Best Power Tower: Top 8 Pull-Up & Dip Stations In 2020

How do you choose the best power tower on the market if there are so many?

There is something about the pull-up and dip station (power tower) that makes it one of the best pieces of equipment anybody can have. One of the benefits of owning such a unit is that you don’t really need anything else.

If you are training with bodyweight exercises you don't necessarily need much equipment. You can get a good workout and be in the best shape of your life by training using only the weight of your body.

We have compiled a list of the best pull-up stations based on different needs people may have:

  • Best overall (regardless of the price)
  • Best value (price-performance ratio)
  • Most affordable
  • Best for beginners

Let's get started.

At a glance: Our top pics for the best power tower

Product

Specs

Category

Price

Height

85"

216cm


Load Capacity

250 lbs

113.4 kg


Best overall

Height

83"

210cm


Load Capacity

250 lbs

113.4 kg


Best value

Height

81"

205cm


Load Capacity

250 lbs

113.4 kg


Most affordable

Height

84"

213cm


Load Capacity

300 lbs

136 kg


Best for beginners

Pull-up stations: Advantages and disadvantages

Before choosing your ideal pull-up and dip station, let’s have a look at the advantages and disadvantages that come with owning one.

Advantages

  • You get a piece of equipment that can offer a full upper body workout at an affordable price point. Most such machines costs around $100-150 which doesn’t really break the bank. If you are not fond of gym training and don’t mind only training bodyweight exercises, then this machine will offer you a better deal than a gym membership.
  • You can get away with not having much space available. If you were to get a pair of adjustable dumbbells, a wall mounted pull-up bar, a set of parallettes, and a dip stand you would need more space. However, if you get the power tower you get an awesome workout with a single unit.
  • One of the last advantages of having such a station is the benefit of not having to go to the gym – i.e. time wasted on your way there. Even if you don’t solely work using your body weight, there may be times when you don’t feel like hitting the gym. That’s when a quick workout at home can be handy.

Disadvantages

  • I would consider the lack of leg training equipment a disadvantage of only relying on this machine. While it gets the job done, it’s advised to use weights when training your leg muscles. 
  • Another disadvantage – especially for larger athletes – is that towers often wobble around when you’re performing exercises. To avoid that we recommend a tower with a large weight capacity.

What to look for before purchasing a power tower

These are the things you should be on the lookout for if you want to make sure that you'll be able to properly use the unit you are purchasing.

1. Make sure you have enough room

Figure out how much room you have available for your station.

Some towers have narrow bases, while others have a wider footprint. There is a wide variety to choose from. Don’t choose the one that looks the greatest, but the one that will fit your room the best.

The narrower the base is, the less stability the tower will have. Generally speaking, stations which have a narrower base of support will have a smaller load capacity than wider apparatus.

2. Get the right load capacity

Some towers have a maximum load of 250 lbs, while others can go to up to 600 lbs. If you are an average athlete, with an average height and weight, a tower with a 250 lbs limit would be alright for you.

However, if you are a larger athlete and you also plan on adding weight to your workouts, then you should aim for a station that can bear a bigger load.

3. Get the right height

Another common problem with people purchasing power towers online is that they don’t check the height of the bar. If you are tall, make sure that you get an item which will allow you to comfortably do exercises – especially pull-ups.

With this in mind, make sure your ceiling is high enough to fit the item, as well as allow for head clearance when you are doing exercises. Most towers will not be as tall as to not fit in a regular room; however, it’s best to double check.

Best power tower

Another picture of a pull-up station

Let’s check out the pull-up and dip stations we’ve selected for this article. These are, in our opinion, the best power towers for the following categories: best overall, best value, most affordable, beginner friendly.

Best overall

With this section we have ignored the price side of the items and only focused on what they offer. If you are on a budget and want an affordable machine, or one that has a better price-performance ratio, we recommend to check the next section.


Stamina X Fortress Power Tower

Dimensions

57 x 48.5 x 85"

144 x 123 x 216 cm

Load capacity

250 lbs

113.4 kg

Assembly

> 60 minutes

If you are looking for a machine that offers a wide variety of exercises then the Stamina X Fortress may be the item for you.

This unit is made of heavy duty steel and has multiple workout stations (discussed below). The footprint is small; therefore, it will not take up much space. With the unit you'll get ab straps, rock climbing hand holds, and stronghold grips.

The item is not necessarily easy to put together. However, the instructions are very clear and to the point so you shouldn't have any troubles following them. The assembly takes, on average, 45 minutes or more.

Features & Benefits

A great feature we've noticed is the variety of pull-up grips the Fortress has to offer. Aside from the wide, regular, and neutral grips, it also comes with rock climbing handles and stronghold grips - which are, essentially, two balls that you grab onto.

These offer a great benefit if you are looking to get your grip strength to the next level.

Another feature that caught our eye is the adjustable plyometrics box. You can adjust it from 18 to 24" (45-61 cm) and it is ideal if you are looking to train your leg muscles through box jumps and Bulgarian split squats. Additionally, it can be used for push-ups with your feet elevated.

The adjustable dip stands are also a great addition. They are 20” (51 cm) long and can be easily adjusted to any height in order to meet your needs. You can use them for neutral grip bodyweight rows (inverted rows) or neutral grip push-ups.

Furthermore, you will also get ab straps so you can work your core.

Drawbacks

We didn't really like that they don't give you an option to do close grip pull-ups. That is an amazing exercise for targeting the biceps; however, you won't be able to do it on this unit.

Another drawback, in our opinion, is the maximum load capacity. Coming at 250 lbs (113.4 kg), it is far from ideal for large athletes or people who want to load their dips and pull-ups with a lot of extra weight.

Lastly, the price is high. For the quality it has to offer, as well as the features this power tower comes with, it is a fair price. If you want to have a machine for complete workouts, regardless of the price, this pull up and dips station may be what you need. However, if you are on a budget, there certainly are cheaper options that don't skip on quality.

PROS

  • Multiple pull-up grip options
  • Plyometrics box
  • Adjustable dip handles
  • Comes with ab straps

CONS

  • Cannot do close grip pull-ups
  • Load capacity not great

Fitness Reality X Class Multi Function Power Tower


Fitness Reality X-Class Power Tower

Dimensions

63.4 x 49 x 83"

161 x 124.5 x 210 cm

Load capacity

400 lbs

181 kg

Assembly

90 minutes

This heavy-duty pull-up station is almost overkill for a home gym. If you are on the heavier side, then this may be the item for you. With a load capacity of 400 lbs (181 kg), the Fitness Reality X Class Power Tower is one of the sturdiest and most stable on the market.

The frame of this pull-up and dip station is made of heavy duty powder coated steel. The unit has two adjustable handles that can be used for a myriad of exercises, including inclined and declined push-ups, sit-ups, triceps dips, inverted rows, and more.

Additionally, it comes with a 10-year warranty for the frame, three-year warranty for the parts, and two-year warranty for the wearable parts - such as the forearm cushion, backrest, and foam rollers.

Features & Benefits

Starting with the most important parts, the pull-up bar and dips handles, we see multiple options in terms of pull-ups. You can target your lats, back, and biceps from multiple angles.

The 2" (5 cm) thick dipping handles are placed at a 26" (66 cm) distance between each other. They are padded with thick foam for extra comfort and grip.

The first feature that caught our eye (which we have actually mentioned already) is the ridiculously high load capacity. We loved it because the tower felt very stable. This is an overkill for any average-weight trainee. However, if you are on the larger side, it may be for you.

The forearm cushions and backrest are another great addition. We always recommend doing vertical knee raises either hanging from a bar or with the elbows locked in a dipping position. However, the forearm cushions turn out to be useful if you are training your abs at the end of a workout.

The grip is usually weak at the end of the workout. Therefore, having the forearm cushions and the backrest is a nice addition to squeeze a few more repetitions for the abs.

Below the dipping station you will find two adjustable handle bars with foam rollers. Those are useful for inclined and declined push-ups, inverted rows, and sit-ups. If you don't want to only do regular push-ups, these handles offer the benefit of variety.

All the items come tightly wrapped to prevent any damage during transit. Unpacking it is a workout in and of itself. Note that it may come in one or two boxes. If you seem to receive only part of the tower, don't worry. You should get the other parts within a few hours/days.

Lastly, if you need any extra stability, you can bolt the item to the floor.

Drawbacks

The first thing we didn't like about this power tower, just as with the Stamina X, is that it does not offer the possibility to do close grip pull-ups. That is a great exercise for targeting the biceps.

Another slight drawback is its weight. The unit weighs a whopping 150 lbs (68 kg) so you will not be able to easily move it around. However, this offers extra stability in our opinion, so we didn't really mind it.

The price of the item is high. The company "makes up for it" by offering a good warranty time frame: 10 years frame, 3 years parts, 2 years wearable parts. However, if you are looking to get a good looking physique but fitness is not really a priority, then this may be quite an overkill.

PROS

  • 400 lbs (181 kg) load capacity
  • Very stable
  • Adjustable push-up handles
  • Big warranty time frame

CONS

  • Cannot do close grip pull-ups
  • Too heavy to move around

Best value

Now that we’ve seen what seem to be the best items overall, in terms of what they have to offer, it is time to have a look at the items that have the best price-performance ratio.


Body Champ VKR1010 Power Tower

Dimensions

58.5 x 46.5 x 83"

148.5 x 118 x 210 cm

Load capacity

250 lbs

113.4 kg

Assembly

60 minutes

(may need 2 people)

If you are looking for a power tower that keeps it simple, then the Body Champ VKR 1010 may be a good choice for you. While it does not offer a wide array of exercises, the ones that you can do on this unit are time-tested.

This pull-up and dip station offers one of the best price-performance ratios on the market. As mentioned, the station keeps it simple, but the quality of the frame and other parts is, in our opinion, great. The unit is made of steel and comes with a D-frame base and seam-stitched cushions.

Features & Benefits

The Body Champ VKR 1010 comes with a single pull-up bar on which you can train with 3 of the 4 most important grips: narrow, shoulder-width, and wide. This is a benefit if you don't want to have complex training regiments, but only focus on the basics.

Another feature we liked is the stable base. This unit hardly wobbles and the base is way sturdier than other towers have to offer. Such a base would have been useful that one time I fell to the ground with the tower over me (yes, I am fine, it was a pretty light tower).

Assembly is easy; however, you may find that it is a two-people job. We appreciated the straightforwardness of the instructions. Anyone could put this tower together, and we find it very beneficial that the company took the time to make the manual very clear and concise.

Drawbacks

The first thing we didn't like about this power tower was the lack of handles for commando (neutral grip) pull-ups. They are great for developing the brachialis. Unfortunately, you will not be able to do them on this unit.

We weren't pleased with the hardware either. Even though all the nuts and bolts are numbered for easy assembly, they are of low quality. We went to the local hardware store and purchased higher quality nuts and bolts.

Lastly, even though it is very sturdy if you are within the weight limit, you will find the tower awfully wobbly if you are over the limit weight. Thankfully, it's pretty hard to reach the weight limit on your own. However, some people may reach it quite easily with weighted variations of the pull-up and dips.

PROS

  • Minimalistic in a good way
  • Very stable (if you are within the weight limit)
  • Instructions are very clear

CONS

  • Cannot do commando pull-ups
  • Low quality nuts and bolts

K KingKang Power Tower

Dimensions

51.2 x 35.4 x 92.52"

130 x 89.9 x 235 cm

(adjustable height)

Load capacity

330 lbs

150 kg

Assembly

90 minutes

If you are looking for an adjustable power tower, then the K KiNGKANG pull-up station may be the choice for you. The pull-up bar extends from 64.96" (165 cm) all the way to 92.52" (235 cm), making the unit ideal for taller and shorter trainees alike.

The U-shaped base increases the stability of the unit. The frame is made of heavy-duty steel and features a double tier barbell rack. If you are only interested in bodyweight fitness this may not be of interest to you. However, if you are building a home gym it may come in very handy.

Features & Benefits

The K KiNGKANG power tower comes with an adjustable pull-up bar. This is truly a benefit for those who don't find units short or tall enough to suit their needs. All you have to do is adjust the height of the bar to accommodate your height and the height of your ceiling if needed.

The pull-up bar offers the possibility to do narrow, shoulder-width, and wide pull-ups. The dip bars are placed 22.05" (56 cm) apart.

By now you should know that we're all about the capacity. Therefore, another feature that caught our eye is the weight limit. This pull-up and dip station can safely hold up to 330 lbs (150 kg), which makes it a good choice if you want to add weight to your workouts.

Another benefit is that the unit is easy to put together. In fact, it is so easy to put together that we were able to do it without using the instructions. And why haven't we used the instructions? Funny thing; keep reading.

Drawbacks

Right from the get-go we had faced a bit of a drawback when we have received the instructions from another power tower model. Furthermore, they didn't do much of a great job translating the manual.

The most annoying part is that, during pull-ups, your body will inevitably touch the back rest. It will not make the exercise impossible; however, your stomach or knees will certainly get into contact with the pad.

PROS

  • Adjustable height
  • Big load capacity
  • Easy to put together even without instructions

CONS

  • Instructions not clear + you may receive the manual from another unit
  • The pull-up bar doesn't extend out far enough. Your stomach or knees will surely touch the back rest.

Most affordable

As we’ve seen, all these stations offer – more or less – the same main features: a unit for dips, one for pull-ups, push-ups, and some core exercises such as the knee or leg raises.

For some people a power tower may not necessarily be a priority so they wouldn’t be keen on spending a lot of money on one.

For this very reason, we’ve taken the liberty of selecting two that come at the best price point, sacrificing as little as possible from the overall quality of the item.

Let’s have a look at the two most affordable items, in our opinion.


Stamina 1690 Power Tower

Dimensions

49 x 42.5 x 81"

124.5 x 108 x 205 cm

Load capacity

250 lbs

113 kg

Assembly

60 minutes

The Stamina 1690 power tower offers a great balance between quality and cost. It is, in our opinion, one of the best pull-up stations at its price point.

If you are looking for a versatile power tower without any frills, then the Stamina 1690 may be the unit for you. It only allows you to do pull-ups, dips, push-ups, and sit-ups. Therefore, you get to do all the basic exercises without paying for unnecessary features.

Features & Benefits

The first thing we had a look at was the pull-up bar. Depending on your weight, the tower may wobble a bit while doing pull-ups. However, we really liked the bar because you can use all the four main grips - narrow, neutral, shoulder-width, and wide. This is a great benefit because you can target your muscles from different angles to optimize growth.

Another feature that we've noticed and liked is the small footprint of the unit. If you don't have plenty of room to spare for a pull-up and dip station, then the Stamina 1690 may be a great choice.

Additionally, we liked the ease of assembly. The instructions are clear and concise; the unit comes together in about 60 minutes. Could take even less if you have someone to help you out.

Drawbacks

Unfortunately, this tower is not the most stable on the market. The small footprint takes away from the stability side of things. It is not bad, but it does wobble to the side every once in a while. Especially if you're performing the exercises fast/explosively.

PROS

  • Very convenient price
  • Allows all pull-up grips
  • Easy to put together

CONS

  • Wobbles if you don't do the exercises very slow

Gold's Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower

Dimensions

57 x 41 x 84"

145 x 104 x 213 cm

Load capacity

250 lbs

113 kg

Assembly

60 minutes

Another good choice for a budget-friendly power tower is the Golds Gym XR 10.9. This may be ideal for you if you are looking for a cheap unit that also comes with a vertical knee raises station.

Features & Benefits

We were impressed with the quality of this tower. First of all, we should remember that this is one of the most affordable units on the market. Therefore, for its price point, the Gold Gym XR 10.9 performs really well. The station is sturdy enough if you are within the weight limit, and the stations it offers (pull-up, dips, push-ups, and vertical knee raises) are more than enough to get in shape.

Drawbacks

One of the things we didn't like is the fact that you cannot really do shoulder-width pull-ups, forcing you to go narrower or wider. Additionally, there are no handles for neutral grip pull-ups, which take away from this power tower's potential.

We should mention that the box was pretty beaten up. This normally would not be an issue; however, the company ships the unit only using one box. There is no shipping box to take the beating. Being only one box that may come damaged, you may find that you are missing some of the parts or the hardware.

PROS

  • Very convenient price
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to put together

CONS

  • Difficult to do shoulder-width pull-ups
  • Doesn't have handles for neutral grip pull-ups
  • Shipment is not done properly

Best for beginners

Most power towers are for beginners and intermediates. You will rarely find any home gym equipment suitable for advanced athletes.

That is because, frankly, an item meant for home training will never beat a professional piece of equipment that you will find in a regular gym. And that is just fine, as only you and perhaps a handful of other people will use your item.

With this in mind, we should note that there are some stations which have just one or two extra features that make them much more suitable for beginners.

Let’s have a look at the best power towers for beginners.


Body Champ VKR1987 Power Tower

Dimensions

48 x 43 x 84"

122 x 109 x 213 cm

Load capacity

300 lbs

136 kg

Assembly

60 minutes

Featuring straps for bodyweight rows and adjustable dips handles, the Body Champ Multi Function Power Tower is suitable for advanced trainees and beginners alike.

This unit comes with a one year warranty for the frame, and a 90-day warranty policy for parts. It should be noted that the warranty only applies to units used for their intended purposes, as long as they have not been used commercially.

Features & Benefits

The first feature that got our interest was the adjustable dip handles, and the addition of inverted row straps. We'll just call it beginner friendliness. If you are a beginner who cannot do dips or pull-ups, these will come in really handy.

The straps can be used for inverted rows, which are a great progression towards a pull-up.

Adjusting the dip handles to a height that allows you to barely touch the floor with your feet will help a lot. You can use as much assistance as you feel you may need from your lower body, until you can complete one full repetition.

The second feature that we like is the addition of abs straps at no extra price.

Lastly, we really liked that the unit can hold up to 300 lbs. Most units revolve in the 250 lbs limit, so every time we see one that crosses that limit it gets our attention. If you are a heavier athlete or want to add weight to your training, this feature should be advantageous to you.

Drawbacks

One of the drawbacks of such a machine is its price point. While we don't consider it expensive, it does have a fairly high price tag to it. However, if you come to think about everything that it has to offer and the quality of the item, you would see that you get what you pay for. A very good beginner-friendly unit.

Another drawback is that you cannot do close grip pull-ups on this power tower. As mentioned above several times, close grip pull-ups are really great at targeting the biceps from another angle. Lacking that grip will limit your potential.

PROS

  • Adjustable handles that can help reduce exercise intensity for beginners
  • Comes with abs straps
  • Big weight limit

CONS

  • Fairly pricey
  • Cannot do close grip pull-ups on it

Bowflex BodyTower

Dimensions

53 x 50 x 77"

134.6 x 127 x 195.5 cm

Load capacity

300 lbs

136 kg

Assembly

60 minutes

The Bowflex BodyTower is yet another power tower suitable for beginners. It comes with the necessary features to assist you through the progressions towards pull-ups, push-ups, and dips.

If you are looking for variety, this may be the unit for you. Taking into account all the exercises stands it comes with, as well as the straps, you can do more than 20 exercises on this station alone. Everything from beginner friendly exercises - such as the inverted row - to more advanced progressions - such as the pull-up -, are easily accessible with this unit.

Features & Benefits

As with the previous station, the first feature we looked for was the addition of adjustable dip handles and inverted rows straps. If you are a beginner looking for a power tower, these are must-have features. The Bowflex BodyTower comes equipped with these features, which is a benefit for everyone at the beginning of their fitness journeys.

Another feature we liked was that the pull-up bar offered the possibility to train all the four major grips: neutral, narrow, shoulder-width, and wide. This is a benefit because you will be able to target your muscles from multiple angles to maximize growth.

The adjustable dip stands are ideal for beginners who don't have the necessary strength to do full dips. Adjusting them to a height that will allow you to keep your toes on the ground will help you decrease the intensity of the exercise.

Furthermore, these handles can be used as a push-up stand to decrease the difficulty in that exercise too.

Lastly, most beginners won't have the necessary grip strength or joint stability for hanging knee raises or dip stands knee raises. Therefore, the ab straps that come with the unit will come in very handy.

Drawbacks

If you are on a budget, this may not be the tower for you. Even though it is beginner friendly, the price is on the expensive side.

Furthermore, we didn't feel like this power tower has much to offer in the quality department. Missing parts, to parts that do not fit, wobbling, scratches, and rust - these are all possible scenarios that could ruin your unboxing experience.

PROS

  • Adjustable handles that can help reduce exercise intensity for beginners
  • Comes with abs straps

CONS

  • Fairly pricey
  • Medium to low quality

Conclusion

Before purchasing a pull-up station remember to check the advantages and disadvantages of owning one. Furthermore, make sure to check the buying guide and learn what you should be looking for based on your body, and available room.

In our opinion, the Stamina X Fortress is the best power tower. It offers a wide variety of pull-up grips, adjustable dip handles, ab straps, and a plyometric box for leg training. However, that is if you are not on a budget.

We found the Body Champ VKR1010 to be the most value power tower. It comes with all the necessary stands for a full upper body workout, has a good weight limit, and is very stable. All that in a minimalistic, pleasing design and an affordable price point.

If you are under a strict budget, we believe that you can't go wrong with the Stamina 1690. This unit is very affordable without sacrificing on quality. It is easy to put together, and comes with all the necessary pull-up grips.

Lastly, if you are a beginner and all you want is to get the most of your training, you should consider the Body Champ VKR1987. This is an ideal unit for those who can't do pull-ups or dips yet. Thanks to its adjustable stands, you will be able to decrease the intensity of those exercises.

As you can see there is no one best power tower.

Before choosing your pull-up and dips station take into consideration whether you have enough room to fit it, and also take into consideration whether the item will be able to support your weight and accommodate your height.

Over to you.