How to choose the best Dumbbell Set
Buying a home dumbbell set seems like a simple enough purchase doesn’t it.
Step 1: Buy dumbbells
Step 2: Get massive
Simple. Then you realise there are adjustable dumbbells. Rubber ones. Chrome. Sets to 10kg. 50kg. A myriad of storage solutions.
It’s all too much. So we’ve condensed the 7 best ones for home. And here’s how you pick:
1. Decide how much you want to spend: We’ve got your budget and premium options covered.
2. Measure your space: Then choose between adjustable dumbbells or sets.
3. Choose how much weight you need: As a beginner I doubt you need weights heavier than 15kg. But buying a set that allows for more weight to be added as you grow is ideal.
4. Rubber or metal? Obviously rubber is less likely to damage the floor or makes noise. But looks a bit naff-er.
The 8 Best Home Dumbbell Sets
Dumbbell sets are an essential purchase for any decent home gym. If you’re short on space, there are adjustable dumbbell sets that look fantastic and take up almost no space.
If you’re lucky enough to have space to burn, then you can buy sets from 1 – 25kg a piece. Whether you’re a chrome-lover or rubber fantastist, we’ve found the very best home dumbbell sets for you to browse.
|Weight Set||Cost||Best For||Average Rating||Weight||Shop|
|Bowflex 560 SelectTech Dumbbells||££££||All-round greatness||
||2.3 – 27.2kg|
|ProIron 20kg Cast Iron Set||£||Budget||
|Power Block Adjustable Dumbbell||££||Budget Bowflex alternative||1.36 – 10.88kg|
|Mirafit Hex Dumbbell Set||£££||Low & high-rep workouts||3 – 20kg|
|Mirafit Set + Storage Tree||£££||Space short weight lovers||1 – 20kg|
|Bodypower 30kg Chrome Set||£||Shiny metallic magpies||30kg|
|Power Block Elite Dumbbells||££££||Best Bowflex alternative||2.27 – 22.68kg|
|TnP Accessories 30kg Dumbbell||£||Noise free, wallet-friendly||30kg|
Bowflex 560 SelectTech Dumbbells – All-round greatness – – Editor’s Choice
This Bowflex dumbbell set is an incredible piece of equipment. Adjustable resistance still seems like some sort of magic. Especially when the weight goes up to nearly 30kg.
The adjustable resistance (from 2.3 – 27.2kg) has 16 different weight settings and a unique locking mechanism that creates amazing stability.
Honestly these dumbbells are such fantastic quality. They’re quiet when you put them down. They don’t chip and they take up almost no space. Perfect home gym dumbbells.
ProIron 20kg Cast Iron Set – Budget –
The ProIron weight set is a brilliant home gym dumbbell and the ergonomic design makes lifting incredibly comfortable.
The best bit? The addition of a steel connector. The connector means you can use the dumbbells as a barbell. Training with heavy and light loads has never been so easy.
Purchasing products that enable you to add more weight is perfect for those of you looking to get genuinely stronger. 20kg to begin with is probably fine, but we can do better!
It really is exceptional value at just under £50.
Power Block Adjustable Dumbbell – Best budget Bowflex alternative –
Whilst it’s not quite the above piece of Bowflex kit, the Power Block adjustable set is a great alternative on a budget.
Whilst the 10.88kg maximum resistance means it isn’t suitable more the more advanced lifters. If you’re new to the game, 10.88kg should be enough to stimulate hypertrophy and muscle growth.
A 10 year warranty should give you enough piece of mind when purchasing too.
Mirafit Hex Dumbbell Set – Low & high-rep workouts –
Mirafit make cracking weights for the home and this dumbbell set is no different. With weights from 3 – 20kg, these weight tree is ideal for beginner to intermediate lifters.
The free standing storage rack is fantastic for keeping your space tidy. My favourite parts are the durable coating (boring, but they won’t crack or fade) and free shipping. I’d wrongly assumed shipping would hit my wallet, but it’s free!
Where else would you get free shipping for an incredibly awkward 50kg parcel?
It really is the perfect weights set for a home gym setup.
Mirafit Set + Storage Tree – Space short weight lovers –
Home gyms are notoriously short on space. Sure, in commercial gyms people just leave their weights strewn all over the floor. Do that in your own home gym and I despair. Imagine being that stupid.
Up steps, the Mirafit Set and Storage Tree. Perfect for those short on space and looking for an aesthetically pleasing storage solution.
Ideal for a strong husband and wife duo or those of you with kids looking to get yolked. The 1kg weights are inevitably pointless. But they go up to 20kg, so whilst you can just use the 1s as a doorstop or paper weight, the 10, 15 and 20kg dumbbells are great for home gym usage.
Bodypower 30kg Chrome Set – Shiny metallic magpies –
The heavy duty chrome construction makes this Bodypower weight set ideal for durability.
30kg of total weight and supremely simple weight changes, this crisp chrome set is ideal for beginner lifters.
Incredibly reasonably priced and suitable for any home gym space, these are highly recommended weights on a budget. The only slight downside is the single year warranty.
But unless you throw these off a cliff, I don’t see how you could break them.
Power Block Elite Dumbbells – Best Bowflex alternative –
The excellent weight range and number of incremental jumps these Power Block dumbbells provide make them a viable alternative to Bowflex.
As the weight progresses to almost 23kg, these are absolutely perfect for beginners and more advanced lifters. And significantly cheaper than Bowflex too.
Power Block’s 10 year warranty is fantastic too. So whilst these are on the pricier side of things, they’ll last forever.
I haven’t even mentioned the best part either. Whilst these dumbbells go up to almost 23kg (50lbs), you can add incremental weight to it as you grow. Up to almost 41kg each hand.
90lbs for you imperialist scum.
TnP Accessories 30kg Dumbbell – Best for Noiseless Workouts on a Budget –
Because the TnP Accessories are such incredible value (£35 including delivery), it’s hard to see a downside.
The rubber weights make for a noise free, floor safe workout. It comes with a number of accessories so you’re not entirely limited to dumbbell only exercises.
Fantastic for beginners and intermediate lifters as you can go up in small increments (thank you 1kg plates), the TnP weight set is a great starting point.