum user weight+Padded seating+Easy to assemble+Lightweight+Compact
Reasons to avoid
-May be too basic for some

Ideal for beginners and frequent gym-goers alike, the Opti 50kg Home Multi Gym features a range of exercise options all at a verrrry affordable price. We love.

This multi gym lets users do everything from front press and butterfly to low rowing, triceps press, ab crunches, leg extension and much more.

Weight stack cement filling
The helping hand you need to build strong muscles all over your body, this machine's weight stacks are filled with 50kg of cement providing 65kg maximum resistance.

Easy to assemble
Not only is this machine easy to assemble once it arrives at your front door, but it's also less bulky than other machines making it an ideal piece of kit to have in your spare room. Best of all, it's incredibly affordable.

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Best multi gym for small spaces: Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym

5. Bowflex Xtreme 2 SE Home Gym

Best multi gym for small spaces: an adjustable seat and no-change pulley for a seamless workout

Size: H211cm x W125cm x D147cm
Weight: 84kg
Maximum User Weight: 136kg
Reasons to buy
+ Lightweight + Easy to use  
Reasons to avoid
- Uses resistance rather than a weight stack 

The Bowflex Xtreme 2 is the best multi gym for those who don’t have much space in their home.

It’s lightweight which will make it easy to manoeuvre into your desired position, and it's also compact so can be stored in a smaller room or a tiny home gym or garage.

This multi gym works via resistance rather than a weight stack. Some people may prefer this, however some may not as it apparently feels a lot different to free weights. If you suffer from joint pain, the resistance method is designed to give you the same workout as free weights, without the strain on your joints. and the chair is fully adjustable and ergonomic in order to reduce the risk of injury. 

This machine's chair is fully adjustable and ergonomic in order to reduce the risk of injury. It also comes with a polyurethane cushion for added back and knee support.

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Best multi gym for would be weight lifters: Weider 8700I Multigym

6. Weider 8700I Multigym

Best multi gym for would be weight lifters: a simple yet effective machine for varied weight training

Size: H210cm x W110cm x D196cm
Weight: 138kg
Maximum User Weight: 135kg
Reasons to buy
+ Compact design + Arm, back and leg padding 
Reasons to avoid
- Jump from one weight to another is too great 

For those looking to tone up, the Weider 8700I Multigym is a compact machine that won’t take up too much room in the home. Reviewers regard this machine as excellent value for money and say it's fairly simple to put together.  

Lifting and toning
It may look a little basic compared to the others, but users have said it is great for those looking to get into weight lifting, or if you’re just looking to tone up a few muscles. 

This machine is a slice of the price of others, making it an ideal option for those who don't want to spend an entire month's wages on a new machine. Or if you know you won't be using it that often.

Things to know
One thing to note is that on some of the exercises, particularly the leg press, some of the jumps in weight are quite high. Those who are less advanced may find this a little tricky. 

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Best multi gym for beginners: MARCY ECLIPSE HG3000 COMPACT HOME GYM

7. Marcy Eclipse HG3000 Compact Home Gym

Best multi gym for beginners: professional looking piece of kit, this is the best multi gym for beginners

Size: H210cm x W91cm x D172cm
Weight: 117kg
Maximum User Weight: 135kg
Reasons to buy
+ A range of controlled exercises + Looks smart 
Reasons to avoid
- Only a 68kg max weight 

If you are new to weight training, opting for a machine with a slightly lower maximum weight is your best option – we suggest theMarcy Eclipse HG300 Compact Home Gym.

Maximum user weight
This machine has a max weight of 68kg. Although less than other machines, it's perfect for those who want to start off slowly and gradually build up their strength. We think it's a great option for starters and intermediate weight lifters. 

Range of exercises
You’ll still have all of the comprehensive exercises for upper and lower body. The machine comes with a preacher pad and leg extensions to cover your arms and legs when doing a complete body workout.

The machine itself if relatively compact for those who are short on space. Once assembled it's just 172cm long, 9cm wide and 210cm high.

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Best basic multi gym: V-fit LGF-2 Herculean Cobra Home Multi Gym

8. V-fit LGF-2 Herculean Cobra Home Multi Gym

Best basic multi gym: this basic multi gym will make you feel the burn in your muscles rather than in your wallet

Size: H194cm x W865cm x D220cm
Weight: 84.3kg
Maximum User Weight: 125kg
Reasons to buy
+ Fold-up bench for easy storage + Solid and sturdy 
Reasons to avoid
- Take a while to put together 

Those who still aren’t convinced whether to buy their own multi gym may want to try the V-fit LGF-2 Herculean Cobra Home Multi Gym out for size. It's entry level and also our second most affordable option on this list. 

Folds away
Users found this machine to be surprisingly impressive for the cost. One feature particularly boasted about was its fold away bench. This helps keep your room looking neat and tidy when the machine isn't in use. Also, since it provides up to 64kg of resistance, it can be assembled or moved to almost anywhere in your home without the worry of damaging your floor.

Lay flat option
While all our other options feature an upright seat, this model features a traditional lay-flat bench press design for those who like to work out their chest and tricep areas.

Have older children who'd like to use the machine too? It has an adjustable seat to adapt to different users, and weights are included. It's also fuss-free when it comes to cable changes.

Good to know
Some users commented that the machine takes a little while to put together, but once up it's reportedly strong and sturdy.

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Best luxury multi gym: Technogym Unica

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9. Technogym Unica

Best luxury multi gym: a luxury machine for the finest of home gyms

Size: HWD H207cm x 120cm x D184cm
Weight: 84.3kg
Maximum User Weight: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Stylish+Free delivery and install+Comes with stretching mat, ankle strap, pulley and standard handles, user manual, instructional DVD and maintenance kit
Reasons to avoid

Claiming to be one of the most comprehensive muscle strengthening systems available, the Technogym Unica doesn't compromise on quality and is a sleek and stylish addition to your home gym. 

This compact machine has a 90kg weight stack, and it allows users to perform 25 exercises in just one and a half square metres. Thanks to its great linkage system, there's no need to change any parts when switching between positions. 

High quality
This club-class home gym is made with high quality materials from chrome plated levers to thermosetting powder coatings, and its luxury upholstery provides a sleek and stylish finish. It'll be sure to jazz up an otherwise plain or dreary looking home gym, that's for sure.

It also has an adjustable seat, a large anatomically designed backrest and ergonomic padding for the utmost comfort, plus integrated wheels for easy transport. We think it's the best multi gym for those after something luxury, if you can look past the 5k price tag.

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What to consider when buying the best multi gym

A multi gym usually consists of a range of weights which allow you to do a range of different exercises all in one spot with just a simple change of a pin. It works via a cable and pulley system and the resistance can be changed to suit your needs when doing both upper and lower body exercises such as chest presses or leg extensions. 

The machines themselves are extremely heavy, so think about the space in your home and where you want to place it. Yes, you might think that turning your loft into a home gym is a brilliant idea, until you have to get a giant hunk of metal up there. 

A multi gym can cost anything up to around £5,000, but if you’re serious about your training, then they are definitely worth your while when it comes to building up strength. You can get both basic and more complex multi gyms depending on what kind of exercises and what level of resistance you want, but of course the bigger the machine, the more expensive it will be. 

If you are a beginner or you don’t have loads of space to work with in the home, then a single station machine is likely to be the most popular choice. This type of multi gym will feature one seat where you perform all of the exercises, thus it requires less room as it can be placed against a wall out of the way. For those more advanced who want something with more options, dual stations or multi-stations have the ability to accommodate more than one user at a time, and they usually feature more weights and exercise options. These, however, will take up more room as they require space around them when in use. 

Weight stack
Before purchasing, make sure you check the range of the weight stack, as you’ll want to ensure you have enough additional weight so that you can progress as you get fitter and stronger. If you already weight train, opting for 80kg and above will ensure you make the most of your multi gym, but if you’re just starting out, between 60 and 70kg should be sufficient. 

Adjustable seat?
Finally, make sure the seat on your chosen multi gym is adjustable, especially if more than one person will be using it. Some of the cheaper models will only have a fixed seat, but being able to adjust the seat will make for an easier workout for those above or below the average height range. 

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