10 Best Power Racks Reviewed and Compared
Believe it or not, lifting weights is great for runners. It maximizes your power output and increases your overall cardiovascular stamina. The best power racks also come equipped with useful accessories that provide endless exercise possibilities, from squats, bench presses, push presses, and deadlifts, to toes-to-bar and pull-ups. Power racks allow you to perform exercises safely and effectively at home, so check out our list and find the perfect one for you.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 20 hrs of research
Dual multi-grip pull-up bar and dip handles included
- Fitness Reality X-Class Light
- Body Power
- Powerline by Body Solid
- Marcy Pro
- Valor Fitness BD-11
- Valor Fitness BD-7
- Titan Fitness T-3
- Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Our Favorite Power Racks
1. Fitness Reality X-Class Light
Dual multi-grip pull-up bar and dip handles included
Spacious, sturdy, and versatile, this power rack is the best on our list due to its high-quality tubular steel design that can withstand up to 1500 pounds, exercise versatility through the added multi-grip pull-up bar and dips handles, and an extended 10-year warranty.Read more
The 2" x 3" tubular steel cage is very spacious (71.5” L x 52” W x 86” H), heavy (256 pounds), fitted with pre-drilled holes for grounding possibility, and designed with a U-shaped stability bar at the base. Two 35.5" parallel mounted safety bars are adjustable along the whole length of the structure, withstanding up to 1500 lbs. Two 11.5" adjustable safety catches are fitted in front of the user that can withstand up to 1500 pounds.
More importantly, the rack comes with an additional set of adjustable J-Hooks compatible with all types of barbells, including the 7 ft Olympic bars. The J-Hooks better stabilize the barbell, usually for the bench press since the user is laying face up and needs a more effective caching mechanism. They withstand up to 1500 lbs.
The complex pull-up bar withstands 600 lbs and comes with neutral, wide, and medium grips. It's adjustable in two positions. Actually, there are two pull-up bars, one on the inside and one on the outside of the structure. The inside one allows for neutral grip and bent medium grip, and the outside bar is a larger bar also bent at the end for better lat activation. This two-piece pull-up bar is very well designed, allowing for a huge variety of both overhand and underhand exercises.
Two parallel 2"x 20" rubber handles on the inside of the cage allow for triceps dips and can withstand up to 600 pounds, suited even for weighted dips. The dip handles can be adjusted in 13 positions for wider or narrower grips.
The cage has the possibility to receive a lat pull down which can be purchased separately. The power rack comes with detailed assembly instructions.
A 10-year warranty on the frame, 3 years for general parts, and 2 years for the wearable ones.
2. Body Power
Multi-grip pull-up bar and dip handles included
Our second power rack on the list is a very well-designed, sturdy, and spacious cage made out of steel. It can withstand up to a total of 800 lbs (500 lbs on the safety catches and safety rods; and 300 lbs on the pull-up bar and dip handles), includes both a pull-up bar and dip handles, and comes with a manufacturer's warranty.Read more
The gray steel cage is spacious (63" L x 45" W x 85" H), heavy (192.7 pounds), and comes with 4 drill anchors for optional floor mounting. Two J-Hook-like safety bar catches can be used efficiently for both squatting and bench pressing, alongside the 15 adjustable height positions. They can withstand up to 500 pounds. Two full-length safety rods can support up to 500 pounds and are adjustable to 15 height positions.
A multi-grip pull-up bar allows neutral, wide, and narrow grip with bent tips for a better lat activation. The pull-up bar weight limit is 300 pounds. The triceps dip station has two height adjustable rubber handles that can withstand up to 300 pounds. It comes with four interchangeable band pegs that are excellent for resistance band exercises. It comes with six weight plate storage pegs that are compatible with most 6-foot and 7-foot Olympic barbells.
A manufacturer's warranty is included with the purchase.
Not the best fit and finish
The CAP Barbell Full Cage Power Rack Power Deluxe Rack Cage System is a tough and effective system that will allow you to push yourself to newer levels and reach all of your goals. This system is sturdy and comes with additional safety precautions so you can feel confident when you are on your own working with heavy weights. It also allows for various exercises so you can incorporate a total body workout when you use this systemRead more
This power rack features a black steel frame that is both sturdy and durable. It also measures 72 inches in height, 44 inches in width, and 43 inches deep. This allows for a walk in frame design and provide maximum stability during your workouts. It also provides ample room to do your lifts.
This power rack also comes with chin up attachments so you can work on those progressions or incorporate them into your workouts. This also provides access to different grips so you can perform them differently--which targets different muscles every time. Furthermore, this power rack will include two pull up bars as well as two dip bars. It also comes with four floor mounting anchors for added stability and safety. Lastly, this power rack includes two j hooks with full-length safety rods as well as two adjustable weight bar catches for safety.
Warranty is not specified on site.
4. Powerline by Body Solid
Solid budget option
Durable and well-made
Has a pull-up bar
Easy to assemble
Lots of custom options available
Paint comes off fairly easily
Some felt it was a little small for larger users
This is a good option for people who want a quality rack without spending a ton of money. It is well-made and fairly versatile as is, and the company offers several additional options that allow you to customize the rack to exactly what you're looking for. Users loved it for the sturdiness and durability it offers at a good price, although some felt it was a little bit small if you're a very large person.Read more
The frame is made of 14 gauge pressed steel. The other parts are steel as well but the company website was not specific about what type or gauge it was.
This is a basic, no-frills option and doesn't include any additional pieces. The company does offer several ways you can customize it to your own specifications however, and these are widely available and easy to find at a good price.
This is an area where this product shines. It's a solid option at a good price and we couldn't find any complaints from people who felt they paid too much.
The top front frame section is a pull-up bar which makes it easy to include this essential exercise in your workouts.
The heavy-duty material and quality construction will help this one last a long time. The company also gives you a 10-year warranty on the frame and 1-year warranty on the other parts, which is a nice bonus and shows you that they're confident in their products.
Many useful accessories
Simplistic pull-up bar
The Merax Athletics Fitness Power Rack Olympic Squat Cage with Lat Pull Attachment is a 2" x 2" chromed steel frame cage which comes with simple pull-up bar, a lat pull-down machine, a cable row attachment, four bar catches, and two safety bars.Read more
The silver painted roomy power cage is 57" L x 47" W x 85" H and withstands 500 lbs on the outside bar catches, 650 lbs on the inside bar catches, and 800 lbs on the safety bars. Two ball pin-like catches on the outside and two on the inside of the cage are suited for most bars and are guaranteed to withstand 500 lbs and 650 lbs, respectively. Furthermore, the safety bars have attached a perpendicular padded bar for resting various body parts, mostly the arms, when executing exercises with the pulleys. Six plate holder pegs are suited for most types of plates, including Olympic plates. They're long 7.8 inches.
Five base legs provide great stability thanks to their design and grippy rubber caps.
The lat pull-down is excellently built and provides great lat and overall back stimulation. The cable row pulley is situated at the bottom and allows many forms of exercises to be executed with the help of the padded utility bar on the safety bars.
A simple chrome pull-up bar with knurled grips is located at the top of the cage and it's very sturdy.
Manufacturer's warranty is not specified on site.
6. Marcy Pro
Innovative, well-made design
The steel-made power rack is sturdy and has an innovative design. It comes with a triceps dip station, pull-up bar, a plate depositing rack, nylon safety catches, 4 resistance band pegs, 4 J-Hooks, and 2 mobile hollow pegs for T-bar rows and similar barbell exercises.Read more
It requires a minimum area of 12 x 8.5 x 8 feet, weighs 252 pounds, and withstands up to 300 pounds on all the parts of the rack. All 6 legs come with 2 pre-drilled anchor holes. The adjustable nylon safety catches are extremely resistant and won't damage the barbell. They'll withstand up to 300 pounds. Four adjustable J-Hooks are situated on the inside and outside of the cage for increased versatility, suited for both squats and bench presses. They'll support up to 300 pounds. A fairly unique plate depositing rack is situated at the back of the rack and can accommodate many different sized plates. This allows for a better and faster weight manipulation.
A pull-up bar allows for neutral, wide, and narrow grips and can support up to 300 pounds. A diagonally situated triceps dip station can withstand 300 pounds and it's adjustable in height. Four adjustable pegs are designed to allow resistance band exercises. Two mobile hollow pegs can be adjusted virtually everywhere and are designed for exercises where a mobile support point is needed such as T-bar rows, lat rows, and so on.
The company offers a 2-year limited warranty.
7. Valor Fitness BD-11
Nice pull-up bar
Not the best design for the bar catches/liftoffs
This gray power rack is made out of heavy-duty 2.5" x 2.5" gauge chromed steel and comes with a multi-grip pull-up bar, 4 bar catches, 2 adjustable safety bars, and 4 plate storage pegs.Read more
The spacious cage measures 46" L x 48.5" W x 87.25" H and stands at 500 pounds. It withstands 600 lbs on the bar catches and safety bars, 400 lbs on the pull-up bar, and 200 lbs per plate holder peg.Four height adjustable bar catches are both on the inside and outside of the cage for increased versatility, and can support up to 600 lbs. Two parallel safety bars are height adjustable and it's guaranteed up to 600 lbs, although the max weight limit is around 1000 lbs. Four plate storage pegs are also adjustable and can hold up to 200 lbs, each. Accommodates most types of plates, including 2" Olympic plates. Four rubber caps encase each base foot for extra stability, traction, and floor protection.
The pull-up bar is chrome knurled for extra grip and allows for neutral, wide, and narrow grips with bent tips for extra lat stimulation. Holds up to 400 lbs.
Comes with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty against workmanship errors.
8. Valor Fitness BD-7
Cable pulley system for lat pulldowns
Great system for beginning and intermediate lifters
Lat pulldown system isn't great for weights over 140 pounds and may wear down quickly
For the money, this is one of the best options out there because it not only has the power rack but also comes with a cable pulley system for doing lat pulldowns. The company also offers several additional pieces of equipment for those who want to customize and expand this into an even more versatile workout station. Users felt it was well-made and worked great for most exercises, but that the cable pulley system, while effective, isn't great if you want to regularly use it for lifts of more than 140 pounds.Read more
Like most products of this type, the frame is made from 12 gauge pressed steel. The other parts are made from chrome covered steel.
This one is cool because it comes with a cable pulley system that allows you to do lat pulldowns and a few other exercises. Users felt it was a good cable system for beginning and intermediate lifters, but that if you want to do very heavy lifts with it it might not be the best option.
In terms of quality and the versatility if offers this is one of the best options out there.
We already spoke about the cable pulley system, and it also has a pull-up bar with a knurled grip, and you can purchase other accessories to turn it into a complete home gym if you want.
Due to the solid construction and materials we couldn't find any complaints about this factor and we're confident it will last a long time.
9. Titan Fitness T-3
Space saving design
Easy to install if you have basic handy skills
Frame and other parts may arrive separately
Several users noted theirs came with a few chips in the paint coat already
This is a unique option that's great for people with minimal space for a home gym because it actually bolts into your wall. It also folds up and out of the way when you're not using it, saving even more space. It got good marks from reviewers for its durability and solid construction. The most common complaint was that the pull-up bar was too thick for many users, but the company offers a thinner one at a good price if you want to customize.Read more
The frame is made of 12 gauge pressed steel. The other parts are powder coated steel as well but of a slightly thinner gauge.
It doesn't come with any extras, but you probably wouldn't want any because this option is designed to save space and additional options would make it bigger. The company does offer a few ways to customize it, however. Please note that the frame and the other parts may ship separately so if the frame arrives without other parts don't freak out, they're on the way.
This is a great option for those looking to build a solid gym at home without spending a ton of cash.
It doesn't really have any, although the pull-up bar is an appreciated design feature.
Overall it's good, although users noted that the paint chips fairly easily and may come with a few chips in it already.
10. Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max
Complex pull-up bar
Not the best design of the bar catches and liftoffs
This 2" x 2" square chrome steel frame power cage comes with two safety bars of 23 inches, two bar catches, and a complex pull-up bar at the top. Its weight limit is at 800 lbs.Read more
The silver power cage measures 50.5" L x 46.5" W x 83.5" H and stands at 133.5 pounds, with 19 height levels. Two safety bars measure 23", each one having a 3 1/4" long square chrome lock, and are guaranteed to hold up to 800 lbs. Two similar 3 1/4" long square bar catches can be fitted both on the inside and outside of the rack.
Two pull-up bars are sitting at the top as the "roof" of the power cage, connected to each other through two other perpendicular bars which allow a neutral grip. The pull-up bars are fairly long with bent tips for a better lat activation.
The product comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When something is going to be holding as much weight as a power rack, it's obviously important that it's made of high-quality materials.
All of the racks on our list are made of either 2" or 3" high-quality steel. Be sure to look and see if the rack you're looking at will be painted or not. Paint can help the rack stay in good shape over time, especially if it's placed outside, which is actually very common. Some other things to look for in the materials department are chrome plated bars and powder-covered weight plates, as these can help the apparatus look and perform well over a long life-span.
A standard power rack will also include some kind of a pull-up bar, which is essential to the development of the back muscles. No other exercise can substitute the pull-up and chin-up. The best power racks have a complex pull-up bar, meaning it has multiple grips and bent tips. A triceps dip station is also fairly common on a power rack. Such a compound exercise is very effective in stimulating all the triceps heads, although is not an irreplaceable exercise. Other machines such as cable crossovers, lat pulldown machines, and similar gear are also useful, although less important for developing a complete physique than the pull-up bar and dip handlebars. So, the importance order of the accessories on a power rack is as follows: pull-up bar, triceps dip station, and then other types of machinery.
There’s a common saying “you get what you pay for,” but that’s not always the case. Some racks might be over-priced, while others might be under-priced. But it’s up to the consumer to thoroughly investigate the product and decide if it’s worth it or not. As a general idea, never sacrifice safety by buying something cheap when your well-being might depend on it.
There are several features that are fairly common across all power racks, and others that are more specialized. J-Hooks are the safest bar catches available for bench pressing, while larger, T-shaped catches are better for squats. When squatting, the bar needs a longer horizontal space for it to land correctly. On the other hand, when bench pressing, the bar needs less horizontal space and more of a V-like cavity. So, ideally, a power rack should have both types of catches for both types of exercises. Rubber is always useful because it offers ground traction, protects the floor and barbell from scratches, prevents the user from callus formation, and so on. Plate holders always come in handy because they save the user the extra work needed to pick them up from the ground. More so, adequately placed plate holders can further stabilize the rack. Be careful, though, as some badly designed plate holders might do the exact opposite, meaning destabilizing the rack by moving the center of gravity towards them. The paint quality can make a difference between a long lasting color, a rack also suitable for outdoors, and just all around durability.
No matter the product, you want to buy something that is durable so it lasts a long time and you can get your money's worth out of it. Power racks are obviously no exception.
There is a range of durability of the products on our list, but we made sure to only include ones that we felt good about lasting you a long time. The more durable the rack, the more expensive it's probably going to be, but that's why it will last a long time, because of being made of more expensive, high-quality, durable materials.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
It is highly recommended to bolt your power rack to the floor. This will prevent the rack from tipping over which could be caused from a multitude of reasons such as a shift in weight or even a child climbing on it. Needless to say that a heavy steel frame falling over on you, a child, or even just by itself and possibly damaging surrounding items could be at the very least a hassle, and at the worst a total tragedy.
It is important to follow the maintenance suggestions of your power rack. Proper cleaning and lubrication will assure your equipment functions properly at all times. Some people include maintenance as part of their cool-down after a workout which we think is a fantastic idea.
Other Factors to Consider
Weight lifting can be a dangerous activity. You're lifting extremely heavy weights, sometimes above your head, chest, or other body parts. And even with proper form, training injuries can happen.
That's why it's so important to be sure to buy a power rack that is safe. We feel good about the safety of all the racks we've included on our list, or we wouldn't have put them on there. But if you have any safety concerns that go above and beyond what we're researched and included here, please be sure to visit the manufacturer's website and even contact them directly if you wish. Safety first after all.
Depending on where you're planning to put your new power rack, its exact size can be very important. If your space is limited, be sure to measure it and then double check against the manufacturer's specifications. And be sure to take into account the extra space you'll need to walk around the rack to change weights, perform maintenance etc. We recommend allowing for at least 18" of open space on all sides of the rack to allow for this.
Especially if you're an advanced weightlifter, you want to make sure your power rack is capable of holding the amount of weight you want to lift. For most of us mere mortals, this shouldn't be a problem. But if you regularly lift weights above 300 pounds please be sure to double check the manufacturers recommended maximum weight. No matter the weight capacity or how much you're actually lifting, it's a good idea to secure the power rack to the floor with the included bolt holes each of these racks comes with.
Frequently Asked Questions
The racks are measured in height (H), width (W), and length (L). Usually, unless specified, the measurements are from the highest to the lowest points, meaning from the extremes, but consider you’ll have to allow about 3 ft on each side and 1 ft above. That’s because the barbell tips remain on the outside when benching or squatting and you don’t want to bump your head into the ceiling when doing pull-ups. Also, take into consideration a small measurement error for each parameter, whether it be accidental or systematic, the measurements might not be exact.
Getting a bench is highly advised, alongside two dumbells, a barbell, and assorted plates. If you plan on squatting or deadlifting heavy, a weight belt might be useful, but you’ll have to inform yourself on how to use it and get to the level where it’s necessary. Furthermore, resistance bands are also incredibly useful for both muscle building and injury rehabilitation. A pair of rings can be an interesting pair of equipment, it will allow the user to work his deltoids, back muscles, abs, triceps, central nervous system, and much more.
Usually, maintenance rules come with the instruction manual, but if that’s not the case here are some general guidelines:
-Don’t let the power rack sit in the rain, high humidity, or direct sun, cover it if this is the case.
-Buy a lubricator for all the moving parts and bolts. Don’t tighten the bolts too hard when assembling the rack.
-Check the tightness regularly to ensure structural integrity.
-Cover the safe bars with a cloth or rubber to prolong the paint life. You can also do this for the catches/liftoffs but be careful to not compromise safety.
-Don’t hurl the rack on rough terrain when transporting it.
-Don’t overload the rack beyond its guaranteed weight limit.
Well, this is somewhat of a subjective answer as people perceive value differently. It’s important to carefully evaluate the aforementioned metrics.
The structure consists of materials used, design, and so forth. Ask yourself how sturdy is the whole structure? How thick is the steel being used? How’s the overall structural design? etc.
What are the features and accessories, auxiliary parts, finishing quality, and so forth? How many accessories does it have? How’s the quality of the finishing and auxiliary parts? etc.
Ask yourself if you’re going to have adequate warranty clauses and customer service support. If you’re unsure, ask the seller or manufacturer.
Other factors such as transport costs, country of origin and its rules and regulations all play a deciding factor in the final price and whether it’s worth it or not.
Another important practice consists of checking the competition and the market as a whole to see if there are cheaper alternatives in the same quality range. Furthermore, decide what rack may fit you personally the best. For example, if you’re under 200 pounds, it’s not really necessary to buy a power rack that has a +1000 lbs weight limit because you’ll most likely never be able to lift that much. Or if you’re looking for an amateur home gym, it isn’t necessary to buy the absolute top of the line power rack.