There is so much to consider when choosing a pole for your home. Size, finish, height requirements all have to be taken into consideration. If you are planning on purchasing a pole soon, I want to make sure you make the right decision so you are satisfied with the pole you get. A pole for your home is a great investment and you will have a lot of fun practicing and entertaining your friends so let’s get your pole picked out!
Before we get into where to buy, what brands to buy, etc, there are things about poles themselves that you probably should know. The width around the pole is measured in mm. 50 mm is going to be your standard size pole and the pole that most strip clubs, dance clubs, party buses, etc have. Many studios also have 50 mm poles and it is the most popular size for training especially at older studios. It is very rare that you would find a pole that is larger than 50 mm at any professional pole dance studio. Many newer studios and those studios who train a lot of competitors are upgrading their poles to be 45 mm. The 45 mm size pole is standard for all of the major competitions in the pole dance world so if you plan on competing at any point in your pole dance career you should consider a 45 mm pole. Sometimes people who have smaller hands prefer the 45 mm pole because it is easier for them to grip and those with larger hands prefer the 50 mm pole. I personally was trained on a 50 mm pole however ultimately purchased a 45 mm pole because I knew I wanted to eventually compete. It really just depends on your personal preference.
Poles can either come in spin or static (non-spinning mode). Static poles are good if you are just starting out and getting used to pole dance. I didn’t learn how to do anything on a spinning pole for a couple years. For that reason, dancers will start with a static pole and then upgrade to a spinning one later. Spinning pole does give you a better workout because it can require more core and upper body strength so if you are looking for that, purchase a pole that is spin and static. Most competitions will expect to use both the spin and the static pole so again if you know you are going to be competing make sure to get a pole that is spin and static.
The options for finishes on poles differ based on the manufacturer. I have seen poles in brass, chrome, steel, and powder coated. Of these, I found brass and powder coated to be the ones that are hardest for me to grip and stay on the pole. Also I’ve encountered brass poles where the brass rubbed off on my hands and I always feel like I can smell the brass poles way more than any other finish. There isn’t much difference between steel and chrome but most dancers will tell you chrome is the easier to get sticky after cleaning it. It doesn’t take much to get the chrome poles clean at all. Chrome is the pole that is most universal and used in competitions and the type of pole I have in my house. Of the options we have talked about, I have a 45 mm Chrome Spinning/Static Pole which is manufactured by Xpole.
For a quality pole, expect to spend around $150-$200 on the low end and up to $300 on the high end. Popular brands of poles include Xpole (my favorite!), Platinum Stages, and Lil Mynx. You can purchase poles from Amazon, but please be sure to read the reviews! Some of the poles Amazon sells are not very good quality at all and will fall down easy and I don’t want that to happen to you. Like I mentioned I have an Xpole which was recommended to me by other pole dancers. If I ever have a problem with my Xpole I know someone in the city can help me, also they have the best customer service. I had a piece they sent that was stuck to another piece and it wasn’t supposed to be. They had no problem sending me a replacement and they sent it fast! I am super happy with my Xpole and haven’t had any problems with it in two years.
Now that we’ve talked about the different types of poles to choose from let’s talk about where your pole should go in your home. You will want to make sure you measure the ceilings in your house to make sure you don’t need any additional extensions for your pole. This is a very important step! When you look at the online listings, they will tell you the ceiling height the pole fits without any additional extensions. Believe them when they say this! Do not think you can fit your pole into a higher ceiling or smaller than what is listed. When I purchased my first pole I thought I would be okay without an extension because I was being hard headed, but I ended having to order an extension and then I had to wait for it to arrive in order to use my pole. It wasn’t fun at all! The pole should fit most standard ceiling heights with no problems.
I’ve seen pole dancers have poles everywhere in their homes. I have a room for mine, but I have seen them in basements, kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, and when I lived with my mother, I had it in the garage. The thing to keep in mind is make sure you have enough space around THE ENTIRE POLE. Some people think it will be okay to have a lot of space in the front or back of the pole but have no room on the sides which can make some moves difficult. My advice is to place a marker or something on the ground where you think you want your pole to go. Lay down on the ground around the marker in different locations and see if your feet touch anything. If you don’t feel like you have enough space you might need to re-think the location of your pole.
I hope this gave you some good information about purchasing a pole! I love having a pole at home because it gives me the flexibility to practice when I want. I also don’t have to wait to get to a studio to practice a cool move that I’ve seen on Instagram. Enjoy dancing on your brand new pole!