Best Dumbbells

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 30, 2016
Dumbbells, also known as free weights, are perfect for strength workouts. Whether you're new to physical exercises or want to boost your regular training program, pay attention to our shortlist of the best dumbbells and enhance your workouts! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
WEIGHT RANGE
HANDLE
CONVENIENCES
SIZE
WEIGHT INCREMENT
PACKAGE
 
PROS
Powerblock dumbbells provide for quick weight change in 2-3 seconds. They are easy to use, don't take much space and replace a large set of dumbbells.
CONS
At first, PowerBlock dumbbells might feel unusual while training, with hands inside the dumbbells base.
OUR VERDICT
This type of dumbbells is quite new. These dumbbells combine an innovative design and ease of use. PowerBlock Elite is the perfect choice for any workout.
detailed parameters
TYPE
PowerBlock
WEIGHT RANGE
5 to 50 lbs
HANDLE
Metal with rubber coating
CONVENIENCES
Pin weight adjustment; The unused weights stay in the block; Color-coded bars.
SIZE
12" x 6" x 6"
WEIGHT INCREMENT
2.5 lbs
PACKAGE
2 PowerBlock dumbbells (replacing 16 pairs of dumbbells, 825 lbs of free weight in total)
PROS
Bowflex dumbbells take up little space, feature a branded stand for storage and easy weight customization.
CONS
The dumbbells are still large, even when the lowest weight on.
OUR VERDICT
Bowflex dumbbells make an ideal choice for both professionals and beginners. They help you build your muscles with exercises of varying complexity.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Bowflex
WEIGHT RANGE
5 to 52.5 lbs
HANDLE
Metal with rubber coating
CONVENIENCES
Storing rest; Durable molding around metal plates; Rotating weight lock.
SIZE
16" x 8" x 9"
WEIGHT INCREMENT
2.5 lbs
PACKAGE
2 handles, 20 plates with different weight, 2 specialized stands
PROS
These dumbbells feature convenient customization with the reliable design. They come for a very good price.
CONS
Due to the classic screw collar, it takes time to change the dumbbells' weights.
OUR VERDICT
This type is perfect for dumbbell workouts intended to build muscles and increase stamina. Thanks to the wide range of possible weight options you can easily adapt them to various exercises and different muscle groups.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Adjustable
WEIGHT RANGE
8 to 105 lbs
HANDLE
Chromed with knurled surface
CONVENIENCES
Suits for any 1" hole plate; Convenient collars; Adjustable configuration.
SIZE
14"
WEIGHT INCREMENT
Custom
PACKAGE
2 bars, 4 collars
PROS
With these dumbbells, you'll be able to create the kit to fit your own workout needs.
CONS
There's no rubber coating on the handle, so it takes more effort to hold the dumbbells if your hands are wet.
OUR VERDICT
The dumbbells are well-suited for both cardio and strength workouts. The simple design and small size allow you to organize a place at home for your daily efficient workouts.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Fixed
WEIGHT RANGE
15 lbs
HANDLE
Chromed with knurled surface
CONVENIENCES
Hex shaped heads, no rolling; PVC coating.
SIZE
8.75" x 2.6" x 2.25"
WEIGHT INCREMENT
None
PACKAGE
One dumbbell
PROS
This set of dumbbells can be easily organized and stored, it's sufficient for a basic training.
CONS
The stand is made entirely of plastic and isn't very stable.
OUR VERDICT
These dumbbells are well-suited for people engaged in cardio or pilates. In addition to the variety of weights, they feature nice design and vibrant colors.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Fitness
WEIGHT RANGE
2 to 5 lbs
HANDLE
Metal with neoprene coating
CONVENIENCES
Convenient rest; Color coding for dumbbells' weights.
SIZE
9" x 9" x 7.5"
WEIGHT INCREMENT
None
PACKAGE
6 dumbbells with 2, 3 and 5 lbs weights, storage rest

What Is It

Dumbbells are, in fact, the most simple and affordable strength training equipment which can benefit absolutely anyone who cares about their health and fitness. Dumbbells help you build your forearms, calves, and virtually any muscle. Training with dumbbells weights is significantly different from training with a barbell. It involves more small stabilizing muscles, your joints feel freer, the load is distributed more precisely on the muscles you’re building. In our today’s review, we cover up the most popular types of dumbbells and offer our own shortlist of best dumbbells. Find the most suitable dumbbells to fit your needs!

We're sure that sports enthusiasts will also appreciate Kettlebells, the popular sports equipment we're reviewing separately.

 

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What Features to Compare

The Type of the dumbbells to buy depends on the activity you’re choosing them for. There are lots of varieties of dumbbells, suitable for different types of exercises and different loads. There are several common types of dumbbells:

  • Fitness dumbbells are popular dumbbells for women engaged in pilates, aerobics and other kinds of fitness activities which involve training with low added weight. Usually, they are hollow tubes filled with sand or other materials;
  • Fixed dumbbells are solid dumbbells made of various materials. They are perfect for children and for people who simply want to stay fit. This type of dumbbells is not designed for weight increment.
  • Adjustable weight dumbbells are probably the most convenient sports implements, consisting of a bar (can be of different diameter) and several weight plates. Such dumbbells let you gradually increase the load or set the appropriate weight for your results.
  • POWERBLOCK dumbbells are adjustable weight dumbbells with blocks, yet they have the significant advantage in adjusting the dumbbells weight. It takes no more than 2-3 seconds to set the needed weight load for your muscles. In fact, two PowerBlock dumbbells can replace a pile of fixed dumbbells and plates.

Choose the right type which meets your expectation and enjoy the maximum efficiency of your training!

Weight characteristics are the second important criteria to consider when you’re choosing your new dumbbells. A typical mistake beginners often make is the wrong choice of dumbbells weights. Muscles grow only thanks to the load, which we get during the exercise. If you can’t feel muscle fatigue after a certain number of repeats, then maybe the chosen weight is insufficient. Many types of dumbbells, such as adjustable and PowerBlock dumbbells, allow you to increase the weight with extra plates or blocks, which makes it possible to increase the load and achieve new results over time. Also, pay attention to the minimum weight increment which provides a smooth weight gain without disregarding the initial physical training.

Convenience and Practicality are worth considering so to make your workout a pleasure. Pay attention to the design of the handlebar. There are metal and rubberized bars. Metal handles must necessarily have knurled surfaces. But the best option is rubber-coated dumbbell handles. They feel good in your hand and training with such dumbbells is much more comfortable. Dumbbells can also vary in collars. The collars can be different, but their functions are absolutely identical. Winding dumbbell collars provide reliable fastening, but it takes more time to change the weights. The others are spring collars which can be put on quickly, but require extra testing when fastened and also tend to wear out over time. Another important factor is the shape and the coating of the plates. Rubberized discs don’t bang on the floor, don’t scratch it and leave no dents.

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Review of PowerBlock Elite Set Dumbbell, 50-Pound (pair)

PowerBlock Elite Set Dumbbell, 50-Pound (pair)

PowerBlock Elite Set Dumbbell, 50-Pound (pair)

Type

PowerBlock dumbbells are adjustable and come in a customizable block, so they can replace a range of classical fixed dumbbells. The dumbbells feature the unique design, thanks to which the entire set of plates and bars are very compact, providing for more space in your room, and they will stay securely in place when not in use. PowerBlock dumbbells are possibly the best adjustable dumbbells, a universal solution for both home and gym.

Weight

PowerBlock adjustable dumbbells have the variable weight from 5 to 50 pounds, with 2.5 lbs increments. Thanks to the adjustable weight increments, the dumbbells can be used for various workouts with various intensity, while keeping a comfortable load for your muscles. The bars have a color code matching the color of the weight block, so you can select the desired weight quickly and correctly. It’s worth noting that PowerBlock dumbbells can be upgraded with extension kits which include additional weight plates. This approach allows for customizing the dumbbells to fit your workout tasks.

Convenience and Practicality

PowerBlock adjustable dumbbells allow you to set the desired weight in only two or three seconds with the special selector pin. At the same time, the weight adders, which you’re not training with, stay neatly together in the unit, so the whole kit saves space in the room. The PowerBlock handle is designed so that your hand won’t get injured during training and can be used for all kinds of exercises.

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PowerBlock Elite Set Dumbbell, 50-Pound (pair)
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Review of Bowflex 552 SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)

Bowflex 552 SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)

Bowflex 552 SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)

Type

Bowflex 552i adjustable dumbbells feature the patented weight adjustment system which allows you to set the desired weight quickly enough. They enable you to control the number of plates, and hence the dumbbells weights, with a single turn of the dial mechanism. Bowflex Selecttech dumbbells stand out for their ergonomics and functionality and provide you with a complex workout for all your muscles, especially when combined with other training equipment.

Weight

These adjustable dumbbells can be used for any fitness workout. They are perfect for toning your muscles, training your upper and lower body and burning excess fat. The dumbbells feature the weight range between 5 and 52.5 pounds which contributes a lot to your workouts. At the same time, the weight can be adjusted in small increments, allowing you to increase load gradually. Not only will you enjoy the workout, your muscles will work efficiently every time you train.

Convenience and Practicality

These Bowflex dumbbells provide 15 fine tunings, which allow you to adjust the level of the load according to the tasks you’ve set. Bowflex provides a special rubberized pad to prevent the dumbbells from slipping out of your hands when you’re training. The durable molding ensures that the plates won’t clang. And the convenient dumbbells rest facilitates the transportation and storage of the dumbbells.

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Bowflex 552 SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair)
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Review of Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells

Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells

Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells

Type

Yes4All are adjustable dumbbells with the classic approach to the load increments. The dumbbells accommodate any standard plate with 1-inch holes, with secure collars to fix the plates. Depending on your preferences, you can put plates with different weight onto the bar, thus getting the desired load for the desired groups of muscles. The manufacturer provides a wide choice of possible complete solutions.

Weight

Yes4All dumbbells can weigh 8 to 105 pounds, depending on the weight and number of plates you put on the bar. The solid steel handle bar can cope with the load. There’s no such thing as the intended weight increment for these dumbbells, it all depends on your wish and need. You can adjust the workout load to your specific preferences, with standard 1.12, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 7.5, 8-pounds’ plates available. The reliable collars of these dumbbells ensure that the plates are securely fastened.

Convenience and Practicality

The dumbbells are made of durable solid steel and have a chrome finish with chrome finish and knurled surface to ensure good grip while you’re exercising. The spin-lock system with star-shaped collars and threaded ends provide you with extra safety and won’t wear out over a long time. In addition, there’s a benefit of using various plates with 1” standard hole diameter, which allows for extra versatility of your workouts.

Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells
Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells
 
Review of CAP Barbell Color Coated Hex Dumbbell

CAP Barbell Color Coated Hex Dumbbell

CAP Barbell Color Coated Hex Dumbbell

Type

CAP Barbell Dumbbells are fixed, easy-to-use dumbbells. The manufacturer provides many varieties of dumbbells of this type, and you can use them for serious strength training, fitness, cardio or pilates. They feature the reliable design with hexagonal heads and ergonomic handle for a firm and comfortable grip. The possible variations in their weights allow you to create your own workout set and will save you time on assembling or disassembling the dumbbells.

Weight

These particular dumbbells have a fixed weight of 15 pounds. There are also other dumbbells supplied, with weight characteristics of 3, 5, 8, 10 or 12 pounds. Using different weight combinations in your training, you can achieve any result you want. Thanks to the variety of weight solutions, the dumbbells are suitable for both beginners and professional strength workouts, intended to build your muscles and increase your endurance.

Convenience and Practicality

The dumbbells feature reliable solid steel handles with a chrome finish and textured midsection. This allows you to hold the dumbbells firmly and ensures that your hand doesn’t slip out even during the most intense workouts. The dumbbells’ heads are hexagon shaped and have a plastic protective coating. The coating provides anti-roll protection so that the dumbbells won’t roll when you put them down and won’t scratch the floor.

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CAP Barbell Color Coated Hex Dumbbell
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Review of AmazonBasics 20-Pound Dumbbell Set with Stand

AmazonBasics 20-Pound Dumbbell Set with Stand

AmazonBasics 20-Pound Dumbbell Set with Stand

Type

AmazonBasics are versatile neoprene-coated dumbbells designed for your cardio, fitness and pilates activities. They are also perfect for resistance training. Depending on your exercises, physical fitness and age, you will find exactly what you need to keep a good physical shape in this dumbbells set. These dumbbells are ideally suited for both practicing at home and training outside in your backyard.

Weight

These dumbbells come with three weight options included. The smallest pink dumbbells have the lowest weight of 2 pounds, the violet ones are 3-pound dumbbells, and the green dumbbells weigh 5 pounds. The dumbbells are fixed, and so the don’t feature such thing as weight increment. Thanks to the wide choice of weight options, you can adapt the intensity of your workout and get the most out of them.

Convenience and Practicality

All the three pairs of dumbbells in the set feature the special colorful Neoprene coating. The dumbbells feel very comfortable in your hands when training, and they won’t slip out even during a high-intensity exercise. Among other things, the bundle includes a special easy-to-assemble stand, a holder, which allows you to store them compactly in one place and avoid all the mess after your workouts.

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