Saturday, June 23, 2018

Dumbbells: Compare


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Pros
Very affordable traditional dumbbell set for home or small gym; handles have comfortable and secure grips; hexagon shape keeps them in place when put down; great for P90x enthusiasts
Very highly-rated and affordable weight set for home gym; case is compact and convenient for storage; 7 weight settings replaces need for buying 7 pairs of dumbbells
Cons
Manufacturing quality is reportedly average (ex. paint chips really easily and metal burrs in grip that were never polished down); some reviewers were annoyed that you had to buy dumbbells individually; takes up a lot of space depending on how many dumbbells you buy; noisier than rubber coated dumbbells; Warning: "This product contains one or more phthalate chemicals known to the state of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm."
Multiple complaints around poor manufacturing quality and that the plastic carrying case cracked very easily; many reviewers stated that the dumbbells had a really strong chemical smell; Warning: "This product contains one or more phthalate chemicals known to the state of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm."; not great for speed circuits because you can't change weight very quickly; 20 lbs isn't very much weight for full body workouts even if you are only shaping and toning, so you'll most likely have to purchase additional plates; more than a few reviewers noted that their dumbbells weighed a few pounds less than advertised.
Type
Dumbbells (sold individually)
Adjustable Dumbbell Set (manual adjustment system)
Weight Range
1 -50 lbs
5- 20 lbs
Number of Weight Resistances
15
7
Price (MSRP)
Available for around $9.49 - $69.99
$99.99 MSRP (available for around $49.60 - $64.99)
Warranty
If you purchase from CAP Barbell or from an authorized retailer, the dumbbells have a 30-day warranty that only covers manufacturing defects. It does not cover "paint peeling, rust, rips, cuts and tears, dents, bent handles, loose heads if dropped or any other signs of misuse such as knocking dumbbells together."
If you purchase from CAP Barbell or from an authorized retailer, the dumbbells have a 30-day warranty that only covers manufacturing defects. It does not cover "paint peeling, rust, rips, cuts and tears, dents, bent handles, loose heads if dropped or any other signs of misuse such as knocking dumbbells together".
Weight Options
Dumbbells are available in the following weights: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 20, 25, 50, 35, 40, 45 and 50. (While not listed on the CAP Barbell website, Amazon has 55 and 60 pound weights as well.)
Each dumbbell handle weighs 5 lbs and it comes with four 2.5-lb plates and four 5-lb plates.
Product Design
The dumbbells are 100% cast iron and have solid steel handles for weight over 15 pounds. They are coated with a semi-gloss finish that helps to prevent rusting.
The dumbbells' handles and plates are cast iron, and they have rubber-trimmed collars to keep plates in place. They also have a semi-gloss finish that helps to prevent rusting. The carrying case is black plastic with rack storage.
Dumbbell Shape
Hexagon
Round (but has carrying case)
Dimensions
Varies depending on weight
The dumbbells are 17.32" x 8.66" x 6.69" (L x W x H).
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Made In...
China
China
 
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