The 5 Best BDSM Spreader Bars For Sex, Side-by Side Comparison Chart

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After more than 30 hours of research and comparing 46 BDSM spreader bar for sex we've identified the 5 best of them for most people. Shortlisting these options involved crowdsourcing over 100 enthusiast and expert opinions.

We discovered that the best bang for the buck is Bondage Boutique expandable spreader bar that gives the most functions and versatility. Then the budget pick is Sportsheets Spreader bar, it's 16", fixed size and while still escapable for $35 it's a good value for money. Finally, the Liberator Talea spreader bar won in comfort and versatility. It's padded cushioning allows for comfortable use as a support wedge while being restrained. It's pricey though, making it a luxury upgrade choice. 


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bondage expandable and adjustable spreader bar

Bondage Boutique Expandable Bar
The best bang for the buck

This is a serious spreader bar that locks down the cuffs with padlocks making it inescapable. It's adjustable from 18 to 26" and the outer ankle cuffs rotate 180 degrees. You can also separate it in 3 parts for easy traveling. No need to purchase any extras, you got everything included for great price. 

Our Pick


sportsheets bondage restraint bar

Sportsheets restraint bar makes for a great first time choice. It's 16" long and metal is padded with nylon making it feel nice on the skin. The cuffs themselves are Velcro with soft inner padding.

Nothing fancy, but will provide enough thrill and tease.

Budget Pick


spreader bar for bed bondage sex

Introduction To Leg Spreader Bars

You may have tried bed restraints under the bed before, but did you know that leg spreader bars are actually a lot more practical for bondage and sex?

You’re bound to love them!

Yes, there is a pure domination aspect, but restraints do the same. 

With spreader bars you can move around, change positions, change places, you are not tied to one place, you're tied to one thing 😉

Then it's incredible for orgasm denial or forced orgasms, especially if you have a vibrator handy.

What do you do when your girl is squirming and closing her legs subconsciously as she's about to orgasm? 

You fight back, but usually, she's damn good at escaping huh?

Spreader bar helps by gently fixating legs and hands in one place and not letting go no matter what.

Ironically, this lack of control also lets the receiver relax and expose the sexy bits totally to her partner's mercy.

Now let's discuss what you should know when looking for a spreader bar. 


What You Should Know About Spreader Bars?

There's more to them than meets the eye. 

Learning those few important things will save you some valuable time and money:

many spreader bars compared side by side

Is the spreader bar fixed size or expandable?

Many entry-level spreader bars will be fixed size and actually, if you're going for a budget option, I would recommend you go for it.

Adjustable spreader bars are more versatile and better, but ONLY IF you get a high-quality bar.

Cheap adjustable spreader bars often won't hold together securely allowing the partner to escape… and where's the fun in there?

So either get a fixed size good quality restraint bar or if you're willing to spend around $100 get an adjustable one. 

It will just give you more options to play with. You could choose to use it for wrist, ankle, or even as a thigh spreader. 

Then there's a question about the length of the spreader bar:

  • Less than 20" spreader bars — these are beginner spreaders and usually are fixed since the spread is not that long. These are the most comfortable spreaders giving the experience of this kink and leg spreading, but not too much.
  • 30" inch spreader bar—if you want to be your partner to be more exposed and uncomfortable go for 30"+. If the receiving partner is shorter 30" will be great.
  • 40" inch spreader bars — if the partner is taller like 6 feet and you want to go for discomfort, this will be the best choice unless he/she has some hip or flexibility issues.

Does the restraint bar come with cuffs? If not, you need to get your own

Most of the selections do, but for example, the Talea spreader bar doesn't.

On top of that, some spreader bars have detachable cuffs, but the included cuffs aren't that good. 

So you may want to upgrade later. Also, if the bar comes with an O ring in the middle you can always add extra wrist cuffs there later.

Also, a tip is to buy extra carabineer clips. They always come handy and allow to connect the dots and restraints 😉

wrist and ankle cuff examples to use with spreader bar

How many O-rings does the bar have?

Many advanced spreader bars will come with more than two rings on each side.

There might be 3 more in the middle. Also, be wary as some spreader bars look like that there are O rings in the middle, but those are just pins meant for adjustment, not to secure cuff placement.

If you're wondering the outer rings are usually meant for ankles, the inner rings are wrists and the middle one could be used to attach a collar or even hook it in the ceiling for full-blown BDSM suspension play.


Do you want a complete lockdown or have a chance to partner to escape?

This is the question on the budget and intentions.

The cheaper the spreader bar, the simpler the system and materials will be.

The cheaper cuffs are made from padded fake leather, or simply get buckled together without a lock or straps.

Velcro cuffs are a good choice. They are quite sturdy and feel nice to the skin.

Leather handcuffs are good, but you must watch out if the buckles will hold the wrists without escaping.

Then watch out for plastic connectors and Carabiner clips as those are very fragile. You can always upgrade to metal Carabiner clips, but you need a strong O ring for cuffs and the bar.

More advanced spreader bars and cuffs are made from metal and locks to avoid any escaping, but again better materials cost more.

It depends on how much realism you want.

If she makes a game of escaping, you’ll need to get more forceful in restraints.

Though, don't use real handcuffs (like police uses). 

They are extremely uncomfortable and mildly painful always leaving red marks or scrapes.


The Best Spreader Bars For Perfect Bondage, Side-by-Side Comparison Chart

A few notes before you check it in detail:

best bdsm spreader bars for bondage in chart compared

Pay special attention to the length of the bar and whether it's expandable or not. 20" is okay leg spreading, and 30–40" is for extreme spread (warmup before recommended).

Then make sure you check what's included in the package. 

Sometimes pictures show the full-combo, but some cuffs or connectors might not be included. I did my best to identify those cases, but a fair warning.

Ideally, you want to get all the gear upfront to be able to jump straight to action right?

Budget choices are cheap, but know that these models aren't for serious restraint.

You'll see Sportsheets basic bar and Purple Reins for $35. Yes, they restrain, but it's possible to escape. 

It makes for a great beginner toy, but it's often better to pay a little extra and buy a toy that will last versus spending money twice.


Okay, now let's run quickly over all the options and why each item made to the chart:

  • Metal Expandable Spreader Bar With Leather Cuffs ($80) — Our Pick: This is our #1 choice as it comes with everything included for play right outside of the box for $80. There are even padlocks included ensuring no escape. Sure, there are downsides, for example, padlocks require quite a bit of fiddling and pins are not foolproof requiring a creative solution, but it's an unbeatable bar for the price.
  • Liberator Talea Spreader Bar ($95 + cuffs $45–$75) — Upgrade Pick: If you want to make the restraint play comfortable this is it. The bar isn't cheap and you need to purchase cuffs separately, but the fact that it has nice padding allows for unlimited position ideas. You can even use the bar as a wedge for enjoyable support. On top of that, the cover is removable and washing machine friendly. The bar itself could be sturdier, but if you crave comfort and restraint, this is a good combo.
  • Sportsheets Restraint Bar With Cuffs ($35) — Budget Pick: If you want to try restraints, but are on a budget, this is a good choice. Yes, you could bend the metal bar and you could escape the Velcro cuffs if you tried with all your energy… But they will hold against little struggling. The complaint could be made about the fact that the bar is only 16" long, allowing, in theory, to still close the legs, but it's a good beginner's option.
  • Purple Reins Leg Spreader Bar ($35): This is another budget alternative with a twist. The bar is 20", metal is a bit sturdier and it comes originally only with ankle cuffs. But there's an O ring that can be used to add wrist cuffs for extra $13 or simply use a rope.
  • Sportsheets Expandable Spreader Bar & Cuffs ($50): this is the best spreader bar for customisability. The bar itself is very well made and inescapable. The included ankle cuffs are made from Velcro snaps, but you can easily detach them and purchase additional heavyweight cuffs. Also in the middle of this bar, there is an O ring that also allows for adding the wrist cuffs later. In the end, the full package will end up costing you $40 extra, but you get to fully customize the bar to your liking while being able to use it out from the box. 

Okay, here's the spreadsheet again, and let's dive deeper into each item now:

best bdsm spreader bars for bondage in chart compared

Metal Expandable Spreader Bar With Leather Cuffs ($80) — Our Pick

Bondage Boutique has made the ultimate spreader bar for an incredible price, making it easily the best bang for the buck.

expandable adjustable leg spreader bar

It’s adjustable from 18 to 26", unescapable thanks to the leather cuffs with padlocks, and you can also separate it into 3 pieces for easy storage or travels.

Then the outer cuffs rotate 180 degrees and the inside of them is fur-lined ensuring that there are no marks or bruises left after the play.

leg spreader bar with cuffs specs

Finally, it's great that this combo kit comes with 4x padlocks and 8 keys included in the package. So you really have everything out of the box.

Are there downsides? Sure.

For example, padlocks require quite a bit of fiddling around, you cannot spontaneously lock your partner. It takes time. 

But for most, it only adds to the tension and excitement.

Then, those pins that adjust the length sometimes easily dislodge so some people use Keyring to loop around the bar itself to hold the pin in place.

Here's a video explaining and showing the bar in real life:


Liberator Talea Bondage Spreader Bar For Sex ($95 + cuffs $45–$75) — Upgrade Pick

If you've heard of Liberator before then you might know that they make high quality sex wedge pillows and sex furniture

They use great materials that don't budge under body weight, offer washable covers, and have even Black Label restraint line.

Talea is Liberator's take on spreader bars. They made the bar that's comfortable, yet restrains. 

liberator tale spreader bar and positions

Most spreader bars require prior conversations as your partner might be scared off if you pull out a scary-looking bar out from the blue. 

But this one can easily double as a sex pillow since it has a nice padded cushion. And the cover is removable and washing machine friendly.

liberator talea bondage bar specs

Notice though that the base spreader bar doesn't come with cuffs.

It's not necessarily a bad thing as you can hand-pick and add any cuffs that you like, but it does mean that it's getting pricier.

Together with the purchase, you can add:

  • 4 adjustable Velcro wrist and ankle cuffs for $45
  • Or 4 leather cuff kit that comes with 4 D-ring connectors, 4 double snap hooks and 4 male to female connectors for $75
wrist and ankle cuffs for bondage spreader bars

Then we must talk about the fact that the spreader bar itself is PVC rod, NOT metal. 

If you're looking for something unbreakable, then this rod might not be it. 

If you apply a maximal force you can definitely break it as it's not really meant for a hardcore BDSM play.

I guess you can always upgrade and insert another bar in place of the PVC one if you need something sturdier

Here's a fun video showing how the Talea spreader bar looks like and works:

Also note that on Liberator site there are quite a bit of suggested position photos, as well as in the package it comes with a nice booklet giving ideas on how to get started:

spreader bar sex position ideas

Sportsheets Restraint Bar With Cuffs ($35) — Budget Pick

If you're just looking to dip your toes into the restraint game for the first time, this is an inexpensive and non-scary spreader bar for just that.

sportsheets ankle and thigh spreader for bondage

The design is very simple, yet the bar itself is metal, not thick metal but still

You can bend it a bit and with tiny wrists, those cuffs could be escapable.

But if you're not fighting too much, they will pin down for enough.

sportsheets bondage spreader bar specs

It's not a great bar, but it's not bad either. 

16" length is a bit too short for serious spreading, but again this is the beginner budget option, not a full-blown BDSM restraint bar.

A great introduction to bondage though.


Purple Reins Leg Spreader Bar ($35)

This is a similar spreader bar with Sportsheets budget option with a few differences.

purple reins brand spreader bar with ankle restraints

First of all, it's a bit longer (20") and even though wrist cuffs (buy matching ones for $13) are not included, the bar comes with an O ring in the middle.

Yes, you can get those wrist cuffs, but you could also simply use a rope and that O ring to tie the spreader bar for example to the bed frame.

purple reins spreader bar specs

O ring gives options for creative uses.

Then, even if the bar looks flimsy, it's basically a metal bar padded with nylon. 

The cuffs itself are padded for comfort and is another beginner's restraint bar with a twist.


Sportsheets Expand​able Spreader Bar & Cuffs ($50)

The best feature of this spreader bar is its customizability.

The bar itself is made from a heavy-weight metal that is so well made that it won't budge no matter how hard you try.

expandable spreader bar with ankle cuffs

Also, the pins for adjustments are well-made to ensure no escaping is possible. 

You can adjust this bar from 30–38" which makes it the widest bar from the selection.

sportsheets adjustable bar specs

Then, if you notice it has only 2 cuffs at the end… for ankles or wrists, but NOT both... 

You might see the quality of the cuffs and be disappointed that there is no option to restrain both legs and hands, BUT…

Notice the O ring in the middle. And notice the detachable cuffs. 

Yup. You can upgrade both cuffs and you can use that middle O ring to add wrist cuffs afterward.

ankle and wrist cuffs for adjusting restraint bar

Sure, it will set you back $20–40 but you can mix and match your favorite cuffs. Pretty awesome, eh?

And finally, here's the video to see the sturdiness of this bar:

It's the favorite for customizability and long-term use.


How To Use A Spreader Bar & Best Sex Positions

Well, 50 shades Darker spreader sex scene gives some insights on where spreader bars come really handy:

Even though bed bondage restraints are more popular, to be frank, they are not as practical as spreader bars.

Why? Think of it — how easy it is to change positions with bed restraints?

You need to uncuff, turn, cuff again.

With a spreader bar?

You just flip her over, bend her over… move her around without any interruption.

Which brings me to the best spreader bar positions:

  • Doggy — this is the most delicious position of them all. You bend her over and she's forced to be fully exposed without escape. It's more comfortable if she keeps her knees under the body to keep the bar out of the way for him to play. Especially powerful if you have a vibrator (like Magic Wand) that pushes her to a powerful orgasm, and she cannot close the legs even during orgasm spasms 😉 Delicious. 
  • Standing Doggy — This is the same position, yet standing. Bend her over the bed, sofa, or table while she's at your mercy.
  • Missionary with Legs Up — after you're done with the doggy, just take the bar and flip her over. Put legs up high and again work to bring her to orgasm while her legs tremble with excitement and surrender. 
  • Hogtie Positions— it's up to you what you will do in there, but if you have ankle and wrist cuffs on the bar you can lay the receiver on the belly, cuff the ankles on the outer side of the bar, wrists inside, and you've got extremely helpless submissive. (The same can be done in doggy too).
  • Using the furniture for further restraint — you can also further restrict movement by using the bar around furniture legs like putting the bar inside of table legs so she can't back up and away from the table. Not a position, but a tip nonetheless. 

You can also use the bar on the wrists, but honestly, the main effect comes from leg opening and her not being able to close them especially when close to climax.

The joy comes from teasing her with a vibe, tongue, fingers… and anything else that seems fun basically edging her until she's begging to cum.

If you need more ideas, just look at some BDSM porn. 


How To Make A DIY Spreader Bar? 

While there are certainly lots of pros of getting a specialized spreader bar like:

  • It can be adjusted and expandable
  • The material is well-made without rough edges
  • More advanced metal bars can be used for suspension play
  • There's no work involved… duh ;D

What if you're on a budget and are looking to spend $20 instead of $50–60?

Well, there's actually a super simple way to make a DIY spreader bar.

how to make diy spreader bar

Here's the formula:

  • Find a wooden stick, use sandpaper to smoothen the edges
  • Screw the eyelet hooks on both sides
  • Either paint the dowel or tie some rope around it for a nicer look
  • Add the cuffs and boom, you're done!

Alternatively, you could figure out how to use ropes to cuff the victim to the eyelets and then you saved even more money on cuffs.

The extra rings in the middle would allow for more versatile use like attaching ankles from the outside and wrists in the middle.

Or maybe attach the wrists on the outside and the collar in the middle.

If you prefer a video explanation, here's a handy DIY demonstration by Morgan Thorne:



Bringing It All Together

Now you've got no excuse to not recreate your own version of 50 shades.

woman standing with her legs bound by spreader bar

Remember that this restraint play is all about imagination and creativity.

It can be as sexy, exciting as you make it be. 

Make sure you align expectations before the play itself. You want to know how far you can push your partner. A safeword is helpful.

My best times with restraints come from playful teasing and powerful vibrator getting her as close to orgasm as possible and then denying it.

Driving her insane till she's dripping wet.

This play is bound to be satisfying, enjoy!

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