Looking for the best adjustable dumbbells that fit your budget?
There are so many dumbbells available online that it’s not easy to know which models are worth buying.
This guide highlights the dumbbells that we believe are the top picks, for a variety of budgets and requirements.
To start, here’s our quick list of the best adjustable dumbbells below:
Best Adjustable Dumbbells
- IronMaster Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbells – Best Overall
- Core Ditness Adjustable Dumbbells – Fastest Weight Change
- Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells
- Merax Deluxe Adjustable Dial Dumbbell
- Yes4all Adjustable Dumbbells – Best Value
- PowerBlock Elite Adjustable Dumbbells
- Weider Speed Weight Adjustable Dumbbells
- Bayou Fitness Adjustable Dumbbells
- Xmark Adjustable Dumbbells
IronMaster Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbells
|Maximum weight (per dumbbell)||75 lbs but a maximum of 165lbs|
|Weight adjustment increments||2.5 lbs|
If you are a serious lifter that is trying to improve strength and push themselves to the limit, then the IronMaster Quick-lock dumbbells will be the best adjustable dumbbell for you.
The IronMaster quick lock dumbbells can be bought as a 45lbs or 75lbs set. Both sets come with solid metal construction, chrome plated bar with knurling for grip, compact design and an impressive lifetime warranty.
IronMaster – Quality Home Exercise Equipment
IronMaster are known for producing commercial quality equipment but for home use.
With that in mind, the IronMaster quick-lock adjustable dumbbells are made entirely of metal. In comparison, most other models in our guide come with some plastic components that are more prone to breaking.
Whereas with the IronMaster dumbbells you can drop them, even throw them if you wish and they will not break. In the video below, you can see a demonstration of how robust these dumbbells are.
This indestructible design gives them a huge advantage over most other adjustable dumbbells.
For instance, if you are doing chest press with a significant amount of weight and grind out your last rep, you can drop the weights on the floor, preferably after you put some protective floor mats down.
This is much safer than struggling to put the dumbbells down gently, as this can put pressure on the shoulder joints.
Dumbbells that are made entirely of metal have the tendency to be noisy when you are using them. However, the quick lock pin keeps the weights tightly packed together and stops any clanging noises.
The only clang you will hear is if you bang them together or drop them on the floor.
This is reassuring as the quick-lock dumbbells aren’t particularly cheap starting at around $370 for the 45lbs set.
However, no matter what set you buy, there are a range of addon kits available to upgrade the weight capacity to a maximum of 165lbs per dumbbell.
If you purchase the 75lbs upgrade for the 45lbs set, the handle and locking pins don’t need to be changed. Therefore, you get an extra 60lbs of weight plates to add an extra 30lbs to each dumbbell.
With the larger upgrades such as the 120lbs and 165lbs addons. The locking pin isn’t long enough, therefore IronMaster supply new longer locking pins to be used with the existing handle.
165lbs is a monstrous amount of weight that 99% of people won’t ever need, but it is nice having the ability to go that high.
The weight can be adjusted in increments of 2.5lbs, from the empty bar weight of 5lbs up to 45lbs.
Note: The plates display the weight in both lbs and Kgs as IronMaster equipment is sold worldwide.
The weights of the IronMaster dumbbells are also compatible with their other weight equipment such as the adjustable kettlebell, barbell and ez bar.
This gives you the option of buying the extra bars separately, so you won’t have to buy the weight plates for a second time.
The design of the dumbbells makes them feel as though you are using the standard weights at your local commercial gym.
With good quality knurling for grip and a bar that has a diameter of 1.25”. The bar is a great thickness and feels comfortable to grip.
If you would like to work on your grip strength you could always get the fat grip accessories.
These allow you to increase the diameter of the bar to 1.5” or 2”. This makes the dumbbells harder to grip making your forearms work harder.
The dumbbells are nice and compact and don’t have a fixed length bar, which is an issue with a number of adjustable dumbbells.
This makes exercises such as shoulder press much easier, as the dumbbell is only 9” long when set to 20lbs. So when you raise them above your head they have lots of space between them.
Having a relatively flat end on the dumbbells makes them a lot more comfortable, especially when you rest the dumbbells on your thighs while getting ready to do chest press.
Dumbbells that dig into your legs can be very uncomfortable and distracting when you are trying to get set up to perform an exercise.
One downside of the quick-lock dumbbells is that changing the weight is slower than we see with the Core and Bowflex dumbbells.
However, if you are following a program like 5×5 strength training, you won’t be changing over the weights every set.
Nonetheless, to speed the process up you could invest in the stand for the dumbbells.
The dumbbells are placed on top of the stand and the weight plates are stored on a shelf just below. This allows you to quickly swap over weight and neatly place the weights back on the shelf.
Changing the weight only takes about 15 – 20 seconds but this is considerably longer than the 4-5 seconds of the Bowflex Selectech 552.
The stand does cost an extra $140 however, if you buy it as a set with a pair of 75lbs dumbbells you get it all for at a slightly discounted price.
If you were to buy them separately it would cost about $660 whereas, bought together it costs approximately $590.
In addition, if you are looking for more gym equipment then IronMaster have some great bundle offers. Their Equipment has ranked highly in our other buyers guides for Best Weight Bench and Best Power Rack and worth checking out.
The dumbbells are not cheap; however, IronMaster clearly have confidence in their product as they come with a lifetime warranty.
A nice added bonus with the IronMaster dumbbells is that shipping is included for the lower 48 US states.
Shipping heavy weights can be very expensive and is a cost that needs to be taken into consideration.
In conclusion, the IronMaster Quick-Lock dumbbells are a great all-round option. Users that are looking for durable dumbbells that can accommodate a substantial amount of weight need look no further.
The only real downside is that adjusting the weight does take longer than some of the other models on the market and needs to be considered.
Core Fitness Adjustable Dumbbells
|Maximum weight (per dumbbell)||50 lbs|
|Weight adjustment increments||5 lbs|
|Warranty||2 years parts|
The Core Fitness adjustable dumbbells come with a 50lbs maximum weight, Twistlock system for quick adjustment, ergonomic soft grip handle, compact design and a 2-year parts warranty.
First things first, the Core fitness adjustable dumbbells only take about 15 minutes to assemble.
Once all the packaging is removed, the weight plates have to be placed in tray. Then slot the empty dumbbell into position and twist the handle to select the weight you want.
The weights can be adjusted in increments of 5lbs from a minimum of 5lbs to a maximum of 50lbs.
These 5lbs increments can feel like big jumps in weight if you are only going from 10lbs to 15lbs.
Therefore, it would have been better if the increments were 2.5lbs especially at the lower end of the weight range.
To select the weights, you use the TwistLock handles to select the weight you want and then lift the dumbbell out of the tray.
This process takes a matter of seconds and is ideal if you do a lot of supersets where you need to quickly lighten the weight.
In addition, it is also possible to change the dumbbells weight simultaneously. As a result, you can quickly place both dumbbells down, twist the handles and pick them up. This further helps to speed up the change over process.
The change over time on the Core Fitness dumbbells is the fastest out of the models we have reviewed in our guide.
A minor drawback while changing the weights is that the tray can stick to the dumbbell if you select the maximum weight.
Nonetheless, a quick shake of the dumbbell or placing your foot on the tray will solve this issue. Once you get used to the dumbbells this shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Furthermore, Core Fitness do offer a dumbbell stand for an extra $130 which would completely resolve this issue.
The maximum weight is 50lbs which might not be enough for some users. In that case you will want to look at either the Merax dumbbell or IronMaster which both have a higher maximum capacity.
With an ergonomic design and soft grip handle the Core dumbbells are comfortable to hold and use.
If you find that you get any wrist pain when doing push ups off the floor. Then you will be pleased to hear that thanks to a flattened bottom on the dumbbells it is possible to use them as push ups bars.
This will help to keep your wrist straight when doing push ups and minimize the chance of pain.
Core have managed to keep the design of the dumbbells compact and are only 14.5 inches long with the maximum weight selected.
In addition, if no weight is selected the overall length is reduced even further to just over 9”. This eliminates the problem that we later see with several other adjustable dumbbells which have fixed length bars that are too long.
For example, when trying to perform bicep curls with large clunky oversized dumbbells, you must externally rotate your shoulder to stop the weight hitting your sides. The compact design of the Core dumbbells prevents this from being an issue.
You might recognize these dumbbells as they were formerly called the StairMaster Twistlock dumbbells. Core Health & Fitness is the parent company of StairMaster which will be stopping production of the StairMaster version.
If you do find a discount on the StairMaster Twistlock, then you should snap it up as they are identical.
Overall, the Core Fitness adjustable dumbbells are a great option for anyone that likes to do a lot of supersets.
The quick changeover time allows users to follow along to workout videos that will require you to pick up different weights almost instantly.
There are a couple of minor drawbacks, but as long as you are aware of them before you purchase the dumbbells then they shouldn’t be an issue.
The dumbbells can be picked up for just under $300 which is good value for money when compared with its competitors.
Also included is a 2-year warranty on parts which helps to give you extra peace of mind.
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells
|Maximum weight (per dumbbell)||52.5lbs|
|Weight adjustment increments||2.5 lbs up to 25lbs then 5lbs|
|Warranty||2 years on weight plates and parts|
The Bowflex SelectTech 552 is by far the most well-known model in our buyers guide and with good reason.
For about $300 you get a weight range of 5 – 52.5lbs, ergonomic design, dual twist dials to change the weight and a 2-year warranty on weights and parts.
The first 25lbs of weight can be altered in increments of 2.5lbs and 5lbs after that. Being able to change the weight in steps of 2.5lbs allows you to get the weight that is just right for you.
A weight that is too heavy will either result in a sacrifice in form or the number of reps.
This makes the Bowflex Selectech 552 a better choice than the Core Fitness dumbbells if you need smaller increments.
One drawback is that the dumbbells are a fixed length, measuring in at 15.75 inches long no matter the amount of weight selected.
This can make the dumbbells feel a bit clumsy when trying to perform certain exercises. As a result, your range of movement may be restricted and can put extra stress on other muscle groups.
To change the weight, you simply place the dumbbell in the tray and twist the end dials to the weight you want and lift the dumbbell.
Bear in mind, that if the dials don’t match the weight on the bar won’t be even.
This particular model has a maximum weight of 52.5lbs, however Bowflex do have heavier models available.
The Bowflex 1090, is basically a bigger version of the 552 and goes up to 90lbs. However, the 1090 is 17.5 inches long which does often cause issues.
If you are looking for a heavier adjustable dumbbell then the Merax dumbbells are a good option which come up next in our guide.
There is also the Bowflex Selectech 560, which goes to a maximum weight of 60lbs.
The main difference is that the 560 has Bluetooth which enables you to connect the dumbbells to your smart phone via the bowflex app. This tracks the reps and weight you are lifting.
The 560 also uses a handle twist system instead of the dial system on the 552.
However, for an extra $200 we don’t feel that it is worth it.
A common issue with adjustable dumbbells is that the tray can stick when all the weight is selected.
However, to avoid this problem it is possible to purchase a stand for an additional $140. The trays are fastened to the stand which eliminates the issue.
The Bowflex 552 are aesthetically pleasing which often isn’t the case with gym equipment. So, if you do want gym equipment that doesn’t cause an eye sore, then the 552 is good choice.
A couple of concerns about the design arise due to the use of plastic components. It is advised that you do not drop the weights and instead place them down after each exercise.
However, this can be difficult to do if you have no strength left in the tank.
The design has also resulted in a notch missing in the weights for the bar to slide in.
In turn, this can make the dumbbell feel unbalanced and as though it is trying to twist in your hand.
While this doesn’t appear to be an issue when using lighter weights. It is more noticeable with a heavier weight and could present an issue if you don’t have good wrist strength.
In conclusion, the Bowflex Selectech 552 adjustable dumbbells are a great option for anyone that is looking to get into lifting.
You can quickly change the weight and work your up to a reasonable capacity of 52.5lbs.
In addition, the small incremental weight changes of 2.5lbs make them perfect for drop sets.
The Selectech 552 will help anyone that is looking to build some strength and muscle to tone their body.
Over the years, we have reviewed several products by Bowflex and they always maintain a good level of quality.
Merax Deluxe Adjustable Dial Dumbbell
|Weight adjustment increments||5.5lbs|
Coming in 4th place we have the Merax Delux adjustable dial dumbbells.
The dumbbells come with a weight range of 11lbs to 71.5lbs, a dial system to alter the weight, soft grip handles and a 2-year warranty.
Note: The weights on the dial are displayed in kilograms so you may have need to convert your lbs into kgs to know what weight to use.
To adjust the weight, you must hold down the red lock button and twist the dial to your desired weight.
This system is very similar to that on the Bowflex 552 minus the locking button. However, the weight can only be altered in increments of 5.5lbs unlike the 2.5lbs of Bowflex.
At first glance, the dials appear to be slightly confusing as the lowest weight is 11lbs and if you turn anticlockwise it goes up in increments of 11lbs to 66lbs.
But, if you turn clockwise you can select the mid-point between those values. So, 16.5, 27.5, 38.5 up to maximum of 71.5lbs.
Nonetheless, the Merax dumbbells have a higher capacity than the Bowflex 552 which will make them more appealing to more experienced lifters. Therefore, the lack of 2.5lbs increments may not be such an issue.
It is possible to alter the weight in increments of 2.5lbs but you have to purposely select an uneven weight using the dials, which is not recommended.
Despite having a higher capacity, the price is almost exactly the same as the Bowflex 552 at about $300.
The dumbbells have a fixed bar length of 16 inches long no matter how much weight you have selected which can be a nuisance at times.
As we have seen with other models the tray can sometimes stick to the dumbbell when all the weight is selected.
However, they also have the option of a Merax dumbbell stand which will help prevent this from happening. The stands cost and extra $90 if bought on its own or $80 if bought with the dumbbells.
Purchasing the stand and dumbbells together will also help you save money on shipping.
The overall design of the Merax Delux adjustable dumbbells is very similar to that of the Bowflex Selectech 552. However, the few minor drawbacks are the reason why the Bowflex model came out on top.
Nonetheless, Merax are a great option for users that want a higher capacity.
The dumbbells are great value for money and will be a good addition to any garage gym.
Yes4all Adjustable Dumbbells
|Maximum weight (per dumbbell)||100lbs|
|Weight adjustment increments||2.5lbs|
If you are looking a cheap and cheerful option that gives you plenty of weight capacity, then the Yes4all adjustable dumbbells may be the ones for you.
The Yes4all dumbbells are basic but that doesn’t make them bad. At the end of the day all dumbbells need to do is hold some weights.
These are traditional spin-lock dumbbells which uses a threaded bar and collar to keep the weights secure.
The threaded collar comes with a rubber ring on one side which helps to prevent the plates from loosening while being used.
No matter what weight set you get, the bar is 16” long with a diameter of 1.15”. The bar is also chrome plated and has knurling for extra grip which feels comfortable to use.
It is odd that the bars diameter is 1.15” as standard weight plates are all 1”. This would have meant that you could buy any standard weight plates and used them on the bar.
Perhaps this was intentional to force users to buy the Yes4all weight plates.
The biggest downfall of the traditional spin-lock dumbbells is that it takes quite some time to change the weights over.
However, as a result of the simplistic design you get a lot of weight for your money. There are 3 different sets you can purchase, and they are 50lbs ($54), 105lbs ($99) and 200lbs ($197).
As you can see, the lbs per dollar value is very good when compared to the other models in our guide.
If you are unsure of how much weight you will need you can always buy extra plates at a later date. This is because no matter which set you buy, they all come with the standard 16” long bar.
The dumbbells are robust, and able to withstand being dropped without being concerned about damaging them.
However, you will want to make sure your floor has protection, or it may be damaged in the process.
There isn’t a lot to say about these dumbbells as what you see is what you get.
They are solid metal and are very unlikely to break. If you are on a tight budget and want to be able to lift heavy weights from home, then these are a great option.
PowerBlock Elite Adjustable Dumbbells
|Maximum weight (per dumbbell)||70lbs (can upgrade to 90lbs)|
|Weight adjustment increments||2.5lbs|
When it comes to adjustable dumbbells, people normally either think of the Bowflex Selectech or PowerBlocks.
PowerBlock is one of the most established manufacturers of adjustable dumbbells which first launched over 15 years ago.
There are now a wide range of different models and capacities to choose from. But, they all share the same iconic “block” design.
The model under the spotlight is the PowerBlock Elite 70lbs set. It comes with a weight range of 5lbs to 70lbs, a compact design at just 14” long and an impressive 10-year warranty.
Once the dumbbell is assembled you notice how compact PowerBlock have managed keep 70lbs of weight.
The length also gets shorter if less weight is selected. This helps with certain exercises where bulky dumbbells can be a nuisance.
To select the weight, there is a color coordinated code on top of the block which corresponds to the weight of each colour band on the side of the block. The pin selector is then inserted to the appropriate color band to select the weight.
Each color band has 3 different possible weights which can be adjusted in increments of 2.5lbs.
To adjust the weight in each color band you must remove one or both of the 2.5lbs bars which are located in the handle of the dumbbell.
This means you have to take out the selector, remove the handle block, unlock the bars and take out or put in the weight you want.
If this sounds confusing, its because it is.
This process is far more time consuming than the Bowflex Selectech or Core dumbbells.
If you are hoping to do lots of supersets, then this is not be a great choice.
Also, if you only have 1 of the weighted bars in place it can make the dumbbells feel unevenly loaded when using lighter weights. This can put extra strain on your wrist as the dumbbell tries to rotate.
In addition, the selector pins are flimsy and can easily be put in unaligned properly. This can result in the dumbbell being a heavier weight than you are expecting.
But, as long as you are careful then this shouldn’t be a problem.
Nonetheless, once the weight has been selected the dumbbells do feel comfortable thanks to the ergonomically designed handle.
However, there were some complaints from users who have particularly large wrists.
This is because there are two parallel bars on the top of the block. In order to reach the handle, you must slip your hand between these two bars which are quite narrow.
This can also cause an issue if you were hoping to drop the weights when you finished your set.
Consequently, PowerBlock altered the design on the sport series, pro series and newer models and removed these two bars. But they are still present on the Elite series we are looking at.
Although, one advantage of the PowerBlocks over Bowflex is that you can increase the weight of these dumbbells to a capacity of 90lbs.
All in all, even though the PowerBlock offers you more weight than you can get with Bowflex it has a number of drawbacks.
PowerBlock in the past produced some of the heaviest adjustable dumbbells on the market.
However, now that companies such as IronMaster have created a very good and durable dumbbell which goes heavier, the PowerBlock feels obsolete.
Also, if you are looking for an adjustable dumbbell that you can quickly change the weight on, then the Bowflex or Core models are a better option.
PowerBlock also are not cheap with the 70lbs set costing in the region of $430. For example, the Merax model comes with a maximum weight of 71.5lbs and costs just under $300.
The PowerBlock feels like the Jack of all trades, master of none in terms of adjustable dumbbells. It doesn’t seem to be the best in any particular area with better options available on the market.
Weider Speed Weight Adjustable Dumbbells
|Maximum weight (per dumbbell)||12.5lbs|
|Weight adjustment increments||2.5lbs|
If the dumbbells so far in our guide are too heavy for what you are looking for, then Weider could have the answer.
The Weider Speed Weight adjustable dumbbells are designed for beginners who are looking to add some resistance work into their fitness routine.
With a range of 2.5lbs to 12.5lbs these dumbbells are ideal for someone looking to perform a high number of repetitions to burn some extra calories.
In total there are 8 discs on each dumbbell with 4 either side of the handle.
The weight can be altered in increments of 2.5lbs by using the slide-pin selector. This requires you to lift the pin and slide it to the weight you want and pop it back into place.
This pin and slide mechanism works well with light dumbbells like these but does tend to become stiff on heavier sets.
A soft grip handle helps ensures that the dumbbells are comfortable to hold and no rough knurling to damage your hands.
There is only one minor drawback to the Weider Speed Weights and that is they can be noisy to use. This is because the discs are made of metal and not firmly fixed in place, so they do rattle a little bit.
If a bit of noise isn’t an issue, then there are no major downsides to these dumbbells.
The Weider Speed Weight adjustable dumbbells are easy to use and will help add an extra dimension to your workouts.
For $50 you can’t go too far wrong.
Bayou Fitness Adjustable Dumbbells
|Maximum weight (per dumbbell)||50 lbs|
|Weight adjustment increments||10lbs|
The Bayou Fitness adjustable dumbbells on first impressions look like a bigger version of the Weider speed weights we just looked at.
These dumbbells come in either a 25lbs or 50lbs set, with chrome plated weight discs. Which are held in place and adjusted via a slide-pin mechanism.
To adjust the weight, you must lift the pin and slide it along to the number of plates you want and pop the pin back in.
Although this mechanism worked well on the lighter Weider dumbbells, when selecting heavier weights, the pin can become stiff to use. As a result, this slows down the changeover process.
There is a total of 4 plates on either side of the dumbbell for you to choose from. The 50lbs model can be altered in increments of 10lbs from 10lbs to 50lbs.
These increments feel far too big for a number of exercises. Consequently, jeopardising the number of reps and form by lifting a weight that is too heavy.
The 25lbs set goes up in intervals of 5lbs from the minimum of 5lbs to its maximum of 25lbs. In short, it would have been much better to have smaller increments to choose from.
However, the dumbbells do feel comfortable with good quality knurling on the bar. In addition, they are well balanced with good weight distribution.
Nonetheless they also have the minor drawback we have seen on other models of having a fixed bar length of just under 16”. This can make the dumbbells excessively large for how heavy they are.
Even though the chrome plates do look good from a distance, on closer inspection they don’t have the quality finish you would hope for.
The plates shape seems to vary ever so slightly from plate to plate. Some have divots and are misshapen where the bar slots in.
These minor imperfections could be a contributing factor to why the weight adjustment slide-pin sometimes sticks.
As we saw with the Weider model, the Bayou dumbbells also make quite a lot of noise while being used. Most of the noise seems to come from the chrome plates clanging together.
This might not be an issue for some people, but it is worth taking into consideration.
Overall the Bayou adjustable dumbbells lack the finer details that you get with Bowflex and Core dumbbells.
If the price was considerably less than their competitors, then the reduced quality might be easier to accept. However, for an extra $20 the Bowflex Selectech 552 is much better value for money.
Xmark Adjustable Dumbbells
|Maximum weight (per dumbbell)||50 lbs|
|Weight adjustment increments||10lbs|
The Xmark adjustable dumbbells are very similar to the Bayou model above.
But, instead of having the metal slide-pin on display, the Xmark set has a plastic cover hiding the mechanism showing only a plastic tab instead of a pin.
The dumbbells come in either a 25lbs or 50lbs set with 4 chrome plated weight discs either end of the dumbbell.
We see a number of the same issues we saw with the Bayou models such as low-quality weight plates, noisy to use, large increment changes in weight and a long bar making the dumbbells awkward at times.
It appears that the Xmark model tries to get over the issue of the slide-pin sticking by using a plastic tab that you lift and slide into place.
However, it doesn’t seem to have resolved the issue and now has a flimsy plastic finish.
Beware that even though the plastic tab looks like it is locked into place, it may not be, and can result in the dumbbell dropping a plate as you pick it up.
This can be very frustrating especially if you are trying to change the weights as quickly as possible.
As was the case with Bayou, the Xmark only comes with a 180-day warranty.
Considering that these models cost about $275, such a short warranty is a concern. Especially when you could pay an extra $20 and have a model like the Bowflex Selectech 552 with a 2-year warranty.
The companies of Bayou and Xmark appear to be linked and have both produced very average adjustable dumbbells. Perhaps they should have combined their efforts and produced one good quality set of dumbbells.
For this reason, we would recommend that buyers look at other models such as the Bowflex Selectech range, Core Fitness dumbbell or IronMaster which all offer better value for money.
Different Types of Adjustable Dumbbells
There are 4 main different types of dumbbells to choose from:
- Handle twist
Traditional adjustable dumbbells are normally spin-lock like the Yes4all model or Olympic dumbbells.
They require you to manually add the weight plates and then fix them in place with some kind of collar.
Dial adjusted dumbbells have a dial on both ends of the dumbbell. You simply twist the dials until they both display the desired weight and then lift them out of the tray.
Handle twist dumbbells are similar to the dial dumbbells but instead of twisting the dial you twist the handle.
As a result, handle twist dumbbells tend to be the fastest option for changing weights and both dumbbells can easily be altered at the same time.
Finally, there are the slide-pin dumbbells which have a pin which you pull up to release the slider.
Once released, you then slide the pin to the weight you want and secure it by pushing the pin back in place.
The slide-pin models tend to become difficult to use with heavy dumbbells and don’t always lock in place correctly.
Points to Consider When Buying an Adjustable Dumbbell
Dumbbells which are excessively long in comparison to their weight can make certain exercises difficult to do while maintaining proper form.
For example, some of the dumbbells in our guide have a fixed bar length that doesn’t change with the different weights it can hold.
Time to Change Weights
One of the most important factors to some users is how quickly you can change between weights.
If you are looking to perform supersets or follow along to a workout videos, then you should look for handle twist dumbbells.
This will allow you to change over your weights in a matter of seconds and carry on with your workout.
Everyone has different fitness goals, so it is a good idea to get a dumbbell that suits your needs.
If you want to get as strong as you possibly can and expect to chest press 100+ lbs then the IronMaster quick-lock dumbbells will be the one for you.
However, if you want to quickly follow along to workout videos then the Core Fitness adjustable dumbbells may be the best choice.
Weight Change Increments
The whole point of an adjustable dumbbell is that you have a variety of different weights compressed into only one pair of dumbbells.
Therefore, dumbbells with small increment changes give you much more variety and ultimately extra value for money.
The design of the dumbbells can have a big impact on how comfortable you find them to use.
This does also come down to personal preference. Some people like a metal grip with knurling, whereas others like a soft grip with an ergonomic design.
Shipping heavy weights can quickly become expensive. Checking to see if the cost of shipping is included in the price will save you a considerable amount of money.
For instance, IronMaster include free shipping to the lower 48 US states. This can easily knock $30 – $50 off the price you pay and is worth looking into.
Durability is important when buying any equipment for your garage gym.
Products that are made using a large amount of plastic won’t be as durable as metal ones.
This is especially important if you plan on lifting heavy weights and dropping them when you finish your set.
A number of the adjustable dumbbells in this guide aren’t meant to be dropped. However, models like the IronMaster Quick-lock dumbbells are designed to withstand the punishment.
Weight distribution can have a big impact of the comfort of a dumbbell.
To get a rough idea of how well the weight is distributed, look to see how symmetrical the dumbbell is.
For instance, standard commercial gym dumbbells look almost exactly the same whatever side you look at them. This shows you that the weight is evenly spread out over the handle which will minimise bar rotation in your hands.
Benefits of adjustable dumbbells
Besides helping to keep you active which is recommended to ensure you stay healthy, there are a number of benefits from using adjustable dumbbells.
For example, owning a set of dumbbells will help you save money in the long term.
With your own garage gym, you will be able to cancel your gym membership which can easily save $50 a month.
In addition, you won’t have to wait on other gym members to finish using the equipment.
Adjustable dumbbells also cost a lot less than buying ordinary fixed weight dumbbells. To buy all the separate dumbbells from 5lbs up to 70lbs, it could easily set you back a few thousand dollars.
Whereas adjustable dumbbells compress all of these fixed weight dumbbells into one set.
As we saw above, adjustable dumbbells combine a wide range of dumbbells into one set.
Therefore, there is no need to have a large rack to store a variety of different fixed weight dumbbells.
In addition, adjustable dumbbells help keep your weights organized into one compact unit and you won’t have weights lying all over the gym floor.
Build More Muscle
Using free weights like dumbbells results in improved muscle activation. Balancing the weights forces you to engage stabilizing muscles and improve muscle coordination.
As a result, you will burn more calories due to the increased number of muscles engaged.
Free weights allow you to perform a wide variety of different exercises with one piece of equipment. Whereas exercise machines which are designed to perform one specific exercise.
One of the benefits of using dumbbells over equipment like shoulder press machine is that it allows you to isolate certain muscles and train them individually.
For instance, doing shoulder press using a machine can over time result in a muscle imbalance developing. This means that you will have one shoulder that is stronger than the other.
Whereas using dumbbells to do shoulder press will help you identify weaknesses and allow you to target them to balance it out.
Reduce Chances of Osteoporosis
Performing weight bearing exercises helps to increase bone density. This will improve bone health and reduce the chance of injuries such as fractures.
Not only-but also, an increase in bone density will reduce the chances of developing Osteoporosis, which is a condition that weakens the bones.
As you progress your strength will increase, and you will build some extra muscle.
This will result in your basic metabolic rate increasing so you body will be burning more calories. It’s even possible to exceed the amount of calories burned from using cardio equipment like rowing machines or treadmills.