Best pull-up bar

Best pull-up bar

Best Pull-up Bar in 2019: Rundown Of 10 Products

Athlete doing wide grip pull-ups

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:

  • Best doorway pull-up bar
  • Best ceiling or wall supported pull-up bar
  • Best power tower

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

Product

Specs

Type

Price

Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar

Width

35.4"

90 cm


Capacity

300 lbs

136 kg


Setup

<10 minutes

Doorway (leverage)

Garren Fitness Maximiza Pull Up Bar

Width

26-39"

66-99 cm


Capacity

300 lbs

136 kg


Setup

<10 minutes

Doorway (telescopic)

Stud Bar

Width

48"

121 cm


Capacity

600 lbs

272 kg


Extension from ceiling

Small

10-14"

25-35 cm


Standard:

14-22"

35-56 cm


Large:

31-39"

79-99 cm


Ceiling mounted

Titan Fitness HD Multi Grip Wall Mounted Pull Up Bar

Width

48"

121 cm


Capacity

600 lbs

272 kg


Extension from wall

30"

76 cm

Wall mounted

Stamina 1690 Power Tower

Dimensions

L x W x H

49 x 42.5 x 81"

125 x 108 x 205 cm


Capacity

250 lbs

113 kg


Assembly time

> 45 minutes

Power tower

Why should you do pull-ups?

Ripped athlete showing that the best pull-up bar is the one that you train on

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.

We’ll break down what to look for in each of the categories (doorway, wall mounted, and power tower), as well as help you assess which one you should get.

What to look for in each one?

Doorway

There are two kinds of doorway pull-up bars:

  • Telescopic
  • Leverage mounted

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.

This one is more or less portable, depending on your means of transport.

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; again, depending on your means of transport.

Mounted

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
  • Wall mounted

Ceiling mounted pull-up bar

Be aware of:

  • Load capacity
  • Extension from ceiling
  • Safety and sturdiness
  • Ceiling studs distance

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

We 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 the ceiling studs. The usual distance is 16”. However, there are some that are 24” apart.

Before getting a ceiling mounted pull-up bar we recommend you to check whether your ceiling is tall enough. Additionally, keep in mind what kind of exercises you plan on doing on your bar.

If you are into CrossFit and want to do kipping or butterfly pull-ups, then the ceiling mounted bar may not be the best option for you. You would be much better off with a wall mounted pull-up bar, which we will discuss in the following lines.

Wall mounted pull-up bar

Be aware of:

  • Load capacity
  • Extension from the wall
  • Grip options

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 little, then your body won’t have enough room to move naturally.

An extension of at least 14” is necessary.

Additionally, we recommend you to mount 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 the exercise. 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. Aside from that, it will allow you to train your muscles from different angles and for different ranges of motion.

Power tower

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.

Power tower

Be aware of:

  • Available room
  • Load capacity
  • Height

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.

3. Height

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

Free space

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.

Budget

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.

Weight

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.

There are lots of people who weigh less than 300 lbs (136 kg). Most athletes do, actually. 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.

Doorway


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Quality

The Iron Gym pull-up bar is very sturdy, made of quality materials.

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Price

The price is more than fair for the quality this item has to offer. It's truly a bargain.

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Our Rating

Based on our experience with the bar, we can give it a strong 4.5/5 rating. If they make it softer on the walls, it can easily get 5 stars.

Features:

  • Width: 35.4” (90 cm)
  • Capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Setup: < 10 minutes

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.

PROS

  • Very stable
  • Big load capacity
  • Good price-performance ratio

CONS

  • May dent the door frame without the use of towels or other support between the bar and the wall

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Quality

Garren Fitness created what we believe to be one of the sturdiest telescopic pull-up bars.

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Price

The item is just a bit towards the expensive side for a telescopic pull-up bar.

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Our Rating

Thanks to its sturdiness we give it a good rating. The fact that you have to screw the door mounts may not be ideal for some. However, it's the price you have to pay for the sturdiness.

Features:

  • Width: 26-39” (66-99 cm)
  • Capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Setup: < 10 minutes

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:

  • Compression of rubber ends - can hold up to 100lbs
  • Using the two rubber domes the company sends - can hold up to 200 lbs
  • Fixing the rubber domes inside the door mount the company sends - can hold up to 300 lbs

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.

PROS

  • Incredible customer service
  • Extends from both ends
  • Long foam paddings

CONS

  • May damage the wall if over-tighten

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Quality

The IkonFitness pull-up bar is made of heavy-duty materials and is able to hold up to 440 lbs (200kg). This earns it 5 stars in our book.

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Price

Even though the design and materials are great, we still see it as fairly pricey for a mounted pull-up bar.

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Our Rating

Taking into account the price, quality, and the features and benefits presented below, we are giving this bar a solid 4-star rating.

Features:

  • Width:​ 36.22” (92 cm)
  • Capacity:440 lbs (200 kg)
  • Setup: n/a

IkonFitness has changed the game in terms of design of doorway pull-up bars. Their bar comes higher than most others on the market. It is built with premium quality materials and you don’t need to assemble it. It comes pre-assembled and ready to use.

A great feature of this item is how high the actual pull-up bar is 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 trainee, 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. On the other hand, the IkonFitness 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.

PROS

  • Design that doesn’t force people to bend their knees in a pull-up
  • Ability to do wide pull-ups

CONS

  • The hooks and pads will eventually damage the wall unless you use towels or other support between the bar and the door frame

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Quality

My little brother uses to swing on it and it doesn't give in the slightest bit.

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Price

Average priced for a telescopic pull-up bar even though it comes with great features.

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Our Rating

This bar is very sturdy. Furthermore, it is the longest telescopic pull-up bar on the market (at the moment of writing this article). We don't particularly enjoy that it extends from one end only, even though some people may see it as an advantage.

Features:

  • Width:31-40” (79-101 cm)
  • Capacity:300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Setup: <10 minutes

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.

J/Fit 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.

PROS

  • Adjustable grips
  • Very stable
  • Easy to install

CONS

  • The bar loosens/tightens when being used, which can lead to accidents or the cracking of your door frames
  • Bump on the adjustable grips due to the velcro closure

Mounted


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Quality

We've been doing weighted pull-ups and weighted muscle-ups on this bar and it didn't wobble at all. However, quality control on company's behalf may lack.

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Price

If you don't receive the item defective in any way (with which Titan Fitness will help you) then it is well worth its money. The grip-options are truly worth every buck.

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Our Rating

Even though, as we've said, Titan Fitness has poor quality control, we will give our rating based on the item alone. Therefore, it easily gets 5 stars.

Features:

  • Width: 48” (121 cm)
  • Capacity: 600 lbs (272 kg)
  • Extension from wall: 30” (76.2 cm)

​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.

PROS

  • ​Enough wall clearance for kipping pull-ups and muscle-ups
  • 8 bars for different grips
  • Sturdy and very steady
  • High load capacity

CONS

  • Installation may be difficult

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Quality

The Stud Bar is by far the sturdiest, heavy-duty, pull-up bar we have ever tried.

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Price

The price is more on the higher end but you do get lifetime warranty with the item.

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Our Rating

This pull-up bar is truly amazing in terms of sturdiness. The design is plain and the price is quite high. Taking all these into account, and the fact that it comes with lifetime warranty, we'll give it five stars.

Features:

  • Width: 48” (121 cm)
  • Capacity: 600 lbs (272 kg)
  • Extension from ceiling: presented below

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:

  • Small: for 8 ft ceilings
  • Standard: for 9ft ceilings
  • Large: 10 ft ceilings

If you are into CrossFit you may want to consider the Stud Bar. The item itself was designed with CrossFit in mind. Therefore, it is ideal for kipping pull-ups. 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.

PROS

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Enough ceiling/wall clearance for natural body movement
  • Good for kipping pull-ups and muscle-ups
  • High load capacity

CONS

  • Low quality hardware
  • Fairly expensive

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Quality

Quality-wise it is an outstanding pull-up bar. Lacks a bit in the extension department.

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Price

The price point of this Titan Fitness pull-up bar is very good for its quality.

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Our Rating

All in all, the Titan Fitness pull-up bar is a great addition to your home gym. However, there are better options if you are looking to do muscle-ups or kipping pull-ups.

Features:

  • Width: 46” (116 cm)
  • Capacity: 500 lbs (226 kg)
  • Extension from ceiling: 10-14" (25.4-35.56 cm)

Are you looking for an item similar to the Stud Bar that comes at a more budget-friendly price point? We recommend you to check this bar by Titan Fitness. The item comes at 46” width and was created for 8 ft ceilings. Just as the Stud Bar, it centers on existing studs for easy mounting. The pain on this bar is non-slip to help with the grip. The pull-up bar is adjustable to help you get closer or further away from the ceiling or wall.

As opposed to the Stud Bar, the Titan Fitness Pull-up Bar only comes in one size, with a wall or ceiling extension of 10 or 14”.

This pull-up bar comes at a lower price than the Stud Bar. It is a great value for the money and it’s ideal if you want to create your own home gym.

However, it should be noted that you won’t be able to do kipping pull-ups or muscle ups on this one. If you mount it on the wall, your body won’t have enough room for natural movement. Mounting it on the ceiling is not a workaround for that issue - as you will not have enough head clearance for either exercise.

PROS

  • Very good price point
  • Enough ceiling/wall clearance for natural body movement
  • Strongly built
  • High load capacity

CONS

  • Not enough clearance for kipping pull-ups or muscle-ups

Power tower


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Quality

One of the best towers on the market. May wobble if you are close to the weight limit.

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Price

This item is a bargain, especially for the quality it has to offer.

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Our Rating

In our opinion, the Stamina 1690 is one of the best power towers on the market if you are on a budget. Better options go upwards of three or more times more expensive.

Features:

  • Dimensions L x W x H: 49” x 42.5” x 81” (124 x 108 x 205 cm)
  • Capacity: 250 lbs (113 kg)
  • Assembly: > 45 minutes

​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 and want something that is budget friendly.

​Even though it is budget friendly, as compared to other towers, it is sturdy. 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.

PROS

  • Great price point
  • Good price-performance ratio
  • Easy to put together

CONS

  • May wobble if you are close to the weight limit

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Quality

Good piece of equipment. Could be heavier to feel sturdier.

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Price

The VKR 1010 comes at an average price for power towers.

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Our Rating

In our opinion this is a good tower. However, it could have been a bit heavier to feel sturdier. It does perform good in the pull-up bar department, especially since it's placed higher than most towers offer.

Features:

  • Dimensions L x W x H: 58.5” x 46.5” x 83” (149 x 118 x 211 cm)
  • Capacity: 260 lbs (118 kg)
  • Assembly: > 60 minutes

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 item 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. This 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.

PROS

  • Backrest for vertical knee raises
  • Good customer service
  • Easy to put together

CONS

  • Low quality hardware
  • Distance between dip bars too wide

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Quality

Good quality item. The weight limit is high allowing it to be sturdier.

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Price

This power tower sits at a more expensive price point compared to other towers.

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Our Rating

The K KingKang is a good power tower. However, in terms of pull-up bars, because that's what this article is all about, it could be better. The vertical knee raises pad is in your way when doing pull-ups; therefore, making the exercise awkward.

Features:

  • Dimensions L x W x H: 51.2” x 35.4” x 64.96-92.52” (130 x 90 x 165-235 cm)
  • Capacity: 330 lbs (150 kg)
  • Assembly: > 60 minutes

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.

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.

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. This way, instead of getting a special barbell rack or leaving the bars on the floor, you can simply put them on this tower’s supports.

PROS

  • Adjustable pull-up bar height
  • Comes with barbell support

CONS

  • The middle cushion may rub against your body during pull-ups
  • Could be better for the price point

Conclusion

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.