Best Pull Up Bar for Home Gym – Ceiling Mounted, Wall Mounted, Doorway and Free Standing Pull Bars

A pull up bar workout is great for some bodyweight exercises that needs no other equipment. They are simple to use, and need immense strength to workout. It is a great way to build up upper body strength. The pull up bars comes in various forms to suit exactly your space, depending where you want to install it, how much space you have and so on.

In this article we will walk you through to various type of pull up bars, and to choose the best one based on your space availability. They can be installed on the wall or ceiling or can also be attached to your door. Some of them are portable and can be used as an Outdoor Pull Up bar, like a free standing one.

Let’s go through each one of them in detail.

Best Wall Mounted Pull Up Bars

As obvious from the name itself, they can be attached to a wall. It just needs a few screws and bolts to install it to your wall and it’s ready to use.

A pull up bar has 2 angles that can be fixed to any concrete, brick on cinder block wall using bolts. There are no other installment hassles involved in it.

Here is a review of some of the best wall mounted pull up bars.

4.5/5

This is one of the simplest pull up bars, yet very stable and strong with a weight capacity of up to 500 lbs, built using a 1 inch tubular steel. It can be directly installed on the wall or if you want to increase the wall clearance can be fixed to a wooden block.

The pull up bar is 52 inch wide. It can also be expanded to be used by multiple person with use of additional tube and brackets. Titan fitness wall mounted pull up bar comes with 2 holders, 1 bar, and 2 screws to fix it to the wall.

Titan Fitness Wall Mounted Pros

  • High weight capacity
  • Easy to Install
  • Very stable and sturdy

Titan Fitness Wall Mounted Cons

  • Need some extra equipment to fix it properly on the wall which are not part of standard packaging
4.2/5

This is by far the simplest and most stable and strong wall mounted pull up bar. A very reliable piece that you can trust to make your gym tool for many years to come. It has 2 type of grips, parallel and perpendicular, and provides for 4 grip positions. The grips use high density foam for better support and comfort. The pull up bar can be hold with an ultra narrow grip (10”), narrow grip (24”) and wide grip (42”).

It is very carefully designed in terms of its dimensions. The width of the bar is 42 inches, while the distance between the 2 parallel bars in 16 inches, which is extended to the mounting plates on the wall. When this pull up bar is installed on the wall the distance between the ball and the bar is 14 inch, which gives enough space to workout, and avoid any contact with the wall. Ultimate Wall Mounted Pull Up Bar can also be used as an anchor to hold ab straps and bodyweight trainers.

It is very easy to assemble, and comes with all the installation parts, as follows:

  • Support Bracket & Grip
  • Carriage Bolts
  • Spring Lock Washer
  • Lock Nuts
  • Lag Bolts
  • Washers

The pull up bar is accompanied by an installation guide.
Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

Ultimate Body Press Pros

  • Premium level of construction
  • Highly Stable
  • Optional accessories can be added

Ultimate Body Press Cons

  • Some people claim that there is some error in the installation guide.
4.9/5

Rogue P3 and P4 are almost the same, the only difference is the clearance length from the wall. P3 provides a clearance distance of 14 inch, while P4 provides clearance of 30 inch.

They are simple and very stable pull up bars. Very simple 1x 2″ 11-Gauge Steel structure, with a 52 inch pull up bar. It is very easy to setup and use. It comes with 1 year guarantee.

P3 and P4 Pull Up systems can also be installed on the ceiling.

Weight Capacity: 500 lbs.

Rogue Pros

  • Can be Wall Mounted as well as Ceiling Mounted
  • Maximum weight capacity
  • Very stable

Rogue Cons

  • No Cushioned Grips

Best Ceiling Mounted Pull Up Bars

After reviewing some of the best wall mounted pull up bars, it’s time to review some of the best ceiling mounted pull up bars.

4.3/5

It is based on patented design of 14 inch reversible risers. It can be fitted in two different positions, on is with joists 16 inch apart, and the joists can be inverted to be 24 inch apart. The space from the ceiling to the bar is of 14”.

There are 3 grip positions in the Ultimate Body Press Ceiling Mounted Pull Up Bar with high density foam for extra comfort and good grip. The parallel grips are 20 inch apart. The package also includes hardware for installation, template and instructions.

Ultimate Body Press Pros

  • Patented Design
  • Ergonomic design
  • Ideal 20" neutral grip spacing
  • 3 Grip positions

Ultimate Body Press Cons

  • The installation template lacks some information about some additional equipment an be set on 16” stud centers or customized up to 48”
4.4/5

This ceiling mounted pull up equipment is a variation of strongest single-unit pull-up systems built of 11-gauge steel mounting tube. Pull up bar is at 30; clearance distance from the mounting position. It can also be installed and used as a wall mounted pull up bar.

Weight Capacity: 500 lbs

Rogue P-6V Pros

  • Adjustable width: 16” up to 48”
  • Dual orientation - Vertical as well as Horizontal
  • Easy to install

Rogue P-6V Cons

  • Hardware not included
4.6/5

It is one of the strongest pull up bars of the industry with a weight capacity of upto 600 lbs, built of 14 gauge steel with triangular gussets. It is available in 3 sizes for various ceiling heights as follows, 10 foot, 8 foot and 9 foot. The bar is 1/14 inch in diameter for a strong grip. It comes along with all the necessary grade 8 wood mounting screws and bolts for installation. The bar is 48 inch wide, so that you can perform a variety of pull ups on it.

Weight Capacity: 600 lbs

Stud Bar Pros

  • Select size based on ceiling height
  • 48 inch wide
  • Industry grade steel

Stud Bar Cons

  • Installation template not included

So that was our quick review of top 3 ceiling mounted pull up bars. Please feel free to contact us for any clarification on anything related to pull up bars or in general about fitness.

Portable Pull Up Bar Stands:

For the sake of saying it, all the wall mounted and ceiling mounted pull up bars are portable, as you can unscrew them and screw them back into any wall or ceiling. But in its true sense portable pull up bar systems can be classified in 2 ways:

  1. Doorway Pull Up Bars
  2. Free Standing Pull Up Bar Stands

Best Doorway Pull Up Bars

A doorway pull up bar is the one which can be installed above the door or on the door itself. Once that can be installed above the door provides you ample clearance space as you will be able to keep the door open. While the ones that are fixed on the door provides less clearance space. Let’s have a close look at some of the best doorway pull up bars.

4.9/5

The most good looking pull up bar ever to me. But beside being looking good, Rogue Jammer Pull-Up Bar is also one of the most sturdiest and strong doorway pull up bar. The bar 43 inches wide and 1.125 inches in diameter with textured powder coating. It is available in 10 different Cerakote colors, so you can choose the one matching your room.

You can even choose the color and texture of the brackets, so it is completely custom designed. 6 wood lags come along with Rogue Jammer Pullup Bar to aid in installing it. It is available in two versions depending on whether you want the bar smooth or knurled. The knurled one has a 17.4 inch smooth area in between along with dual knurled marks towards the ends for easy identification of the grip you want. The tested weight capacity is above 300 lbs.

ROGUE JAMMER PULL-UP BAR Pros

  • It is Compact
  • It is beautiful
  • Can be customized

ROGUE JAMMER PULL-UP BAR Cons

  • Couldn’t find one
4.4/5

This pullup progression bar has a unique patented design that boasts of a swinging arm to adjust the height and level of the bar depending on user’s height and the workout he/she wants to perform. It has an adjustable arm that will help in performing chin ups, pull ups as well as rows. A range of other exercises can also be performed, for example tricep presses and lunges. It can be fitted to door frames that are 27 inch to 36 inch wide. So the same size can fit different size of doors. It is very easily to install it on the door.

The packaging comes with a Navy SEAL-inspired workout poster which is suitable for different level of workout individuals starting from beginners to professionals.

Weight Capacity: 220 lbs

Perfect Basic Pullup Pros

  • Allows other workouts besides pull ups
  • Easy to install
  • Can be fitted to doors of different sizes

Perfect Basic Pullup Cons

  • Weight capacity is low as compared to other pull up bars
4.1/5

This uniquely designed doorway pull up bar provides better range of motion along with ample headroom and extra 10 inch wall clearance. The Ultimate Body Press XL Doorway Pull Up bar can be fitted to doors with a width ranging from 24” to 36”.

The bar is expandable so it can fit into door of various widths.The bar has ABS couplers and premium construction material that keeps it stable while doing hard workout, with a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs. The grips boasts of using high density foam. The user gets 4 gripping options, and can also be used as a push up station when used on ground.

Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

Ultimate Body Press Pros

  • Allows full range of motion
  • Elevated bar
  • Premium Construction

Ultimate Body Press Cons

  • The padding seemed to touch the door frame, which over a period of time damages wall paint as well as the padding. To counter this you can wrap a tape around the extended paddings
4.4/5

This one is the widest doorway pull up bar of 40 inches, and can be used for pull ups, push ups, chin ups and dips. The high density foam comfortable hand grips are removable and adjustable. j/fit pull up bar with telescopic end extend from one end to fit the door width. The screws are of smaller size so that it doesn’t damage your door frame. The packaging comes with safety brackets as well.

The j/fit Deluxe doorway pull-up bar can be fixed at different heights. You can fix towards the bottom of the door to do ab crunches as well as tricep dips and push ups. It is very simple, easy and quick to install it only by using a screwdriver.

Weight Capacity: 300 lbs

j/fit Deluxe Doorway Pros

  • Easy to move at different heights
  • Easy to install
  • Comes with safety end caps to avoid damage to the door frames
  • Removable and adjustable grips

j/fit Deluxe Doorway Cons

  • Lacks easy bar rotation. Though it could be locked with tightening it properly with mounting brackets

Free Standing Pull Up Bar Stands

A Truly Portable Indoor Outdoor Pull Up Bar

5/5

It is an adjustable Pullup Stand with Portable Frame that can be kept indoors as well as outdoors, and can be used by users of height upto 6.5 fts.

It is built of high strength alloy steel. The height of the pull up can be adjusted from 76.7” to 100.4”.

This can be used for other uses, for example can be used to to hang swing for kids or boxing bags or even suspension trainers.

It has extra stable footers that reduces the wobble to upto 92%

Weight Capacity: 485 lbs

KT Abs Pull up Bar Pros

  • Foldable, quick and easy setup
  • Alloy steel frame
  • 5 years warranty

KT Abs Pull up Bar Cons

  • Need even space to place on
4/5

Though this is not a portable pull up bar, bu it is completely a power tower, which can be used in your home gym. It can be placed on slightly uneven surfaces due to the rotatable vacuum cups at the bottom. It can be assembled using lock nuts accompanied with the packaging for a more secure workout. It can be used to perform many different types of exercises including dips, push ups, leg raises abs workout, etc. The arm-rests can also be adjusted according to user’s comfort and individual arm length. Similarly, the cushion at the back can also be adjusted.

The height of Relife Rebuild Power Tower Pull Up Station is adjustable and can be adjusted between 58.88 inches and 88.6 inches. It can easily hold a person weighing about 330 lbs.

Weight Capacity: 330 lbs

Relife Rebuild Pros

  • Adjustable height
  • Adjustable back cushion and arm-rest
  • Very stable
  • Can perform a multitude of exercises

Relife Rebuild Cons

  • Some people with heavier built finds the dipping bars are not very stable

Conclusion

Choice of using a particular type of pull up bar completely depends on your space, utility and comfort. I have presented the best of pull up bars across the categories namely wall mounted and ceiling mounted pull up bars, doorway pull up bars as well as portable free standing pull up bars.

Just to share with you, I personally use a free standing pull up due to simple reason that I don’t like my walls, ceiling or door to be holed, and a free standing pull up bar is more versatile than other pull up bar options.