How to choose best dance pole for apartment
Good grip, smooth rotation, and secure fixation will definitely leave the best impressions of using the pole. So when choosing the best pole for home use, you should pay special attention to these important criteria. Whether you want a universal pole for pole sports and exotic, or a static sticky pole for acrobatic elements, we have tested and found the best available on the market for you. We have already made our choice for the safest, non-slip, and universal pole dance kit. To buy the best for you too, we invite you to read our review.
Best Choice for both beginners and professionals – Lupit Classic G2 (Generation 2)
These are poles with which you can achieve your physical goals while feeling 100% safe. They are really multi-pieces and portable, but also professional.
The manufacturer offers different diameters - 42, 45mm. The pipe does not require fixing in the floor and ceiling, does not leave any traces (held on the principle of strut/jack). Installation of the equipment takes only a few minutes, it is not difficult to complete it yourself, without the help of other people. All the hex keys needed to install the pole are already included - large and small. The small key is needed when installing and fixing the folding pole, the big key is needed for switching modes. The modes are switched in several turns of the key, which means that you don't have to spend much time setting up. The whole kit weighs about 35lb.
The top and bottom domes of Lupit dance poles have a soft silicone lining around the bases, which prevents damage to both floor and ceiling.
extension has to be bought separately, it is not a part of a basic kit. The basic kit is available for ceilings up to 9ft 2in high.
This pole is made of stainless steel coated with chrome. And if manufacturers usually apply a nickel layer of chrome to the stainless steel first, this product does not contain nickel.
Why is it good?
During use (no matter how high-quality the chrome pole is) the upper chrome layer tends to be erased, scratched, and thus exposed nickel plating. Nickel can cause allergic reactions, dermatitis, redness. It can be absorbed through the skin; and there was even information about the hospitalization of some pole dancers after using nickel plating. The absence of nickel and the fact that there is a chrome layer means that it does not cause allergic reactions, is safe for your skin and health while maintaining the right stickiness and grip.
- 100% nickel free
- Smooth and Unique tube Joint system
- Improved hinge and bearing systems provide better spinning
- The highest pole for the home (with additional equipment)
- There are different diameters to choose from
- The smallest base dome that does not interfere with movement at all
- It is easy to adjust, user-friendly and durable
- There are two colors: silver and black (powder-coated)
- There's a little move on the statics
MegaBrand Spinning Dancing Pole – Maximum Value
Multi-piece pole with adjustable height supplied with all necessary attachments for different heights of ceilings. Well packed in compact and individual protected tubes package. The compact package makes it easy to hide the box in case you have guests or need more space in the room. The package, by the way, has no inscriptions about the contents inside.
It takes 10-15 minutes to install, but with a swivel base, it is easy to install on uneven floors. The surface is quite smooth, so the pole does not provide the best grip, but overall it is quite stable and sticky. It costs your money if you do not have the funds to buy the pole more expensive production.
Some buyers report manufacturing defects, but there is also evidence of free replacement of defective parts by the manufacturer.
- High level of maximum weight capability
- Most choice
- Low price
- Smooth and long spinning time
- Minimal warranty agreement
- Installation may take more time
- There's a little move on the statics
Pro-Fit 50mm Professional Portable Spinning Dance Pole
The best solution for those who prefer a 50 mm pole thickness. This is a chrome-plated steel tube that is supplied with a handy carrying bag and LED lighting (can be used for parties). Everything you need to install and adjust the pole in your home is included, so it is the most complete and equipped pole dance kit at home. Additional details are also available to buy to increase the height of the pole to 10 pounds.
The manufacturer claims the maximum weight capacity of 250 pounds. Therefore this pole is not the right one for overweight people. It becomes not safe for them. Besides, the upper dome is rather small in diameter, which means that it is not as safe without fastening as other products from this review.
- Complete training and fun kit
- Adjustable height
- One of the few manufacturers that makes 50mm diameter poles
- Easy to store in the bag
- Relatively low weight capability
- Small top dome diameter
BEAMNOVA Strip Pole Dance Pole – Best Gold Pole for Home Use
This is the best of the few gold-colored poles on the market. The quality metal coating, which does not erase over time, is slip-resistant enough to train at home with pleasure on a beautiful gold pole. It looks very beautiful in the house and shines brightly.
The kit provides you with a mounting set and several pieces of different lengths that you need to choose to assemble to the height of your ceiling. It is not difficult to install, and the domes have silicone pads to protect your floor and ceiling from damage. You will probably not find any warranty information when you buy it. It is not known for sure if there is one, but the manufacturer's website states that they have a 2-year warranty against manufacturing defects from the date of purchase.
- Golden color
- Good grip
- Corrosion resistance
- A bit more expensive than its silver equivalents
- Unconfirmed Warranty
YAHEETECH Professional Stripper Pole
Nice quality multi-piece pole, which is suitable for both beginners and professionals for practicing at home. It is stable, has two modes, switches from static to dynamic (and back) with a few turns of the hex key. It has a pleasant silver luster. The swivel base and the angular stability lock help stabilize the pole on uneven surfaces.
It can be a little difficult to install. You will need to figure out where the part should be located and in what order to assemble them (the instructions in the kit will help you). However, it will not take more than 15-20 minutes for the first time. Concerning the warranty, the manufacturer's website reports a 30-day money-back service, as well as the fact that the part or product with a manufacturing defect, they are free and no problem to change for the correct one, you need to mail them with detailed information about the purchase.
- Budget-friendly option
- The complete kit includes everything you need to install and adjust
- High level of maximum permissible weight
- Adjustable height
- Minimal warranty agreement
- Buyers report manufacturing defects.
- There's a little move on the statics
AW Static Dancing Pole
AW is the best choice for those who do not need a spinning pole. It is an affordable, static pole, which is installed without fasteners or drilling. It consists of several folding parts; produced in three colors: silver, pink and Purple. The kit comes with a set for installation, a DVD instruction, and a handy carrying bag.
This pole is suitable only if you need a static mode, you have low ceilings and can not buy equipment at a higher price. It is not designed to climb on it and perform advanced tricks. The execution of acrobatic tricks can be unsafe. Therefore, you can only dance around it.
- Lowest price
- Different colors in stock
- Bag complete
- Only one mode
- You may have to screw it to the ceiling after all.
- For beginners only.
Depending on where you buy the stripper pole (studio, home, or bar), choose how many modes you need. Professionals almost always choose 2in1, i.e. a two-mode pole with switchable modes. With a special key or another mechanism, the pole can be easily switched from static to spinning.
The most common way for home pole dancing is pole without fastening, with installation in the strut. We recommend if your ceilings above 8ft 6in anyway fasten the dynamic pole at least to the ceiling, and even to the floor too. Certainly, dance studios need a double-mode pole for training various acrobatic elements and dances. While bars, strip clubs, and other entertainment places are likely to have single-mode static poles as the most relevant.
Material and polishing
Stripper poles are made and plated with different kinds of metals: brass, chrome, stainless steel, copper, titanium, etc. The surface material of the tube has a strong effect on the grip on the skin. Chrome-plated poles are statistically the most purchased in the world, it is a kind of standard that gives the best value for money.
It has its own features and limitations: we do not recommend these poles for purchase if you practice in a wet room and the surface of the pole is constantly slightly damp or your hands are sweating heavily. The characteristics are similar to those of the titanium coating
Nowadays, the best and most universal is considered to be a stainless steel pole with a mirror-polished finish. This material provides a good grip on the skin but also slides quite comfortably (to perform, for example, various spins on a static mode). Stainless steel pipes are not affected by corrosion and rust, which in special cases can happen to poles made of ordinary steel in very damp rooms, such as when installed in the sauna or near the pool. This material is excellent for those who sweat heavily. Stainless steel is also recommended for allergy sufferers.
Mirror polishing creates micro grooves on the surface that are invisible to the eye and effectively removes moisture. This is very important because it further increases grip. The skin will grip the pipe much better, and the chance of burning the skin will be reduced to a minimum in case of drops and falls. And the big plus of stainless steel poles is the homogeneity of the material, which means that there is no additional coating that can peel off or tear off over time.
Powder enamel (usually used to give an unusual pole color) must be very smooth and homogeneous. This is the only way to achieve a sticky effect because the enamel coating has a much stronger grip on the skin than stainless steel or chrome. On the one hand, this is a big advantage, but on the other hand, if you use breaks, you can severely harm the skin, leaving a burn. Another drawback is that the enamel has a tendency to erase, so if you forget to take the rings off before your training, there is a risk of quite large scratches. Thus, poles with enamel coating are not for everyone, but if you are a fan of strength elements, statics, then you should try to exercise on such equipment.
The greatest grip, however, is the silicone coating, or so-called Chinese Pole. But it is designed not so much for dancing, as for acrobatics on it.
that even with the highest level of grip, you will most often need good products for grip on the pole.
Diameter and thickness
Poles with a diameter of 42-45 mm are considered the most optimal. But there are also poles with a diameter of 38mm or 50mm.
Metal thickness is also important. It should be at least 2mm if the pole is up to 8ft 2in - 8ft 6in (the most common height of ceilings). That is, for the home you can use a pipe from 2mm so that you do not overpay for the extra thickness of the pipe and not worry about extra weight when installing-dismounting. The pipe size of 3-4mm will be good for higher poles. So the pole has to be thick enough to stand up to the weight and loads. Also, such poles do not heat up so quickly and slide less. Poles above 13ft 1in should be made of pipe with a metal thickness from 5mm and above or reinforced by another pipe, located inside the main.
Poles differ in height. The average is 11ft 5in for dance studios, 8ft 6in - for home. This height does not require any additional reinforcement. However, currently at major competitions pole height reaches 13ft and above, and to ensure safe dancing, you must use an enhanced version of the installation. To do this, the inside of the main pipe is inserted pipe smaller diameter, and the space between them is frozen. Such poles are heavier and actually more expensive. When it comes to buying a pole for your home or in a dance studio with ceilings up to 11ft 5in, you just need to decide on the desired height. To do this, we have described below how to measure the height of the ceiling to install a pole. In addition, most of the house pipes available on the market are available with a release mechanism that allows you to adjust the height up to 1ft 5in.
The pole weight first of all shows what it is made of, and therefore it’s quality. If the weight of the Chinese pseudo pole is about 17 lb, it means that it is made of plastic or very thin steel - in fact, tin. Professional equipment should be made of quality steel, but nevertheless, it can be easily carried or transported from one place of installation to another. Poles usually weigh around 33-40 lb, depending on height, number of modes, and material.
The classic pole color is silver. It is the most common and low-cost choice, which, besides, usually provides a good grip. But if aesthetics and design are important for you, pay attention to the beautiful black, gold, pink, and even blue poles. When choosing a color, be aware of the material the color is applied from, this determines the tenacity. For example, the copper coating on top of steel due to the soft texture of copper gives maximum adhesion and palms almost do not slide on it (some do not even need grips when working on copper poles). A copper-coated pole has a gold-like tint. While the titanium plating also gives a golden color to the pole, it has less stickiness and is less tenacious to the skin. A detailed overview of the materials is given above.
According to the method of installation the poles can be stationary, removable, half-removable, and portable. Stationary poles are fixed to two points, that is, you will need to drill holes in the floor and ceiling. Removable poles are equipped with a special release mechanism, which allows you to install the pole in the spreader. The main thing is to make sure that the pipe stands strictly upright, otherwise performing a trick on such a pole can be unsafe. It is better to use a removable pole with a large diameter upper dome. Half-removable poles, thus, are attached only to the ceiling, and portable ones are poles with a special podium, which can be placed even on the street.
Dynamic spinning must be smooth and uninterrupted. Please note this feature when purchasing so that the manufacturer takes it into account.
Diameter and height of the domes
The removable pole should be chosen with large domes, e.g. 230mm diameter. It increases the contact area with the ceiling and minimizes the risk of the pole slipping. The domes should have a rubber gasket to protect the floor and ceiling from scratches. As for the fixed pole, it is important that the lower dome does not interfere with your dance, so it is better to be short and have a small diameter.
The classic mode switch from static to dynamic is the lock. With a special key in two or three turns, the mode should be easily switched. Before buying, check if the pole is equipped with a suitable key. There are also models with a simplified version of the key switch. The mode can be switched by lightly turning the tube at the bottom of the pole. However, you should think about the reliability and durability of this mechanism. The first variant is more reliable and time-tested.
Buying a pole can be quite serious and not easy. Besides, it must be 100% reliable and the safest thing to buy. So be sure to consider the warranty period from the manufacturer. Usually, the warranty period is from 30 days to 1 year.
If you will need to carry a pole often, it is better to buy a multi-piece foldable and complete with a handy bag. So when disassembled, the pole will be much easier to transport. By its characteristics, a removable pole is almost no different from a single piece. When assembled, all parts of the pole are tightly pressed together, forming a smooth joint, almost imperceptible neither to the eye nor to the touch. All parts are interchangeable. With the multi-piece removable pole, you can train anywhere, change the height of the pole using parts of different lengths, quickly assemble and install it if necessary.
How to measure the height of a pole right?
To measure the exact height of the ceiling you will need:
- construction tape (or laser roulette);
- a stepladder or chair (so that you can reach the ceiling with your hand freely).
Found it? Let's measure!
You can not measure the height on the wall, the ceiling in different places in the room may be uneven.
- Determine the exact location of the pipe (better to determine it with the minimum recommended distances for comfortable training: statics - at least 1.5 meters to the walls and furniture, and at least 2 meters to the other poles; spinning - at least 1.8 meters to the walls and furniture, and at least 2.3 meters to the other poles).
- Make sure that the floor and ceiling are appropriate according to all requirements for the installation of removable or stationary pole: the floor and ceiling must be strong (concrete base with a dense coating or strong frame bases made of metal and wooden slabs), they should not significantly bend and wobble under load.
- Mark the place of the pole on the floor with chalk or some object.
- Place a chair or stepladder next to this place.
- Then you will need an assistant: one person stands on a stepladder and holds a roulette at a point on the ceiling, the second person stands on the floor and pulls it out to the point marked on the floor. For better accuracy, make height measurements in millimeters. For example, if the height of 2 meters 75 centimeters and 5 mm, you can write it down as follows: 2755 mm
To sum up, if you want to engage seriously in Pole Dance, you should not save money. Choose a good quality pole, because your skill and safety depend on it. The opportunity to train as much as possible, without applying too much grip on your palm, is worth spending more on a few dollars. Trust, in this way, you will even save on anti-slip money in the future!