The 5 Best Leg Curl Machines [Ranked]
Leg curl and leg extension machines exercise leg muscles on different sides of your legs. Leg curls work on the back of the leg (Source).
This posterior leg exercise requires that you sit or lie down as you bend your knee (Source).
Leg extensions require that you straighten your leg against weighted resistance, exercising the muscles on the anterior or front of the leg (Source).
Purchasing a dedicated leg curl and extension machine for your home gym can be a great way to rehab a knee or leg injury, or to focus on developing your hamstrings and quadriceps for enhanced speed, balance and coordination (Source).
The Bottom Line
The best value buy is the Marcy Utility Bench- it provides leg extensions and leg curls, while also adjusting to incline, flat and decline configurations. It's not as sturdy as some of the other, more expensive options, but if you're on a budget it's a solid option.
As opposed to the Marcy Bench, the Body-Solid and XMark are seated-style leg extension & curl machines, while the Deltech is really an Olympic bench that includes an integrated leg extension and curl functionality.
The Powerline, like the Marcy machine, is a bench-style option, but is higher-end, sturdier and easily handles up to 250 lbs for quadricep extensions.
Our Top Pick: The XMark Leg Curl Machine
- Strong hamstrings and quadriceps are crucial for balance, speed, and coordination. XMark’s rotary leg extension and curl machine isolates the quadriceps and hamstrings while providing a full range of motion through each movement.
The XMark leg curl machine features a 12 position thigh pad, a 20 position press arm and a fully adjustable backrest pad.
Besides leg curls, it also provides leg extensions- and buyers say that it was relatively easy to assemble.
Unlike the Mary leg curl machine, it's a sturdier build that accommodates heavier weights without wobbling.
Plus you can load weights on its back to ensure it remains balanced. You might find that if you're doing heavy leg work that you'll max out 45 lb. plates on it.
One buyer told us, though, that he loaded it with 300 lbs and as long as it was properly counter-balanced with weights on its back, it didn't become insecure. In addition, buyers commend the quality of the padding as well as the responsiveness of the customer service. Overall, a great addition to home gyms.
|Leg Curl & Extension Machines||Our Rating||Price ($)|
|The Marcy Leg Extension & Curl Bench||4.1||$|
|The Body-Solid Series Leg Extension & Curl Machine||3.9||$$$|
|The XMark Leg Extension and Curl Machine||4.6||$$$|
|The Deltech Fitness Leg Extension & Curl Machine||4.7||$$$|
|The Powerline Leg Extension & Curl Machine||3.9||$$|