Best Barbells For Home Gym Review: Top Brands & Models For All Your Weightlifting Needs

Of all gym equipment, a barbell is arguably the most versatile of them all.

Well, unless you're into bodyweight workouts.

If not, a barbell will be the staple of most basic weightlifting exercises. Some of the notable ones being the bench press, deadlift, squat, and many more...

Have you thought of any more versatile equipment?

I bet... hardly.

Anyways, that's beside the point, right? You just want the best barbell for the money. The thing is, buying a barbell is an essential investment in your home gym that you need to handle carefully.

Trying to skimp on a barbell can be dangerous and cost you more later. On the other hand, getting an overly expensive barbell for your home gym would be a waste, unless you're Thor Bjornsson or The Hulk.

For this reason...

I've put a ton of time into research for unearthing barbells that are functional but won't cost as much as Elieko's. And the The Rogue Bar 2.0 is actually my winner. 

Also, I made a thorough buying guide that will show you the ropes around technical barbell information, so you don't get sold on manufacturer shams.

It's all about helping you get on the highway to your best health.

Let's ride.

The Top 8 Barbells For Home Gym Reviewed

1. The Rogue Bar 2.0

The Rogue Bar 2.0

Our Verdict: Best Overall Training Bar

Key Features 

  • Tensile Strength – 190,000 PSI
  • Bar Weight: 20kg
  • Bar length: 86.52"
  • Size: 28.55mm
  • Standard knurling with knurl marks
  • Impressive F8-R rating
  • Sleeve length: 16.25" with bright zinc coating
  • Composite bushing
  • Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty

The Rogue 2.0 bar is the perfect mix of top quality and affordability. All its features and ratings don't gear towards a specific purpose.

For most folks just trying to work on all their body muscles doing squats, bench presses, and the likes, it would work perfectly.

In fact, the Rogue 2.0 has earned a reputation for itself in the CrossFit games and a few other major competitions.

Just a proof for its recommendation as a multipurpose training bar...

At first glance, you'll notice the Rogue logo imprinted on rubber bands wrapped around its sleeves. The bands don't protect the bar in any way, but it adds a unique and customizable touch that makes the bar stand out.

Looking further, it has a standard knurl texture. It's aggressive enough for a firm grip on max lifts without having your hands feeling like they just fought with a shredder.

The beginner Olympic and powerlifting folks will find its dual knurl marks helpful and convenient.

It's important to mention that its blank-zinc coating doesn't affect the grip of the knurls. And under proper care, it wouldn't fade as much you'd expect.

The Rogue Bar 2.0 uses a premium composite bushing, which gives it the right amount of spin and durability. It doesn't have the quickest spin, but you can trust it'd last for years to come with proper maintenance. It's used in aerospace and military equipment where only the best materials are used.

If you ever feel it would bend or break because it whips a little, Rogue covers it with a lifetime warranty that I doubt you'll ever need.


It's hard to find any other bar that matches the price and features of the Rogue 2.0. It's durable, has smooth knurling, whips a bit, just the right touch of everything to cover most lifts.

The black zinc coating would take a while before it sees scratches or rust even if little attention is paid to its care.

2. Rogue Ohio Power Bar

Rogue Ohio Power Bar

Our Verdict: Best Powerlifting Barbell

Key Features

  • 205,000 PSI tensile strength
  • Size: 29mm
  • Bar length: 86.52"
  • Black zinc shaft
  • Loadable sleeve length: 16.25" with bright zinc coating
  • Bar weight: 45 pounds
  • Center knurl
  • Bronze Bushing
  • No whip
  • Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty

The Rogue Ohio Power Bar is equipped with most of the necessary features you'd need to perform power lifts right from your home. Plus, it hasn't been a stranger to the competitive powerlifting scene since its introduction in 2014, and that speaks volumes.

I went with the Black-Zinc coating because it has the best synergy between price and quality. You can opt for the stainless steel or cerakote coating if you want better longevity or style.

The 29mm bar immediately reassures you that you have a capable captain at the helm when you rack up for massive bench press or squat. This makes sense since a thick bar is stiff and gives a smoother transition during lifts than if it whipped.

The only exception to this would be with your deadlifts. But it still works pretty fine, unless you want to get an exclusive deadlift bar that has an insane whip.

As you'd expect from a barbell built for powerlifters with inhumane strength, it has an aggressive type of knurling. But not in a way that it is pointy and hurts the palm. It feels even smoother with a cerakote coating. But then again, many powerlifters prefer a more aggressive texture, so it all boils down to preference.

It also features a center knurl that keeps the back in position during squats.

Also, it uses a bronze bushing with a snap ring design that gives a consistent spin. There isn't any difference between the bronze and composite bushing in terms of performance, but a few folks who have tried both folks seemed to prefer it.

Finally, with a 205k tensile strength and F-8R rating, the Rogue Ohio Power Bar is one of the toughest barbells ever made. Basically, this means it can withstand anything you throw at it.


If you want to push or squat the whole weight plate stack in your gym, you'd need a barbell built for that. Also, as a powerlifter, you want to train with a competition-approved bar.

In that case, the Rogue Ohio Power Bar is the best barbell on the market for the powerlifting category. It's a beast and is available in several coatings to pick from depending on your taste or budget.

3. Rogue Ohio Bar – Stainless Steel

Rogue Ohio Bar – Stainless Steel

Our Verdict: Best Corrosion Resistant Barbell

Key Features

  • 200,000 PSI tensile strength
  • Bar weight: 20kg
  • 28.5mm
  • Bar length: 86.75"
  • Loadable sleeve length: 16.40 with chrome coating
  • Stainless steel shaft
  • Standard knurling with dual knurl marks
  • Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty

The Rogue Ohio Bar is an excellent multipurpose stainless steel bar that would withstand the elements over the years.

Unless you have an issue with maintenance or want a more natural steel-feel of a barbell, you may be better off with The Rouge 2.0. This is simply because you'd be paying a couple of extra bucks just for those benefits. And maybe a slightly better tensile strength, but you most likely aren't going to push it to its limits.

That said, the Rogue Ohio Bar Stainless Steel, combines the most exclusive steels in one barbell. Stainless steel and chrome are usually used for higher-end barbells for their ability to resist corrosion, scratch, and oxidation.

But Rogue lets you enjoy the best of both worlds to the fullest. The bar shaft where you have the knurling is made of stainless steel so that you can enjoy the feeling of bare steel on your palms. The loading sleeves, on the other hand, have a chrome finish.

Moving forward, this bar has the same knurling as the Rogue 2.0 and Rogue Ohio Power bar. However, because it's stainless steel, the grip would be more aggressive and pinchy, but still subtle on the palms.

For many old-schoolers, the feeling of raw steel is the best feeling you can get from a bar. It only gets better with stainless steel and a unique Rogue knurl pattern.


It's simple:

If you want a bar that stands a better chance against corrosion, while still giving you a feel of bare steel, the Rogue Ohio Bar – Stainless Steel is what you need.

Else, the Rogue 2.0 would be a better bargain.

4. Rogue Matt Chan Bar

Rogue Matt Chan Bar

Our Verdict: Best for CrossFit/WOD Freaks

Key Features

  • 200,000 PSI tensile strength
  • 28.5mm
  • Bar weight: 20kg
  • Bar length: 86.77"
  • Stainless steel with cerakote finished shaft
  • Loadable sleeve length: 16.50" with cerakote or chrome coating (optional)
  • Composite bushing
  • Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty

Although this is a state of the art barbell for multipurpose use, it's safe to name it the best for CrossFit if it's designed by Matt Chan.

Even if you aren't a fan, you can acknowledge that it's one of the coolest bars Rouge has ever made. It combines pleasant aesthetics with simple yet functional features.

To start with, it has a 200k tensile strength, which would be enough for even non-Crossfitters that are into heavyweights.

A standout feature with this barbell is its assortment of steel finishes. This new version has a stainless steel shaft with a durable cerakote black color finish.

Another remarkable feature of this barbell is the photo-negative design of the Chan and Rogue logos on the shaft. You also get the option of choosing a black cerakote sleeve finish or a chrome finish.

It has high-standard knurling with knurl marks for Olympic and Powerlifting lifts. Plus a passive center knurling. This means that you'll enjoy a not-too aggressive grip on the shaft and a more subtle grip at the center for front and back squats. Some bare-chested users have done power cleans and other shoulder or overhead movements with this bar and had no complaints.

Finally, it's backed up by lifetime warranty from bending. 


Aside from being the brainchild of Matt Chan, this bar is truly a beauty to behold.

It features top-notch photo-negative aesthetics, impeccable stainless steel & cerakote construction, and outer and center knurling.

The only thing is, this masterpiece costs more than most—actually, every other barbell in this review.

5. Rogue OLY Weightlifting Barbell

Rogue OLY Weightlifting Barbell

Our Verdict: Best Barbell for Olympic Weightlifting

Key Features

  • 215,000 PSI tensile strength
  • Bar size: 28mm
  • Bar weight: 20kg
  • Bar length: 86.6"
  • Bright zinc shaft finish
  • Loadable sleeve length: 16.25" with bright zinc coating
  • 5-needle bearings per sleeve
  • Whippy
  • Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty

The Rogue Olympic Weightlifting bar is the clear winner among barbells for weightlifting. It is approved by the IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) for competition use. To myself, and a whole lot of fitness aficionados, that speaks volumes.

But still, we've got to know what makes it tick.

First, it's a 28mm steel shaft with 215,000 strength. If you don't know already, this means it would take a massive amount of weight and with a high whip to it.

This gives Olympic weightlifters the needed momentum to lift a crapload of weight overhead in the clean and jerk.

Another fundamental and essential feature weightlifters need in a barbell is a quick spin. That's why it's equipped with five quality needle bearings to give the quickest possible spin on the sleeves. The only thing is, needle bearings need consistent and proper maintenance.

Unlike other versions of this barbell, it's the only one with a center knurl, which is important in weightlifting. So, if you intend to go for the corrosion-resistant finish of stainless steel, you'll be giving up the center knurl.

Back to its durability, this barbell is rated F6-R, which is the second rating on the F-Scale durability score. Simply put, unless you are using the bar in a commercial gym filled with Strongmen, it will hold its shape no matter what you throw at it.

In the rare case any damage occurs, it's covered by a lifetime warranty.


Rogue went out of their way to create a true masterpiece for Olympic weightlifting. So, if you're into competitive weightlifting, you won't regret investing in the Oly WL barbell.

It's IWF-certified, so you know it isn't all a hype.

It's also available in a cerakote and bright zinc versions for women.

6. Fringe Sport Women's Wonder Bar

Fringe Sport Women's Wonder Bar

Our Verdict: Best Barbell for Women

Key Features

  • 160,000 PSI tensile strength
  • Bar size: 25mm
  • Bar weight: 15kg
  • Bar length: 79"
  • Black zinc coated shaft
  • Loadable sleeve length: 12.5" with black zinc coating
  • Black zinc finish
  • Smooth knurling with dual knurl marks
  • Bushing or bearing (optional)
  • Made in China
  • Lifetime warranty

It would be unfair to make a list of best barbells without making a special selection for the ladies of the fitness world.

The Fringe Sport Women's Wonder does justice to this situation. It's specially crafted with measurements, features, and aesthetics for women. Although it doesn't mean significant others or men in general can't use it too obviously.

Anyways, as you'd expect...

The Women's Wonder Bar weighs only 15kg and is a 25mm diameter barbell. This makes it possible for women to have a full grasp of the ball and takes off a little weight for a better experience.

If you aren't savvy about barbells, you probably won't notice the features other than it being a bit smaller than average. But for most women, the purple or pink end caps of the Women's wonder bar would be more noticeable.

That said, the end caps aren't there just for the aesthetics. It's an indication of the spin on the bar. Purple means it has a bushing collar, which is the most durable. Whereas, the pink end cap indicates a bearing collar, which has the quickest spin but also more expensive.

More specifically, you can pick between a bronze oil lite bushing or 4-needle bearing. This is a unique feature you'd hardly see from any other brand.

Also, despite its relatively small 25mm shaft, it has a stiff whip. Even though it's really not quantifiable, you can use the barbell for all types of movement or your WODs.

Unsurprisingly, it has a smooth, knurl depth. This wouldn't be buttery or feel like a callous-dispenser on your palms.

The only gripe I'd say I have with this barbell is that it's made in China.


 If you are a lady of fitness and want a barbell made for you because you're special, this is the one.

It doesn't cost a fortune, and it has all the functionality to take your training to the next level.

However, as I've said earlier, it's made in China. So that may be an issue to some folks. But then again, it's covered by a lifetime warranty which should put you at ease.

7. Fringe Sports Wonder Bar V2

Fringe Sports Wonder Bar V2

Our Verdict: Best Budget Pick

Key Features

  • 205,000 PSI tensile strength
  • Bar size: 28mm
  • Bar weight: 20kg
  • Bar length: 86"
  • Black zinc coated shaft
  • Smooth knurling with dual knurl marks
  • Bearing or bushing (optional)
  • Made in China
  • Lifetime warranty

The Fringe Sports Wonder Bar is our top budget option, and in the words of Fringe Sports, "the 8th Wonder of the World." It costs a little less than the Rogue 2.0 Multipurpose bar, which is our top pick above.

It's also basically the same as the Women's Wonder Bar but with some modifications. The Men's bar weighs 20kg and has a 28mm shaft.

Even though a 28mm shaft is standard, I'm not certain it'd have a stiff whip as specified by the manufacturer. But that shows it's made typically for a home gym and WODs and not for heavy lifters. It is just right for the average fit Joe, and not someone benching 500 pounds in the gym.

Just like the Women's Wonder Bar, you can choose between a bronze bushing or 4-needle bearing. The only difference is the end cap for each of them has a more masculine color. The bushing bar has a yellow end cap, while the one with bearing is colored green. The bearing collar remains a more expensive option, which I wouldn't recommend unless you are into Olympic lifts.

With that out of the way, you can rest assured Fringe Sport's bearing or bushing is of good construction. But the bushing may take some time to break, and would really only be noticeable if you're a seasoned athlete.

Finally, the black zinc coating of the bar is remarkable. However, the sleeves may start to show signs of wear early on.


If you're in the market for a high-quality do-it-all barbell that won't dent your budget, the Wonder Bar 2.0 should be on top of your list.

You may find other cheaper bars available, but you shouldn't settle for less or worse, get yourself injured on a "value" barbell.

It has a high tensile and yield strength, smooth customizable spin, and non-shredder knurling. In our opinion, it's one of the very few true "budget" barbells.

8. Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar

Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar

Our Verdict: Best Barbell for Deadlifts

Key Features

  • 190,000 PSI tensile strength
  • Bar size: 27mm
  • Bar weight: 20kg
  • Bar length: 90.50"
  • Loadable sleeve length: 15.50" with bright zinc coating
  • Black zinc coated shaft
  • Sharp knurling with powerlifting knurl marks
  • Whippy
  • Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty

It's common for folks to who pay little attention to "leg day" to fall in love with squats and deadlifts when their hard work starts to show. Or perhaps you just love deadlifts.

Whatever the reason, I've recommended the best barbell for deadlifts due to popular demand. And the Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar is unanimously the winner in this category.

It's carefully engineered with super-strength and flex to maximize performance during deadlifts. Although it's 190,000 psi tensile strength is the highest from Rogue, it's strong enough to withstand whatever you can throw at it. Besides, little give in strength maximizes whip on the bar.

Speaking of compromises, this barbell is 90.50" long, which is a little longer than the average barbell. And it has a thin 27mm shaft. This seemingly simple design makes it easier to grip, and the longer length further increases whip on the bar.

Surprisingly, despite being so long, the sleeves are shorter than usual, measuring only 15.5." Although shorter than the competition standard, it won't affect performance in any way.

With all these features, you get a really whippy bar at your disposal. The flex allows you to pull the bar before you the bumper sets leave the floor, in turn, giving you enough momentum to increase your PR steadily—maybe even instantly.

Another important feature is its aggressive powerlifting knurl pattern. Its knurling marks are a bit more pronounced than that of the Ohio Power Bar but definitely not to the point where it's hungry for blood. It also stays put if you ever decide to use chalk to lift even more.

It's only available in the black zinc/bright zinc finish. So if you want more feel of the knurls or more scratch-resistant stainless steel, you'll be out of options.

Nonetheless, this barbell would be all you need to complete deadlifts with the right mechanics. This bar has been tested and recommended by American Strongman, Mark Bell, after completing a 665-pound deadlift on it.


In short, the Rogue Ohio Deadlift Bar is a premium barbell with a premium price.

If you want to get the best out of your deadlifts, any lingering doubts about its price or quality will evaporate on the first use.

It's not a sales pitch. The bar is specially designed to be whippy and thin, yet resilient, to help increase momentum and grip on heavy pulls.

Tips To Choose The Best Barbell For Your Home Gym

a man deadlifting

As promised earlier, I'll walk you through all the technical terms that some manufacturers hope you don't understand. This is because it's easy to get any average lifter confused with a bunch of numbers hyping a barbell's functions.

You should have some understanding about which functions matter and how they can be useful to your workout program and style. 

So, I'll show you how these features can be to your benefit.

Quality Steel

Before anything, the first thing that comes to mind is if the bar can hold up under heavy weight without breaking on you.

It's only normal to check the total weight capacity specified by the manufacturer, right?

Something along the lines of 1,000 lbs or 500 lbs capacity?

But this is a sham you'd only see in cheap $30 or $100 barbells to feed the imagination of uninformed buyers.

The only true way to know the strength of a barbell's steel is through tensile and yield strength tests and an actual test of the bar with weights.

Tensile Strength (TS)

It measures how much weight can be loaded on the barbell before it breaks. I'll recommend not going below 160,000 psi for tensile strength unless you're a beginner. Either way, anything, other than that, and you're good to go.

The higher the tensile strength rating, the better the barbell. Most, if not all, the barbells in this review have a TS of at least 190,000 psi.

We mentioned above the best crossfit barbell; the Rogue Matt Chan, which has got a TS of 200,000 psi. It may cost more than what you expect, but definitely is worth the money. 

Yield Strength (YS)

It measures how much load a bar can take before it yields (aka bends or deforms). This is also important because some brands can manipulate the TS of scrap steel and take YS out of the picture.

If you buy from a reputable brand, then you can rest assured the quality would correlate even if it's not listed. However, you should still maintain good bar practices, like avoiding dumping the barbell aggressively on safeties. It doesn't matter if you buy an Eleiko, if you don't maintain it properly, it will wear.

It measures how much load a bar can take before it yields (aka bends or deforms). This is also important because some brands can manipulate the TS of scrap steel and take YS out of the picture.

If you buy from a reputable brand, then you can rest assured the quality would correlate even if it's not listed. However, you should still maintain good bar practices, like avoiding dumping the barbell aggressively on safeties. It doesn't matter if you buy an Eleiko, if you don't maintain it properly, it will wear.

On the last note, like tensile strength, the higher the number, the better the barbell. All the barbells in this review would list both, but also have a lifetime warranty if anything happens.

And as a reminder, since we're talking about yields here, it will be a good idea to have a set of the best barbell collars to keep your plates in place at all times. It can be a clip or a clamp, but what's most important is to make sure that your plates don't slide out of the bar to prevent possible injuries and/or accidents.


Also, some companies would show a video of how much weight they've tested physically on a barbell. But this isn't compulsory, just pay attention to the tensile strength.


If you're into Olympic weightlifting, then you most likely would be familiar with the whip of a bar.

It simply means how much the bar would flex or bend when under heavy load. Although brands (and admittedly myself in this review) would list whip using terms like "stiff," "good whip," or "whippy," it isn't a measurable attribute.

Also, the diameter of the shaft is the most crucial factor for determining the whip of a bar. Other factors like steel processing, shaft length, and more also come into play.

Typically, a thin barbell will give the best whip. If you're a beginner or recreational lifter, whip shouldn't be a major concern. Actually, a stiff bar (no whip) – the go-to bar for powerlifting – should help you get through all your lifts effectively.

However, if you intend to practice Olympic lifts, like the clean and jerk or do more deadlifts, you should consider a bar with a good whip.

Some companies would list the whip of the bar, but it'd most likely be a special-purpose bar.


Knurling is the diamond-shaped pattern on each side of the bar that gives you a good hold of the weight during lifts. However, power bars and some other bars have a center knurling.

Knurling texture is usually anywhere between being passive or prickly on the palms. The preferred texture is subjective, but an aggressive knurl pattern is usually more of a requirement for it to be the best powerlifting bar.

Sometimes, the finish/coating of a barbell may affect the texture or rigidity of its knurling. For instance, bare steel would be more aggressive on the hands than on a cerakote version of the same bar.  

Anyways, top brands have mastered their engineering of knurls on barbells. A quality multipurpose bar would, regardless of the knurling pattern, neither be too passive nor aggressive to the extent that it bleeds the hands.

Knurl marks on the barbell function like the out-of-bounds line on a basketball court. They help to prevent the hands from moving out of the completion-approved position.

Unless you're a competitive powerlifter or weightlifter, you don't have to worry about knurl marks.

Note: Be sure to clean the barbell after your workouts if you use chalk. Dirt and chalk can dull the knurls over time.


The spin of a barbell is basically how much the sleeves rotate when loaded. A fast spin takes the pressure of weights off your wrists during lifts.

The spin is determined by the rotation system used. Barbells today either use a bushing or bearing system.

For most regular guys, all you'll need is a reliable bushing system to give a smooth and consistent spin. But professional weightlifters or heavy lifters can/should consider a bearing system.

It has the quickest spin but also costs much more than a barbell with a bushing system.

Also, a bushing system requires little maintenance and can last you for generations. So, the bearing or needle-type system is reserved for pros or those who really know and need its benefit.


The finish of a barbell also plays a role in determining its strength, durability, affordability, and aesthetics of a barbell.

A barbell is usually manufactured or coated with one or more of these materials:

  • Chrome
  • Zinc
  • Aluminum
  • Black Oxide
  • Stainless steel
  • Bare steel
  • Cerakote

Bare steel is the cheapest barbell material you can find because it has no special coating. As a result, it requires a lot of maintenance and would rust faster than any other type of barbell. However, some folks enjoy the "natural" feel of bare steel and even the smell.

Stainless steel is the toughest of all the finish materials and resists corrosion best. With stainless steel, you can enjoy the "natural" feel and long shelf life, but it's also the most expensive.

To strike a balance between affordability and durability, I'll usually recommend black zinc/zinc barbells. Nonetheless, they are prone to scratches from bumper sets.

For guys that enjoy a customized experience, cerakote finish would be a spot-on finish. It's usually available in many colors, and some brands, like Rogue, can inscribe a personalized quote on the bar. As you'd expect, it's one of the most expensive and would scratch easily. Despite this, it has the second-best corrosion after stainless steel.

Keynote: unless you already own a squat stand from our power rack review, you should find one with the best scratch resistance accessories to preserve a high-quality barbell.

well-built man lifting heavy weights


There are several types of barbells available online, and it can be a little hard to grasp all the options thoroughly. Note that here we are talking about straight barbells as opposed to the best curl bars which are better for isolation exercises.

But please don't make the mistake of using a barbell if you intend to do squats and deadlifts unless you are letting yourself an easy target for back pain. For squats and deadlifts, pick the best trap bar which is specifically designed for that. 

Well, you don't have to. All you need is to downsize your search to your level and...

The three most common types of barbells include:

  • Standard
  • Powerlifting
  • Olympic weightlifting


As a beginner or recreational lifter, a standard bar would be more than enough for your workout program. Most all-purpose barbells would have a standard knurling, bushing system, and a little whip to the bar.

Some standard bars may come with dual knurl marks for powerlifting and Olympic lifts.

And for beginners most especially, and even for professionals, equip yourself with the best barbell pad, too. Barbell pads not only make your workout more comfortable but it also offers protection on your shoulders and hips. 

Powerlifting Barbell

As the name implies, a powerlifting bar is specifically designed to support powerlifting movements.

In other words, it is made for carrying massive amounts of weight on squats, deadlifts, and bench presses. It would have an aggressive knurling, a bushing system, and stiff shaft.

The powerlifting bar is usually heaving than others, weighs about 45kg. And it should have a center knurling for gripping the back during squats as well.

Olympic Weightlifting Bar

This best Olympic barbell should have specifications that match the standards of the IWF (International Weightlifting Federation).

This includes features like bar weight, length, sleeves, and more. That said, the knurling of this type of bar may vary but should have a good whip and a fast bearing collar.

Also, competition approved WL bars have a center knurl that assists during movements like the clean and jerk.

It's the most expensive of all types of barbells. Having said that, it is of course a great idea to have your barbell paired with the best bumper plates that are designed for hard drops, but without much noise and just a minimal bounce. 

Aside from these three conventional barbells, there are several other types of specialty barbells that are used in target muscle training or sports gyms. For example, trap bar, deadlift barbell, squat barbell, mutt bar, to mention a few.


As always, price plays a key factor when buying any product, and it's no different with a barbell.

But as much you don't want to go cheap buying a $40 or $100 barbell. Or spend $1500 on an Eleiko bar, well, you can if you're Eddie Hall.

That said, I'll recommend having a budget of around $200 to $400 if you want the best barbell for the money. With this budget, you aren't putting your body at risk with a cheap bar or wasting hundreds of extra dollars on features you don't need.

Note: Never go cheap on barbells. It will most likely bend after a couple of weeks, or worse, break in the middle of a lift. You can go cheap on bumper sets but not your barbell.

Let's have a look at how to go about putting weights on a barbell, in this vdieo below:

Wrapping Up

Found the best barbell for your home gym?

Now, you know what it takes to find a barbell that's worth the money. Channel that knowledge into picking the best barbell to take you closer to your fitness goes. And remember, never skimp on price or research when shopping for a barbell.

If you still need a helping hand to make a decision, I'll recommend the Rogue Ohio 2.0 Bar. It's an affordable multipurpose bar that's durable, resilient, and easy on the hands.

Last Updated on July 20, 2020

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