If you’re looking for something more robust and resilient than the adjustable type dumbbells, you may want to look at the standard hex dumbbell sets. These are commonly sold as a single dumbbell or in a set and can stand up to drops and other abuses better that the adjustable type. They are also better suited for when you are performing quick circuits or floor exercises such as the pushup row. You don’t have to worry about adjusting the weights during short rest times and they will hold your body weight better that the adjustable types. That being said, they often times come with a hefty price tag to get a full set but can be bought over time in pairs as your needs (or budget) grows.
When it comes to dumbbells the hex dumbbell design is a go-to standard. The rubber coated version is excellent for protecting floors and the occasional bump with another dumbbell. I prefer this style over the non-coated version because they also provide traction on hard floors when doing exercises such as the pushup row. They can be a bit more expensive and not totally necessary if you have proper protective mats in your home gym. So if you’re on a budget you can find quality non-coated versions at a good price. I’ll review both versions below.
Rogue is a name you will see often on this website. They have a consistent quality that they are world-famous for. If it has the Rogue name on it, you can rest assured you are getting a quality product. But that quality often times comes at a price. Thankfully, Rogue is offering a quality rubber coated dumbbell at and affordable price.
When scouring Amazon for a good rubber coated dumbbell there are many options available but with so many mixed reviews on the different options, it’s hard to find consistent quality at a reasonable price. That’s where Rogue steps in. Although, I’m not sure Rogue can get full credit for this dumbbell. I’m going to venture a guess and say they are re-branded York dumbbells. That being said, If it’s quality enough for Rogue to slap their name on it then it’s going to be top-notch. Rogue actually offers both options on their website so you can choose which name you want to be displayed in your home gym should that be a concern for you.
One thing to note is that with rubber coated dumbbells they sometimes come with a greasy residue on the handles and heads. This is a result of the manufacturing process. A quick wash with dish soap will clean it up no problem.
The dumbbells are precision measured to ensure the weight displayed it the weight you get and are sold in pairs or as a set. Either way you go, from the 2.5 lbs all the way up to the 125 lbs you are going to get a fantastic commercial quality product.
These guys aren’t the most beautiful weights in the gym, but they’re tough and they get the job done. Sold as a single weight from 3 all the way up to 100 lbs be sure to purchase two if you want a pair.
Here’s the breakdown from Amazon.com
- Fitness or Strength Training Dumbbell with Ergo Grip: 100 lbs.
- Built to precision specifications
- Ergonomically designed for comfort and safety
- Handles are knurled for a secure grip
There are other options available on Amazon for this type of dumbbell. After ready MANY reviews, it’s safe to say this is the best if not the safest option available. There is CAP brand dumbbell available through Amazon that has me questioning the safety of this set as well. It appears that the heads of the dumbbells can separate from the handle mid-rep. As you can imagine this can be INCREDIBLY dangerous if performing an exercise like the dumbbell bench press. Talk about ruining your day. To avoid this be sure to inspect the welds at the end of each handle. The point of attachment should be solid with no movement or wobble. The dumbbells may arrive just fine but after some use they may start to come loose. It’s important to regularly check the attachment points. If you’re handy with welding equipment or have a buddy that is you can reinforce the attachment points to prevent any mishaps. That being said, it appears that there have been no issues with the Champion brand dumbbell. Regardless, use caution!
Overall, as a budget option, these can certainly get the job done. But beware of inconsistent weights especially with the higher weight amounts. Also, be sure the welds are secure and do not use if you notice any movement. They are mass produced in China and are more than likely made using scrap iron. There are plenty of options available on Amazon but sifting through all the options can be overwhelming. You can avoid the hassle of Amazon and check out my next product review from a quality manufacturer.
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