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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.)
Most durable adjustable dumbbells
Power Block Elite Dumbbells – 50-70 lbs.
“This is the newer Power Block set that you can buy additional weights for if you ever need them. This set is built very well, and the design is great. I can’t imagine a reasonable scenario where they could break. It works simply, with no dialing or moving parts. And they are more stable as push-up bars than hexagonal dumbbells. 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. I fully expect my 2-year-old son to be using these in high school.”
Best dial-adjusted dumbbells
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair) — 52.5 lbs.
“I wanted to just lift some weights and tone without going to the gym and without turning a whole room of my house into a weight junk room. I ordered a set of these as well as a large stability ball and have been doing three to four workouts a week with these. So far they work well. These are nice to have a compact workout area in your home. They do have limits. Yes, some will balk at the price, but to me it was convenient. Buy a weight and dumbbell set plus a bench and this and that and have it take up a whole ugly room, or just have these sitting in the corner. YEP WORKS FOR ME.”
Best cheap adjustable dumbbells
Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells — 105 lbs.
“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 heavyweight adjustable dumbbells
Unipack One Pair of Adjustable Dumbbells Kits — 200 lbs.
“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 with a carrying case
CAP Barbell RSWB-40TP Adjustable 40 lb. Dumbbell Set
“Handy little things. The carrying case makes it easy to take to work, which was why I got these, so I could use them on my down time. The handles don’t feel cheap, nor does it look like the paint is going to chip off, compared to another pair of older ones that I have. 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 storage trays
Bayou Fitness Adjustable Dumbbell — 25 lbs.
“These dumbbells were very easy to assemble. I simply took them out of the box and placed them on the provided holders. The Bayou Fitness adjustable system is a vast improvement over other adjustable dumbbells where you have to spend five minutes sliding out the locking mechanism and sliding back in the mechanism on each side. This dumbbell set is a tremendous value and a great way to work out from home and avoid purchasing a gym membership.”
Best adjustable dumbbells for kids
Liberty Imports Adjustable Dumbbell Toy Set 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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