First you need to decide if you should buy an array of traditional dumbbells or a pair of adjustable dumbbells. Traditional dumbbells some advantages, the main advantage is that you don’t need to keep on adding or subracting weight plates. But an array of dumbbells requires a lot of space and is much more expensive than a pair of adjustable dumbbells.
If you don’t have a lot of space or money, adjustable dumbbells is a very good solution. Needless to say, not all adjustable dumbbells are created equal. The main things you should look for when comparing different adjustable dumbbells are mentioned below.
First look at the increments, good adjustable dumbbells use five pound increment or less. If you are working with light weights, look for dumbbells with increments of 2.5 pounds. Note that some adjustable dumbbells sometimes end up with one side slightly heavier than the other. This is not a big problem, you just move your hand so that the dumbbell is balanced. But not everyone likes unbalanced dumbbells, on the other hand some people look at is as an opportunity for additional training.
You also want the dumbbells to cover the whole weight range you need. Unfortunately, the larger the weight range, the larger the increments. Thus, first you work out what weight range you need and then look for adjustable dumbbells covering your weight range with small increments.
Next you should look at how easy it is to change weights. It should be both quick and easy, you don’t want to waste minutes on weight changes in the middle of a workout. Additionally, you want a safe locking mechanism. Few things could be worse than a dumbbell that falls apart during the workout.
Obviously, you want your adjustable dumbbells to last a long time. Solid design is important, you don’t want the dumbbells to break if you put them down a little bit too fast. Dropping adjustable dumbbells onto the floor is not recommended, regardless how sturdy they are. Most adjustable dumbbells come with at least one years warranty, you certainly don’t less than one year.
Price is of course very important, everyone wants good value for their money. You can check our dumbbells reviews to find the best adjustable dumbbells for you.
It is worth pointing out that dumbbells weights don’t need to be round. Round dumbbells can actually be a problem, they may start rolling. One of the most popular adjustable dumbbells are the Powerblocks, which have rectangular weights.