Which are the Best Adjustable Dumbbells?
For the most dumbbell flexibility in the least amount of space, BowFlex or Power Blocks are both good options. There are pros and cons to each, as summed up nicely in this thorough and objective (non-affiliated) video review of Bowflex vs PowerBlocks by David Daniel of DoubleDFitness.com.((https://youtu.be/Xlcmgkfcphk))((http://doubledfitness.com/))
Got Space for a Bigger Home Gym?
If you have a home gym or have the space, we highly recommend going ahead and investing in a dumbbell rack with weights. One advantage in ordering these from Amazon, is you get this heavy box delivered right to your door, rather than loading them into your car and then hauling them from car to house. And… more importantly, if you have Amazon Prime, most of these HEAVY items get shipped to your for FREE!!
Hey, we know you don’t mind lifting weights, but you want it to be in a balanced workout, right? A box of 5-10 sets of weights could weigh up to 300 pounds!! So, Amazon ships it to your house—SHIPS FREE WITH AMAZON PRIME, REMEMBER—then you can open the box and take it piece by piece into your house. If you have stairs, then enjoy the weighted workout along the way. Just do it one pair of weights at a time, starting with the lightest to warm up. ?
For men, or women and men sharing, such as couples and families, you’d probably want this rack to start.
5lb – 50lb pairs
5 pair Ader 150 Lbs Black Rubber Dumbbell 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 Lbs with Rack
Or, 5lb. – 25lb pairs
10 pairs dumbbells by Body Solid GDR363-RFWS Dumbbell PLUS Rack with Rubber Dumbbell
For women only, these “pretty weights” are fun and adequate weight range for starting out:
5lb – 20lb pairs
8 Pairs Fitness Republic Neoprene Dumbbell Pairs, by Fitness Republic: (8 Dumbbells Set) 3lb, 5lb, 8lb, 10lb, 12lb, 15lb, 17.5lb, 20lb, which are often sold with this rack.
So if you have the space, having an actual weight rack with multiple weight dumbbells, will pay for itself many times over in time and frustration saved during your workouts.
The Best Adjustable Dumbbells are Like the Best Sofa Sleepers…
The Bowflex and PowerBlocks are great solutions, but it’s kind of like a sofa sleeper: it’s solves a space problem, but the end result is not the best sofa or the best bed. Same thing with BowFlex and PowerBlocks: the main advantage is how they save space.
The disadvantage is that neither of them are as fluid and flexible to use as a good old fashioned pair of dumbbells. So, if you’ve got the space, without a doubt, for the most fluid workout the best adjustable dumbbells aren’t exactly adjustable, but they’re immensely convenient and adaptable.
Bottom line: The ideal setup is a full set of dumbbells on a rack.
Next best thing and the verdict between Bowflex and PowerBlock?
They’re about equal, each with advantages over the other. But overall… we tend to agree with DoubleDFitness, PowerBlocks have the slight edge, and that’s what we have.