A power tower is a great option for a garage home gym especially if you're interested in doing bodyweight exercises. There are a variety of options you can choose from nowadays, and they are all quite similar. So what's the best power tower for a home gym? In this article, we'll go over some of our favorite choices available today and several things we think you should pay attention to before investing in one.

Product

Detail

Price

Rating

Gold's Gym XR 10.9

$

5 out of 5

Bowflex Body Tower

$$

4.5 out of 5

Fitness Reality X Class

$$$

5 out of 5

Weider Power Tower

$

4.5 out of 5

Body-Solid GVKR82

$$

4.5 out of 5

Powerline VKR PVKC83X

$S

4 out of 5

Marcy Power Tower

$

4.out of 5

Titan Power Tower With Bench

$

4 out of 5

Best Power Tower For Home Gyms in 2020

1. Gold's Gym XR 10.9

Gold's Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower

Overview

Brand

Gold's Gym

Model

XR 10.9

Weight

95 lbs

Dimensions

57" L x 41" W x 84" H

Cell
Cell

Summary:

This unit's design is similar to extremely similar to the Weider design, consisting of the pull-up bar and push up station on one side and the Vertical Knee Raise and Dip station on another. The only notable difference seems to be the dip bar handle width (approximately 25.5" apart)

Pros:

  • Very Affordable

Cons:

  • The width between dip bar handles is large

2. Bowflex Body Tower

Bowflex BodyTower

Overview

Brand

Bowflex

Model

Body Tower

Weight

113.1 lbs

Dimensions

50" L x 50" W x 77" H

Cell
Cell

Summary:

The Body Tower is a moderately priced option that has a more unique design where the dip station and pull-up bar are on the same side of the machine. All of the exercises are performable on one side of the machine, which allows you to position the unit against a wall. This unit boasts 18+ exercises. The pull-up bar does support different types of grips. Another notable difference is that this unit does not have a backrest for knee raises.

Instead, users can do knee and leg raises via the sling straps that can be attached to the pull-up bar. Similarly, you can attach hand grips to the bottom of the dip bars. This feature along with the fact that the dip handlebars are vertically adjustable allows the user to perform a variety of exercises that other choices can't provide.

The total unit has a lower height clearance which is great for spaces for lower ceilings but would also mean taller users would have to bend their knees during pull-ups.

Dip Handle Width: Approximately 22 inches.

Pros:

  • Adjustable Dip Bar Height
  • Requires less ceiling clearance

Cons:

  • No Back Cushion and Arm Rests for Knee Raises

3. Fitness Reality X Class

Fitness Reality X-Class High Capacity Multi-Function Power Tower

Overview

Brand

Fitness Reality

Model

X Class

Weight

150 lbs

Dimensions

63.4" L x 49" W x 83" H

Cell
Cell

Summary:

A heavy-duty power tower station that is rated for up to a weight capacity of 400 lbs. This unit comes with 4 different exercise stations like most other units but what stands out here is the extra features. For example, the pull-up bar includes a variety of different grips including one that allows for hammer grip pull-ups. We like that the dip station height is vertically adjustable, a feature not common in other options.


Towards the bottom of the tower, you have access to a push-up station with textured grips. Similar to the dip bar, you can adjust the high of the handlebars to perform a variety of different exercises. 

Pros:

  • 400 lb Weight Capacity
  • Multi-grip Pull Up Bar
  • Dip bar height is adjustable
  • Push up handle bars height is adjustable

Cons:

  • The width between dip bar handles is large

4. Weider Power Tower

Weider Power Tower

Overview

Brand

Weider

Model

-

Weight

86 lbs

Dimensions

57" L x 41" W x 84" H

Cell
Cell

Summary:

This pick by Weider is one of the more affordable options on our list but does also does lose out any major components. On one side of the unit, you have a standard pull up bar positioned 7 feet high as well as a push-up station with textured grips at the bottom. On the other side of the unit, you have the vertical knee raise station and the dip station.


The distance between the dip bar handles is approximately 22.5 inches apart. This unit is rated for up to a weight capacity of 300 lbs.

Pros:

  • Very Affordable
  • Narrow Width Between Dip Handles

Cons:

  • Poor Quality Control

5. Body-Solid GVKR82

Overview

Brand

Body-Solid

Model

GVKR82

Weight

112 lbs

Dimensions

58" L x 50" W x 82" H

Cell
Cell

Summary:

The GVKR82 is a heavy-duty model that uses 12 gauge steel. That includes the four typical exercise stations, where the pull-up station is on the opposite side of everything else. The push-up station does include a unique textured grip that supposedly allows for deeper push-ups. This model's dip handles are also much narrower (around 21.5"). The unit does come with a lifetime frame warranty.

Pros:

  • Narrow Dip Bar Width

Cons:

  • Large Footprint

6. Powerline VKR PVKC83X

Overview

Brand

Powerline

Model

PVKC83X

Weight

64 lbs

Dimensions

35"L x 42"W x 83"H

Cell
Cell

Summary:

The PVKC83x is a compact power tower. It's made of 12 gauge steel and rated for up to 250 lbs. It's quite similar in build to the GVKR82 with exception of the pull-up bar being directly above the dip station. This allows the workout space to be more compact compared to the other options. Comes with a 10-year frame warranty.

Pros:

  • Compact Workout Area
  • 10 Year Frame Warranty
  • Narrow Dip Bar Width

Cons:

  • Lacks push up handle bars that other units have

7. Marcy Power Tower

Marcy Power Tower Multi-Grip Pull Up & Dip Station VKR Home Gym TC-3515

Overview

Brand

Marcy

Model

-

Weight

75 lbs

Dimensions

52" L x 42" W x 89" H

Cell
Cell

Summary:

The Marcy is currently our most affordable power tower on this list. Unlike the Gold's Gym and Weider option, this option does not include a push-up station. The pull-up bar is angled to support different grips and about 89 inches high.

Dip Handle Width: Approximately 25"
This unit is also rated for a maximum weight capacity of 300 lbs.

Pros:

  • Most Affordable Option

Cons:

  • This unit is taller than others
  • The width between dip bar handles is large

8. Titan Power Tower With Bench

Overview

Brand

Titan

Model

Power Tower Bench

Weight

99 lbs

Dimensions

79.5 L" x 34" W x 86.5"

Cell
Cell

Summary:

This pick is a power tower with a bench. It's a highly affordable heavy-duty option with a weight capacity rating of 350 lbs. It comes with the standard functions which include the pull-up bar, dip station, knee raise, and push up station. It also comes with a full-sized work out bench and bar catches which is great for users who want to do some added weighted resistance exercises with dumbbells or a light bar.

Pros:

  • 350 lb Weight Capacity
  • Foldable Bench

Cons:

  • Bar Catches are only meant for lightweight barbell exercises

Buying Factors For Power Towers

Here are some of the most important buying factors you should consider:

Weight Capacity & Build Quality

Most options, even the more affordable ones are usually rated to withstand weights of up to 275- 300 lbs. However, we find that the more affordable ones, regardless of the weight capacity, do get mixed reviews regarding the build.

If this is a concern, just consider one with a more solid construction heavier builds like the Fitness Reality X-Class.

Dip Bar Width

Look for a dip bar width that fits your body. This is extremely important. A width that is too large for a user can cause shoulder pain while doing dips. We find that the range for bar width varies anywhere from 20 inches to 25 inches.  

Unit Height

We find that the standard options around 84 inches (7 Feet) tall. For spaces with lower ceilings options like the Bowflex Body Tower have a lower height (77"). Make sure your home or garage gym has enough ceiling space to account for the height of the power tower. But also make sure to account for head space (at least 18 inches) for when you'll be doing pull-ups.

Type of Unit

A standard power tower should include a pull-up bar, dip station, and a vertical knee raise station. Some towers include grips at the bottom to allow for multi-grip push-ups as well. Others take it to another level by including a foldable bench that is nice to have if you want to work in dumbbell or light barbell movements into your workout.

Gold's Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower

Standard Power Tower

Power Tower with Bench