Shopping for a cheap but quality barbell got you down? I have analyzed and tried out the best affordable barbells you can get online today to help you save money and get you something that will last you years without costing you the same amount as a new iphone!
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How important is a quality barbell?
Some will tell you that cheap barbells will break in half if loaded too heavily. I would watch this video and see what happens when you try to break a cheap barbell.
So, yeah the most important thing about getting a barbell is that you get one!
Make sure its 7 foot and holds Olympic sized plates. If you have a very strained budget you can start off with a cheap used Barbell from Facebook Marketplace or Craiglist.
If You Have the Budget Get a Decent Barbell
If you have the room in your budget then definitely spend a bit more and get a bar that’s rated well and won’t bend on you during normal use. You don’t need to go crazy and buy a $300 bar. We have found some solid options for around $100.
Below you will find our reviews. We have ranked them with the most recommend being first. We have also included a couple of mid range barbells for those who are looking to spend a bit more money.
Interested In The History of the Barbell!?
“Some say the barbell was a gift given to us by God. Sent down from the heavens so men could get swolle and big AF…
Others say it was a freak accident that the Barbell was discovered…
Personally, I don’t give a fuck. I say just load it up with heavy weight and lift that shit.”– Some Man in Texas
Check out our amazing article: A Brief History of the Barbell
Best Overall Value Winner: Body-Solid Tools Olympic Straight Bar
This is our favorite entry level “beater” bar. The kind you can just throw around and not care what happens to it.
- Black and Chrome Color Options
- Fantastic Quality for the price
- Lighter weight capacity (600lbs)
If you’re a beginner with a limited budget and know it will be a while before you are throwing around more than 600 pounds of weight then this is a great affordable barbell for you!
Titan Economy Olympic Bar
Our second favorite bar on the list is the Titan Economy Olympic Bar. It’s a high-quality bar that is budget friendly yet can compete with many of the more expensive bars on the market.
It’s aimed at entry-level weightlifters and has a smaller weight capacity than others on this list.
- Budget friendly
- Rust-resistant bar made of quality steel
- Grip surface that will be helpful to beginners
- Smaller weight capacity (700lbs)
If you are a beginner who wants a good-priced entry-level barbell and know that you won’t be lifting more than 700lbs anytime soon then this is the one for you.
CAP 7-Foot Olympic Bar
This is the main barbell I am currently using every day in my new home gym where I am living now.
- Budget friendly-ish
- 1000 pound rating
- Rust has somehow formed on the bar after leaving it in a garage unused for a year
- Some people have had problems with the metal splintering on the part of the bar where you load weights
A great priced barbell with a high 1000 pound capacity. Though it does have some issues.
Synergee Games Barbell
The Synergee Games Barbell is an excellent entry to mid level barbell. It comes in a variety of colors, if that’s something you like, and there are different weight options (15kg/20kg). The Synergee Games Barbell has standard knurling, and it has a cerakote shaft coating and black phosphate sleeve coating.
- High weight capacity (1,000)
- 1 year manufacturer warranty/lifetime bending
- Rust resistant (according to reviews)
- Not good for power lifting according to some users
A great mid range bar with cool color options, a high 1000 pound capacity and an afforadable price.
XMark Lumberjack Olympic Bar
The XMark Lumberjack Olympic Bar is perfect for those looking for a good-priced entry-level barbell. Priced at about $150, this is one of the best priced bars of 2019. This barbell has amazing reviews, and users are comparing it to a $1000 bar. It is multi-purpose, and it has excellent knurling.
- Multi-purpose (benching and squatting)
- Excellent knurling and grip
- Budget friendly (about $150)
- Lower weight capacity (700lbs)
- Some complaints of poor bearings
The XMark Lumberjack Olympic Bar is great for those looking for a high-quality but budget-friendly barbell.
Bonus: Best Mid-Range Barbell
Rogue Bar 2.0
The Rogue Bar line is at the forefront of quality barbells, and their Rogue Bar 2.0 is no different. It’s a high-quality bar with plenty of specs that any weightlifter will be happy to see. It’s a 20kg bar with dual knurl marks that allow it to be used for both Olympic and Powerlifting. It is made of high-strength steel. One of the major distinct features of this barbell is that it uses composite bushings. These are helpful for high-rep training as they minimize friction; they are often used in aerospace and military equipment!
- Very high-quality build made of steel
- Can be used for Olympic and Powerlifting
- Composite bushings
- Well-known brand
- More pricey than some of the other bars ($265)
- Some complain that the spin is poor
Summary: Anyone looking to buy a mid range barbell will be happy with the high-quality of the Rogue Bar 2.0.
If you are a weightlifter looking for an entry-level barbell, you have many options out there. Whether you are more concerned with budget, weight capacity, a multi-purpose bar, or even the color, this review has you covered. It’s a great time to be someone looking for an entry-level barbell in 2019; the quality and prices of barbells are the best they have ever been.