Pull ups are an excellent example of a classic exercise that has been around for ages and will likely continue to be used. They are on the same level as pushups and even sit ups. They offer a great way to get fit by using your own body weight for resistance. For most people, pull ups are quite difficult and take some work with pullup bars to get the hang of it. Unless you have exposed pipes from which to do your pull ups you are likely looking at a variety of pullup bars as potential additions to your home gym.
There are several things you want to consider when choosing a chin up bar. You want something made with high quality materials, something that has an excellent design with comfortable grips, one that offers several grip positions and a chin up bar that is made by a company who knows a thing or two about fitness.
Among the multitude of home pullup bars, there are really only a few that hit all of these requirements. A safe pull up bar is essential. Don’t always assume that you can spend less and get as good of a product. Make sure you check out consumer reviews of the pullup bars online to see what kind of safety concerns other people have had. Tension bars are notorious for falling, not a good quality and certainly not a safe pull up!
You also want something that is going to last. High quality steel construction is a must as are comfortable grips. Non slip foam grips are one option offered on many of the better pullup bars currently available.
One of the features I especially like is a variety of grip positions. While any pull up is good, being able to vary your pull ups ensures you get a better workout. Some pullup bars boast about having three positions, while others like the P90X chin up bar offers six!
Lastly, ensure the pullup bars you are considering are not from some fly-by-night company. Good fitness equipment comes from reputable fitness companies. Chances are if you have never heard of a company, there is a good reason. Stick with the brands you know or those that you can easily find out about.