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Despite your best intentions, getting to the gym every day doesn't always happen. It can be hard to find time to exercise between work, kids, and a busy social life! Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), there's no longer an excuse for skipping a workout — adjustable dumbbells bring the gym to your home! These dumbbells are perfect for those tight on space, and they cost a lot less than a full rack of weights. Check out our top picks for the best adjustable dumbbells to stay on track toward your fitness goals, no matter how busy life gets!
Don't be deterred by sticker shock — with this set, you're essentially getting 15 sets of weights in two compact dumbbells that can easily be pushed in a corner or tucked away in a closet. Consider it an investment. Plus, you can bring home the dumbbells with the stand — or knock over $100.oo off the price tag by just buying the dumbbells. These compact dumbbells are, for some, the secret to the perfect at-home workout.
Starting at 5 pounds, these weights adjust in 2.5-pound increments up to 25 pounds, and then in 5-pound increments up to the maximum weight of 52.5 pounds. The metal plates are encased in a durable molding, which preserves the life of these dumbbells and helps reduce chatter for a quieter at-home workout. Plus, switching weights is easier than ever — simply dock the handle, twist a dial, and lift!
Best Flashy Set
These chrome dumbbells are not just for show. Weighing in at 200 pounds total (up to 100 pounds each), you'd think this set is not meant for beginners. Well, think again, because you can start lifting at just 5 pounds and work your way up to a bigger goal. There are rubber stoppers before the bolts, which keep the plates secure and in place.
The set will be delivered in three boxes, so you can move the dumbbells into your at-home gym even if you can't lift the full 200 pounds ... at first!
Best for Versatility
What sets these dumbbells apart from the Bowflex reviewed above? Versatility! When 50 pounds becomes too little, there's no need to buy a completely new set of dumbbells — two expansion packs can be purchased to increase the max weight to 70 and then 90 pounds. Read on to see how it works!
Best Expansion Pack
These quick-change adjustable Power Block expansion dumbbells offer up plenty of control over your lifting session, so you can expand your Power Block dumbbells up to 70 pounds each. The sleek, modern design isn't even the best part! You can practice clean, stable push-ups with this design, in addition to balanced, freestyle bench presses. Plus, you can change the weight within seconds.
This set offers precise customization, too. Each actual weight hides two small 2.5-pound weights, and you can leave them both in, leave one in, or take them both out. This means you can adjust your lifting session by 2.5 pounds easily.
Best Budget Buy
If you can't imagine skipping a day, or you need to squeeze in a quick pump when your schedule is too crammed, this 40-pound set will do the trick. For under $50, you'll get two handles, four 2.5-pound weights, four 5-pound weights, and four collars (totaling 20 pounds per dumbbell). This set comes with a storage case, which makes it easy to hide these in the closet, or carry from basement to backyard when the sun is shining. For someone who's newer to lifting, this CAP Barbell set is ideal — start low and add weight as you build muscle!
Best for Heavy Lifting
If you need a set of dumbbells with a wide range, this no-frills set, which tops out at 50 pounds per handle, will do the trick. With this Titan set, you'll get four 1.25-pound weights, four 2.5-pound weights, 16 5-pound weights, two steel handles, and four easy-to-tighten steel collars, totaling a whopping 100 pounds! It's the perfect way to start a home gym, as you likely won't need to add equipment for quite some time — unless "Beast Mode" is your life motto, of course.
Best Lightweight Set
Looking for some lighter weights with comfortable grips for at-home aerobics? Each handle in this set ranges from 2.5 to 12.5 pounds. They're so easy to adjust, you could probably do it with your eyes closed, which means you won't lose any precious time when changing weights during intense workout videos.
Though it may not seem like much, the included tray is a nice touch — set these weights up where it's most convenient during exercise, then slide them under the bed or couch when not in use to keep them out of sight (but not out of mind)!