Sunday, June 23, 2024

Dumbbells: Compare

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15 weight settings in 1 dumbbell set provides great functionality and saves space; can increase weight resistance in small increments, which helps prevent muscle strain and is better for building muscle strength and endurance; durable design; dial adjustment system does a good job of securing the plates to the handle, which eliminates clanking noises and pinching; comfortable grip, so weight lifting gloves are optional; 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
Rubber coating provides a comfortable and secure grip; rubber coating means that dumbbells are less noisy; rubber coated dumbbells are less damaging to floors and other surfaces; weights are available in bright, fun colors; durable; subtle octagon shape means weights won't roll around
Relatively expensive; a few complaints about the dial adjustment system sticking or catching on plates; stand is sold separately and expensive ($149) but somewhat necessary to avoid back strain
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.
Limited weight resistance choices; slightly more expensive than just cast iron dumbbells (like CAP Barbell ones)
Adjustable Dumbbells (automatic dial adjustment system)
Adjustable Dumbbell Set (manual adjustment system)
Dumbbells (sold as a pair)
Weight Range
5 - 52.5 lbs
5- 20 lbs
2 - 10 lbs
Number of Weight Resistances
Price (MSRP)
$549 MSRP (available for around $299 - $349)
$99.99 MSRP (available for around $49.60 - $64.99)
Available for around $11- $29.99
Bowflex® SelectTech® offers a 2-year limited warranty on all parts and a 6-week satisfaction guarantee to allow you to try the 552 Dumbbells in your home. If you don't like them, you can return them for a full refund (less shipping and handling).
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".
There is a 1-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects and some websites offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
Weight Options
Dial adjustment system allows you to change weight in 2.5-lb increments up to 25 lbs. Between 25 lbs - 50 lbs, you can adjust the weight resistance in 5-lb increments, and then the last weight setting only increases by 2.5 lbs.
Each dumbbell handle weighs 5 lbs and it comes with four 2.5-lb plates and four 5-lb plates.
Dumbbells are available in the following weights: 2, 3, 5, 8, 10
Product Design
The dumbbells are black metal with red detailing and have plastic tabs that hold the weights in place.
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.
The dumbbells are cast iron and are all coated in a different colored rubber. The 2-lb weight is pink, the 3-lb weight is light purple, the 5-lb weight is blue, the 8-lb weight is red and the 10-lb weight is black.
Dumbbell Shape
Round (but has flat dumbbell holders)
Round (but has carrying case)
Slight Octagon
The 552s are 15.75" x 8" x 9" (L x W x H). The optional stand measures 27.75" x 20.5" x 24.5" (L x W x H).
The dumbbells are 17.32" x 8.66" x 6.69" (L x W x H).
Varies depending on weight
A free DVD ("Secrets of the 4-Step Rep") is included with your purchase and will teach you over 30 different exercises with 80 variations.
A free wall diagram is included with your purchase and will show you how to use the hand weights with the proper form.
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