Doing the main lifts on your own without a spotter isn’t recommended since you put yourself in a vulnerable position specially when loading the bar with heavy weights. The best power rack for home gym use lets you do heavy bench press and squats safety even if you don’t have a training partner with you.
The build of the rack ensures that you are kept safe from any failed lifts because it provides you with safety bars that will catch the barbell should anything happen. This gives you peace of mind so you can do one-rep max lifts without the risk of injury.
As long as you pick the equipment with proper weight capacity, lift inside the cage and set the safeties correctly you’ll be able to build muscle and lift safely on your own.
With Lat Pull Attachment: Our top pick in our best power rack for home gym list is the BD-7 Power Rack from Valor Athletics. This is a solidly built rack that allows for up to 500 lbs. of weight on the bar. We know it isn’t the highest in terms of capacity but for most of us that weight is more than enough even for squats. If you’re an intermediate lifter or an elite one that needs close to or over 1,000 lbs. in weight capacity see some of our other picks below.
We also like that while it’s equipped with a knurled pull up station at the front top portion of the cage, it also includes a cable and pulley station at the rear side of the unit. The pulley system allows for a lat pulldown setup and a low rowing station to work all areas of the back muscles. This lets you switch between doing pull ups and lat pulldowns.
Measuring 63.5 inches wide, 47 inches deep and 82 inches tall this does take a good amount of room though the size also offers a sizable 43.5” wide by 39” deep interior for you to set up your lifts.
The BD-7 is build on a solid 2” by 2” steel tube frame and has 4 bar racking supports that you can adjust between 17 different hole positions. The holes are set up so you can go as low as 17.5” all the way up to 68” high.
For its price, construction and additional lat pull attachment this is one of the best power racks for the money.
This is another great option if you want to be able to lift with free weights instead of using a home gym machine. This lets you work everything from your lower body muscles including your quads, hamstrings and glutes, to your shoulders, back, chest and arms.
Like the other power racks in our reviews here, this is best complemented by a good weight bench which will allow you to do bench and incline press exercises as well as other seated dumbbell and barbell exercises.
The PPR200X is equipped with 2 adjustable barbell lift offs for racking the bar as well as a pair of safety spotters that can also be set within 18 different positions on the posts.
Constructed with 2” by 2” steel tubing that’s 12 gauge thick it offers lifters a maximum weight capacity of 600 lbs. The full cage design also lets you work on your back muscles using its pull up bar on the top side of the cage.
Note that unlike most of the others in our best power rack for home gym reviews here, this doesn’t come with plate pegs where you can store your unused weights.
This is another affordable unit that’s a better option if you don’t have a large amount of free floor space for your power rack. That’s because it measures 44 inches long by 46 inches wide making it shorter and slightly narrower than the BD-7. This allows it to fit in smaller spaces.
Just slightly larger in terms of footprint compared to the PowerLine PPR200X, this power rack covers a floor area of 48 inches by 48 inches. Internally, the pillars give you a space of 44” by 26” to work in.
The depth may be an issue for some lifters as it isn’t as deep as some of the other cages in our reviews. It does still offer sufficient amount of room to do all the lifts.
Made from 2” by 2” steel, the frame is rated to hold a maximum weight capacity of 700 lbs. The entire unit is 83 inches tall making is necessary to have a high ceiling to place this home gym under.
The unit does require some assembly since there are a lot of bolts to put together. So do expect to take some time to sort out all the components when you receive the shipment and carefully put it together so it is sturdy.
Very affordable, this strength training equipment lets you do the big lifts, including squats and bench without needing a spotter around.
High Weight Capacity (over 1,000 lbs.): If you have elite power lifting capability and lower capacity cages aren’t enough for you, then consider this HD Power Rack from Titan. This offers a maximum weight capacity of over 1000 lbs. giving the ability to load the bar as much as you want to train for competitive lifting.
To hold up to that kind of load, this power rack uses high strength 11 gauge steel. It also has thicker posts that are 2” by 3” to offer that extra support and security with heavy weights. As a result this home gym equipment is heavy at 230 lbs. without any weights on it, which is a good thing.
Measuring 46 inches wide and 30 inches deep it is one of the tallest cages in our reviews here at 92 inches high, so you’ll need a high ceiling to fit it in.
The unit comes with dual pull up bars on the top side, one that is slimmer, at 1.25” diameter thick, and another that’s thicker at 2” in diameter. The upper section of the cage also feature band pegs where you can attach bands to the bar when doing bench press as well as squats to change your training. At the outer ends of the cage, there are 4 plate pegs to keep and store the weights.
This high capacity power rack uses a West Side hole pattern which allows you to move the pegs and safeties 1” at a time. We also like that the holes go all the way up as well as down for the most versatility in positioning for lifts.
Best Power Rack for Low Ceilings: If your garage gym, basement or workout area has low ceilings, many of 80+” (6’8” or higher) power racks just aren’t going to fit there. Plus if you want to be able to do pull ups safely, you’ll still need to add extra space above the cage’s height.
A solution to that is this short power rack that stands only 71.5” high. That’s just a shade under 6 feet high making it fit under most ceilings plus give you some extra leeway above it when doing pull ups. This will fit under the lower 7 foot ceilings that won’t allow many regular sized workout cages to fit under.
However, don’t let its low height fool you, it is built to be sturdy with a weight load capacity of 700 lbs. Its construction makes use of the same solid 2” by 2” steel tube frames that hold up to heavy weights.
It comes with a pair of J-hook bar racking supports and 2 safety bars that are both adjustable. This will let you set them to the height fitting your lifts. In total, there are 21 different hold positions along the vertical poles.
This item takes up an floor area of 48 inches by 58 inches and offers a wide walk-in design with an opening that’s 44 inches from side to side. This lets you move freely within the cage to set up for your heavier lifts like squats.
Cheapest Power Rack for Home Gym: Carrying the lowest price tag in our best home gym power rack reviews, this unit from New York Barbells offers a high 1,000 lb. maximum weight capacity.
This lifting equipment comes with a set of bar catches and also a couple of safety bars, both of which can be adjusted across the 31 different holes that are lined up vertically on the cage’s uprights. To make remember the positions easier, the posts and holes are numbered so all you have to do is remember the number you’re most comfortable with when doing bench press or squats so you can quickly line the safeties and catches quickly for each workout session.
The holes are distanced 2” apart from one another and the lowest hole is 15” up from the ground. It is very solid and sturdy during use thanks to its build which allows you to do weighted pull ups on the chin up bar without any wobbling or instability whatsoever.