You could be reading this with a swollen thumb on your foot because you accidentally hit it against one of your 20 lb dumbbell lying on the floor. If not – phew, that’s good news! Dumbbell racks are useful to not only make your home gym look like a pro, it can also keep your toes in one piece.
The best dumbbell rack for you is the one that can hold all of your weights. If you have just a few lying around, then you could go with an A Frame. But if you have an army of weights ready to serve you, then you’ll want a strong and sturdy rack to house them.
From all the selections you can choose, here are 5 best rated options available:
- Best Dumbbell Rack – 2017 Update
- 1 – Apex Marcy 3-Level Dumbbell Rack
- 2 – CAP Barbell Black A Frame Dumbbell Rack
- 3 – XMark Fitness 4 ft. Three Tier Dumbbell Rack XM-3107
- 4 – Body Solid GDR363 3-Tier Horizontal Dumbbell Rack
- 5 – Fitness Republic Steel Dumbbell Rack 3/5 Holder
- Dumbbell Rack Buyer’s Guide
Best Dumbbell Rack – 2017 Update
Here are the individual dumbbell rack reviews for further information:
1 – Apex Marcy 3-Level Dumbbell Rack
The Apex Marcy 3-Level Dumbbell rack is a sturdy one that can hold up to 800 lbs. With this much capacity, you aren’t limited to a 5-50 lb set like the XM-3107. You can use it to store various sizes of dumbbells, but the length of the rack will limit how many weights you can place at once. However, if you plan to store small size dumbbells (such as 1 lbs to 9 lbs), the width of the rack is too large. You can opt to buy an A-frame model rack if you plan to store small dumbbells.
Like the XM-3107, this rack has an angled rack design that makes it easy for your to pick up and put down dumbbells when you are training. The rack is easy to assemble and can be assembled as quick as 15 minutes. Some customers require more than one or two hours for assembly, depending on your skill level. For easy assembly, you should keep the nuts loose and tighten them once the unit is assembled. Some customers decide to modify the rack and install the front lip upside down to reduce pinch hazard and have easy access to big weights.
The major complaint with the Apex Marcy is that many customers receive bad shipping. Packaging may be poor and cause dents, scratches, and other damages to the rack. On top of that, some buyers report that pieces were missing, especially the nuts and bolts needed to assemble the rack. Those that receive poor shipping choose to replace the missing parts themselves or return the rack to the company to receive replacements. But repackaging the box, sending it, and waiting for replacements can take a long time. The good news is that many customers receive the product in perfect condition.
2 – CAP Barbell Black A Frame Dumbbell Rack
The CAP brand is a popular one when it comes to fitness equipment. It’s no surprise that the Barbell Black A Frame Dumbbell Rack is one of the best-sellers on our list. You can use this A-frame rack to hold five pairs of cast iron, neoprene and rubber hex dumbbells up to 200 lbs.
The small size of the rack make it a good choice if you aren’t looking for a big rack like the Xmark XM-3107. It’s a good match for those of you living in limited space, such as a small apartment. The highlight of this rack is that it has one of the most affordable prices among other racks. It lacks in storage capacity, but it makes up for it in price and compact size.
It’s relatively easy to assemble. Customers have assembled it within half an hour, although some other customers report they had a difficult time. It’s designed to hold pairs of 5 lbs, 10 lbs, 15 lbs, 20 lbs, and 25 lbs. If you want to store bigger or heavier weights, they may not fit as the space between the slots are very close. In this case, it’s a good idea to invest in a big rack for storing heavy weights.
Other than the close slots, the width of the resting place for the weights may cause a bit of a problem. You have to be careful not to pinch or smash your fingers when placing a dumbbell because the space is tight. It’s a noticeable inconvenience when you’re trying to quickly change between sets and need to use the heavy weights.
One major and very common complaint about this rack is that it has a very disturbing odor once it is unpacked. Many customers complain about the odor so much that they discarded the item and bought another brand. The odor comes from chemicals used in construction of the rack, and could cause harm for people that are sensitive to smells or pregnant women.
Many buyers took the risk of buying this rack despite of the many negative reviews about the odor. Some customers report that placing the rack outside for a week couldn’t make the smell go away. Other customers report that their product came with a slight smell that is almost not noticeable. Some buyer were able to to wash the parts before assembly and let it dry to reduce the odor. Despite the smell, this rack is one of the most favorite because it is affordable and well-built. But if you live in a confined space, can’t handle strong odors, or have a pregnant spouse, you may want another brand.
3 – XMark Fitness 4 ft. Three Tier Dumbbell Rack XM-3107
Similar to the Body Solid GDR363, the Xmark Fitness XM-3107 holds a complete set of ten pairs of round or hex dumbbells, from 5 lb to 50 lbs. What makes this rack better than the one before is that it has angled shelves. Angled shelves make it easier for you to pick up and put down dumbbells than racks that aren’t angled.
You can use it to store dumbbells from other brands, but using the XM-3301 dumbbell set is a good match. Although it’s designed to hold ten pairs, some customers can store up to thirteen pairs of dumbbells on the rack. It shows that the XM-3107 offers great storage capacity and safety at a relatively friendly price.
The rack has a tall shelf lip to securely hold the dumbbells in place, reducing the risk of a safety hazard if you have little children at home. But these lips are quite sharp and can cut into your dumbbells if they are made of plastic. Simply put down or pick up your dumbbells slowly to avoid accidents.
This rack has scratch-resistant powder coat finish that makes it resistant to rust and color fading. It has a sturdy construction that allows it to hold the dumbbells without bending. However, some customers report that heavy dumbbells make the rack bend a bit, especially 50-60 lb dumbbells. The shelves are 48 inches wide, which makes it a bit large for small spaces that are common among home gyms. If you want to get this rack, make sure you have enough space for it.
4 – Body Solid GDR363 3-Tier Horizontal Dumbbell Rack
The Body Solid GDR363 is a spacious dumbbell rack that can hold many pairs of dumbbells. It’s made from heavy-gauge steel that’s sturdy. The design of the rack allows it to be placed against a wall at the corner of your room or at the center. The width of the rack is 43” wide so make sure that you have the space in your home gym if you want to get this rack.
The rack can hold nine pairs of hexagonal dumbbells, from 5 lbs to 50 lbs. It means that you can store one pair of each weight, from 5 lbs up to 50 lbs. You can buy the dumbbells from Body Solid (the DRS550 5-50-Pound Rubber Hex Dumbbell Set) to get a perfect match but you can use other brands just as well. Note that this rack is not made to store weights heavier than 50 lbs. If you want to use this rack to store heavy weights, you will only get to store a partial set. It’s better to get a bigger rack like the GDR60-GDRT6 combo if you are going to store heavy weights.
This rack rusts easy if often exposed to sweat so you want to be careful when picking up and placing dumbbells. But the tiers on the rack aren’t staggered, so it’s not easy for you to access the lower tiers.
The most common complaint about this rack is that the construction is difficult. Many customers say that the holes on the brackets and frames don’t all line up. Some needed to drill holes or hammer the frames to make them fit. But you can avoid this issue by not tightening the screws too early until you have the pieces lined up and ready to fit.
5 – Fitness Republic Steel Dumbbell Rack 3/5 Holder
The Fitness Republic Steel Dumbbell Rack is a sturdy rack at an affordable price. You can use it to stack neoprene, vinyl, and rubber dumbbells from Fitness Republic or other brands. If you want to stack chrome or cast iron dumbbells, a different dumbbell rack would be suitable.
The rack is available in two sizes:
- 3 holder model that can hold up to 120 lbs
- 5 holder model that can hold up to 200 lbs
This rack is compact in size and occupies a small space in your home gym. It’s made from easy steel construction that provides sturdy and well-balanced support when you’re working out intensely. The rack is very solid and doesn’t wobble when you place weights only on one side. It’s easy to move around in case you need to rearrange your home gym equipment for optimum space.
The screws are resistant towards rust and oil compound accumulation, making this rack last long. You can use it to stack dumbbells from brands other than Fitness Republic, but you must make sure that the dumbbells have a grip length of 3 inches or larger.
One item to note is that the rack comes unassembled. You have to construct it yourself following the step by step instructions. It’s easy enough that you only need around half an hour to assemble it. But some customers who have bought it report that it can be a hassle to assemble.
The plastic slot where you place the dumbbells come off easy. You may want to make them stick with glue so they don’t come off when you pick up weights. Some customers complain that the space between the slots is a tight squeeze. If you have big hands, be careful when picking up the weights.
Dumbbell Rack Buyer’s Guide
Weight racks are a good way to organize your weights. When you start progressing along your weight lifting training, you might need to get multiple weights, whether fixed or adjustable dumbbells. Rather than have these weights lying around on your floor and risking someone trips over them, it’s better to get an adequate rack so you can place your weights safely and neatly.
It should be noted that you don’t need these racks if you are just starting out, since you won’t be using many weights yet. However, if you want to work with multiple weights at once, it’s easier to set up your own using lifting bars and weight plates and then placing them on the rack. This way, you won’t spend too much time adjusting the weight for each set you do.
When you’re shopping for a dumbbell rack, there are several criteria you must notice. These criteria help you find the best dumbbell rack that is suitable for your needs. Depending on what you are looking for, some of these criteria may be more important to you than others. Let’s take a look:
1. Type of Dumbbell Rack
The dumbbells that you use determine the type of rack that you need. Certain types of racks better fit certain types of dumbbells. If you buy the type of rack that doesn’t fit your dumbbells, you may end up not being able to use the rack at all. There are two main types of racks that we review here:
- A Frame. The A Frame rack is shaped like the letter A. It’s compact in size compared to a 3-tier rack, which makes it suitable for small spaces like studio apartments. If you exercise using only small or light weights, then an A Frame rack may be better for you than a 3-tier one. This type of rack is often used to store neoprene, vinyl and rubber dumbbells but you can store cast iron ones too. Since it’s small and has limited capacity, it often has a low price tag too.
- 3 Tier. The 3 Tier rack has 3 tiers or rows where you can place your dumbbells. It’s bigger in size compared to an A Frame rack, which means it takes up space in your home gym. 3 Tier racks may be designed straight or angled. Many people prefer the angled design because it makes it easier to pick up heavy dumbbells on the bottom tier than on a straight design. This type of rack is a good fit for you if you store many or heavy dumbbells (like a 5-50 lb set). If you want to store small dumbbells, this type of rack may not suit you because the dumbbells could be too small for the width of the rack. The capacity and security of this type of rack comes at a higher price compared to the A Frame type.
2. Capacity Storage of the Rack
Different people exercise with different weights. Some people are just starting to train with weights while others are expanding their weight sets. If you are just beginning weight training, then you may not need a rack at all and just keep your dumbbells neatly on the floor. But once you start to collect a variety of weight sizes, then a rack becomes necessary for convenience, safety, and appearance.
Depending on how many weights you have so far, you may need a rack with a small capacity or a big capacity. The limitation with small capacity racks is that one day you will outgrow them and have to buy a separate rack. The limitation with large capacity racks is that they cost more and take up more space than a small one.
You may want to choose a large capacity rack even if you are just beginning if you think that you will progress quickly in your weight training. Some people have bought 3 tier racks and used them not only for storing dumbbells, but also for storing weight plates and curl bars (with slight modifications to the rack, of course).
3. Your Budget
Some of the racks here cost more or less than the others. The A Frame racks have a lower cost than the 3 tier racks, but they hold less capacity than the 3 tiers. The 3 tier racks cost more than the A Frames, but they can hold a bigger amount of weights. That said, the prices of the racks we review here are on the affordable side of the spectrum when you compare it to other racks that we don’t review here. You can click on the links on the comparison table at the beginning of this page to check for the latest prices for each rack.
Choose one of these racks to add safety and convenience to your home gym. When you have a rack inside your gym, you will feel more motivated to workout since your room looks like a professional training room. You also have the added benefit of having a neat workout space.