We’ve all been there – you’re supposed to go to the gym today but it’s pouring down outside and showing no signs of letting up. You could let this session slide and spend the day watching TV instead, or you could be productive and find a punching bag for your home to avoid this situation the next time this happens.

Even if you can’t (or aren’t allowed to) hang a punching bag, there’s no problem. There are a ton of free standing punching bags available, and we’ve sifted through them to bring you the best of the best.

4 Of The Best Free Standing Punching Bags For 2018

Below, you’ll find a table showing our top recommendations and a couple of their specifications. This gives you a brief overview of the products we’ll be reviewing, but relax, we’ll cover them in more detail shortly.

Now that you’ve had a look at each product, we’ll be taking a closer look at them, examining their strengths and weaknesses, and trying to find the person that they’d be best suited for.

Without further ado, let’s begin with the Everlast Freestanding Reflex Bag.

Everlast Freestanding Reflex Bag – Best Budget Free Standing Punching Bag

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The Everlast Freestanding Reflex Bag is a reasonably low-cost bag mounted on a height adjustable (up to 64” tall) stand. It’s mostly intended for people looking to work on their speed, rather than their power and so it does have a tendency to topple over if you go all out (for a suitable bag, check out the other products we’ve reviewed below).

The head is filled with solid foam, so it’s a lot more satisfying to hit than an inflatable or bladder filled product. When hit, it bobs, weaves and comes back at you from a wide range of angles, and so it’s great for improving your speed and accuracy as well as providing a decent cardio workout.

It is pretty firm though, so it will likely require you to use gloves to protect your hands from damage.

The base can be filled with either water or sand, depending on how heavy you need it to be – when water is used, it weighs around 70 pounds and 140 pounds with sand.

The base has a spring built into it so the bag returns after being struck, although it is relatively slow to do so and as a result is great for helping kids improve their hand/eye coordination.

The bag is pretty quiet too – it doesn’t make much noise when hit and the base doesn’t creak or thud, so you could even use it in your apartment at night without worrying about the neighbours complaining.

This bag comes with a 120-day warranty, so Everlast will replace any defective bags as long as you’ve treated it properly for the first four months.

If you’ve ever bought a low-quality punching bag, you’ll know how prone they are to splitting, so it’s nice to see Everlast standing behind its products in this way.

The only real issue we encountered was this products tendency to unscrew from the base slightly when struck. It’s not a huge amount, but you do have to ensure it’s properly screwed in before you begin.

Overall, the Everlast Freestanding Reflex Bag is a great bag for anyone looking to improve their speed and consistency.

It’s strong enough to take a hit, even though it’s not built to withstand power shots and the base is pretty easy to fill up. With such a low cost and a warranty to protect you, there’s minimal risk involved, so why not give it a shot?

What We Liked

  • Firm, resilient bag
  • 120-day warranty
  • Great for improving reflexes

What We Didn’t Like

  • Stand sometimes unscrews when bag is hit

Century Aerobic Wavemaster – Best Free Standing Punching Bag for Kids

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Unlike the Everlast Reflex Bag, the Century Aerobic Wavemaster is a full sized bag and as a result provides the ability to train punches and kicks at a variety of heights.

It was designed with kickboxers in mind and has a slim profile to help it fit in just about any size of room.

This bag has an adjustable height going from 53.5” all the way to 63.5” which allows anyone to use it, from kids to pretty tall adults.

It has a diameter of 10.5” which makes it a little under three feet around, so you’ll have to be pretty precise to hit it whilst it’s moving.

Once the base is filled up, it’s a simple matter to lock the bag itself in and then you’re good to go. If you’re short on space, you can always take the top part off for easier storage, especially since the rounded base can be easily rolled wherever you like.

It’s actually the lowest base of any Wavemaster product at 10” – this is to reduce the risk of you kicking hard plastic instead of the bag, which could lead to an expensive trip to the hospital.

The bag is filled with foam and has a polyester outer lining, so it’s pretty solid and we’d advise wearing gloves to protect your hands from damage.

One thing to note about this model – if you hit it hard, it has a tendency to move backwards. This can be stopped by placing it on a frictional surface like a rug or rubber mat and this has the added bonus of reducing the noise created when the base hits the floor.

It is worth bearing in mind, however, that this punching bag is better at providing a good cardio workout than it is withstanding rapid, full-force shots.

This is a pretty decent punching bag for children to train on since they’re unlikely to produce enough power to cause it to slide, plus the adjustable height ensures that they can still use it as they continue to grow.

Whilst adults might find its weight and stability slightly lacking, we’re positive that your kids will have a lot of fun and get some exercise at the same time – from a parental viewpoint, what could be better than that?

What We Liked

  • Adjustable height
  • Low base is perfect for kickboxers
  • Made from hardy materials

What We Didn’t Like

  • Can slide if hit too hard

Everlast Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag – Best Heavy Free Standing Punching Bag

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Sometimes you just want to let loose and the Everlast Omniflex Heavy Bag is perfect for these occasions. It has an Omniflex neck which allows it to flex and absorb most of the force of your punches and minimise any base movement.

The bag itself is packed with high-quality, shock absorbing foam and has a Nevatear outer lining which helps to make sure that it lasts for quite some time.

When hit, it has a satisfying amount of give and isn’t too hard or too soft – it’s just right.

The height is adjustable from 36-67”, so you can use it regardless of your height, although at its lowest setting, it does have a tendency to fall over, so it might be worth experimenting until you find a more stable height.

Because it goes so low, it allows you to not only punch but also practise kicks and knee strikes, making it a very versatile product.

You have the option of filling it with either water or sand, although we’d recommend using water since the opening in the base is a little narrow, which makes getting the sand in a very tiring job.

If you really want to use sand, pick up a large funnel and around 100 pounds of pool filter sand since it’s finer than the stuff they sell at the hardware store and is less prone to clumping together.

Once filled, the unit weighs around 130 pounds, which should be heavy enough to withstand most punches or kicks without much movement.

As with the Reflex Bag above, Everlast provide a 120-day warranty with this product and will replace any problematic bags up until this point.

By four months in, you should be pretty used to it and will know if something is wrong, for example, if it’s starting to sag or split, so be sure to let them know if this happens.

All things considered, you could certainly do a lot worse than this model. It’s a resilient, heavy bag that can take whatever you throw at it and keep coming back for more, plus it has a high-end construction, so you know it’s built to last.

Whether you’re looking to put some time into strength training or you just want to unload on something, the Everlast Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag is a great choice.

What We Liked

  • Adjustable height
  • High quality construction
  • No sliding when struck

What We Didn’t Like

  • Filling hole is a little too narrow for sand

Century BOB Body Opponent Training Bag – Best Punching Bag for Boxers

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The Century BOB might look intimidating, but we’re pretty sure he’s the only person that doesn’t mind you punching him in the face for an extended period of time.

In fact, thanks to his very heavy base, he doesn’t even flinch. This makes him perfect for boxers looking to practice at home.

This model’s height can be adjusted from 60” all the way to 78”, so it’s about as close as you can get to practicing with a person, and you can even allow for fighting people of various heights.

The inside is made of a high-density foam which distributes the force of your hits and provides a realistic amount of give.

It should be noted that only the front is suitable for punching, as the back is made of solid plastic and as such, isn’t intended for training on.

The base has a nice low profile, so it’s not in the way when you’re practising kicks.

You have the option to fill it with either water or sand, and when full, it weighs a massive 270 pounds – more than double the weight of the heavy bag above.

This means that the BOB can withstand just about anything you throw at it and barely moves at all.

The base can be detached and rolled away when not in use, so you don’t necessarily need a huge space to use this model.

The bolts which connect the top half to the base can sometimes loosen after training, so it’s worth checking them out before you begin the next time – as far as problems go, this is a pretty small one, but we felt it worth mentioning.

This product comes with a full year’s warranty too, which is great since it has a reasonably high price tag. Century are known for making sturdy products, which is probably why they feel comfortable offering such a long warranty when Everlast offers just 120 days cover.

There’s a lot to like about the Century BOB. It’s a very heavy, resilient free standing punching bag with a good range of height adjustments, a strong, shock absorbing outer and a long warranty in case anything goes wrong. If you’re in the market for a quality product, look no further.

What We Liked

  • High maximum height
  • High quality construction
  • No movement when struck, even with powerful punches

What We Didn’t Like

  • Bolts on the base can come loose occasionally

Best Free Standing Punching Bag – Buyer’s Guide

Buying a free standing punching bag doesn’t have to be difficult. To help you come to a decision that’s right for you, we’ve put together a short guide to the most important things to consider before you make a purchase.

Bag Type

There are a lot of different types of punching bags, but most free standing models will be either a reflex or heavy bag.

A reflex bag is designed to improve your speed and accuracy – these are the classic “ball on a stand” style bags that come back at you after being hit. Their top-heavy build means that they’re likely to tip if you hit them too hard, since they’re not designed to withstand these kind of strikes.

If you want to improve your power, you might be better with a heavy bag. These are built to withstand much stronger punches and move around a lot less than a reflex bag.

They often have a shock absorbing design that helps to spread the force of your strikes around to avoid splitting or damaging the bag, so they tend to last longer, too.

There are, of course, many other types. If you’re interested, you can read more about them here, but ultimately, the best bag for you depends on how you want to train. Whether it’s speed or power, you’ll have to buy a pair of gloves too, since most bags are too hard to hit without them. Luckily, you can pick up an inexpensive pair online.

Construction

How heavy is the base? A light base might be easier to move around, sure, but it will be more prone to sliding or moving around when you hit it. Conversely, a heavier base will slide less but be more awkward to get from place to place.

Usually, you have the option to fill it with water or sand. It’s a lot easier to use water, but sand weighs more – just be prepared to spend time with a funnel filling it up.

Can the base be detached? What shape is it? A square base provides more stability, but a circular base can be rolled relatively easily, even when full.

If you’re lucky enough to have space for a permanent punching bag in your home, a square base might not be a bad choice, but if you plan to store it after training, you’d benefit from a rounded base model.

Conclusion

All of the products we’ve mentioned are perfect for someone, but the one we feel has the largest audience is the Everlast Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag.

It’s a sturdy bag which doesn’t slide backwards when struck, and its Omniflex neck and foam filling ensure that force is distributed evenly to prevent damage.

We hope that you’ve found this article helpful, and if so, we’d like to ask you to think of us the next time you need product advice. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and happy training.