One of the less desired pieces of home gym fitness equipment is the cable machine, also known as cable crossovers. The reason behind the lower popularity of these machines is quite simple; they take up a lot of space and can be very expensive.
Despite this, there is a considerable number of people that have home gyms that are big enough to accommodate this particular machine. That’s why I decided to put together a comprehensive guide on the best cable crossover machines that are currently available.
Some of you might agree that crossover is just a name for several exercises. However, since I will not be including single lat pulldown machines in this guide (these already have their own guide) but only two-wings cable machines, the name crossover is quite appropriate in this case.
There is a huge number of exercises that you can perform with cable machines. But for now, let’s focus on the best cable crossover machines on the market.
Table of Contents
- Cable Crossover Machines Compared
- Buying Guide: How To Choose The Right Cable Crossover
- 7 Best Cable Crossover Machines Reviewed
- Recommended Cable Crossover Exercises
- People Also Ask (FAQs)
Cable Crossover Machines Compared
No. Of Weight Settings
Max Weight Stack
65”W x 43.5”L x 84”H
400 Lbs (2x200 Lbs)
35"L x 81.25"H
500 Lbs (2x250 Lbs)
63"W x 42"L x 83"H
320 Lbs (2x160 Lbs)
113"W x 60"L x 84"H
420 Lbs (2x210 Lbs)
39"W x 112"L x 82"H
24.5"W x 25"L x 80"H
54"W x 40"L x 85"H
330 Lbs (2x165 Lbs)
Buying Guide: How To Choose The Right Cable Crossover
Construction & Durability
With any large piece of home gym equipment, durability should always be at the top of your list of buying considerations. These machines don't come cheap, so obviously, you want to choose one that is built to last.
It's important to look at the machine's frame construction first and foremost (heavy-duty steel is the way to go) and then look into the quality of the cables.
As I've already mentioned, these machines are versatile and allow you to do a wide range of exercises. That's especially the case if you go with a model that comes with different attachments and components that are easy to use.
One of the most important "usability" features is smoothness; the cables should be move smoothly and seamlessly; if not, working out with your machine will be a hassle, and you it might even sit in the corner of your home gym unused.
Modern cable crossover trainers often include additional tools, like a pull-up bar or built-in bench for extra exercises. With the right attachments, you can even use this machine to perform lat pull downs and other common exercises.
If you're looking for something versatile to target different muscle groups, it's definitely worth it to spend some extra cash for more features and add-ons. However, if you prefer a solid and simple crossover, then you should go for the conventional machine without all the bells and whistles (or the high price tag).
Size Vs Available Space
These machines aren't small, which is a big reason that so many people forego them for their home gyms. But if you have the available space - that's a big if! - then it's so worth it!
It's always a good idea to check your available space and compare it with the exact dimensions of the machine you're considering. That way, you can be sure you have plenty of room to perform crossovers safely and comfortably.
The best cable crossovers are compatible with a high weight capacity, and ideally, you'll be able to easily switch out the load to cater to your personal fitness regimen. Many can support 300-350 pounds, but in some cases, you'll have to purchase the weight plates separately.
Price & Warranty
Depending on the features and the manufacturer, you could spend a few thousand dollars on your cable crossover. However, it's also possible to find a more budget-friendly model with simple features and functionality.
The good news is that most of the best cable crossover machines come with warranty of several years. Some manufacturers even guarantee a lifetime of use.
7 Best Cable Crossover Machines Reviewed
After going through all the top-rated crossover machines, I’ve come to a simple conclusion – there isn’t one that is "the best" in every aspect. That’s why I’ve included pros and cons for every listed cable machine, so you can decide for yourself which will be your winner.
Note: The machines are sorted by rating that is based on my personal opinion.
1. XMark XM-7626
- UPGRADED ACCESSORY PACKAGE: In addition to...
- Hands down the XM-7626 is the most versatile...
- Your training possibilities are unlimited...
- With a standard 2:1 stack to resistance...
XMark Fitness brand is no stranger in the fitness equipment industry. I’m not surprised that they make one of the best cable machines available on the market.
The XM-7626 is a full-wall cable machine that is available with optional add-ons, so you can buy it with a bench and accessories or just on its own. This particular model comes with 2x 200 lbs weight stack, so there is no need to purchase additional weight plates.
Both commercial-grade arm pulleys have 19 height settings, each spaced by 3.5 inches with easily interchangeable accessories. The pulley shoulders are held together by a thick steel bar, and this is where the commercial-grade pull up-bar is located.
The XM-7626 machine is made of heavy-duty 11-gauge 2” x 3” steel mainframe. The range of cables from pulleys is 81 inches (205.7 cm) and the space between pulleys is 60 inches (152.4 cm). Assembled dimensions are 65”W x 43.5”L x 83” H (165.1 x 110.5 x 210.8 cm), so you'll definitely want to check your space available to make sure the machine will fit in your home gym.
2. ARCHON Wall Mount Cable Crossover Station
- x 4 Linear Ball Bearings Per Plate Carriage:...
- 180 Degree swivel pulleys. Multiple Vertical...
- Home gym set includes 2 commercial handles....
- Vertical upper and lower wall mount: Ability...
The cable stations made by ARCHON also made it to our list for a variety of reasons.
This particular piece of equipment differs a bit from XM-7626 and other stations mainly because this one consists of 2 individual pulley wings (shoulders) that are not connected by a bar. This is both a pro and a con. The good news is that you can position them according to your needs, which is especially useful if you're below or above average height.
The bad news is that there is no pull-up bar. Archon uses a vertical wall mounting system; you will be mounting them into wall studs, so there is no need for cross beam construction. The ARCHON cable machine works with weight plates (holds up both standard and Olympic weight plates), so there isn’t a weight stack included.
It features 4x linear-ball bearings for each plate carriage, 19 vertical positions, 180-degree swivel per pulley and 2 included commercial single cable attachments.
Each pulley slide can hold up to 250 lbs of max weight plates. The height of the station is 82” (208.3 cm). As the manufacturer states, the crossover cable machine can only be mounted to walls or the ARCHON power rack, so it cannot be mounted to the floor.
3. Body-Solid Powerline PFT100
- FEATURES: Two 160 lb. weight stacks...
- DESIGN: offers vertically adjustable pulleys...
- ADJUSTABLE: Two adjustable nylon cable...
- VERSATILE: Ideal for low and high cable...
Body-Solid and their sub-brand Powerline makes all kinds of fitness equipment and conveniently they make a high quality cable crossover machine as well.
Similar in structure to XMark cable crossover, this machine uses a slightly different design, which is very simple, yet effective. It uses two simple shoulder wings that are connected by a pull-up bar.
The PFT100 cable trainer is equipped with 2x 160 lbs weight stacks, which are upgradeable to 2x 210 lbs, so there is no need for your own weight plates. The pulleys are vertically adjustable with smooth swivel of 180-degree range of motion. The machine features 20 different starting positions with 3.2” hole spacing.
It also comes with 2 adjustable nylon cable handles. The PFT100 machine is a perfect choice for those who want a fully-fledge all-in-one cable machine, but can’t afford to spend too much money. It is still one of the best crossover machines on the market and definitely worth the asking price.
The assembled dimensions are 42.3” D x 62.6” W x 83” H (107.4 x 159 x 210.8 cm). The manufacturer offers 10-year frame warranty and 1-year on all the other parts.
4. FreeMotion Dual Cable EXT Crossover
- STATE-OF-THE-ART STRENGTH TRAINING EQUIPMENT-...
- VERSATILE AND DURABLE DESIGN - Its durable...
- ENDLESS VARIETY OF STANDING STRENGTH...
- FREEMOTION SYSTEM FOR A MORE CUSTOM WORKOUT -...
Since this guide is mostly about non-commercial and light-commercial cable crossover machines, I’ve decided to include at least one full-commercial machine by FreeMotion, just for comparison’s sake.
This state-of-the-art machine frame’s is made of commercial 7 and 11-gauge steel tubing, supporting up to 350 lbs of weight and the entire machine is powder-coated for increased resilience. The EXT comes with 2x 210 lbs weight stacks, so there is no need for weight plates. Multi-function shoulder arms offer 12-inch vertical and 9-inch horizontal setting.
Arms are also counterbalanced. Unlike every other crossover machine on this list, The FreeMotion EXT offers, as the name suggests, a total free motion of the mechanical arms for a maximum variety of exercise.
The assembled dimensions with fully extended arms are 60 L x 113 W x 84 H inches (152.4 x 287 x 213.4 cm) and the weight (including weight stacks) is 925 pounds. The manufacturer offers no-hassle warranty with free replacements. They offer lifetime warranty for frame, 10 years for parts and 1 year for labor and cables.
5. Body-Solid PCCO90X
- QUALITY: Adjustable machine features sturdy...
- VERSATILITY: This equipment offers a wide...
- SMOOTH: Includes patented nylon bushing...
- BUILD MUSCLE: Workout in your home gym, and...
Another cable crossover machine made by Body-Solid Powerline made it to our list, this time the model PCCO90X.
This particular non-commercial model is simpler in design and functions than PFT100, but it also costs much less. The large diameter pulleys are connected by a steel bar, which is not meant for pull-ups, but you can purchase a lot of optional attachments, pull-up bar included. Good news is that both, low and high pulleys are fixed and offer 180-degree range of motion.
It uses the patented nylon bushing technology and 8 sealed ball-bearings, which take care of the smooth and convenient movement. The machine works by adding weight plates, either standard or Olympic, so the weight stacks are not included. What you can expect with PCCO90X besides the frame and pulleys are 2 cable handles and 1 ankle strap.
The assembled dimensions are 112 x 39 x 82 inches (284.5 x 99.1 x 208.3 cm). Body-Solid offers 10-year frame warranty and 1-year warranty for all the other parts.
6. Valor Fitness BD-62
If you are not a fan of the space-taking complete crossovers, then single-wing wall mount pulleys might be the option for you. Valor Fitness makes such just machines.
Valor Fitness is no stranger in the fitness equipment industry, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that they also make cable machines. These single-wing wall-mounted pulleys are similar to the ones made by ARCHON, except that they can be purchased separately.
Each arm has 16 different adjustable positions and uses double bar rack for easy loading and unloading of the weight plates and provides overall smooth glide. The BD-62 is specially designed to be attached to the wall, otherwise it will most likely tip over.
The weight plate holder can be used for standard and Olympic plates alike. 2 single strap handles are included and can be adjusted to 5 positions.
The maximum weight load is 200 lbs and height is 80 inches (203.2 cm). Valor Fitness offers 3-year frame warranty and 1-year cable warranty.
7. Inspire Fitness FTX
- Isolate each pulley - two weight stacks &...
- Complete freedom - thirty swivel pulley...
- Included accessories - triceps rope, pair of...
- Options available - Bench, Ab Bar. Resistance...
Last, but not least cable crossover machine on our list is made by Inspire Fitness.
This particular device is something between PFT100 and XM-7626. It is a complete, fully-fledged crossover machine with both mechanical pulleys connected by a functional pull-up bar. The frame is made of heavy-duty steel and matte black powder coat finish.
It offers a complete workout freedom, because of the 30 available swivel positions into any direction. The FTX trainer includes 2x weight stack, each of 165 lbs. The included accessories are curl bar, dip belt, triceps rope and a pair of deluxe D handles. There is also an option to get a bench and abdominal bar for additional cost.
Inspire Fitness includes all the assemble tools, so there is no need to use your own.
The assembled dimensions are 40 x 54 x 85 inches (101.6 x 137.2 x 216 cm) and the weight (with weight stacks) is 544 lbs. The manufacturer offers residential limited lifetime warranty for frame and all parts.
Recommended Cable Crossover Exercises
There is a long list of videos available online that show various cable crossover exercises, but after checking several of them, I realized that some are not as good (and not as safe!) as others. So I’ve picked the one that I consider the safest for your body and most beneficial for your muscles:
Feel free to explore more online videos with a similar concept, but just remember that proper form and safety are essential.
People Also Ask (FAQs)
What are the benefits of using a cable crossover machine?
These machines are designed to target specific muscle groups, and they're great for focusing on legs, arms, biceps, triceps, and more.
In my opinion, the biggest advantage of training with cable crossovers is that you have complete control over the resistance by changing out the weight plates. This means you can easily increase your strength as well as endurance and thus build up a stronger core over time.
How much does a cable crossover machine cost?
This depends on the specific model and design you've gone with, but you could spend as much as $5000 on your machine. For this reason, it's really important to consider value for money and check into a machine's warranty policy before making your purchase.
How do you do a reverse cable crossover?
A reverse cable crossover, also called a reverse cable fly, is great for working the muscles of the shoulders. What's even better is that it's fairly easy to do. According to Men's Health, here are the exact steps for performing this exercise:
"Grab the left pulley with your right hand and the right pulley with your left hand, crossing them in front of you. Move both your arms back and out to the side, keeping them straight throughout the movement. Slowly return the handles to the start position."
There you have it - the complete list of the best cable crossover machines on the market. I was able to include several different designs as well as one fully-commercial machine within this list.
As you can see, each machine has its pros and cons, so in the end, it is up to you to decide which particular design you would prefer in your home gym. Some of you might prefer 2 individual shoulder arms mounted to the wall, while others will appreciate a full-fledged all-in-one cable machine.
Don’t forget to double check the assembled dimensions to make sure your winner will fit properly in your home gym; it is a painful process to try to return a 600-pound machine!