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Drop It Low: The Best Squat Racks for Your Home Gym (2022)

May 16, 2022 by
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Squat racks are a necessary purchase for anyone looking to maximize gains, improve their squat numbers, or strengthen their shoulders and pecs. 

Because all squat racks are not created equal, we put together this squat rack and power rack buying guide. Whether you’re looking for fitness equipment for your CrossFit box or your home gym, you’ll find the best squat rack for you when you read through our top six picks. 

We Know Squat Racks

As a team, we know squat racks the way Chris Hinshaw knows running and Ben Bergeron knows programming. Which is to say: we’re experts. 

Our lineup of product testers proudly features people who have been squatting and, in many cases, teaching the squat, for more years than the ring muscle-up has been in The CrossFit Games. Made up of affiliate box owners, CrossFit coaches, Quarterfinal-qualifying athletes, and powerlifting fans, our team of reviewers knows its stuff. 

Ahead, find the squat racks our team believes are deserving of a place in your garage gym, affiliate, or office (if you’re into that), broken down by subcategory. 

The Best Squat Racks for CrossFit Athletes in 2022

Editor’s Choice: Titan T-2 Series Power Rack 

Titan Series Racks
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Why CrossFit athletes will love this: Small-space approved and budget-friendly yet high-quality, the Titan T-2 Series Power Rack is the gold medalist of squat racks. 

Pros: 

  • Short-ceiling friendly (83” high)
  • Very budget-friendly (starts at $379)
  • Plate storage included 
  • Has a 2,200-pound weight capacity

Cons:

  • Has to be bolted to the floor 
  • Not available in any colors other than black
  • Accessories cost extra

The Titan T-2 Series Power Rack tops our list as the overall best squat rack for home gyms because its value proposition is just unbeatable. Just 72 inches tall, this under-$400 squat rack fits well in any indoor space—not just rooms with vaulted or high ceilings. Its base is also only 42-inches by 46-inches, which is on the smaller side without feeling cramped. 

Despite having a smaller frame than most other stand-alone squat racks on our list, this power rack boasts a whole-rack capacity of a whopping 2,200 pounds thanks to the thick steel tubing. Yep, that means even people who lift like their life depends on it can use this rack. 

As it’s sold, this rack comes with weight plate horns, pin/pipe safeties, reinforced J-Hooks, and a single pull-up bar. But you can take advantage of additional power rack accessories, such as strap safeties, a rack-mounted lat tower, and more, if your budget allows. 

The only downside of this rack is that, for maximal safety, it needs to be bolted to the floor, in which case it won’t work in carpeted rooms—or in some second- or third-story at-home gyms. (On the bright side, the rack comes equipped with assembly hardware).

Runner-Up: Rogue Fitness SML-2 Squat Stand

Rogue SML-2 Squat Stand
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Why CrossFit athletes will love this: A common choice among at-home CrossFit enthusiasts, the Rogue Fitness SML-2 Squat Stand is a tried-and-true option for people with serious strength goals. 

Pros: 

  • Reasonably priced for the quality ($525)
  • Compact steel frame
  • Doesn’t need to be drilled into walls or floor
  • 1,000-pound weight capacity 

Cons:

  • Attachments cost extra
  • Not a power rack 
  • Only available in one finish (matte black)

The Rogue Fitness 90” Monster Lite Squat Stand is a stand-alone squat rack with a compact, space-efficient frame. While it can’t be folded up or stashed under the bed, once it’s set up, the stand takes up just 48-inches by 49-inches of space—its compact frame makes it ideal for people who are trying to make the most of their small spaces.

Beloved by CrossFit athletes of all levels, one of the reasons this pick makes an appearance in garage gyms is that it can be outfitted with either a standard pull-up bar or a fat bar. Without bolting this rack into the ground (which you need to buy accessories for), kipping movements aren’t safe. This stand will definitely shake and move if it isn’t secured.

The rack itself can support up to 1,000 pounds, which is sufficient for even the gargantuan back squats of Games athletes, so it’s probably sufficient for the majority of home gym owners, too! 

The only downside of this squat rack is that it’s not, well, a power rack. As such, it can’t be easily outfitted with a pull-down cable machine, dip-bar, or safety straps. That’s no big deal for people who only want to use their rack for squats and presses, but athletes who love accessory work may be bummed to hear this.

Best Budget Squat Rack: Fitness Reality 810XLT Power Rack

doing a drop test on a squat rack
Testing the Fitness Reality squat rack from Amazon
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Why CrossFit athletes will love this: One of the cheapest but best power racks on Amazon, this is the perfect for any CrossFit junkie who has a lot of space but not a lot of cheddar to shell out. 

Pros: 

  • Budget friendly (costs just over $300)
  • Short-ceiling friendly (83.25” high)
  • Available on Amazon (with free shipping!)
  • Expert assembly available for an additional cost

Cons:

  • Lower weight capacity than most (800 lbs)
  • Built-in pull-up bar is not great for kipping due to the stabilizer bar at the bottom of the rack
  • Accessories come at an additional price

At first glance, the Fitness Reality 810XLT Power Rack looks better fit to the weight room at a globo gym than a CrossFit box, but this durable rack proves that looks can be deceiving. Made out of heavy-duty steel, this sturdy rack is a great option for even the strongest CrossFit fiend. 

What truly sets this rack apart, however, is its price. One of the cheapest power racks available on Amazon, this $250 rack sets you up to shatter your old PR without breaking the bank. And, because it’s available on Amazon, Prime members can get free shipping. 

The rack itself is simple in design with four uprights—all you need to front squat, back squat, and press. The rack also comes with a built-in, multi-grip pull-up bar. While the pull-up bar is suitable for strict movements, it’s not ideal for kipping movements. Amanda Capritto, one of our product testers who actually has this rack in her backyard gym, finds that the stabilizer bar near the bottom of the rack makes it way too easy to hit your shins or ankle on steel while kipping.

Worth noting: For an added price, you have the option of getting a lat pulldown machine for accessory work and a leg hold apparatus for crunches.

Best Foldable Squat Rack: PRX Profile ONE Squat Rack With Kipping Bar

PRX Profile ONE Squat Rack 
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Why CrossFit athletes will love this: A wall-mounted squat rack that folds up when not in use, the PRX Profile ONE Squat Rack is small-space friendly yet it supports kipping exercises. 

Pros: 

  • Space-saving design (takes up less than 4” of space when folded away)
  • Features built in pull-up bar that can be used for kipping CrossFit movements 
  • 1,000-lb weight capacity

Cons:

  • Must be mounted to the wall 
  • Only the Pro version of the rack is available in colors
  • Somewhat pricey at $899

The PRX Profile One Squat Rack is as space-efficient as racks come. Here’s how this one works: You mount the rack to the wall using the included heavy-duty hardware; the design features two hinges that allow you to tilt the rack up when you’re not using it, and down when you are. When put away, the rack takes up less than 4 inches of space. Pretty impressive! 

For how little space it fills, the rack has an impressive weight capacity of 1,000 pounds. 

Notable for gymnasty CrossFit enthusiasts is the fact that the build-in pull-up bar isn’t any ‘ole pull-up bar, but one specifically designed to support kipping movements. 

This pull-up bar is perfect for CrossFit-specific movements like kipping pull-ups, toes-to-bar, and bar muscle-ups. Just note that in order to actually be able to utilize this bar and show off your skills, you’ll need a decent amount of space overhead. Actually, in general, you’ll need decently high ceilings to be able to use this rack. Folded up, it takes up 9 feet of vertical space.

Best Portable Squat Rack: F2C Barbell Stands

Why CrossFit athletes will love this: Portable, adjustable, and apartment-friendly, these affordable squat stands are the perfect option for any CrossFitter looking for a rack they can move around with ease. 

Pros: 

  • Affordable (less than $100)
  • Available on Amazon (free shipping!)
  • Portable; can be stored away when not in use
  • Adjustable height

Cons:

  • Can only hold up to 440 lbs at its maximum height
  • Maximum 550-lb weight capacity at lower heights
  • Not a power rack or even a true half rack

Allow this squat stand to teach you that small truly can be mighty. Unlike many of the options on the list which are all attached, the F2C Barbell Stands are made up of two separate, adjustable legs that can easily be stored away when not in use, making them one of the best squat racks for small spaces. 

How does this rack work exactly? Well, the solid steel legs can be raised and lowered from anywhere between 41 inches to 66 inches. The top of each stand is transfixed with J-cups that your barbell rests in. When you’re ready to use the rack, simply arrange each leg at a desirable distance, adjust the height of each, then get squatting or benching. 

Unfortunately, the maximum weight capacity pales in comparison to other racks on this list: The F2C stands top out at 550 pounds and 440 pounds at the maximum 66-inch height. While that’s plenty for the average lifter, anyone in the competitive CrossFit space or powerlifting space runs the risk of outgrowing this option. (Hey, good problems!) 

How much of a bargain this product is can’t be overstated. It rings up at less than $100, making it less than ten percent of the price of some of the other squat racks on this list. It’s also available on Amazon which means—yep, you guessed it—free shipping! 

Best Half Rack: Rogue Fitness HR-2 Half Rack  

Rogue Fitness HR-2 Half Rack
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Why CrossFit athletes will love this: Made by the brand that’s been outfitting the CrossFit Games since 2009, this no-frills, half rack comes at a reasonable price from Rogue Fitness.

Pros: 

  • No frills rack designed with intention
  • Does not need to be bolted to floor
  • Can be converted into a full rack with Rogue HR-2 conversion kit

Cons:

  • Plate storage pegs sold separately 
  • Only available in black
  • 92” height requires higher ceilings

If you’re looking for a rack with more frills than an Easter dress, the Rogue HR-2 Half Rack isn’t it. A simple option, this rack has everything you need to work on your squat, press, bench press, and pull-ups, but no extraneous accessories. We love it for its simple, intentional design. 

This freestanding unit does not need to be bolted to the ground, and you won’t need to drill any holes in your wall to use this rack, either. But you will need an area that accommodates its 48-inch by 49-inch base and 92-inch height. 

You’ll also need to factor in the room you’ll need to actually squat with the bar. A general rule of thumb is at least 3 feet to unrack, step-back, and squat down with the bar—though, that doesn’t accommodate much space for bailing failed reps. (And don’t forget about bolting down and additional ceiling height for kipping exercises.) 

Constructed with 3-by-3-inch 11-gauge steel uprights, the HR-2 Half Rack exemplifies the durability and longevity that CrossFit athletes have come to expect from Rogue Fitness. This half rack is sure to last a lifetime in your home gym, but if you outgrow it, you can always use the HR-2 conversion kit to create a full power rack.

Other Great Squat Racks

Decked out squat rack in a home gym 
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Here are some other squat racks our testers like, but for one reason or another, didn’t steal a spot on our top list. 

Titan Fitness T-3 Series Folding Power Rack 

Don’t sleep on this simple foldable rack. Starting at less than $400, the Titan T-3 Series Folding Power Rack is great for people on a budget and short on space. When the legs are extended, they take up 21 or 41 inches of space, depending on the model. But when folded in, the rack protrudes just 5 inches into the room. 

REP Fitness PR-1000 

If you’re looking to outfit your spare bedroom or home office with a squat rack, this 83-inch tall option is a solid pick. The standard REP Fitness PR-1000 power rack starts at $400 and increases in price as you tack on additional bells and whistles.

Rogue Fitness RM-6 Monster Rack 

Like a bully on the playground, this power rack is not messing around. Designed to meet the needs of high-end strength facilities, the Rogue Fitness RM-6 Monster Rack is big and bad, in the best way. Those with high ceilings will be pleased to know that in addition to a 90-inch height option there are also different heights: a 100-inch and a 108-inch option. The standard rack comes with a standard pull-up bar, set of J-cups, and safety pins, but specialty accessories like a fat pull-up bar or strap-safety set will cost you extra. 

ForceUSA MyRack Modular Power Rack

The ForceUSA MyRack Modular Power Rack is basically the Build-a-Bear of squat racks. You start with a $399 basic three-sided base rack. Then, you have the opportunity to customize it by selecting from their list of 20 different attachments. 

Options include: lat pulldown, dip station, cable crossover, chin-up bar, spotter arms, and plate holders, to name just a few. The downside is that because all of the attachments come a la carte the price can increase real quick. 

How We Chose the Best Squat Racks

Credit: Nathan Hay/Garage Gym Reviews

Truthfully, by squatting our fannies off. Altogether, our team of weightlifters, coaches, CrossFitters, and personal trainers has tried each and every one of the squat racks on our top list. 

My personal garage gym is decked out with both the Rogue Fitness SML-2 Squat Stand and F2C Barbell Stands, because your girl loves options. The local CrossFit box I coach at has the Rogue Fitness HR-2 Half Rack and Rogue Fitness RM-6 Monster Rack  in the back weight room, which I’ve PR-ed out countless times (#humblebrag). As a fitness enthusiast who travels frequently for work, I’ve had the pleasure of testing a number of other squat racks on the list while on vacation. 

There are a few racks on this list that I haven’t yet had the pleasure of testing, like the Titan T-2 Series Power Rack, for example. In those cases, I relied on insight from other product testers on our team who have used them extensively. 

Ultimately, I took into account my (and my squad’s) personal experience with the squat racks, as well as their specs, accessories (or lack thereof), and price to put together this definitive list of the best home squat racks. 

The Importance of a Good Squat Rack

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Maybe you’re a gym owner looking to help the general population reach their healthiest, most Hulkified form. Maybe you’re a CrossFit fiend living that rural life who doesn’t have a box within daily driving distance. Or maybe you’re a power athlete giving your garage a makeover. Regardless, if you’ve got a barbell and stack of weight plates, your next purchase should be a squat rack.

Why? Put simply, squat racks allow you to get the most out of your barbell and bumper plates. Sure, you can deadlift without a rack and you don’t need one for Olympic weightlifting—but you’re never going to be able to squat as much weight from the floor as you could from a rack. (And, yes, we know CrossFitters are notorious for avoiding bench pressing like the plague, but a squat rack allows you to bench, too.)

Despite what their name suggests, squat racks aren’t just for people looking to grow gargantuan glutes, although when used for front squats, back squats, split squats, and other squat variations, they can certainly aid in that. 

Squat racks can also be used for a variety of other weighted barbell movements, too, such as strict press, push press, push jerk, behind-the-neck press, bench press, box squats, and overhead positioning work. 

It’s also common for racks to be affixed with pull-up bars, which can be used for upper-body strengtheners like pull-ups, chin-ups, resistance band pull-downs, resistance band tricep-extensions, and more. If you plan on doing kipping exercises, it’s recommended that you bolt your rack to the floor.

In summary: Both simple and higher-tech squat racks allow you to add-in a variety of muscle-strengthening exercises to your routine, therefore, making strengthening your body easier and more enjoyable.  

How to Choose the Best Squat Rack for You

Closeup of a barbell resting on a squat rack
Credit: Nathan Hay/Garage Gym Reviews

Before you hand over your CC information and press the buy button, be sure to ask yourself the following questions. Your answers will help you make sure you’re investing in the best squat rack for you, your needs, and your goals. 

1. Where Will The Rack Go? 

Squat racks aren’t like barbells, which can be stored away pretty much anywhere (in a closet, under the bed, etc.). No, most squat racks are big, cumbersome, and usually can’t be tucked neatly away. (The one exception: Folding racks). 

So, start by figuring out where exactly your rack is going to go. And exactly how much space you have to accommodate the rack—down to the millimeter! To be clear: That means taking out your measuring tape, not just eye-balling the space. You know what they say about people who make assumptions… 

2. Do I Need To Bolt The Rack? 

If you plan to kip, you should bolt your rack. Most squat racks come with bolting hardware, but others require you to buy that hardware separately. For safety, we advise against kipping on any squat rack that isn’t bolted to the floor, as they will shake and move—no matter how heavy-duty. 

Bolting racks into the floor makes them safer to use. 
Credit: Nathan Hay/Garage Gym Reviews

3. How Will I Be Using The Rack? 

What exercises do you want to be able to do with the rack? If you’re only interested in standard barbell exercises like the overhead press and squat, you can get away with a simple rack. 

If, however, versatility is a priority—AKA, you want the functionality to do pull-ups, landmine movements, and cable exercises—you’ll need to invest in a squat rack with the ability to buy add-ons over time. 

4. Do I Need My Rack To Include Storage? 

Do you already have a storage unit for your barbell? How about your weight plates? If you don’t, consider investing in a squat rack with built-in weight storage.

Bluntly, some kind of storage is essential for maintaining the health and life-span of your home gym equipment. If you leave them on the ground or stacked against a wall, they’ll collect dirt and debris, and get scratched up. 

Close-up of the pull-up bar and bolts on a squat rack 
Credit: Nathan Hay/Garage Gym Reviews

5. How Much Am I Hoping To Be Able To Lift? 

Think about what kind of weight capacity you need. Some squat racks have impressive weight capacities higher than 1,000 pounds. Other, smaller racks have lower weight capacities hovering around 400 to 500 pounds. And then there are racks that have weight capacity somewhere in the middle. 

If you can already squat 300 pounds, you should get a squat rack with a higher weight capacity. After all, your equipment shouldn’t be the factor that limits how much you can lift. You definitely don’t want your squat rack to do the wobble when you re-rack the bar.

6. What’s My Budget? 

If you can drop $3,000 on a rack, you’ll have a lot more options than if you’re trying to stay within a $300 to $500 budget. 

Our tip: Set your budget before scrolling the pages of equipment retailers. Why? It’s easy to convince yourself that you need all the gizmos and gadgets included with a more expensive rack, even if that’s not true!

FAQs About Squat Racks 

J-cups on a squat rack 
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What’s better: a power rack or a squat rack? 

This question is like asking the difference between a cheese pizza (squat rack) and a meat lover’s slice (power rack). Basically, a power rack, also known as a power cage, is a squat rack with more bells and whistles attached/built-in. 

While a squat rack is sufficient for people who only want to bench, press, or squat, a power rack is a better option for those eager to do a wider variety of strength training exercises. 

Some power racks also have built-in safety features like pin pipes, safety bars or other safety catches, which you might prefer if you don’t know how to properly bail a lift, or if you can’t drop weight on the ground of your gym.

How much is a decent squat rack? 

A no-frills rack won’t put you out more than $200 to $400 dollars. A rack with things like storage, a built-in pull-up bar, landmine attachment, accompanying cable machine, or attached dip-bar, however, can put you out more than $1,000. 

Is a squat rack worth it? 

Is the sky usually blue? Is Mat Fraser the GOAT? Was 22.1 the most monotonous workout in open history? The answer to those questions is as obvious as the answer to, “is a squat rack worth it?”

Yes, if you are looking to build strength right from home, a squat rack is worth it. In fact, we’d argue that a rack is an essential piece of equipment for home gyms. 

Can you bench on a squat rack? 

Yep, so long as you have a weight bench, you can bench on a squat rack. Assuming your squat rack has peg holes low enough, you can also do a floor press, sans bench.

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