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Choosing the right dance pole is an important decision. You must take into consideration several factors, such as the types of tricks you plan on executing with your pole, the transportability you require from your pole, your ceiling height, your weight, what type of pole you plan to or are used to using regularly, and more. Determining the correct pole for your needs now will help ensure that you choose the right pole for you so you can avoid having to purchase new poles later down the road.

Pole MaterialStripper Pole Materials
The first step to deciding which dance pole is right for you is to determine what types of tricks you plan on executing on your pole. Some pole materials are better for certain tricks, but not others. If you are not sure which tricks you want to do, or plan on executing a variety of different tricks, you should choose a pole material that is versatile.

  • Stainless Steel: Stainless steel poles are silver poles which are easily cleaned and last many years in top-notch perfection. Due to their highly polished surface and smooth, shiny finish; they are aesthetically pleasing and are great for doing spins, twists and twirls around the pole. This also makes it more difficult to grip and sometimes is better suited for more advanced pole dancers when performing tricks like inversions.

  • Brass: Brass poles are gold in color, and are shiny and smooth. Brass dance poles tend to offer more grip than stainless steel poles, and therefore are better for more advanced tricks, such as inversions, shoulder mounts and leg holds. However, the grip is not so pronounced that you cannot perform other tricks, such as spins, twists & twirls. Brass is one of the most versatile pole materials available, and is very aesthetically pleasing. Brass poles are great for those who want to perform a multitude of tricks on their pole, which is why it is the material most commonly used in clubs. Brass is an alloy of copper & zinc, making it a softer metal that is more susceptible to scratches and requiring it to be cleaned more frequently. When cared for properly, brass is quite resistant to tarnishing and can last many years.

  • Chrome: Chrome dance poles are silver in color and mimic the texture of stainless steel poles. Chrome poles are most comparable to stainless steel poles, but they offer slightly more grip than stainless steel poles, but the finish is not quite as long-lasting. Though when cared for properly, chrome poles will last many, many years. Chrome poles are great for those who want to perform all types of tricks on their pole; from inversions to leg holds to mounts.

  • Titanium Gold: Titanium gold dance poles are gold in color, and have an electronically coated surface that increases the grip. It is made to emulate the grip of a brass pole and is ideal for climbs and inverts. These poles mimic the look and feel of brass with slightly less grip than brass. Titanium gold is favored by those who prefer to dance on brass poles, with a slightly lower price tag. They typically rate right in between chrome and brass in their price and versatility.

    Get the most bang for your buck. The price range of poles is so vast that you may be overwhelmed with options, or closed off into a corner with little selection. Generally speaking, the old adage "you get what you pay for" applies to stripper poles, as well. The more expensive the pole, the higher quality and more features it boasts. But luckily, poles can be both high quality and affordable. Steer clear from novelty poles sold in joke shops, as these are very cheap and are not built for actual use. After all, a pole is a piece of exercise equipment and you do not want it to give out during use!

    Stainless Steel and chrome tend to be the most affordable pole materials, with titanium gold and brass costing slightly more. However, the versatility of these pole materials often justifies the increased cost.

    Pole Size/Diameter
    Pole thickness diameterThe pole size refers to the thickness, or diameter, of the pole. [Height is considered later, and is often limited to the height of your ceiling]

    Industry standard thickness of stripper poles is 2" (50 mm). 2" diameter poles are often harder for beginning pole dancers to grip with their hands, but with time, your hands will build up the strength to grip the 2" thick pole. Pole dancers with petite hands usually prefer to use the skinnier 1.75" (45 mm) thick poles. These poles are easier to grip with your hands, but due to the lack of surface area, can be difficult to grip with your legs during more advanced moves, such as inversions and leg holds. The cost of 2" and 1.75" diameter poles are generally the same.

    TransportabilityTransportable Stripper Pole
    Some pole dancers need to be able to take their pole down at a moment's notice, can not have hardware permanently installed to the structure of their home or want the ability to take their pole to a friend's house whenever they want. Similarly, if you cannot install a pole to the structure of your home, or you plan on using your pole on a floor which cannot be drilled (such as concrete, tile, hardwood, etc.) you may benefit from a removable pole. If you do not need to take your pole down frequently, or are able to keep your pole set up for long periods of time; you may prefer a permanent dance pole. Permanent poles require minimal installation and do not damage your home. They can be taken down easily, but need to have their installation hardware disassembled when taken down, making the ease of transportation decrease.

    Removable poles are just as sturdy as permanent poles, so you are not sacrificing stability when you opt to purchase a removable pole. Removable poles use pressure to hold them in place, so they are just as stable as permanent poles. They must be mounted directly below a ceiling stud, and they can be used on all types of flooring; such as concrete, carpet, hardwood, vinyl, tile, etc. Some removable poles are sold as one piece and are cut to fit your exact ceiling height, while others are sold in multiple pieces that you can transport in a handy carrying case.

    If you find that you benefit from a removable pole due to flooring issues or installation concerns; you might prefer a one-piece pole because they imitate the look of the permanent poles. But if you opt for a removable pole because you want to be able to pack it up and take it to a friend's house, or take it down and store it frequently, you will prefer a multi-piece pole.

    Your Ceiling
    How tall is your ceiling? Some poles work best with certain ceiling heights, but not for others. For example, removable poles are not recommended for ceiling heights greater than 12 feet or for certain ceiling materials such as ceiling tile.  Removable poles work very well for ceilings between 7'4" and 12'. If you do not have a stable ceiling (ceiling tiles/bare studs) or if you want to use the pole outdoors, you will want to get a stage pole or freestanding pole. Freestanding poles are quite stable and usually fit under 8' ceilings and have optional extensions for use with taller ceilings or outdoors. If you have ceiling tiles, bare studs, or vaulted ceilings; you can still have a removable or permanent pole mounted, you would just need to make minor alterations to your ceiling. (Vaulted ceiling adapters are available which can be noninvasive. Ceiling tiles can be moved out of the way or have holes cut in them for poles to mount beneath a sturdy surface.)

    Spinny vs. Static Modes
    Many dance poles now offer the "spinning" feature which allows you to let your pole spin freely. Ironically, the spinning feature actually makes tricks more difficult because the momentum created during spinning pulls you away from the pole requires you to use more strength to hold onto the pole during tricks.

    Poles that offer this spinning feature can quickly be switched between the spinning and stationary modes. Usually, a pin is inserted into the base of the pole which locks the pole into place, keeping it stationary. When this pin is removed, the pole will spin freely with your momentum. Due to this, if you feel you might utilize the spinning feature in the future, you may opt for a pole that offers the spinning mode because you can always disable it when you want your pole stationary.

    What pole will you be using?
    When choosing your new pole, you also want to take into consideration the type and size of pole that you will most frequently be using. If you work at a club that uses 2" diameter brass poles, you will want to get a 2" (50mm) brass or titanium gold pole. If you take classes at a studio that uses stainless steel poles, you will want to get a pole that uses stainless steel or chrome poles. If you are a professional pole dancer, you might want poles in many different materials in order to acclimate yourself to a variety of different sizes, textures and materials so that you are able to work with any pole at any time.
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