If you are thinking about buying a stripper pole so you can begin a pole dancing workout, then you will want to get the right dance pole finish for your skin type and the environment.
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”.
Here is a simple breakdown of the different advantages of each dance pole finish:
Chrome is best for general use and is most widely used for a home pole dancing workout. I already went into detail above so I won’t go over it again here. 🙂
Stainless steel is best if you have sensitive skin or other metal allergies. Also, it is 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 is a good finish to get if you have dry skin or live in a colder climate. It gives you a better grip. 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 give a good gripping balance in the right environment. 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 dry 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.
Titanium Gold Pole is “electronically coated” 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.
Silicone poles, 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 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 and sometimes TOO grippy in hotter humid weather if you are doing something like a pole drop where you need to rapidly slide down the pole. It’s easier to grip than brass in general.
X Pole has the widest variety of pole dancing finishes available for purchase.
Most other brands use the standard “chrome” finish, but you must be CAUTIOUS because not ALL poles are plated with good quality chrome.
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: