Once upon a time, dumbbells were really… dumb.
Why do I say this? Well, consider this: for every weight category, you had to have separate dumbbells, and each had to be bought separately.
This not only pushed up costs but also made storing the things a hassle. Why, there was a point when I had an entire wardrobe dedicated to my dumbbell collection!
Then one day, I stumbled upon adjustable dumbbells, and I’ve never looked back ever since. Adjustable dumbbells provide me with all the benefits of regular dumbbells, but none of the hassles. They are compact, easy to store, and the same weight set offers multiple settings that help in different weight sessions.
However, selecting the best all in one weight sets can be a hassle. With so many brands and multiple options, it’s very easy to go astray and make the wrong selection. But you don’t have to worry about it, for I’m here to help.
Howdy! I’m Michael Shaw, and today I’ve brought for you a selection of the best all in one weight sets that money can buy. And to make the selection process even easier, I’ve included a nifty buyers’ guide that you can use to make the right choice.
OK, then! Time for the heavy lifting.
Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Weights
Starting off the list, we have Bowflex, a brand fitness experts swear by. The quality of Bowflex products is optimal, and they provide the best value for money. Furthermore, I really like the two-year warranty on this piece. But that’s not the only reason for its inclusion in this list.
What I Like
The first thing that catches your eye about this product is the compact and sturdy build. One look at the device and you can be sure that this is a purchase for the long haul. Each dumbbell is encased in a durable molding, and hence can be used for smoothly lifting the device during workouts.
Further, each dumbbell combines 15 sets of weights into a single unit and is adjustable by a unique dial system. This means you no longer have to cram up your workout space with multiple weights!
While trying out the pair, I was super impressed with the fluidity with which each dumbbell can adjust across a range of 5 to 52.5 pounds. Such a wide weight range allows me the freedom to perform heavy exercises such as shrugs, as well as lighter ones such as raises.
And the cherry on the top? The set comes with a free smartphone app that lets you track your fitness regime correctly. And the black and red color combo makes the pair extra sleek and desirable.
What I Don’t Like
The only point of concern that I can think of in this otherwise excellent product is the weight-adjustment dial. Made of plastic, can this dial withstand prolonged adjustments for each session? I guess only time will reveal that secret. Till then, I’d have to say everything’s fine.
- Fifteen in one weight set.
- Durable build quality.
- Smooth weight adjustments.
- Plastic adjustment dial.
If you are a fan of trendy workout equipment (like me), then this is one product that you must consider. Great looking and equally well functioning, this pair of adjustable dumbbells give a stellar performance in this price range. With a durable build and fifteen weight sets, this is perfect for all fitness freaks.
And as for my doubt regarding the plastic dial, eh, I’ve been wrong before.
Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells
The next item I have for you is a pair of dumbbells from Yes4All. And if the first item was a futuristic piece, the second one is a hark back to the classic look. With cast-iron adjustable plates and a diamond knurled chrome handle, this product is enough to entice you to the gym.
What I Like
The all-metal look of this product has a certain charm about it, and I fell in love instantly. The set of two provides a total weight of 105 pounds equally distributed on both sides, and the entire equipment is shipped in two packages. The standard cast iron weight plates accommodate all 1.15-inch handles and are coated with a black paint finish to ensure corrosion-free service.
However, the handle that comes with this piece is a beauty. Made of chrome and diamond knurled (I mentioned this before, right?), the handle fits the plates perfectly, for a secure grip that doesn’t slip.
One thing that I really like in this model is the presence of the star-lock collars, which make changing the plates easier and much smoother. Also, since these are metal, I don’t have to worry about them breaking easily. With secure storage and assemblage, this product guarantees satisfaction.
What I Don’t Like?
Being a heavy lifter, I was planning to use additional weights with the pair. But the existing plates are pretty thick, and this limits the number of weights you can add to the handle at one go. Other than this minor point, there’s nothing to find fault with.
- Multiple weight settings.
- All-metal design.
- Plates paint-coated for extra protection.
- Plates are a bit thicker than usual.
With a brilliantly crafted handle and versatile weight sets, this product gets top marks in my books. Add to that the classic dumbbell look and feel, and you’ve got a winner! Space efficient, easy to use, and extremely versatile, this is one device that can help you achieve total body fitness.
PowerBlock Sport 24 Adjustable Dumbbells
Founded in 1991, PowerBlock has already made a name for itself in the fitness space. And this pair of adjustable dumbbells is yet another instance of their impeccable craftsmanship. For efficient and cost-effective strength training, nothing beats this pair, as you’ll soon know.
What I Like
One look at this product, and you know that this is a device meant for the professionals. Far more compact than traditional dumbbells, this product provides a unique combination of balance and comfort. The handles are padded for extra protection, and the sturdy build guarantees long term service.
Now, about the weights. This device is a complete breakaway from the traditional weight plate design and instead features a weight stack that is adjustable using a selector pin. The weights adjust fluidly in 3-pound increments and range from 3 to 24 pounds on each dumbbell. This means you no longer have to deal with multiple dumbbell pairs or free weights.
But what really took the breath away from me was the whopping 10-year warranty that the model flaunts! I mean, I am an analyst by profession, and I can tell you from an unbiased perspective that this is one of the best deals you are likely to get.
What I Don’t Like
Frankly speaking, there’s really nothing significant that can detract you from buying this product. The only hitch that I felt was that when I have to slide the clip during weight change, there is a slight noise that is a bit irritating. But then again, maybe that’s just me.
- 10-year warranty
- Easy selector pins to change weights.
- Compact and balanced build.
- Slightly noisy weight adjustment pin.
I think that the decision is loud and clear: go out and get a pair! This is one deal that you shouldn’t miss at any cost. Apart from the efficient, space-saving design of the device, you just can’t ignore the fact that this pair comes with a 10-year warranty. I guess this speaks to the trust that the company places on its product. All-in-all, a great buy.
Core Fitness Adjustable Dumbbell Set
For those looking for a convenient yet affordable option, this set of adjustable dumbbells from Core Fitness is just the thing. Offering the perfect combination of looks as well as utility, this is a product that I’m glad I came across.
What I Like
The compact design of this product creates a true dumbbell feel that’ll never make you realize you’re not using a traditional dumbbell. What’s more, the compact design of the product makes it sure that you don’t have a problem storing it.
But the standout feature of this product is decidedly the TwistLock technology. This innovation allows you to change weights with a single hand. Just place the device in the cradle, and one twist of the handle later you’re on a new weight set. Just how cool is that!
Add to this the textured soft-grip handle design, multiple weight adjustments from 5 to 50 pounds, and the lightweight aluminum cradle, this is certainly one product you must consider.
What I Don’t Like
Tough question to answer. The only point of concern that I would like to point out is that it only comes with a two-year warranty. And after the massive decade-long protection provided by PowerBlock, this seems kind of a let-downer. But then again, maybe I’m the only one complaining.
- Compact, durable design.
- Soft grip handle for extra comfort.
- TwistLock technology.
- Only two years of warranty.
If you can look past the warranty thing (and you should), then this can be the most cost-effective buy. The multi-weight adjustments are superb, the design is convenient, and the TwistLock technology makes things even smoother. Overall, this is one product that provides you complete value for money.
PowerBlock Elite Dumbbells
To end our list, I’ve got yet another set of dumbbells from PowerBlock, and this one is for the elite fitness aficionados. With over 25 years of expertise in the adjustable dumbbells space, PowerBlock is an expert at what they do. And this is another premium product from their banner.
What I Like
I like to push myself to the limits, and as a result, gym equipment often suffers cruel fates in my hands. But let me tell you, the sturdy, robust design of this product could effectively withstand everything I threw at it. As per the manufacturers, this is one of the last all-American adjustable dumbbells sets and is undoubtedly made with premium quality materials.
The product has a weight range of 5-50 pounds per hand, which is later expandable to 70 and 90 pounds per hand. Multiple weight ranges make this product extremely versatile, and the easy-to-grip handles offer maximum comfort as well as protection. And as always, I love the 10-year warranty that comes with this product as well.
What I Don’t Like
The only thing I’d like to mention about this product is that the weight changing mechanism is a bit cumbersome. It takes me almost 15 seconds to shift from one weight to the next. While I don’t have any problems with it, nonetheless, I thought it prudent to mention.
- Compact yet durable design.
- Expandable weight range.
- 10-year warranty.
- Cumbersome weight changing mechanism.
PowerBlock is one of the reputed brands in the fitness space, and you can’t go wrong with their products. And the elite model is simply superlative in all aspects. As for the weight change time, probably the manufacturers want you to take your time and change the weights. After all, they are also giving a 10-year warranty, so what’s the hurry?
Choosing The Best Adjustable Dumbbells: The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need
So now you know all about the best adjustable dumbbells…but perhaps you’re still not sure which one to go with? Then let me resolve all your doubts with this guide. This guide is going to explain to you all the factors you need to consider for choosing the best adjustable dumbbells. After going through the following, you won’t have a shred of doubt left about which one to buy.
The Number Of Weight Sets
This is the first and most crucial point that you need to consider while taking a call on adjustable dumbbells. The higher the number of weight sets on your dumbbells, the greater the number of individual dumbbells that you are replacing. While regular adjustable dumbbells can replace up to 16 sets, heavier adjustables can replace up to 18.
The number of weight sets you want to go for also depends upon how strong you want to get. Remember, never settle for a weight range based on how strong you are now. Always look at how strong you want to be and select your weights accordingly. Otherwise, you run the risk of outgrowing your weights very quickly. For the broadest range, from my set, I’d recommend going with the PowerBlock Elite.
This is the next important thing you should look at. The dumbbell’s grip is something that can make or break a set, literally. Some dumbbells come with a slippery grip that threatens to give way the moment your palms get sweaty. This can not only damage the product but also cause you serious injury.
Therefore, while buying an adjustable dumbbell, make sure that the handle has a good grip and is comfortable to hold. In this regard, the Yes4All product is the clear winner with the textured, non-slip grip.
Size And Balance
The size of the dumbbells is another factor that you must keep in mind while buying. If the dumbbell is unwieldy in shape and size, then you won’t be able to use it with ease. Further, the balance of the dumbbells depends to a large extent on the size; hence this is an important consideration.
For me, at least, this is a big thing. After all, the warranty of a product correlates directly to the confidence the company has in itself. And I’d prefer to go with one that’s the longest to ensure peace of mind. In this regard, PowerBlock takes the cake with its massive 10-year promise.
Conclusion: Picking The Best Adjustable Dumbbells
This has been a long ride, and I hope you have had as good a time with the reading as I had with the writing. Before I leave, as always, I’d like to share some of my thoughts on the topic of adjustable dumbbells.
For workout freaks like me, dumbbells are a must-have. But this is a luxury I could not always afford with the older models. Now, however, the adjustable dumbbells have made my life easier. Not only are they cost-effective and space-saving at the same time, but they also allow me the functionality of an entire gym in a single package. For a gymming guy, that’s more than what I could ask for.
But enough about me! What about you? Are you into adjustable dumbbells, or do you think they are not worth the hype? And maybe you have a few models in mind that you’d like to see included in my future lists? If that is the case, then don’t forget to let me know. I’m always keen to hear from you.
Till then, keep those weights strong!