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When it comes to fitness equipment, certain brands dominate, and Bowflex is right up there; you've seen the name in gyms and studios. One specific home-gym item Bowflex is famous for is its adjustable dumbbells. But who can afford to shell out $400 for a set?
Turns out, you don't have to. We went hunting for alternatives and found three great options Amazon shoppers rave about. All three have similar functionality to the Bowflex models; you just turn a dial to set these dumbbells at the desired weight, then lift, and you're good to go.
Below are our top three picks — all less than half the cost of Bowflex. Weight ranges vary, so there's a perfect set for everyone here (our heaviest pick goes to 80 pounds, and our lightest to just 15).
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This single dumbbell has a locked down construction that ensures the weight can only adjust while sitting in the tray (for safety). Amazon also threw in an extra $10 off coupon at checkout.
Because of its one-handed design, you save time between changing different weights with both hands, making your training much more efficient.
"They are easy to change, with each turn giving you a nice satisfying ratchet/clicking sound," a satisfied lifter wrote. "These aren’t bulky like the Bowflex dumbbells, with a notch that makes them super easy to rack on your shoulders. The notch also helps stabilize them for push-ups."
Another added: "We have been building our 'garage gym' and wanted to have a variety of dumbbells but didn’t want additional space dedicated to weights. These are perfect! Easily adjustable and a small footprint. We highly recommend them and have suggested to several friends."
Leadnovo really thought of everything with this set. Maybe that's why it's an Amazon's Choice pick. A five-star fan explains: "These dumbbells are perfect for when I cannot make it to the gym or just want to complete an at-home workout instead. They are easy to adjust and seem to be made from good quality material. I also love how the dumbbells come with a bar so you can attach them together and have a barbell! I am also a huge fan of the grip on the dumbbells, as my hands tend to sweat a good amount during workouts. Overall A+ product and would recommend to my friends."
The connecting rod features a thickened sponge that prevents slippage, absorbs moisture, and wicks away sweat. Because of the plates' octagonal design, you don't have to worry about rolling. The total weight is 44 pounds; adjust it as you need.
"This are by far the coolest, easiest to use and [easiest to] store dumbbell set we have ever run across," a happy customer reports. "Our old set took up so much room, [with] each weight amount on different bars. This is not only a space-saver but [makes it] easy to adjust between weights. The lever is easy to move and snaps right into place. The base holds whatever isn't in use with individual slots so they don't fall over. Very nice for at home use and storage."
With wooden anti-slip handles for a good grip, these smaller Lifepro weights feel secure in the hand. If you're looking to build muscle but don't need anything too heavy, this is an ideal choice. You can activate an additional coupon to take an extra $20 off your order.
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