Looking for the ideal trap bar for your home gym?
You came to the right spot.
With so many options available, it can be a challenge to choose the right one–but I can guarantee after you read this review, you will find the perfect trap bar for your needs.
I’ve been a personal trainer and gym owner for 20 years and know a thing or two about a solid trap bar, and have spent more hours reading about trap bars than I’d like to admit.
In this article, I’ve reviewed the 5 best trap bars on the market at a variety of different price points, so you’ll be able to make an informed choice for your needs.
In case you’re in a rush, these are the top 3 trap bars I recommend. If you are under 6’4″, I would 100% go with our #1 pick. If you’re over 6’4”, I would opt for our 2nd pick.
As with my previous barbell review, I look at the 3 most important points when ranking the trap bars-–price, materials, build quality. This helps get through the fluff and find a trap bar that fits your needs and your budget.
One other thing to note–I’ve only reviewed bars with two handles because the single-handled bars on the market aren’t justifiable; they tend to be good quality, but are often significantly more expensive than many of the double-handled versions.
Anyone who has read this site knows I’m a fan of Titan Barbells. They seem to capture the important features of a barbell and discard any of the fluff, which makes for excellent equipment at a great price point.
And when it comes for the best bang for your buck, you won’t find a trap bar better than the Titan Hex Trap Bar.
Made from high-quality 1.5 inch steel tubing, it gives the bar a weight capacity of 800lbs–more than enough for almost all users.
It’s a tight bar with a handle spread of 22”, so be aware of that if you’re particularly big or tall–this isn’t a bar that’ll suit many over 6’5”.
It’s powder coated black, which not only looks great but will also extend the lifespan of the bar. The knurling is a medium diamond texture, so it’ll give you plenty of grip without tearing the skin off your palms!
The bar is 85.5 inches long, the handles are 7.5 inches off the floor (lower than many bars, which is a feature I like because it increases range of movement), the bar itself weighs 60lbs, and is suitable for bumpers and standard plates.
The Titan Hex Trap Bar V2 boasts the features of many higher-priced bars but keeps the price a sniff below $270. The tight bar is great for most men and all women (well the ones below 6’5’’), and when it comes to value for the price, you won’t find one better. This is a steal.
When buying fitness equipment, almost anything with a Rogue logo slapped on it is going to be fantastic quality and this trap bar is no different–it’s excellent.
The only reason this bar is second to the Titan is because of the price difference. At over 100 bucks more than the Titan for largely the same features, I had to put it at number 2.
The Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar is built like a tank. It’s so solid, they don’t even advertise a weight limit on it.
If you’re super strong and pushing the boundaries all the time, this is the bar I’d go for. The 1.5 inch steel tubing, finished in a powder coated black looks great and will last forever–this isn’t hyperbole.
It really will last forever.
It’s a bigger bar than the Titan–88.5 inches long, a 25 inch handle spread and the handles sit 8.25 inches off the floor.
It’s a big bar–built for big guys lifting big weights!
It weighs 60lbs and has the standard knurling on the bar.
Not a big needle mover, but it is made with US and Canadian steel, so great if you want to support locally manufactured equipment.
If you’re happy to spend the $100 or so more than the Titan will cost, the Rogue TB-2 is a bar I highly recommend, especially if you’re a bigger guy over 6’5.’ From an overall quality standpoint, it’s the best trap bar on the list, and is built to last a long time.
One of the most important factors of garage gym equipment is versatility and the Titan EZ Load has it in spades. I’ll start by saying this–I’ve never seen anything quite like it before and I love it!
The Titan EZ Load sits 10” off the floor so it’s easy to plate-change. It has adjustable handles with 3 separate knurled grips–1, 1.5 and 2 inches thick. This level of variety makes it stand out as both functional and versatile, which are huge pluses as an addition to your home gym.
It’s a much smaller trap bar than others, which is why I haven’t put it higher in the rankings.
Despite that, it’s still made from 2” steel tubing, has a very respectable load limit of 500lb, and weighs 54lbs, showing it’s a solid bar. The bar is 66.33” long and 30.9” wide, so won’t be suitable for bigger guys (6’3 and over), but for most people, it’s ideal.
If you’re short on space and need a smaller, more versatile bar, this is the one for you. It’s well made, a great price and can be used by different people for different exercises. The varied handles and quick plate change set up are ideal for a garage gym.
If your home gym is used by a number of family members, this bar could be perfect. It has a variety of handle sizes, is small enough to be comfortable for women and younger lifters, but still allows you to lift 500lbs. All in all, it’s a great trap bar for a garage gym.
If money is tight, but you still want a respectable trap bar, look no further than this Rep Fitness Trap Bar. It’s a steal at 125 bucks and won’t look out of place in most home gyms. It offers a good loading capacity and handle variety that outperforms its price point.
Of course, for a $125 bar, you’re not going to get the tubular steel construction of the big guns.
The finish is chrome rather than powder coat, but if you’re only using it at home, it’s a bar that will last you a very long time.
The double-handle set up is more than the budget offerings from Rogue and American Barbell have, so it gives more workout variety than it’s budget rivals at less than half the price!
The 16 inch loadable sleeves and the 500lb weight capacity are great features. The medium knurling provides grip without the skin damage!
It’s a small bar, probably to save on costs, but at 71” long and with a 25.5” centre spread, is big enough to cope with most lifters.
It’s not built with the same materials as the other bars in this review, but if you can find a better trap bar for $125, you’re a better man than I am! This is a great bar for the price.
A trap bar of this quality for $125 is a steal. It means that even if your budget is tight, you won’t have to sacrifice workout variety. This trap bar from Rep Fitness is an excellent bar at a very impressive price point.
Titan has pulled it out of the bag yet again with a great bar at the budget end. Although on first glance this looks like a cheaper version of the Rep bar (and therefore should be higher on the list), there’s a feature or two that knock it into 5th place.
The Titan Olympic Weight Hex bar is significantly smaller than the Rep bar, so it won’t suit as many lifters. Furthermore it only has 9.75 inch sleeves, which limits the amount of weight you can fit on the bar.
It has a weight limit of 500lbs, but you’d struggle to get that much weight on such short sleeves. The bar weighs 44lbs, which is the same as a standard barbell.
The bar is only 56 inches long, but it does have an impressive spread of 24.5 inches, which will suit pretty much everyone.
The small bar means it’s ideal for a garage gym where storage may be an issue. It’ll only take a max of 3 large bumpers, so best suited for beginners who don’t need much weight on the bar.
This isn’t an ideal bar for the experienced lifter, but it’s a great beginner option. It’s well made, cheap and is shipped for free. You couldn’t ask for a more ideal starter trap bar.
If you’re in the market for a trap bar, here’s what you’ll need to look out for:
Always choose steel, if possible. On more expensive bars, look for tubular steel, as this allows for greater oad capacity.
Powder coating is better than chrome, but more expensive.
Look for bars that’ll hold more than 500lbs ideally.
The spread is the gap between the handles; wider spread suits bigger lifters.
The sleeve is the length of the loading arms on the bar. Longer sleeves means the bar can carry more load.
Ideally you want two handles–a higher and a lower handle. Budget bars usually have a single handle.
Although mostly used for deadlift variations, the trap bar can also be used for overhead pressing movements, core exercises such as farmers walks and dynamic exercises such as weighted jump squats.
The higher handles reduce the range of movement and make the back do more of the work. The lower handles significantly increase the range of movement, making the legs do more of the work.
In this review I’ve looked at the best 5 bars on the market when you consider price, quality and features.
You can spend hundreds of bucks more if you wanted to, but honestly it’s just not worth it–all of these are great bars.
Save your money and go for the most suitable one of these.