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 that is made tough, reliable and sturdy. Also, some nice extras aren’t bad either.
Luckily we are here to help you find the best power racks on the market.
Let’s get started.
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#1 Rogue RML-690C 3.0
Best Power Rack Overall
We are kicking the list off with 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 Monoliftt System
- Monster Matador (dip station)
- VersaSport Dumbbell Spotter System
On top of that, this rack is also available in 10 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 weight typical lifters will use without shifting. However, if you are a beast who is going to be throwing around 500 lbs on the regular you should consider the anchor kit which is available.
The negatives on this one are the price tag and the fact that it has a rather large footprint at 76×49″. Also, all of the attachments are pretty awesome but they aren’t cheap either.
If you have the money and the room then this bad boy will likely be the crown jewel of your home gym.
This is the most expensive power rack on the list, it’s worth it but if you don’t feel like spending that much cheddar don’t worry about it, we have lots of other ones that are cheaper than this one and still kick ass.
- 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 10 different colors
- Guarenteed to make all of your lifting buddies jealous
- Takes up a decent amount of space
#2 MyRack Modular Power Rack By Force USA
Best Power Rack Value
If you are looking for a great value when it comes to a power rack the Modular Power Rack By Force USA is a really 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 and it will go easier on your wallet than many of the other racks on the 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. To keep the cost down this rack is made from 12 gauge steel which isn’t quite as strong as the 11 gauge steel most racks use, it does boast a 2000lb capacity though. Also, this rack tends to be out of stock at times, especially during covid.
Overall this is another really nice rack, not as nice as our top selection but the price and versatility are great.
- Excellent value for your money
- 20 attachments for you to personalize it
- Available in black, red and blue
- 2000 lb capacity
- Not made in the USA
- Uses 12 gauge steel
- Holes may not go up high enough for some people
#3 Power Cage Squat Rack (Kip Cage) By FringeSport
Best Rack for Kipping Pull-Ups
Next up, we have another really nice product from Fringe Sport.
The Power Cage Squat Rack delivers high quality at more of a homeowner price range than our top selection.
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 2 sets of J-cups and safety pins as well as a sleeve mechanism for enhanced stability for squats and the bench press.
On the negative side for this one, it doesn’t come with any attachments like our first 2 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
#4 R-4 Power Rack by Rogue
High Quality at a Lower Cost
Rogue appears again on the list with another, less expensive model. The R-4 is another solid power rack to consider.
This rack delivers the quality of the first place rack that Rogue makes but takes up less space and it’s about half the price.
Plus you still get all the available attachments and upgrades that you can with the top selection.
The R-4 uses 2×3″ 11 gauge steel and uses 5/8″ hardware. The entire unit weighs 250 lbs and it comes with a lifetime warranty. All of the J-Cups, Pin/Pipe Safeties, and Band Pegs are all included.
This model also has 2 pull-up bars. One with a skinnier grip and one with a fatter grip.
On the negative side, this unit does still have a rather large footprint at 53×53″. Also, it isn’t available in multiple colors like the first place unit is, black is the only option.
- High quality at a lower price
- Lots of attachments and upgrades available
- Made in the USA
- Order placed before 3 pm ship out the same day (if it’s in stock)
- Large footprint
- Only available in 1 color
#5 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 really 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.
If you have a shorter ceiling this would be a good rack to consider because it is available in a 7″ tall model.
Rack 48 is very well built, sturdy, and has a better look than our second choice, it also has a bigger 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
#6 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 is available with all of the attachments that the other Rogue racks have.
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 though if you are looking to save space and or money.
- Attachments and customizing 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
#7 Pro Power Cage
If you are just looking for a cheap rack that will get the job done and not cost a lot of money then this is the rack for you.
This rack comes with the j-hooks and spotter bars, it also has a footprint of 48″X48″X83″.
The weight capacity for this rack is only 500 lbs, if you plan on lifting heavier than that (most people don’t) then you should choose a different rack.
It’s not glamorous but it will work just fine for most people and leave some money in your wallet.
- Includes a pull-up bar
- Comes with j-hooks and spotter bars
- 500 lb weight capacity
- Largish footprint
#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 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 10 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 as well as 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 6-Post Titan Power Rack
Best Big Power Rack on a Budget
If you want a big rack for not a ton of money then the 6-Post Titan Power Rack is the best big rack on a budget.
It comes in at 76″ length x 48″ width x 8″ height and costs under $1000.
It is made from 3×3″ 11 gauge steel tubing so it can handle the heavy weights and take a beating.
There are some attachments you can get to go with it as well like a landmine attachment, spotter arms, dip horns, monolift system along with storage shelves and storage add ons and many other accessories.
If you like the power rack we have in first place on our list but don’t like the price tag this would be a great alternative. A big rack with lots of attachments and accessories at about half the price. The quality isn’t the same 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
- Often out of stock
- Made overseas
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#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 rated at a 750 lb capacity.
It features a multi-grip pull-up tower which will let 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 does have a decently large footprint 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 trying to keep the budget down.
- More for your money
- Ships free
- Some reviews note poor build quality and holes being misaligned
- Not made in the USA
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#12 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
#13 Titan T-2 Power Rack
The Titan T-2 is a nice power rack. It is rather basic but it is also rather 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 in order to keep the cost down.
It’s a nice basic power rack which might just 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
#14 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 Myrack.
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
- Pulley system included
- Lifetime warranty
- Spotter bars included
- Easy assembly
- Too tall for low ceilings
- Some bad reviews on the quality of the cable
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#15 Rep Fitness Power Rack PR-1100
This model from rep fitness has a nice depth of 47.5 inches, making it a nice size rack for a 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 model has a max weight capacity of 700 lbs making it perfect for a home or garage gym.
- Multigrip bar included
- Rack is deep and wide
- Footprint may be too large for some
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.
You can almost always find them in a gym and sometimes in home gyms if they are lucky enough to have one.
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 definitely the better of the two. The power rack is more stable and has more to offer than a squat rack does.
There is small savings pricewise on a squat stand vs a power rack but the savings isn’t big enough to make much of a difference.
The area where the squat stand can beat the power rack is space-saving. However, there are foldable power racks that 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 totally 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 making 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, Amazon reviews are not trustworthy at all.
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.