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Top 10 Best Power Towers For 2017

When choosing a power tower for our home, there are several key aspects we want to consider. From overall design to durability, we want to ensure our power tower will be as stable as possible. If we end up buying a power tower that is either impossible to assemble or shakes too much to properly perform our exercise, then it’s of no good.

It can be difficult to choose the right power tower, which is why we’ve taken the liberty of find out which power towers stand above the rest in terms of construction, design, and overall reliability. We’ll still find that some power towers in this list might cause some shakiness to a certain degree, which is inevitable. But when all is said and done, nothing’s perfect, and the majority of these power towers should get the job done just fine.

Keep in mind that the list isn’t necessarily ordered by price, but by the quality and value that we’d get for the price. If we take a look at the Stamina 1690 Power Tower for example (ranking 7th in our list), it might feel a lot more simple than other more heavy duty towers. But due to overall stability and value for its amazing price, we found it appropriate to be amongst the competition.

Lastly, we want something that looks nice in our home or our gym, given their size. Many of these power towers can reach up to 7 feet or more in height. With each power tower having its own unique set of design and colors, make sure this is something you wouldn’t mind having in your basement or anywhere else for that matter! 🙂

#10. Soozier Fitness Power Tower

The Soozier Fitness Power Tower is a strong contender among other body towers. Although not perfect, the Soozier Power Tower allows us to complete all our body weight exercises in a single station. Its reinforced steel frame also gives it plenty of durability. Some concerns with the tower is that it might not be good for those who weigh over 200 pounds and that the tower feels a little short.

Another possible issue is the inclusion of a crossbar in the lower half of the tower that some found to be annoying when performing their pull-ups. Nevertheless, most of you should find the Soozier Fitness Power Tower to be well worth the money and a great piece of home gym equipment on a budget.

Specs & Features:
  • Size: 25″ L x 54″ W x 82.5″ H
  • 330-Pound Weight Capacity
  • Product Weight: 71 Pounds
Pros:
  • Reinforced Steel Frame.
  • Good Quality.
  • Easy Assembly.
Cons:
  • Some shakiness.
  • Crossbar gets in the way.

Top 10 Best Power Towers

#9. Body Vision PT600

The Body Vision PT600 is a very unique and excellent looking body tower that is height adjustable. It’s got a great pull-up station allowing you to easily switch between your wide and narrow grip positions. This power tower is made by Body Champ, which has been a fitness industry leader for over 20 years.

One drawback we found with the Body Vision PT600 is that you may find it to wobble a bit when working with the dip station. We also found the padded grips to be a bit wide from each other. Nevertheless, the Body Vision PT600 tower holds on to its vision, by allowing us to perform all of our basic bodyweight exercises with this single piece of equipment.

Specs & Features:
  • Size: 42″L x 43″W x 85.8″H
  • Product Weight: 64 Pounds
Pros:
  • Great value for the price.
  • Equipment is sturdy and solid.
Cons:
  • Wobbles when using dip station.
  • Arms are far apart.
  • Angle of pull-up bar can feel awkward.

Body Vision Power Tower

#8. ProGear 275

The ProGear 275 uses thick 2 inch forearm and back cushions and foam dipped grips for ease and comfort. One interesting feature of the ProGear 275 is the alignment its pull up handles. Instead of one long bar going across the top, you’ll notice use of D-shaped handles up top.

One drawback of the ProGear 275 is that the power tower could be a bit more sturdy. The packaging of the product as a whole is a bit messy as well, which is something to take into consideration. Otherwise the ProGear 275 is a great free standing body tower that offers some pretty great value with a distinguished and interesting design.

Specs & Features:
  • Size: 47″L x 43″W x 84″H
  • Product Weight: 88 Pounds
  • 275-Pound Weight Capacity
Pros:
  • 2″ Thick forearm and back cushions.
  • D-shaped pull-up handles.
  • Great color combo.
  • Includes a step-up for convenience.
Cons:
  • Poor packaging.
  • Lack of crossbar on top.

ProGear 275 Power Tower

#7. Stamina 1690 Power Tower

The Stamina 1690 Power Tower easily gives us the most value for our money, making it the best selling power tower to ever hit the market. Despite its simplicity, the Stamina 1690 does a great job including its steel frame, allowing for maximum durability. Its freestanding design especially allows us to fit this in perfectly into our home gym.

While it doesn’t have the same type of padded hand grips seen in other power towers, the Stamina 1690 still allows us to perform many of the same functions without having to worry about the power tower wobbling. One of the most noticeable problems with the Stamina 1690 is its somewhat extra wide pull-up grip Other than that, we have no complaints with this tower whatsoever.

Specs & Features:
  • Size: 41.5″L x 50″W x 81.5″H
  • Product Weight: 54 Pounds
  • 250-Pound Weight Capacity
Pros:
  • Great value for price!
  • Very easy assembly.
  • Great freestanding design.
  • Sturdy and comfortable to use.
Cons:
  • No padded arm grips.
  • Very simple.
  • 250-Pound weight limit is low.

Stamina 1690 PowerTower

#6. Body Champ Body Tower

While the Body Champ Body Tower, doesn’t include anything out of the ordinary, it remains to be a perfect choice among fitness enthusiasts. For its price it offers tremendous value. One noticeable aspect of the Body Champ Tower is its exceptional design. The Body Champ Body Tower is stable, strong, and can be very easily assembled. We definitely recommend going with the Body Tower over the Body Vision PT600 delivering some of the most excellent value for the price.

Specs & Features:
  • Size: 58.5″L x 46.5″W x 83″H
  • Product Weight: 88 Pounds
Pros:
  • Great value for price!
  • Steel frame material.
  • Very sturdy & stable.
Cons:
  • Some shakiness when doing dips.

Body Champ Power Tower

 

#5. Xmark Power Tower

The Xmark Power Tower gives us everything we’re looking for in a body tower including a vertical knee raise, dip station, push-up, and pull-up station using a wide and narrow grip. One outstanding feature of the Xmark is its extra thick 2 and a 1/2 inch high density cushioning for its padded grips.

Its overall coating and finish is made with absolute precision making use of a scratch resistant coating and skid resistant rubber feet. Biggest drawback of the Xmark Power Tower is a possible chance of it wobbling at certain weights or when doing dips.

Specs & Features:
  • Product Weight: 70 Pounds
  • 350-Pound Weight Capacity
Pros:
  • 2.5″ high density cushion.
  • Use of scratch resistance coating.
  • Sturdy construction.
Cons:
  • Shaky when doing dips.

X-mark Power Tower

#4. Weider Power Tower

The Weider Power Tower includes all the basic necessities to accomplish our body weight exercises. Included padded hand grips on its pull-up, push-up, VKR, and dip station makes the Weider Power Tower a great choice for any home gym. The Weider company has been in the fitness industry for over 25 years, making them one of the most reliable companies to choose our fitness equipment from.

One great advantage of the Weider Power Tower is 7′ 6″ height, making it a great fit for those who are over 6′. The Weider Power Tower has a great build quality and feel to it. One thing to look out for is that this power tower can take up a good amount of space.

Specs & Features:
  • Size: 57″L x 41″W x 84″H
  • Product Weight: 94 Pounds
  • 300-Pound Weight Capacity
Pros:
  • Excellent value for price.
  • Excellent build quality.
  • Very sturdy – no wobbling.
Cons:
  • Some problems with packaging & delivery.

 Wider Body Tower

#3. Golds Gym XR 10.9

The XR 10.9 Power Tower by Golds Gym is definitely a solid choice. This power tower is known for its sturdiness. Despite some possible shakiness, the Golds Gym XR 10.9 is especially great for those weighing over 200 pounds. Our one and only gripe with this product is its fairly heavy weight, weighing in at 99 pounds. The Golds Gym XR 10.9 is an excellent power tower for the price we think you’ll be very happy with!

Specs & Features:
  • Size: 57″L x 41″W x 84″H
  • Product Weight: 99 Pounds
Pros:
  • Multi-grip pull-up station.
  • Very sturdy.
Cons:
  • Heavy equipment weighing in at 99 pounds
  • Padding on arms could be better.

Golds Gym XR 10.9 Power Tower

#2. Bowflex Body Tower

There are some very noticeable and key aspects that helps put the Bowflex Body Tower at the top of our list. The first is the inclusion of a workout placard attached to the power tower so you’re never second guessing your workouts.

Allowing you to perform more than 20 various exercises, the power tower makes use of a commercial steel frame allowing for maximum durability. With included handgrips, sling straps, and a cushioned back pad, the Bowflex Body Tower is a near perfect choice. The only issue you may come across with the Bowflex Body Tower is that some slight wobbling when doing tricep dips.

Specs & Features:
  • Size: 50″L x 50″W x 70″H
  • Product Weight: 120 Pounds
  • 300-Pound Weight Capacity
Pros:
  • Over 20 possible exercises.
  • Workout placard.
  • Included hand grips and sling straps.
  • Very sturdy & well-designed.
  • Commercial steel grade construction.
Cons:
  • Heavy duty – weighs 120 pounds.

Bowflex Power Tower

#1. Stamina X Fortress Power Tower

Our favorite power tower by far, but also the most expensive has to be the Stamina X Fortress Power Tower offering the most versatility, style, and stableness of any power tower. The Stamina X includes both stronghold grips and boulder fit rock climbing handholds to allowing you to accomplish your pull-ups and chin-ups in style.

In the back is a non-slip jumping surface with an adjustable plyo box. The dip pads and back pad for your knee raises are also adjustable to your liking and includes ab straps to help you work your abs with ease. When it comes to the Stamina X the only concern we had was price. If that’s not an issue however, this is easily one of the most top-notch power towers ever.

Specs & Features:
  • Size: 57″L x 48.5″W x 85″H
  • Total Weight: 159 Pounds
Pros:
  • Multiple pull-up stations.
  • Included adjustable plyo box.
  • Rock climbing handholds.
  • Stronghold Grips.
  • Very well constructed – no shakiness.
  • Included sling straps.
Cons:
  • None.

Stamina X Power Tower

6 Comments

  • All of the towers you posted while all different seem to have the same features. A place to do pullups and a place to dips and things of that nature. While I know there are different levels of quality, height, weight etc what are the other real differences between the machines. Do some of those offer an ability to do a completely different set of excercises or are they all more or less the same. Thanks

    • Great question Brad. I would say that in terms of exercises, most tend to offer the same kind of workouts. These would consist of your main body-weight exercises (e.g. pull-ups, chin-ups, dips, leg lifts). I would say that the only real exception here would be with the Stamina X Fortress, allowing you to also do pull-ups and chin-ups with different ‘stronghold’ grips. The real difference between the machines as you mentioned, mainly lies in their design, construction, and quality.

      Some power towers for example, may have you experience more shakiness when doing a certain type of exercise than others. The arm padding and size of the power tower are also very important. While dimensions tend to be similar across each model, even a small difference in height or width can play a big impact in one’s decision. When it comes to the different kind of exercises, the majority of these power towers do tend to offer the same or very similar exercises to one another!

  • Hi there,

    I really enjoyed the depth and thoroughness of this review. I’ve been looking for a power tower for quite awhile now and I think you’ve listed some really great choices here. I was initially looking at the Bowflex Body Tower, but felt there were other good alternatives to consider out there as well. I must say that the Stamina X Fortress Power Tower really hit the sweet spot for me.. If only it was in my budget range!

    Cheers,

    Merrell

    • I definitely know what you mean Merrell. The Stamina X Fortress literally has it all and provides more ways of working out than any other power tower on this list. As awesome as the Stamina X Fortress is, there are other awesome options to consider as well!

  • This review of the top 10 best power towers for 2017 was very informative. I think one of the most important factors when it comes to deciding on a power tower is its overall stability, as you mentioned in the article and its ability to handle one’s own body-weight. Nevertheless, these tools are very useful for doing body-weight exercises. If I had enough room in my basement or garage, then this is the kind of equipment I’d definitely want to consider. For now, I guess I’ll have to find a smaller piece of equipment.. Any recommendations?

    Thanks for an awesome review.

    Jeannie

    • Glad you enjoyed the article Jeannie and I totally understand what you mean when saying that a power tower isn’t exactly the most ‘space-saving’ pieces of equipment. But they are very practical in the sense that you can start performing all kinds of effective body-weight exercises from home. I think starting with a smaller accessory like a kettlebell, exercise ball, or neoprene dumbbell is a good idea and great place to start when it comes to smaller equipment 🙂

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