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Best Barbells

Anyone serious about fitness knows the importance of having a high-quality, well-designed barbell for their weightlifting regimen. Lifting weights is one of the single most effective ways to build muscle mass. If you’re looking for the best American-made barbells, you’ve come to the right place. Here we will cover the best barbells made in the USA. Let’s take a look!

Our Findings

Overall, we found 4 barbells from 3 manufacturers that we think are the cream of the crop: Rogue, American Barbell, and Texas Power Bars. Rogue barbells in particular stood out to us for their great durability and strength for everything from your basic training bar to a heavy-duty powerlifting bar. We also really liked the options from American Barbell and Texas Power Bar.

We broke down each of our top picks into categories since everyone is at different lifting levels and has different use cases for a barbell: powerlifting, training, and multi-purpose. Check out all the details on our recommendations below.

Top Recommendations

Best Barbells Best for:
Rogue Ohio Power Bar Powerlifting Bar
The Rogue Bar 2.0 Multi-Purpose Barbell
American Barbell Training Bar Value
Texas All American Bar Classic Pick

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Next, we’ll go over what we liked about each barbell and what we didn’t like. You’ll get an in-depth look at the pros and cons of each barbell on our list.

Best Powerlifting Bar

Rogue Ohio Power Bar

With so many barbells on the market, narrowing it down to the barbells made in the USA and the ones that are the highest quality was a real challenge. That said, The Rogue Ohio Power Bar definitely makes the cut. This high-quality barbell is engineered with the power-lifter in mind. Ian has a nice garage gym at his home and uses the Ohio Bar every week for everything from squats to deadlifts and more.

Anyone looking for a solid powerlifting barbell will be as impressed as we were with the Rogue Ohio Power Lifting Bar. From its durability to its refreshingly comfortable grip, the black E-coat ensures long-lasting corrosion resistance. Everything about this bar appeals to the power-lifter! The Ohio Bar is a powerhouse and built to please power users that care about quality and performance.

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Things we like:

  • Features a 190,000 PSI tensile strength shaft
  • Consistent spin
  • Good value for price
  • Exceptionally comfortable grip on both Powerlifts and Oly lifts

Things we don’t like:

  • No center knurl

 

Best Multi-Purpose Barbell

The Rogue Bar 2.0

Let’s face it; not everyone is a powerlifter. Some of us just want to lift enough to stay in shape. If that sounds like you, then you’ll want to use the Rogue Bar 2.0, which we have found is arguably the best multi-purpose barbell of all. That certainly describes me and the Rogue Bar 2.0 is the barbell I use every week in my home gym.

The Rogue Bar 2.0 is easy-to-use, incredibly durable, features dual knurl marks and an Olympic knurl. This long-lasting barbell is equipped with a bushing that significantly reduces friction and ensures extremely long-lasting performance. In terms of exceptional engineering, we have found that very few barbells compare to the Rogue Bar 2.0. The photo here from my home gym also shows the Rogue bumper plates by Hi-Temp and the Rogue USA aluminum collars, both of which are also made in the USA.

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Things we like:

  • Features dual knurl marks for Olympic and power lifts
  • High-quality composite bushings for reliable spin
  • Self-lubricating bushings made from technologically advanced aerospace and military equipment
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty

Things we don’t like:

  • Any additional Rogue Silicone Bracelets that are purchased must be swapped out manually

 

Best Value

American Barbell Training Bar

While some folks value powerlifting capabilities and some prefer multifaceted applications, others just want a solid training barbell at a good value. For those of you, that price value above all else will favor the American Barbell Training Bar. We found it to be the best American made training barbell in terms of value that we have found in our research.

Fortified with hard chrome, the American Barbell Training Bar’s shaft and sleeves are both extraordinarily durable. The American Barbell Training Bar offers solid construction and has a reputation as a long-term performance bar. Whether you’re just starting with weightlifting, or you’ve been at it for a while, the American Barbell training bar should be a good option for you.

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Things we like:

  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Smooth rotation
  • 190,000 PSI tensile strength

Things we don’t like:

  • Limited warranty

 

Classic Pick

Texas All American Bar

The Texas All American Bar is a great all-around classic pick. Texas Power Bars are produced by Buddy Caps which has a great reputation and for good reason. Buddy Caps barbells are in training facilities, powerlifting meets, universities, and tons of other gyms all around the country. Featuring high-quality construction, durability, and impressive performance, the Texas All American Bar is a great match for a lot of different lifters.

The Texas All American Bar is a good option for both squatting and other power training exercises. Compared to other barbells on the market, the Texas All American Bar stands out for its exceptional craftsmanship and reliability. It has a less noticeable, but high quality knurl and a slightly smaller shaft diameter at 28.5mm, which makes it a good general purpose bar that works well for everything from slow lifts to power cleans.

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Things we like:

  • Very strong
  • Knurl is less aggressive than other barbells
  • Reasonable price
  • Good bushing rotation system

Things we don’t like:

  • Not as many customization options available as other bars

Recap: Best Barbells Made in the USA


Factors We Considered

Construction and Strength

Anyone shopping for a barbell should care about the quality of construction. A poor-quality barbell can lead to disaster. Every barbell on our list has proven itself to be exceptionally well-constructed.

When looking at the construction and strength of the barbell, be on the lookout for a few things:

  • Tensile strength – how much weight a barbell can hold before it breaks. We looked for barbells with at least 150,000 tensile strength.
  • Test strength – did the manufacturer test it in the gym?
  • Yield strength – how much weight can the barbell hold before it deforms?
  • Materials – stainless steel is the best option here.

Durability

Durability was another factor that we took into consideration. While the barbells that we selected are reasonably priced, durability should always be a top priority when shopping for a barbell.

A barbell that’s isn’t durable won’t last long, especially for powerlifters. No one wants to have to dole out nearly $300+ every few months just to keep in shape. By choosing a barbell that is exceptionally durable, you won’t have to worry about needing to replace it frequently.

Dependability

When evaluating this we considered both the dependability of the barbells themselves as well as the companies that sell them.

The customer service, the average time to ship, and the overall reputation of each barbell company were closely examined. The Ohio Bar, for example, offers same-day shipping on orders placed before 3:00 PM.

Price

Price is a significant factor for most people shopping for a barbell. In comparing the prices of the barbells we researched, we wanted to represent a variety of budgets.

If you think about it, barbells represent a significant investment when creating or expanding a home-gym. In addition to the barbells themselves, people looking to do their weightlifting at home need to purchase additional items such as a weight bench and dumbbells, and the cost can add up quickly.

Value

Price is one thing, but the value is just as important, and we took that into account in formulating this list as well. Just because something is reasonably priced doesn’t mean that you’ll get a good value for the money.

It’s important to remember that people don’t just want a cheap barbell that’s going to corrode, bust, or both within a few days, months, or even years. They want to get actual value for their money. In examining the value that customers get from each of the barbells that we covered, we prioritized performance, versatility, and price along with quality and durability.

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