Everyone’s heard that old saying, “Once you go bumpers, you never go back.”
That’s true, but the first thing to note in talking about bumper plates is that contrary to popular belief, not everybody needs them. If you’re never going to do any exercises where you’ll need to drop the barbell for safety or performance reasons, you don’t need bumper plates. Save yourself an enormous amount of money and just buy used metal plates locally. Done.
If you’re sure you want/need bumper plates, read on.