A good workbench is one of those items that can easily turn a good home garage into a great one. They are a very versatile tool, perfect for both heavy-duty work, by providing a solid, strong work area, to smaller, more intricate jobs by providing a clean, solid base.
A work bench can also be a really solid investment too, being the type of item that so long as you choose a well made model that’s right for you can go on to provide years and years of useful service.
That is the point of this guide. We’ve gone out and found ten of the best workbenches on the market today – so you don’t have to worry about the quality aspect. We’ve also put together a buying guide and FAQ in this article, to highlight all the features and options you should bear in mind whilst making your selection.
Use both parts of this article then to find the best garage workbench. Trust us, after you’ve bought it you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it.
The Best Garage Work Bench
Our first entry is this product from Seville Classics and, oh boy, is this model packing an outstanding range of features. It’s almost tough to know where to start, but let’s dive in and check out a few of those features.
The first thing to notice is that this is very much an all in one style of workbench. As we go through the list we’ll see several variations on the traditional garage workbench design. Some are relatively basic designs, but that is not something this model can be accused off!
You get excellent storage with this garage workbench. We have stainless steel drawers installed on ball bearing arms for smooth action. Mounted to the rear of the bench is a steel pegboard, which also includes 23 hooks (and of course you can buy more if required). There is even a small, cantilevered shelf toward the top of the pegboard. All parts are made of stainless steel too, meaning that storage s both generous and strong.
The worktop is 1.5-inch solid hardwood, an excellent feature to see which points to toward this being a premium product. The worktop will be both hardwearing, whilst also providing a stable surface for you to work on. Add in the fluorescent light and built in power strip and you have a very well designed garage bench.
Stainless Steel Drawers
Heavy Duty Steel Frame
Built in Peg Board (With 23 Free Hooks)
Built in Light & Power Strip
1.5-Inch Work Surface
- BrandSeville Classics
- Weight135 lbs
Hold on, hold on – just wait a minute. A solid wood workbench and storage system with a price tag well under 100 bucks and a total weight of about 20 pounds? Yeah right, and what are the shelf supports made of – unicorn horn?
Actually, the weight and price are both accurate (and both very low) because this is a very clever kit from 2x4Basics. What you are actually buying are the black supports you can see in the product image. They are constructed of extremely tough plastic resin and once you have them, you just need to pick up standard 2×4 pieces of lumber.
You cut the lumber to size and slot the pieces into the supports and – hey presto – you’re all done. This allows you to construct the best workbench to suit your needs. It can be any length up to a maximum 8 feet, and any width up to 4 feet allowing you to craft a workbench with the exact dimensions to fit the space you have to work with.
You can build it as nothing more than a simple bench, or add the full quota of shelving for added storage options. It’s also been designed so that the only cuts you need to make to the lumber are simple 90 degree ones, making construction really nice and simple.
This is a very clever idea and could be especially interesting to people with odd shaped garages or workshops with limited space.
Clever Customization System
Can Provides a Great Amount of Storage
Strong Resin Construction
Relatively Low Cost
- Brand2×4 Basics
- Weight21.1 lbs
We love the name of this product, Mobile Project Center – it sounds like a base for GI Joe. It does live up to its name too, with a design that is all about mobility. It weighs 40 pounds, which is pretty light for small workbench, especially one like this that boasts stainless steel as its frame material. It’s also quick and easy to set up – it literally takes a few seconds and you’re all set to go.
It’s no point having mobility and easy set up unless the workbench is actually useful as… well, as a workbench. Kreg have you covered here too though with a number of useful features present and correct. The bench has multiple work modes, all easy to set up. This makes it extremely versatile and you can easily adjust the worktop placement and angle to suit a range of tasks.
It has some built in storage trays – a feature you don’t often see on these types of mobile workbenches – whilst those steel legs have great weight bearing properties whilst keeping the whole thing feeling solid and stable.
Extremely Versatile & Strong Design
Folds up For Easy Storage
Fast & Easy to Set Up
Built in Storage Trays
- Weight40 lbs
This product is as tough as it’s Roman Warrior namesake and that is all down to a clever and well-constructed design that utilizes top quality materials for an incredibly tough finish. After all, there aren’t many benches rated to hold up to 3000 pounds of weight, are there?
That phenomenal weight capacity is largely a result of that stainless steel frame and leg combination that really is as tough as it looks. It’s also clever too, with a built in adjustment system that allows you set the height of the worktop. The legs are individually set too, so you can leave one end a little higher to compensate for uneven floors.
You need something good to sit atop a sturdy frame of that quality then, and Gladiator don’t disappoint. The worktop is 1-3/4 Inch solid Maplewood. It’s designed to be tough and long lasting whilst also providing a flat and smooth surface that will simply be a pleasure to work on.
There are no storage features here, but with a great design and super tough construction this is a top quality worktable that you can proudly build your home garage or workshop around.
1-3/4 Inch Solid Maple Wood Worktop
Max Weight Capacity of 3000 Pounds
Heavy Duty Steel Frame & Legs
- Weight127 lbs
This is our second product from Seville Classics, and it is another one that matches excellent materials and build quality with a design that is all about providing maximum storage.
The 12 drawers – 4 large, 8 small, all with rubber pad lining to hold tools in place – provide a brilliant level of storage. The central section is basically a big cupboard for bulkier items, and it can also be locked. Sat atop is the same type of solid wood worktop we saw on the previous Seville Classics workbench that should provide a good, long lasting surface to work on.
One very small thing to bear in mind is the weight. The bench already weighs in at over 250 pounds, even before you put any tools into the storage areas. That very high weight means it may not be quite the portable workbench you imagine it to be. That being said the 5-inch wheels are strong and sturdy, and if you have a nice, smooth floor it should be relatively easy to roll from place to place.
Heavy Duty Steel Construction
12 Drawers of Various Sizes
Large Central Compartment with Lock
5-Inch Heavy Duty Wheels with Locks
- BrandSeville Classics
- Weight276 lbs
We’re now halfway through the list and, having seen some examples of the various options out there right now for garage benches, we’ve come full circle back to the same style we saw in the first product on the list.
The first thing to note is that bench is coming in with a far lower price tag than we saw on the Seville Classics at the top of the list – this option has a price of around a hundred bucks. Naturally to reach this price point, some design elements have been scaled back.
The big one is the material employed for the worktop. Whilst the Seville Classics boasts a 1.5-inch hardwood worktop, this workbench has an MDF worktop just 0.63 inches thick. This means it will not be able to handle the high weights of the Seville model, but it is still a decent surface to work on.
Storage is good with two drawers and of course the very useful pegboard and it’s nice to see that this model also includes a very useful light and a power strip. Stainless steel has been used as the construction material to help make this workbench feel nice and solid.
It’s a cut back, more budget friendly version of some of the more premium items on this list, sure – but it’s still a well-designed and built bench with a very attractive price.
Pegboard for Storage
16mm (0.63 Inch) MDF Boards for Worktop/Shelves
Heavy Duty Steel Construction with Enamel Finish
- BrandOlympia Tools
- Weight83.7 lbs
This is another example of the all in one style workbench with light and pegboard. Again, we have a lower priced item so know before you go in that some features are going to be drastically reduced in order to meet that price point. The tag on this model is under 100 bucks so understand we are not dealing with a premium model here.
The legs and frame are good quality steel to provide a solid and secure base. The worktop (and under shelving) is however compressed board style of wood, not the best material on the market right now. The built in light is always useful to see, as is the power strip.
If you want an all in one style of garage workbench without breaking the bank then this product should interest you – you simply won’t get a model with the same features for less cash anywhere else. At the same time, the model we discussed above from Olympia Tools seemed to have slightly higher quality construction and design for only a few bucks more.
Particle Board Work Surface
Built in Light
Seville Classics are back once again with their third entry on our list today. This style of garage workbench is much simpler than the other two options on the list, however it is still packing a host of useful design points.
Naturally, you will have noticed this model has no built in storage. This is another of the paired back models that are all about the worktop instead of the optional extras like pegboards, lights and power strips.
With a price tag hovering around the 200-dollar mark however, what you are getting is not a paired back version of the other workbenches, but rather one that has been designed to be a premium, stand alone bench that will be a pleasure to work at, whilst having the solidity to provide years of useful service.
So the worktop itself is high-grade solid hardwood. The frame and legs are steel, with a powder coat to protect against corrosion. The worktop level can be raised or lowered through 13.5 inches of height to provide a bespoke fit.
This model is not cheap. But it is a very well made and very well designed worktop that could be a great investment for the serious at home mechanic.
Manual Height Adjustment with Wide Range
Solid Hardwood Top
Heavy Duty, Powder Coated Steel Frame
1000-Pound Load Capacity
- BrandSeville Classics
- Weight75.9 lbs
Our penultimate product is this workbench from Gladiator, the second time they’ve made it onto our list today. With no storage, pegboards, lights or anything like that, this is a very simple design – but it is also extremely effective.
Lets start with that hardwood worktop because, wow, that is some eye-catching feature. 1.5 inches of pure hardwood is a real premium feature, making the statement right out the box that this is a high quality item. It is going to be a pleasure to work on this bench, and that hardwood has the strength to stand up to just about anything that can be thrown at it.
Speaking of strength, that is another stand out feature of this item – the high weight capacity of 1500 pounds max. That is a very generous max weight allowance that should be sufficient for just about any task that you could look to complete in a home garage or workshop. High-grade steel frame and legs, by the way, provide that weight capacity.
This is a very simple design, lacking even the ability to adjust the worktop height. However its simplicity is its selling point, allowing Gladiator to channel their efforts into producing one of the best workbenches on our list for less than 250 bucks.
1.5-Inch Thick Hardwood Top
Weight Capacity up to 1500 Pounds
Simple but Effective Design
- Weight74.4 lbs
Our final product, and it’s another stand-alone version of the traditional garage workbench. This one has a slightly lower price point than the two models we just looked at, with the main difference being that the solid hardwood worktop has been replaced by MDF sheeting in this option.
This, along with the fact the steel used in the legs and frames is a little thinner results in a far lower overall weight capacity – we’re looking at about 330 pounds max. However, if weight capacity is not the most important thing in your considerations then this is still a well-designed bench.
One of the more impressive standouts is the very large worktop surface you have here. There’s plenty of room for quite a bit of worktop storage along with lots of room to work. The fact the height is adjustable is also good to see. This is a far simpler model lacking in the bells and whistles of the premium brands but it will provide a solid workbench option for a lower price.
MDF Panel Worktop
Large Working Area
Steel Legs & Frame
- Weight79 lbs
Best Garage Work Bench Buying Guide & FAQ
Even a cheaper bench is going to set you back a few hundred bucks, so it’s well worth ensuring that you’re selecting the right model for you. To help you choose the right one, we’ve put together this short buying guide to investigate some of the features to look out for, as well as how to get the most out of your new purchase.
What to Consider When Buying a Garage Work Bench
- Weight Capacity – Some tables can take a phenomenal amount of weight, and some… can’t. You’ll know better if you need high weight bearing and, if you do, work benches are available that can hold anything from a 1000 pounds to 3000. Look for rugged steel legs & frame and a good quality worktop if weight is important.
- Storage – Integrated storage can be useful for holding the tools that you use very often – a pegboard in particular can be useful for keeping tools close to hand.
- Lights – Some types of benches have integrated lights. That can be really helpful if your garage is dark or you work on your car after nightfall, in which case illuminating your bench can be very useful. Benches with integrated lights often have built in power strips too, which are useful.
- Mobility – The final consideration is mobility. Do you need to move the workbench very often, or will it be placed in one space forever? If you need to move it, either look for a bench on wheels or, for true mobility, a small workbench that folds up.
Benefits of Using a Garage Work Bench
- Dedicated Work Space – Never annoy your partner by cleaning oily spark plugs on the dinner table.
- Storage – If you need storage space, a workbench can supply it.
- Safe Work Space – Especially when working with small or delicate car components, a workbench provides a safe, stable area to put your work down onto.
- Heavy Duty Work – At the other end of the scale they also provide an area where you can work on large, heavy items.
There are, broadly speaking, 3 flavors of workbench out there. They are:
Storage Integrated – Whether shelves, pegboard, drawers or a combination of all three, some designs have lots of useful storage integrated right into the design.
Stand Alone – Essentially a very tough table, they lack any kind of integrated storage. Instead, they will be pleasant to use (in terms of working on them) with great quality, hopefully long lasting, worktops.
Foldable – These types are small and portable. They are ideal for smaller and portable garages and working spaces, or the mechanic who needs a workbench out with him as he works on the drive or street.
Garage Work Bench Maintenance
Garage workbenches are pretty sturdy beasts. Whether they have a MDF, Plywood or metal surfaces, they are manufactured to take a beating. After all, they are designed to be worked on, not to eat dinner off of.
Even though they are nice and tough a good regime of general maintenance will help to prolong their lifespan. A wooden surface in particular could benefit from a protective finish such as a good quality wood varnish. Check your benches instruction manual before you get the paintbrushes out however, as it may not be suitable for all bench types.
Garage Work Bench FAQ
Q: Where should I place my workbench?
A: This is a tough one to answer, as there can be so many variables here! Do you want to park your vehicle in the garage? If so, that may be tough in a traditional 20 x 20 sized garage. Do you want your family to have walking access through the space – perhaps to get to a utility room? That may mean putting it to one side of the garage blocks the walking routes around the vehicle.
That’s just two examples, and if you don’t park in the garage – or put the workbench somewhere else, like a shed or workshop – these may not be big issues for you.
Of course if you’re really struggling for space, you could consider a small workbench that folds away, one with wheels or you could even buy some heavy-duty castors and attach them to a standard style bench to give it the mobility to roll around your garage/work shop space.
Q: What tools do I need for assembly?
A: It depends what model you go for of course, but most of these products will come as flat pack style assembly jobs. So really you’ll just need the kinds of tools you would need for building an Ikea table. A good set of screwdrivers, a hammer or two, measuring tape and spanners will probably do for most assemblies – and a decent power tool will make the job even faster.
Q: Can I use a garage workbench with a garage/shop stall? Is it tall enough?
A: You can indeed – when you have selected your model, you can take a closer look at the height and just make sure, but most are pretty standard height and compatible with most shop stalls.
Q: Can I replace the workspace top with a thicker piece of plywood?
A: It really depends on how the original work surface is connected to the frame. If it’s screwed in or held with nuts and bolts then you could replace it with a piece of identical sized but thicker Plywood or even a different material.
The best bet though is to buy a workbench already equipped with the type of surface that you want, and if you don’t think that Plywood will be up to the job, consider picking up a table with a hard wood surface.
Our Top Pick for Best Garage Work Bench
For the sheer range of features it’s packing – and the fact it brings them all for such a competitive price – we’re going to go for the Seville Classics Lighted workbench as our top pick. As we said in our review above it is just packed with the kind of design details that makes it a workbench to build your garage around.
Not only does it come with a built in light and power strip (both very convenient features), it also boasts a large amount of diverse storage solutions. We’re talking large drawers, handy shelves and that very useful pegboard. Everything is made of high quality materials too, whether that’s powder coated stainless steel in the frame or the 1.5-inch thick hardwood worktop that will be both hard wearing and also a delight to work on.
All in all, it’s just a very well designed product that should give you years of useful service without making too much of a dent on your bank balance.
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