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.
Table of Contents
- Cable Crossover Machines Compared
- 7 Best Cable Crossover Machines Reviewed
- Cable Crossover Exercises
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)
7 Best Cable Crossover Machines Reviewed
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
- 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 also make one of the best cable machines available on the market.
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).
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...
Cable stations made by ARCHON also made it to our list.
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.
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.
Cable Crossover Exercises
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.
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.