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If you're looking to work and build up your lats, you're probably already familiar with the commercial lat machine.

But what if you want to work on your lats in your home gym?

So In this roundup we'll check what is the best lat pulldown machine for home gym.

We've done the hard work for you and narrowed down the massive list of available machines out there to 5 that we believe will be a great addition to any home gym.

Best On The Budget - Powerline PLM180X

The PowerLine PLM180X proves that cheap doesn't always mean low quality.

With two pulley stations, small footprint and 250 lbs of max weight load, this lat machine is more than enough if you're looking for a simple and affordable machine.

Editor's Choice - Valor Fitness CB-12

The Valor Fitness CB-12 is the best lat pulldown machine for your home gym.

It's got a great price tag, two pulley stations, several attachments, and it can support up to 250 lbs of weight load.

Top Of The Line - Powertec Fitness Lat Machine

The Powertec Fitness LAT Machine got a slick design and it can support up to 500 lbs of weight load.

You can move the seat aside and make more room in the middle for you to do even more exercises with the lower pulley.

XMark Lat Pulldown and Low Row Cable Machine XM-7618

This monster of a lat machine from XMark can support up to 400 lbs of weight load.

That is In addition to an extremely durable cables, flip-up footplate for low row, and you can use either Olympic or standard plates.

Body-Solid Pro Lat Machine

With Body-Solid's "No cable change tech" it's easy to switch from the upper to the lower pulley, which in turn helps you keep the intensity high.

But above all, it comes with Body-Solid's lifetime warranty.

What Is A Lat Pulldown Machine?

The most upfront and basic answer will be:
A lat pulldown machine is a fitness equipment designed to enable you to work your lats.

But that answer won't do justice with this type of equipment that really can offer more than that.

A lat machine, much like a cable machine, utilizes a system of pulleys and cables that are connected (in some cases) to a weight stack.

However, the majority of in-home lat machines use external weight plates as the resistance.

Anyway, the use of a pulley system enables you to lift more weight, compared to how much you can lift with free weights.

In order for you to actually do the lifting, you'll be using a lat bar, row bar, handlebars, hand grips, V bars, straps, and so on.

The amount of attachments you can hook up to your lat pulldown machine is what will allow you to diversify your workout.

In addition, it will also enable you to really target major muscle groups, as well as helper muscles.

Therefore, as you probably understood by now, a lat machine can be really versatile.

All these together make the average lat machine a great solution for beginners, but at the same time, it's also a machine that you can use as you progress.

But above all is the fact that, a lat machine provides a constant resistance to your muscles in both concentric and eccentric contractions.

What Are The Benefits Of Lat Pulldown?

First of all, the lats are what can give your body that desired V shape that will make you look strong and wide.

Being that the lats are the largest and strongest muscle group in your back.

But apart of their aesthetic benefits, the lats play a major part in shoulder and spine mobility.

Whenever you throw, lift, bend, twist, you're using the lats.

So having a strong lats usually means better stability and posture, flexibility, and strength in your upper body.

In addition, they also assist the movement of your arms, and protecting your spine. In fact, they're main mission is to assist the movement of your arms.

Therefore, stronger lats also means, stronger arms and shoulders.

Furthermore, strong lats also help tightening your abs, and pulls your shoulders back. This helps take pressure off your lower back, and it helps with maintaining balance.

Finally, and I guess this is isn't the main reason why you're interested in building your lats, lats help with various sports activities.

From basketball and football to golf and tennis, as well as swimming and rowing. 

Having strong lats means you have a strong core, which is essential with these kinds of sports activities.

Muscles Worked On A Lat Pulldown Machine

Despite its misleading name, a lat pulldown machine can be used to work various muscles in your body.

That's due to the fact that a simple pulldown is a compound movement involving three joints.

The elbow, shoulder, and the shoulder girdle.

And while the main muscles working are the lats, you'll also working your biceps and forearms.

Since they act as helper muscles.

However, because you can perform various exercises on a lat pulldown machine, you'll also be able to specifically target your:

  • Triceps
  • biceps,
  • trapezius 
  • forearms  
  • shoulders

It all depends on the versatility the lat machine offers, and basically whether or not you can use attachments.

What Can I Do Instead Of Lat Pulldown?

A lat pulldown machine is not something everyone can afford.

Maybe you can't afford it at the moment, or perhaps you don't have enough room for one.

That doesn't mean you can't work and strengthen your lats and back in general.

Thankfully, there are plenty of exercises that can work your lats without you having to spend a dime on a lat machine.

Check out these exercises. Each and every one of them work your lats.

  1. Chin-up [See instructions]
  2. Parallel Close Grip Pull-up [See instructions]
  3. Pull-Up [See instructions]
  4. Rear Pull-Up [See instructions]
  5. Barbell Pullover [See instructions]
  6. Barbell Bent Arm Pullover [See instructions]
  7. Dumbbell Lying Row [See instructions]
  8. Dumbbell Bent-over Row [See instructions]
  9. Inverted Row [See instructions]
  10. Barbell Bent-over Row [See instructions]

As you can see, there quite a few exercises that you can do, and all without breaking the bank.

5 best lat pulldown machines for home gym

There are more than enough lat machines out there.

So In our research process we had to filter out just plain bad, or outdated candidates for the title, and in order to do so we've put the emphasis on:

  1. Price To Value Ratio
  2. Functionality
  3. Size
  4. Features
  5. Attachments (If available, and if they are included in the price)

Not long after, (13.5 hrs, but hey, who's counting?) we've managed to narrow our list down to 5 machines, that according to our research, are the best lat pulldown machines for home gym.

So let's start.

Valor Fitness CB-12 Plate Loading Lat Pull Down

The Valor Fitness CB-12 is the second cheapest lat machine on our list.

But even though it's quite affordable, it can still stand up to the big and more expensive machines.

First of all, the max user weight is 325 lbs, which kinda gives you an idea on how solid and stable this machine is.

As for max weight load, this is where I think it might turn off some users at least, since it can only supports up to 250 lbs of weight load.

On the other hand though, you might say that 250 lbs is more than enough for you.

So it's really up to you to decide if this weight load going to be enough for you as you progress.

One cool feature I like is the plate storage sleeves which will allow you to store your plates right beneath the plate carriages.

Besides that fact that it will be a lot easier and faster for you to load/unload plates, you also won't have to spend money on plate rack in case you don't have one. (Cha-Ching)

As for working out, well, it's got two pulley stations, upper and lower, so you can do quite few of other exercise besides lat pulldown.


The Good Stuff:
  • Solid and good quality build
  • supports up to 250 lbs of weight and 325 lbs of user weight
  • Adjustable height seat
  • has two pulley stations - upper and lower
  • comes with Several attachments
  • flip-up footplate for low rows
The Bad Stuff:
  • Wobbles unless you stand on the footplate when doing arm curls
  • not suitable for you if your over 6'2
  • assembly Is Quite Difficult
  • You'll have to pay extra on olympic sleeve Adapters 

Powerline PLM180X - Body-Solid Lat Machine

So, this lat pulldown machine is the cheapest on our list.

But in this case, cheap doesn't necessarily means low quality.

This lat machine is a straight up lat machine and as basic as they come. 

It does have two pulley stations but it's rather tricky to use the lower one.

You'll have to remove the seat and run the extension cable that comes with it through the lower pulley.

However, removing the seat is quite easy, since you can easily just pull it up.

Still, it's not the best solution out there, but if you're on the budget, that'll just have to do.

On the good side though, it is a pretty solid machine and its pulley system is rather smooth, so you get a clean and uninterrupted motion.

Finally, it does have a small footprint, 48" L X 25" W, so it might be a good option to consider if we're talking about small space.


The Good Stuff:
  • Affordable
  • has two pulley stations - upper and lower
  • small footprint
  • supports up to 250 lbs of weight load
The Bad Stuff:
  • difficult to assemble
  • moving from upper to lower pulley could have been easier 
  • Attachments are optional
  • you'll have to buy Olympic Sleeve Adapters if you want to use olympic plates

Powertec Fitness LAT Machine

The Powertec Fitness LAT Machine is certainly the most interesting lat machine on our list. But, it is also the most expensive one.

For starters, it's got a slick design and look that is slightly different from other lat machines we saw.

It's got two pulley stations, upper and lower, and with this one, you can actually get a full range of motion even if you're 6'3.

Another cool feature is the swiveling seat that you can move aside when you want to use the lower pulley for arm curls or low rows.

But, moving the seat out of the way not only enables you to do a low row, but also other exercises like triceps kickback and wood-chops.

As for max weight load, well, this lat machine supports up to 500 lbs. 

But, as default, it only support Olympic weight plates, so if you have standard plates you'll have to get sleeves adapters.

And, if you're more into weight stacks that weight plates, then you can upgrade your unit with a 190 lbs weight stack.

Though you should know that it will increase the already quite expensive price of this machine.

If Powertec had included attachments than it might had sweeten the deal a bit more.

Nevertheless, this is a solid lat machine, that if you've got the budget for it, you would be wise to seriously consider adding one to your home gym.


The Good Stuff:
  • has two pulley stations
  • you can move the side outwards to free up space in the middle and do even more exercises
  • might still provide a full range motion even if you're taller than 6'3
  • up to 500 lbs of weight load
  • Slick look and design
  • smooth pulley system
  • you can add 190 lbs weight stack
The Bad Stuff:
  • somewhat difficult to assemble
  • Attachments are optional
  • You'll Have To Pay Extra On standard Sleeve Adapters

XMark Lat Pulldown and Low Row Cable Machine XM-7618

This lat pulldown machine from XMark is another solid build piece of equipment.

It's got two pulley stations, upper and lower, which will allow you to work your traps and biceps in addition to your lats.

Furthermore, the XM-7168 can take up to 400 lbs of weight, meaning you have a lot of room for improvement.

It's also got a flip-up footplate, which can come in handy when you want to do low rows with the lower pulley stations.

The cables on this lat machine are quite durable. They've tested to handle 2200 lb. I don't think you'll ever need to pull 2200 lb, but, it's good to know.

As for the weight plates, you can use standard, though they will wobble as you pull.

But, if you got Olympic weight set, then there's an Olympic sleeve adapter that assure your plates sits well and won't budge when you pull.

On the downside, you won't be able to get a full range of motion if you're taller than 6'3.


The Good Stuff:
  • Solid and good quality build
  • supports up to 400 lbs of weight load
  • you can use standard or olympic weight plates
  • has two pulley stations - upper and lower
  • high-end cables
  • flip-up footplate for low row
The Bad Stuff:
  • difficult to assemble
  • not suitable for you if your over 6'2
  • Attachments are optional

Body-Solid Pro Lat Machine

This one is also from "Body-Solid", a well established and known brand in the fitness equipment industry.

it's got two pulley stations, upper and lower.

The kick though, is in the "you don't need to change cable when switching from upper to lower pulley" system.

Or as Body-Solid like to call it: “No-Cable-Change Technology”.

This is useful and might actually come in handy when you want to switch fast from doing pulldowns to low row.

As for low row, it doesn't have a flip-up footplate like the PLM180X, but, it does have foot brace to act as a counter when you're doing low row.

But, like the PLM180X the weight carriage motion is smooth, so you are getting a clean and uninterrupted motion.

And, if you're taller than 6'2, by you'll be able to get full range motion by just leaning slightly backwards while you pull.

Unfortunately, there is no plate storage, so if you don't have a plate rack you'll might have to consider getting one.

Another noteworthy downside is the assembly manual not being very clear, since it's basically just a drawing of all the parts and where they should go.

So unless you have experience in assembling fitness equipment, you're going to have a hard time trying to figure this one out.

But aside of that, this one is actually a solid lat machine that can be a great addition to your home gym.


The Good Stuff:
  • has two pulley stations
  • Easy And Fast Transition Between The Upper And Lower Pulleys
  • might still provide a full range motion even if you're taller than 6'2
  • Body-Solid's Lifetime Warranty
The Bad Stuff:
  • difficult to assemble - Assemble manual is a simple scheme of all the parts and where they should go
  • Attachments are optional
  • You'll Have To Pay Extra On Olympic Sleeve Adapters

But what is the Best Lat Pulldown Machine For Home Gym

There's no doubt that there are plenty of solid and well built lat machines that can be a great addition to your home gym.

But, in my opinion, the Valor Fitness CB-12 is the best lat pulldown machine for home gym.

Why?

Well for starters, it's got a reasonable, and even quite affordable price tag If I might say.

Furthermore, it's got a massive frame that can support user weight of up to 325 lbs.

Two pulley stations, plate storage sleeves so you don't have to pay extra on a plate rack, and you won't just have them laying around the machine.

And it's got couple of other cool perks like, adjustable height seat, flip-up footplate for your low row's, and it comes with couple of attachments.

Working out on it is a real smooth ride, and there's really no noise besides of the normal sound of up and down the rail, that pretty much every home gym has.

To me, that sound's like a lat machine I would gladly add to my home gym.

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