If there’s one piece of gym equipment you should have in your home gym, it should be dumbbells.
“There’s a reason dumbbells are in every single big-box gym,” says MH fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S., who created an arm-focused muscle-building program, All Out Arms, based heavily around dumbbells. “If you want targeted muscle—and that’s what all guys want—then you want dumbbells.”
Even if you don’t have an official home gym or workout space, the great thing about dumbbells is that they require little space—just as long as you’re only working with one single pair of weights. That’s easy if you invest in an adjustable set, which can shift from light to heavy with a quick turn of a knob or shift of a setting.
“When you’re working out at home, space becomes your biggest challenge. You probably don’t have enough room for an entire rack full of dumbbells (let alone the budget to buy an entire set of weights), so your best option is most likely going to be getting that whole rack in one set,” says Brett Williams, NASM-CPT certified trainer and fitness editor at Men’s Health. “Everything becomes simpler with these adjustable sets—from swapping in lighter and heavier weights mid-workout to storing your stuff when you’re done.”
And with a pair of adjustable dumbbells, you can take your training to the next level without stepping foot in a gym, while also minimizing the amount of equipment you need. Just one adjustable dumbbell can replace up to 15 weights. Now that’s what we call efficiency.
We rounded up some of the best adjustable dumbbells on the market (that are still in stock) to help you stay fit and strong while training at home.
These NordicTrack 55-pound dumbbells are like having 15 weights in one. Each plate is 2.5 pounds and can be easily adjusted with the brand’s quick adjustment system and convenient storage trays.
These Bowflex adjustable dumbbells have weights that adjust from 10 to 90 pounds in 5-pound increments, which replaces up to 17 pairs of dumbbells. They’re also super easy to adjust; they have easy-to-use selection dials for adjusting weights that are smooth and user-friendly.
This adjustable dumbbell set from Core Home Fitness lets you change weights in 5-pound increments just by twisting a handle, and ranges from 5 to 50 pounds. They also come with a lightweight aluminum cradle for a compact design.
You can choose from 44 or 70-pound dumbbells for this set from Better Body. The plates are forged from premium machine steel weight, making them durable and rugged. Plus, they have an E-Z adjust weight system that allows you to simply adjust the weight by twisting the handle.
These dumbbells from Power Block are welded from solid steel and have a powder-coated finish. This one set replaces 16 pairs of dumbbells for a total of 825 pounds of weight, and each dumbbell is expandable to 70 or 90 pounds per hand.
If you’re in the market for some lighter weights, these Ativafit adjustable dumbbells top out at 25 pounds. With just a push and slide, you can easily change your weight setting in 2.5-pound increments.
While the focus here is dumbbells, why not go for more? The DDFE adjustable weights go up to 40.4 pounds and can be configured to a dumbbell or a barbell, so you can mix up your workouts even more. One other great feature is the padded coating to protect your neck, shoulder, and hands from the weightlifting bar.
JAXJOX DumbbellConnect is the first-ever digital dumbbell set (so the company claims) that adjusts your dumbbell weights with the touch of a button in seconds—no more messing with finicky knobs or handles. Each dumbbell adjusts in 6-pound increments up to 50 pounds.
We love a good 2-in-1 tool, especially when you’re looking to save on space in a home gym. This pair of weights can also be configured into a barbell. They come in multiple sizes and you can purchase additional weight plates for when you’re ready to move onto the next bracket.
By now you know we love multi-use products for any at-home gym. This set goes beyond dumbbells and barbells and into the ab wheel world. All you have to do is connect the rod to start sculpting your arms, shoulders, back, chest legs, and more. They are made with a nonslip grip so even when your hands are extra sweaty on your eighth rep, you’ll be able to hold on. To get this much weight in this many products for under $150 is a pretty sweet deal if you ask us.
NÜOBELL’s steel weight dumbbells adjust up to 80 pounds each and go up in 5-pound increments. They are super easy to adjust thanks to a click-lock handle that you rotate to choose your weight. The set also includes portable cradles for both adjustable dumbbells.
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