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Bowflex dumbells Vs Powerblock Pro 50

Updated on May 9, 2022
Size of 35lb dumbells
Size of 35lb dumbells

The Bowflex 552 Selecttech Dumbbells vs. Powerblock Pro 50 Dumbbells

The two most popular adjustable dumbbell sets on the market square off on size, cost, durability, customer service and handle shape.

First let’s compare size; the Bowflex set has a slight advantage for width of handle but a huge disadvantage on length. The length of the dumbbell is the most important for exercises like arm curls and shoulder presses. The Powerblock is way more compact so the advantage here is for the Powerblock.

The next thing to compare is price. The Bowflex 552 set is $429 and the stand is $159. The Powerblock Pro 50 set is $499 (stage 1) and $139 for the stand. The large cost is in the same range.

The durability and quality is the next thing to look at. I checked for reviews on the products and kept running into dial issues and plates falling off the Bowflex 552 set. It was weird, even people who recommended the Bowflex dumbbells had these issues. I had to search a couple of pages deep on my Google search to find an issue with the Powerblocks and that person said it was his fault and dropped them at a weird angle from a good height. The advantage again goes to Powerblock.

The customer service was the next thing compared. Again I went to the internet and found multiple complaints about Bowflex not fixing known problems after the warranty and dealing with a call center. In direct contrast, the customer who had dropped the Powerblock raved about the company’s customer service. It looks like Powerblock wins again easily.

The last thing to compare is handle shape. The Powerblock has a lot of people on complaining that their wrist hits the sidebars. The Bowflex has a nice comfortable grip with no bars to hit their wrists. The Pro 50 Powerblock has slimmed down the sidebars and I could not touch them when I was working out but could see where people felt like they could. The advantage on the shape clearly still has to go to the Bowflex.

With winning four out of five categories it looks like the Powerblock clearly dominates this comparison. It is not rare that non infomercial brand equipment wins LOL. I am a strong believer in “you get what you pay for”, and in this case, Powerblock has proved that theory correctly.


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