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Best Dumbbells to Buy 2016

Updated on November 16, 2015

Owning a good dumbbell set is the easiest and cheapest way to get a full upper-body workout in the privacy of your own home.

If you are looking for the best dumbbells to buy, look no further. On this page we have reviewed several varieties of dumbbells. Detailed information is provided to help you make an informed decision.

Adjustable dumbbells are really the way to go. They are far cheaper and easier to store than the alternatives.

The cost of an adjustable dumbbell set is influenced by the upper weight that you can put on it. So decide how high you need it to go then buy something in that range.

You'll note that many of our top pick dumbbells aren't perfectly round, that's so they don't roll when you put them down.

best dumbbell set 2016
best dumbbell set 2016

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells

Bowflex is the biggest brand in the home exercise market and this is their flagship dumbbell set. It is a nearly perfect premium product.

If you look at the picture above you can see how the adjustable weight works. You put the dumbbell into the base. Then you turn the nobs on both sides to adjust they weight. Then you pull the desired weight out. It is easy to do.

You can save $100 by only buying one dumbbell if the price is too steep for you.

Get a good workout with a great dumbbell set
Get a good workout with a great dumbbell set

Cap Barbell 40-Pound Dumbbell Set

Although I am satisfied with this set, I am not overly enthused about it. The 40 pounds are not distributed as I thought they would be…the bars alone weigh 10 pounds (5 pounds each) and then 15 pounds of various weights are provided for each bar.

However, all of the equipment is of good quality. Everything fits well and locks into place the way it is supposed to, so I am happy with that.

Additionally, the price is right. I know some dumbbell equipment can easily exceed $500. The only negative element of this set is that you need to have additional weights so that you can continue to increase your workout.

Cheap dumbbell alternative
Cheap dumbbell alternative

Reebok Speed Pac 25

The Reebok SpeedPak is durable and easy to use. This set is not for people who weight train, but rather for those who incorporate weights into their cardio routine. The total of 25 pounds as provided with this set was makes a big difference in a cardio workout.

Everything works great, and the holder case provides neat containment. You also do not need a special stand for using the weights. All in all, this set is ideal for people with limited space who want simple but sturdy weights for exercising. This was a good purchase.

Cap Barbell Neoprene Dumbbell Set with Rack

The weights provided with this set are of really good quality. They are great for regular use to tone your muscles and get in some simple weight training moves. The gentle grip won't cause calluses on your hands, as other weights may do. Attractive colors helps to make the workout a bit more fun.

However, the stand is not of the same quality as the weights. You should rather just use it to store your weights because it's not that stable. I would recommend this set to anyone looking for a way to start a new exercise regime.

Deluxe 40lb Dumbbell Set

On this set you have to unscrew it to add or remove weight. On the other side it's much cheaper than say the bowflex set. The 40 lb weight limit is a little low for me, but it should be fine for women or younger guys.

The compact quality of this set is nice. You can store it conveniently without using too much space.

These weights do exactly what you want them to – they provide you with a safe workout routine that will help you get back in shape.

Reebok Speed Pac 25-Pound Adjustable Single Dumbbell

These dumbbells are a good selection for the price. However, I would recommend with a few points of caution. The first is that the weights clank together. For me, this is annoying. I like a quiet dumbbell that lets me exercise without the noises of a gym. Also, sometimes the lock does not properly go into place when switching weights. Other than these two factors, this is a good system. Again, the price is right, especially for those people just getting into weightlifting.

Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Single Dumbbell

I have had these dumbbells for just more than a month. Although the grips are not as comfortable as I would like them to be, everything else is great. The 90 pounds for each arm is completely adequate for my workout needs. Also, the dial selector is really easy to use; all you do is dialing the weight you want, and a couple of seconds later, it is set. High quality and functionality are both evident in this set. Anyone who is working with limited exercise space but does not want to compromise their equipment should look at these weights. They are great.

A number of dumbbell systems are available, but the best dumbbells to buy are not always the most obvious. The sheer number of manufacturers and retail providers make this decision a difficult one. Remember to look for that product most suited to your needs.


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