Best Cable Crossover Machines

One of the less desired fitness equipment pieces are cable machines, also known as cable crossovers. The reason behind less popularity of these machines is quite simple. They take a lot of space and can be very expensive. Despite this, however, there is a considerable number of people that have home gyms or rooms in their house big enough to accommodate this particular machine. That’s why I decided to put together a comprehensive guide on the best cable machines that are currently available on the market.

There is a huge number of exercises that you can utilize via cable machines and I will include several beneficial videos at the end of this article. Right now, let’s focus on the best cable crossover machines on the market.

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 (because they already have their own guide), but only two-wings cable machines, the name crossover is quite appropriate in this case.

Which Cable Crossover Machine is the Best?

After several hours of research, I’ve come to a simple conclusion – there isn’t one that is 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 our personal opinion.


1) XMark XM-7626 Functional Trainer Cable Machine

XMark Fitness brand is no stranger in the fitness equipment industry. I’m not surprised that they also make one of the best cable machines available on the market.\

XMark XM-7626 Functional Trainer Cable Machine

This is a full-wall cable machine that is available with accessories, 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 use weight plates. Both commercial-grade arm pulleys have 19 height settings, each spaced by 3.5 inches with easily inter-changeable accessories. The pulley shoulders are held together by a thick steel bar, on which a 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).

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Commercial-grade parts
  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Included 2x 200 lbs weight-stacks
  • Smooth pulley system
Cons
  • Several users reported incorrect numbering sticks on various parts, so one needs to pay extra attention during assembly

Our rating: 4.9 Star Rating 4.9 / 5


2) ARCHON Wall Mount Cable Crossover Station

Cable stations made by ARCHON also made it to our list.

ARCHON Wall Mount Cable Crossover Station

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. The bad news is that there is no pull-up bar. They use vertical wall mounting system, so 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 x 4 linear-ball bearings for each plate carriage, 19 vertical positions, 180-degree swivel per pulley and2 commercial single cable attachments included.

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 the walls or ARCHON power rack, it cannot be mounted to the floor.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Heavy-duty steel parts with quality welds
  • Accommodates standard and Olympic weight plates alike
  • Easy assembly (the stations are mirrored copies of each other)
  • Affordable
Cons
  • No weight stacks – you have to use your own weight plates

Our rating: 4-8 Star Rating 4.8 / 5


3) Body-Solid Powerline PFT100 Functional Trainer

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.

Body-Solid Powerline PFT100 Functional Trainer

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.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Sturdy construction
  • Simple, yet effective design
  • Upgradeable weight stacks
  • Great, affordable non-commercial alternative to XMark XM-7626
Cons
  • Not recommended for public gyms
  • Doesn’t use 2” + heavy-gauge steel as most light-commercial machines do

Our rating: 4-8 Star Rating 4.8 / 5


4) FreeMotion Dual Cable EXT Crossover with Weight Stacks

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.

FreeMotion Dual Cable EXT Crossover with Weight Stacks

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.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Very sturdy construction
  • Made of commercially-graded materials
  • Lifetime frame warranty and 10-years for parts
  • Free motion arm design
Cons
  • Very heavy – 925 lbs (once assembled, you won’t be able to transport it)
  • Rather difficult assembly
  • Expensive (this is to be expected considering the commercial quality)

Our rating: 4.7 Star Rating 4.7 / 5


5) Body-Solid PCCO90X Powerline Cable Crossover Machine

Another cable crossover machine made by Body-Solid Powerline made it to our list, this time the model PCCO90X.

Body-Solid PCCO90X Powerline Cable Crossover Machine

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.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Both high and low pulleys are fixed and offer 180-degree motion
  • Optional attachments available
  • Excellent price
Cons
  • No assembly instructions – better to check some tutorial videos
  • Not as sturdy as other crossovers on this list

Our rating: 4.6 Star Rating 4.6 / 5


6) Valor Fitness BD-62 Wall Mount Cable Station

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 BD-62 Wall Mount Cable Station

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 250 lbs and height is 80 inches (203.2 cm). Valor Fitness offers 3-year frame warranty and 1-year cable warranty.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Wall-mounted space-saving design
  • Easy assembly
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Friction will be noticeable if you are used to commercial cable machines
  • Olympic peg plates adapters are not included

Our rating: 4.5 Star Rating 4.5 / 5


7) Inspire Fitness FTX Functional Trainer

Last, but not least cable crossover machine on our list is made by Inspire Fitness.

Inspire Fitness FTX Functional Trainer

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.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • One of the tallest (85”) cable machines on the market
  • Easy to assembly, considering the all-in-one cable design
  • Smooth and well-balanced cables
  • Doesn’t take much space
Cons
  • 165 lbs of each weight stack is not much

Our rating: 4.5 Star Rating 4.5 / 5


Well, I guess that’s all she wrote.

Cable Crossover Exercise

There is a lot of videos online that show various cable crossover exercises, but after checking several of them, I realized that some are not as good (even dangerous) as others. So I’ve picked the one that I consider the healthiest for your body and most beneficial for your muscles.

You can of course disagree with my opinion, so please feel free to explore more videos with a similar concept.

Conclusion

There goes our list of the best cable crossover machines on the market. I was able to include several different designs and also one fully-commercial machine in the list. As you can see, each machine has its pros and cons and in the end, it is up to you which particular design you would prefer in your home gym.

Some of you might prefer 2 individual shoulder arms mounted to the wall, others will appreciate full-fledged all-in-one cable machines. Don’t forget to double check the assembled dimensions to make sure your winner will fit properly in your home gym, because trust me, it is a painful process to try to return a 600 lbs machine.

Now, armed with all the information from above, hopefully you are ready to pick your winner. I hope that our guide was at least partially helpful to you and I wish you the best workout experience.