The most sought after strength equipment in any gym is the power rack. Below are the 15 best power racks you can buy. These power racks range from heavy durable equipment to home gyms. The 15 power racks below were ranked on affordability, quality, and versatility.
Our number 1 pick from the best power racks is Fitness Reality X-Class Light Commercial High Capacity Olympic Power Cage
Best power racks and squat racks: 15 picks
1) Fitness Reality X-Class Light Commercial High Capacity Olympic Power Cage
The Fitness Reality X-Class Light comes in at number 1 on our list due to its high quality and versatility for a great low price.
This power rack is a steal for the price. Usually, a lower price means a lower quality of material or fewer accessories. But it’s the opposite with this equipment. It meets the need for a bodybuilder or powerlifter by offering high-quality safety bars and holding up to a capacity of 1,500lbs. It also meets the needs of an exerciser looking for a versatile full-body workout with its multiple attachments and accessories.
- Rock-solid stability and a high weight capacity
- Great price for the accessories, multiple grip bars, and quality
- No weight holders
2) Merax Athletics Fitness Power Rack Olympic Squat Cage Home Gym
With over 24 strength training options, the Merax Athletics Power Rack is great for any type of exerciser! Strength training options include:
- Bench Press
- Lat Pulldown
- Low Row
- Multi-Grip Pullups
This steel cage power rack is one of the safest and durable power racks on the market. Inside the cage, you will have no problem feeling safe with the 800lb weight capacity of the safety bars and 650lb weight capacity on the inside bars. Not only is this cage safe inside but on the outside as well, holding up to 500lbs on the outside racks. This is a great feature for those that want to bench press, deadlift, and front squat outside of the rack.
My favorite feature of this rack is the 4 extra bar catchers that are included in the purchase. This addition adds more safety by allowing you to set a low bar catcher just in case you are unable to lift the bar up.
- Holds a high weight capacity across power rack
- Comes with 4 extra bar catchers
- Dip bar not included
3) HulkFit 1,000 Pound Capacity Multi-Function Adjustable Power Cage
HulkFit’s Multi-Function Power Cage is another bang for your buck power cage. This power cage comes with a 1,000lb weight capacity (second-highest on this list) and the ability to add on to the power cage. Most cages come with the ability to add a lat pulldown and low row like this one. However, this is the only power cage I have seen that has a cable crossover add-on. With both add-ons, this would be the best home gym you could buy at that price. The workout possibilities would be in the hundreds.
My favorite feature, outside of the unique add-ons, is the multi-functional dip bars. Not only can use the bars for dips, but you use these bars for battle ropes, multi-grip pullups, and resistance bands.
This product also comes with 2 bonus J-Hooks.
- Comes with bonus equipment
- Can add multiple accessories and extensions such as cable crossover
- Quality is not as great as other equipment on the list
4) Fitness Reality 810XLT Super Max Power Cage
Fitness Reality enters our list again with another great power rack. The Super Max is a great all-around power cage. This cage will allow you to do squats, deadlifts, bench press, sit-ups, pull-ups, and more.
With 800lbs of weight capacity and two extra stability bars, this cage is one of the safest on the market. What separates this cage from the rest on the list is the multiple grip pull-up bar that allows you to do wide, normal, narrow, and hammer grip pull-ups.
My favorite feature on the Super Max is the versatility of the two rear stability bars. The lower stability bar can be used as support for sit-ups and bodyweight hamstring curls. Both stability bars can be used for high and low presses and pulls with resistance bands as well.
- Multi-grip pull-up bar
- Rear stability bars may take up more space because of their shape
5) T-3 Series Power Rack
Titan Fitness is a brand that is known for making quality products for a great low price. The T-3 Series rack is very customizable compared to the others on this list. Titan Fitness gives you the option of 4 colors, depth size of 24″ or 36″, and weight holders with this power rack. This rack is made of heavy-duty steel that can support 1,100lbs in the rack and can hold up to 4,400 with the weight holders included.
My favorite part of this power rack is the depth size adjustment. The 24″ depth option is great if you’re looking to save space. The 36″ depth option will give you more room for comfort and allow you to do lifts like hang cleans that require more room.
- Weight holder
- Depth size variation
- Colored racks do not come with weight holders
6) HulkFit Multi-Function Adjustable Power Rack
HulkFit enters our list again, with another versatile and safe piece of equipment. For the price, there is no better deal than this power rack! This power rack comes with a 1,000lb weight capacity and spotter bars. The length of the spotter bars allows for safe deadlifting and power clean lifts. Additional features include:
- Weight holders
- Dip bars
- Barbell holder
- Pull-up bar
- Landmine bar
- Long safety bars
7) Titan T-2 Series Short-Power Rack
Don’t have a lot of space for a normal power rack or unable to move heavy or large equipment into the basement? The Titan T-2 Short-Power Rack has got you covered! This rack is lightweight at 123lbs making it easier to move into basements or garages than normal cages or racks. With a height of 71.5” and an area of 48-in x 58-in this rack will fit in most small spaces. Even though this is a smaller rack, you will still be able to perform exercises such as squats, deadlifts, bench press, military press, and pull-ups. Made from 11-gauge steel this power rack is durable and will hold up to 700lbs.
- A smaller rack that is able to fit in smaller areas like basements and garages
- Low height for pullups
8) Body Power Deluxe Rack Cage
The Body Power Deluxe Rack Cage was made for experienced powerlifters. This cage holds up to 800lbs of weight capacity and has the ability to mount into the floor with four-floor anchors. At the back of the cage are six weight holders that max out weight storage and help add more stability to this cage. The best feature with this power cage is the multiple band pegs, that allow the user to add resistance bands while lifting.
- Multiple resistance bands pegs
- Weight storage in the back
- The narrow cage makes squatting difficult
9) X-3 Series Short Folding Power Rack
Have limited space in your garage but need a power rack? Titan Fitness X-3 Folding Power Rack is the best option for you! This rack is easy to mount to any wall in your house. Using pins, this rack takes no time to fold in or out for use or storage. Just like other Titan Fitness Racks, this rack is made of 11 gauge steel and able to hold up to 1,100lbs of weight. Although this rack doesn’t take up much space, you will have to buy a weight tree and barbell rack to store weights when the rack is folded up.
- Space saver
- Holds up to 1,100lbs of weight
- No storage for weights
10) CAP Barbell FM-8000F Deluxe Power Rack
The Cap Barbell Power Rack is a heavy-duty piece of equipment made of high quality 12 gauge and 14 gauge steel that makes for a cheap and durable product. This rack is very versatile by targeting the upper and lower body with pull-ups, squats, deadlifts, cleans, bench press, and 6 resistance band loops. For its cheap low price, it is the best product for the features and materials. This equipment would be higher on the list but there is no information on how much weight it can hold.
- High-quality material for the price
- 6 resistance band loops
- Safety bars
- No indication of weight capacity
11)ProGear 1600 Ultra Strength 800lb Weight Capacity Power Cage
The ProGear 1600 Ultra Strength Power Cage is made with 2 inch by 2 inch steel and holds over 800lbs of weight on the safety bars. This power cage is the safest and most affordable compared to others at the same price point. This power cage includes two stabilizer bars to increase stability during lifts. The feature that stands out the most with this cage is the multi-grip pull-up bar that allows you to do wide, narrow, hammer, and normal pullups.
- High weight capacity for the price
- Multi-grip pullup bar
- No weight storage
12) Fitness Reality Multi-Function Adjustable Power Rack Squat Stand
The last entry of Fitness Reality on our list is their Multi-Function Adjustable Power Rack Squat Stand. This power rack is made of 2-inch by 2-inch heavy-duty steel and holds up a weight capacity of 800lbs. The features of this rack include an adjustable pullup bar, a landmine, a sit-up bar, and front safety bars. This power rack is great for those just learning how to front squat, power clean, and deadlift. The adjustable pullup bar makes this a great equipment purchase for multiple people to use if they vary in height.
- Adjustable pullup bar
- Front safety bars
- No weight storage
13) Sunny Health & Fitness Power Zone Squat Stand Rack Power Cage
Sunny Health & Fitness is a newer fitness equipment company that is creating new and affordable equipment. Sunny’s Power Cage is made of high-quality steel that supports up to 805lbs of weight. For the price, you are receiving a high-quality piece of equipment with multiple features. Features on this power cage include:
- An angled pull up bar
- Weight storage on the back
- Front safety bars
- 6 resistance band pegs
This rack may need to be bolted to the floor for stability if you are lifting over 300 lbs.
- Multiple features for an affordable cost
- High safety for a low cost
- Have to bolt to the floor to lift heavier weights
14) Fuel Pureformance Deluxe Power Cage
The Fuel Pureformance Deluxe Power Cage is a very affordable product made out of steel and has a weight capacity of over 500 pounds. This power cage is perfect for beginners and those who are looking to perfect their form. Features on this power cage include:
- Weight storage
- Resistance band pegs on each side
- Front safety bars
- Low cost and safe
- Only holds up to 500lbs of weight
15) CAP Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand
The CAP Barbell Power Rack Exercise Stand is a great product for beginners and lightweight exercisers. This product is very affordable and made of 11 gauge and 12 gauge steel. Features of this power rack include two-weight storage holders and a pullup bar. As stated before with the other CAP Power Rack, they do not mention the weight capacity of the power rack. Because of the price, I would not recommend buying this product if you are wanting to bodybuild or power lift.
- No indication of weight capacity
Power rack buying guide: what to look for
Space and size
Before looking at power racks, measure the area where you are going to put this rack. It would be horrible to get all the equipment out and then have to pack it back up to ship to the company.
Once, you are sure the equipment will fit in the area then you can begin looking at other sizing options. If you’re buying a power rack for pull-ups, take into consideration how tall your ceiling is and the possibility of you hitting your head.
Depth size is the most important size to look for when buying equipment. This is the space inside the rack. You want to make sure that this size is big enough for the lifts you are wanting to do.
Price vs quality(and safety concerns)
Before looking at the price and features, make sure you check out how safe the equipment is going to be. Things that you want to look for are:
- How much weight capacity can this rack hold? When thinking about the capacity also remember that the capacity is how much the rack can hold when the weight is not moving. Take into consideration, if the rack will be able to hold your max weight if it were to drop.
- Does the equipment need to be anchored? If the rack needs to be anchored this means that the equipment is not stable, to begin with, and may tip over if you are doing pull-ups.
- How thick are the safety bars? As most of us know from high school weight rooms or typical gyms, the thin safety bars bend over time. This can lead to the safety bars breaking or being unable to move the bars up or down in the rack. My recommendation is to look for the newer rectangle safety bars.
- Doublecheck the space inside the cage. When writing this article there were multiple reviews about cages being too narrow to lift in. This caused the lifter to hit the frame, bar holders, and weights. Just imagine lifting a heavyweight up from a squat and you hit something, it is a serious accident waiting to happen.
After considering these safety fixtures, now we can look at the price vs quality of the power racks.
The low price category ($200 – $400) is going to consist mostly of power racks. If there is a power cage in this category I would advise on not buying because the quality is going to be very low. Some racks will have safety features but most will not. If you’re looking to do lightweight lifting or learning form, I would consider this category.
The medium price category ($400 -$700) is going to consist of both power cages and racks. This category will focus on add-ons and more safety features. This category is perfect for those that are looking for a home gym and do not lift heavyweights.
The high price category ($800 & up) is going to consist of mostly power cages and squat racks. This category will consist of better materials as the price goes up. If you are a bodybuilder or powerlifter buy only in this range. The safety features will make sure that you are safe while lifting heavier weight.
Do you need a power rack?
Most power cages and racks made today are so versatile that anyone can use them. Additional add-ons make most power cages and rack a home gym.
Strength lifters need power racks because they are able to hold and support heavy amounts of weight while keeping the lifter safe.
Beginners should use power racks because they are the safest way to learn form while lifting. Power racks are great for bodyweight exercisers because of the stability the rack has during pull-ups and dips.
Squat rack vs squat stand vs smith machine
As a personal trainer, I would not recommend a smith machine for anyone. A smith machine very safe because of the ability to rack the bar at multiple positions, but its not a good position to put your back into during lifts.
During a squat, your hips hinge back causing your upper body to move forward slightly with the bar. This helps create a center of gravity in the hips. During a smith machine squat the weight is distributed mostly to the back of the body causing stress on the back and knees, which can lead to injury.
That leaves us with the squat rack and squat stand. The squat rack is going to have more safety features such as safety bars and more weight holding capacity but limited movement compared to a squat stand. Most squat stands, do not have safety bars but you are not inclosed in a rack.
You will be able to do more lifts with a squat stand because of the freedom of movement. At the same time, you will not be able to do heavy lifts because of the lack of safety.
Can you bench press with a squat rack?
Bench pressing in a squat rack is the way to go if you want to be able to lift heavy by yourself. The safety bars will allow you to lift heavy without worrying about serious injury. You will also be able to perform negatives without a spotter in a squat rack.
Be aware that some squat racks don’t have safety bars that go to the height of the bench press. If you’re buying a squat rack to bench press with, make sure it has the ability to put safety bars around the height of the bench.
Can you deadlift with a squat rack?
Deadlifting in a squat rack is very beneficial to the deadlifting form. If you’re trying to learn to deadlift squat racks with safety bars are a great tool to master form. Deadlifting from the floor can be tough as a beginner and can cause serious back injury if you don’t use the correct form.
Using the safety bars, you will be able to start higher off the ground in a more appropriate stance that utilizes using the hips instead of the back. Once you perfect the form, you will be able to move the bars down closer to the ground until you are able to deadlift without them.
Exercises you can do with a power rack/squat rack
- Back Squat
- Front Squat
- Bench Press
- Hang Clean
- Power Clean
- Dips (if included)
Remember safety is the most important feature when buying any type of exercise equipment. Make sure to look at the materials, size, and space before looking at the cool features because you can’t use the features if the quality is cheap.
After confirming the quality, look for a power rack that is going to meet your needs the most. If it’s a home gym find a rack that has many features and options to add on.