The 10 Best Olympic Bumper Plates
This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in December of 2016. If you don't want to damage carpet, hardwood floors or mats, Olympic bumper plates offer the ideal solution, whether you exercise at home or at the gym. Designed with a rubber shell, they can handle being dropped at the end of a lift, with little danger of harming floors. Just be sure to consult a doctor before making any changes to your fitness routine, and be careful while using them. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
April 22, 2019:
While making this list, we presumed that users would eventually want to move up in weights, which is why we favored thinner plates that allowed for more resistance to be stacked on the bar. If that's not your intention — if you're more concerned with toning than bulking, for example — then a thicker model like the offerings from CAP Fitness might be just as good. That said, you can still tone with thinner weights.
Color coding is something else to consider. It won't cost you any more, and it can make it easier to determine the correct weight you want to add next. Of course, if your desire is to create a masculine, black-and-gray weight room, the added vibrancy might be unwanted.
While not necessarily pertinent to this list, storage is something else to keep in mind. The Ader 5 Pair comes with its own rack, which is nice, although the horizontal layout might not be what you're used to. If you go with any other option on this list, though, expect to need to invest in a rack or tower of some sort, as having loose plates lying around is a health hazard.