With our dedication to help you get a good workout every time you’re at home, we’ve spent 20 hours researching the best pull-up bar on the market. After going through 20 products, we’ve made this list of what we consider to be the best on the market.
We’ve taken into account the weight limit, durability, compactness, and multi-functionality.
The list was split into three distinct categories:
Regardless of which of these categories suits your needs, even you can find something you’ll be able to use for a long time from now on.
At a glance: Our choice for the best pull-up bar
Extension from ceiling
Extension from wall
L x W x H
49 x 42.5 x 81"
125 x 108 x 205 cm
> 45 minutes
Why should you do pull-ups?
Before getting your own bar, you may want to know the benefits of doing pull-ups. Because, after all, why would you buy such a product in the first place?
I mean, yes, we all know that pull-ups develop your musculature. But is there anything else that you can benefit from, other than extra muscle mass?
The short answer is yes.
The long answer is yet to follow.
Burn fat faster
One of the benefits that few people know about, is that pull-ups promote fat burning. Not in the sense that you’ll start doing the exercise and lose a few inches off of your belly. But in a better way.
The pull-up is a compound exercise, meaning that doing a single repetition requires the engagement of more than one muscle group and more than one joint.
Take for example the biceps curl, where only the biceps and the elbow joint engage. Compare it with the pull-up, in which the biceps, back muscles, latissimus dorsi and core engage along with the elbow and shoulder joint to complete the movement.
Which of these exercises do you think will force your body to burn more calories?
Increase grip strength
If you want better workouts you need a better grip.
During a long and strenuous training routine, usually the first weak point is going to be the grip. Not being able to hold the barbell in your hands, or being unable to hold onto the bar will force you to terminate the workout or take extra long breaks.
A stronger grip can solve this issue.
Grip strength comes from the forearm because the finger flexors are located there.
Failing to squeeze onto something, or not having the endurance to do it for prolonged time shows a weakness in the forearm.
As you do pull-ups and keep hanging on the bar, squeezing it as hard as you can, pulling your chin over it - sometimes the fingers being your only support - you’re forcing your grip strength to adapt.
If you practice this exercise three times a week you will find yourself in a very good place in terms of grip strength. In a fairly short amount of time.
Increase functional strength
The term "functional strength" is the new buzz-word.
While I don’t agree with this its repeated usage, it truly holds true for the pull-up.
Functional strength refers to strength that can easily translate in the real world. For example, benching 240 lbs (~110 kg) does not fall under the functional strength category.
However, having the ability to pull yourself up only using your arms is a feat most people should strive to attain.
Teaching your body to recruit multiple muscles at once to help you in a certain movement is, in our opinion, a basic necessity.
If you look throughout our history as a species, we are meant to be athletic and rely on the proper functionality of our bodies. It is what our bodies respond best to.
Therefore, increasing functional strength should be on our list of priorities. And pull-ups are one of the many exercises that can help us with that.
Pull-up bar buying guide
If you want to get yourself the best pull-up bar you can get your hands on, it is a matter of context as much as is a matter of the item’s quality.
Everyone has different needs and limits in terms of budget, available space, etc.
There are three types of pull-up bars you can get.
Click on the one which interests you the most to jump to that section:
Doorway pull-up bar
There are two kinds of doorway pull-up bars:
Telescopic pull-up bar:
The telescopic bar mounts inside the doorway.
One of the things you should be aware of from the beginning is whether the bar is wide enough for the door frame.
Wide pull-ups may not be an option with these bars. Furthermore, you will have to bend your knees whenever you’ll want to do pull-ups.
The telescopic pull-up bar is portable, making it a great fit for those who travel a lot.
Leverage mounted pull-up bar:
The leverage mounted bar is secured on the front edge of your door frame and is held in place by the leverage of your weight.
It is very easy to set up and you won’t need to drill any holes to do pull-ups in the comfort of your own home.
One of the advantages of this bar is that it comes with multiple grip options. Some of them also offer widgets, such as an extension on which to do dips.
However, there is a drawback - lack of safety.
Depending on your weight, the sturdiness of your doorframe, as well as the stability of its support, the leverage mounted pull-up bar may detach from the doorway.
It is fairly portable, depending on your means of transport.
Mounted pull-up bar
Mounted pull-up bars are better in terms of load capacity and freedom of movement.
They offer the option to attach extra equipment, such as gymnastics rings.
They come in two different forms:
Ceiling mounted pull-up bar:
With these pull-up bars, there are a few things you should be aware of:
1. Load capacity
To reiterate, load capacity is important if you are looking to do weighted pull-ups or if you are on the heavier side yourself.
Most pull-up bars mounted in the ceiling have a weight capacity of over 400 lbs, some of them taking as much as 500 lbs.
2. Extension from the ceiling
If you are planning to do a bit more advanced moves such as the muscle-up, you should be on the lookout for the extension of the bar from the ceiling.
Once you’ve mounted it, do you have enough head clearance if you are to do a muscle-up?
If you don’t plan on doing such exercises, then this point is not important.
3. Safety and sturdiness
I, as well as you, want you to have safe workouts
Therefore, we recommend to get a bar that has at least six bolts. The more bolts it has, the more evenly it will distribute the weight.
4. Ceiling studs distance
Lastly, before getting a ceiling mounted bar, you should see what is the distance between your ceiling's studs.
The usual distance is 16”. However, there are some that are 24” apart.
Wall mounted pull-up bar:
Before purchasing a wall mounted pull-up bar, we recommend you to check the following:
1. Load capacity
Wall mounted pull-up bars are sturdy. Very sturdy.
That being the case, we recommend bars that can support at least 400 lbs.
2. Extension from the wall
You should be aware of how much the bar extends from the wall.
If the distance is too small, then your body won’t have enough room to move naturally.
I recommend an extension of at least 14”.
Additionally, you would be better off mounting the bar high on the wall if that is an option.
If you mount the bar too low you may find yourself unable to properly perform pull-ups. Nothing is more annoying than having to bend your knees to do a pull-up.
3. Grip options
Getting a bar with multiple grip options is a great way to add variety to your workouts.
Moreover, it will allow you to train your muscles from different angles and for different ranges of motion.
These stations are ideal if you don’t have much room to spare but still want to get a good workout.
In terms of bodyweight fitness, these are as close as you can get from a home gym in a single unit.
You get a pull-up bar, a dipping stand and, depending on the station, a push-up and knee raises stand.
Before deciding to purchase a power tower, you should check the following:
1. Available room
Some towers come with a wide base support, while others err on the narrower side.
You should not choose the tower based on the way it looks - even though some of them have amazing designs! - but on functionality.
Choose the tower that fits in your room, garage, or anywhere you plan on placing it.
Note that a narrower base means less stability.
2. Load capacity
There are towers that can hold up to 600 lbs (272 kg). They are that sturdy and stable.
However, the average tower can hold around 250 lbs (113 kg). If you have an average weight, it should not be an issue, even if you add external weight to your workouts.
Nonetheless, if you are on the bulkier side and also plan on doing weighted pull-ups and dips, we recommend you to look for a power tower that has a higher load capacity.
The height of the tower is also a very important factor.
Some stations may be too short for some athletes, while other units may be too tall and not allow for head clearance.
Before purchasing your power tower make sure your ceiling is high enough.
Assess which one to get
To start with, you should assess how much free space you have available.
If you are building a home gym in the garage or a separate room, a ceiling or wall mounted pull up bar may be ideal for you.
However, if you don’t have much space, a doorway pull-up bar may be ideal.
Perhaps you want a unit that can be used to train your entire upper body.
In this case, the power tower would be a way better choice than any of the above suggestions. Besides, it does not even require much space.
If you are on a budget, a doorway bar will do the trick.
However, if you are building a home gym or you want access to more exercises, the power tower is an even better option.
Since it is a unit designed for pull-ups and dips, you will be saving on other items - such as dip stands.
If you want something that allows for more possibilities and you’re not under a strict budget, a ceiling/wall mounted bar would be the way to go.
These provide a lot of head clearance to do muscle-ups and other high bar exercises.
Additionally, if you place the bar high enough, you have the freedom to use gymnastics rings too.
Most bars come with a maximum weight of 300 lbs (136 kg), which is fairly convenient.
Unless you want to add weight to your workouts.
People usually weigh way less than that.
However, if you want to heavily load your pull-ups, this weight limit becomes an issues. We’ve seen people do singles or doubles with 175 lbs (80 kg) extra.
In such a case, you wouldn’t want a doorway pull-up bar.
You’d want something sturdier that you can rely on more. A ceiling pull-up bar would work best. If that’s not an option, then the power tower is your next best go-to.
Best pull-up bar
With all this information in mind, you should know have an idea of what the best pull-up bar is for you.
In this section we’ll go ahead and do three pull-up bar reviews for each category aforementioned.
We also have dedicated articles that go more in-depth for doorway pull-up bars, ceiling mounted pull-up bars, and power towers.
Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar
Iron Gym has designed our pick for the best doorway pull-up bar.
It comes with three grips that you can use to target your back and biceps muscles from different angles.
This bar can accommodate any doorway with a width of 24-32” and can be used for push-ups, crunches, and triceps dips too.
You should be aware that it leaves a few marks on the door frame. To avoid this you can put some textile material on the bar - perhaps even socks.
Honestly, I had a hard time trusting the design of leverage pull-up bars. However, trying this one felt very stable. After a few sets of pull-ups I had full trust that it would not collapse with me using it.
Another good feature is the load capacity of 300 lbs, which is great if you want to take your training to the next level. Even doing weighted pull-ups (+44 lbs/20kg) felt very stable.
A minor drawback to this item is that it will not fit unless your doorway header is shorter than 3.5”.
If you have decorative molding or cornice on top of the frame the bar won’t fit.
Garren Fitness Maximiza Bar
If you don’t have much room available, then the Maximiza Pull-up Bar from Garren Fitness may be exactly the item for you.
The bar is made of heavy duty chrome steel and can be secured to the door frame either through pressure or by fixing it with bolts. The bar comes with long foam grips to prevent calluses and fatigue of your hand.
This bar comes with three mounting options:
What is especially great with this company is their customer service.
They have very fast response times and can go as far as providing a refund and a new item if yours happens to be defective.
This alone can encourage people to do business with Garren Fitness, because the customer has nothing to lose should anything go wrong.
Another good feature is that the bar extends from both ends, which is great because you can make micro-adjustments to better fix it in place on either side.
Furthermore, it has foam paddings that almost cover the entirety of the bar.
We’ve found this especially helpful with preventing calluses and keeping a strong grip throughout our workout, regardless of the grip width.
You should keep in mind that the bar may push the walls apart if you over-tighten it.
Iron Age Pull-up Bar
Iron Age has changed the game in terms of doorway pull-up bars design.
Their bar comes higher than most others on the market, and is built with premium quality materials.
The Iron Age pull-up bar comes pre-assembled, so you will be able to get a workout as soon as you receive it.
A great feature of this item is how high is the actual pull-up bar, compared to other items in this category.
This is an advantage because it allows you to comfortably do pull-ups without bending the knees. If you are a taller individual, the bar’s height will help you tremendously.
Another feature that we liked is the ability it gives you to do wide grip pull-ups. Other bars on the market cannot offer this option due to their design.
However, the Iron Age bar, with its design, allows for hassle-free wide grip pull-ups.
While this pull-up bar is ideal for increased range of motion, it lacks in the damage department. Both the pads and the hooks will eventually dent your door frame, so be aware of this before purchasing.
Another drawback is that during exercises like chin-ups, your forearms being further away from your body as opposed to pull-ups, they will touch the lower bar. This may feel a bit uncomfortable for some people.
J/fit Deluxe Doorway Pull-up Bar
The J/Fit pull-up bar is the widest telescopic bar on the market (at the time of writing this article) and comes with adjustable grips.
It is easy to install; all you need is a screwdriver and up to 10 minutes of free time.
The end caps keep your door frame safe from being damaged or marked up. Furthermore, they offer great stability to the bar.
The adjustable grips are useful but annoying. While it is great to have the ability to move them around to suit your grip width, the drawback comes with the velcro.
Being that they are tightened with velcro, it forms a bump on a grip that should otherwise be seamless.
A thing that you should be on the lookout for is the loosening of the bar.
Depending on the way you are facing the bar, and whether you are doing overhand or underhand grip pull-ups, you may be tightening or loosening the bar.
If you are loosening it, make sure to tighten it back to avoid accidents.
If you are over tightening it, take the time to slightly loosen it every once in a while. This way you’ll protect your door frames from cracking.
Titan Fitness Multi Grip Wall Pull-up Bar
Titan Fitness has outdone itself with this multi grip wall mounted pull-up bar.
The bar has a width of 48” (121 cm) and can hold up to 600 lbs. It’s powder-coated to help with grip keep rust away if you leave it outside.
One of the major features of this pull-up bar is the variety of grips it offers. There are eight different bars that can be used in your training.
This is a benefit because you’ll be able to work out your muscles from all angles.
Another great feature is the big clearance from the wall.
This is the kind of bar on which you can do muscle-ups and kipping pull-ups without sacrificing the natural movement of your body.
We should mention that the installation of this bar is not pleasant at all. It does not center with the wall studs; therefore, you may need to get a couple wood strings to fix to the studs.
Afterwards, secure the pull-up bar to the wood strings.
The Stud Bar is one of the sturdiest mounted pull-up bars on the market.
It is adjustable, comes in three sizes, and can be mounted on the ceiling as well as on the wall:
If you are into CrossFit you may want to consider the Stud Bar.
The bar was designed with CrossFit in mind; therefore, it is ideal for kipping movements.
However, those can only be done if you get the large size of the bar and mount in on the wall rather than on a ceiling.
What we liked about this item was its simplicity. It is a very straightforward pull-up bar. It is meant to be a pull-up bar and nothing more. It is solid and does not wobble at all. The weight capacity is 600 lbs, which is a great benefit if you are into weighted pull-ups.
The mounting holes center on the ceiling or wall at 48” for easy mounting.
Another great feature is the bar’s width. Coming at 48” you can easily use other equipment, such as gymnastics rings and resistance bands.
Having these in mind, we must say that we were not impressed with the bolts.
On the contrary.
The Stud Bar comes with low quality hardware. This is just a minor drawback that can be taken care of with a short drive to the hardware store. You will need eight bolts.
We’ve left the best “feature” for the end. This pull-up bar, even though on the more expensive side of the spectrum, comes with a lifetime warranty. If you take this into consideration, this bar is actually a good deal.
Stamina 1690 Power Tower
Stamina is a company renowned for their power towers.
The 1690 model comes at 6.75 ft height and has a load capacity of up to 250 lbs. This power tower is a great addition to any home gym if you lack space.
Depending on your weight, it may wobble a little but that is to be expected. Especially if you are close to or slightly above the weight limit.
It may take around 45 minutes to put this tower together.
Mind you, it will take longer if you decide to use the tools provided by the manufacturer. They are fairly annoying. Therefore, having a ratchet will help you out tremendously.
The pull-up bar on this unit is rather thin, which is an advantage because you will be able to do more pull-ups.
Your grip strength will not increase as much as with thicker bars; however, your grip will no longer be the first to give in.
The dip handles are thicker than the pull-up bar and they may feel spaced a bit wide, depending on your height. I am 5’8 and found them just a bit too wide but nothing I could not work with.
The push-ups and sit-ups handles are also great.
In regards to the push-ups, you can do them pretty deep. However, you may want to elevate your feet too to make the exercise harder.
As for the sit-ups, I’ve done a couple just to see how the handles feel. The tower won’t fall over you, which is a good thing; however, I’m not keen on sit-ups or crunches.
Warranty is included with the item. For the frame you're getting a 5-year warranty; as for the other parts, they can be replaced within 90 days from delivery.
Body Champ VKR 1010 Power Tower
The Body Champ VKR 1010 Power Tower is a unit that can be used as a home gym in and of itself. It gives you the ability to do all the basic bodyweight exercises for more strength and a better looking physique.
The unit is made of steel and has a total weight of 88 lbs (40 kg).
This tower is not as sturdy as one would hope.
It is great for lighter people; however, if you are over 220 lbs prepare for some wobble. It does hold the weight but it will move around, especially if you choose to do explosive exercises.
The dip handles are not adjustable; therefore, depending on your height, you may find them too wide or too narrow.
This is a disadvantage that most towers come with, unfortunately.
The customer service is very on point. If you have any missing parts you can contact them and you’ll get what you need delivered within 5 days.
You can easily assemble the unit within an hour or so. You’ll need a universal socket, wrench and screwdriver. The tower comes with hardware; however, it is of fairly low quality.
All in all, if you are looking for a good power tower, that comes with a backrest for vertical knee raises, then we recommend you to check this one.
Body Champ VKR 1010 Power Tower
K KingKang Power Tower T056 is a great unit, suitable for all heights.
The frame is made of heavy duty steel and the base is shaped as a U for extra stability. It comes with a barbell rack, dip station, vertical knee raises station, push-up bars and a pull-up bar.
A great advantage of this tower is that the pull-up bar is adjustable to six different heights.
If you don’t have a high ceiling this may be the right power tower for you.
One of the drawbacks is the placement of the vertical knee raises backrest in relation to the pull-up bar.
There is a chance that your stomach will rub on that cushion during pull-ups. This may be a major turn off for some people, especially if they are not proficient with pull-ups and already find them difficult.
Another great feature for those who want to build their own home gym is the barbell support.
Therefore, instead of getting a special barbell rack or leaving the bars on the floor, you can simply put them on this tower’s supports.
Having a pull-up bar in your home can be a great idea. Even if you don’t feel like going to the gym, you can still get a great workout at home.
Depending on your needs, you can get a wall or ceiling mounted pull-up bar, a doorway pull-up bar, or a power tower. They are all great choices and the right choice is the one that takes into account the amount of free space you have in your house, as well as your goals with the bar.
In our opinion, the best doorway pull-up bar is the Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar. It comes with a few different grip options at a reasonable price point. The price-performance ratio favors it for the first position.
For mounted pull-up bars, the Titan Fitness Multi Grip Bar won us over with its variety of grips, good price point and sturdiness. Granted, it can only be mounted on the wall. For ceiling mounted bars the Stud Bar is the best choice, in our opinion, thanks to its sturdiness and lifetime warranty.
Lastly, the Stamina 1690 is the best power tower as per our “taste”. It is affordable and the price-performance ratio is outstanding. The design is simple, yet it does not fail to provide everything you’d want to see in a power tower.
This is our pick for the best pull-up bar. It’s up to you to decide which category you should go for.
Over to you.