This is an in-depth review of the Vanswe adjustable weight bench 1,000 lbs capacity, cost at time of my purchase was: $229.00 (photos attached)…
Shipment: My shipment arrived on time. Box was in perfect condition. I have never seen anything boxed like this weight bench. Packed in a really heavy cardboard box, 4 individual yellow plastic straps which were then completely covered with heavy duty transparent packing tape so they couldn’t be snapped in transit or work their way loose.
Shipment Rating: Excellent!
Opening the box: Amazed to find every side inside the box was lined with a wood panel, further insuring nothing could penetrate the box from either the inside or the outside to avoid damage in transit. All components were compartmentalized, and each piece was further protected by either Styrofoam, additional cardboard boxes inside, and every piece was completely wrapped and sealed in plastic bubble wrap.
Packaging Rating: Excellent!
Assembly: I worked completely alone to assemble. It’s important to know that I am neither mechanically inclined, nor do I often finding myself having to assemble things, so I have absolutely no expertise in putting things together, either from instructions or diagrams. There were in fact no step-by-step directions included. What was included was their manual which showed a numbered schematic of this weight bench numbering each part and showing where to attach each part to assemble. The small parts (mostly nuts and bolts) were all separately packaged and individually labeled in their own plastic bags. Working completely alone I put this together either using a combination of a small adjustable wrench and/or a ratchet wrench alone depending on how tight I needed to make the provided bolts. An Allen wrench also came provided to tighten two bolts. I completed assembly in just under one hour. I’m pretty sure I could have accomplished this even quicker if step-by-step instructions were enclosed which might have outlined a more efficient order to make assembling the bench even quicker.
How to Assemble Rating: Good!
Minor Problems: My unit came with one nut from one bolt missing, and two plastic end caps partially damaged. Enclosed with the weight bench came a black plastic, (credit card size) card with Vanswe’s customer service phone number. I immediately called, was told to put what I needed in an email to them (I was not asked to, however, I also provided photos of the two damaged end caps). The very next morning Vanswe responded. They had already ordered the plastic parts from an independent company, and within three days I received the nut from them and the plastic parts from a different vendor a few days later. They also followed up with me in a very timely manner to insure that the parts arrived and that I felt all my problems had been corrected in a timely fashion; I was!
Personal Review of Bench: My personal review after using this bench: It looks fantastic, actually even better than pictured! I am 5’10” and have friends who are 6’4” who worked out on this bench. All agree it is very stable in every position. Absolutely no fear of the back brace failing; no side wobble or movement of any kind. The back board (for the person who is 6’4”), found their head completely supported and on the board in all positions.
Recommendations: I also glued very large plastic furniture gliders to each of the three feet of this weight bench (SEE MY THIRD PHOTO showing one large slider on the front foot and two smaller round ones (not pictured) under the two rear feet). It now glides effortlessly over rugs and tile flooring without damage. Lifting with the built in handle works fine. I just find sliding it around to get it out of the way when moving it to do different exercises is quicker, easier, and a more efficient way of moving the bench around as opposed to lifting and wheeling it around.
Rating: Very Good!
Conclusion: My experience with both this company, its people and its product is that they are all top notch. I can only wish all company’s went out of their way to please their customers the way Vanswe does. I would not hesitate to purchase from this company again.