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Best Squat and Power Racks

Gym equipment, squat racks, there are so many to choose from; where to start? We’ve made it easy for you, so go ahead and start here. We’ve picked out five of the absolute best American made squat racks and power racks that you can customize, fold away, train an NFL team on, or have as part of your home gym.

Below are our top recommendations, details on our top picks, and the parameters we considered in our research. Happy lifting!

Our Findings

Overall, we only found 3 manufacturers that are making racks in the USA that we thought are really high quality. We have 5 top picks for you in various squat and power racks, 3 of which from Rogue Fitness. From its humble beginnings in a garage converted into a CrossFit franchise in 2007, Rogue Fitness has become one of the biggest and best-known sports brands. Founded by Air Force veteran Bill Henniger, its “American Made, Built to Last” tagline is something the company has always taken to heart.

Another extremely high-quality brand we included in our review is Sorinex, which has always provided the highest quality, customization options, and dedication to innovative training solutions. Rounding out our top manufacturers is PRx, which first received notice on Shark Tank.

Top Recommendations

Best Power and Squat Racks Best for:
Rogue HR-2 Half Rack Half Rack
Rogue SML-2C Squat Stand Squat Stand
PRx Profile Squat Rack Fold-Away Squat Rack
Rogue RM-6 Monster Rack Customizable Power Rack
Sorinex XL Series Power Rack Another High Quality Power Rack

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Let’s dive into all of the details for each of our top picks, including what we liked and didn’t like about each one.

Best Half Rack

Rogue HR-2 Half Rack

The Rogue HR-2 Half Rack is a sturdy, versatile squat rack that you can install as a stand-alone unit. If you already own a Rogue Monster Lite Squat Stand and want to convert it to an HR-2, it’s easy, as Rogue offers a Half Rack Conversion Kit with all the necessary components and hardware. Rogue, which manufactures its products in Columbus, Ohio, has become known for its stability and bomb-proof construction using US steel.

The base, uprights, and cross members are built of 2”x3” 11-gauge steel, providing reliable strength and plenty of storage capacity for weight plates.  The roomy 48” x 49” footprint allows you to do squats comfortably, rack pulls, deadlifts, bench press, snatch and jerk. A pair of Monster Lite J-Cups are included standard, as is a 43” skinny pull-up bar.

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Things we like:

  • Extremely customizable
  • Good storage in a small space
  • Roomy 48”x49” footprint
  • Does not have to be bolted to the floor
  • Optional add-ons, including pin/pipe safety set and plate storage
  • Compatible with Monster Lite and Infinity series Rogue racks

Things we don’t like:

  • Extra cost for pin/pipe and safety spotter arms
  • There is only space for one skinny pull-up bar

 

Best Squat Stand

Rogue SML-2C Squat Stand

Due to its smaller space needs, no bolting-to-the-floor requirements, and reasonable $495 price, the SML-2C is one of Rogue’s best-selling squat stands, and our personal favorite for basic squat stands. This rack is ideal for a home gym, with no shortcuts taken in construction and sturdiness.

The steel used in the uprights is 3”x3” 11-gauge, which can handle just about any weight. Since the rack’s uprights are standard size, any of Rogue’s many accessories can be used with the SML-2C. Holes are laser-cut, and the rack has a lifetime warranty. While the SML-2C is not as versatile as a power rack, it also is not as large, heavy or expensive, and  provides excellent quality for the money.

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Things we like:

  • Does not have to be bolted to the floor
  • Comes in 11 different colors
  • Both a fat and skinny pull-up bar come standard
  • Nice big footprint, with 48” walk-in space
  • Easy to customize
  • Very durable and sturdy

Things we don’t like:

  • Nowhere for plate storage
  • Add-ons, such as safety spotter arms, are extra

 

Best Fold-Away Squat Rack

PRx Profile Squat Rack

If space is a major concern when designing your home gym, then the PRx Profile Squat Rack should be top of your list. This wall-mounted, folding squat rack takes up just four inches of wall space when you aren’t using it. We like that the rack does not have to be disassembled to fold it away, and that its multi-grip pull-up bar offers four more grip holds than your regular standard pull-up bar.

This USA-manufactured rack uses 2”x3” 11-gauge steel, and comes in different sizes, depending on the size of your workout space. Despite its compactness, this is a sturdy rack, and the go-to for those with small workout areas. All hardware for easy assembly and installation is included.

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Things we like:

  • Compact and high quality
  • Easy to assemble and install
  • Multiple color options
  • Weight capacity of 1,000 pounds
  • Wall-mounted, fold-up rack saves space in your house or garage

Things we don’t like:

  • A bit pricey, but if space is your determining factor, then this is the rack for you
  • Your ceiling height must be at least 90”

 

Most Customizable Power Rack

Rogue RM-6 Monster Rack

Another Rogue rack makes it into our review, because this company’s products are just that good. The RM-6 Monster is truly a beast. Rogue’s Monster Series of racks are completely customizable, and  beefy enough to meet the grueling abuse that high school, college, and professional athletes alike put it through.

This rack uses the larger 3”x3” 11-gauge steel tubing, oversized 1” hardware, and a design that bolts together, which makes it easier to ship and move around. The RM-6 Monster rack features twelve color options, laser-cut pin position numbers on the uprights and bottom cross-members, and a keyhole pattern on the sides of each upright, making it compatible with Rogue’s numerous add-on possibilities.

Eight plate storage posts and four band pegs come standard, and there are three height options, in 90”, 100” and 108”. This Monster is not the rack you’ll want if your space is at a premium. But you can lift anything, everything, and more inside its big footprint.

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Things we like:

  • Virtually indestructible
  • The whole gamut of upgrades, options, and versatility for a home or commercial gym
  • Three height options
  • Weight capacity of 1,000 pounds
  • Compatible with any Monster rack and attachment

Things we don’t like:

  • Safety features are optional and cost extra

 

Another High Quality Power Rack

Sorinex XL Series Power Rack

The Sorinex XL Series Power Rack is such a high-quality piece of equipment that we can’t sing its praises enough. Every piece of equipment we have reviewed here is customizable, but Sorinex takes versatility and the option to change anything you want to another level entirely.

First the company talks to you at length about what your needs are, then it custom builds the perfect rack for you. Many elite outfits, including NFL teams, NBA teams, and military branches, use Sorinex equipment. The XL Series has a wealth of firsts, including first 4-way hole design, unlimited configurations, first horizontal safety strap, first bridges between racks to maximize dead space, and many more.

In addition to all the awesomeness of this machine are the standard color options (28!) and the option to create your own custom color.

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Things we like:

  • Extremely high-quality and versatile
  • 28 standard colors to choose from, with an option to customize colors
  • (Nearly) completely customizable
  • Another bomb-proof piece of equipment
  • Can be adapted to expand with your needs

Things we don’t like:

  • A bit pricey, but then again, it is custom-made for you
  • Manufacturing times can be long, but again, it is tailor-made to your needs

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Factors We Considered

Durability and Quality

This is lifting equipment after all, so it had better be durable! We immediately cut out of the running any equipment that did not meet the highest standards of quality manufacturing, because if it isn’t manufactured well, it just won’t last. And it also won’t be as safe as other well-built options. The products we reviewed for you are known to stand up to abuse for years, and not look much the worse for wear.

Versatility

Since lifting racks are expensive, not to mention large and bulky (except for the fold-up rack of course), we know you want something that is versatile across your lifting needs, customizable for different body types, and with choices for the cosmetic things too, such as color and finish.

Extras

We also looked at the extra features these racks offered, to make them better fit your personal needs. Some of the extras we looked at were the pin/pipe safety sets, upright height options (back and front), plate storage and the product’s footprint.

Value

Since this is not just chump change we’re talking about when buying gym equipment, we chose products that give you the very best value for your money. As fellow athletes and consumers, we want to make sure that you look at products whose price and quality converge in that perfect sweet spot.

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