A power rack is the heart of the gym – especially a versatile power rack that’s compatible with a ton of attachments. But sifting through the many options online can feel overwhelming. The “paradox of choice” and all that.
Let’s break it down and make it simple: first, the qualities of a good power rack. Then, the top three best-selling power racks for your home or commercial gym.
What Makes a Good Power Rack?
While many characteristics contribute to a great power rack, three qualities rise to the top of the must-have list:
1. Quality and Strength
Especially if you’re on a budget, it can be tempting to get the cheapest rack out there. But consider longevity – and safety – in your choice. A quality rack will last longer, so you don’t need to upgrade in a few years. Racks made with precision manufacturing, such as laser cutting, robotic welding, and robotic painting all under the same roof, will look gorgeous and last for years and years.
A quality rack will also ensure you are safe while lifting. Look for racks made with heavy-duty, 3x3” steel uprights.
Now, if you can find that magical intersection between quality and high value, you’ve found the golden ticket.
The versatility of a power rack is worth more than you may realize at first. Look for racks with a vast attachment ecosystem, so you can hook all kinds of components onto the uprights to give you more exercise, storage, and safety options.
Other details to consider:
- Look for a rack with a built-on pull-up bar, preferably a multi-grip style for the most alternatives.
- Make sure the rack has on-rack storage options to keep your equipment and weights organized and out of the way.
- Attachment compatibility to look for depends on your personal needs, but some popular ideas include: a dip station, band pegs (so you can do banded exercises), a lat and low row attachment or (better yet) a full, in-rack cable system (don’t forget leg rollers to hold you down during lat pulldowns), a landmine attachment, and quality spotter arms.
Also, the best power racks can be customized to best meet your needs and preferences. This includes the ability to choose the rack’s color, height, depth, storage capabilities, number of posts, and other details, like the styles of J-cups and safeties.
What are the 3 Best Power Racks?
Looking for the best power rack for your home or commercial gym? The following racks have all of the qualities above. They also happen to be REP’s top three best-selling power racks – so don’t just take our word for it. The masses (some with mass-gainers in their bellies) have spoken.
REP’s Best-Selling Power Racks
The PR-5000 is a heavy-duty, highly customizable power rack that you’ll never need to upgrade. There’s a reason it was voted 2022 Favorite Rack on Reddit r/HomeGym.
The rack is tough, made with 3x3” 11-gauge steel with a 1,000lbs rackable capacity. It has 2” hole spacing throughout with 1” pinholes. Laser-cut numbers on every hole makes it easy to line up attachments and set up for your lifts. The PR-5000 is REP’s most configurable system, with a robust attachment ecosystem. Add cable attachments, storage attachments, and so much more to build out your rack.
Customize your rack with a variety of height, depth, and color options. Build a half rack, 4-post, or 6-post rack. Your rack. Your way. The PR-5000 is finished with laser cutting, robotic welding, and robotic painting all under one roof. This rack will be the centerpiece of your home gym.
The PR-4000 is also heavy-duty and super customizable. It’s tough enough for whatever you throw at it and versatile enough to grow with you.
This rack is also made with 3x3” 11-gauge steel with a 1,000lbs rackable capacity. The upright holes are the big difference between the PR-4000 and PR-5000. This rack has 1” hole spacing through the bench with 5/8” pinholes. Laser-cut numbers every fifth hole makes it easy to line up attachments and set up for your lifts. The PR-4000 also features a large attachment ecosystem.
Like the PR-5000, you can customize this rack with different height, depth, and color options. Build a half rack, 4-post, or 6-post rack via the virtual rack builder or check out the pre-selected options.
The PR-1100 is the best budget power rack. It's a full-featured, versatile rack with all the features a lifter could want and good compatibility for add-on attachments (but not as extensive as the PR-4000 and PR-5000). It has a 700-pound weight capacity (less than the other racks, but still substantial).
The PR-1100 boasts a compact footprint that can shrink even more in height by inverting the pull-up bar. This rack comes equipped with a multi-grip pull-up arch (traditional, neutral, close, and wide-grip, plus a standard 1.25” bar in front and a 2” bar in back).
Numbered uprights make it easy to adjust barbell height, while plastic-lined J-cups protect the bar. Extended safeties can hold an extra barbell and accommodate exercises like rack pulls. Personalize the rack by choosing its color (metallic black, red, blue, or matte black).
The PR-1100 is a solid start to a home gym by hitting all the necessities while remaining affordable.
Check out all of REP's power racks here.