The Best Ab Machines of 2018

Whether you want to tone your muscles, lose the flab or sculpt your body to a perfect specimen, there are many ways to get it done. Lying on a balance ball or doing push-ups works. Whatever kind of abdominal workout you choose, it will help strengthen and tone the core. But if you want to speed things up and get better results, you should invest in an ab machine. It is important to note that a machine alone won’t help you get a flat stomach. You still may need to change up your diet and do more cardio workouts like those recommended in my guide: the Best Abdominal and Core Exercies. With that in mind, below are reviews of the ten best ab machines of 2018:

If you need to get yourself an ab machine to exercise from home, you might consider getting yourself the Rodeo Core. This is exercise equipment that will not give you problems when you're fitting it in your home space because it features a compact and lightweight design. It does not occupy a lot of space, and moving it from one place to the next does not require a lot of effort.

You could get yourself this fitness equipment to tone your core muscles since it provides you with total body workout. You can rely on it to reshape your stomach, waist, back, and thighs by engaging your core and upper leg muscles. The equipment has a maximum weight limit of 250 pounds, and it is easy to use. Moreover, it requires no electricity; you just use your body weight and motion, and you're good to go. Another impressive detail is that it has three height variations, allowing you to adjust it according to your size. Moreover, it has a reversible forward and backward motion.

PROS

  • It is easy to use
  • Economically priced
  • The equipment provides total body workout
  • It is compact and lightweight

CONS

  • The seat is a little uncomfortable
  • It’s a bit noisy

The next item that I thought you could get yourself for your ab exercises is the Circulator Hula Chair. This chair does the Hula when you are in it. Hula is a Polynesian dance characterized by undulating hips, miming the movements of the arms and hands. Interestingly, you can use this as a chair when you're not exercising. See, it is suitable for workout-from-home equipment.

It is especially suitable for exercising your lower back, but you can also rely on it to use your whole body. The Hawaii Chair is mostly meant for women, and it serves individuals that have leg or foot problems well. Besides being relied upon for weight loss purposes, this chair helps you maintain the flexibility of your hips and belly. It is also known to help with indigestion and constipation courtesy of its rhythmic movements. Additionally, its steady motion can help to enhance your balance and coordination when it works in your lumbar area. It can also help to reduce minor aches, stiffness, and pains on your lower back.

PROS

  • It maintains hips and belly flexibility
  • Can be used as a chair
  • Ideal for the lower back
  • It helps ease indigestion and constipation

CONS

  • The equipment might be too heavy for some users

Working out no longer has to involve going to the gym. You can sculpt your core from the comfort of your home or office using some of the equipment available in the market. If you are looking to carry out ab exercises from home, you could consider equipping yourself with the OSIM iGallop Core and Abs Exerciser. This equipment is designed to help you shape and tone your hips, tummy, and thighs. The fitness equipment keeps you fit through its zero-impact, tri-axial riding action.

Using this equipment helps you to tone your core because your body responds to its lateral movements. It also has a delicate balance that engages various muscle groups on your body to enhance posture and coordination. Interestingly, no assembly is required because it comes assembled. As such, you can start exercising as soon as you bring it home. Moreover, it has quiet motions – something that allows you to watch TV even as you exercise. The iGallop also features compact and sturdy construction, and it is easy to use.

PROS

  • It maintains hips and belly flexibility
  • Can be used as a chair
  • Ideal for the lower back
  • It helps ease indigestion and constipation

CONS

  • The equipment might be too heavy for some users

This is the last item on our review and is ideal for abdominal exercises. This compact and sturdy fitness equipment comes with numerous benefits. If your exercise goals include improving your balance, building core strength, increasing metabolism and blood circulation, and correcting posture, then this might be the one for you.

The core exerciser uses dual motions to simulate the actions of horseback riding. It is capable of providing you with the exercise you need because it features a horizontal 8 motion and an up and down motion. These motions will throw you off balance, forcing your muscles to contract and relax as you try to stay upright and balanced. This exercise is commonly referred to as the counter-balance exercise. It is useful in reaching different muscles including muscles of the quadriceps, thighs, glutes, and hamstrings, as well as the deep postural muscles of the pelvis. Interestingly, this kind of exercise achieves outstanding results, yet you barely do anything.

PROS

  • It comes in a sturdy construction
  • It increases blood circulation and metabolism
  • It enhances your balance
  • The equipment is easy to use

CONS

  • Free swinging stirrups are needed to improve functionality
  • Not suitable for tall people

This workout machine is specially designed to work your oblique's and core as well as the upper, middle and lower abs. When it comes to affordability, this trainer is incredibly cheap one doesn't have to spend a lot of money to getting the perfect stomach. The manual gives clear, easy-to-follow directions on how to set up this bad boy. 

It only weighs 10 pounds, which makes it very easy to store away when not in use. Another notable feature of this ab machine is that it comes with instructional videos and a meal plan, both of which are easy to follow. This eliminates the need to pay for expensive workout CDs or go to the gym. The backrest has padded massage rollers pivot your body while the padded swivel seat does a good job of strengthening and toning your core.

PROS

  • Three types of resistance springs for all fitness levels
  • Comfortable
  • Folds away for easy storage
  • Affordable

CONS

  • Very little difference between the springs

While it is easy to hit the gym and perform the usual strength-training routine, neglecting your core can undo your efforts. This machine is designed to work and strengthen your core as well as back muscles. It offers a complete workout for the internal and external oblique’s as well as the Transversus and Rectus Abdominus. Its set of impressive features includes an adjustable chest pad that allows one to perform reverse crunches, hence a stronger back. 

The foot support has an adjustable range of 18.25 inches to 21.25 inches with three optional pin adjustments. This machine can also be used with standard plates with 1" center hole. You can also opt for Olympic plates with 2-inch center hole using an adapter. Also included with the purchase is an Olympic Spring Clip and Olympic Adapter.

PROS

  • Adjustable chest pad allows for up to 28 options for ab and back function
  • Comfortable to use
  • Several adjustments help create a good balance for the perfect workout

CONS

  • Doesn’t come with weights

This all-in-one core and ab workout machine features an innovative, sleek design with twelve hydraulic tension levels. This allows you to start your workouts light and increase resistance gradually. It is designed to use the entire body to push and pull consistently, hence creating an intense compound system. As s result, this strengthens and tones more than just the abdominal muscles. 

It only weighs 24 pounds, which makes it easy to store away after use. It comes with a steel frame and can carry individuals of up to 255 pounds. Another impressive feature is the robust hydraulic cylinder and padded seat that allows for comfortable workouts.

PROS

  • It strengthens and tones the whole body
  • 12 resistance levels
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • Not the best for seniors who can’t workout for more than 10 minutes

This ab machine is easy to assemble and utilizes reverse resistance technology to shape your body. It has 6 level adjustable with an electronic counter. The legs bent on the mat to provide a safe yet effective workout, and when adjusted to 4 stalls, this machine provides the ultimate strength and cardio training while toning your abdominal muscles. 

It is suitable for all adults and can accommodate a maximum weight of 220 pounds.

PROS

  • Get intensive workouts
  • Easy to use
  • Can be used by anyone

CONS

  • It is pricey compared to other models on this list

If you want to up your crunch game, the Perfect Fitness Crunch will help you get it done. It is designed to target your core by ensuring that crunches are done right. It features a breathable mesh canopy that provides adequate support for the shoulders, neck, and head when performing crunches. You can also flip this bad boy and use it for dips and pushups. It is perfect for all fitness levels, and a must have in your ab machine collection.

PROS

  • Can be flipped for pushups, dips and total body workouts
  • Breathable mesh canopy helps reduce strain on head and neck
  • Perfect for all fitness levels
  • Performing crunches has never been more effective or comfortable

CONS

  • Not the best option for those over five feet tall

The GoPlus New Ab Power Fitness Abdominal Trainer provides an easy way for one to tone their abs and get that flat stomach they've always wanted. Five minutes only on this trainer every day will get you amazing abs, thighs, and buns. Its sturdy steel frame can support a maximum weight of 250 pounds. 

There is an integrated LCD fast fitness computer gives you updates on moves made per minute, time and calories burnt. There are four resistance levels, thus allowing you to gradually intensify your sessions. Setting up only takes a few minutes and doesn't require professional help.

PROS

  • LED computer display provides information about your workouts
  • Easy to set-up
  • Sturdy steel frame
  • Four adjustment levels to gradually intensify your workouts

CONS

  • Pricey

Constructed using gym quality steel, the Ab Circle Pro Home Fitness Machine has three levels of resistance for all fitness levels. Circular motion on this machine helps tone the core including lower and upper abs as well as the obliques. A simple adjustment converts this to a bun, thigh and leg toning machine. Being a foldable machine, it can be easily stored in small spaces including under the bed or in a closet. 

Another impressive feature is the smooth, friction-free track that reduces strain on your back and knees. Also included in the purchase is a "Lose Your Love Handles" nutrition guide and "Express Workout" DVD to get started. Unfortunately, this machine could use knee padding. Some people have complained about awkward posture and screws falling off. All in all, it's a great investment for someone in need of intense ab workouts.

PROS

  • Workout DVD and nutrition guide
  • Circular motion that targets your core
  • Three resistance levels for varied workout intensities• Friction-free track

CONS

  • Could benefit from knee padding
  • Awkward posture
  • Screws fall off easily

This is a home workout equipment designed to strengthen the core and give your rock hard abs you always wanted. Compared to its predecessor, this model is more compact and allows for more portability. Unlike most workout equipment, there is no need to assemble the Wonder Core Smart Fitness Equipment as it comes ready to use. 

It is built to target several muscle groups including biceps, triceps, calves, forearms, gluts, thighs, oblique's as well as the upper, middle and lower abs for the ultimate body workout. It has adjustable dual resistance, and the purchase also includes an Exercise DVD and Fitness Guide to get you started.

PROS

  • Designed to target the entire core and other muscle groups
  • Durable
  • Doesn’t require assembling

CONS

  • Too small for bigger people
  • Springs get weaker and squeak with time

I am not sure if I should refer to this wheel a machine or not. However, I know that when it comes to powerful arms and the perfect ripped abs, the Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro works your core tremendously. It eliminates the possibility of performing sit-ups and crunches wrongly for the maximum benefit. 

best ab machines

Compared to cheap ab wheels that are made out of plastic, this model features a carbon steel spring that powers the kinetic assist engine. The angled, ergonomic hand grips are a nice way to work the abdominal muscles as well as arm muscles. Also included with the purchase is a 21-day digital workout plan with easy to follow instructions. And while it is more expensive than most ab wheels, the extra features and build quality are certainly worth the money.

PROS

  • Comes with a 21-day digital workout plan
  • Comes with a limited 90-day warranty
  • Intensive abdominal and arm workouts
  • Carbon steel spring drives rubberized wheel

CONS

  • It’s expensive

Conclusion

With the fast paced life of the 21st century, finding time to go to the gym is nearly impossible for most people. Many would rather eliminate the cost of gym membership. That said, investing in the above premium quality ab machines is the way to go. If I were to personally recommend one, I'd go with the Ab Rocket Twister Abdominal Trainer. It scores highly on various criteria including comfort, design, and affordability. The resistance springs allow for different workout intensities, and the foldable design makes it easy to store away when not in use.

About the Author Kara McMahon

Hi, I'm Kara! I am a stay-at-home mom with a 5-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. I enjoy getting lost on Pinterest, going to Starbucks, and baking healthy cookies. I’ve decided to share my love of fitness by building this site. I hope you enjoy your stay!

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