Are you looking to improve your calisthenic skills? In this article we’ve reviewed the five most popular free-standing pull-up bars available to buy online, to help determine the best (budget) free-standing pull-up bar of 2018. These pull-up bars are all considered budget bars, online for just over $100.

So if you’re looking to become even more impressive with your chin-ups, pull-ups and dips, the information on this page will help you make the best purchasing decision.

(Some of these bars are also suitable for muscle-ups, front and back levels, skin the cat etc).

We give you the pros and cons of each free-standing pull-up bar and look at the bars dimensions and capacity.


CAP Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand

Price: $109 – $121
Item Weight: 75 pounds (30.4 Kg)
Maximum capacity: 265 pounds (120kg)
Width of bar: 50-Inch (134cm)
Height of bar: 85-Inch (221cm)

Best Free-Standing Pull-up Bar 2018CAP Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand

Pros:

  • Simple to put together, although not very quick and requires tools
  • Sturdy compared to other free standing pull up bars can be bolted down (Ground anchor bolts included)
  • Good height
  • Should be able to do muscle ups if waited or bolted down

Cons:

  • Tools not provided
  • Bar is fixed so you can’t change the height
  • Very heavy
  • No dip bar attachment (Although could buy rings)
  • Reports of bolts and nuts either missing or not fitting at all
Available on Amazon

Weider Power Tower

Price: $129 – $212
Item Weight: 86 lbs (39kg)
Maximum capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
Width of bar: 42inches (106 cm)
Height of bar: 84 inches (213 cm)

Best Free-Standing Pull-up Bar 2018Weider Power Tower

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • heavy duty
  • really steady
  • Comes with a dip station
  • professional look

Cons:

  • Tools required to construct (Rubber mallet)
  • Construct is not quick compared to other pull up bars
  • Very heavy to move
  • Customer support not very responsive
  • Not suitable for front/back levers etc
Available on Amazon

Gravity Fitness Portable Bodyweight & Pull up Rack

Price: $129.99
Item Weight: 41 lbs (19kg)
Maximum capacity: 242 lbs (110kg)
Width of bar: 23 inches (60cm)
Height of bar: 45 inches (116cm)

Best Free-Standing Pull-up Bar 2018Gravity Fitness Portable Bodyweight & Pull Up Rack

Pros:

  • Dismantles and reassembles in 2-3 minutes
  • Comes with a carrying bag
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Height is adjustable and can be used as a dip bar & full body workout
  • Good customer service and fast deliver
  • Cheaper than the pull-up mate (below) due to Chinese mass production

Cons

  • Lightweight of only 19kg, so it’s not a sturdy as the heavier pull up stations
  • Handles have no anti-slippery surface
Available on Amazon

Stamina 1690 Power Tower

Price: $ 92 – $ 143
Item Weight: 58 lbs (26kg)
Maximum capacity: 250 lbs (113kg)
Width of bar: 50 inches ( 127cm)
Height of bar: 81 inches (205cm)

Best Free-Standing Pull-up Bar 2018Stamina 1690 Power Tower

Pros:

  • Popular and cheap
  • Easy to assemble (Tools provided)

Cons:

  • No frills
  • Feels cheaply made
  • Base not very sturdy and sometimes tips
  • Can be used for narrow grip front/back levers however not ideal & wouldn’t trust it not to tip over
Available on Amazon

Conclusion: Best Free-Standing Pull-up Bar 2018

Our recommendation would depend on how you intend to use your free-standing pull-up bar, if you want a lightweight portable bar that’s cheap, easy to assemble and comes with a dip bar, carrying bag & great customer service then we would recommend the ‘Gravity Fitness Portable Bodyweight & Pull-up Rack’.

However if you’re looking for something a bit more sturdy (However not as easy to move around) then we would recommend bolting the ‘CAP Barbell Power Rack’ to the ground (and possibly weighing it down with sandbags) so you can do more advanced calisthenics, such as the muscles ups as well as front and back levers. However seeing as how the ‘CAP Barbell Power Rack’ doesn’t come with a dip bar we’d also suggest buying Olympic rings, so you’re able to do ring dips… so with the addition costs of the sandbags and Olympic rings, this would mean the ‘CAP Barbell Power Rack’ is not as cost effective, so you might want to look at the higher end pull-up and squat racks (if choosing this option).