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Are you curious about how much pull up bars cost? 

Good, because you are in the right place.

In this quick article, not only will you learn how much pull up bars costs, but also...

  • typical price ranges of most pull up bars
  • what you can expect to receive within those price ranges

More...

How Much Do Pull Up Bars Cost?

Here's the short answer.

You should expect to pay anywhere from just under $20 to upwards of around $40 for about 95% of the pull up bars on the market today.

There are a few exceptions to this rule. 

In general:​

  • Pull up bars bought straight from the manufacturer are often 50% to even sometimes as much as 100% higher than on online stores such as Amazon or Walmart
  • Second hand pull up bars will (and should) almost always be under $20 
  • There are a few pull up bars under $10, and a few pull up bars over $40, however these are by far the exception and not the norm

Now that that is out of the way, we need to discuss something else. 

Although from under $20 to around $40 is the average range of most pull up bars, there is a significant difference in what you will get when you buy a $20 bar, versus buying a more expensive bar.

The Three Price Ranges of Pull Up Bars​

From experience, there are three general price ranges when it comes to pull up bars. Depending upon your individual goals, these different price ranges offer slightly different things. 

The three ranges (and their benefits are): ​

Bars Under $20

Example

Pure Fitness Multi Purpose

Benefits & Drawbacks

  • Inexpensive
  • Gets the job done in terms of being able to quickly do pull ups

Bars Over $20 & Under $30

Example

The Iron Gym Pull Up Bar

Benefits & Drawbacks

  • Majority of pull up bars are in this range
  • The most popular pull up bars are in this range
  • The difference in quality between the bars in this range and the under $20 is significant

Bars Over $30 & Beyond

Example

The Iron Gym Extreme

Benefits & Drawbacks

  • Often times these bars are a popular bar that has been improved in some way 
  • The difference in quality is not as drastic as the difference between the +$20 and under $20, but still noticable

Although everything stated above is a generality, let's conduct a little test. 

Let's pick three pull up bars from each price range, and compare them. This way, you will be able to more quickly and tangibly see the differences between the two (and what you can generally expect).

Each of the pull up bars from each of the price points will be one of the more popular bars. ​

Under $20

Under $30

Under $40

Comparing each of the price ranges against each other, what exactly do you get? 

Under $20 Pull Up Bars

  • You will be able to do at least 3 types of different pull ups: traditional, narrow and hammer
  • Foam handles for (most) grip positions
  • Fit doorways from 24-32" (most doorways)

Under $30 Pull Up Bars vs. Under $20

  • More pull up position varieties, including wide-grip
  • Much improved grip quality
  • Adjustable doorway positioning on some models
  • Much better build quality (and ability to handle heavier individuals)
  • Foam covered contact points to prevent wall damage

And comparing bars under $30 vs those under 40?

  • Even better build quality (especially for wide grips)
  • Better foam grips
  • Adjustability 
  • Individual models can fit a wider range of doorways

Don't let some of the "bonus accessories" with the cheaper models fool you. What you "make up for" with extra ab straps or the like, you miss out on much better build quality, grips, and pull up variety. 

The bottom line here is that, although you can easily purchase a pull up bar for under $20, you will simply receive a vastly superior product by sticking in the $20 to $30 range.

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