Today, we’ll go over the best dumbbell sets for 2017. We looked at eight different sets of dumbbells—both the best individual dumbbells & the best adjustable dumbbells—and rated & reviewed each one.
If you’re serious about building your home gym, then you have to be thinking about getting a set of dumbbells. The problem, though, is that most people don’t want to spend a thousand dollars to get a brand new set of dumbbells…
…and that’s completely understandable.
A brand new set of dumbbells with a set of dumbbells ranging from 5lbs, to 60lbs, will cost you a fortune. If you have the money to buy a full set, that’s awesome.
For others, though, there are two other options…
…search Craigslist and find a used set (which is actually a good idea if you can find a set), or go with an adjustable set (also a good idea if you just need a cheaper solution to getting a bunch of low-to-medium weight dumbbells.
Another option for those of you who are more patient is to build your dumbbell set over time and order a new pair every month or couple of weeks.
Any way you choose will work, because if you can get a decent set of dumbbells that has a range of weights, you can really take your home workouts to the next level.
In this article, I will take a look at some options you have if you want to buy a set of dumbbells (or buy them individually). I will split the post into two parts…
…the first part will look at the best dumbbell sets, and the second part will look at the best adjustable dumbbell sets.
Buying a set of individual dumbbells is obviously the more expensive route. A full set of dumbbells will also take up a ton of room and so it’s a good idea to pair them with a dumbbell rack.
Ultimately, though, a full set of dumbbells brings something to the table that a pair of adjustable dumbbells doesn’t: big weight.
While adjustable dumbbells are much more affordable, they aren’t nearly as convenient (you have to stop and add weight every time you want to switch) and it can be a pain to load a bunch of weight on them.
This is fine for most people, but if your workout relies a lot on dumbbells and you use a wide range of dumbbell weights, then buying a full set will be much more convenient.
If you are in the market for a full set of individual dumbbells, you have two options to choose between: non-coated cast iron, or rubber coated cast iron.
I prefer cast iron, simply because they are cheaper and I use them in my garage (and am, thus, not worried about them damaging anything.) If, however, you are planning on using your dumbbells inside your home and on a hardwood, laminate, or tile floor, you may want to get the rubber coating options to prevent damage.
So, listed below are a handful of dumbbell sets you can choose from (both non-coated and rubber-coated) if you’re looking to add a set to your home gym.
Dumbbell Set Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)
While buying a complete set of different pairs of dumbbells can be expensive, there is a more affordable solution: adjustable dumbbells.
There are two types of adjustable dumbbells. The first type is the kind of adjustable dumbbells where you use plates to increase the weight of the dumbbells.
The second kind of adjustable dumbbells are the kind that have the “adjusting” station, where you place the dumbbell in the station, choose how much weight you want, then lift the dumbbells out with the new weight.
Let’s talk about some of the pros and cons of each…
Plate-oriented adjustable dumbbells are much more affordable in the grand scheme of things because you can use the plates from your barbell to adjust the dumbbell weights. Ultimately, you save money because you need less weight overall (you don’t have to get plates for your barbell and dumbbells.)
On the other hand, if you have a routine that requires you to adjust the dumbbells a lot, the adjusting part can be time consuming and annoying. So, these kinds of adjustable dumbbells aren’t the most convenient option.
And, finally, a lot of these kinds of adjustable dumbbells come with 1″ handles, which means that you need 1″ plates. This kind of takes away the whole affordability if you already have a set of Olympic-sized 2″ plates.
If that is the case, though, you can always use four of these to allow your 1″ handles to accommodate 2″ weights properly.
In the end, these kinds of dumbbells are great for a starter set, but kind of annoying over the long run. Although, if you got a few different sets of the handles and had a few different weights ready to go, you could probably get creative with your routine and plan around using a few different weights per workout to minimize the time you spend adjusting the dumbbells.
If you’re going to get a set of adjustable dumbbells, you definitely want to consider the convenience of station-adjusting dumbbells.
The good thing about this kind of adjustable dumbbell is that they are much more convenient than the plate-oriented adjustable dumbbells. And, I would even say that they are more convenient, to an extent than a regular set of a bunch of different pairs of dumbbells.
They’re also quite a bit more affordable than buying a bunch of individual dumbbells. However, if you’re like me, you like the rugged look of a huge row of dumbbells lining the wall in your home gym.
The only real downside with the station-adjusting dumbbells is that they are kind of awkward and you can’t really throw them around as they don’t have the solid build structure of a regular set of dumbbells. So, if you like to train like a raging monster, slamming dumbbells around, throwing them across the room, and generally just punishing the shit out of them, then you might want to stay away from these kinds of adjustable dumbbells.
Now that you understand the differences between plate-adjustable dumbbells and station-adjustable dumbbells, you’ll have a better idea of which option is right for you. Below, I’ve listed the best adjustable dumbbell options that are currently on the market.
Adjustable Dumbbell Comparison Chart (Click “Read Review” to Expand)
The answer to the question of which dumbbell set is right for you will really depend on you and your preferences and current situation. So, how much can you afford to spend, and can you deal with the pros and cons of each set?
The answers to those questions should give you an idea of which set of dumbbells you should get.