This is an easy category for me. I’ve tried pretty much every option available. I’ve used countless brands of traditional fixed dumbbells. I’ve also spent a good amount of time with all 5 major players in the adjustable dumbbell category. After hundreds hours of use and testing, there is a clear winner when it comes to the best option for adjustable dumbbells.
If a traditional full set of fixed dumbbells is your thing, I’ve got you covered here too. If I had the room and the budget (I currently have neither!) this is the route I’d go and below I share what set I’d go with in that case.
What’s the best type of dumbbell for your home gym?
Adjustable Dumbbells – What I Own
My 90 lb set of Power Block adjustable dumbbells on their stand
I’ve tried pretty much every adjustable dumbbell available. In my opinion, the PowerBlock 90 lb. adjustable dumbbell set is the best of the bunch.
That’s not a knock on the others. There are some very good adjustable dumbbells on the market. But PowerBlock has been doing this longer than most and really has their product dialed in.
They are quick and easy to adjust. You can move from weight to weight with almost no delay. They come in weights up to 90 lbs. This is a lot more than many of their competitors. They are well built, balanced, and very comfortable to use.
I love my PowerBlocks and if I had to buy adjustable dumbbells again tomorrow, I’d buy the same set I have now without a second thought!
I would also buy the stand. That’s something I waited on when I first bought my PowerBlocks and I shouldn’t have. Getting them up off the ground makes them a lot easier to use. Not to mention they look great in my gym sitting on their matching stand!
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Adjustable Dumbbells – Alternate Option
When I bought my PowerBlocks, Bowflex had just thrown their hat into the adjustable dumbbell arena. And honestly it was a pretty crappy hat.
At that time, the Bowflex just weren’t all that great. They topped out at 50 lbs. They felt weird in the hand. They were hard to change weights. I quickly eliminated this early set from my choices.
Times have changed, though, and BowFlex has upped their game. If you want a set of adjustables that look and feel more like traditional single dumbbells, the BowFlex set is a great option.
I’ve used these several times now and they have come a really long way! As with the PowerBlocks, I’d recommend getting them with their matching stand. This is even more important here as it helps with changing the weights.
If you are skeptical about how the PowerBlocks look (they don’t look like a traditional dumbbell), check out the BowFlex models. They are a great choice that should last you for years. There are a ton of positive reviews on Amazon that back this up.
SEE A FULL DESCRIPTION, REVIEWS, AND PRICING FOR THE BOWFLEX ADJUSTABLE DUMBBELL SET HERE ON AMAZON!
Premium Dumbbells – Fixed Option
I really enjoy my adjustable dumbbells. They are perfect for my limited garage gym space and limited budget. I think they are the best choice for most home gym enthusiasts.
If you have the room and the budget, though, you are better off going with a full set of individual dumbbells. Especially if your programming calls for a lot of dumbbell work.
These sets can get pricey fast and they don’t need to be. I think an amazing balance of price and quality can be found in the Rep Fitness dumbbell sets. You can get them with racks as a bundle in a variety of weight ranges.
This is nice so that you can buy just what you need and nothing more.
The Rep Fitness dumbbells have chrome plated straight (not weirdly rounded like many dumbbells) handles that are fully knurled. The handles go to a larger diameter in the heavy weights too, which is a really nice touch. They feel amazing in the hand!
I’ve used these dumbbells on quite a few occasions and I’ve loved using them each and every time. They are definitely the set I would buy if in the market for this type of gear!
SEE ALL THE REP FITNESS DUMBBELL SETS, REVIEWS, AND PRICING HERE ON AMAZON!