Best Nerf Bars & Running Boards for 2023

By: RealTruck Expert Team / April 17, 2023 in Guides

Are you having a hard time getting in and out of your truck or SUV? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Even trucks without lift kits can be so tall that getting into the cab feels like climbing a hill, and getting out feels like base jumping.

That’s why we’ve compiled the 10 best nerf bars and running boards available for your truck in 2023. With this guide, you’ll be able to choose a step that suits your style and makes getting in and out of your truck a breeze.

Ionic 3-Inch Black Nerf Bars

For many of our customers, getting an affordable, functional, no-frills nerf bar is their main objective while shopping. That’s why the Ionic 3-Inch Black Nerf Bar is one of our best-selling truck steps year after year.

The nerf bar is made of steel with a gloss-black powder coat that fights rust and corrosion. Installation can be done in your driveway or garage with basic hand tools. Not a fan of the black finish? A polished stainless version is also available.

AMP Research PowerStep

On the opposite end of the shopping spectrum you’ll find the AMP Research PowerStep. This 6-inch wide running board automatically deploys when you open your truck’s door and retracts when not in use.

The big advantage here is that the board comes down much farther than traditional boards and bars, making it the best choice for customers who need maximum drop distance.

Ionic 5-Inch Black Curved Nerf Bars

If you want nerf bar looks with the step width of a running board, the Ionic 5-Inch Curved Black Nerf Bars are a great choice for your truck.

The 5-inch step features a textured surface, guaranteeing sure footing even in slippery conditions.

The stainless steel construction is ideal for keeping rust and corrosion at bay. Also available with a polished stainless steel finish.

APS 5-Inch Black Iboards

With a modern style heavily influenced by appearance of modern smart phones, it’s no wonder the 5-Inch Black Iboards from Auto Parts Specialists are some of our most popular running boards.

However, these boards aren’t just about good looks: they also feature rust-resistant aluminum construction, a 5-inch wide step area, and no-drill installation on most vehicles. Choose from black or brushed aluminum finishes.

Go Rhino RB20 Running Boards

Raptor-inspired styling and available textured and bed liner finishes make Go Rhino RB20 Running Boards a popular choice among adventurous truck owners who still need an extra step in and out of the vehicle.

The tread pattern provides excellent traction in on and off-road environments, and 16-gauge steel construction lets the RB20s endure the rigors of rocky trails.

N-Fab Nerf Step RS

The N-Fab Nerf Step RS combines N-Fab's fully-welded bracket design with a 5-inch wide step, giving it a rugged look and a weight capacity in excess of 400 pounds.

The steps are attached to a 2-inch diameter steel bar and powder-coated to enhance corrosion resistance.

Ionic 5-Inch Stainless Nerf Bars

With a generous 5-inch step area and a lustrous, chrome-like polished finish, Ionic 5-Inch Stainless Steel Nerf Bars are an eye-catching addition to any pickup truck.

A textured step pad is included at each door to provide plenty of traction regardless of weather conditions such as rain and snow. They're also available in black.

Steelcraft STX300 Running Boards

Steelcraft STX300 Running Boards feature a backing plate that runs the entire length of the cab, which means there’s no visible gap between the board and your truck.

The unique styling of the board helps set your truck apart from others on the road and the textured surface area provides plenty of grip for securely entering and exiting your vehicle.

Magnum RT Steps

Trucks should look tough. Raptor knows this, which is why the Magnum RT Step features a rugged-looking design matched with heavy-duty construction.

Each step uses non-slip diamond tread pads on a durable steel bar with an angled design that stands out from round and oval nerf designs.

The black powder-coat finish means rust won’t ruin the look and performance of this off-road style truck step.

Ionic Factory Style Running Boards

A no-nonsense running board, the Ionic Factory Style boards have everything you need in a running board at an affordable price.

The aluminum frame is topped with a composite step that runs the length of the board, and the 6-inch width provides plenty of step area.

This board is the ideal choice for customers on a budget who need a wide step.

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