Updated August 10, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Curl Bars

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in September of 2015. Weight training can be used for everything from body sculpting to strengthening, so our selection of curl bars includes something for everyone, from Olympic athletes to regular folks just trying to stay fit and look their best. Instead of wasting money on a gym membership and time spent driving to and from the facility, just wail on your biceps from the comfort of your home. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best curl bar on Amazon.

10. Cap Barbell RB-47B

9. Cap Barbell Super

8. Valor Fitness OB-Multi

7. HulkFit Solid

6. Titan Fitness Olympic Triceps

5. Marcy SOC-49

4. XMark Fitness XM-3670

3. Body Solid OB47B

2. Champion Barbell EZ

1. XMark Fitness Convict

Special Honors

Rogue Curl Bar With a surprisingly heavy 30-pound weight, this bar isn't suitable for those who aren't already curling at least that much. As you may already have guessed, it is intended for dedicated lifters really looking to bulk up those arms. This is evident by the 10.50-inch long loadable sleeve length, high maximum weight capacity, and cambered design that helps reduce stress on joints while simultaneously isolating the muscles you are working on. roguefitness.com

American Barbell EZ Curl There is no doubt, this is an extremely pricey option, but it is crafted of high-grade stainless steel that has a minimum tensile strength of 110K PSI, so the chances of it ever breaking or even bending are very slim. It also has near-unmatched corrosion resistance. americanbarbell.com

Ivanko OBZ-55 Don't be fooled by the name, the OBZ-55 is actually made in the U.S.A. It features a beautiful black oxide finish and is designed to stand up to the rigors of commercial use. However, it has isolated knurling, which some may love and others may dislike, as this dictates your hand placement. ivankobarbell.com

Editor's Notes

August 08, 2019:

Curl bars are a great way to isolate your biceps, which should allow you to see quicker gains in a shorter period of time. What you may immediately notice when looking at this list is that all of the options on it are angled in some manner. While you can certainly perform curls with a straight bar, fitness professionals generally agree that using an angled bar provides essentially the same results, but with less chance of injuring the elbows or wrists.

For simplicity's sake, we are going to say we have included two types of curl bars on this list: EZ curl bars and hammer curl bars. EZ curl bars, like the XMark Fitness Convict, Champion Barbell EZ, Body Solid OB47B, XMark Fitness XM-3670, Marcy SOC-49, HulkFit Solid, and Cap Barbell RB-47B provide you with narrow and wide hand positions, which concentrate on the long and short head of the biceps, respectively.

We have decided to lump a variety of different styles into the hammer curl bars category because they allow you to perform this exercise, but in truth, our broad use of the term includes multi-grip and super bars. The Titan Fitness Olympic Triceps, Valor Fitness OB-Multi, and Cap Barbell Super all allow you to perform curls with your hands in a parallel position. This targets both the biceps and the forearms, so you'll be creating a stronger grip for deadlifts, pulling, and other power movements, at the same time you are increasing muscle mass in your upper arms.

Serious lifters should look to bars that have a very high weight capacity, such as the XMark Fitness Convict, Body Solid OB47B, XMark Fitness XM-3670, HulkFit Solid, and Valor Fitness OB-Multi, all of which can accommodate at least 300 pounds. The chances of outgrowing one of these and ever having to upgrade to a stronger model are slim. Casual lifters can save a bit of money and go with Champion Barbell EZ, Marcy SOC-49, Cap Barbell Super, or Cap Barbell RB-47B.

Whichever model you choose, make sure to pay attention to what kind of plates it uses. If you buy a bar that takes Olympic plates, but only have standard plates at your home or gym, or vice versa, they won't be compatible with each other.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on August 10, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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