• Top 5 Best Adjustable Dumbbells For Your Home Gym

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    1) Bowflex SelectTech 552s2) Bowflex SelectTech 10903) Powerblock Elite 50s4) Ironmaster Adjustable Dumbbells5) Universal Power-Pak 445s
    Buy nowBoxflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbells (table)Buy nowBowflex SelectTech 1090 Adjustable Dumbell (table)Buy nowPowerblock Elite 50 (table)Buy nowIronmaster DumbbellsBuy nowUniversal Power-Pak 445 Adjustable Dumbbells with Stand
    Average User Rating (4.6 / 5) (4.6 / 5) (4.7 / 5) (4.8 / 5) (4.6 / 5)
    Durability Rating (4 / 5) (4 / 5) (4 / 5) (5 / 5) (3.7 / 5)
    Weight Range (Per Dumbbell)5 - 52.5 lbs10 - 90 lbs5 - 50 lbs5 - 75 lbs4 - 45 lbs
    Number of Weight Settings151716159
    Weight Settings in lbs5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 52.510, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90.2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 15, 17.5, 20, 25, 27.5, 30, 35, 37.5, 40, 45, 47.5, 50.5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75.4, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45.
    Average Weight Change Time3 - 5 Seconds3 - 5 Seconds3-5 Seconds15 - 20 Seconds3 - 5 Seconds
    Add on KitNoneNone70 lbs Kit

    90 lbs Kit

    125 lbs Kit
    Ironmaster Dumbbells Add On KitNone
    Different Models AvailableBowflex SelectTech 1090Bowflex SelectTech 552Powerblock Elite 70

    Powerblock Elite 90
    Ironmaster 45 lb Adjustable DumbbellsNo
    Stand IncludedNo

    Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand
    No

    Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell Stand
    No

    Powerblock Compact Weight Stand

    Powerblock Large Column Stand
    YesYes
    Dimensions (Inches)15.75 L x 8 W x 9 H17.5 L x 10 W x 10 H12 L x 6 W x 6 H14.5 L x 6.5 W x 6.5 H14 L x 8.5 W x 7 H
    PriceBuy now
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    Warranty2 Years On Parts

    1 Year On Labour
    2 Years On Parts

    1 Year On Labour
    10 Years (Home Use) Limited Lifetime Warranty1 Year on Dumbbells and Stand

     

    A Guide To The Best Adjustable Dumbbells

    Finding the best adjustable dumbbells for your home gym is not always an easy task, as you’ll be spending a lot of money you want to make sure you’re going to buy a pair of dumbbells that will last. 

    Two of the main benefits of adjustable dumbbells when compared to regular dumbbells is it will save you plenty of space.  If an adjustable dumbbell set has 16 weight settings then you would need 16 pairs of regular dumbbells to match that!  Speaking of saving space, a fold up weight bench can simply be folded away after each workout.

    The other benefit is it will save you money.  Although you would have to pay a large sum of money upfront for a pair of adjustable dumbbells if you were to buy the equivalent number of regular dumbbells it replaces, it would cost you a lot more.  To help you with your decision, we’ve wrote a guide on the pros and cons of buying a set of adjustable dumbbells vs regular dumbbells.

     

    How To Choose The Best Adjustable Dumbbells

    If you’ve decided that you do want a pair of adjustable dumbbells, but you’re unsure on which one to go for, then considering these factors below might help you:

    Boxflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbells

    It’s important to know what you’ll be using it for

    What will you be using it for? – This is probably the most relevant question you need to ask yourself.  Different exercises will require a different weight setting as you’ll naturally be stronger in some areas.  For example you might be able to bench press 70 lbs but only curl 25 lbs, in this case dumbbells such as the Bowflex 552s won’t allow you to reach your potential when benching, so something like the Bowflex 1090s might be better option.

    Make sure you have the correct workout bench to use with your dumbbells.  You’ll need a dumbbell bench, alternatively you can opt for an Olympic weight bench if you prefer to workout with an Olympic bar.

    How strong are you? – Some people are naturally stronger than others, it wouldn’t be much use if you bought an adjustable dumbbell set but you’re able to lift it with ease on the heaviest weight setting.

    If you don’t know how strong you are, then it might be worth going to a gym for a session and use their weights so you know how much you can lift.

    Potential – Being limited from achieving your potential is not a position you want to be in.  Although it is difficult to know what your potential really is, but if your goal is to lift heavier weights and gain size, the likelihood is that you’ll exceed the maximum weight if you were to go for a pair that has a maximum weight limit of 45 lbs.

    Adjustable dumbbells such as the Powerblock Elite 50 or Ironmaster’s offer an expansion set so if you do end up hitting the maximum weight, then you can buy an expansion kit so your potential is not limited.

     

    Our Top 5 Best Adjustable Dumbbells Reviews

    1) Bowflex SelectTech 552s

    One of the longest standing best-selling adjustable dumbbell set on the market.  Its user friendly and sleek design makes it a very popular choice from entry level right up to more experienced and serious.

    With the first 25 lbs increasing in 2.5 lb increments, it’s perfect for those exercises where you’re naturally weaker in such as bicep curls and front deltoid raises.  This way you can slowly increase the weight amount that’s relevant to your strength for those exercises.  Changing the weight is rapid and all you have to do is simply turn the dial! 

    The maximum weight setting is 52.5 lbs which is enough for most home gym users, so it’s easy to see why the SelectTech 552’s is such a popular choice.  However, we wouldn’t recommend dropping the weights since a lot of plastic is used in the construction, it may not be as durable.

    Read our full review

     

    2) Bowflex SelectTech 1090

    If the SelectTech 552’s wasn’t enough to bring out the best in you then why not step up and allow the SelectTech 1090’s to challenge you.  Since the increments increase in 5 lbs, there’s no room for slowly progressing, you have no choice other than to push yourself outside your comfort zone!

    The heavy maximum weight setting of 90 lbs is bound to build up your strength for those exercises where you’re naturally stronger such as bench press.  However, once you’re comfortable lifting the maximum weight, there’s no expansion kit available unlike the Powerblock Elite 50’s so your potential is limited. 

    Depending on how narrow your body is, these weights can feel quite wide and bulky for some, as it measures at 17.5” long. 

    Read our full review

     

    3) Powerblock Elite 50s – Best Adjustable Dumbbells For Building Strength

    Don’t limit yourself and with the Elite 50s you won’t be!  Slowly increase the weight 2.5 lbs at a time for most of the weight settings, then when you reach the maximum weight limit of 50 lbs, you don’t stop there you can buy the expansion kit. 

    Increase the maximum weight limit in 3 stages, first stage up to 70 lbs, second stage up to 90 lbs and the final stage up to a staggering 125 lbs!  This way once you’ve reached the maximum limit of the initial weight you’re not stuck in a position where you have to go out and buy another set of dumbbells.

    Changing the weight is still relatively straightforward, but if you do want to increase the weight in small 2.5 lb increments, you’ll have to add or remove the 2.5 lb weight in the handle!  Should anything go wrong you’ll benefit from the 10 years manufacturer’s warranty when used at home. 

    Read our full review

    Don’t limit yourself with the Powerblock Elite expansion kits

     

    4) Ironmaster 75 lb Quick-Lock

    If you have a tendency to drop your weights (although we still don’t recommend it) then if it’s any adjustable dumbbell set that can withstand the impact it would be the highly durable Ironmaster adjustable dumbbells.

    Don’t expect a quick weight change but expect to be taken into deep waters with the 75 lb maximum weight limit.  That’s not all, once you’ve reached the 75 lb limit and you feel you’re ready for more, buy the expansion kit and increase the weight by a further 45 lbs per dumbbell.

    Unfortunately, the price is a bit of a let-down, it does come with a stand that’ll help you keep your weight area looking organised and tidy.  Also, it’s one of the only adjustable dumbbells that offer a lifetime warranty!

    Read our full review

    Durability at its finest!

     

    5) Universal Power-Pak 445s

    A more entry level dumbbell set, ideal for beginners looking to get started.  There’s only 9 weight settings for those who prefer a moderate workout and you simply twist the dial to change the weight, so nothing too complicated. 

    Includes an ergonomic stand to store your dumbbells which keeps it looking neat and tidy.  The stand is also the perfect height for you to reach for the dumbbells without having to bend down and pick them up off the ground.

    Read our full review