It doesn’t matter if you are a professional callisthenic, CrossFit beginner, or just self-weight exerciser, sooner or later you will come out of exercise ideas that do not include some tools. If you are specializing in self-weight exercises, then surely you’ve heard about plyo or Plyometric boxes.
These boxes come in various shapes and materials and are specially designed for workout. Mainly you’ll see 3-in-1 wooden plyo boxes, metal plyo boxes and adjustable plyo boxes. Firstly, we will check each type in more details, then, we will move directly to our list of the 5 best plyo boxes on the market. So let’s check them out.
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Types of Plyo Boxes
Below I’ll outline the main differences between the three and their pros and cons.
3-in-1 Wooden Plyo Boxes
These Plyometric boxes have three different sizes and are rectangular in shape. There are a lot sizes available, but the main four are:
These boxes are great if you are just starting out, because they are usually cheaper and thanks to the 3-in-1 size you have 3 different height choices per box. As the name suggest, they are made out of wood, which means they are less sturdy and don’t hold as much as metal boxes, although they can hold up to 400 lbs (181 kg) of weight, because of the inner reinforcement. They are also cheaper than metal boxes.
Metal Plyo Boxes
These boxes, as the name suggest, are made of metal and more often than not do not quite resemble a ‘box’ but rather a stool or chair. They usually support a minimum of 300 lbs (136 kg) of weight and come in different heights, since they can be used from one side only. Some of these are literally so tall that I can’t imagine jumping on them unless you have super powers, although that might be just me being unimaginative.
Adjustable Plyo Boxes
As the name suggests, these fellas are adjustable in height and are made of various materials, like foam, wood or metal. They usually look like stools as well, but they are adjustable in height. Most of these adjustable boxes are much more expensive than standard metal or wooden boxes, but that is to be expected since you might need just one.
Now that covers the pros and cons of each Plyometric box type. It’s up to you to determine which type suits you the best. So, with that being said (written), let’s jump right to the list of the 5 best plyo boxes on the market.
5 Best Plyo Boxes on the Market
1) Bound 3-in-1 Wood Plyo Box
The very first on our list is a wood plyo box manufactured by BOUND.
The box comes in four sizes (mentioned above) and is made by from ¾ inch (1.9 cm) thick plywood. As basically every box in this guide, its main purpose is to be jumped on, for step-ups, raised squats and all kinds of CrossFit and calisthenics exercises. The box can be shipped as flat-packed or fully assembled. The flat-packed version includes everything you need for assembly, screws, glue and a square-drive bit. Although I guess you are going to need rubber mallet as well, which is not included. If you are going to use only screws, then you are in luck, because the holes are already pre-drilled. The weight support of these fellas is 400 lbs (181 kg) of weight.
Our rating: 4.8 / 5
2) j/fit Plyometric Jump Box
Next on our list of the best ply boxes is the metal fella made by j/fit.
These metal ply boxes are made from heavy duty steel and the landing area is covered with heavy duty rubber. They come in the following versions:
- 12” height, 13”x 13” landing area, 14”x 14”base
- 18” height, 14”x 14” landing area, 18”x 18”base
- 24” height, 15”x 15” landing area, 21”x 21”base
- 30” height, 16”x 16” landing area, 23”x 23”base
The metal feet are covered with rubber stoppers for maximum safety. These metal boxes are non-slip tapered and thanks to the stackable design, they are compact as well. The weight limit is not specified by the manufacturer, but several clients weighing reported that they withstand up to 300 lbs of weight without issues.
Our rating: 4.5 / 5
3) Stamina | X Adjustable Height Plyo Box
Our list continues with the first adjustable plyo box made by Stamina | X.
As I have already mentioned above, adjustable plyo boxes are more expensive than any other plyo box type, but for a good reason. As long as you do not need different heights at the same time, one of these adjustable fellas will be enough. Stamina | X is definitely one of the best on the market.
It can be adjusted to four different sizes, 12”, 16”, 20”and 24”. If 24 inches is still short for you, you might need to look for an alternative. The box is made of heavy duty steel and comes already assembled. There is a workout guide included for free.
The surface is 27”x 18” (model 20-0012) and is non-slip designed. The maximum weight support is 300 lbs (136 kg).
Our rating: 5 / 5
4) Rep Fitness 3 in 1 Wood Plyometric Box
Rep Fitness brand makes some pretty need wood plyo boxes and they made it to our list.
If, for some reason you want a wood Plyometric box, but you are not satisfied with the first wood box in this list made by BOUND, then here is the alternative. They come in four standard sizes mentioned above.
Same as their competition, these fellas are made of ¾” plywood and are reinforced from the inside to support 400 lbs of weight. The assembly is drill-free, since the holes are pre-drilled and the screws are included. These boxes are made in Denver, Colorado, so there is no problem with delivery or replacement. Each box can also be sent already pre-assembled, but this feature increases the cost.
Our rating: 4.6 / 5
5) Body-Solid 42″ Plyo Box
The 5th on our list of the best plyo boxes on the market is made by Body-Solid.
This particular metal plyo box is basically no different from the already mentioned metal boxes made by j/fit, but there is one huge difference. The height. This fella is 42 inches tall (106.7 cm). In case you are a professional athlete or hard-core CrossFit enthusiast, then you will find this height useful. But honestly, unless you feel like Tarzan, you will find this extremely difficult to jump onto multiple times in a row.
The plyo box is made of 1 inch square 12 gauge steel tubing and supports 305 lbs (138.3 kg). The surface platform is made of 1/2” plywood covered with non-slip rubber. The metal is also covered with scratch-proof powder finish. The dimensions are 34” x 34” x 42” (86.4 x 86.4 x 106.7 cm) and the weight is 50 lbs (22.7 kg).
At least from my own research, this is the tallest ply box on the market at the moment.
Our rating: 4.8 / 5
There we have it. There goes our list of the best Plyometric boxes on the market. As you can see, there is a lot of difference among various plyo boxes and eventually, it is up to you which type do you prefer. Hopefully, my guide was somewhat helpful and you are able to pick your winner now.