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Best Iron and Bumper Plates

If you’re serious about your home gym, you need to add the best iron and bumper plates into your gym equipment arsenal. But given the plethora of internationally-manufactured bumper plates saturating the American market, where do you even start?

Fret not because we did the heavy lifting for you. We set out to find the best iron and bumper plates made in the USA, compiled our top choices, highlighted why we liked them, and listed factors we considered during the search. Check everything out below.

Our Findings

During our research, we noticed a majority of brands offering iron and bumper plates are made outside of the United States. Even some of the weight plates in Rogue’s product portfolio are manufactured using imported materials. However, we did find a few top of the shelf weight plates manufactured in the USA, such as Rogue bumper plates by Hi-Temp, which has been manufactured for more than ten years in Alabama.

We divided our findings for the best iron and bumper plates made in the USA based on affordability, durability, and even depth. Rogue Hi-Temp, Rogue US-MIL spec bumper, Rogue deep dish plates, and the Kabuki iron plates were our best picks. Read on for more details.

Top Recommendations

Best Weight Plates Best for:
Rogue Bumper Plates by Hi-Temp Heavy Duty Bumper Plates
Rogue US-MIL Spec Bumper Used in U.S. Army Combat Fitness Test
Rogue Deep Dish Plates Deep Cast Iron Plates
Kabuki Iron Plates Affordable Iron Plates

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Read on to find out more details about each of the products highlighted above. We also outlined the things we liked and didn’t like and factors we considered while selecting.

Best Heavy Duty Bumper Plates

Rogue Bumper Plates by Hi-Temp

Rogue is really well known brand that is probably best known for their association with Crossfit equipment. The company is an icon in the fitness realm, so it should be no surprise they’re heavily featured on this list. The Rogue bumper plates by Hi-Temp are your best pick if you’re looking for heavy-duty bumper plates. They’re manufactured using a combination of recycled vulcanized rubber and a 2” stainless steel insert and this makes them one of the most durable weight plates you’ll find in the market.

They also boast an inset collar, a design element that helps reduce friction during training, and the probability of the insert popping out on impact. The plates are available in different weight increments, ranging from 10lb to 45lb for simple sets and 160lbs to 1000lbs for combined sets. So whether you’re a newbie or a veteran weightlifter, there’s a Hi-Temp bumper plate fit for you.

Note, however, Rogue bumper plates by Hi-Temp have a durometer rating of 75 which means they’re soft and bounce around a lot.

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Things we like:

  • Durable
  • Inset collar design for reduced friction
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Affordable

Things we don’t like:

  • Lowest durometer rating, so they bounce around a lot
  • Slightly on the thick side

 

Used in U.S. Army Combat Fitness Test

Rogue US-MIL Spec Bumper

If you’re looking to meet the U.S. Army weightlifting specifications, these are the best bumper plates made in the USA for you. Available in weight increment sets ranging from 10lbs to 45lbs, the Rogue US-mil spec bumper plates are officially approved for use in the U.S. Army combat fitness test.

They have a 450mm diameter and a bounce rate of about 80. Like Rogue Hi-Temp plates, US-MIL Spec bumpers are manufactured from crumb rubber which is both eco-friendly and incredibly durable. That means they can take rough treatment without as much as a scratch and are perfect for both indoor and outdoor training settings.

They feature a stainless steel insert and are much thinner than the Hi-Temp plates. The ring itself has a 450mm diameter which means it can fit in Olympic barbells.

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Things we like:

  • Approved for use in the UACFT
  • Compatible with Olympic barbells
  • Recessed center rings prevents steel plates from colliding during loading
  • Raised flanges make them easy to lift

Things we don’t like:

  • High bounce rate

 

Best Deep Cast Iron Plates

Rogue Deep Dish Plates

Rogue deep dish plates are both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. They feature an electrically-applied paint coat which gives them a smooth feel and appearance for years to come. They have a 50mm collar opening which means they’re compatible with Olympic bars. The back part and the collar opening are both precision machined to prevent barbell damage.

Their precision machined design also means they fit tightly on your bar sleeves during loading and lifting. Available in four weight increments of 25lbs to 100lb, the rogue deep cast bumper plates are also quite durable and corrosion-resistant. But this is no surprise considering they’re cast in ductile iron, a material used in making automotive components.

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Things we like:

  • Incredible durability
  • Precision machining means the plates fit tightly on barbells
  • Compatible with Olympic bars
  • Stunning and functional e-coat finish
  • Excellent weight accuracy

Things we don’t like:

  • Quite thick
  • The smallest available weight increment is 25lbs

 

Most Affordable Iron Plates

Kabuki Iron Plates

In need of quality weight plates but working on a tight budget? If you’re looking for something a little more budget-friendly the Kabuki iron plates are an excellent fit for you. These plates are available in weight increment sets of 10lbs to 45lbs and feature a 50mm collar opening, making them compatible with competition bar sleeves.

As far as durability is concerned, Kabuki iron plates can withstand a great deal of wear and tear. That is because they’re manufactured using recycled steels and munitions from military bases in the Pacific Northwest. They feature a recessed lip which facilitates ease of loading and unloading of plates on your barbells. They have a 3% weight tolerance and come with a year-long warranty.

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Things we like:

  • Recessed lip design
  • Incredibly affordable
  • Durable weight plates

Things we don’t like:

  • Smaller weight plates have no lip

Remember to outfit the rest of your home gym with other American made equipment.

Factors We Considered

Types of Plates

Weight plates are categorized into three groups based on the manufacturing materials: steel, recycled rubber-coated steel, and bumper plates. Steel plates are affordable and ideal for general strength training. Recycled rubber or urethane coated plates are slightly more expensive than steel plates but not as durable. These types of plates are not suitable for Olympic weightlifting since they cannot be dropped or tossed around.

Bumper plates like the Rogue weight plates feature a thick rubber coating with a steel collar insert. They typically come in black, but colored variations are available. They’re the best for both indoor and outdoor use since they can be dropped without cracking. We wanted to ensure we include weight plates you can use in any setting. That is why bumper plates are the most dominant on our list.

Durability

Weight plates are subject to constant dropping and stacking. They need to be durable enough to take such rough treatment. We prioritized the durability and quality of the materials used to ensure we offer you nothing but the best recommendations.

Durometer Rating

Durometer is the international standard used to measure the hardness of rubber. The higher the durometer rating, the harder the rubber and vice versa. We had to prioritize this factor because most of the weight plates on our list are bumper plates, which contain a rubber coating.

Collar Opening and Plate Width

A weight plate’s collar opening should be about 50mm so the weight plate can be compatible with competition barbells. It should also be as thin as possible so you can fit more plates on your bar.

Insert Quality

Since bumper plates are the most dominant on our list, we also had to consider the insert quality. We went for bumper plates with steel inserts because they are the most durable.

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