The 8 Best Pull-Up and Chin-Up Bars for Your Home Gym, According to Trainers

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The best chin-up bars offer multiple grip options and easy and safe at-home mounting.
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Working out at home (and working from home and going to medical appointments from home) is the new normal. If you've been busy setting up your own sweat studio, we're here to help you find the best chin-up bar and pull-up bar for home workouts.

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"Most pull-up bars take up little to no space; it's a great piece of equipment to work your back, biceps, arms, shoulders and core; and it's a convenient reminder to get your workout in at home," Lindsey Clayton, cofounder of the Brave Body Project and senior instructor at Barry's in New York City tells LIVESTRONG.com.

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Several options are available when considering a chin-up or pull-up bar for your home, including freestanding, removable doorway options, or ceiling-mounted bars.

How We Chose

We consulted seven fitness professionals to weigh in on their favorite at-home pull-up and and chin-up bars. We selected products based on their criteria, including:

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  • Mount type
  • Grip options
  • Weight capacity

Check out their picks, depending on what you're looking for, below.

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1. Best Doorway Pull-Up Bar: ProsourceFit Multi-Use Doorway Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar

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  • Mount:​ Doorway
  • Grips:​ 4
  • Weight Capacity:​ 220 lbs.

Place this pull-up bar on any standard doorframe and you'll be able to do narrow-, normal- and wide-grip chin-ups or pull-ups — your choice.

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"It's simple: no bells and whistles, but gets the job done," Bobby Gallant, NASM-CPT, instructor at Barry's in New York City, tells LIVESTRONG.com. "Today especially, as working out in our living room has become the norm, this is the best pull-up bar for home as it gives me the opportunity to get in a great workout and doesn't take up too much space in my apartment."

Bonus: You can remove it from the doorframe and place it on the ground to use for triceps dips or elevated push-ups.

Note: This bar only supports up to 220 pounds, so it's limited in terms of how many different body types can use it safely.

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price:​ $32.99

2. Best for High Weight Capacity: Cap Barbell FM-905Q Series Exercise Stand Power Rack

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  • Mount:​ Freestanding
  • Grips:​ 1
  • Weight Capacity:​ 500 lbs.

If you have the space and want something sturdy that will be able to support up to 500 pounds, consider this freestanding power rack.

"I'm a bigger guy. I need the security that this standing bar provides so that I don't have to worry about getting hurt because the bar can't support my weight and it falls off a doorway," says Alonzo Wilson, founder of Tone House in New York.

You can also use the rack with a barbell to perform lifts like a chest press or squat to round out your routine. Versatile home fitness equipment, for the win!

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price:​ $174

3. Best for Pull-Up Variations: Rogue Fitness P-5V Garage Pull Up System

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  • Mount:​ Wall
  • Grips:​ 1
  • Weight Capacity:​ Limitless

This brand is known for its high quality and performance, so mount this bar securely to a wood stud, ceiling joist or concrete wall (the brand recommends having a general contractor help), and start counting your reps. It's the perfect addition to a garage or basement gym if you have the space for it.

"This is a quality option with a relatively low price point compared to other pull-up systems," says corrective exercise specialist Yusuf Jeffers, a certified run coach and coach at Mile High Run Club in New York. "The wall mounting gives enough space away from the wall to allow many variations of pull-up exercises without taking up lots of room or tipping over as some standalone units are at risk of doing."

Buy it:Roguefitness.com; ​Price:​ $140

4. Best Doorway Chin-Up Bar: Iron Gym Pull-Up Bar

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  • Mount:​ Doorway
  • Grips:​ 3
  • Weight Capacity:​ 300 lbs.

If you're looking for the best chin-up bar to use at home and it's your first one, this doorway option works well.

"I like this bar because it doesn't need to be drilled into the doorway or wall, so you can take it down when you're not using it," says Noam Tamir, CSCS, owner of TS Fitness. "It also has multiple grips to help hit different muscles when doing a pull-up or chin-up."

The different grip options not only allow you to do narrow, normal and wide pull-ups or chin-ups with a pronated (palms facing away from your body) or supinated (palms facing toward your body) grip, but you can also use a narrow grip, where your palms face one another.

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price:​ $26.65

5. Best Ceiling-Mounted Pull-Up Bar: Ultimate Body Press Ceiling Mounted Pull-Up Bar

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  • Mount:​ Ceiling
  • Grips:​ 4
  • Weight Capacity:​ 300 lbs.

Don't let a wall get in the way of your pull-ups. Mount this bar on the ceiling where you have enough space around you to not only do pull-ups, but ab exercises like L sits, too.

"Calisthenic workouts and mastering body-weight movements will always be a pillar of personal fitness," says New York City-based group fitness instructor and personal trainer Trevor Franklin. "This bar is versatile because you can do so many body-weight exercises on it, and because it's mounted to the ceiling, it doesn't take up much space or get in the way."

The angled bar allows for a more natural grip position, too.

Buy it:Amazon.com; ​Price:​ $89.99

6. Best for Advanced Lifters: Rogue Fitness XM-43R Neutral Grip Rotating Pull-Up Bar

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  • Mount:​ Rig
  • Grips:​ 2 (rotating)
  • Weight Capacity:​ 500 lbs.

If you're a gym rat with a more advanced at-home gym set up and you already have a rack or rig, add these steel attachments to create the perfect pull-up bar. The handles rotate a full 360 degrees, allowing you to choose from seven different width positions.

"You can perform so many pull-up and chin-up variations thanks to the rotating arms and handles," says New York City-based personal trainer Meghan Hayden, NASM-CPT. "It's a very sturdy bar that will last years and will cover all your pull-up needs as you advance and want to progress your movements a bit further — the challenges are endless!"

Buy it:Roguefitness.com; ​Price:​ $525

7. Best Beachbody Pull-Up Bar: P90X Chin-Up Bar

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  • Mount:​ Doorway
  • Grips:​ 12
  • Weight Capacity:​ 300 lbs.

If you're a fan of P90X, you're going to need a chin-up bar, and this one has your name on it. It can hold up to 300 pounds and includes a variety of handles for use in seemingly endless grip positions. Customers gave it good reviews for durability and ease of use.

Attaching two small brackets is required above the doorway and the bar hooks up into the brackets and can come right down for storage.

Buy it:Teambeachbody.com; ​Price:​ $59.85

8. Best Walmart Pull-Up Bar: Perfect Pullup

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  • Mount:​ Doorway
  • Grips:​ 2 (rotating)
  • Weight Capacity:​ 300 lbs.

Perfect Pullup comes with a pair of rotating handles that hook over the bar and recruit more muscles for your workout. To mount the bar, affix two sets of brackets into your door frame. The bar comes with a simple template for mistake-free hanging.

Once attached, the bar fits right into the upper brackets while the elbow of the bar goes into the lower set for swiveling the bar out and down to allow for multiple chin-up and pull-up options.

Users like how easy the bar is to adjust and that it feels sturdy.

Buy it:Walmart.com; ​Price:​ $19.77

4 Things to Look for When Buying a Pull-Up or Chin-Up Bar

1. Mount Type

You'll need to consider the amount of space you have at home before you purchase a pull-up bar. If you live in a small apartment and are thinking about a doorframe option, measure your doorframe to ensure the bar will fit and lie flush against the frame.

If you have a basement or garage gym with concrete walls or steady wood beams you can anchor a bar into, you may want to consider a ceiling or wall-mounted option.

2. How Much Weight the Bar Can Support

When it comes to working out and using any type of gear or equipment, safety is always a top priority. That's why you need to take into account your size and weight when purchasing a pull-up bar.

"I'm 240 pounds, so I hate doorframe bars because they can't support my weight," Wilson says. "They can become dangerous and people can get hurt on them if they don't pay attention to the weight capacity."

Always check how much weight the pull-up or chin-up bar says it can support. If you're on the lighter end, a doorframe bar might work for you, but if you're heavier, a wall- or ceiling-mounted option or a freestanding bar are probably your best bets.

3. How to Mount the Bar

Not only do you need to consider the type of mount you want for your home, but you also need to make sure you're able to install the pull-up bar safely.

While a doorframe bar is simply placed on the frame with relative ease, mounted bars are meant to be secured in place and never move. Some pull-up bar manufacturers even recommend having a general contractor help you install your chin-up or pull-up bar in order to ensure it's done properly and is safe to use.

4. Number of Grips

If you're just starting out with chin-ups and working up to a pull-up, a simple bar with one grip will do.

However, if you're a fitness fiend who can knock out sets of pull-ups and you're looking to incorporate variety into your programming, make sure you're getting a bar that either offers multiple grips or has rotating arms or handles so you can position different grips manually.

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