Gumtree’s Guide to the Best Home Pull-Up Bars

Using a pull-up bar is an excellent way to build upper-body strength at home. You can even watch TV while you're at it. If you're looking for a pull-up bar but not sure which one to get, then look no further. We've created this handy guide to show you the best options on the market.

Woman in a gym hanging from a pull up bar.

What to look for in a pull-up bar

When you’re deciding on a pull-up bar, the main thing to consider is whether you want something that’s doorway-mounted, wall-mounted, or freestanding. Each option has its pros and cons and which you choose depends on a range of factors like your weight, how often you plan to use it and how visible you want it to be in your home. Whichever model you choose, it’s important to look for long-lasting materials like steel – they need to be able to withstand you hanging off them after all!

Doorway pull-up bars

You can attach doorway pull-up bars to a door frame within seconds. They don’t require any screws, so you can take them down and store them away when you’re not using them. These are the least sturdy option, but they’re great if you just want to have the occasional pull-up session and would rather not have your friends asking what that instrument of torture in your living room is.

Wall and ceiling-mounted pull-up bars

We know it can be tedious, but it’s vital to read the user manual for this option. You need to install your wall-mounted bars correctly, so they’re secure and safe. Once you’ve carefully attached them to the wall or ceiling, they’ll take a much greater weight and are more robust than temporary options. You can mount them both indoors and outdoors, so they’re a versatile option too.

Freestanding pull-up towers

Freestanding towers are often the most expensive option and, as the name suggests, they also take up the most space. However, they tend to offer a wider range of exercises beyond the pull-up and there’s less risk of damaging ceilings, walls or door frames – great news for any unexpected landlord visits!

UMI pull up bar

Best doorway pull-up bars

  • UMI: this pull-up bar doesn’t require any screwing or drilling, so if you’re not a DIY genius – us neither! – this could be a great option. The adjustable steel-framed tube is versatile enough to fit inside door frames or corridors and can support up to 200 kg in weight. It comes with tear-resistant rubber and nylon hand grips that give you something secure to grab. There are safety locks on either end of the bar to make sure it stays in place, as well as padding to help prevent door frame damage.
Adidas door gym
  • Adidas door gym: this bar is made mainly of robust iron, but with strategically placed padded hand grips. Multi-grip positions allow you to do three pull-up variations targeting the biceps, shoulders and upper back. The clever counterbalance system means the door gym secures safely to the majority of door frames and the extra padding means it won’t damage your woodwork. Unlike many doorway bars, this design extends outwards so you can do full pull-ups.
Opti pull up bar
  • Opti adjustable pull-up bar: this pull-up bar fits 63-95 cm doorways and is easy to remove when not in use. You can use screws to secure it to the doorway if you feel like you need extra stability. It can then support a user weight of up to 95 kg. The non-slip foam grips offer extra comfort for your hands.
  • Domyos strength training pull-up bar: you can install this handy bar in a flash because it’s completely screwless – great for those with no tools. Its strong steel construction can hold a load of up to 100 kg without screws. Once you’ve finished your workout, it’s easy to pack it away under your bed or in a wardrobe where you can forget about it for the next four years – or, you know, leave it somewhere you can see it, so you’re encouraged to exercise.
DTX pull up bar

Best wall-mounted pull-up bars

  • DTX fitness multi-grip wall-mounted pull-up bar: once this sturdy bit of kit is correctly installed on a suitable wall, it’s strong enough to support users weighing up to 150 kg. It offers wide, multi-grip workout positions so you can target different muscles with ease. Its contemporary grey and black powder-coated steel finish will slot perfectly into any Scandi-style living space.
  • ONETWOFIT multifunctional wall-mounted pull-up bar: if you fancy incorporating other exercises into your pull-up routine this bar is for you. The large frame allows you to do exercises including leg raises and push-ups. It’s made of heavy-duty steel, which offers great stability and rigidity and means the bar can handle nearly 200 kg. In addition, this wide bar has tear-resistant padding on the handles for comfortable pull-ups.
RDX pull up bar
  • RDX X1 wall bracket with pull-up bar: heavy duty wall brackets mean you won’t risk pulling this bar off the wall with your newly acquired arm strength, and the non-slip iron beam is tough enough to handle up to 130 kg. This one can be used indoors or outdoors, and the anti-rust red oxide coating means it’s hardy enough to withstand even British weather conditions. All the fixings are helpfully provided to make installation a breeze, but this model does come with a handy boxing bag if you find you have frustrations to relieve after assembling it!
  • Mirafit multi-grip wall-mounted pull-up bar: the design of this bar means you have a multi-position grip, so you can get creative with your workouts and use different muscle groups. It’s also built like an ox, thanks to its sturdy steel material with a powder-coated gloss finish, and can hold up to 150 kg. This pull-up bar comes with wall fixtures, so all you need to do is grab your toolbox (and, of course, do the grown-up thing and read the safety instructions very closely) for a perfect addition to your home gym.

Best freestanding pull-up bars

  • Hardcastle power tower: this is a versatile multi-grip bar that we can only assume will make your arms as hard as a fortress. It allows you to do a variety of pull-up and chin-up exercises as well as exercises like dips and leg raises. The padded pull-up bar is suitable for wide and close grips, and the frame will hold up to 120 kg. It comes in a white or black frame, so you can choose whichever one fits your current home décor best.
  • Marcy power tower: this is another multi-purpose magic machine that you can use for everything from push-ups, back training and abs workouts right through to curls, arm presses, and, of course, pull-ups. The durable steel frame means it’s wobble-free and will hold up to 136 kg, so you don’t have to worry about toppling over while you’re trying to look cool and athletic. With a bar that’s angled at each end and has a width of 41 inches, it’s perfect for wide grip pull-ups.
  • JX fitness power tower: this one can hold up to 120 kg and has five levels of adjustable height (ranging from 72.8 to 80.8 inches), so junior bodybuilders can use it too. The H-shaped frame provides more stability and safety while you’re doing your pull-ups while the non-slip rubber sleeves on the handles help prevent any sweaty mishaps.
  • Bodytrain power tower: this tower of power allows you to do a wide range of exercises, including pull-ups. It’s made with reinforced steel and has anti-slip feet, so you can be sure it’ll remain secure and stable as you’re hanging off it – plus, your floors will stay scratch-free, too. The non-slip foam handles offer added comfort for both close and wide-grip pull-ups.

If you’re ready to get arms like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson – or are simply content to build a bit of strength and muscle – why not install a pull-up bar at home today? Check out the huge selection of Good Finds and amazing deals on second-hand exercise equipment over at Gumtree.

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