Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best home-gym equipment, the best ellipticals, and the best exercise bikes, here we rounded up the best adjustable dumbbells on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best compact adjustable dumbbells
“This is the newer Power Block set that you can buy additional weights for. This set is built very well, and the design is great. It works simply, with no dialing or moving parts. I can’t stress the durability aspect of these enough. There’s nothing on here that can easily break due to the strong materials and smart, simple design. You can change weight amounts on both bells in literally about six seconds. If you’re looking for a set that is durable, easily adjustable, and versatile, I highly recommend these.”
Best dial-adjusted dumbbells
“Perfect for the people who don’t want a lot of clutter or don’t have a lot of room for a full set! Of course, these are way bulkier than ‘normal’ weights. But they work perfect for what I needed! The quality is outstanding, they work perfectly, and the transition for different weights is next to flawless. The supplemental app that has workouts designed is great too as I know nothing about workouts for weights so that was a big plus!”
Best quick-locking adjustable dumbbells
“The best adjustable dumbbells anywhere. I’m a physical therapist with a background in bodybuilding and martial arts. I’ve never found another pair like this one. I use it daily for personal training and with my PT patients. The design is safe and sturdy. Unlike other types that requires the dumbbell be in its cradle to make adjustments, this device allows me to place the dumbbell on the ground and make adjustments quickly during training sessions. The whole dumbbell feels solid.”
Best adjustable dumbbells with an enamel finish
“Nice looking and well-made. Nice porcelain coating over the plates, the bar itself is long enough to take extra plates which are available through Omnie. These barbells should last a lifetime. I have them sitting in front of the television set along with a stool. In the evening I sit on a stool while I’m watching the news and just work my arms. These barbells will give you the most bang for your buck!”
Best adjustable dumbbells $100 and under
“Really love these weights. The chrome is crisp and smooth, important for quickly spinning off the locks. Knurling is decent and gives good grip. Not a show piece for me; just heavy stuff to pick up. I bought the 105-pound set, and they’re all I’ll ever need for a long time. With so many plates, I may buy another set of handles, so I can leave them set up in two different weights. Definitely a good deal. I’m a very happy customer!”
Best adjustable dumbbells in the 200 lb. range
“I just received these weights today, and I have to say that I am astonished at the overall quality of these dumbbells. These dumbbells are a tight fit, no clinking noise, and serve their purpose well. I highly recommend these dumbbells. They will last you a lifetime.”
Editor’s note: There’s a 105-pound version sold by Unipack here, too.
Best adjustable dumbbells for beginners
“I love these weights. They came neatly packed in a plastic box with all the weights, collars, and washers tucked in nicely. The handles have a good gripping surface on them. I love that I can do a fully [sic] body workout at home with just one set of weights and adjust the weight depending on which body part I’m focusing on. Good value, good packaging, good delivery, good product.”
Best adjustable dumbbells with a carrying case
“Handy little things. The carrying case makes it easy to take to work, which was why I got these. The handles don’t feel cheap, nor does it look like the paint is going to chip off. The weights are solid and as heavy as you’d think weights should be. I appreciate the rubber gasket on the screws. It seems to help keep enough pressure on them to keep from unscrewing when you’re using them. For the average guy, this set should do just fine.”
Best adjustable dumbbells with a stand
“I have used these for about two years now. I can’t compare to other brands, but I can tell you I looked at pretty much all the home gym adjustable dumbbell options. This seemed to be the right balance of weight options, durability, pedestal, and easy switching. I can honestly say I have zero complaints. The pedestal is quality construction and has held up nicely, as have the weights.”
Best adjustable dumbbells for kids
“I absolutely love this product. A friend of mine has a little girl that comes to our Zumba class and the little girl wanted weights like her mommy. I bought this product and the little girl was over the moon with it! I couldn’t have picked a better product for her. She comes to class always with her weights in hand. This is a great idea, and I love that you can add water or sand to change the weight. Great idea and great product!”
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