Are you looking to build a home gym with a power rack or add a power rack to your existing home gym?
They aren’t all the same, though; you need to look for something made tough, reliable, and sturdy. Also, some nice extras aren’t bad either.
Luckily, we help you find the best power racks on the market.
Let’s get started.
Quick List of the Best Power Racks for Home Gyms
- Best Power Rack For The Money – PR-1100 from Rep Fitness
- Best Power Rack – Editor’s Choice – MyRack Modular Power Rack
- Best High-End Power Rack – Rogue RML-690C 3.0
- Best High-Quality Rack at a Lower Cost – Light Commercial Rack
- Best for Kipping Pull-Ups – Power Cage Squat Rack
- Best for Low Ceilings – America Barbell Rack 48
- Best Value for Made in America – Rogue R-3 Power Rack
- Best Space-Saving Power Rack – MyRack Folding Power Rack
- Best Big Rack on a Budget – The Brute Rack 2.1
- Best Rack with Weightlifting Platform – BD-48 Power Rack
- Best Multi-Function Cage on a Budget – Hulkfit Power Cage
See below for details on each and the full list.
#1 PR-1100 from Rep Fitness
Best Power Rack for the Money
If you are looking for the best power rack for the money, then the PR-1100 from Rep Fitness is by far the best choice.
This rack is available in 4 different colors and comes with plastic-lined J-hooks and spotter bars. It also has an 84″ x 48″ x 47.5″ footprint.
This bad boy also has several great attachments like the landmine attachment, lat pulldown and row attachment, dip attachment, and extra weight storage attachments. It also comes in your choice of colors, including red, blue, black, and matte black.
It also features a multi-grip pull-up bar that has a fat grip and a skinny grip along with a neutral grip. If you have a low ceiling, it can also be flipped over to save room.
The weight capacity for this rack is 1000 lbs. If you plan on lifting heavier than that, you should probably choose a different rack. Almost everyone will be just fine with that weight capacity, though.
Overall the value you get with this rack can’t be ignored. And when you add in the attachments available, this rack can handle most anything you will need it for at a great price.
In our opinion, the best power rack for home gyms is the PR-1100 from Rep Fitness, a great rack at a great price.
- Great value
- Includes a multi-grip pull-up bar
- Available in 4 colors
- Comes with plastic-lined j-hooks to protect your barbell’s finish
- Add-on attachments like lat pulldown, landmine and adjustable dip attachment
- Ample storage for weight plates
- Bench not included
- Largish footprint
Related: Best Home Gym Equipment on a Budget
#2 MyRack Modular Power Rack By Force USA
Best Power Rack – Editor’s Choice
If you are looking for an excellent value for a power rack, the Modular Power Rack By Force USA is a nice one.
This beast is also fully customizable, with multiple colors to choose from. It also has 20 attachments you can get to go with it.
Some of the attachments include:
- 4 different chin-up bars
- Safety straps
- Dip station
- Monolift attachment
- Safety spotter arms
- Cable pulley system
- Lat pulldown/rowing attachment
- Landmine attachment
When you get all of the attachments and options, it looks something like the picture below; there are 100s of ways it can be configured, though, depending on how you want it.
The MyRack Modular Power Rack offers just about everything you would want from a power rack/home gym. It has gone up in price lately but it is still cheaper than most of the racks on this list.
It is made for heavy use and it comes with a 2000 lb weight capacity which is more than you will ever need.
On the negative side, some people have complained about the holes on the uprights not going up high enough. Also, this rack tends to be out of stock at times, especially during covid.
Overall this is an excellent rack that is reasonably priced with lots of great options and upgrades.
- Excellent value for your money
- 20 attachments for you to personalize it
- Available in black, red and blue
- 2000 lb weight capacity
- Sold out at times
- Footprint can get large with upgrades
- Made with 12 gauge steel
#3 Rogue RML-690C 3.0
Best High-End Power Rack
Next up, we have a BEAST of a power rack with the RML-690C 3.0 by Rogue.
No doubt this bad boy would easily be the centerpiece of anyone’s home gym and it does not disappoint in the least.
This rack is fully customizable. There are dozens of add-on attachments you can get to go with it and a lot of them are really cool. Some of the ones we like include:
- Cal Trolley and Lever Arm Kit (my personal favorite)
- Various pull-up bars
- Rogue Monster Lite Slinger (pulley system)
- Monster Hip Thrust Bench
- Lite Strap Safety System
- Adjustable Monolift System
- Monster Matador (dip station)
- VersaSport Dumbbell Spotter System
On top of that, this rack is also available in 11 different colors for you to choose from,
It is made using 3×3” 11-gauge steel construction using 5/8” bolts. Translation: This thing can handle a ton of weight.
There is also a concrete anchor kit so you can secure it to the ground. Most lifters probably won’t need to since the Monster Rack is big and stable enough to handle the typical weight lifters will use without shifting. However, suppose you are a beast who will be throwing around 500 lbs on the regular. In that case, you should consider the anchor kit available.
On the negative side, this one is on the expensive side. You could get our top overall selection with all of the bells, and it would still be less than the base model of this rack without any attachments or extras. Those extra attachments aren’t cheap either, and they will add up quickly. The footprint on this one is pretty large as well.
That said, if you have the money and the room, this bad boy will most certainly be the crown jewel of your home gym.
- Made in the USA
- Built strong enough to handle whatever you can throw at it
- Dozens of attachments let you customize it and add whatever you want
- Available in 11 different colors
- Large footprint
Related: The 15 Best Home Gyms on the Market
#4 Light Commercial Rack by Bells Of Steel
High Quality at a Lower Cost
Next up, we have the Light Commercial Power Rack by Bells of Steel. This rack is one of the strongest racks they offer, and it is still affordable.
This is the rack I personally own, and the picture of it above is in my garage gym. This bad boy does not disappoint.
I don’t have any of the add-ons yet, but this rack is fully customizable with some killer options like:
- Lat pulldown/row attachment
- Cable crossover
- Suspension spotter straps and bodyweight system
- Landmine attachment
- Split squat roller
- Spotter arms
- Dip station
- Lever arms (my personal favorite)
- Belt squat lever arms
- And more
The standard height on this rack is 84.5″, which is what I have, but you can a short 72″ version for those with lower ceilings.
This beast uses 2.3 x 2.3″ 12 gauge steel and uses 5/8″ hardware. The entire unit weighs 200 lbs and comes with a lifetime warranty on the welds and frame.
This rack also includes a multi-grip pull-up bar with a fat and skinny grip at multiple angles. You don’t know what you are missing until you have had one of these.
You also get extra close 5/8” holes with 1″spacing in the bench zone, so finding the perfect height for the jcups couldn’t be easier.
On top of that, it also comes with free shipping, so there are no added costs.
On the negative side, this unit does have a somewhat large footprint at 62×49 inches. Also, it isn’t available in multiple colors like other racks on this list, black is the only option.
- Excellent value
- Multi-grip pull-up bar with fat and skinny grip
- Short and tall models available depending on ceiling height
- Lifetime warranty on structural welds and frame
- Flat feet for extra stability
- Free shipping
- Only available in 1 color
- Larger footprint
- Close spaced holes aren’t numbered
#5 Power Cage Squat Rack (Kip Cage) By FringeSport
Best Rack for Kipping Pull-Ups
Next up, we have another nice product from Fringe Sport.
The Power Cage Squat Rack delivers high quality at a more homeowner price range than some of our other selections.
This power rack is made using 2″ x 3″ 11 gauge steel with a matte black finish. The cage comes with a 700 lb weight capacity which is more than enough for 99% of the lifters out there.
As the name implies, this cage was made sturdy enough for you to do kipping pull-ups on it. It doesn’t necessarily need to be bolted down either. Sandbags will also work if you don’t want holes in your concrete.
Don’t take my word for it, though. The video below has a nice demo for you.
This rack comes with two sets of J-cups, safety pins, and a sleeve mechanism to enhance stability for squats and the bench press.
On the negative side for this one, it doesn’t come with any attachments like our first two selections; most don’t, though. Also, this product isn’t manufactured in America.
- Very stable
- Shipping is free
- Includes plate storage pegs
- Made overseas
- No attachments or colors to choose from
#6 American Barbell Rack 48
Best For Low Ceilings
Next up on our list of the best power racks for home use, we have the Rack 48 by American Barbell.
This is another nice rack that is very high quality and would be a nice addition to your home gym.
It is made of 3″x3″ 11 gauge steel and uses 3/4″ hardware so you know it can handle some serious weight and not even flinch.
This would be a good rack to consider if you have a shorter ceiling because it is available in a 7″ tall model.
Rack 48 is very well built, sturdy, and has a better look than many power racks out there. It also has a heftier price tag at around $1310.00 as we write this article.
- Solid and sturdy build using 3″x3″ 11 gauge steel and 3/4″ bolts
- Commercial grade
- Available in shorter models for low ceilings
- Some of their equipment is made overseas
Related: Best Squat Racks and Stands
#7 Rogue R-3 Power Rack
Best Value for Made in the USA
Up next, we have yet another selection from Rogue. This rack uses a smaller footprint and is less expensive than the first 2 Rogue racks on the list but is still high quality and available with all of the other Rogue racks’ attachments.
The footprint is 53″ x 34″ but aside from that, it is basically the same as the R-4 list above. The same attachments and options are available for both. The R-3 is a better model if you are looking to save space and or money.
- Attachments and customizing are available
- Made in the USA
- Good for use with limited space
- Available in a “shorty” size for use with lower ceilings
- Must be bolted to the ground
#8 MyRack Folding Power Rack by Force USA
Best Space-Saving Power Rack
If you are after a rack that will take up as little space as possible, then the MyRack Folding Power Rack made by Force USA would be the way to go.
The legs of this rack fold in when not in use, so it will take up virtually no space when you aren’t using it.
Unfolding the legs and setting it up takes less than 30 seconds. You might think that the fact that it is foldable means it is flimsy; that’s where you would be wrong. This bad boy has a 2000 lb weight capacity so you can throw even the heaviest weight you can handle at it.
It also comes with ten different attachments you can add to it to make it even more versatile.
The video below shows how easy it is to set up and use and some of its versatility.
- Folds away to save space when not in use
- 10 attachments available
- 2000 lb weight rating
- Uses 12 gauge steel
- Often out of stock
#9 The Brute Rack 2.1 by Bells of Steel
Best Big Power Rack on a Budget
If you want a big rack for not a ton of money, then the Brute Rack 2.0 by Bells of Steel is the best big rack on a budget.
This beast comes in at 78″ length x 51″ width x 89″ height. That’s BEFORE any customizations or add ons, of which there are plenty.
It is made from 2.3 x 2.3″ 11 gauge steel tubing to handle the heavy weights and take a beating.
You can get to go with attachments like a landmine attachment, spotter arms, dip horns, monolift system, storage shelves and storage add ons, and many other accessories.
This would be a great alternative if you like the power rack we have as the best high-end rack on our list but don’t like the price tag since it’s less than half as much money. It’s a big rack with lots of attachments and accessories for less. The quality is a little lower, but it is still a badass rack that will leave some money in your wallet.
- Less expensive
- Dozens of attachments and modifications
- Made using heavy gauge steel
- Not always in stock
#10 Valor Fitness BD-58 Squat Rack
Best Rack with Weightlifting Platform
This one is actually what they call a half-rack, it has a slightly different design, as you can see in the picture, but it still functions the same as a power rach would.
It uses the 3×3″ 11 gauge steel that most of the other racks use and it is rated at a 750 lb capacity.
It features a multi-grip pull-up tower that lets you use whatever kind of grip fits your style when it comes to pull-ups or chin-ups.
The BD-58 also features some of the best plate storage on the list and you don’t have to pay extra for it.
The price on this one is above average, and it has a decently large footprint, which would be the main negatives here.
- Multi-Grip pull-up bar included
- Made from 11 gauge steel
- Ample plate storage
- Rarely out of stock
- No attachments to go with it except the dip station and platform
#11 HulkFit Multi-Function Power Cage
Best Multi-Functional Cage on a Budget
The Hulkfit Power Cage is the best multifunctional cage for those that don’t want to spend a ton of money.
This bad boy comes with options like a lat pulldown/pulley system, cable crossover, and a bench.
The Hulkfit Cage is rated at 1000 lb capacity and the pulleys have a recommended 500 lb capacity. Although the nylon cables have been tested at 1000 lbs,
This beast also comes with free shipping, which is extra nice when keeping the budget down.
- More for your money
- Ships free
- Some reviews note poor build quality and holes being misaligned
- Not made in the USA
#12 Rep Fitness Power Rack PR-4000
This model from rep fitness is fully customizable and comes in different heights and depths, so you can make it the perfect size for your home or garage gym. It also has a multi-grip pull-up arch that allows you to do regular pull-ups and pull-ups using different grips at different angles.
This rack also has accessories like a monolift, iso-arms, lat pulldown and row attachment, and more. It’s also available in 8 different colors.
This model has a max weight capacity of 1000 lbs and is commercially rated, making it perfect for a home or garage gym.
With this rack, you can go bare-bones or accessorize to the max and get it fully decked out. It’s up to you and how much money you want to send.
Overall this is a pretty awesome rack and definitely one to consider.
- Multigrip bar included
- Rack is deep and wide
- Many accessories and add ons available
- Fully customizable
- Footprint may be too large for some
#13 Power Zone Strength Rack Power Cage by Sunny Health
Moving further down the list, we have another budget-friendly power rack made by Sunny Health and Fitness.
This rack features an angled and adjustable pull-up bar, spotter bars and plate storage.
There is a 1000 lb weight capacity for this cage which is pretty high given the price.
Another bonus is that there is also free shipping on this rack, which makes the price even better.
- Less Expensive
- Free Shipping
- Angled pull-up bar
- Not made in the USA
#14 Titan T-2 Power Rack
The Titan T-2 is a nice power rack. It is rather basic, but it is also relatively inexpensive.
The T-2 comes with J-hooks, pin and pipe safeties, a pull-up bar and weight plate horns are all included.
Rackable weight for this product is 850 lbs which is more than enough for almost everyone.
There are no accessories or bells and whistles with this product to keep the cost down.
It’s a nice basic power rack which might be exactly what you are looking for.
- Not sold out
- Short version available for low ceilings
- Financing available
- Not customizable
- Uses 2×2″ steel posts
#15 Merax Athletics Fitness Power Rack Olympic Squat Cage
Next on our list of the best power racks for home gyms, we have a nice rack from Merax.
This power rack comes with a lat pulldown/low row system standard. It also features a solid chrome pull-up bar with a knurled grip.
The pulley system isn’t very high grade, but it works well for light use. Also, it’s not very expensive, which is nice.
Side note: most cheap pulley systems aren’t very good.
- Pulley system included
- Lifetime warranty
- Spotter bars included
- Easy assembly
- Too tall for low ceilings
- Some bad reviews on the quality of the cable
What is a Power Rack?
A power rack is a rectangular metal cage that is made to hold your barbell when you are lifting weights.
They are typically made out of 11 gauge steel and use rectangular tubes that are typically 3×3 inches.
If they are lucky enough to have one, you can almost always find them in a gym and sometimes in home gyms.
Power racks sometimes come with attachments and modifications like pulleys, dip bars, various chin-up bars, lever arms and much more.
Power Rack vs Squat Stand: Which is Better?
In my opinion, the power rack is the better of the two. The power rack is more stable and offers more to offer than a squat rack.
There are small savings pricewise on a squat stand versus a power rack, but the savings aren’t big enough to make much difference.
The area where the squat stand can beat the power rack is space-saving. However, foldable power racks are comparable to the squat stand space-wise and even have a smaller footprint when they are folded up.
For me, the power rack is a much more versatile option than the squat rack and is the clear choice if you aren’t sure which one to choose from.
Best Power Rack with a Pulley System
This is one that we didn’t put on the list, but maybe we should have.
I have been lifting weights since 1989 and one thing I know for sure is that most pulley systems for home gyms suck.
If you are looking to get a pulley system, you can do it but I would go with one that is high quality like the ones made by Rogue or someone else who is very reputable and known for producing high-quality equipment.
Cheap pulley systems just don’t work or last long at all. Don’t be fooled by Amazon reviews saying a certain one is great either, and Amazon reviews are not trustworthy.
Buying a cheap pulley system and expecting it to be nice is like buying a steak from the clearance aisle at Walmart and expecting it to taste like filet mignon, it’s just not going to happen.
If you want a pulley system, spend the money on a good one or don’t do it at all. I consider myself to be on the frugal side but this is one area where you will need to spend the money or it will be a complete waste.
Exercises You Can Do on a Power Rack?
A power rack allows you to do basically all of the exercises where you use a barbell that needs to be racked.
Some examples include:
- Squat variations
- Military press
- Bench Press
- Overhead presses
- Pull-ups (virtually all power racks come with a pull-up bar)
- Anything else you need a rack for
This list doesn’t even include the exercises that you can do if you buy a rack with attachments and modifications. That list would be very long.
Power Rack vs Smith Machine: Which is Better?
Another comparison you might be considering to the power rack vs a smith machine.
A Smith machine is pretty similar to a power rack except that the bar is fixed to the machine and has guides for it to go up and down on.
The two problems with the smith machine are that most of the machines you can buy for home use have pretty junky guides on them and it makes it not worth the bother to even have it. Also, you don’t really get a true free weight experience when you use a Smith machine. It is close but not the same.
The power rack is again the clear winner here.
Can You Do the Bench Press With a Power Rack?
Yes, of course.
Most racks do not come with the bench part though so if you are looking to bench with your power rack you will need to already have a bench or buy one separately.
Can You Use a Power Rack on Carpet?
I wouldn’t recommend it.
Especially if you are in an apartment and are wondering if you can get away with having a power rack on your carpeted floor. That is unless you don’t care about getting your security deposit back.
If it is a junky thin carpet in your garage you could probably get away with it provided you aren’t using a ton of weight and that you don’t really care about the carpet.
Do I Have to Bolt Down My Power Rack?
If the manufacturer says it needs to be bolted down then you definitely should for safety.
If it is at your own discretion you could use sandbags to weigh it down and keep it stable but it all depends on which make and model you have as to how effective that will be.
Another consideration is how much weight you are going to be using. The more weight you will be using the more you will want to bolt it down.
Also if you will be doing kipping pull-ups you may want to bolt it down.
Sandbags can work but it depends on the model, when in doubt bolt it down for safety.
Can You Use a Power Rack Without a Spotter?
It is always recommended to have a spotter or someone around in case something were to happen, especially if you are lifting heavy.
That said many power racks do have various spotter bars and straps that make it easier for you to lift without a spotter and do so safely.
The power rack will likely be the centerpiece of your home gym and the piece of equipment you use the most often.
Therefore you are probably going to want to go for quality over price. A good rack will last a long time, probably longer than you plan on using it. A junky one will do the opposite.
We have given you a nice variety of choices above with something you are sure to like depending on your budget, ceiling height and lifting needs.
Choose wisely and enjoy!
Ryan is a former college wrestler and lifelong fitness fanatic. He has run half marathons, done mud runs, placed in body transformation contests, coached wrestling and now coaches girls soccer. Not to mention he has also tried literally hundreds of supplements over the years and has a vast and thorough supplement knowledge. He has written for Muscle & Strength, Testosterone Junkie, The Sport Review and other publications. He is also the editor in chief of this website. Feel free connect with him on his LinkedIn page below.