Resistance training is a great way to aid in weight loss, build strength & fitness, and of course, tone up. One of the easiest and most efficient ways to engage in resistance training is lifting with dumbells. From the days of Arnold pumping away with huge iron block-like weights, dumbbells have surely come a long way from their older predecessors.
Traditional dumbbells have their role and significance in a commercial gym environment. But having a large set of traditional dumbbells in a home gym seems like overkill. Nowadays, we have dumbbells designed for those who prioritize a compact design that still have great functionality. Dynamic in weight range and space saving, a pair of adjustable dumbbells might be a perfect fit for a home gym.
PowerBlock Elite Adjustable Dumbbell
If you are looking to step up your home workouts and take your resistance training to the next level, then you will surely want to consider the Powerblock Elite Adjustable Dumbbells. They are similar to the Bowflex SelectTech model in adjustability but one advantage over the other pairs is that they can be expanded with the add on kits to increase the maximum weight of the dumbbell with the 50-70 lb expansion back and the 70-90 lb expansion pack.
The base set has a weight range of 5 pounds to 50 pounds with a weight interval of 2.5. This particular dumbbell can be expanded up to 70 lbs with the 50-70 lb add-on kit and even further, up to 90 lbs with the 70-90 lb expansion kit. No other adjustable dumbbell allows such a large weight range, which makes this model a great option for heavier workouts or for use with a larger variety of exercises. Weight adjustments are done in a slightly different manner than its dial-based counterparts and may take some getting used to, however, keep in mind these weight adjustments can be made in 2.5-pound increments, which is a big benefit for most.
The pros of the Powerblock elite dumbbell are that they are compact and portable, very sturdy and well built, and the biggest pro would have to be the large weight range that can be used for those who really want to challenge themselves.
The drawbacks for this dumbbell set are that they are relatively high price for a full set and that the shape and weight of the Powerblock dumbbell set is definitely a bit different from the traditional dumbbell and takes some time to get used to.
Bowflex Selecttech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells
The Bowflex Select Tech 552 Adjustable Dumbbell set is a great pick compared to conventional dumbbells. It harnesses great versatility and is easily adjustable throughout multiple weight ranges, all packaged within a sleek design that will not clog up your living space.
The Bowflex dumbbells adjustable weight range is from 5 pounds, up to 52.5 pounds, an added bonus for those working in lighter weight ranges is that you can adjust them with the turn of a dial, in increments of 2.5 pounds at a time, until you reach 25 pounds. Compared to old-school & conventional iron dumbbells, the Bowflex set are not prone to rusting easily, covered in durable metal molding. This also allows for a smooth lift-off and overall quitter workouts than their conventional counterparts.
The Bowflex select tech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells are versatile in features as well as in the kinds of exercises they can be used for, from heavy movements like shrugs, squats and lunges, to lighter ones like bicep curls and shoulder raises. All of these features make the Bowflex Dumbbell set a great choice for any home exerciser looking to start a resistance training regime or step up their home weight equipment.
Now let’s talk about the pros and cons of this set. A big selling point for most about this adjustable dumbbell set is that they save a significant amount of space. This is due to the fact that they have so many different weight variations all within the same set, meaning that there
is no longer a need to have 5-6 different dumbbell sets lying around your home gym space/living area. Another big benefit for those with an eye for aesthetics is the sleek and streamlined design of the Bowflex dumbbell set.
One of the drawbacks that is mentioned among purchasers is that the adjusting mechanism can get stuck within the weight set after prolonged use, making it difficult to adjust the weight. Also, for some customers, the streamlined design of the Bowflex dumbbell set is actually a negative, with complaints that it is too long for easy use.
Bayou Fitness Adjustable Dumbbells
An awesome set for those who want to tone up and get in a quick and efficient workout at home, the Bayou Fitness adjustable dumbbell set has many great features to mention. The Bayou fitness dumbbell set has a helpful and easy to operate slide system which makes changing the weight from 5 up to 25 pounds a breeze. They are made of metal and plated in an attractive heavy duty chrome finish, they can be encased in a tray for easy use and storage and measure in at 1 x 15 x 10 inches.
The Bayou fitness adjustable dumbbells go from 5 to 25 pounds easily with a couple of snaps from their sliding weight transfer system, they have a great design and as with most of these dumbbells we are reviewing, save time and clutter. Their durable nature is a result of the heavy-duty chrome plated steel they are encased within.
In regard to pros and cons it is clear that most customers loved their easy to use design and attractive stying. Users also favoured the easy sliding weight switching feature and easy to grip handles. Lastly the easy storage of these particular dumbbells is a big selling point for most.
The drawbacks we could find for this dumbbell set include customers who have mentioned not being able to engage in light HIIT training circuits with these dumbbells due to their heavy weight, which some home users will definitely be wanting to use them for. Others have complained of the sliding mechanism becoming jammed after prolonged use, making it difficult to adjust the weight set and leading to unwanted time spent tinkering to get it working smoothly again.
Core Fitness Adjustable Dumbbells
Upon first glance, the Core Fitness Adjustable Dumbbells look quite similar to conventional dumbbells, sporting the classic contours of old school iron dumbbells. However, they offer many features and benefits over their conventional counterparts including twist lock technology which makes for seamless weight adjustments within the parameters of 5 up to 50 pounds. Grip friendly textured & soft handle designs which provide comfortable grip control for users, and a compact overall design allowing for easy storage.
Each dumbbell in the Core fitness dumbbell set can go from 5 to 50 pounds in a matter of seconds with an easy twist of its handles. They sport a manageable length at 14 inches long, which also get shorter as you reduce the load of the weights. They look and feel just like a normal dumbbell, just more comfortable and way more time and space efficient as there is no large clunky handle and permanent support system.
The pros of the Core fitness dumbbell set are its easy weight change being a big benefit for users with injuries or certain conditions which could make it hard to grip a regular weight. Quick and easy weight changes with a simple twist are a bit selling point, and of course the time and space saving element that all these dumbbells share.
A little bit smaller than its counterparts in this review, the Speedblock adjustable dumbbell set caters more towards beginners just starting out with resistance training, women, or for those who do not require larger loads for their training routine. The Speedblock set is adjustable from 3 pounds up to 24 pounds, making it the lightest dumbbell in this review.
This particular dumbbell set is very compact and lightweight, measuring in at 10.5 x 5 x 5 inches. They can be adjusted quickly in 3-pound increments with a reliable pin selector. The Speedblock also sports an easy rubber grip handle with secure wrist support. The Speedblock also comes with an unprecedented 15-year warranty, the longest of all we have reviewed thus far.
It is definitely the most unique dumbbell out of the list, and has a result has several pros to mention. Users love the easy to grip and adjust design of these dumbbells and the fact that they are colour coded to help you find the desired weight easier and faster. The 15-year warranty is also a huge bonus. In regard to cons, people have complained that the dumbbells are not expandable and definitely ring in at a higher price point than most adjustable dumbbells.