There is just something about bodyweight exercises that make them seem…cool.
I may be alone in my thinking (probably not, but you get the point), but as impressive as 1000-pound squats and 350-pound snatches are, watching calisthenics bros knock out some crazy acrobatics down at the crappy, outdoor gym, is just…awesome.
Some playground equipment muscle-ups, ridiculous skinning of the cat on the rings, and yuge sets of dips…
…yeah, dips…If you’re looking to knock out a quick set in the basement, the Synergee Dip Bar – Adjustable Dip Station is the best dip bar for home!
There isn’t much that can be said about dips that you (probably) don’t already know about, so I’m not going to go to the mat in convincing you to do them. You’re reading this article so you can find the best dip bars for home and so that you can become one of those jacked dudes doing crazy stuff down at the playground (preferably when children aren’t around). So…let’s get to it!
Table of Contents
Top 11 Dip Bars For Home
- Synergee Dip Bar – Adjustable Dip Station (the best dip bars for home)
- Titan Fitness X-3 Series Y-Dip Bar
- PRx Performance Y-Bar Dip Station
- Relife Rebuild Your Life Dip Station
- Titan Fitness T-2 Series Dip Bars
- Relife Rebuild Your Life Power Tower
- ProSourceFit Dip Stand Station
- Lucky Tree Pull Up Dip Station
- Fringe Sport Wall-mount Dip Station
- Sportsroyals Dip Bar
- Rogue Rig Mount Parallel Bars
Synergee presents an intriguing option for those seeking dip bars for home use. Like most portable dip stations, the two light (~28 total pounds) pieces of hardware can be adjusted to allow users to perform a multitude of calisthenics and gymnastics exercises. Standard dips and L-sits too easy for you? How about you give inverted pull-ups a try!
Like many of the portable options on this list, the Synergee Dip Bar can be adjusted and locked into multiple heights between 30 and 39 inches. However, this additional flexibility does not result in reduced stability. Synergee claims that these bad boys can support up to 400 pounds.
(I would actually love to see a 395-pound gymnast perform some extended L-sits!)
The extended, 2-foot long bases on the bottom of each bar add extra stability and these, combined with soft, absorbant, foam grip pads ensure that slipping and wavering are kept to a minimum.
Some users have complained about the overall quality of the Synergee dip bars, citing that they easily rust and that some of the hardware is difficult to maneuver (specifically when adjusting the bar heights). However, the low price-tag, versatility, and general positive reactions still make this hardware one of the best on the market.
Titan Fitness presents the first semi-fixed, “Y-dip” station products to our list. As a fitness brand renowned for its rigs and barbells, it should come as no surprise that they have developed a high-quality product.
Clipping easily into any of the numerous height settings on X-3 Series Power Racks, the Titan Fitness dip bar’s handles range in width from 18 to 24 inches, allowing for a variety of arm positionings and for a plethora of upper-body muscles to be worked.
Boasting a 550-pound capacity, it would be difficult to find a user who would experience stability problems when using one of these (especially when considering that it is attached to a hundreds-pound power rack!) Even all of you 250-pound beasts loading up 5 plates on your dip belts are no match for Titan Fitness’ entry into the best dip bars for home!
The powder-coated black steel is resistant to the elements meaning that the hardware will be able to withstand even the sweatiest palms and would even hold up pretty well as a permanent fixture as part of an outdoor home gym.
A few users have cited that their bars, when delivered, were not level. In each case, there was a slight tilt from one side to the other. However, these experiences represent a small minority of the multitude of positive reviews and, as with any piece of equipment, it is suggested that users inspect all new pieces of equipment as soon as it is delivered.
Never heard of PRx Performance before? I guess you haven’t been watching any Shark Tank! Any company that Kevin O’Leary agrees to give a boatload of money to must have something going for it…and PRx Performance is no exception!
One of the biggest advantages of their Y-Bar Dip Station is the fact that it is “compatible” with a number of different power racks and rigs. Happen to have one of the (beautiful) Rogue Fitness racks, but aren’t looking to drop as much money on a Y-Bar? PRx Performance has you covered!
The 17.5-22-inch handle range allows for slightly more grip width than some other Y-Bar competitors and the inclusion of the anti-rattle pin ensures a greater degree of stability and security when repping out big sets.
At 22 pounds of powder-coated steel, it shouldn’t be too difficult to move the dip-station from one height setting to the next (or to take it with you if you want to hook it up to rigs and racks on the road!) and you can count on the bar being able to withstand years of use (and slight abuse).
As alluded to before, PRx Performance isn’t quite the name brand that some of the other dip station manufacturers on this list are. Also, their product comes at a slightly higher price point than similar Y-Bars. However, with spotless reviews from satisfied customers, you can’t really go wrong by adding one of these to your collection!
One thing you have to ask yourself when assessing any piece of gym equipment online…can over 3,000 4 and 5-star reviews on Amazon be wrong?
When it comes to Relife Rebuild Your Life (yeah, that is the full and formal name of the company), the answer is a resounding “no!” This simple-looking, portable dip station looks “basic” enough, but for those looking to rock out on dips and a multitude of other parallete-inspired exercises, the Relife (we’re gonna stick to the short name) brand is the way to go.
Although the Relife dip station isn’t quite as durable as some fixed and semi-fixed dip stations and attachments, it boasts a 300-pound capacity, making dips and related exercises accessible to larger athletes. The bars are adjustable, able to extend higher and wider, allowing for a variety of exercises and scaling options.
One area where the Relife dip station stands out from other portable models is its connectivity feature. Additional hardware is provided that can connect the two main hardware pieces (I mean, its affectionately referred to as a “safety connector”. You can’t go wrong with that!) This, combined with non-slip rubber grounding feet and rubber, soft-grip handles make this one of the most, if not the most stable portable dip stations on the market.
Some have complained that the dip station “wobbles”, although it is possible that this was due to errors in assembling the product. Worst case, Relife offers a one-year warranty on its dip stations so you can either get a properly-functioning dip station or your money back.
Titan Fitness…one of the most respected new(ish) gym equipment brands. You just knew that they would have a product that would grace this list!
…and what a unique one it is! Their T-2 series, J-hook style is a very unique take on the semi-portable dip station hardware. Instead of going with the more standard Y-dip model (although Titan Fitness does offer such a model) with a single attachment that, the T-2, J-hook style includes two separate attachments, each fitting snuggly into the either side of the power rack or rig.
With two separate attachments comes additional durability. Combined, the dip station’s J-hooks can support up to 880 pounds! I’m not sure what gorilla is planning to do some high-volume upper body training at your home gym, but if you can get a picture of it, please send it my way!
For the more eccentric types (or those who might be training for some type of Ninja Warrior-type of event) each J-hook can be set at a different height to provide a new variety of challenge and variety to workouts. Additionally, the wider, straighter design creates more of a parallel bars-type of dip feeling which is uncommon in the category of semi-portable dip stations.
Some have complained that the attachments are not compatible with their specific rack while others have stated that the handles themselves are quite small. As someone with cartoonishly-small hands, this second statement is actually music to my ears!
Remember that strangely-titled Relife Rebuild Your Life brand we mentioned a few reviews above? Well, they might be the best in the business when it comes to developing dip bars for home. This time, we’re looking at a fixed home dip station.
With more hardware comes a higher price tag, although Relife’s (going with the shortened name again) offering comes with quite a few bells and whistles. Besides the fixed (25.60-inch wide), parallel bar-style dip station, the Power Tower Pull up Bar Station Workout Dip Station (again, that is the full name) includes a fixed pull-up bar and small back mat/padding.
The inclusion of handles at the base of the hardware so that elevated push-ups can be performed is a nice touch!
Because of its ability to support up to 330 pounds, the Relife Power Tower can be spaced a little further from the wall so that kipping movements can performed on the pull-up bar as well as more “dynamic” exercises with the dip bar portion. For the less “adventurous” athlete, the back padding and heavily cushioned rear portions of the dip bars ensure for comfortable calisthenics session.
Although the included safety locknut is a nice feature and can provide additional stability, when it is in place, certain movements (ex. Kipping pull-ups, toes-to-bars, etc.) are limited, if not impossible to perform. As such, when performing these movements you might want to stack some plates on the base in order to better “ground” the Tower.
The ProsourceFit Power Tower Pull Up Bar Station Workout Dip Station is an interestingly-named piece of equipment. Taking a quick look at it, the word “tower” probably doesn’t immediately come to mind!
Questionable naming conventions aside, we can focus on the hardware’s more admirable qualities, most notably it’s highly adjustable (heights ranging from 31 inches to 35 inches), highly durable (able to safely accommodate up to 400 pounds, inclusion of a stabilizing safety connector), and highly portable (total weight of 25 pounds) nature.
Is there really anything more you can ask for from dip bars for home (or for anywhere else you might want to transport it to)?
With almost 90 percent of the ProsourceFit Power Tower Pull Up Bar Station Workout Dip Station’s reviews clocking in at either 5 stars or 4 stars, the people have definitively spoken on their satisfaction with the equipment. A few select users have noted that the bars can feel unstable at times, although this could be due to improper set-up or lack of bolt tightening.
For those who are concerned with maximizing stability, the upgraded “pro” version can be purchased. This heavier iteration is constructed of heavier-duty steel and includes a non-slip base (in addition to more extensive height adjustment options).
Kudos to ProsourceFit for listening to their customers’ concerns and making adjustments/additions accordingly!
Lucky Tree (kinda hard not to love that name, isn’t it?) has a couple of different dip bars for home options. Although its “power tower” option is a worthy entry into the larger hardware category of dip stations, its dedicated dip station is what really stands out, securing its inclusion on this list.
Unlike most of the portable dip station options, the short dip arms more closely resemble those of a power tower. The fact that Lucky Tree’s entry is comprised of a single piece of hardware adds a degree of stability that is uncommon among portable options.
Although this entry lacks a pull-up bar (like more traditional power towers have), clocking in at under 35 pounds, the extreme portability of the merchandise might make this an “easy trade” for those who are solely concerned with “dipping” (and, incline push-ups. There are handles attached to the bottom of the dip station to facilitate these!)
“Only” boasting a 325-pound capacity, a few reviewers have cited concerns about stability or the dip bars being somewhat wobbly. However, for the vast majority of users, this should not be and has not been a concern. Being one of the most inexpensive options on this list, the Lucky Tree Dip Station is certainly worth a look!
Don’t be fooled by the lack of ratings the Fringe Sport Wall-mount Dip Station possesses on Amazon. Fringe Sports is a dude of a fitness brand and its reputation and history of producing quality fitness equipment is unquestionable. Its inclusion as the only standalone/mounted option on this list should tell you something!
Unlike the other entries on this list, the Fringe Sports Wall-mount Dip Station is easily drilled into a wall, column, or other solid structure in your basement or home gym. As you can imagine, the added stability of being firmly attached to a solid structure greatly enhances the stability of the hardware. Fringe Sport claims that up to 600 pounds can easily be supported by their hardware!
Taking the shape of a classic, semi-portable Y-bar dip station, Fringe Sports’ entry’s open trapezoid-esque entry allows for hand placements as narrow as 13 inches to as wide as just over 2 feet. Also, with a handy drop-down lever, as little space as the station takes up, it can easily be adjusted to “blend in” with the wall or column when not in use.
Such a unique product that truly has to be experienced to be fully appreciated, at this point, it is impossible to find any genuine criticism of this product. We’re doubtful that any will come about at any time in the foreseeable future!
With portable dip stations, one of the biggest, if not the biggest concerns is stability. When there is nothing anchoring the bars to the ground, it can take a slight leap of faith when you first jump up to do a dip (or 20).
Most of the portable entries on this list have a safety bar, connecting the two pieces of hardware to provide some extra stability. The Sportsroyals Dip Bar takes it to the next level by including two of these safety bars, providing for maximum stability (or as good stability one can ask for from a dip station with multiple pieces of hardware).
How much stability does this added hardware provide? Enough to support up to 1200 pounds(!!!) As hard as this staggering number is to believe (although with close to 90 percent of reviews being either 4 or 5-star, I tend to trust it!) the better question might be “what half-ton-plus person is getting a calisthenics workout in on these?”
The multiple incline push-up stations on the bottom of each piece of hardware, as well as the foam handles to grasp each bar with, are nice additional touches. The high-quality steel material ensures a lasting product and 6 different adjustable height levels ensures lasting challenge.
Some have complained of certain parts being missing when their Sportsroyal Dip Bar was delivered, however, the lifetime service guarantee ensures that any problems that arise are quickly accounted for. As such…purchase with confidence!
You just knew we couldn’t get through this list without having an entry from Rogue, didn’t you?
Of course, the Rogue Rig Mount Parallel Bars are the most…unique inclusion. While most portable dip stations take the form of parallel bars and most dip bar rack attachments commonly take the form of the standard Y-Bar, for those who want serious stability in their parallel bar training, Rogue has you covered!
Easily adjustable to accommodate different width and height preferences, there is no longer an excuse to allow the CrossFit Games parallel bar workouts to sneak up on you anymore (assuming you’re making it to the Games in the near future. If not…you can still have a lot of fun with these!)
Tipping the scales at 85 pounds, Rogue’s entry on this list is a bit heftier than some of the other entries. However, this fact, combined with the textured black powder coating ensures a degree of longevity that is synonymous with the Rogue brand name.
Easy enough to quickly attach (or unattach) to your garage or basement pull-up rig, it’s easy to get parallel bar-dipping in no time. While the price tag is, in typical Rogue fashion, a bit higher than those associated with other fitness brands, it can certainly “pay” to purchase a product with no known quality issues or complaints. Nobody ever regrets purchasing a Rogue product, no matter how niche and/or “unique” it might be!
Dip Bars for Home Buying Guide
As you’ve probably noticed from our discussion so far, there is a variety of different dip bars for home. It’s not like when you’re purchasing a barbell or plates where there are a few variations, but, for the most part, everything looks the same.
Let’s look at a few of the key characteristics of the most common dip bars for home.
Any dip bars for home use you come across will inevitably fit into one of three categories: fixed, semi-fixed, and portable.
Fixed – These are dip stations that could technically be moved around, but are, for the most part, fixed and immobile. The vast majority of free-standing dip bars for home use are those like the “power tower” variety that generally include a dip station, pull-up bar and one other piece of functional hardware. Standard-sized gymnastics parallel bars also fit into this category.
Semi-fixed – These can also be classified as “dip attachments”. They are usually a single piece of hardware they can be removed and attached to compatible pull-up rigs and other larger “jungle gyms”. These are almost always the standard “Y-bar” style of dip bar.
Portable – These dip stations are usually comprised of two, equally-sized pieces of hardware that, when placed in close proximity to each other, allow for dips and related exercises to be practiced. These come in various sizes and heights and can be taken almost anywhere. They are also almost always the least expensive dip bars for home use. Unfortunately, these are the least stable of all the options.
How Much Space do they Take Up?
Dip stations for home use vary in home much space they can take up in your garage or basement.
The semi-fixed, Y-bar style attachments take up the least amount of space, only slightly protruding from the rack they are linked to when “in use”. When they are not in use, they can easily be left to lean gently against an appropriately designated wall.
Portable dip stations don’t take up much more space than Y-bar attachments, although with at least two pieces of hardware associated with each, they are slightly more space consuming. While they are being used, they can take up as much space as the user desires, depending on the types of exercises being performed, although total space requirements are generally low.
Fixed dip bars for home take up by far the most space. These are almost always larger pieces of hardware that require a dedicated portion of a garage or basement gym to “live” in. Thankfully, these pieces of equipment are taller than they are wider and they don’t extend out very far (usually only as far as the dip station extends). They can easily fit into a small corner without interfering with other activities.
It is somewhat counterintuitive to think that the semi-fixed dip bars for home would end up being the most stable option, however, this is almost always the case. Because these pieces of heavy hardware attach directly into a large, heavy rig (which is usually bolted securely into the ground) there isn’t much movement or rocking when using one of these. They are as stable as they come!
Fixed dip stations are very stable with the larger, heavier entries providing the most stability for this category. However, these aren’t usually bolted into the ground and at less than a couple of hundred pounds in total weight, these can be susceptible to some minor swaying, especially when larger users start knocking out huge sets of dips on them.
Portable dip stations are by far the least stable since because each component is an independent, light-weight piece of equipment. Also, users can make mistakes in how they arrange these for exercises. If these aren’t properly set up (you don’t need to be a math or engineering “wiz”, but minor calculations should be done to estimate the physics of different exercises) users can easily find themselves flailing off and onto the ground!
Fixed Height and Width?
As you might expect, each of the main categories of dip bars for home vary in regard to how “fixed” their respective heights and widths can be set.
Portable dip stations have the most flexibility in this regard. Widths can literally be set as wide as you are able to go (while still properly performing the desired exercise). In some cases, the heights on these can even be modified, allowing for both deep and shallow dips to be performed.
Semi-fixed dip stations usually provide the opposite degree of flexibility with the width of the dip bars always being fixed (although their open trapezoid shape allows for some degree of flexibility with how wide users can align themselves). Because they can be attached to almost any one of the heights on a rig, their heights can also be somewhat manipulated.
Fixed dip stations allow almost zero flexibility or adjustment in regard to height and width. The size of the hardware and the placement of the dip station within the hardware is constant.
Go Get Dippin’ (at home!)
On this site, we’re big into barbell training, (amongst other things) and are confident that you really need a good amount of resistance in your training to make yuge gains.
..but then, you watch a video from the Kavadlo brothers and realize that sometimes, all you need are some fixed bars to get ripped and jacked! Especially if you go with the Synergee Dip Bar – Adjustable Dip Station is the best dip bar for home!
I’m not promising those types of gains once you get your dip bars from home set up, but with a bit of work, you’ll be well on your way.
Still doubting me? Check out our article on all of the muscles dips work…then revisit this article and “choose your weapon”!