A telescopic pull up bar is any bar that "telescopes", or is extended by twisting on one or both ends. Here's the best you can get.
They are often a bit cheaper and easier to install than other pull up bars which hang off the back edge of your door frame, and usually do less damage (if at all) to your door frame.
There are a ton of them on the market, but the question is, what's the best?
Top Pick: The Maximiza
The top pick for the best telescopic pull up bar has to go to the Maximiza.
The Maximiza is one of the most popular and highest reviewed telescopic pull up bars on the market.
As of February of 2017, it has an insane ratio of 230 positive reviews set against a mere 23 negative reviews. That means that you have about a 90% chance of being very satisfied with your purchase. No other product even comes close to this margin.
Among the high points of this bar:
- Holds up to 300 lbs
- Comes with 3 sets of door mounts (2 heavy duty and 1 medium duty)
- Non-slip comfortable extra long hand grips to minimize hand fatigue
- Fits doorways between 26-36 inches
- Nearly all consumers cite sturdiness as major strength
Consumer after consumer lauded the overall sturdiness and "quality" feeling that the bar gave after installing (which should not take more than 5-10 minutes).
This bar is a bit thicker than a lot of other telescopic bars, and is probably a big reason why it is easily able to support so much weight.
The grips are also very high quality, and even better, they are long. This helps a ton especially if more than one person wants to work out on the bar, as everyone has different arm spans. There is no need to adjust any of the grips.
Even though the bar comes with 3 types of brackets, most consumers experienced the best stability with the heavy duty brackets (naturally). Installing two sets of heavy-duty brackets at different heights on your doorframe will allow you to easily switch out the bar for different exercises (say, going from chin ups to reverse lat pull ups).
The shipping time is very quick and customer response time is very swift, if you have any questions or concerns.
If I had only one bar to recommend, the Maximiza would clearly be my top pick for the best telescopic pull up bar.
- Extremely sturdy
- High quality, long grips
- Comes with 3 sets of brackets to quickly swap out bar heights
- Fits most doorways
- Extremely high consumer praise, very high ratio of positive to negative reviews
- A bit more expensive than the other telescopic bars
Best Value For Money: The J/Fit
Even though my pick for the best telescopic pull up bar would (handily) go to the Maximiza, in terms of best value for your money, the award goes to the j/fit Doorway pull up bar.
The j/fit is priced about $10 cheaper than the Maximiza, and is almost as good.
Like the Maximiza, the j/fit is extremely well reviewed. As of February 2017, it has 188 customer reviews on Amazon, with only 16 of them being negative. And like the Maximiza, that means that you have a very high chance (~85%) of being very satisfied with this product.
That means that is nearly as highly-rated (4.5 stars vs. 4.6 stars) as the Maximiza, with a slightly smaller reviewing sample. Not bad.
Let's get to the high points of this bar:
- Holds up to 300 lbs (same as the Maximiza)
- Fits doorways from 26-40" (a little bit better than the Maximiza)
- Velcro grips that you can easily take off and adjust
- Most positive reviews cited the very easy installation, sturdiness and overall quality
There are two reasons why the j/fit however is not quite as good as the Maximiza.
First, the j/fit only comes with one set of brackets. JFIT does offer an extra set of brackets if you want to easily swap out different bar heights, but it will set you back another ~$7.
The good news here is that the brackets that do come with the j/fit are quite sturdy, and I would definitely recommend using the rubber stoppers that come with them.
Secondly, the grips, while overall good, are not quite as high quality as the Maximiza's. What I really liked about the Maximiza's grips were that they were long, and felt very smooth in your hand. The grips on the j/fit are a bit smaller.
On the other hand, the j/fit does have a significant advantage over the Maximiza, in that it will fit in doorways from 26-40" in width, whereas the Maximiza will only fit in doorways that are up to 36" wide.
If I only were able to buy one telescopic pull up bar, and it wasn't the Maximiza, it would definitely be the j/fit.
- Holds up to 300 lbs.
- ~$10 cheaper than the Maximiza
- Can fit longer doorways than the Maximiza
- Overall very good sturdiness, quality and the best value for your money
- Only 1 set of brackets
- Grips not as long or as high quality as the Maximiza
Best Bargain Deal: The Sunny & Fitness
Last, but certainly not least, is the Sunny Health & Fitness pull up bar.
If you only had about $14 to spare, and were dead set on getting a decent pull up bar, this would be the one you get.
The Sunny Health & Fitness is much, much more popular than both the Maximiza and the j/fit. Combined.
It has an overall pretty solid 4 out of 5 star ratings, with 683 reviews, of them 504 being positive. Not bad odds. Not quite as good as the Maximiza and j/fit however.
Let's get into the details of this bar:
- Can hold up to 220 lbs
- Fits doorways from 24.5 to 36" in width
- Non-slip, soft grips that ensure a very solid and stable grip
- Most positive reviews cited the easy installation, good quality and low price
Of course, there are a few areas where this bar doesn't nearly measure up to the Maximiza and the j/fit.
There's the sturdiness factor. Both the Maximiza and j/fit are far sturdier (I would put the Maximiza as the sturdiest of all 3).
There is also the grips. The grips on this bar are basically sealed onto place, so if you don't like where they are, you really can't do a lot about that. You can move the j/fit's grips around and the Maximiza's has extra-long high quality grips to avoid this.
However, this bar does have one little advantage over the j/fit, because it comes with a 2nd set of brackets. The 2nd set of brackets however are not load-bearing, and are meant to be screwed lower down on the doorway to be used as a leg brace to do sit ups. Still, it's nice to at least have that option.
This bar is basically a great steal for the money. Definitely the best bargain of the bunch.
- ~$10 cheaper than the j/fit, ~$20 cheaper than the Maximiza
- Comes with a 2nd set of brackets
- Non-slip, comfortable grips
- Grips are small and cannot be moved
- Can not hold as much weight (220 lbs) as the Maximiza and j/fit (300 lbs)
What To Look For To Find The Best Telescopic Pull Up Bar
If you are dead set on looking for a telescopic pull up bar vs a door jam pull up bar (check out our article on this that can be found HERE), there are a few things that you need to weigh and consider first.
What Is Most Important?
You first need to determine what is going to be the most important factor before heading out to purchase a telescopic pull up bar. Is it sturdiness and high quality? Get the Maximiza. Is it being able to adjust the grips? The j/fit. Is it price? The Sunny Health & Fitness.
Measure Your Doorway First
This goes without saying but you would be surprised at the number of people who purchase a telescopic or screw-in pull up bar without measuring their doorway, and then are shocked when the bar doesn't fit. Most pull up bars are going to fit most doorways, but not all. If the doorframe where you wish to place the bar is 38-40", you are simply going to have fewer options.
Will This Bar Be Used By Kids?
I covered this subject here (The Best Pull Up Bar For Kids) but it bears repeating, stability and sturdiness should be your main priority here, so don't skimp! Kids twist, turn and snap off anything they can, and that goes for pull up bars as well. I would recommend the j/fit or Maximiza if kids are going to be the main ones using this.
To sum it all up, just get the Maximiza. It's clearly the best telescopic pull up bar out there. You almost assuredly will not be disappointed.