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The squat rack is the centerpiece of just about every home and garage gym in the world. As such, it should be versatile, durable, useful, and fit the space it will be used in. I have tested countless of today’s best options, putting them through heavy squats, bench presses, pull-ups (when applicable) and a number of other exercises.
Based upon my use, experience, and community input, I’ve compiled the best power rack, half rack, squat stand, and fold-away squat rack for most people—including recommendations for various budgets.
Best Power Rack: Rep Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack
Best Half Rack: Rogue HR-2 Half Rack
Best Squat Stand: Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand
Best Squat Rack for Small Spaces: PRx Performance Profile Rack
Best High End Power Rack: Sorinex XL Series Power Rack
Best Affordable Power Rack: ForceUSA MyRack Modular Power Rack
Most Versatile Half Rack: Rogue Monster Collegiate Half Rack
Best Squat Stand for the Money: FringeSport Garage Series Squat Rack with Pull-Up Bar
Best Budget Folding Power Rack: Titan T-3 Series Folding Power Rack
Good for: Anyone looking for a safe, value-packed squat rack at an affordable price
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The power rack I suggest for most people is the Rep Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack. The PR-4000 combines excellent features, unlimited expandability, great quality, lots of customizability, and best of all, a great value. It looks and performs nearly as well as any rack on the market at a price that years ago would seem unfathomable. Dare I say that if you purchase the PR-4000 for your garage gym, it will very likely be the last squat rack you ever buy.
The PR-4000 is made with 3” x 3” 11-gauge steel tubing with 1” Westside Hole Spacing through the weight bench zone and is rated at a 1,000-pound capacity. These numbers are standard for this price of rack. One of the things I really like about the PR-4000 is the ability to customize just about every part of it. With multiple colors, height, and depth options you can make this PR-4000 fit your space and training style exactly. Also, you won’t overspend for things you don’t want or won’t use.
Rep stole from the Sorinex playbook in offering a clear grind option for a $150 upcharge. This is the option I chose for the Sorinex BaseCamp that currently sits in Garage Gym Built HQ and is without a doubt my favorite offering. It looks good and also hides imperfections really well due to the lack of uniformity in the grind.
On top of the incredible quality of the rack, there is an ever-increasing accessory list that will make it expandable in the future with other gym equipment. You can add free weights storage, a pull-up bar, safeties, and multiple J-cups at the time of purchase to add some versatility to your machine. There are also stabilizing and safety accessories such as the spotter arm, rear base stabilizer, and front foot extensions. When these are added, even more accessories can be piled on, like lat/low row attachment and later in the year monolift arms and jammer arms.
Almost any accessory you can think of either is or will be available with this power cage. The Rep PR-4000 has been making a lot of noise in the community, and for good reason—it’s a tremendous value.
Check out my full Rep Fitness PR-4000 Power Rack review here.
Good for: Anyone looking for a the best squat rack under $1,000
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The Rogue HR-2 Half Rack takes my favorite squat stand, the SML-2, and adds two additional uprights along with storage pins for plates to create my top pick for the best half rack. A half-rack feels awesome to train in due to its open nature. Add in some spotter's arms and you'll be able to perform the majority of lifts you would be able to in a full power rack rather safely.
The Rogue HR-2 Half Rack is one of Rogue's best-reviewed squat racks. It's a great rack that can fit anywhere, doesn't have to be bolted down, is still very stable, and has a majority of the abilities of a more expensive and bulkier rack like the ever-popular Rogue R-3 Power Rack.
Rogue only has two half racks in their arsenal, and the Rogue HR-2 Half Rack is the better value. If you have the Monster Lite Series Squat Stand, you only need a $250 conversion kit to turn it into the HR-2, which is a great option that will add plate storage and greatly increase the stability of the rack.
The first difference you will notice is that the upright steel is a little less robust at 2” x 3” 11-gauge rather than the 3” x 3” you might see in the other racks, but the base of the machine has 3” x 3” measurements. Other than that, the quality in this rack matches any other half rack on the market and is highly customizable and versatile. It is considered “Monster Lite,” so while most of the Monster Lite accessories can be used, it will not have the same number of options as the HR-5000 or the Monster Collegiate.
The height of the HR-2 is customizable, it boasts Westside hole spacing throughout, and the rack’s footprint is 49 inches x 48 inches. As far as the quality and options for the price, you cannot beat the Rogue HR-2. The professional quality and look Rogue is known for is just as present in this rack as its others. If you’re wanting to spend less than $1,000, but still want a high-quality half rack, then this is the one I recommend.
Good for: A high quality, free-standing squat rack under $500
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The Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand is the best value and the best quality squat stand on the market. Period. More than five years after purchasing, and using it since Day One, this still looks and feels brand new. In fact, it was the first squat rack I ever had and one of the first reviews I ever published. Many equipment reviews can only speak to features and initial quality, but this review comes from long-term experience.
If you are looking for a stand with great accessories, high-quality manufacturing, and that takes up a small amount of space then the SML-2 could be a great fit for you. Starting out at under $500, this is a great budget alternative to the power racks and half racks that seem to be dominating the market. It can used for CrossFit movements like kipping pull-ups rather easily if you weigh down the bottom frame.
Related: See the best CrossFit equipment for a home gym.
I’ve loaded upwards of 700 pounds on the SML-2 without any issues. It is made from 3” x 3” 11-gauge steel, which means it is top-of-the-line quality when it comes to squat stands. It is equipped for numerous exercises including squats (of course), bench press, pullups, and more. With a 49-inch x 48-inch footprint, it can fit virtually anywhere.
The “Monster Lite” accessories produced by Rogue are almost universally accepted by the SML-2 making it quite versatile and the different height levels and portability make it one of the most customizable squat stands out there. On top of that, you will find westside hole spacing through the bench area and 2-inch spacing everywhere else making it easy to choose the correct level for your lift.
See my full Rogue SML-2 Squat Rack review.
Good for: People seeking a very easy-to-use foldable squat rack
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A fold-away rack is only worth having if you actually fold it away. Unfortunately, due to the number of adjustments required, most fold-away racks never actually get "folded away." That is not the case with our top pick. The PRx Performance Profile Rack is by far the best fold-away rack on the market.
This is the most convenient and easy-to-use fold-away squat rack I’ve tested. If you have the money, I definitely recommend it over some of the cheaper, swing-style racks. Featuring an easy-to-use fold-up design that is made possible by hydraulics, you'll have no issue parking in the garage and still having a full-fledged garage gym.
After being on Shark Tank (and getting an offer), PRx Performance has taken off and created a myriad of other pieces of equipment, although the Profile Rack is by far my favorite. I suggest the Profile version for most due to the lower price point, although the Pro Version with 3-inch x 3-inch steel and laser-cut whole numbers is a joy to have if you have the money in your budget.
This rack’s stability, foldability, and overall usability make it an even better rack for most people seeking a collapsible rack. The price is a bit high at around $900. Although the components used in the PRx Racks aren’t superior to those used by Rogue and others, what separates them is the patented fold-away system. No other rack on the market folds away as easily and simply as PRx Racks, and they’ve literally built their entire business on this element.
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The PRx Racks have the option to come with no pull-up bar, a standard pull-up bar, or a kipping pull-up bar. I would definitely suggest the kipping pull-up bar for its versatility and height. And, despite the racks not being secured to the floor, they are incredibly stable. I loaded up over 600 pounds on the rack and it didn’t even budge during unracking and re-racking. Same goes for when the pull-up bar is used. Whether my dainty wife or 300-pound friend is using it, they enjoy the same rock-solid experience.
Read my full and in-depth PRx Profile Squat Rack review.
(If the Profile Rack is a bit out of your price range, I suggest taking a look at the Rogue RML-3WC Fold Back Wall Mount Rack.)
Good for: The money-is-no-object crowd
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If you have been around the weightlifting equipment game for any period of time then you know the Sorinex brand. Sorinex has supplied the Navy Seals, Denver Broncos, Oregon Ducks, and Los Angeles Lakers among others, and has become the premier name in high-end and incredible university weight rooms. The bottom line is that if you are looking for a bargain, look somewhere else, but if you are looking for a top-of-the-line power rack, you have found it in the Sorinex XL, which clocks in at just under $3,000.
The standard dimensions of the Sorinex XL are 47 inches wide, 94.5 inches tall, and 71 inches deep. While these dimensions are fully customizable, they also work for most garage gym needs. It’s not too tall to fit under the ceiling (see our review of the Sorinex BaseCamp for that), and the width and depth give it the perfect footprint for not taking over the room but still providing adequate lifting space.
As far as accessories and attachments go, Sorinex is right in line with the Rogue RM-6 and slightly better than the Rep PR-4000. With cable systems, lat pull attachment, chin-up bars, bar supports, and anything else you can think of for a squat cage, Sorinex offers you the ability to do almost any exercise you want.
Sorinex is a smaller company than the ones previously mentioned, and that can have both its negatives and positives. The first negative is that shipping is often more expensive and takes longer than large companies like Rogue. It’s a simple matter of bulk shipping and discounts and increased capacity for a larger manufacturer.
On the flip side of that, Sorinex has incredible customer service and long year-warranty follow-up. It is the same principle that applies to retail stores like Walmart compared with family-owned businesses. You may get a better price and have more options, but you will never get the customer interaction and service that is found in companies like Sorinex.
In the case of the Sorinex XL, the quality of construction and versatility of the machine makes it worth every cent, if you can afford it.
Read my full Sorinex XL Rack review.
Good for: Those on a budget who want a sturdy, safe power rack
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The Force USA MyRack is not only one of the most customizable power racks on the market, but it's also one of the most feature-filled for those looking for budget home gym equipment, but who still want a safe rack. I or one of my friends used this rack almost daily for more than a year. Despite the abuse that's been placed on the rack and its many accessories (I tested all of them), it still performs as it did the first day I unboxed and assembled it.
When looking for a budget power rack, there are many options available. However, what you'll find is that most have a low weight capacity, use too thin of steel, lack accessory options, and are frankly, a bit unsafe to use. Seriously, there aren't many racks on the planet that can compete with the number of accessories the MyRack has, and for the price, the rack excels.
The MyRack excels in that it combines many budget-friendly features like thinner steel and painted-on-hole numbers with higher-end accessories. This provides a rack that should not only last but is enjoyable for even the strongest who train at their home. And, most importantly, you should feel safe while using it.
In use, the MyRack is sturdier than expected. Thanks to the lower and upper braces, the MyRack sways very little side to side when racking and re-racking weight. Although it would definitely benefit from being bolted to the floor (as all racks would) it isn't completely necessary. You can purchase optional plate holders for rather cheap to weigh it down.
Read my full Force USA MyRack review.
(For another cheap power rack, check out the Titan T-2 Power Rack.)
Good for: People who have the money for an incredibly user-friendly half rack
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The Rogue Monster Collegiate Half Rack is the Cadillac of half-squat racks. If you can spend around $1,500 (or more depending on options and accessories) and are planning to use your half-rack on a consistent basis, then you should stop shopping and researching right now and purchase this rack. This half rack can be used with almost any of the Rogue Monster accessories, making this the most versatile and customizable half rack on the market by far.
Made with 3-inch by 3-inch 11-gauge steel and powder-coated black finish, the quality is top-notch and allows a rating of 1,500 pounds. It can be purchased as a double or single station half rack and comes with a pull-up bar that can be upgraded at purchase, four Monster band pegs, eight Monster plate storage pins, and two standard Monster J-cups that can also be upgraded to sandwich cups.
The Monster spotter arms are available for separate purchase, and I highly recommend you add them to the rack for safety when lifting alone (I’m tired of seeing people get hurt due to a lack of precaution.) Also, this rack doesn’t include Westside hole spacing (no racks with this large of hole spacing have it).
The Rogue Monster, with a footprint of 62 inches x 53 inches, is the perfect size for most garage gyms. It makes great use of its space with the plate storage pins and 30-inch front feet for stability and band work. Not to mention the fact that it doesn’t have to be bolted down so it can be moved when needed. As a double rack, it can be an even better space saver if you are purchasing for multiple users.
Anyone who’s purchased a Rogue product in the past understands the quality and peace of mind offered by the company. The Monster Collegiate Half Rack has the same quality and many of the same available accessories as any power rack on the market. Granted, I don’t think most people should purchase a rack this expensive, as it’s simply more than what most need, however, if you have the money, you won’t regret walking into your garage and seeing this rack staring back at you.
Good for: Those looking for a basic squat rack at an extremely affordable price
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The FringeSport Garage Series Squat Rack is a cheaper, more basic squat stand than our other picks, but it works. Coming in at about $250 and with considerably cheaper accessories, this is the ideal stand for the budget-minded trainee. Add to that the free shipping that is consistently offered at FringeSport and you have a great bargain.
(Also, FringeSports customer service is exceptional. Shoot them an email after your order and tell them Coop sent you and they’ll likely throw in a free banner.)
Now that you have heard about the terrific price, you are probably wondering about safety and quality. The FringeSport is made with 2-inch x 3-inch 12-gauge steel which, though lower quality than the previously mentioned stands, is more than enough strength for virtually any garage gym (if you’re a powerlifter, I wouldn’t suggest a squat stand anyway).
It comes with a pull-up bar, and dip horns and spotter's arms can be bought separately. I suggest both, and if you’re going to bench, please do not do so without spotters’ arms.
The main thing that you want to be aware of when looking at more budget-friendly exercise equipment is the safety factor. If you spend less money, does the quality of the equipment go down so far that it is no longer worth the purchase? In the case of the FringeSport Squat Rack, the answer is no. There are available spotter arms, J-cups, high-quality steel, and sturdy construction that make this not only a budget-friendly rack but also a safe one.
(Another cheap squat stand is the Cap Barbell stand on Amazon; I’ve used it and tested it, but I’m not crazy about its limited weight capacity and overall construction.)
Good for: People in small spaces looking for an affordable power rack
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The Titan T-3 Series Folding Power Rack is a well-liked squat rack in the community. It uses the same steel and hardware as Titan’s other great racks, but this adds in the ability to fold the rack away when not in use. This type of rack has become extremely popular and for good reason: it simply works extremely well and can be done at a good price point.
The T-3 Folding Rack from Titan is the best-priced fold-away rack currently on the market. They aren’t the only company making this style of rack, in fact, there are others that likely have the same rack made in the same factory as Titan (see the FringeSport Retractable Power Rack as an example).
Although I’m a fan of American manufacturing and have had issues with Titan’s shipping and customer service in the past, it’s hard to not be enticed by the price. The T-3 Folding Rack will get the job done if you’re on a budget, no doubt.
Squats are one of the best exercises you can do for overall strength and power building. A dumbbell squat is great, but a barbell squat can be even better. However, a squat rack is used for much more than simply squats. And there are a number of reasons to consider buying a squat rack:
Above all, my favorite thing about quality squat racks is that they help make exercise safe. When lifters are moving hundreds of pounds, whether they are new or veterans, it’s imperative to be safe. Doing bench press or squats alone could leave you in a bad spot if you fail a lift. A squat rack with safety bars keeps the weight from crushing you – literally.
It’s called a squat rack, but you can perform a large number of exercises just with the uprights and J-hooks: front squats, back squats, overhead squats, overhead presses, bench press, weighted good mornings, just to name a few.
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However, some of the top squat racks on the market have a large number of attachments to add even more exercises. There are dip bars, cable attachments, land mines, lat pulldown add-ons, pulley systems and more. Your power rack could essentially be a complete home gym, if you are willing to spend the money.
For nearly every human being, there is a setting on most squat racks that should work for you. The holes in the uprights house the J-hooks, which are adjustable for your height. Therefore, you can put your Olympic barbell at whatever height you need. Some squat racks actually have uprights that feature adjustable heights, though these aren’t typically as sturdy.
Let’s face it: You’re looking at buying a squat rack because you want to get stronger. You can safely add more weight to the bar when it’s racked because: common sense. If you have to pull a bar off the floor, clean it to your shoulders and then put it on your back, you won’t be able to have as much on the bar as if you have to simply take it off the rack.
Some of the best power racks can cost in the thousands-of-dollars range. So spend your money wisely by factoring in the following:
Do you need a power rack (which is like a cage), a half rack, a squat stand or a rack that folds? Each style has its benefits.
For most people, the best squat rack type I suggest is the power rack, thanks to its availability, versatility, and most importantly, its inherent safety features. The power rack, also known as the power cage, is our most often recommended squat rack. It sort of looks like a big box you stand inside when lifting the barbell. But those four posts make it the safest options, as well as giving it the most versatility.
A half rack is essentially, as the name suggests, half a power rack. Despite the half rack being less safe than a full power rack, it's still extremely popular due to its open nature, lower price, and space-saving ability. Also, the half rack still has a higher level of safety than, say, a squat stand. I've used and tested many different half racks at all different price points.
Squat stands are free-standing squat racks that don’t necessarily need to be bolted to a wall or the floor (though in some cases, it may be recommended).
Although squat stands have been around for a while, in recent years they've begun getting quite popular thanks to their increase in stability and addition of a pull-up bar. There are many squat stands available, but we've found this particular product category to be fraught with ultra-cheap products that are unsafe and not enjoyable to use.
Fold-Away Squat Racks
Fold-away squat racks are a newer type of squat rack that has cropped up due to the large number of people starting garage gyms. In most cases, they're as sturdy, if not sturdier than power racks. Although they often only have two posts, they have a lot of customization options available and there's a variety of different ways that the rack fold-away. All of this said, the most legitimate reason to have a fold-away rack is that you want to park your car in the garage.
Look, most of us are only going to have a few hundreds pounds on the rack at one time. And most racks are weighted for 500+ pounds. But, if you’re superhuman, you can find racks out there that are weighted for upwards of 1,000 to 2,000 pounds. Also, if you do lift heavy, even if you don’t lift THAT heavy, you might like the peace of mind knowing that the rack won’t wobble when you’re unracking or re-racking the weight.
I think I’ve said safety about a billion times already in this article. But I’ll say it again: SAFETY. If a rack doesn’t come with an option for safety bars, pins or straps of some sort, I have to question its safety. And your sanity.
Injuries are avoidable if you use the safety features, so take advantage of them! Most racks will charge you extra for the safety mechanisms, but I’m willing to bet that they are far cheaper than a hospital bill for a mistake made during bench pressing.
Racks can be just a few hundred dollars or upward of $2,000. You can easily find budget options (see my guide to building a budget home gym on Amazon), but keep in mind that something incredibly affordable is also probably not the highest quality. I don’t recommend many racks for under $300 for that reason.
And, of course, the price of your rack will go up with the more attachments you want to add to it. Many racks can multi-function as a home gym once you start putting the add-ons in your cart. I recommend setting a budget ahead of time before getting lost in the accessories.
Power racks tend to take up a considerable amount of space, both on the floor as well as floor-to-ceiling. Your typical power rack – which is like a cage, for lack of better description – will be around 4 feet by 4 feet. That’s 16 square feet of real estate on your garage floor. Half racks and squat stands will take up even less room, and a foldable rack will literally fold into your wall.
Also consider that the bigger racks should be either mounted to the wall or bolted to the floor, so those aren’t moving at all. If you have a platform for deadlifts or the Olympic lifts, you may want to position the rack in conjunction with the wood. A squat stand, however, might be more portable.
In the world of heavy-duty squat racks, 11-gauge steel is pretty much the standard. Now, that’s a heck of a lot stronger than most of us really need from the metal on a squat stand, but your best racks are going to use it. You can still have a perfectly good rack that uses 12-gauge or higher (which is actually a lower-grade steel). But if you’re looking at durability, 11-gauge is a good place to starting place for heavy duty steel.
There are some other specifics to get into, like the hole spacing. Industry standard is Westside hole spacing, which means that near the bottom of the rack, the holes are closer together (25mm) and near the top of the rack, the holes are spaced about 50mm apart.
Also consider that some racks have the holes numbered, either through etching in the steel or with stickers. This is incredibly convenient when it comes to placing the J-hooks for squats or bench, as well as placing safety pins or other attachments.
The list here is pretty endless, but I’ll give it a shot. Most notable brands offer racks that come with attachments so your rack doubles as, well, just about anything else. You can find attachments or add-ons for:
If you’re using a barbell, you’re using weight plates. Maybe even bands and chains and all the fun extras that add variety in your strength training. Some rack stands come with weight storage options, both for plates and your barbells.
Is a squat rack worth it?
If you’re powerlifting, weightlifting, or just straight up want to move some weights, then yes, a rack is worth it. It offers safety, versatility, functionality and straight up allows you to lift some major pounds. As I always say, however, it only works if you use it, and it’s definitely only worth it if you plan on using it.
What is the best squat rack for home?
The best squat rack is the one you use. I love the REP Fitness and Rogue rack options more than most. Titan Fitness offers some great products at a cheaper price, but they aren’t the quality of Rogue or REP.
How much should I spend on a squat rack?
This is very much a personal preference. Some choose to buy $1,000 racks while others make their own. The biggest suggestion I can give is to buy the best you can afford. A squat rack is, by nature, a long-lasting piece of equipment, and it offers a lot of functionality.
Ideally, you'd be able to buy a squat rack and never have to upgrade, unless you wanted to. So, buy what you can afford and don't forget that a squat rack alone will not make you stronger, using it will.
Rogue Fitness vs Titan Fitness?
I get asked to make this comparison quite a bit. I certainly prefer the quality, customer service, resale value, and overall build that comes with Rogue fitness equipment. However, Titan is much cheaper in most instances and as such is a popular option. In my opinion, I think Rogue is superior. Titan is honestly good enough for most people.
If a squat rack is cheap, does that mean it's unsafe?
Not necessarily. Racks have been getting cheaper and cheaper over the years due to the amount of buyers. These more affordable racks still have a steel frame, and many still come with the attachments I like, like safety catches and pull-up bars.
A cheap rack does not automatically equate to it being an unsafe or "bad" rack. However, in most cases, the more you spend, the safer and "better" a rack will be.
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