If you are thinking about buying a stripper pole or dance pole for your home so you can begin a pole dancing workout, for plain fun, or a stripper practice, then you will want to get the right or “best” dance pole finish type for your skin type and the environment. More importantly, you will want to know which dance pole finish type is best for optimum grip in your situation.
I hate to refer to pole dancing poles as stripper poles because pole dancing for fitness is VERY different than dancing as a stripper on a stripper pole. But the fact remains that many women want to start adding pole dancing to their gym workouts and most people still call them “stripper poles”. I prefer to call them “Fitness Poles”.
Regardless of the name we give them, you need to learn how to buy a SAFE dance pole that is the right size and finish for your body type and your specific type of use. In this article, we will focus on the “finish” of the pole. If you need extra guidance on how to decide what pole dancing pole size and diameter is best for your home, then read this article >>
The most common pole dancing pole finish in chrome and 90% of our customers order the chrome 45 mm dance poles. Almost all pole dance competitions will use chrome and it is the finish most widely used for general use and that includes the use of fitness, exercise, and “at home workouts”.
Breakdown of the different advantages of each dance pole finish type:
Chrome Plated Steel
Chrome dance poles are best for general use and is most widely used for a home pole dancing workout. Most chrome dance poles come in 45mm but can come in other sizes like 40mm and 50mm. Virtually every person can benefit from learning to dance on a chrome dance pole and if you plan to compete in pole dancing, then you will be required to dance on a chrome 45mm pole in most cases so it would be in your advantage to learn to grip it.
Most people use a liquid or cream grip aid on their chrome dance pole finish type because it can get slippery, especially if you are a super sweater.
Most name brands (and no brand knock offs) use the standard “chrome” finish that is electroplated over steel, but you must be CAUTIOUS because not ALL poles are electroplated with good quality chrome. Steel can rust in humid environments so depending on where you live, this should be something you pay close attention too. I have lived in Florida a few blocks away from the beach and danced on a good quality chrome pole a lot of the time with no issues in a temperature controlled environment.
If you don’t buy a good quality chrome dance pole for home use, then you could be getting a dance pole with a chrome finish that will peel off in a few short months.
There is a good video review where I explain how to buy a SAFE GOOD QUALITY chrome pole for your home and I also show you how I accidentally got CUT by a dance pole that was cheap and the chrome started peeling off!! Here is the video:
Get a SAFE and good chrome dance pole for your home here =>
Stainless Steel dance poles are best if you have sensitive skin or other metal allergies. They are harder to grip than a chrome pole in a general sense. The only exception to that rule is that the Lupit Classic stainless steel dance pole is significantly easier to grip over the X Pole stainless steel dance pole. I don’t know why, they visually look a little different but are both stainless steel. I have combination skin and live in Florida and the testing between the Lupit and X Pole stainless steel finish types was done in my house where the temperature and humidity were controlled.
Stainless steel dance poles are best in humid climates so if you live on an island or near a beach you may want to consider this option. You see almost all dance poles are made of steel with can rust in the humidity. Many women use chrome coated steel poles in humid climates just fine, however, you will get the most LIFE and longevity out of your dance pole if you get a one made of stainless steel. A good quality chrome dance pole will last MANY years, but not as long as a stainless steel pole.
Brass dance poles are a good finish to get if you have dry skin or live in a colder climate. It gives you a better grip and is a LOT easier to grip than chrome and stainless steel dance poles.
On the flip side, once it gets too warm and the humidity increases, you can stick TOO much. However, it is not nearly as sticky as the powder coated poles in a warmer environment.
Sliding down the pole is part of a pole dancing workout so sticking too much can be just as frustrating as not being able to get a good grip. Brass gives a good gripping balance in the right environment.
Another advantage is that brass doesn’t rust, so similar to the Stainless Steel pole; it can be an advantage to get a brass pole if you live near a beach or an island as a means to get the MAX life out of your pole. I personally have used a brass pole in a humid environment about 2 minutes from a beach (I also have combination skin) and love it. It’s easier to grip than the chrome poles by far. I do switch back to chrome when it gets too hot and too sticky.
Brass poles will naturally tarnish and then also bend a lot easier, it’s the natural because brass is a softer metal. If you are expecting your brass pole to stay perfectly gold for a lifetime, then brass is not for you. You can regularly clean your brass pole with Brasso, but in my experience, it never fully returns it to the new sparkling gold finish it once was brand new. If you want it to stay more gold colored over time, consider Titanium Gold instead. In addition to the tarnishing, brass will bend. I know a bent pole kinda freaks people out, however brass will slightly bend if you over tighten the pole or if it’s extended to a really tall pole height. The flexing is normal and I have never felt like that interfered with my pole dancing, I still love it to pieces!
Titanium gold dance poles are “electronically coated” steel dance poles in a gold finish to enhance the grip so it’s easier to grip than a chrome pole but not as sticky as the brass for most people. Again, this also depends on your climate and skin type. Gold dance poles offer a healthy gripping balance between chrome and brass. The gold finish will definitely look much more brilliantly gold colored a lot longer than a brass pole will. Titanium Gold poles are also the same rigidity as a chrome dance pole since the gold is a gold plating whereas brass poles are fully made of brass, making it a softer metal more susceptible to bending.
Titanium gold will show scratches more so than chrome due to it’s brilliant finish over time so take better care to not abuse it during transportation.
Silicone dance poles are also known as Chinese poles, are for advanced tricks which are an intense pole dancing workout that most everyday people will not try.
If you are a beginner and have never pole danced, a silicone dance pole is not recommended. Chances are if you need to buy a silicone pole, you already know that advantages. Men use these to do power tricks as well and often benefit from them more than a woman because men naturally have more strength to move into very advanced tricks more quickly.
The disadvantage is that there isn’t much “sliding” on these poles. They have the maximum grip you can buy on a dance pole and you can often wear clothing while you are dancing on a silicone poles as a means to slide. Men like this because they like to wear longer shorts, not booty shorts 😉
Powder Coated Dance Poles
Powder coated dance poles are a painted powder coated surface over the chrome plated pole. The coating is typically applied electrostatically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin”. The powder may be a thermoplastic or a thermostat polymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. The paint can be any color however the most popular are powder colored poles in pink and black.
This finish is very easy to grip for most people and can grip just as well as a brass dance pole, in fact, through my own personal experience I find it’s sometimes TOO grippy in hotter humid weather. This is problematic if you are doing something like a pole drop where you need to rapidly slide down the pole. The best advantages of a powder coated pole are the colors.
If you live in a dry climate with dry skin, powder coated finished are not very grippy at all and can be too slick for dry skin types. If you already have a powder coated pole and have dry skin in a dry climate, consider adding moisture to your skin with Dew Point.
I hope this article has helped you decide which dance pole finish type might work for you. I have several dance poles that I use for various seasons and various reasons : ) A girl could always use an extra dance pole!
Always remember that your grip will be unique because it’s dependent on your own hand strength, skin type, and environment in which you live.
If you still aren’t sure which one might be best for you, get one with a little less grip than you think you might need because you can always increase your grip with liquid or cream grip aids until your hands get stronger.