comparing types of brands of dance poles for home use to buy

Learning how to choose a pole dance pole for exercise is one of the most important decisions you will make. Brand names versus affordable off-brand poles are common concerns, especially when you have a tight spending budget. Watching a reading various dance pole video reviews is a great way to compare and figure out whats right for you.

We all know that brand name poles like X Pole, Lil Mynx, and Lupit, are the industrial standard for good poles because they are used in things like pole dance competitions and have been around for years. X-pole is a reputable supplier for professional pole dance competitions around the world. Lil Mynx is similar and has been around selling quality dance poles longer than X-Pole. Lupit is a new brand to the scene, but boasts upgraded technology that is some ways is superior to X Pole and Lil Mynx, depending on what your needs are in a pole.  (By the way, you can find individual pole dance pole video reviews on the brand name poles here =>)


When I first started teaching pole dancing classes, I simply couldn’t afford a good brand name pole so I had to start with something more affordable yet I didn’t want to compromise the health and safety of myself or my students by doing so.  So just kept asking myself…… 

“What’s the difference between all those the no-brand poles sold on Ebay or Amazon?”

The BEST way to decide which pole dancing pole is best for you and your situation is watch and read a lot of reviews.  When I first started shopping, there were no video reviews on the no brand dance poles, just the verbal ones from previous buyers which really didn’t help me in the end very much because I was using the pole everyday for commercial use while most people were using it once or twice a week for a 20-30 minute pole dance workout at home (or something like that). 

So what happened?  I bought several different no brand pole dance poles off Ebay and Amazon that looked good, looked identical in the pictures, and appeared trustworthy based on verbal reviews and made a TON of costly mistakes.

I did find there is a difference in quality and if you find the right off-brand pole, they can be just as sturdy (or sturdier) than your name brands depending on your needs.

In this pole dance pole review, I will share everything I learned by purchasing all these different no brand poles that look alike while giving you tips to buy a dance pole that is safe by educating about what to look for in a qood quality no brand dance pole that will last for years.

Here is a pole dance pole review video where I show you everything I discovered about buying off brand poles:

GO HERE >> to buy a good no brand pole with all the good qualities listed in the above video.
This pole is safe and sturdy enough to be used to learn pole dance fitness in your own home.

Off brand removable or portable dance poles come in both static and spinning form.  Static poles remain stationary 100% of the time.  Spinning dance poles can be static or spinning.  Usually, there are screws at the bottom of the pole that allow you to lock the pole into static mode, or loosen the screws for a spinning mode.

There are also what I call “party poles” which are good to stand by and dance around but are not meant to hold a lot of weight and therefore are not suitable for exercise purposes or pole tricks like fast pole spins and inverting.  These types of poles you will find in a local adult store or Spencers.  I bought one once just to try it out and wouldn’t recommend them to anyone for safety reasons.  Some come spring loaded and can come loose from the ceiling if too much tension is put on the pole.  They also usually come with plastic parts … and that says it all.  I’m not even going to try and spin on a pole with plastic parts …. plastic breaks, end of discussion.  You can read that Spencer Hot Pink Stripper dance pole review here =>

When purchasing an off-brand portable pole, watch for these clues:

  • A dance pole made of good thick steel, avoid spring-loaded poles and anything with plastic parts.
  • Smooth high quality bearings if it is a spinning pole (you don’t want it to stop spinning after 6 months)
  • Wide base and Dome with White soft, flexible rubber
  • Chipping Chrome – this can cut you! Good customer service and warranty.  No brand poles are never completely flawless 100% of the time so it’s important to buy from a company that has great customer service and is easy to reach in case you need a new replacement part.

If you want to avoid the hassles of finding a pole on your own, then check out the Sturdy Pro Quality No Brand Pole  or shop all the good quality dance poles in the shop by clicking the link.

I use the Pro Quality no brand pole in that kit in my studio and recommend it to anyone getting started on a budget.  I hope this pole dance pole review has helped you make a good decision and I wish you best in your pole dancing journey!

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    10 replies to "Pole Dance Pole Review | Brands versus No Brand"

    • Amanda C.

      Hi I saw you on you tube! What size pole do you recommend for a beginner? I am 5’1″. I have a dance background but I’m out of shape. My intention is to use this as a fitness tool. I would like to tone up and build strength. I assume the 45mm would be the most widely used but would like your opinion first.

      • Danna

        I would recommend the 45mm for your size. Most people do well that size, it’s what I use and I am only 2 more inches taller than you! We are both short! 🙂

    • Karissa

      Hi I saw you on YouTube. I have been wanting to get back into shape for a while. I was wanting to try something new to get back into shape. I saw pole fitness about two years ago and have always wanted to try it ever since. I’m a beginner and I’m 5’8″. I’m also renting so I need a pole that’s safe and semi permanent. Your poles on your website are easier on my wallet then most places. What do you recommend?

      • Danna

        Hi doll! I am glad I have tempted you to try pole 🙂 That’s my goal 🙂 I would highly recommend a portable and removable pole because you are renting. They will easily adjust to new ceiling heights when you move, and they usually don’t damage the ceiling or floor so you can get your deposit back. I have had my Affordable No Brand installed in my apartment when I used to rent and had no problems with my landlord. I would also recommend a 45mm and a chrome finish, that is very standard for beginners who are just looking to enjoy some fun sexy exercise at home. Chrome is the most affordable finish on a pole and easiest to grip for “general use”. I hope you get a pole and come play! It’s so much fun! I know you will love it! Danna

    • Meghen

      I was just wondering which pole u prefer I have the money to get the x pole but if the no brand is just as good then I don’t want to spend the money on the x pole also I’m a beginner and only want to get one pole

      • Danna

        Hi Meghen, it really depends on your situation. Both are very good and safe pole for home use and I use BOTH in my home AND in my studios. There are differences between the two that may help you decide what is best for you. Here are my thoughts:
        1) As you may know, I always recommend the X Pole if you can afford it and here is why, if you ever plan to compete or travel, the X Pole has a premium carrying bag that makes it a little easier to transport.
        2) If you rent a home and ever plan to change ceiling heights, the X Pole is better because they have so many extension possibilities – it’s harder to get extensions for the Affordable No Brand over 10ft. X pole has a smaller base which is a nice “perk”, it’s less metal on the ground for your feet to dance around, however my affordable no brand base hasn’t bothered me or my students.
        3) the X pole installs a bit easier than the Affordable No Brand because you don’t need a ladder and can do everything from the floor.
        4) X Pole has spent years adapting their poles for the best features and the highest performance for professionals so it’s a better pole all around for that reason. So if details and premium quality matter to you then go with the X Pole.

        If none of the above are a concern or apply to you and you see yourself as an everyday woman who wants to safely enjoy pole dancing for fitness (even inverting and doing all those fancy tricks) at home then the Affordable No Brand is your best bet. I personally prefer the chrome finish on my Affordable no Brand over my X Pole because the X Pole is more slick and harder to grip.

        I hope that helps you decide. Thanks for asking, it’s a great question people frequently wonder about all the time 🙂 Danna

    • Brisa

      Hi! I have carpet in my room can I still put a pole?

      • Danna

        Yes, carpet is just fine 🙂

    • Gail

      Hi Danna,
      Could you tell me how easy this pole is to put up and take down? I’d need to do so on regular basis in my home. Do you think one person could handle it alone? Thank you!

      • Danna

        Hi Gail : )

        This pole can be taken up and down everyday pretty easily once you get the hang of it. I used to take 7 of them up and down everyday in my pole studio when I was teaching classes with them because I had to make room form my other fitness instructors to teach their classes. It’s much easier if you don’t need to un-screw the individual pole parts. If you can take it down and store it everyday in a spot where are the pieces can stay connected together then that’s best. If you have to unscrew the individual pole pieces to store it everyday, you are going to HATE it and I wouldn’t do it.

        If you really need a pole that super easy to take down everyday that breaks down easily into smaller pieces, the Lupit Classic dance pole is by far the easiest to break down and store.

        I hope that helps doll!


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