Hardcastle Home Pulldown Multi Gym UK Review
The Hardcastle Home Pulldown Multi Gym is a basic home gym. This gym came out at number 10 on our list of top 10 home gyms, that are currently available on the UK market place. Do not let that low position put you off though. If you are looking for a basic gym frame, for under £100, then this could be a very good choice for you..
To date, and as of the time of writing this review, the average buyer rating for this gym is 4.2 out of 5 stars. That is a good rating, and this gym is well priced. You can see this up close, in the image directly below. It is an ideal purchase for anyone wanting to do pull downs, and/or rowing style exercise types.
As you can see from the image above, there one comes without a weight stack. You can however add standard 1" hole weights to this. There are also adapters if you prefer to add the Olympic style weights. You will need a couple of basic tools to assemble this, but they are not supplied. A socket set is ideal, or a few spanners and a screwdriver.
What Do You Get With the Hardcastle Home Gym ?
For under £100, this is the basic frame of a gym. You will need to buy weights to make this effective. You can add weights, up to a maximum of 180 Kg. At the end of this article, we have added some information on the types of weights, that you can buy. There is a small padded bench which is pretty well padded.
This is about as cheap as you will be able to find on the market. That makes it an ideal purchase for anyone who may be a beginner. That is especially true for a beginner, who simply wants to find out if using a home gym, is the best solution for them.
This is also ideal for people who are pushed for space. Many people opt for a set of dumbbells and a bench as they are pushed for free space. This one should suit them really well.
Below we have included a more detailed specification.
Hardcastle Gym Specification
- You have a basic gym with a cable and bar for doing pull downs and rowing exercises
- Weight stack has not been included. You can use either 1" or 2" Olympic weights on this up to a maximum weight of 180 Kg. They will need to be purchased separately.
- Measures 179 cm in height x 120 cm long x 62 cm wide.
- Weighs 28 Kg and feels solid when assembled
- Distance from the seat to the pull down bar is 125 cm
How Do Buyers Rate the Pull Down Multi Gym?
You do get the best feedback from real life buyers. These are people who have bought the gym, used it, and then taken the time to leave a review. When we do our research we check at the major online stores, and read those reviews very carefully.
We then summarise those to make it easier to understand the general feedback. That includes all feedback both good and bad. Overall buyers rated this purchase as a 4.2 out of 5 star product. That is based on around 80 buyer reviews, at the time of writing this review. If that changes we will of course update that.
We have split those star ratings down by percentage, to make this easier to see and understand.
As you can see just over half of all buyers rate this as a full 5 star product. 81% rate it as 4 stars or higher, and around 5 out of every 100 buyers gave this just a single star. Overall those are good ratings for a gym at a really low price.
Main Review of the Hardcastle Multi Gym
In this section we cover off the really important points. We have also summarised those in a pros and cons table slightly further down the article, if you prefer to see a summary of these.
Check Your Available Space
Before making any purchase, always be certain that the gym will fit in the area, where you are going to locate it. This gym is Height: 179cm - Length: 120cm - Width: 62cm. Always makes sure that you have enough space to cater for the gym. Make sure to especially check the height as this is where most people will struggle for space.
Set Up Time
This does not take that long to set up. If you have a socket set that will make it faster. Otherwise you will need a couple of spanners to tighten up the nuts and bolts. All home gyms are a pain in the ass to set up, and this one is no different. The only good thing about this one, is that it is as basic as they come. If you have even built flat pack furniture, then similar patience is required.
The bolts are 10 mm thread with the actual head of the bolt being 17 mm.
You can do pull downs and rowing style exercises. Out of the box, it is pretty good for most exercises. These include lat pull downs, straight arm pull downs, seated pulley rows, overhead bicep curls, bicep cable curls, tricep push downs, and an upright row. It does NOT allow you to sit on the floor and row like other pull machines.
Many buyers said that with heavier weights it does tend to fall over. Ideally if you are using it in a garage, it would be better to bolt this one down. For general lighter weights it is fine.
Pros & Cons of the Hardcastle Gym
We have tried here to summarise what real life buyers said. That should help you decide if this is the gym for you.
- For the price you can't beat it
- You can load up to 180 Kg so it suits all abilities.
- Gives you high and low Pulleys for very little money
- Takes up a relatively small amount of space
- No weights stack
- Can topple under heavier weights
- May be a little restricted for people over 6 feet tall
- A few buyers received the equipment with bolts missing
Verdict on the Hardcastle Home Pulldown Multi Gym
At around £80 this is basic, but will suit many people who want something basic. It allows you to have a home gym, and you can then add weights to it as you build up your strength.
You can do most exercises with this one, though there are restrictions. If this is not the one for you, then check out our full list of home gym reviews, by clicking here.
In our opinion, the Hardcastle Home Gym is a decent basic product, and one of the cheapest currently available on the UK market.