Paul has been passionate about healthy eating and physical fitness for close to 40 years. Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida.
A portable doorway pull-up bar is an essential component of any home gym system, and when used properly, can contribute to the creation and maintenance of a fit and healthy body. They are particularly useful for people who have a limited amount of space and don't have easy access to a gym.
One of the great things about these devices is that they use up hardly any storage space and take just moments to set up and put away. You can even take them to work, or traveling, if you wish.
Another great thing about pull-up bars is their versatility. All styles of bar can be set up in a doorway and used for pull-ups, but most designs also enable other exercise use. For example, some types allow you to turn them over and place them on the floor, where they can be used for performing exercises such as sit-ups, push-ups, and dips. You can basically structure an entire workout around most styles.
Portable doorway pull-up bars come in a number of different designs, using different methods to attach and make themselves secure. They are relatively inexpensive when compared with many other pieces of gym equipment, and are worth every penny in my experience.
Top 3 Portable Doorway Pull-Up Bars
Below, in no particular order, are my suggestions. I have deliberately chosen three different design styles and made my choices according to value for money. The type of pull-up bar that you choose will likely depend upon your budget and requirements.
- The Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Doorway Pull-Up Bar
- The Uflyy Fitness Exercise Bar Without Screw Installation
- Teeter EZ-Up Inversion and Chin Up Rack
I give more details on my recommendations below.
The Perfect Fitness Multi-Gym Bar
I love the design of the Perfect Fitness for its versatility. You can set it in a doorway and use it for pull-ups, or you can turn it over and use it on the floor for push-ups, sit-ups, and dips. This product is sturdy; I've been using mine for around three years, and apart from some wear to the padded handles, it's as good as new.
Pros of the Perfect Fitness:
- I've had some issues in the past with push up bars causing minor damage to the door frames and paintwork, but what I like about this product is that it has a special door frame guard.
- There are three different grips, hammer grip, close grip, and true wide grip for additional versatility.
- It's adjustable and will fit door frames from 27 to 35 inches wide.
- The 300-pound weight capacity is more than enough for my needs.
Cons of the Perfect Fitness:
- After a lot of use, one of the padded grips split, and I've had to wrap around some tennis racket grip tape to fix the issue. I would definitely buy this product again, though.
The Uflyy Fitness Exercise Bar Without Screw Installation
I have a Uflyy Fitness Exercise Bar in my office. The great thing about this design is that you don't need to mess around with screws when you install it, and you can modify the height at any time without hassle. Designed for sturdiness, there are multiple features to aid stability, including anti-skid devices, to stop the bar from moving. This bar can cope with up to 440 lbs of weight.
Pros of the Uflyy Fitness Bar:
- The thinking behind this product is clever. The harder that you pull this bar, the more stable it becomes.
- Another great feature is the locking system, which prevents the bar from loosening and spinning, adding an extra degree of stability.
- It's portable, takes up very little space when stored and great for taking traveling.
- As well as pull-ups, I use mine for leg pressing, push-ups, and sit-ups.
Cons of the Uflyy Fitness Bar:
- This isn't the cheapest product out there. I would argue that it offers great value for money, but if affordability is a priority, then the Uflyy may not be for you.
Teeter EZ-Up Inversion and Chin-Up Rack
The thing I love about the design of the Teeter EZ-Up is that it places your body up and out from the door frame, giving you a lot more space and freedom of movement for stretching and exercising. I have one of these at the entrance to the guest room of my house. It fits firmly and doesn't interrupt the normal door usage, but it's also easy to remove if we have guests. The weight capacity is 250 lbs, which is more than adequate for regular use.
Pros of the Teeter EZ-Up:
- It's great for core strengthening and numerous exercises, including pull-ups, chin-ups, and weight bag workouts.
- The quick-disconnect brackets make it easy to install and remove as required.
- It's well made, built to last, and comfortable to use.
- Works for doors 28 to 36 inches wide.
Cons of the Teeter EZ-Up:
- It's a little more complicated to set up than the other two products on my list. The instructions I got with it weren't great. But once you've got the installation worked out, it's easy to set up and remove at will.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Paul Goodman
Liz Westwood from UK on April 13, 2020:
At a time when many more of us are keeping fit at home rather than going to the gym, this is a very useful and timely article.