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?keyboard_arrow_up

There are five physical characteristics of an Olympic Barbell that will cause distinctions between the wide array of bars available today. Those are:

  1. Steel
  2. Knurling
  3. Spin
  4. Whip
  5. Finish

The steel is the most important part of the bar and is more than just looks; it is the essence of the barbell. To determine the quality of steel used, two of the most telling specifications are the tensile strength and yield strength. Do not listen to anyone who tries to tell you that a bar is 1,000 pound test or 1,500 pound test. This is a made up fantasy designed to satisfy buyers limited amount of knowledge and is more often than not seen on very cheap bars.

Companies test the tensile and yield strength of the barbell steel through static and dynamic testing. To give a simple example, a static test would load an enormous amount of weight (upwards of a ton) on each side of the bar and then slowly take the weight off to see if the bar returns back to being straight. A dynamic test is much more telling and involves tracking how the bar bends when dropped with a certain amount of weight. There is much more variance in this sort of test than the static test between manufacturers.

All that being said, every bar will bend if handled improperly. I don't care if you're using a $1,000 Eleiko, if you drop it on a pin with 400 lbs, it's going to bend.

Every bar will bend if handled improperly. I don't care if you're using a $1,000 Eleiko, if you drop it on a pin with 400 lbs, it's going to bend.

The next characteristic of a bar is the knurling. Knurling is what allows your hands to grip to the bar, especially when combined with chalk. For most people, a medium knurling is best due to it being sticky enough to grip, yet smooth enough for comfort. Although there are great bars with more aggressive knurling, for the majority of training purposes, it's less than desired.

Spin is determined by the rotation system used in the barbell. There are two main types of rotation systems used in barbells today – a bushing system or a bearing system. Bearings will spin quicker overall, but they also cost more and will likely not stand up to abuse as well as bushings. For this reason, we recommend for the most people to purchase a barbell with a bushing system that either uses brass or nylon bushings. A bushing rotation system will provide a smoot and consistent spin that will require little maintenance and should last for many decades.

Whip is determined by the load on the bar, the materials used, the method of steel processing and the diameter of the shaft. For most people, some whip is desired for the occasional olympic lifts, but overall the bar should be relatively stiff. Due to this, the bars we recommend are going to be made of carbon steels and not molybdenum alloys.

Finally, the finish of the bar comes down to personal preference and the environment it will be used in. Although a raw steel bar is generally regarded as the best ‘feeling' barbell, it will oxidize quicker than if a finish was applied. For the price range we recommend, more often than not, the bar will feature a black oxide as it is middle of the road in terms of oxidation and is cheaper to apply than hard chrome.

How we picked and testedkeyboard_arrow_up

To compile our list of barbells, we researched all of the major manufacturers as well as reaching out to industry experts and various forums such as r/homegym (quick plug: I'm a mod of this subreddit, so I suggest you subscribe.) In addition to this, we went to Garage Gym Reviews HQ to rank and test what we have on hand (around 20 bars currently.) After researching around 55 barbells worth your time and money, we narrowed it down to our top picks, all of which we acquired to test out in house.

There is an overwhelmingly large amount of barbells available for purchase today. Due to the various specializations of training, each category will have barbells that hit every price point from $100 all the way up to $1,000 plus. An Olympic Weightlifting Barbell cannot be compared to a Powerlifting Barbell or vice versa. Due to this, we stuck to barbells that were more situated toward general training. If you want to use these bars for Powerlifting, they're stiff enough to do so. If you want to use them for Olympic Weightlifting or CrossFit, go for it. The spin, knurl, and whip will work for the movements within those sports.

The bars we picked to test could all be considered great for general purpose training and at prices worth considering. Although there may be “better” bars at higher price points, the value proposition is not higher than the ones within this guide. Ultimately, after some deliberation, we narrowed down our specifications to the following list of features ordered in no particular order.

  • Overall Construction: Although the barbells we recommend are not the most expensive you can find, they need to be constructed well to provide a reliable experience over its lifetime. A barbell should last a LONG time; attention to detail provided by the manufacturer will aid in reliability and consistency.
  • Tensile Strength of Steel: The tensile strength of the steel used should be a minimum of 130K PSI and preferably much higher (around 190k.) A barbell with 130K PSI should only be used if you don't plan on using over 500 lbs on the bar. This is much higher than the average lifted by most people and the only bar that features this low of tensile strength is our budget pick.
  • Knurling: The knurling should be consistent and not overly aggressive. A medium knurl is preferred that will grip well when chalk is used. A center knurl, although great for Powerlifting is not needed for the majority of people. The reason is due to how it will rough up the neck and chin area of the body when used for power cleans and front squats.
  • Spin: The rotation system should be a bushing system due to cost and for use on lifts like the squat and bench where excess spin isn't always desired. The spin should be consistent and slow to a stop, not an abrupt halt.
  • Finish: The barbell should have some sort of finish to prevent against oxidation such as surface rust.
  • Price: The price should be in accordance with the features offered. Value is more important than a low sticker price and what we've found is that for general purpose barbells, there isn't a reason to spend over $400 on a barbell. If you want a specialized Olympic Weightlifting Barbell or Powerlifting Barbell than spending above $400 may provide a better value, but not for the general purpose category.
  • Warranty: A lifetime warranty has come to be the standard offered by barbell manufacturers. The company servicing the warranty must be considered, however; a lifetime warranty is of little use if the company offering it is no longer around to service it.

During testing, we performed all of the major barbell movements including squat, deadlift, bench, overhead press, clean and jerk, and snatch. We blind tested the feel of the knurling, observed the spin of the sleeves using a 25 lb bumper plate, weighed and measured the diameter of the shafts for accuracy, and tested the oxidation of the bars over 3 weeks while left in an often opened garage in the midwest. Finally, we asked for the opinion of others on what barbell they view to be the best value for the majority of trainees.

Our top pick: Rogue Bar 2.0keyboard_arrow_up

Top Pick
Rogue Bar 2.0
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This is the next generation of the 28.5MM Olympic bar that helped launch the revolution. Now fully machined and assembled at the Rogue factory in Columbus, Ohio, the Rogue Bar 2.0 represents the highest level of precision engineering with a wide range of new features—including stronger 190 PSI steel, durable composite bushings, and CNC-machined groove sleeves with customizable color bands, available here Like the original flagship Rogue Bar, Version 2.0 still offers convenient dual knurl marks for both Olympic and powerlifting, with a black zinc coated shaft and bright zinc sleeves. The addition of a groove in the sleeve enables athletes and coaches to more easily identify and differentiate bars by changing out the bands. The bar comes standard with Rogue-branded bands, but you can swap them out with any of the additional color options available, or even use any custom, personalized band that matches the dimensions. The Rogue Bar 2.0 is among the first in our arsenal to use composite bushings—a self-lubricating material often found in hi-tech aerospace equipment and military vehicles. For intense, high-rep training, these bushings dramatically minimize friction to both provide a reliable spin and help extend the shelf life of the bar itself. The Rogue Bar helped us cement our reputation at the CrossFit Games and beyond, and we believe the Rogue Bar 2.0 is a worthy successor to that mantle.

Of all the bars we tested, The Rogue Bar 2.0 had the best balance between quality and affordability. Every bar in this guide is a good value, but Rogue Fitness has been the innovator in this category for some time and the Rogue Bar 2.0 is a shining example of how great a barbell under $300 can be.

The Rogue Bar 2.0 was designed with the CrossFit Games in mind. In fact, the bar that has been most often seen and used in the CrossFit Games just so happens to be this exact bar. Whether you participate in a CrossFit style of training or not, it's hard to argue that CrossFit doesn't utilize a wide array of exercises, thus proving that the Rogue Bar 2.0 is great for general purpose training.

The first thing you notice when looking at the Rogue Bar 2.0 is the unique bands on the sleeves. First off, the bands have practically zero functionality in terms of protecting the bar. They are there for looks, and although unnecessary, they look pretty cool and can be interchanged with different colors. For gym owners, this is a great opportunity to produce your own bands and use your branding for a consistent look.

When you begin to look closer at the bar, you start to see how precise of an instrument it is; the knurling is a prime example of this. Rogue Fitness has invested more money in the tools designed to cut knurling than likely any company in the world. The reason for this is simple, Rogue is producing and selling more barbells than anyone else. In order to keep their reputation as an industry leader not only are they focusing on building new products, but also improving previous best sellers. The Rogue Bar 2.0 as you can see is the second iteration of Rogue's flagship general training bar. It is now made in the USA at Rogue's newest state of the art facility.

The knurling on the Rogue Bar 2.0 is exactly what you'd like out of a barbell that will be used in a jack of all trades manner. Aggressive enough to grip during max lifts, especially while using chalk, yet passive enough to prevent your hands from looking like they just went through a meat grinder. Rogue, at the request of many, has started to extend the knurling all the way to the sleeves of most all their barbells. The advantage of this for those with bad mobility or long arms is they can spread their hands out to the sleeves on movements like the snatch and still have grip.

The black zinc coating that covers the shaft of the Rogue 2.0 will continue to look great if oiled continually. If you're anything like me and don't enjoy doing much maintenance on your bars, then it will likely end up looking like the Rogue Ohio Bar I've been using for over 3 years.

All black zinc coating will fade over time, but it doesn't affect the performance of the bar. If you would like the bar to always look like the day it came, then we suggest choosing our upgrade pick, the Rogue SS Ohio Bar.

The sleeves of the Rogue 2.0 Bar are machined with the same attention to detail as the knurling. There is a slight ribbed pattern on the sleeves that provide both a great noise when plates are slid on as well as a grip. This allows the plates, whether bumpers or iron, to keep from sliding off during use (we also always recommend the use of collars.)

If you go through Rogue's barbell library, you'll likely see a very similar bar known as the Rogue Ohio Bar. This bar is essentially the same as the Rogue 2.0 except with different bushings. The Rogue Ohio Bar uses bronze while our top pick uses composite bushings. We were unable to notice any difference between the two in our testing in regards to spin both without and with load. We've also been unable to notice any differences in the long-term durability of composite vs. bronze. However, composite bushings are self lubricating and are used for much more important matters than lifting weights in your garage. Things like getting astronauts to space.

The spin of the bar is consistent and reliable; it does not spin like an Eleiko, but it's also about $700 less. I never had the thought while testing the Rogue 2.0 that "I wish this bar had more spin" and I don't think you will either.

One of the standout features of the Rogue 2.0 Bar that you hopefully won't ever have to use is the lifetime warranty. Rogue is known for their outstanding customer service, and if your bar should ever malfunction or take a turn that is less than straight, they will help you solve the problem.

The less expensive runner-up: FringeSport Wonder Barkeyboard_arrow_up

Runner-Up
FringeSport Wonder Bar V2 20KG Barbell
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The Wonder Bar reigns as the nucleus of the barbell universe here at Fringe. We set out on a noble quest to design and build the best bar suited for commercial gyms, and make it available to you at a home gym price. We completed our hero’s journey and now offering our reward to you delights us. This versatile bar will serve almost everyone well. You can set world records on this bar, and use it for most training. If you're a seasoned athlete or an affiliate owner, consider stepping up to the Bomba Bar V2 (made in America) or even our Fringe Sport Weightlifting Barbell. Here are a couple of Wonder Bar features to be aware of:The 28mm shaft diameter is great for Olympic movements.The needle bearing cartridges provide great spin, but may require oiling in time.If you’re new to lifting or building a home gym and need more info to learn what type of barbell works best for you, here’s a helpful guide.We have an informal state motto here in Texas- “come and take it.” Not only do we want you to do this with the Wonder Bar V2, but we’d like to put our own spin on it. Fringe it, or forget it. WONDER BAR V2 SPECS:The Wonder Bar V2 comes in a bushing version or bearing cartridges version. Except for that, the specs for both are the same.Bushing rotation or bearing collarKiller all-black Zinc finishTensile strength: 205,000 PSIYield strength: 160,000 PSIWeight capacity: 1,600 lbWeight: 20kilograms / ~44 poundsCollars: Bushing (Yellow "W") Bronze Oil Lite Bushing Rotation or Bearing (Green "W") 4 Needle Bearing Cartridges Per CollarWhip: StiffSpin: Moderate (Bushing) or Fast (Bearing)Best Use: Garage Gym or WODing. Read below for Bushing vs. Bearing differences.Material: Alloy Steel, Black ZincPlatedLength: 86 inchesSleeve Specs:16 inches Length and 2" diameterShaft Specs: true28mm diameterKnurl: Dual Knurling - Double Ring IWF + IPF Knurling (No Center Knurl)Smooth knurl depth- neither a cheese grater nor too softWarranty: Lifetime Warranty against manufacturer's defects.

If you want something more affordable and don't mind black zinc sleeves, we also like the FringeSport Wonder Bar. Unlike our top pick, the Wonder Bar comes with black zinc coated sleeves, a slightly smaller 28mm shaft listed at 205,000 PSI tensile strength, and bronze bushings. The Wonder Bar also features one of the most well done end caps out of any barbell we tested (this isn't a very high bar considering nearly most companies at this price point use stickers.) Overall, the Wonder Bar is a well-constructed bar from a company with a reputation for making good equipment at great prices.

Despite the low price and great features, the Wonder Bar from FringeSport does not beat the Rogue Bar 2.0 overall.

One of the standout features of the Wonder Bar is the tensile strength which is listed at 205,000 PSI. The fact that you can purchase a barbell for $200 with a tensile strength over 200,000 PSI reflects the current state of the barbell industry: an arms race to have the cheapest bar with the highest tensile strength. Let me remind you that a higher tensile strength does not equate to a "better" barbell. Although a bar with higher tensile strength will often be stronger, it's also often stiffer.

The Wonder Bar is rated as being "stiff" while the Rogue 2.0 is said to have a "good whip." This isn't definitive and most people will never experience whip that is advantageous due to not being strong enough, but based upon the PSI of the bars and the companies ratings, the Rogue likely a has better whip. No matter what, neither I nor anyone else has really been able to quantify whip, and until that time, perceived whip shouldn't play a huge factor in deciding what barbell to purchase.

One feature of the Wonder Bar that is a drawback compared to the Rogue 2.0 Bar is the black zinc coating on the sleeves. Although black zinc is a fine coating for the shaft of a bar, the sleeves experience much more abuse, and after only a few sessions you'll start to notice ugly marks on the sleeves.

One other reason we listed the Wonder Bar from FringeSport as a runner-up is due to the shaft diameter of 28mm. This is the standard shaft diameter for barbells used in Olympic Weightlifting, but for general training we believe this is too thin for most people. If you have small hands, you may like the 28mm shaft, but 28.5 seems to feel better for most applications outside of the classic lifts.

Upgrade Pick: Rogue Ohio Bar - SSkeyboard_arrow_up

Upgrade Pick
Rogue Ohio Bar - Stainless Steel
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The new stainless steel version of our 20KG Rogue Ohio Bar is machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, and features a 200,000 PSI tensile strength shaft, chrome sleeves, and an exclusive Rogue knurl pattern that’s 100% in its original, machined form for an unmatched feel. With quality composite bushings and dual knurl marks, the Stainless Steel Ohio Bar is optimized for both Olympic lifts and Powerlifting—delivering a firm but non-abrasive grip, a consistent spin, and a unique balance of whip and rigidity. We call it the Ohio Bar because we think it represents more than just the Rogue brand. It’s a testament to where we work, who we are, and the pride we feel in making the best American-made weightlifting bars on the market. To check out the same bar with zinc or black oxide finish options, see our standard Ohio Bar page. This high tensile strength steel is manufactured in the USA and has proven to be one of the best steel variants for a multi-purpose barbell. Each barbell shaft is ground and polished prior to machining, allowing for a very smooth finish. Every bar shaft is machined in Columbus, Ohio. A great deal of pride is built into each bar as the knurling process is an art. We spent months working on the knurl we believe to be the best for the Ohio Bar. To test the knurl it is more a beer tasting process than exact measurement. There is a look and feel that go into testing every bar. With no plating, the knurl on the Stainless Steel Ohio Bar is left exactly how we machined it, providing a great feel that cannot be achieved with other finishes. It’s similar to the knurl feel from a bare steel shaft, but with better corrosion resistance. The combination of a stainless steel shaft and chrome sleeves also creates a sharp look with few equals. Please Note: Rogue recommends using a synthetic bristle brush, NOT a steel brush, to clean a stainless steel shaft. Steel on steel can cause rusting over time. The Ohio Bar is assembled with the same black composite bushings as the Rogue Bar 2.0, which act as bearing surfaces between the bar sleeve and bar shaft. This is a very robust way of building a barbell, and can produce a smooth, consistent spin not possible with lesser import bars. Each bar comes with an “Ohio Bar Card” that has the initials of the Rogue team member that built it. The multi-purpose Ohio Bar will have normal “whip” during Olympic weightlifting and enough stiffness to hold for heavy Powerlifting. The steel in this bar is proven as an excellent choice for weightlifters. Specifications:Manufactured in Columbus, OHDiameter: 28.5MMWeight: 20KGStainless Steel Shaft, Chrome SleevesDual Knurl Marks for Oly and Power liftsNo Center Knurl200,000 PSI Tensile Strength SteelComposite Bushings for Reliable Spin16.40" loadable sleeve lengthRogue branded endcaps

While we think most people will best off with our top pick, the Rogue Bar 2.0; if you're interested primarily in corrosion resistance and the feel of the knurling--and willing to pay significantly more for it--we recommend the Rogue Ohio Bar - Stainless Steel. The Rogue Ohio Bar was at one time the flagship barbell for Rogue Fitness. It was made in the USA and featured the best steel and components that Rogue offered at a great price. The Rogue Bar 2.0 has since taken pretty much everything the Ohio Bar has, sans bronze bushings, and is at a lower price.

The Rogue Ohio Bar - Stainless Steel barbell features one of the most coveted steels available--stainless steel. Stainless steel is an excellent choice for barbell steel due to its ability to resist corrosion while offering the feeling of a raw steel bar. It's honestly the best of both worlds, and if you don't mind paying extra, it's worth the extra cost.

The SS Ohio Bar features the same knurling and build quality as the Rogue Bar 2.0 along with the industries best warranty. Although the knurling is technically the same as the standard Ohio Bar and Rogue Bar 2.0, it will feel more aggressive due to their being no coating applied after the knurl is cut. If you've never used a raw steel bar, you're in for a treat. It's truly the best a barbell will feel, although you have to determine if the increased cost is worth it for a better feel and corrosion resistance.

Budget pick: Cap Barbell OB-86Bkeyboard_arrow_up

Budget Pick
CAP OB-86B Barbell
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CAP Barbell is pleased to offer a series of special custom coated colored weightlifting bars in anticipation of its 30th year in business. We have taken one of the best selling bars available and added unique/ proprietary coatings to create a one of a kind product available exclusively from CAP Barbell. As the world’s largest provider of weightlifting products and accessories, CAP works diligently toward offering new quality products that can withstand any environment in which they are used. CAP’s Customized Beast Bar utilizes the same specs as the standard Beast bar, but goes one step further by adding Accu-Coat specialty coatings. Make no mistake, this is not just a painted bar. Each of CAP’s Customized Beast Bars is coated in the USA by Accu-Coat, Inc. utilizing their proprietary coating processes and specialty finishes. These coatings are high performance, exceptionally durable and rust resistant with proper use and care. They are easy to clean and manufactured to last for years. Feel confident in using these bars in your box, home gym or any institutional/professional setting.Accomodates 2-Inch Olympic plates1000-Pound weight capacityBlack oxide finish with polished steel sleevesMedium-depth diamond knurl

If you want a decent barbell for a bargain price and are willing to sacrifice a higher tensile strength and overall quality, the Cap Barbell OB-86B is pretty remarkable for its low price and no-frills performance.

For many people, the Cap OB-86B is the ultimate beater bar. You can use it in just about any situation imaginable without much worry for damage. In fact, at Garage Gym Reviews HQ it's most often used in the rack and in a landmine. Although the knurling may get worn and the sleeves may get marked, it still continues to perform when we need it too.

The Cap OB-86B features a tensile strength of 130K PSI. This is by far the lowest tensile strength rating out of any of the barbells recommended, but it's priced accordingly. Also, although the tensile strength may look very low, for most reading this, it's more than adequate for getting the job done. The OB-86B also features a bushing spin system, however, instead of bronze or composite bushings, Cap has decided to use the thrifty, low-performance option-- steel bushings.

Steel bushings will require constant lubrication as they're not self-lubricating, and the spin will be pretty mediocre. This said, the spin will undoubtedly be better than some of the other bars in this price range that are pinned. The sleeve length is also shorter than other bars in this comparison, and you need to be wary of the damage incurred during shipment as Cap tends to use cheap, thin cardboard tubes to deliver their bars.

Although the bar does feature quite a few negatives, it certainly will still get the job done. The coating used is much better than the cheap chrome most bars at this price point employ, and the knurling is actually pretty great; slightly aggressive, but not overly so.

If you want a great beginner bar that in all reality will never need to be upgraded from, this is a great choice. Also, if you're looking for a second bar to keep your main bar from getting damaged during different exercises, then we recommend this based on the price.

The competitionkeyboard_arrow_up

Rogue Ohio Bar - Cerakote: Cerakote is an incredible coating for barbells. Not only does it look awesome thanks to the vibrant colors that can be applied, but it's very durable and resistant to oxidation that occurs so often in a garage gym. Despite this, although we have many bars coated in Cerakote, for most people, it's not necessary. If you like the colors and want the extra protection against rust, then by all means we recommend them, but most people are looking for the best bang for the buck, and these don't meet that standard as well as our other recommendations.

American Barbell Training Bar: This all-purpose barbell is a great performer. Although our first impressions of the bar were outstanding, it hasn't faired as well over time. The bar has developed surface rust and despite the bar employing composite bushings is one of the slowest spinning barbells we tested (our hypothesis is that too much grease is packed in the sleeve.) We're big fans of American Barbell, their innovation, and attention to detail, but the Training Bar and California Bar are too expensive for the features offered to make our top picks when compared. That said, we're always excited to see what they come out with next and be looking out for their power bar to make the top

Our Pick
Rogue Bar 2.0
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This is the next generation of the 28.5MM Olympic bar that helped launch the revolution. Now fully machined and assembled at the Rogue factory in Columbus, Ohio, the Rogue Bar 2.0 represents the highest level of precision engineering with a wide range of new features—including stronger 190 PSI steel, durable composite bushings, and CNC-machined groove sleeves with customizable color bands, available here Like the original flagship Rogue Bar, Version 2.0 still offers convenient dual knurl marks for both Olympic and powerlifting, with a black zinc coated shaft and bright zinc sleeves. The addition of a groove in the sleeve enables athletes and coaches to more easily identify and differentiate bars by changing out the bands. The bar comes standard with Rogue-branded bands, but you can swap them out with any of the additional color options available, or even use any custom, personalized band that matches the dimensions. The Rogue Bar 2.0 is among the first in our arsenal to use composite bushings—a self-lubricating material often found in hi-tech aerospace equipment and military vehicles. For intense, high-rep training, these bushings dramatically minimize friction to both provide a reliable spin and help extend the shelf life of the bar itself. The Rogue Bar helped us cement our reputation at the CrossFit Games and beyond, and we believe the Rogue Bar 2.0 is a worthy successor to that mantle.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

FringeSport CeraColt Cerakote Olympic Barbell: A great bar at a great price, but still more expensive than our other picks.

Rogue Ohio Bar: The standard Ohio Bar is a great barbell, but not worth the extra cost over the Rogue Bar 2.0.

Rogue B&R Bar 2.0: The B&R 2.0 Bar from Rogue Fitness came very close to being in our top picks, but due to the slightly thicker shaft, cost, and more of a powerlifting focus it did not make it. That said, if you don't really desire whip, enjoy a thicker barbell, and don't mind providing extra maintenance to a raw steel bar, then the B&R 2.0 is a great choice.

Rogue Chan Bar: The Chan Bar by Rogue Fitness was another bar that barely made it off our top picks list. Featuring some innovative ideas like a light center knurl and an increased distance between the outer knurling, the Chan Bar is pretty unique. Unfortunately, Rogue no longer offers the bar in different finishes and charges extra for nothing that really costs them extra; the Chan Bar will have to remain an honorable mention (we still love you, Matt!)

Rogue Ohio Power Bar: The Rogue Ohio Bar is an outstanding barbell, especially if you focus on the big 3 (squat, deadlift, bench) but due to this guide being for the majority of people, the Ohio Power Bar will remain an honorable mention. However, it was chosen as our Top Pick for the Best Powerlifting Barbell that you can find here.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

FringeSport CeraColt Cerakote Olympic Barbell: A great bar at a great price, but still more expensive than our other picks.

Rogue Ohio Bar: The standard Ohio Bar is a great barbell, but not worth the extra cost over the Rogue Bar 2.0.

Rogue B&R Bar 2.0: The B&R 2.0 Bar from Rogue Fitness came very close to being in our top picks, but due to the slightly thicker shaft, cost, and more of a powerlifting focus it did not make it. That said, if you don't really desire whip, enjoy a thicker barbell, and don't mind providing extra maintenance to a raw steel bar, then the B&R 2.0 is a great choice.

Rogue Chan Bar: The Chan Bar by Rogue Fitness was another bar that barely made it off our top picks list. Featuring some innovative ideas like a light center knurl and an increased distance between the outer knurling, the Chan Bar is pretty unique. Unfortunately, Rogue no longer offers the bar in different finishes and charges extra for nothing that really costs them extra; the Chan Bar will have to remain an honorable mention (we still love you, Matt!)

Rogue Ohio Power Bar: The Rogue Ohio Bar is an outstanding barbell, especially if you focus on the big 3 (squat, deadlift, bench) but due to this guide being for the majority of people, the Ohio Power Bar will remain an honorable mention. However, it was chosen as our Top Pick for the Best Powerlifting Barbell that you can find here.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

FringeSport CeraColt Cerakote Olympic Barbell: A great bar at a great price, but still more expensive than our other picks.

Rogue Ohio Bar: The standard Ohio Bar is a great barbell, but not worth the extra cost over the Rogue Bar 2.0.

Rogue B&R Bar 2.0: The B&R 2.0 Bar from Rogue Fitness came very close to being in our top picks, but due to the slightly thicker shaft, cost, and more of a powerlifting focus it did not make it. That said, if you don't really desire whip, enjoy a thicker barbell, and don't mind providing extra maintenance to a raw steel bar, then the B&R 2.0 is a great choice.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

FringeSport CeraColt Cerakote Olympic Barbell: A great bar at a great price, but still more expensive than our other picks.

Rogue Ohio Bar: The standard Ohio Bar is a great barbell, but not worth the extra cost over the Rogue Bar 2.0.

Rogue B&R Bar 2.0: The B&R 2.0 Bar from Rogue Fitness came very close to being in our top picks, but due to the slightly thicker shaft, cost, and more of a powerlifting focus it did not make it. That said, if you don't really desire whip, enjoy a thicker barbell, and don't mind providing extra maintenance to a raw steel bar, then the B&R 2.0 is a great choice.

Rogue Chan Bar: The Chan Bar by Rogue Fitness was another bar that barely made it off our top picks list. Featuring some innovative ideas like a light center knurl and an increased distance between the outer knurling, the Chan Bar is pretty unique. Unfortunately, Rogue no longer offers the bar in different finishes and charges extra for nothing that really costs them extra; the Chan Bar will have to remain an honorable mention (we still love you, Matt!)

Rogue Ohio Power Bar: The Rogue Ohio Bar is an outstanding barbell, especially if you focus on the big 3 (squat, deadlift, bench) but due to this guide being for the majority of people, the Ohio Power Bar will remain an honorable mention. However, it was chosen as our Top Pick for the Best Powerlifting Barbell that you can find here.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

FringeSport CeraColt Cerakote Olympic Barbell: A great bar at a great price, but still more expensive than our other picks.

Rogue Ohio Bar: The standard Ohio Bar is a great barbell, but not worth the extra cost over the Rogue Bar 2.0.

Rogue B&R Bar 2.0: The B&R 2.0 Bar from Rogue Fitness came very close to being in our top picks, but due to the slightly thicker shaft, cost, and more of a powerlifting focus it did not make it. That said, if you don't really desire whip, enjoy a thicker barbell, and don't mind providing extra maintenance to a raw steel bar, then the B&R 2.0 is a great choice.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

FringeSport CeraColt Cerakote Olympic Barbell: A great bar at a great price, but still more expensive than our other picks.

Rogue Ohio Bar: The standard Ohio Bar is a great barbell, but not worth the extra cost over the Rogue Bar 2.0.

Rogue B&R Bar 2.0: The B&R 2.0 Bar from Rogue Fitness came very close to being in our top picks, but due to the slightly thicker shaft, cost, and more of a powerlifting focus it did not make it. That said, if you don't really desire whip, enjoy a thicker barbell, and don't mind providing extra maintenance to a raw steel bar, then the B&R 2.0 is a great choice.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

FringeSport CeraColt Cerakote Olympic Barbell: A great bar at a great price, but still more expensive than our other picks.

Rogue Ohio Bar: The standard Ohio Bar is a great barbell, but not worth the extra cost over the Rogue Bar 2.0.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

FringeSport CeraColt Cerakote Olympic Barbell: A great bar at a great price, but still more expensive than our other picks.

Rogue Ohio Bar: The standard Ohio Bar is a great barbell, but not worth the extra cost over the Rogue Bar 2.0.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.


Vulcan Strength Standard Bushing Barbell: Vulcan is producing some outstanding equipment, but the bar that we tested features a bright zinc finish that hasn't fared too well against the elements. It spins decently and isn't overpriced, but its lack of corrosion resistance kept it from being in our top picks.

FringeSport Hybrid Barbell: We're actually big fans of this bar. It's very similar to the Chan Bar from Rogue, although it's imported. For the price though, we prefer the Rogue Bar 2.0 and FringeSports more budget-friendly Wonder Bar.

FringeSport Bomba Barbell: Although FringeSport's lower-priced barbell made it into our top picks, the Bomba Barbell has similar features but with a higher price tag. It's a great bar, just not worth the extra cost in our opinion.

FringeSport Wonder Bar Stainless Steel Barbell: A stainless barbell for $300 is pretty impressive, however, we prefer the specs and knurling on the Rogue Ohio Bar SS.

Rogue Ohio Bar: The standard Ohio Bar is a great barbell, but not worth the extra cost over the Rogue Bar 2.0.

Rogue B&R Bar 2.0: The B&R 2.0 Bar from Rogue Fitness came very close to being in our top picks, but due to the slightly thicker shaft, cost, and more of a powerlifting focus it did not make it. That said, if you don't really desire whip, enjoy a thicker barbell, and don't mind providing extra maintenance to a raw steel bar, then the B&R 2.0 is a great choice.

Rogue Ohio Power Bar: The Rogue Ohio Bar is an outstanding barbell, especially if you focus on the big 3 (squat, deadlift, bench) but due to this guide being for the majority of people, the Ohio Power Bar will remain an honorable mention. However, it was chosen as our Top Pick for the Best Powerlifting Barbell that you can find here.

Buddy Capps All American Bar: This is essentially a TPB with a more passive knurl. It's a nice bar, but the spin is mediocre at best and it still feels like a power bar.

Rep Fitness Gladiator Bar: If you have an Olympic Weightlifting focus in your training, the Rep Fitness Gladiator Bar is one of the best values available for the classic lifts. We tested the Gladiator Bar and its finish along with its bearing spin is outstanding for the price.

Rep Sabre Bar: This is a good, budget-friendly option. It has low tensile strength, but that's expected for the price.

Rep Excalibur Bar v2: This is another good bar, appears pretty similar to some of the newer bars from FringeSport and Vulcan Strength (likely the same manufacturer.) At $300, it's a bit pricey, but it's been known to go on clearance every so often.

PRx Cerakote Olympic Bar: This is a good bar, it's actually made by Heavy Metal Barbell in Minnesota, which also makes the bars for EliteFTS and a few others. If you want a Cerakote Bar, it's a good option.

Eleiko XF Bar: Eleiko is known for making the world's best barbells, but they're priced accordingly. For most people, the more than double cost of an Eleiko compared to our top pick simply isn't worth it.

EliteFTS Multi Bar: This bar is similar to The PRx Cerakote Olympic Bar (we believe it's also from Heavy Metal Barbell) but doesn't have a Cerakote coating. The specs make it look pretty good, however, the price is pretty high in comparison to the competition.

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