For 2019, we reassessed the barbells on the market including what we had on hand. Although there have been a lot of new options come to market, including Cerakote, Stainless Steel, as well as budget-friendly options, the Rogue Bar 2.0 is still the best value barbell for most people.

After researching nearly 72 barbells, using over half of them, and legitimately testing 18 of the most popular options, we've determined that The Rogue Bar 2.0 from Rogue Fitness is the best Olympic Barbell for most people. Factoring in price, warranty, performance, and availability, The Rogue Bar 2.0 offers the best value and is the generally agreed upon option for those seeking a quality barbell that can be used for nearly every training application.

What characteristics to look for in a barbell?

How we picked and tested

Our top pick: Rogue Bar 2.0

The less expensive runner-up: FringeSport Wonder Bar

Upgrade Pick: Rogue Ohio Bar - SS

Budget pick: Cap Barbell OB-86B

The competition

Further reading

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