Two of the most popular squat racks for a home gym both come from Titan, the Titan T3 and X3.
But, which of these two power racks is the best fit for your home gym?
The main difference between the T3 and the X3 is the size of the uprights. The T3 has 2 x 3 uprights and the X3 has 3 x 3 uprights, but with that extra steel comes extra cost.
So, which rack is better? Is the X3 worth paying the extra money? What does 2 x 3 and 3 x 3 even mean???
I’m going to answer all these questions and more so you can make an educated decision on which rack is better for your gym (I’ll also tell you which of these two racks I currently use in my own garage gym).
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T3 vs X3: Specs
Let’s start off with a simple side-by-side of the two squat racks so we can get a clear look at the difference in specs. (Want to compare the specs of over 100 different squat racks? Check out this squat rack database)
|T3 Specs vs X3 Specs|
|Height Options||82″ & 91″||80″ & 90″|
|Depth Options||24″ & 36″||24″ & 36″|
|Optional Plate Holders?||Yes||Yes|
|Upright Size||2 x 3||3 x 3|
|Bolt Down Capable?||Yes, recommended.||Yes, recommended.*|
|Pull-Up Bars?||Regular & Fat||Regular & Fat|
|Price**||$439 – $649||$539 – $719|
|Product Page||Titan T3||Titan X3|
*The X-3 also comes in a flat foot design that does not need to be bolted down for pretty close to the same cost (A little bit more expensive, but not much at all)
**Price range depends on the choice of height, depth, color and optional weight plate holders.
Titan T3 and X3 Similarities
Many aspects of the two racks are very similar. Of note:
- Similar height and depth options
- Both offer optional weight plate holders
- 11 gauge steel
- Westside Hole Spacing
- Both are recommended to be bolted to the floor*
- Both include both a regular 1.25″ & a fat 2″ pull-up bar
- Free Shipping – Titan ships everything for free
*Again, the X3 also comes in a flat foot design which is recommended if you do not want to bolt down your rack.
What is the Difference Between a Titan T3 and X3?
Let’s take a look now at the actual differences between the two racks. In my mind, it’s really two. (If you squat over 1100 pounds and need the extra weight capacity it’s three. For the rest of us – two.)
The T3 uprights are 2 x 3 vs 3 x 3 for the X3.
So, what does that mean and why does it matter?
The numbers are telling you the width and depth of each individual upright (the vertical steel beams of the rack). The T3 uprights are 2″ wide and 3″ deep. The X3 is square – 3″ wide and 3″ deep.
This matters in two different areas. The 3 x 3 beams are stronger which is why 3 x 3 beams are generally considered the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to upright size. Having said that, the 2 x 3 beams of the T3 are going to be more than strong enough for probably 99% of lifters.
The other reason upright size matters is when it comes to finding compatible rack attachments. Attachments like dip stations, safety bars and j-hooks are designed to fit a certain size rack.
You can find attachments that will fit both the 2 x 3 T3 and the 3 x 3 X3, but more attachments are made to fit a 3 x 3 vs a 2 x 3. Personally, I don’t think it’s a huge deal, but it’s something to keep in mind.
The second notable difference between Titan’s two power racks is the price. The price for both racks varies pretty widely. It’s about a $200 difference depending on which height, depth & color you choose along with whether or not you add on plate holders.
But, when you compare the two racks with equal specs the difference in price is anywhere from $30 to $70.
For example, a black maxed-out X3 rack (taller, deeper and w/plate holders) is only $30 more expensive than a T3 squat rack with the same specs.
On the other hand, a more stripped down X3 (taller, but narrower and w/o plate holders) is a $70 difference vs a similar T3.
Which Is Better For A Home Gym: T3 or X3?
When taking into consideration everything we’ve gone over – the similarities and differences between the two racks – which is better?
Well, I was sitting with this exact dilemma a little over a year ago when I was deciding between these two racks for my own garage gym.
Ultimately I went with the T3 and here’s why:
I won’t hesitate to spend a few extra dollars to get a better piece of equipment when I feel like it’s worth it. In this particular case, though, I didn’t see the justification for spending an extra $70 on the X3.
The T3 is going to be plenty strong enough to handle everything I’m going to ask of it and I don’t use a lot of attachments for my rack so that wasn’t an issue for me either.
It really comes down to how much you value the larger uprights. Once you figure that out, you’ll know which squat rack is better for your home gym.
You can’t go wrong with either squat rack. In my opinion (and the opinion of many others), both are in the top 10 best squat racks for a home gym.
So, don’t stress out too much when deciding between a T3 vs X3. Both are great racks and both will work awesome in almost any home gym.