Dip bars come in all shapes and sizes and they can be great tools for building strong and powerful triceps. If you’re on the market to find the best dip bar for performing dips and variations, then we have you covered. We’re constantly trying to improve our triceps training and strength for all of the pressing movements we routinely do, such as bench press, pin press, and overhead press.
In this round-up, we broke down the best dip bars for multiple needs. So whether you’re looking for a dip bar that is versatile to add to your home gym or a simple dip bar for apartment use, then read on to see what we rank as best on the market!
Best Dip Bars
- Best Overall: Rogue Monster Lite Matador
- Best Dip Station Option: Titan Fitness HD Dip Station
- Best Foldable Option: Fringe Sport Foldable Wall-Mount Dip Station
- Best Tower: Sportsroyals Power Tower Dip Station
- Best For Heavy Athletes: BalanceFrom Multi-Function Dip Stand
- Best For Leg Raises: Gold’s Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower
- Best Design: ProsourceFit Dip Stand Station
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This dip bar is made of three-inch by three-inch seven-gauge steel, angled handles, and is manufactured in America. It mounts securely to the uprights of the Rogue Monster Lite Rig or Rack and can be adjusted as needed to the appropriate height.
This American-made dip bar sports 1-and-7/8-inch diameter handles angled for different grip widths. It is manufactured with seven-gauge steel and is fully adjustable.
Depending on where you grip the handles, the distance between them is 16.5 inches to 23.5 inches from center to center. The dip bar weighs 27 pounds and extends out 24 inches once installed.
Who Should Buy Rogue Monster Lite Matador
- Those who own the Rogue Monster Lite Rig.
- Athletes who want their equipment to be American-made.
- People who want a heavy-duty dip bar with angled handles.
Who Shouldn’t Buy Rogue Monster Lite Matador
- Those who do not have Rogue Monster Lite Rig.
The major downside of this product is that it is only compatible with the Rogue Monster Lite Rig or Rack. It is not compatible with Rogue SML-1 or other rigs or racks on the market. This can easily pigeonhole people into looking at other options on this list. If you have the Rogue Monster Lite Rig or Rack or are considering it, then this dip bar is an easy pick up as it is priced moderately for the market at large. However, if you can’t spend the coin on the rig or rack in addition to the dip bar, then it is reasonable to look at one of our other top picks.
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Best Dip Station Option
This dip station assembles into a one-piece, free-standing piece of equipment to add to your home gym or apartment and has stabilizing footpads to prevent damaging the floor. It is designed with foam-grip handles to be easier on your hands during training and has a weight capacity of 750 pounds — a nice boon to athletes aiming to add a significant amount of weight to their dips.
This one-piece dip station has a weight capacity of up to 750 pounds, weighs just 19 pounds, and sports foam-grip handles for added comfort. It measures 39 inches tall, 31.35 inches long, and 34.5 inches wide.
The station weighs 19 pounds and stands 39 inches tall. It has a width of 34.5 inches so it is likely compatible with tighter training spaces. The price tag is on the more affordable end of the market making it an option anyone not looking specifically for dip bars should consider.
Who Should Buy Titan Fitness HD Dip Station
- Athletes who don’t have a rig or rack to attach dip handles to.
- People looking to add a large amount of weight via a dip belt.
Who Shouldn’t Buy Titan Fitness HD Dip Station
- Those who need to keep their equipment budget tight.
- Folks who have a rack in their gym and would prefer dip bars.
If you’re looking for a dip station, this is the go-to pick. The price is right, the grip support and footpads provide comfort and stability, and the height should suffice for most athletes. Titan Fitness often has great quality equipment and this is no exception.
Best Foldable Option
For athletes training in tight spaces or small home gyms, who need to take advantage of every inch they have, this foldable dip bar is a blessing. Equipped with tapered handles to provide more wrist comfort, this dip bar can fold up or down and lock into place securely via pins.
This tapered dip bar can fold upwards or downwards safely via pin-security locks. It is made with 14-gauge steel, weighs 25 pounds, and can support up to 600 pounds of weight.
The versatility for this dip bar is a bit more flexible than dip bars that need a rack to attach to as this option is meant to be wall-mounted. It weighs 25 pounds, can support up to 600 pounds, and is made with 14-gauge steel.
Who Should Buy Fringe Sport Foldable Wall-Mount Dip Station
- Anyone training in a tight space.
- Folks who don’t have a rack to equip a dip bar to.
- Lifters who need a dip bar that can support extremely heavy weight.
Who Shouldn’t Buy Fringe Sport Foldable Wall-Mount Dip Station
- Those who don’t have their own hardware.
- People who are uncomfortable performing their own assembly.
Fringe Sport does offer suggestions as to the hardware needed and that it should be mounted to dry wall. However, that hardware is not included with the dip station. If you are not confident in your ability to mount this station, it is likely best to seek assistance or look for a different option. If the dip station is not mounted properly so that the bars are at the same level, it can make your dips uneven.
This workout station is for more than just dips: with a wide range of attachments, it can be used for pull-ups, chin-ups, neutral grip push-ups, and even leg raises — with a back pad and elbow pads to make them comfy. The H-shape base has eight support points to ensure a wobble-free workout experience.
This station for dips and pull-ups has a 43" base with multiple contact points for extra stability.
It comes with a pull-up bar that can be adjusted from 68.7 inches to 81.3 inches. It has elbow pads for easier knee raises. The 43.2-inch base is extra sturdy. There are handles at the bottom for neutral-grip push-ups.
Who Should Buy Sportsroyals Power Tower Dip Station
- Those who want an adjustable pull-up bar.
- People who would be happy to have elbow pads for knee raises.
- Athletes who can appreciate the sturdiness of the tower.
Who Shouldn’t Buy Sportsroyals Power Tower Dip Station
- Folks who want adjustable handles to accommodate a wider range of grip widths.
There is a lot offered by this tower that will enable an athlete to perform closer to a full-body workout rather than just dips. Of course, that is offset by the need for more space and the price tag.
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Best For Heavy Athletes
This dip stand is built like a tank, made from heavy-duty steel, and able to hold up to 500 pounds. Designed with non-slip footpads to protect your floor — and your safety — and with padded handles, it’s a durable addition to a home gym that comes in three colors.
A durable, adjustable dip stand that can hold up to 500 pounds. Constructed with heavy-duty steel, it includes non-slip foot pads for added safety.
The price tag is closer to the middle of the market and the stand sports handles on the base to allow for push-ups and potentially weightless prowler pushes if the footpads are removed.
Who Should Buy BalanceFrom Multi-Function Dip Stand
- Those who need a heavy-duty dip stand with a heavy weight capacity.
- People who need a stable dip station.
- Folks who would appreciate their fitness equipment having brighter color options like red and yellow.
Who Shouldn’t Buy BalanceFrom Multi-Function Dip Stand
- Anyone who might be worried about compromising their form due to the handles not being adjustable.
The width isn’t adjustable, and slighter folks may find it a tad wide for ideal form. The maximum height is 40 inches, so it can be tough to do chin-ups. However, the durability of this stand is exceptional and might be the best option if you are a larger athlete.
Best For Leg Raises
The Gold’s Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower is a fantastic option for fitness enthusiasts. Outside of being great for dips, this tower can also support pull-ups and ab work. The overall construction of this model is solid and can support a variety of bodyweights, plus it has a padded back and elbow pads to make leg raises super easy.
This tower is a great cost-efficient and versatile tower for any level fitness enthusiast. It can be used for dips, pull-ups, leg raises, and more.
Versatile training option. Cost efficient price. Overall good construction.
Who Should Buy Gold’s Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower
- Versatile training option.
- Cost efficient price.
- Overall good construction.
Who Shouldn’t Buy Gold’s Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower
- Heavy delivery box.
Heavy delivery box.
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The ProsourceFit Dip Stand Station is an awesome option for the fitness enthusiast that wants a strict dip station. This dip stand comes with supportive handles and can support up to 400 pounds with relative ease.
This dip station is the perfect option for the fitness enthusiast that wants a well-built structure for strict dips. It has a weight capacity of 400 pounds and easy-grip handles.
The strong, supportive construction with handles that can accommodate a strong grip offers an effective use of space, is lightweight, and portable. It is available in either black or yellow.
Who Should Buy ProsourceFit Dip Stand Station
- Strong, supportive construction.
- Handles accommodate grip.
- Supports up to 400 pounds.
Who Shouldn’t Buy ProsourceFit Dip Stand Station
- Athletes who don’t feel comfortable performing dips on parallel handles.
This dip station may feel limiting for some users who are used to training on dips bars that are tapered. This station’s handles are more conducive to the kind of training a gymnast might employ alongside Bulgarian ring dips.
How We Picked
We rated all of the dip bars on two main criteria and these criteria include construction and versatility. At the end of the day, dip bars are simple when it comes to their purpose, however, we want your money to go the distance, so we paid close attention to every dip bars’ finer details.
The main construction aspect we assess with dip bars is their overall material. Ideally, you want dip bars that are made out of steel and have a higher weight capacity limit, as both of these characteristics suggest a bar that will last a while and not breakdown or bend easily with repetitive use.
For the more versatile dip bars, we look at the bolts and materials used to construct and connect the pieces together. So from the physical dip bar to the stand, we look at how they’re connected and flow together. Thicker bolts and metals will always be better than the “cost-efficient” models that are susceptible to bending or breaking down with time.
Outside of the material used to physically construct the dip bar or stand, we also pay close attention to the materials used around the handles. This is key for anyone who plans to use their dip bar as a home gym essential where the environment can quickly change (like in a garage). Strong handle material is key for the longevity of grip on the dip bar.
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The versatility of a dip bar is crucial to consider for home gym owners because it can dictate the flow of the gym. Some dip bars come with a simple design and are intended to be used for dips, l-sits, push-ups, and more, but they can be limited with movements like pull-ups, which are a stable on dip stands.
For this reason, we consider versatility pretty high on the list of criteria when we review dip bars. If you can figure out what type of dip bar you need, then your process and selection immediately gets easier.
What To Consider Before Buying
Consider Your Space
Are you building a home gym, or trying to work out in your apartment? If you’re building a home gym, then consider a dip stand with more versatility, and if you’re limited on room, then reach for a simple stand.
How Often Will You Use It
If you do dips multiple times a week, then we recommend looking for a dip bar or stand that has a warranty, high weight capacity, and strong construction. Frequent use can speed up breakdown, so investing in a better dip bar can be worth it in the long run.
Consider the Grips
If you’re newer to dip training, then it might be worth looking into dip stands and bars with better grips, as this can help acclimate your hands to holding your weight for sets.
Like with all lifting equipment, warranties can speak to a company’s confidence in its product. Always check the warranty before purchasing and give yourself the best options to adjust as needed if a product doesn’t suit your needs.
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The market is pretty flooded with different kinds of dip bars and dip stands and there should be one that best fits your needs. Whether you have a home gym, and purchasing for a commercial gym, or looking for a standalone dip stand for your apartment, one of the options on our list is likely to serve you well. Remember to focus on form when you train and all those dips will build your upper body nicely.