When it comes to owning a home gym, not many of us have the luxury of space—unless you live in a 10 bedroom, 21,000 square foot piece of real estate, or probably plan to turn your garage, basement, or room into a gym studio.
Those aside, you will have to contend with the tough decision on how to fit sizable fitness machines in your living space, without compromising comfort and convenience.
Imagine having a treadmill, exercise bike, multi-gym, rowing machine, or some other bulky machines in one room. Even just one of these machines (standard size) will take up a significant amount of space in your living space.
Manufacturers and advertisers won’t help matters.
With SO MANY exercise equipment and fitness gears in the market, coming hard and fast every month, in their various types, specs, qualities, & prices, and for different purposes, a prospective buyer faces a tough decision of finding the best exercise equipment for his private gym. Factor in space consideration, it becomes an uphill feat.
So how you can make a wise purchase decision?
The thing to do will be to find a healthy balance between your need for space with other important considerations, ideally multifunction and cost.
So much for a simple exercise machine—isn’t it?
Not at all.
There is quite a few exercise equipment out there that feature the best of these three—space-saving, multifunctional, and affordable.
To take the pressure off your shoulders, we have rounded up some of the best exercise machines with SpaceSaver quality. Additionally, we included useful info on functionality, ease of use, among other things.
For this review, we have carefully selected a diverse range of exercise machines that offer both isolation and total workout benefits simultaneously. As we will note for each review, these machines can be used either at home or at the office, with ease, comfort, and convenience.
It’s time to build that home gym you’ve always desired.
Let’s go get it.
1. TREADMILL—Avari Magnetic Treadmill
- For strength, endurance, aerobics, or balance training
- Suitable for running, jogging, and walking
- Adjustable magnetic resistance
- Electronic data display for speed, distance, time, calories, pulse, etc.
- Small, simple and lightweight for portability
- Dual wheels for easy handling and transportation
- Foldable into a compact rectangular board for easy storage
- Padded railings for hand comfort
- Small deck size
One of the biggest charges against treadmills by its users is that they consume much room space with their bulk.
But not the Avari Magnetic Treadmill.
The Avari Magnetic Treadmill is a small treadmill with dimensions 47 L x 26 W x 44 H. This makes it ideal for use in a small home or office space. It weighs 63.75 lbs. and runs on a dual wheel, which makes it easy to handle or move around. It also has a foldable frame that transforms it into a small, compact, and portable rectangular board, making for easy storage.
This treadmill has an impressive electronic display that allows you to monitor speed, distance, time, calories, heart rate, and pulses, adding up to your workout returns.
One feature that we especially like about the Avari Magnetic Treadmill is that it doesn’t have to be plugged in. This means that it can be just about anywhere in your house—balcony, verandah, lobby, garden, poolside, dining, or even kitchen.
This machine doesn’t come without a small demerit, however: it has a small deck size. But this is no accident, as the manufacturers already knew this from the drafting stage. So to make up for this tiny downside, the clever makers applied a 3-action ingenuity: a textured, non-slip surface; an 8 degrees incline; and a skid-resistant rubber floor protectors.
As an extra protection, the rails are padded with foam for a firm comfortable handgrip. The entire machine has a sturdy steel frame that bears all the weight and intensity, without buckling.
Small-but-mighty, the Avari Magnetic Treadmill supports running, jogging, or walking.
Overall, we love this machine and recommend it without reserve.
2. INDOOR BIKE—MaxKare Foldable Magnetic Bike
- For strength, endurance, aerobics, and balance training
- A small, lightweight frame
- 3 in 1 exercise bike
- 8 intensity levels
- Foldable for easy and space-saving storage
- Wheels for easy transportation
- Armband training
- Comfortable, customizable seat and backrest for all user sizes
- LOTS MORE
- No significant demerit
Cloudy weather doesn’t have to stop you from riding your bike—at least not indoors. And certainly not when you have the MaxKare Foldable Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike.
The MaxKare Foldable Magnetic Bike is a small, light, and compact exercise bike that allows you to use it in almost any limited space. It also has a foldable frame that makes it easy to store away in a VERY small space. Thanks to its 37.7 L x 16.9 W x 44.5 H size.
When it comes to contending with machine weight, you needn’t even bother.
In addition to the MaxKare Foldable Magnetic Bike being lightweight, it also has wheels that make handling, transportation, and storage as easy as eating chocolate flakes.
This machine offers a lot than meets the eyes, given its tiny frame. It has a user-friendly digital monitor that lets you keep track of your workout progress readings in speed, distance, time, and calories. This LCD screen also lets you watch cool exercise or favorite videos while you workout.
It also has 8 resistance intensity levels which can be adjusted to suit the user. There is an armband for extra resistance training for the upper body, ideally, the arms and shoulders, making this MaxKare Exercise Bike more than your usual “leggy legs” type. The bike’s seat and backrest are adjustable to suit any user height, size, or comfort level, helping you exercise more efficiently.
What’s even more impressive is the 3-in-1 capability of the machine, which adds more diversity, fun, and gains to your overall experience with this machine. There are 3 key workout positions on this machine:
This position allows the rider to exercise in a more relaxed backward leaning angle with his back on the backseat for support. This position helps strengthen the upper body while relieving soreness in the area.
In this position, the rider sits in a slightly forward-leaning angle that allows for more intensity and subsequent gains.
For total body workout gains, the rider can assume the upright sitting position, which adds pressure on arms and shoulders. This way, your upper body can be worked at the same time as the lower part, hence, giving you a more balanced training.
This machine is ideal for every user type: the young, working-class or elderly, which makes it perfect for all settings—the park, office, or home—you name it.
No more lame rain pain. Grab an indoor bike for more train gains.
Get those calories running—with the MaxKare Foldable Magnetic Upright Exercise Bike.
3. ROWER MACHINE—Space Saving Adjustable Rower
- Strength, endurance and cardio fitness
- Work arms, shoulders, core, back, legs, and buttocks
- Small and lightweight
- Upgraded, molded seat from the comfort
- Large footplates
- Aluminum rowing beam
- Adjustable, hydraulic resistance
- 10 resistance levels
- Larger electronic monitor with tablet holder
- Entertainment with tablet
- Steel frame and construction
- Foldable for compact storage
- Assembly required
- The monitor requires one AA battery
The Space Saving Adjustable Rower, is a new and improved version, with a SpaceSaver design optimized for ease and convenience of use in limited settings, ideally your home or office.
With movements mimicking boat rowing, you can work your arms, shoulders, core, back, buttocks, or legs. Handle rowing and seat movements are easy, smooth, and comfortable. Thanks to the padded comfortable handgrips, the full-range extending handles, and the smooth sliding seat on aluminum rowing beam.
It has dimensions 49” L x 36” W x 20” H, which makes it small and space-effective, and a weight of 34 lbs., which makes it easy to handle, carry or store away. A compact, Space Saver frame that stands upright when folded allows for easier tucking away in a corner, without further interference until when needed again.
The Space Saving Adjustable Rower features upgraded, molded seat for comfort, larger footplates with straps for stability, 10 resistance levels for more intensity, a larger electronic monitor for workout/health data tracking (stroke count, time recording, calorie burned, and rounds gone), tablet holder capacity for entertainment while you train and lots more.
The machine is tough and durable, with steel frame & solid construction and aluminum rowing beam. These add up to 34 lbs. equipment weight and a 250 lbs. user weight capacity.
After your workout, you can easily fold it up (stands compact & upright) and keep it in a corner or store in a closet.
4. VIBRATION MACHINE—LifePro Waver Vibration Plate Machine
- Strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular health
- Weight loss, stress relief, blood/fluid circulation, bone density improvement
- Massaging effect that relieves joints and back pain
- Easy to use
- Light, compact and portable design
- SpaceSaver quality
- Easy to handle and store away
- Fair price range
- Requires electricity or battery
- One function
The LifePro Waver Plate Machine offers full-body wellness with vibrating oscillation movements that activate all muscle fibers in your body. Perfect for home use, this equipment is compact, light, and portable which allows for use in limited spaces, easy handling, storage, and space-saving satisfaction.
Special features include video library & guardian angels, easy storage with handle & wheel features, 99 adjustable intensity modes ranging from low to high, remote control device for easy access, anti-slip rubber on top & stabilization suction under for steady and safe workout.
These give you the confidence to go high-intensity, with a fast and effective workout, especially with the additional knowledge that your machine has low-impact tech protection.
The device measures 27.3” L x 15.3” W x 5.9” H, weighs 31 lbs. and supports a user weight of 330 lbs.
This makes it a super durable device and a long term investment.
5. DUMBBELLS—Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells
- Strength, endurance, aerobics, balance, and flexibility training
- For total body workout
- Flexible and multipurpose equipment
- Durable cast iron weight plates
- Textured chrome handle for firm & secure grip
- Compact and easy to handle
- Star-lock collars to prevent slip off
- SpaceSaver design
- Convertible to barbell
- Requires proper technique
Yes, dumbbells are generally space savers, due to their small, compact and portable design. But there are reasons we singled out the Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells.
Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells are your usual old-school iron-cast dumbbells that use a lock to fasten the weight plates securely in place. This particular dumbbell model comes in a set of two, both weighing 40 lbs. total, with extra weight plates available. Each dumbbell has 14” x 1” handle, four 3-lbs plates, four 5-lbs plates, and four collars.
The 14” long diamond knurled chrome handle offer firm, non-slip protection. And there’s another sweet angle to them. These two dumbbell handles can be joined into one long 14” + 14” bar which can be customized into a full sturdy barbell, thus, justifying the model name tag “adjustable”. This also adds flexibility and depth to your workout experience.
Like most dumbbells, the Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells are easy to use and store. Unlike most dumbbells, however, they take only seconds to assemble and take out.
Satisfying a one-type-fits-all quality, this pair of dumbbells makes it unnecessary to have multiple dumbbells in your limited space.
The Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells answer YES to your need for a space-saving, multifunctional, and affordable exercise equipment, making them a wise and long-term buy target.
6. FITNESSERY AB ROLLER—Ab Roller
- Endurance and flexibility training
- For abdominal muscles
- Shoulder and arm strengthening
- Small, compact, light and portable
- Super affordable
- Needs some agility
The Fitnessery Ab Roller helps you sculpt abs of steel while making your workout a little more challenging and a lot more fun. What’s interesting about this machine is that it simple, but has tremendous benefits.
For starters, this device is used mainly for abdominal muscle workout, but it trains the arms and shoulders in passing, adding strength to these areas. The range of motion required for working on this device requires a continuous, full forward-backward stretch while you go down on your belly. This helps you build flexibility and coordination while improving your endurance and burning calories with repetition.
It’s easy and convenient to use. The wide wheel gives fluid movements and stability for when you stretch out or pull back so that you don’t feel wobbly. Thanks to its non-slip rubber design, optimized to grip any surface. Meanwhile, the padded handles offer a firm, comfortable hand grip and extra balance, so your hands don’t slide off the handles and break your sequence.
The Fitnessery Ab Roller is small, lightweight, and compact. This means a lot of things: you can use it anywhere, anytime; it fits into any space; and it’s portable enough to carry around.
This ab roller is built for long-term use. That is why the makers choose a strong durable stainless steel material for its design.
- Ergonomically designed knee mat for protection
- E-book for abs workout
- E-book for an abs nutrition guide
7. BODY WEIGHT WORK BENCH—Total Gym APEX G3
- For strength, cardio, and flexibility training
- Total body workout
- 8 resistance levels and 70+ exercise programs
- Low impact
- Easy to use
- Foldable for easy storage
- Easy to set up
- 300 lbs. maximum weight
- Exercise chart, exercise guide, nutritional guide, and DVD
- Unboxing can be annoying
The NEW Total Gym APEX G3 is a piece of innovative, multifunctional gym equipment that offers unrivaled strength, cardio, and flexibility workouts. It features 8 resistance levels for workout intensity and 70+ exercise programs to choose from.
The machine includes cable pulley system, wing attachment, leg pull gear, dip bars, and squat stands, ensuring that you can get a full upper and lower body workouts. Whatever your fitness goals: to sculpt the body, tone muscles, burn calories, or improve cardiovascular health, you can trust the APEX G3 to show visible results in about 10-20 minutes per day, 3-5 days a week training routine in about one month of dedicated use.
Purchase EXTRAS includes Total Gym workout training programs like exercise chart, exercise guidebook, nutritional guidebook, and an introductory DVD. You can also have access to the on-demand Total Gym TV’s video platform where you can join a community of like-minded people led in live training sessions by world-class gym coaches. It’s all interactive and fun.
The APEX G3 has dimensions 93” L x 15.5” W x 43.25” H and a foldable frame for easy storage in small spaces. It has a 300 lbs. maximum user weight strength. The entire bulk is supported by a sturdy steel frame with a 53 lbs. support force. This makes it durable and long-term effects.
Overall, the machine is convenient and fun—you will love it.
8. PULL-UP BAR—Fit Deluxe Doorway Pull-Up Bar
- For strength, endurance, aerobic, balance and flexibility training
- Small, light, and portable
- Versatile for a wide range of door
- No, bother with storage
- Adjustable grip
- Great price
- 250 lbs. maximum weight load
- Sturdy and durable steel construction
- Easy to assemble, install and use
- Built mainly for upper body
- Requires agility
Sometimes all you need to work your arms, core, chest, and back is a doorway. Our J/Fit Deluxe Doorway Pull-Up Bar allows you to turn your doorway into a fitness accessory—work way.
It is a 40-inch wide pull-up bar that allows a versatile range of workout programs: pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, dips for arms, core, chest, back, respectively. Interestingly, you can also perform gymnastics on this bar, for more workout gains.
Don’t worry about the risk of fall.
The J/Fit Pull-Up Bar is built tough and sturdy with a weight-bearing capacity of 250 lbs. For extra safety, the bar is securely fastened with tighter threads and toggle ends.
Adjustable hand grips allow you to put the grips where they feel more convenient and comfortable for you. You can keep them close, shoulder width, or wide apart—suit yourself!
Another amazing feature of this flexible gym piece is that it fits almost any doorway width, ideally 26”-40” wide. It will look nice on yours too. Won’t you love to wake up in the morning, jump unto this bar and pump out a few pull-ups on the go? Strategically positioned in your doorway, working out will always be on your mind—no more excuses. Do you want that result? Go get it!
To be fair, we think this J/Fit Deluxe Doorway Pull-Up Bar, more than our other listed items, satisfies best the requirements for affordability, portability, functionality, and convenience.
9. JUMP ROPE— SPORTBIT Jump Rope
- Strength, endurance, aerobics, balance and flexibility training
- Full body workout
- Improves coordination
- Perfect for HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
- Calories burned
- Tones the body
- Improves breathing efficiency
- Completely portable
- Not for muscle building
When it comes to home gym equipment, the best gears are not necessarily the bulkiest ones. The smaller gym accessories often prove to be more versatile in functionality and more flexible for user types.
The jump rope is one such gear.
Jump ropes are one of the cheapest, yet most rewarding exercise gears on our list (and everywhere else, as a matter of fact). Rope training offers one advantage over most other workout types: they are suitable for everybody and fun to do. That explains why even school kids catch so much excitement doing them.
If you want to lose bodyweight faster, improve cardiovascular health, raise your fitness level, and add spice to your workout routine, then you should consider throwing rope training into the mix.
For best purchase, you will need a jump rope that is light, durable, and feels good; and something that can fit into your pocket so that you can train whenever and wherever you please.
May we suggest the SPORTBIT Jump Rope?
The SPORTBIT Jump Rope is a small, portable, durable, and cost-effective unisex jump rope for speed skipping. It comes with an adjustable 10 ft. or 300 cm long cable which makes it perfect for persons of any height. The 0.41 ft. or 12.5 cm long handle feels firm and comfortable in your grips, while the foam material cord feels gives extra weight and control.
These make your workout experience with the SPORTBIT Jump Rope easy, comfortable, and more productive.
The jump rope package includes an exercise e-book guide and a bag.
Warranty range from 3-6 months.
The SPORTBIT Jump Rope offers those qualities that buyers have always asked for. It is small, light, and portable. It also feels good and is fun to use—anywhere, anytime.
10. ESCAPE DECK—Escape Fitness Multi-Purpose Deck
- For strength, endurance, aerobics, and balance training
- Compact and lightweight
- SpaceSaver design
- Easy to use
- 16 configurations for diversity and convenience
- Incorporates resistance band training
- Strong and durable
- Anti-slip safety tech
- Especially for cardio
First: We love this machine!
The Escape Fitness Multipurpose Fitness Deck is much more than a step platform. It is a multi-configurable exercise deck that allows a diverse range of workout programs.
You can get a full cardio workout with the step on and off movements that mimic climbing stairs but in a continuous action-reverse sequence.
You can quickly switch to a different program by changing the equipment’s configuration so that the deck top lies at an incline. This position requires you to perform power steps up and down the deck at this angle.
You can also jump from side to side across both sides of the equipment, in downhill, uphill movements. With this same incline, you can lie flat on your back on this deck, while you push sit-ups, for abs workout. The same deck position is perfect is inclined push-ups.
This device offers upper and lowers body workout benefits. To perform either, make sure the device is in its original inactive flat benchtop form. Then simply pull back the top, which switches to backrest mode, slanting at an incline. Doing this transforms the machine into a strong platform with the top adjustable to 2 different incline levels. This allows you to work your upper body and lower body, with adjustments tweaked to preference.
Interestingly, the Escape Deck can also be used for weight training during a bench press. Its backrest is sturdy enough to support the inclined bench press.
What’s more? You can even latch a resistance band unto this device for some resistance training.
The Escape Fitness Deck supports whole body workout, using its unique 16 configuration settings—and it’s all simple, easy, and convenient!
Switch machine configurations and change exercise programs quickly, without much pause to break your sequence.
This fitness equipment is strong and durable, with a tremendous weight-bearing capacity surprising for a device so small. We wouldn’t expect less. For a device that bears such constant weight pressure from continuous stepping and jumping on top of it during workouts, and its remarkable ability to serve as a workout bench for the bench press exercise.
Escape Deck has dimensions 8” (flat), 38” (extended) x 12” x 48” and weight 28.7 lbs. These make it a small, compact, portable, and lightweight fitness equipment, ideal for limited home or office space.
Let’s not forget,
You’re protected all through your workout with an anti-slip rubber top deck that uses smart grips to prevent you from skidding off the deck. This boosts your confidence and powers your energy as you push toward your workout goals.
There you have it—our top 10 picks for best exercise machines for small spaces. Our list balances SpaceSaver quality with other important factors like functionality and cost. This gives you the best investment decision for a home gym.
Check out what’s best for you, then make an order.
You might also want to check out our article on the Best Home Gyms for Home use.
This resource makes a comprehensive review of 10 best home gyms (also called multi-gym) you should consider if you’re hard-pressed for space.
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