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Resistance bands are useful pieces of equipment that anyone with (or even without!) a home gym can benefit from. They can be added to different bodyweight exercises like squats or push-ups to add a little spice or help you with other things like achieving a pull-up. The team at Garage Gym Reviews tested close to 20 resistance bands on the quest to find you the best options for however you want to use yours.
In this best resistance bands roundup, expect to see our picks for our favorite budget option, best for glutes, for beginners, and more. We’re committed to giving you our honest opinion to help you spend your money on things you’ll actually use (and not just throw on that one chair you throw everything on.)
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We’ve had our hands on everything home gym-related. From racks to weight benches to dumbbells and everything in between, we’re your trusted source. We thoroughly test each piece of fitness equipment with specialized standardized testing methods and resistance bands are no exception.
When testing each resistance band, our team looked at things like overall tension, material, price, optionality, and value. This helped us get a clear picture on if the item was worth recommending or not.
Best Resistance Bands
- Best Pull-Up Resistance Bands: Rogue Monster Bands
- Best Budget Resistance Band Set: Living.Fit Resistance Bands
- Best Resistance Bands for Travel: Bodylastics Resistance Bands Set
- Best Resistance Bands for Recovery: Crossover Symmetry Shoulder System
- Best Resistance Bands with Handles: Rogue Tube Bands (Complete Package)
- Best Resistance Bands for Beginners: Gritin Bands
- Best Premium Resistance Bands: Gorilla Bow
- Best Resistance Bands for Short People: Eilison Resistance Band Kit
- Best Mini-Loop Resistance Bands: Fit Simplify Resistance Loop
- Best Non-Latex Resistance Bands: Fringe Sport Latex-Free Strength Bands
- Best Resistance Bands for Glutes: Titan Fitness Loop Resistance Bands
Best Pull-Up Resistance Bands: Rogue Monster Bands
Good for: Anyone looking to master pull-ups
Rogue Monster Bands
- High-quality natural latex rubber
- Versatile use for any workout
- Color coded resistance/tension
- Compact and easily stored or transported
- Available in a wide range of tensions
Pros & Cons
- High-quality natural latex rubber
- Band tension from 15-200 lbs
- Bands can be used alone or with a barbell
- Less prone to splitting and breaking than cheaper latex
- Pricey due to natural latex rubber
- Not meant for anyone allergic to latex
For those who are looking to either master their pull-ups or do sets with multiple reps, the Rogue Monster Bands Pull-Up Package will be your new best friend. The Pull-Up Package retails for around $80, and includes three durable resistance bands: a green (65 pounds), black (100 pounds), and purple (140 pounds). You can also purchase other bands separately that have as little resistance as 15 pounds, and as high as 200 pounds, so there is an option for essentially everyone.
This pull-up band kit can be a helpful tool when trying to crank out a bunch of reps or work on building strength to get a regular pull-up sans resistance band. The Rogue Monster Bands are very durable and well-constructed resistance bands (made with latex rubber), and I felt confident in their ability to hold me while I was cranking out pull-ups.
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The only things I don’t like about these bands are pretty minor: they stink. My hands smelled like a rubber band factory for a full day after handling these (even after washing my hands). They also have a slight powdery residue that will probably come off on your hands when you use them. Hey, free chalk for your lift after, amiright?
Best Budget Resistance Band Set: Living.Fit Resistance Bands
Good for: Someone that wants affordable and versatile resistance bands
Living.Fit Resistance Bands
- Natural latex material
- Available in sets of 4 or 6 bands
- 6 different resistance levels from 10 lbs to 200 lbs
- Includes door anchor
- 41” length
Pros & Cons
- Bands for versatile uses
- Wide range of resistance levels
- Can save by purchasing a set
- Comes with door anchor
- Not a lot of reviews yet
- Bands can’t be bought in pairs
- No handles
For under $70, you get six resistance bands that range from 10 pounds of resistance all the way up to 200, and a door anchor to increase the amount of moves you can do with the bands. The Living.Fit resistance bands are a very affordable option for someone who wants an entire set without a hefty price tag.
In fact, GGR head of content and expert product tester said they reminded her of the Rogue Monster bands—with one exception. “They’re not as chalky,” she notes. “You can definitely tell they’re high quality.”
She did like that the bands can combine for up to 200 pounds of total resistance.
While these certainly aren’t the most affordable resistance bands, they’re by far the most affordable resistance band set for people who are looking for heavy weights. No other budget-friendly resistance band set we tried provides up to 200 pounds of resistance, a lifetime warranty, and superior construction.
Best Resistance Bands for Travel: Bodylastics Resistance Bands Set
Good for: People who need portable resistance bands for when they travel
Bodylastics MAX Tension Resistance Bands
- 3 options for exercise kits
- Anti-snap construction
- Comes with travel bag and workout instructions
- Stackable for increased resistance
Pros & Cons
- Priced affordably
- Options to buy 5, 6, or 7 bands
- Snap-reduction design
- Commercial-grade handles
- Stackable for more resistance
- No covering on the tubes
- Ankle straps may not be the most durable
- Uses latex, which may trigger some allergies
If you’re someone who is always on the go traveling, you’ll want to pick up the Bodylastics Resistance Bands Set. This 12-piece set is just under $50 and has door anchors, bands, ankle straps, and a carrying bag. It’s easy to set up and get going quickly, which makes it an ideal choice to stick in your suitcase or pull out at the hotel.
I appreciate that there isn’t a particularly pungent smell like you might be used to with other latex resistance bands. In my opinion, that’s a big win. Who wants to go to a business meeting after using resistance bands smelling like a tire?
I will say that the beginner pack of these only has just under 100 pounds of total resistance. This means you’ll likely have to purchase the expansion pack as you gain more strength or if you’re particularly strong already. Keep in mind that you’ll also need a decent amount of space to pull from, so don’t cheap out and get a small hotel room, m’kay?
I like that you can easily clip more bands on to make the tension heavier, so if you do purchase the expansion pack, they’ll fit seamlessly into your current arsenal.
Best Resistance Bands for Recovery: Crossover Symmetry Shoulder System
Good for: Individuals who have shoulder issues and want to do physical therapy exercises with their bands
Crossover Symmetry Crossover Cords
- Used by professional athletes to rehab injuries
- Durable bands
- Expansive workout library
- Primarily for shoulder work
Made in USA
Pros & Cons
- Very durable bands
- Expansive library of workout routines comes standard with this set
- Able to customize the exercises based on the condition of your shoulder
- Quite pricey at close to $200
- Intended for shoulder work, not other exercises
- Not great for small spaces
If you have shoulder issues from years of overuse, an injury, or just one too many overhead presses, the Crossover Symmetry Shoulder System is a must for your recovery. This set comes with a huge library of resistance band workouts to do to strengthen your shoulders without a ton of unneeded strain.
These bands are not high in tension (between 3-40 pounds); after all, they’re supposed to be for recovery and rehab purposes. They are pretty pricey (close to $200) for something you likely won’t use a lot besides when your shoulders are hurting.
GGR Staff Writer Anthony O’Reilly said he really liked that you’re able to customize the different recommended shoulder exercises based on how bad your shoulders are. It makes him feel like he was really working with a physical therapist who is customizing recovery based on what’s actually happening with his shoulder.
Best Resistance Bands with Handles: Rogue Tube Bands (Complete Package)
Good for: People looking for high quality tube resistance bands
Rogue Tube Resistance Bands
- Made extremely well
- Option to purchase just one or in a set
- Comfortable handles
Pros & Cons
- High quality handles with textured grip
- Well-made bands
- Fairly portable
- Resistance tension isn’t printed on the tube bands
- Sometimes squeak while in use
- On the shorter side
Every piece of equipment Rogue makes is overbuilt and durable, and the Rogue Tube Resistance Bands are no exception. The handles all come individually wrapped, and I could see why pretty quickly. These tube resistance bands have some of the best handles I’ve seen compared to other comparable resistance bands. The grip is nice and textured, and the handle is long enough for larger hands to grasp easily.
The bands are also clearly well constructed, but I do wish the resistance was printed on the equipment themselves. I’m terrible at remembering how much tension each one has, especially when the full package comes with six different options and I have the brain capacity of a squirrel. Unfortunately, even after consulting the website, it only has general estimates for each and calls the varying tension options “very light” all the way to “super heavy.” Not the most helpful in my opinion. I want actual numbers, people!
Although these aren’t quite as portable as small loop bands would be, they can definitely still come along in suitcases and on vacation. If you’re someone who is annoyed by squeaking noises, beware: these squeak literally every time you use them. It doesn’t really bother me now, but I can see that getting old over time. I am pretty sure the sound is coming from the metal circles rubbing against the band, but regardless, they are absolutely screaming for some WD-40.
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Best Resistance Bands for Beginners: Gritin Bands
Good for: Those who need low-tension resistance bands
- Affordable at under $10
- 5 color-coded options
- Resistance clearly marked
- Lightweight and portable
Pros & Cons
- Budget friendly at under $15
- Good for beginners
- Come with small carrying bag
- Compact and easy to store
- Limited movement options due to them being loop resistance bands
- Not suitable for more advanced strength training
- Don’t feel particularly durable
If you’re a beginner looking to get stronger without overdoing it, I would recommend the Gritin Resistance Bands. For less than $15, you’ll get a set of five loop resistance bands varying in tension from light to xx-heavy. However, even the xx-heavy feels too light to me, but I’ve been strength training for 10 years. If you’re a beginner, this is a great way to test the waters with resistance bands that won’t be too difficult to use.
The bands themselves are nice and thin, which makes for very portable equipment. However, since they are so thin, they will not last as long as a thicker material or higher tension band might. The Gritin Bands also smell heavily of latex, so if you’re allergic or have a strong aversion to that particular scent, these are not a good option for you.
I also do wish the actual amount of tension (in pounds) was printed on the bands. The light to xx-heavy is very subjective. However, if you’re looking for loop resistance bands to get started on your fitness journey or for a portable extra to bring on a trip, these are a good option for you.
Best Premium Resistance Bands: Gorilla Bow
Good for: People who want are looking for high-quality band system, and a unique way to train a variety of muscle groups through home workouts
Gorilla Bow Portable Home Gym Resistance Band System
Pros & Cons
- Fun classes to follow
- Unique product that has the ability to work your entire body
- Can use up to 300 pounds of resistance
- Not very portable
- Might need to purchase extra bands if you’re particularly strong
- Not the best option for a beginner
The Gorilla Bow is an extremely unique take on resistance band training. With your purchase, you’ll get a free 30 days for the interactive programming that goes along with this device, the Gorilla Bow App. After the 30 days is up, a monthly membership is $14.99. You’ll get on-demand workout classes (that utilize the Gorilla Bow obviously) that fit a variety of skill levels and goals. This makes it a fun option for someone who enjoys interactive programming.
I really like the concept of this device. However, I think people used to more intense strength training should go ahead and purchase the heavy resistance bands to use with their Gorilla Bow. The base kit comes with four resistance bands that only add up to 110 pounds when used all together. The actual bow itself can support up to 300 pounds of resistance, which is awesome.
I would recommend this to someone who isn’t necessarily looking for a portable option, because the Gorilla Bow is pretty large. I would also not recommend this to someone who is a true beginner to strength training, because the movements require at least some knowledge of proper form.
Check out my full Gorilla Bow review.
Best Resistance Bands for Short People: Eilison Resistance Band Kit
Good for: Folks under 5’9” looking for resistance bands they don’t have to choke up on
EILISON Resistance Band Kit
- 6 resistance bands varying in tension from 10-60 lbs.
- Brightly colored nylon sleeved bands
- Come with a traveling case for easy storage
- Included workout page
Pros & Cons
- Options for 10-60 lbs of resistance in one kit
- Nylon cover doesn’t give off the traditional rubber resistance band smell
- Comes with a convenient carrying case to take them with you
- Comes with sheet of workout ideas for the resistance bands
- Not long enough for taller folks (5’9” or over) doing anything overhead
- Resistance is sub-par
- Attached metal clips are flimsy
For all my short friends out there, the Eilison Resistance Bands will be a quick favorite. Gone will be the frustration and irritation of choking up on resistance bands that are far too long. Although these aren’t specifically designed for shorter folks, they are definitely best utilized by people shorter than 5’9”. I’m 5’9” and could not do a single overhead movement with these.
I definitely see the appeal with these though; the nylon sleeve eliminates the terrible rubber smell you may be used to with most resistance bands. However, it comes at the price of not extending as well as a typical, fully latex resistance band might. The bright primary colors of the nylon encompassing the bands is fun and the included bands range from 10-60 pounds. Luckily, these bands are stackable if 60 lbs of resistance isn’t going to cut it for you.
The storage bag that comes standard with this kit is a welcome addition. I feel like it makes this set portable and easy to bring along on different kinds of trips. These are also pretty affordable at under $50 for a set with six resistance bands, so even though they don’t feel the most durable, it’s less of a concern because of the price.
Best Mini-Loop Resistance Bands: Fit Simplify Resistance Loop
Good for: Anyone looking for a cheap, mini-loop set of bands
Best Mini-Loop Resistance Bands
- 5 bands per set
- Up to 74 lbs of resistance
- Great for warm-ups
- Comes with carrying case
- Natural rubber
Pros & Cons
- 5 bands per set
- Under $20
- Small and portable
- Comes with a carrying case
- Weights aren't marked
- May roll up during use
- Not great for some exercises (like pull-ups)
For those who want great mini-loop resistance bands, Fit Simplify delivers. This budget-friendly option comes with 5 bands for under $15 ranging from extra light to extra heavy.
Some reviewers mentioned they had an issue with them rolling down while in use, but we haven’t been able to test these loops for ourselves to check out those claims.
Not only are these bands good for warm-ups, but they can also be useful when doing accessory work. It is worth noting that these are a bit thinner, and probably won’t last an insanely long time, especially with daily usage. However, since they are so inexpensive, it isn’t the worst thing ever if this set only lasts you a year or two.
Best Non-Latex Resistance Bands: Fringe Sport Latex-Free Strength Bands
Good for: People who need latex-free resistance bands
Fringe Sports Latex-Free Strength Bands
- No latex
- Made from medical-grade rubber
- 6 different resistance levels
- Purchased individually or in sets
Pros & Cons
- Made from latex-free, medical-grade rubber
- Six resistance levels for fine-tuning workouts
- Available to purchase a single bands or in various sets
- One year warranty and free shipping
- Fringe’s website offers movement recommendations for each band
- Expensive, but could be worth it if they are used frequently
- No carrying case provided
Struggling to find a latex-free resistance band option? Fear not! The Fringe Sport Latex-Free Strength Bands are here to save the day. If you’re allergic to latex, these are a great option because there are a variety of different band sizes and resistance levels to choose from. You have the option to either order bands individually, or purchase a set. However, the set is actually rather pricey at $190 for a set of six bands.
I do love that these are so versatile. The thicker ones are great for assisted pull-ups and the thinner ones can be used for beginners learning basic strength movements. It is worth noting that these bands do feel slightly weaker than the comparable latex version from Rogue.
The actual amount of tension in pounds isn’t labeled on the actual bands, and I wish it was. Instead, Fringe decided they would put “latex-free” on half the bands, which isn’t the worst move for people who are allergic to latex. However, it is hard to know how much resistance you’re actually using.
Best Resistance Bands for Glutes: Titan Fitness Loop Resistance Bands
Good for: People looking for booty bands for their lower-body workouts
Titan Loop Resistance Bands
- Pack of 8 for under $50
- One-year warranty
- Surprisingly thick
Pros & Cons
- These come with a one year warranty
- Much more durable construction than the average loop resistance band
- Good value (Get 8 resistance bands)
- Smell strongly when coming out of the package
- Limited options of exercises to do with these bands
For those who are looking to strengthen their glutes, the Titan Fitness Loop Resistance Bands will have you sore for days. These durable bands come in a pack of eight, with four different resistance levels for under $50. I personally was very impressed by how strong and durable these loop resistance bands were.
Plus, Titan Fitness gives these resistance bands a one-year warranty. I haven’t come across many brands (if any at all) that provide a warranty for anything like resistance bands. Although I really like these loop resistance bands for strengthening the glutes and lower body, there are a limited amount of exercises you can do with them.
I did really like that these particular resistance bands didn’t slide down my legs/fold over when doing exercises. I find that it can be a real issue for cheaper and thinner resistance bands, but not with these. I felt confident that they weren’t going to irritatingly fold over mid-glute bridge.
Other Resistance Bands We Researched
Major Fitness Resistance Bands: In testing, we liked these bands just fine. Like many bands on this list, they are color-coded and they do their job. For less than $50, you get three bands that our tester Lindsay, says provide just the right amount of stretch. In fact, our biggest gripe with these bands isn’t the product themselves; it’s the website, which isn’t very user-friendly.
GoFit ProGym Extreme: This set comes with four bands at different levels of resistance, ankle straps, and handles. I tested this out and thought the resistance bands did not feel particularly durable. The tension offered with the four included bands was also not high enough for my liking.
REP Fitness Tube Resistance Bands (Full Set): These resistance bands with handles are definitely lesser quality than the Rogue Monster Tube Bands. The materials and overall construction feels much cheaper, and the handles are too small to be comfortable.
Fringe Sport OneFit Wonder Mini Bands: GGR Editor Kate Meier tried these and was less than thrilled. She said they were thin and irritatingly rolled up while trying to use them. They also aren’t marked in any way, so you have to remember which ones you’re picking up to use.
Serious Steel Heavy-Duty Resistance Bands: These bands are a solid option if you need pull-up assistance. However, they didn’t make it into our top picks because of the sheer amount of powder these things expelled while in use. I mean holy crap, they absolutely coated our clothing.
WHATAFIT Resistance Bands Set: These bands seem like a great budget-friendly option, at less than $30 for five bands with handles, and a door anchor so you can workout anywhere. And with more than 20,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, we’re excited to see if they live up to the hype.
Fit Simplify: This brand makes different types of resistance bands, and according to Amazon reviews they’re all a great value for the price point.
Perform Better Mini-Resistance Bands: Reviewers say these mini-resistance bands are some of the most powerful bands you can find anywhere on the market today.
SPRI Resistance Bands: The SPRI bands are a great budget-friendly option, but there are many complaints of them snapping after only a few uses.
TRX Exercise Bands: A great addition to the TRX Home Suspension Trainer, but there are better bands out there.
How We Tested the Best Resistance Bands
The GGR team divided and conquered when it came to testing the most popular resistance bands on the market. We tested quite a few and rated each band based on things like durability, value, price tag, and usage. It was important to our team that we tested each over a period of time to give each a fair shake in a variety of settings and workouts.
What to Look for in Resistance Bands
Like picking anything to add to your home gym, it can feel daunting to decide what kind of resistance band to purchase. Should you get loop bands, or the tube option with handles? How about with or without latex? Our team will break down what you should look for before deciding what to buy when in comes to resistance bands:
Ah, the age old question: how much does this thing cost? If you’re just absolutely raking in the dough, you’re probably not too concerned about this because resistance bands can only be so expensive. However, if you’re on a pretty tight budget, be realistic about what you’re going to get. The $15 set of resistance bands from Amazon might be awesome for a year, but be aware that you generally pay for what you get. What I mean by that is that the cheaper the resistance band, oftentimes the thinner the material and the less durability it has.
This is another thing to think about that can be either personal preference or due to an allergy. The majority of resistance bands are made with some type of latex. However, there are latex-free options for those looking to avoid latex due to an allergy or other reason.
Like with kettlebells or dumbbells, resistance bands have their own amount of tension (or weight) they provide. Make sure you match up your strength level with the amount of tension you choose for your bands.
Band Styles and Their Uses
There are a variety of resistance bands to choose from, and some are best suited for a particular type of exercise. We’ll give you a rundown of the different options here:
Loop bands are your typical resistance bands that form a loop that can either be small or large in circumference. The smaller kind are usually reserved for leg and shoulder workouts, while the larger ones can be used to mimic barbell and dumbbell movements like presses, squats, and more.
Tube bands are made of rubber latex, like loop bands, but are hollow and have handles on either end. These are better suited for beginners, due to the handles, and allow for easier hand placement, though they’re not the best pick for stronger lifters who are looking for maximum resistance.
Tube bands are usually reserved for light physical rehab work or mobility exercises.
Pull-up bands are resistance bands that are specifically made to help people who are trying to learn pull-ups or add a challenge to their bodyweight training routine.
Benefits of Resistance Bands
Using resistance bands can be a great option for pretty much any home gym owner. Here are the reasons to consider picking up one (or more) of these to add to your workout routine:
Resistance bands tend to be more affordable than free weights like dumbbells and kettlebells.
No piece of home gym equipment is 100 percent safe, and resistance bands have their own inherent danger. However, they’re not quite as dangerous as dropping a 50-pound dumbbell on any part of your body, and they’re a better choice for those recovering from a muscle injury compared to free weights or a heavy barbell.
It’s much easier to pack a few resistance bands in suitcase or backpack than it is any other type of weight.
Can be used for pushing, pulling, and other movements.
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Best Resistance Bands FAQs
Can you build muscle mass with resistance bands?
How do I choose a resistance band?
Check out our buying guide above to figure out the best resistance bands for you specifically. Keep in mind things like budget, materials used, and resistance offered.
Are resistance bands good to add to your home gym?
Resistance bands are an easy and budget friendly way to add some extra
equipment to your home gym. Just like something like a jump rope, resistance bands have tons of versatility and don’t take up a lot of space.
Do resistance bands actually work?
Yes, as the word “resistance” is literally in their name. Resistance bands have been shown to provide great muscle- and strength-building benefits, and can help give you a great cardio workout if you use them the right way.
Which brand is the best for resistance bands?
It depends on what type of resistance band you’re looking for. We like Rogue for pull-up resistance bands, and Titan Fitness for people specifically looking for glute training. Fringe Sport and Bodylastics also make great resistance bands for different purposes.
Are thick or thin resistance bands better?
Thicker bands tend to generate more resistance than thinner ones, but that doesn’t necessarily make them better. A thicker band also isn’t necessarily more durable than thinner ones, as it depends on the type of latex or material that’s used in making them.
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