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9 Best Rogue Squat Racks for Home Gyms

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We exchanged quite a few e-mails with Michael from Rogue over the past few days.

I was honestly humbled…

Humbled by how much I didn’t know about their racks.

Here I was…a self-labeling “expert” who didn’t know what the 3 in the R-3 rack stands for….let alone RML-590C.

I guess you live and learn.

(First things first…a hat-tip to Michael for his patience and fast replies).

“Who am I?”

My name is Steve Hoyles.

I own a gym in which I train people in bodybuilding and fitness. I’ve been doing it for 2 decades now.

I do know racks – just not as well as I thought.

More on all that in a minute…

What we did to choose the best

We compared EVERY single Rogue rack in 14 quality aspects – from size and stability to colors, hardware, and prices.

We chose 9 racks to recommend.

Why 9?

Because that covers 98% of needs, tastes, and budgets.

We’ll cover everything – from the simple stands to the snazzy monsters.

Enough chit-chat; let’s break down the best Rogue Fitness power racks and find your next rack!

Budget Option

Rogue R-3 Power Rack

Rogue R-3

Best Overall

Rogue Fitness RML-390F Flat Foot Monster Lite Rack

RML – 390F

Premium Option

Rogue Ohio Bar- Stainless Steel


9 Best Rogue Racks

Rogue RackTypeBest in categoryRating
(out of 100)
PriceDefining feature/characteristic
RML – 390FPower rackTop value among power racks76.84$$$Flat-foot base
RM-4 MONSTER RACK 2.0Power rackMoney-no-object pick among classic racks68.26$$$$Customizable, versatile
ROGUE RML-3WC FOLD BACKFolding / wall-mountedFor small spaces67.47$$$Space-saving
SML-2C SQUAT STANDConnected standTop rated Rogue connected stand67.45$$Small vertical footprint – two uprights
Rogue R-3Power rackBudget66.84$$$Cheapest full-size power rack
Rogue ComboCombo rackFor powerliftersn/a$$$$$7-gauge steel, IPF-certified
Monster Lite half-rackHalf rackBest Rogue half rack overall65.58$$$$Modular – can be extended to a full rack
S-4 squat stand 2.0Independent standBest Rogue indy stand62.84$$Stands can be moved independently
RML-90SLIMWall-mounted rackBest fixed rack for small spaces and doorways62.21$$Smallest footprint among fixed racks

1 – Best Rogue power rack overall (top value)RML-390F Flat Foot Monster Lite

Rating: 76.84 out of 100

Rogue Fitness RML-390F Flat Foot Monster Lite Rack

Who it’s for: Anyone looking to get a Rogue rack without burning a hole in the wallet.


  • Value for money.
  • Flat-foot base – stable with no drilling/bolting.
  • Compact – good ratio between usable depth and footprint.


  • Holes aren’t numbered.
  • Might slide on heavy re-racks.
  • Not a great fit for spotter arms and band pegs.


The RML-390F rack is the top value for 3 main reasons:

  1. It costs less than other Rogue power racks.
  2. It spares your floors from drilling and bolting.
  3. It’s compact.

Let’s unpack that…

#1 – The cost

It’s the cheapest classic (*) Rogue power rack in our Top 9.

To spend less, you’d have to compromise – either by getting a lesser profile or a different rack type (half or wall-mounted).

Three points for perspective:

  1. A meaningful “upgrade” like the RM-4 costs about 70% more.
  2. Even the bolt-down version of this same rack costs about 100 bucks more.
  3. If you want to keep the flat-foot base and upgrade to the Monster Series, you’d pay almost twice as much.

Don’t fret…

You don’t have to understand all the codes and numbers.

Here’s the gist – this one’s the top bang for your buck among power racks with a Rogue logo.

*Classic – 4-post, 3×3.

#2 – No bolting, drilling, or extra weights – the claims vs. the truth

You’ll see flat-footed racks advertised as “stable on their own.”

That’s true to a point.

The full-contact base is more stable than classic legs; so you won’t need to drill. That’s helpful if you’re not confident with power tools, or you can’t secure bolts into the floor. 

It’s simple physics – the stability comes from the extra friction and the lowered center of gravity.

Still, smaller racks like this one might skid on aggressive re-racks. They’re also at risk of sliding on concrete floors – there’s very little friction between metal and smooth concrete. 

They’re not very stable when used with spotter arms and band pegs.

Bottom line – if you’re lifting heavily and racking aggressively, adding weight plates for stabilization is smart.

#3 – It’s compact

The extra friction allows the compact frame to be anchored without legs or bolts.

At 16.33 square feet, this one’s as small as the SML-2 stand.

Bottom line

RML-390F is a hybrid between the classic RML-3 rack and the SML stands.

It’s the best of the two worlds and yields more value for your buck.


Uprights – dimensions (inches) and steel thickness3×3 / 11 gauge
Width (inches) 49
Depth – at base and between uprights (inches)48 / 30
Height (inches)92
Holes – diameter and spacing (inches)⅝ / Westside

2 – Money-no-object pick – RM-4 Rogue Monster Rack

Rating: 68.26 out of 100

Rogue RM-4 Monster Rack 2

Who it’s for: Anyone with the space and money for it.


  • Beefier attachments and hardware than Monster Lite.
  • Modular – easy to convert to a 6-post cage with storage pegs.
  • Customizable – 13 rig colors and 3 height options.
  • Laser-cut hole numbers.


  • Expensive.
  • Needs to be bolted down.
  • Not as space-friendly


RM-4 is the best Rogue rack for the no-compromise kind of guy who still appreciates money.

It’s versatile, extra beefy, oversized, and fully justifies the Monster name.

Versatile – what it really means

The versatility comes from the extra depth/height paired with the top-to-bottom side holes.

The inside depth allows for exercises that might be problematic on smaller racks (like good mornings or split squats).

It’s also more flexible in terms of attachment spacing and placement.

With 2×3 racks, you’re limited by the orientation and profile.

With smaller 3x3s (like the RML above), you’re limited by the space between the uprights.

This one solves those two potential problems.

That’s especially true if you add the two extra uprights and go with the RM-6.

It means more room for attachments and less need to move stuff around.

As cool as it gets

Let’s face it – with the color choices and laser-cut numbers, coolness is a massive plus with this one.

And I don’t say that in a negative context…

For many people, feeling like the cool kid translates to consistency.

If that sounds familiar and you can afford it, more power to you!

As tall as it gets

The 108-inch tall variant of the RM-4 is the tallest power rack Rogue makes.

The only alternative that puts the pull-up bar at 100+ inches is the HR-2.

If you’re tall and into kipping, this is the Rogue rack for you.

Bottom line

RM-4 is as versatile and cool as a rack gets…with a price tag to match the superlatives.


Uprights – dimensions (inches) and steel thickness3×3 / 11 gauge
Width (inches) 49
Depth at base (inches)53
Depth between uprights (inches)49
Height options (inches)90 / 100 / 108
Holes – diameter and spacing (inches)1 / Westside

3 – Best foldable Rogue rack – RML-3WC Fold Back

Rating: 67.47 out of 100

Rogue RML-3WC Fold Back Wall Mount Rack

Who it’s for: Anyone with a small home gym and those who aren’t fans of massive, space-dominating racks.


  • Space-saver – small footprint and folds inward/outward.
  • More refined (tolerances, welds, powder coat) than the main competitors.
  • 3 depth options – can be as deep as 44 inches.
  • 11 Color choices.


  • Two uprights.
  • May not be strong enough for spotter arms (depending on the wall).


Compared to other foldable racks from Rogue

Rogue makes 7 folding racks, 5 of which are Monster Lite variants (1 Monster and 1 Infinity/R Series).

Our pick, the RML-3WC, is the most well-rounded and most popular.

The well-roundedness (if that’s a word) comes down to profile, compatible attachments, and color choices.

Only one other Rogue folding rack allows you to choose the colors.

It’s the RML-390FULLW, which is a full rack and (almost) negates the space-saving aspect.

Plus, it costs double…so there’s that.

Compared to the competition from other brands

Rogue’s foldable units cost more than REP and Titan.

The “more” ranges from 10 to 400%, depending on which racks you compare.

Compared to Titan…there’s no comparison.

They’re much easier to set up, have better welds, and more resistant powder coats.

Compared to REP…it’s a closer race.

Rogue racks still have cleaner finishes and superior attention to detail – that’s a given.

Most importantly, the Rogue stringers make a difference.

They look more than a board and add a layer of stability and confidence in your rack.

Finally, there’s the sheer awesomeness of color combos. If interior design is your jam, Rogue have you covered!

My favorite is burnt-orange uprights and black stringers and crossmembers. How cool is that?

Rogue folding rack with stringers - burnt orange uprights - compared to REP PR-4100 with a board

BUT, REP PR-4100 might be the better value for those looking to save a Benjamin or two.

It’s as hefty and 10-20% cheaper than the RML-3WC.

Note: Check out our best REP Fitness power racks guide if you want to learn more about REP’s full range of racks on offer.

Bottom line

RML-3WC is the most complete folding rack from Rogue, and one of the best on the market overall.


Uprights – dimensions (inches) and steel thickness3×3 / 11 gauge
Width (inches) 49
Depth at base (inches)13.5 / 25 / 44
Depth between uprights (inches)9 / 21.5 / 41.5
Height (inches)90.375
Holes – diameter and spacing (inches)⅝ / Westside

4 – Best among Rogue squat stands (connected) – ROGUE SML-2C

Rating: 67.45 out of 100

Rogue SML-2C Squat Stand

Who it’s for: Anyone looking to free up vertical space with minimal loss of functionality.


  • Stable – flat-footed base with a triangle connection to uprights.
  • Converts to a half-rack.
  • Customizable – numbered holes, pull-up bar type, upright colors.
  • Safer than indy stands (like S-4).


  • Not as safe or stable as 4-post racks.
  • Can’t move the stands independently (like with the S-4).


SML-2C is the best among the 11 connected stands that Roge makes.

It ticks all the boxes:

  • Stout, flat-footed base.
  • Thick uprights with optional numbering.
  • Good pull-up bar with optional fat/skinny bars.
  • Custom colorways (the only stand that offers it).

Anything you’d add/change in this setup would cost a pretty penny without making a substantial difference.

Here’s what I mean by that…

You could argue that the extra height and the 1-inch holes are an upgrade.

For some people, they might be.

For most, it’s details that aren’t worth the extra cost (about 60% more moniezz).

For me, they also aren’t worth giving up the purrty colors.

Compared to REP and Titan

The price tag is nested between the Titan stands and the REP SR-4000.

Note: Check out our best Titan Fitness power racks guide if you want to learn more about Titan’s full range of racks on offer.


  • Titan T-3 and X-3 cost 30 and 20% less, respectively.
  • REP SR-4000 is 30-50% pricier, depending on the height.

Bottom line

Monster Lite 2C is the Goldilocks’ bed among squat stands – it’s just right.


Uprights – dimensions (inches) and steel thickness3×3 / 11 gauge
Width (inches) 49
Depth at base (inches)48
Height (inches)92
Holes – diameter and spacing (inches)⅝ / Westside

5 – Top budget pick – Rogue R-3 rack

Rating: 66.84 out of 100

Rogue R-3 Power Rack

Who it’s for: Anyone looking to get a Rogue rack on a ‘budget’. Sure, it’s a budget offering for Rogue, but whether it’s budget relative to the rest of the market…!


  • Cheapest power rack from Rogue.
  • Includes a fat and skinny pull-up bar (2 and 1.25-inch diameters).
  • Compact (34 inches deep).
  • Available as a short variant for lower ceilings (~84 inches high).
  • Welded sides of the frame.


  • Lesser profile than Monster and Monster Lite (2×3).
  • Might not be deep enough to lift inside.


The good ol’ R-3 will be plenty stable and versatile for 99% of home gyms.

The 11-gauge steel paired with a (mostly) welded frame and 2×3 uprights can take anything you throw at it.

That’s not even a question…

The REAL question is whether the bucks saved are worth the trade-offs.

“What’s the trade-off?”

Compared to R-4 and R-6, the trade-off is the extra depth –  1 and 2 feet, respectively. Think long and hard about this aspect in particular, because that’s a LOT of versatility lost.

Compared to Monster and Monster Lite, the 2 key trade-offs are the extra inch on the uprights and fewer compatible attachments.

Below is a short comparison video – R-3 vs. R-4.

Bottom line

R-3 is the cheapest Rogue power rack, and does most jobs well.


Uprights – dimensions (inches) and steel thickness2×3 / 11 gauge
Width (inches) 53
Depth at base (inches)34
Depth between uprights (inches)24
Height (inches)90
Holes – diameter and spacing (inches)⅝ / Westside

6 – Best Rogue rack for powerlifters – Rogue Combo

Rating: n/a

The Rogue Combo Rack

Who it’s for: Powerlifters.


  • Changing the height without unracking.
  • Competition level build (certified by IPF).
  • Burly – 500+ pounds of 7 gauge steel.
  • Fat-pad used for the bench.
  • Roller cups for easy bar centering.


  • No versatility beyond squatting and bench pressing.


The Rogue Combo rack is an immovable object and only makes sense if you’re an unstoppable force.

Language acrobatics aside

This beastly thing is impressive, even when compared to other combo racks.

I didn’t rate it here because comparing it to your average rack doesn’t make sense.

It’s easily in the TOP 3 combo racks on the market (neck-and-neck with Eleiko and Ghost).


It weighs twice as much as Eleiko’s combo rack and 10 pounds less than the legendary Ghost HD. Those two cost about 75 and 50% more.

But seriously, you don’t need this unless you’re a powerlifter.

Bottom line

Rogue’s Combo is a thick slab of sheer badassery. If you need a specialty rack for bench presses and squats and have the money for this, get it.


Uprights – dimensions (inches) and steel thickness3×3 / 7 gauge
Width – total and inside (inches) 80.25 / 43.5
Depth at base (inches)77.25
Max upright height (inches)78
Bench height (inches)17.5

7 – Best Rogue half rack – Monster Lite (and a budget alternative)

Rating: 65.58 out of 100

Rogue Monster Lite Half Rack

Who it’s for: Anyone who can afford a premium half rack.


  • Modular – converts to a full rack.
  • Deeper than HR-2.
  • Pairs with stabilizer legs.
  • Greater number of compatible attachments (compared to HR-2).


  • Expensive.


Rogue makes 3 half racks – the Monster Lite, the HR-2 and the Collegiate.

For a home gym, the Collegiate is an overkill and we won’t waste time on it.

Back to ML and HR-2…

In absolute terms, Monster Lite is the superior unit…for 2 main reasons:

  1. Greater inner depth (24 vs. 17 inches).

    For most people, the Monster Lite is deep enough to lift inside.
  2. It’s modular, meaning it converts to a full 4 or 6-post rack.

    In other words – you’re not stuck with a half-rack if you grow out of it.

On the other hand, it costs about 80% more.

The budget HR-2 is actually an extended Monster Lite stand.

It’s fairly basic, but it’s the better value if you have no plans to lift “inside.”

For more detailed comparisons, see the section dedicated to best connected squat stands in our main guide here.

Bottom line

If you want a Rogue half rack, you have two options – the premium Monster Lite and the budget HR-2.

Specs of the Monster Lite half rack

Uprights – dimensions (inches) and steel thickness2×3 / 11 gauge
Width between uprights (inches) 49
Width between outer edges of footplates (inches)53
Width including plate storage (inches)76.25
Depth at base (with legs, in inches)55 / 62
Depth between uprights (inches)17 / 24
Height (inches)90.375
Holes – diameter and spacing (inches)⅝ / Westside

8 – Independent Rogue squat stand – the S-4

Rating: 62.84 out of 100

Rogue S-4 Squat Stand 2

Who it’s for: Anyone looking for an independent stand.


  • Flexible use of space – you can move the stands independently.
  • Huskier build and better finishes than indy stands from other brands.
  • Cheaper than connected stands and racks.


  • No pull-up bar.
  • Not as safe as racks (or connected stands).
  • No wheels.


The S-4 belongs to the 1% of all racks and stands we reviewed in one aspect – the thickness of the steel in the base.

It’s a mighty 7-gauge.

For context…

I only know a handful of units that use 7 gauge.

It’s typically combo racks for pro powerlifters or commercial units, and they cost 10-15 times more.

The 7-gauge makes sense

Many Rogue Fitness racks are overkill in one way or another.

The S-4 is not one of them.

Here’s why…

Stands are inherently unstable because they’re not attached to anything and aren’t big enough to create friction.

That’s why the extra heft in the base makes sense.

It’s about lowering the center of gravity and stabilizing the stand with a big footprint at each base. 

Even with all that praise, the S-4 still isn’t the top value on the market.

That title goes to a lesser-known stand from Bells of Steel – you can read more in the section on best independent stands for home gyms here.

Bottom line

The S-4 is the only option if you want a Rogue independent stand. It’s also the beefiest indy stand on the market.


Uprights – dimensions (inches) and steel thickness2×3 / 11 gauge
Footprint per stand (inches) 26 x 22
Height (inches)72
Holes – diameter and spacing (inches)⅝ / Westside

9 – RML-90SLIM Rogue rack

Rating: 62.21 out of 100

Rogue RML-90 Slim Rack

Who it’s for: Anyone looking to save space but doesn’t like folding racks.


  • Small footprint – only 14 “ deep.
  • Maximal use of space – exists as a door-mounted version.
  • As stable as any classic rack, especially when paired with stringers.
  • Compatible with the ML 1.25-inch pull-up bar.


  • One depth option only.
  • Safe mounting requires either concrete or wood studs.


The Monster Lite Slim is your best option if you’re not a fan of folding racks and have a small gym.

It’s also a unique fit if the only available space is the doorway.

Finally, it’s a screaming bargain if all you want is a place to squat and press from. 

Just as small as folding racks

The smallest version of the ML Fold back has a footprint of 4.59 square feet (unfolded).

The 90 Slim is a sliver over that – 4.76 square feet.

That’s an extra half inch from the wall to the outer edge, which is a non-factor.

The decision will come down to 3 things:

  1. Shape and position of your free space.
  2. Your tolerance for rattle and play – ‘cause there will be some in any fold-back.
  3. Your plans for the gym – 90Slim is the future-proof choice if upgrading to a power rack is in the cards.

Bottom line

If you prefer a fixed rack, the RML-90SLIM is the greatest space-saver in the Rogue universe.


Uprights – dimensions (inches) and steel thickness3×3 / 11 gauge
Distance from wall (inches)14
Width – between and outside uprights (inches)43 / 49
Height (inches)90.375
Holes – diameter and spacing (inches)⅝ / Westside

Buyer’s guide to choosing the best Rogue squat rack

If you didn’t like any of our top picks, take 10 minutes to read this section.

It’s a guide on the key things to consider when buying a Rogue Fitness rack.

“But I know all this stuff…”

I know, I know…some of this might read as common sense.

I promise you this much…

Even if you know your stuff, I’m sure you’ll find some new nuggets of information.

…missing pieces to complete the puzzle.

And new angles to look at things.

Bottom line – expect some AHA moments.

10 primary factors to look for in a Rogue rack

Buyer’s guide to Rogue squat racks

#1 – Type of Rogue Fitness racks

(no specific number of points in our ratings)

Rogue makes every rack type that exists – from kids’ racks to gargantuan rigs….and everything in between.

Here’s the bottom line for those who go with a Rogue rack – you’ve got 99 problems, but the TYPE ain’t one.

If you have the budget for Rogue, each of those “problems” will be sweet. 

Let’s tackle them all nonetheless.

How to know which type you need

That’s a question that goes beyond the scope of this article because I’ve dealt with it in detail in the main guide.

If you’re unsure about the type of rack you need, hop over to that section here.

#2 – As-is vs. customizable power racks

(0 to 7.9 points in our ratings)

This connects right into point #1.

If you’re unsure about the type of rack you need, go with a customizable rack.

These are modular and allow you to add uprights.

I’ll illustrate my point with an example

You get the HR-2, and you’re stuck with a half-rack.

You get the Monster Lite half rack, and the potential for upgrades is endless.

Add uprights to the front or back…go from half-rack to a 4 or 6-post cage.

That’s not unique to Rogue…but here’s what is

The modular design is standard, and you can find it with lower-tier brands like Titan.

Here’s what you can’t do…

You can’t add uprights after 5 years and keep that clean look.

Fading, scratches, dents…it’s a real problem…

The whole thing will look like Saul Goodman’s Suzuki Esteem…with the orange door and all.

The yellow Suzuki with one orange door owned by Saul Goodman

With Rogue, the coating is resistant enough to maintain the (close-to) new look.

Whenever you decide to add stuff, a good rubdown will have the setup looking like one unit.

That’s a big plus in my OCD-ridden mind.

#3 – Uprights on Rogue racks – profile, gauge, and hole spacing

(14.48 points across 3 categories)

Rogue uses 11-gauge steel for the vast majority of their racks.

Three key separators are:

  1. Profile size (2×3 for the Infinity/R-series, and 3×3 for Monster and Monster Lite).

    They stopped making Echo racks, which used to be 2×2 with ½ holes.
  2. Hole diameter – (⅝-inch on Infinity and Monster Lite, 1-inch on Monster).

    We’ll put a pin in this (pun very intended) and talk some more in the attachment section.
  3. Hole spacing (more on this in a second).

Which one’s right for you

I’ll make this simple.

If I were buying a Rogue rack today, I’d stick with 3×3 uprights.

If you’re investing in Rogue, why compromise with a 2×3?

The red line of gauge

I also wouldn’t pay premiums for 7-gauge steel…99% of us don’t need it. You’re not that strong!

That’s probably why Rogue isn’t offering 7-gauge on the Monster Series anymore. 

#3a – Hole spacing – mostly Westside

(0 to 6.58 points in our ratings)

Most Rogue racks have Westside hole spacing (1 “ in the benching area, 2 “ on the rest).

The exception is the Monster Series and the Combo rack (spaced at 2 and 1 inches).

Why is Monster the exception?

Because the 1-inch pins make Westside spacing physically impossible.

There’s a clear trade-off here

The racks and attachments from the Monster series are beefier compared to Monster Lite.

And that goes beyond the pin size – they just feel heftier in hand.

My position here is clear – I choose Westside spacing every day of the week.

It adds actual value and a layer of safety.


Perfectly-placed J-hooks give you the confidence to push your limits.

#4 – Size – footprint and height

(0 to 11.85 points across three categories)

The footprint of Rogue racks is between 4.76 (for the Slim rack) and 25+ square feet for something like a 6-post Monster rack.

The graph below compares the footprints of 9 top-rated Rogue racks.

Footprints of the best Rogue racks compared

These are just numbers and should be considered in a broader context.

That should go without saying, but you’d be surprised…

How to know which one fits your space

Draw it all out and do some simple space math.

Below is a 5-step roadmap:

  1. Consider the free floor space and the vertical space.
  2. For most home gyms, a classic power rack with 4 or 6 uprights will be worth the space, especially if you plan to use it as a hub for attachments.
  3. If you have the floor space but the vertical space is crowded, go with a squat stand.
  4. For extra small spaces, go with a door or wall-mounted Rogue rack – foldable or fixed.
  5. Consider the barbells, weight pegs, and the space needed to maneuver around them. My rule of thumb is to add at least 2 feet on all sides.

Here’s the good news – Rogue’s portfolio is the most versatile in the rack industry.

#4a – Height of a Rogue rack – from short stands to 108 inches

(0 to 3.95 points in our ratings)

At 72 inches, the S-4 stand is the shortest member of the Rogue family.

The Monster Series goes up to 108 inches (also offered at 90 and 100 inches).

Which height is right for you – two rules of thumb

1 – The sweet spot for most people is around 90 inches.

That’s a good number for an average US ceiling.

It also gives you enough space for attachments and pull-ups.

2 – If you do kipping pull-ups and you’re a tall guy, you’ll want to splurge for the 100-inch version of the Monster.

For basement gyms and non-standard ceilings

The obvious choice for basements is stands.

The following stands top out at 72-73 inches – S-1, S-4, SM-1 and SML-1.

The not-so-obvious choice is the R-4.

It comes in a shorty version with 6 inches shaved off the standard height, which makes it 84.375 inches tall.

For visual reference  – comparison graphs

The graph below compares the minimum and maximum height options for the Top 9  Rogue racks.

Minimal height of Rogue racks compared
Maximal height of Rogue racks compared

Bonus tip: When the rack you’re considering is a tight fit, take a moment to discern what’s what in the specs.

Most Rogue listings show the absolute height. Occasionally, it’s just the uprights without the base.

A case in point is the HR-2, which lists the optional height as 90 or 108, while the absolute heights are 92.25 and 110.25, respectively.

When in doubt, do the math using the higher number.

#5 – The base type of Rogue Fitness racks

(no specific number of points in our ratings)

If you go by type of base, all Rogue racks fall into 3 groups:

  1. Standard bases – most of these can be bolted down.
  2. Flat-foot base – relies on extra friction for stabilization.

    For the most part, these are stable without bolts or weight plates on the horns.
  3. No base – wall-mounted racks.

Which one’s right for you

I’d recommend a flat base to 8 out of 10 people.

The remaining 2 will need bolts because they use spotter arms or lift to failure.

There’s a call for them if you’re lifting crazy weights (750+ lb rack pulls for example) too, but that’s pretty rare.

The 2 exceptions – spotter arms and band pegs

If you’re racking/dropping weight onto the spotter arms, 20+ inches away from the uprights, it’s like yanking the rack forward.

The same goes for band pegs.

In those scenarios, the only TRUE stability comes from bolting the rack into your floor.

Will it tip over…probably not, but…

If it’s a flat-footed rack with a solid amount of stored weight, the tipping risk lowers.

However, it might rattle and wobble, and I have zero tolerance for that.

Here’s why…

Our brains are survival tools.

If there’s even a hint of immediate danger, that survival can mean limiting how much you can lift.

In other words – when you feel unsafe, the mind can limit how much you lift.

I’ll stop with philosophy now…

The bottom line is this – if you don’t want to drill into your floors, go with a flat-footed rack.

#6 – Pull-up bar on Rogue racks – type and “upgradeability”

(no specific number of points in our ratings)

The pull-up bar is probably the single most overlooked factor when weighing the PROS and CONS of Rogue racks.

It’s just a bar, right?

Not even close.

Titan bars, for example, are acceptable, but the powder coat is less resistant and gritty.

If you’re making a switch from Rogue, it will definitely feel like a downgrade.

More importantly…

The gap between Rogue and other brands grows when you look beyond the included bars.

The socket bar is where it’s at.

If you’re into pull-ups, you’ll appreciate the versatility of finishes, shapes, knurling, and colors.

I might sound like a fanboy, but…

Nothing says badass like a black Rogue rack paired with a splash of knurled color.

Knurling and color options for Rogue socket bars

#7 – Shipping and setup of a Rogue rack

(no specific number of points in our ratings)

The prices listed on the Rogue website are before shipping, handling, and tax.

Those three will add 10-15% to the price tag.

On the other hand, REP and Titan offer free shipping.

Let me put that in context…

Add 100 bucks to the shipping, handling, and tax of a 6-post Rogue rack, and you can buy an entry-level Titan rack (like the T-2).

With that said, you’re probably not here to cheap out.

The trade-offs of free shipping

Lower-tier brands ship their stuff by clumping parts.

There’s often metal-to-metal contact, mangled boxes, and ridiculous instructions.

Rogue racks come with parts in separate boxes, all packed onto a palette and with decent assembly instructions.

The instruction thing baffles me

I understand the appeal of cheap imported racks.

I understand skimping on the finishes and welds…even the steel.

I have zero understanding for moronic instructions.

Pardon the language, but it’s the right word…

How hard is this?

You get someone in the US to draw it up, e-mail it to China and say, “Print this and put it in the box.”


I honestly don’t get it…

Anyway…choosing a premium brand like Rogue means never dealing with frustrating nonsense.

But you pay for the no-hassle experience.

#7 – Versatility and compatible attachments (from Rogue and other brands)

(no specific number of points in our ratings)

“Versatile” gets thrown around like confetti in this space.

I’ll be specific about what it means here…

Versatility of a squat rack comes down to 3 things:

  1. Number and height of the uprights.
  2. Number of compatible attachments.
  3. The available space to use those attachments.

Points 1 and 3 are self-explanatory – more space plus more uprights equals more options and versatility.

The number of compatible attachments is a different story

It can be complicated if you go down the rabbit hole of what-fits-what.

Let’s not do that…let’s make it simple.

The 6 points below cover 99% of what you need to know (especially #4):

  1. Rogue makes 3 Series of attachments – Monster, Monster Lite and Infinity.
  2. Monster and Monster Lite are compatible with racks that have the words in the name (duh!).
  3. Infinity Series is compatible with the following racks: R-3, R-3W, R-4, R-6, and HR-2.
  4. Monster Lite Series has the highest number of accessories and attachments (81). Monster Series and Infinity Series have 67 and 47, respectively.
  5. Rhino Squat belt attachment (drop-in version) is only made for the Monster racks.
  6. It is possible to “drop in” the standalone Rhino into a 6-post Monster Lite. You can read more on making that work here.

Rogue racks and Titan/REP attachments

REP and Titan attachments might not work even when listed as the same size.

These are the key points:

  1. Some REP stuff (like J-cups and spotter arms) has a slightly smaller inner profile.
  2. REP attachments can still work if you remove the UHMW plastic and replace it with something thinner (like felt).
  3. Single-hole REP attachments will fit Rogue racks.
  4. Any REP attachment that covers more than 4 holes (like a barbell holder) will not fit.
  5. Up to 4 holes, it won’t be a perfect fit, but it can work using REP’s hardware. Rogue bolts will be too big.
  6. Titan pegs are slightly bigger than Rogue’s, and won’t fit.

#8 – Warranty of Rogue racks compared to other brands

(no specific number of points in our ratings)

The Lifetime warranty is a big selling point of Rogue (and REP) racks.

That’s especially true if the alternative is Titan’s 1-year coverage.

It’s not about breaking the rack.

It’s about what the warranty tells you.

After all, a rack is a bunch of metal tubing, and I see zero reason not to back it with a lifetime warranty.


Knowing what I know about the brand policies, I don’t think the warranty should clinch your rack choice one way or the other.

There’s too much background “noise” for that.

#9 – Price of Rogue racks

(highest-gravity factor – 0 to 32.89 points in our ratings)

A rogue rack will cost you anywhere from 400 bucks to 3K+. (*)

  • On the cheap end are the squat stands and slim wall-mounted racks.
  • On the expensive end are the combo racks, and a few 6-post power racks.

Those are the outliers.

What most people pay

I’m looking at our data right now, and I estimate that 90% of Rogue customers pay $500-1500 for their rack.

That’s a rough estimate based on statistics and popularity.

It’s still useful information because it tells you where the best value is.

For reference, below is a price comparison graph for the entry-level versions of the top Rogue racks (without shipping and taxes).

Price comparison of the 10 top-rated Rogue racks

*The range doesn’t include rigs.

Methodology – how we assess and rate a Rogue rack

I’ll take a moment here to briefly outline what we did to rate the Rogue racks.

“What’s the point of that?”

The point is to justify your trust and show that none of this is provisional.

Bragging time…

We’ve created a value-driven statistical model specifically for this guide.

The ratings you see are based on expertise, testing, first-hand experiences, and above all else – data.

To be specific:

  1. We filtered our central database of 450+ racks and created a new one that only includes Rogue racks.
  2. We compared the newly created database with the Rogue website to ensure they match – i.e., every rack is included.
  3. In consultation with industry experts, we defined the rating criteria – some general and some specific to Rogue – 14 in total.
  4. We defined the gravities – the importance of each criterion.

Gravities range from 3.95 for factors like height and footprint to 32.98 for price.

  1. We went through a few iterations of the rating formula – to make sure it’s accurate and fairly represents the Rogue line-up.
  2. We decided on the number of Rogue picks to present.

    The goal here was to cover all rack types with minimal repetition. We landed on 9 picks.
  3. We update this guide with Rogue news regularly.

    Rogue is an industry leader in innovation, and they continually tweak/add/change stuff.

    We make it a point to stay on top of this and keep this guide relevant.

What it all means for you

It means this page is (and will continue to be) a hub for unique, data-driven analysis of Rogue racks.

FAQs about Rogue Fitness racks

Are Rogue squat racks worth it?

Yes, Rogue racks are worth it, especially if you choose one from the medium price range, like the RML-390F.

They generally cost more than REP and Titan, but you get better finishes, more attachments, and higher attention to detail.

Finally, the premium aura that comes with the Rogue logo is undeniable.

Is Rogue just for CrossFit?

No, Rogue is not just for CrossFit, although they remain the official supplier for the CrossFit Games.

Many Rogue units (like the HR-2 half rack) are obviously designed for home gyms.

Others, like the Combo rack, are IPF-certified and aimed at powerlifters.

Where are Rogue racks made?

Rogue racks like the RM-4 are made in the USA (Columbus, Ohio) by American workers.

That’s true for every part of the rack manufacturing – from the coal in their kilns to the steel tubes and powder coats.

They do import some of the rubber for dumbbells and bumper plates, but none of it is used on racks.

Other Rogue squat and power racks – close-but-no-cigar

Below is a list of Rogue racks that were close to the top 9 but didn’t make the cut.

Why bother with racks that aren’t as good?

Because lower ratings aren’t deal-breakers when you’re looking within a brand. Universal appeal is part of the equation.

In other words – what’s best for most might not be best for you.

These are some of the top candidates:

  • R-4 and R-6R-3’s bigger brothers (1 and 2 inches deeper, respectively). R-6 also has two extra uprights for weight storage.

    Note: don’t be confused by the lingo – R Series and Infinity Series are the same thing.
  • RM-3 and RML-3shallower versions of the RM-4 and RML-4. The “4s” are the more significant upgrade if you have the space and the budget.
  • RM-3 Fortis and RM-4 Fortis – versions of the RM-3 and 4 with welded side panels.
  • RM-6 and RML-6RM-4 and RML-4 with extra uprights for weight storage.
  • RM-43 racks – beastly buggers with 4×3 profiles. They only make sense for commercial, army, and pro-athlete spaces. Still…if you have the money to burn, who’s to say what’s too much?
  • Monster Rhino belt squat and rack – Monster rack paired with the Rhino belt-squat attachment.

    It’s great but expensive…the Rhino also exists as a standalone machine and a drop-in attachment.
  • RML-490C – an inch deeper than the top pick, with no flat base.
  • RML-390FULLW – full Monster Lite rack mounted to a wall. Since there’s no base, you use more of the footprint.

Best Rogue rack – resume and key takeaways

I salute you if you actually made it to the end…even if you just skimmed over.

It’s a lot of information to take in, especially if you’re new to Rogue racks.

Here’s a quick resume:

  • The RML-390F is the top-rated Rogue rack overall – with value for money and stability as its two key fortes.
  • If you want more of that premium Rogue aura, go with the RM-4. It’s all that and a bag of chips – extra height, colors, 1-inch pins…check, check, check.
  • If space is tight, the fold-back version of the Monster Lite is your best bet.

If you feel overwhelmed, it’s wise to bookmark this page and come back.

If you still have the stamina to keep going, click here to skip back to the TOP 9 table.

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Steve Hoyles is a certified personal trainer and gym owner. Since graduating with his Sports Science degree in 2004 he's worked in the fitness industry, helping thousands of people reach their health and fitness goals. His writing has been read by millions of people in over 200 countries as he inspires to help as many people as possible live a healthy lifestyle.

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