No home gym is complete without a pull-up bar option, and one of the most space-efficient ways of hanging a pull-up bar is from the ceiling.
Before we go any further, make sure you’ve checked your home gym can cope with a ceiling-mounted pull-up bar…
Not all home gyms will be suitable for a ceiling-mounted pull-up bar, so check you’ve got suitable ceiling joists and height before you decide on the best pull-up bar for your needs.
I’m a bit of a stickler for quality with a pull-up bar. If you’re going to be dangling from a thin pipe secured to your ceiling, it’s got to be good quality. All you need to do is search YouTube for pull up bar fails to see how quickly things can go wrong if you get a bad bar!
There are 2 main questions I’m going to answer in this article that will help you find the best ceiling pullup bar for your home…
Once you understand where the quality lies in the market, you’ll be able to make better decisions on the ceiling-mounted pull-up bar you buy.
So let’s dive in…
If you’re in a rush and want to know the best ceiling-mounted pull-up bars around, here’s my take…
As I mentioned earlier, I’m a stickler for quality. As a gym owner with a couple of decades in the industry, I’ve seen what bad equipment can do. Every single bar I’m reviewing here is a great bar. The differences in recommendation will come from the use case and not a ‘is it a good bar or not’ viewpoint.
I’ll look at build quality, price, user experience, and bar use. By the end of the article, you’ll know all about each bar, its good and bad points and whether it’s suitable for your needs or not.
When you’re done with this article, I guarantee you’ll have the best pullup bar for your needs and budget.
In a product lineup containing multiple great bars, you have to be excellent to stand out and this one really is.
Off the bat what I love about the Titan bar is the versatility of the grip–the parallel bar setup means it has various overhand, angled, underhand, and neutral grip options. This is unrivaled in the space, but such an excellent feature.
It’s a mid-level price, but the build quality is excellent with good welding, strong bolts to secure the bar and a powder-coated finish to ensure the bar is long-lasting. It has a medium knurl to help with grip without ripping the flesh from your hands!
The bar hangs 16 inches from the ceiling, so you won’t be able to do muscle-ups on it, but that’s pretty standard for a lot of bars. It’s a generous 50 inches wide and the bar is 1 ⅓ inch in diameter, so it’s suitable for all users.
Combining the ease of installation, build quality, price, and workout versatility makes the Titan Fitness ceiling-mounted pull-up bar the best of the bunch for me.
This is the best ceiling-mounted pull up bar around. The mixture of high quality steel, multiple grip options, a medium knurl and a simple installation make it a winner for me. OK, it doesn’t have the deep drop for muscle ups, but that’s kind of niche anyway. For most people it’s perfectly suitable.
The Rep pull-up bar is the cheapest of the bars I’ve reviewed here, but despite that, it shares features of the Rogue bars that are significantly more expensive. The brackets are strong and the bar itself is made from 11 gauge steel. It’s rated to 500 LB assuming it is set up correctly with solid bolts.
The bar is 50 inches long, so it is suitable for pretty much everyone. It also has a feature I like – adjustability. You can set the bar from 12 to 23 inches deep, so you have extra room to perform different exercises. This simple feature gives you different exercise options.
A mark against it (and the more expensive Rogue systems for that matter) is that the bar is smooth, without any knurling whatsoever. In my opinion knurling is a really useful feature and one that probably isn’t difficult to add. It doesn’t have to be the full length of the bar, but I’d like to at least see some knurling. It also lacks the grip variety of the Titan bar.
That being said, it’s a solid bar, it’s easy to put up and the fact that it’s $109.99 makes it second place. It’s largely the same length, shape, and quality as Rogue, but it costs less money, which nudges it up the ladder for me.
If you want a simple, cheap bar that does the job without costing the earth, this is a great choice. It’s a flat bar that is easy to install, can be used on a wall or ceiling, is made from great quality steel and the size can be adjusted. Overall, an excellent value for money pull up bar.
When it comes to fitness equipment, Rogue always delivers great quality and the P-6V pullup bar is no exception. You might be wondering why it’s only in third place then?
The first reason is the price. It’s a more expensive bar than the other two. The second reason is lack of variety – just like the Rep bar, it’s a straight pull-up bar. There’s nothing wrong with this, it’s just not a match for the Titan with its varied grip options. There’s also no knurling.
Essentially then, it’s the Rep Fitness bar but $36 more expensive.
Actually, there is a difference and it’s the reason I’ve put the P-6V in 3rd place – it has a 30-inch drop from the mounting point, which is the longest drop in the review. This makes it excellent for muscle-ups and kipping pull-ups, hence my suggesting it’s the best bar for CrossFit. The 4 bolts keep it locked in place even with the most dynamic gymnastic movements. You can also link the rogue bars, creating a longer overall length of pull-up bar.
It’s a great ceiling or wall-mounted pull-up bar, I just think that unless you’re using it for muscle-ups and kipping, you can get better value with the other two. The Rogue bars have a LOT of fans and this isn’t any different with over 70 reviews and a 4.9 average rating.
The Rogue P-6V is my go-to suggestion for a ceiling pull up bar that is suitable for muscle ups and kipping pull ups. It has plenty of over-bar clearance to allow the body to extend over the bar. It’s a straight bar, is well-secured with good bolts and a solid CrossFit-suitable pull up bar. A slight gripe is the lack of knurling, but that’s a personal point.
The P-5V bar from Rogue rounds up the bars in the review. What I love about this bar is the fact that it combines excellent build quality with adjustability and tight overall dimensions. The wall mounts are 23 inches long and the bar is 52 inches wide.
The P-5V also has adjustable bar positions, giving you a bar drop of 14 or 22 inches. This is more than the Rep bar, but unlikely to be enough for muscle-ups unless you’re particularly short or have an odd-shaped ceiling!
The rest of the specs are all there – a solid bar, 11 gauge steel, well-made bolts, and the like. The whole range of the bars from Rogue are good, but I went for the P-5V over the P-3V or P-4V because it feels sturdier to me and the extra bolt (it’s secured with 4 bolts, the others are secured with 3) gives you a little more peace of mind.
It’s a standard flat bar without the knurling, but I won’t labor that point. It does a great job, it’s well made and the price isn’t eye-watering. It’s easy to set up and can be linked with other P-5Vs to make a longer overall bar. It’s a great pull-up bar and you won’t be disappointed if you buy it. It’s one of the more popular Rogue pull-up bars…
The Rogue P-5V is a rock-solid pull up bar that will do a great job for most people. Like the other Rogue pull up systems, it can be linked together to create a much longer bar (great for facilities or home gyms with a need for multiple bars). It’s a straight bar that is adjustable, well-secured but doesn’t have the knurling other bars have.
We have to consider the security of the product and the user experience. In terms of features, pull-up bars are very similar, so the differentiators are points such as…
I believe that all of the bars I’ve reviewed today are excellent and tick each of these points off.
You could buy any one of the bars and have a good experience. Just remember that if you’re a CrossFitter and you’ll be doing muscle-ups or kipping pull-ups, you’ll have to go with the Rogue P-6V otherwise you won’t have enough room!
The main reasons stem from practicality and space points of view. If you have a free-standing pull-up bar, you’re taking up valuable floor space and that can be an issue in a small home gym. They’re also often more expensive than mounted bars and every dollar counts if you’re on a tight budget.
A wall-mounted pull-up bar isn’t always a practical solution either – if you use your pull-up bar for exercises such as muscle-ups, or use it as a hanger for a TRX etc, space around it can be an issue. You also need the right kind of walls – they’re not suitable for use on drywall for example.
The other common option, the doorway mounted pull-up bar doesn’t always suit because of some of the reasons we’ve already mentioned, plus it renders your doorway out of action whilst it’s in use. Not a huge point, but something to consider nonetheless. There’s also a slight safety concern with some (not all) of them.
All the bars reviewed here are great bars, but for me the stand out in terms of variety, functionality, price, and overall user experience is the Titan Fitness Ceiling Mounted Multi-Grip Pull-Up Bar.
It’s a simple, no-fuss design but more than delivers in terms of quality and workout variety. The free shipping from Titan doesn’t hurt either!
Buy the Titan Fitness Ceiling Mounted Multi-Grip Pull-Up Bar and you’ll be very happy you did.