Guide to Choosing an Adjustable Dumbbell

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Are you building your workout space at home or in the office and looking for the right exercise gears and equipment to add to your space? You have a lot of options available, from simple dumbbells to bigger equipment such as treadmill (or walking pad) and stationary bike (or mini pedal bike).

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However, as with many home or office gyms, it is important to be smart about choosing the right gears and equipment to add to your space—to make sure that you maximize the space and that you get the most use out of the equipment you will choose. Have you considered an adjustable dumbbell set?

What are Adjustable Dumbbells?

Adjustable dumbbells are like any of your typical dumbbells. They are basically weights that you can lift to build muscles and increase the strength of specific muscle groups. They come in several weight capacities, with the only difference that an adjustable dumbbell set is a small but complete set of a specific range of weights, whereas a regular dumbbell comes in a separate piece per weight.


To illustrate, the MotionGrey adjustable dumbbell that we have come in a weight range of between 5 to 52.5 lbs. This means that it is a single and complete set of equipment with weights within the range it comes in. It has a dial that you only have to adjust to have your desired weight while lifting. On the other hand, a regular dumbbell will only come in a specific weight capacity, say 5 lbs. If you want to add more weights, you will have to get several pieces of your traditional dumbbell. This means more money spent and also more space occupied by the equipment.

With this illustration alone, it is easy to understand the advantage that an adjustable dumbbell set will offer compared to your regular dumbbells.

How to Find the Right Adjustable Dumbbells: Six Factors to Consider

Once you have made the decision to get an adjustable dumbbell set for your home or office gym, the next thing to do would be to find the right set for you. Depending on your needs, there are several factors you can look into in order to find the right adjustable dumbbell. Check out the following considerations:

Weight Range

Consider your current strength level, your current experience when it comes to exercise (especially lifting weights), and your goal. Based on these factors, look for an adjustable dumbbell set that offers the weight range that can accommodate your current needs while allowing room for growth as you get stronger.

Some adjustable dumbbells offer a wider range of weight increments, while others have a more limited range. If you are a beginner, consider a set with a lower weight range. Meanwhile, if you have been lifting weights for a while and really want to push your limits, then a set with a higher weight range is advised. Choose one that aligns with your fitness goals and target training intensity.


Its ability for versatile adjustment is arguably the top advantage that an adjustable dumbbell set offers over regular dumbbells. This adjustability is what makes this equipment space saving and easy to handle and store. When looking for the right set, choose one that you can adjust easily.

There are different types of adjustment mechanisms found in adjustable dumbbells, such as dial systems and selector pin systems. Dial systems offer quick and easy weight adjustments with just the turn of a dial. Meanwhile, selector pin systems involve inserting a pin to select your desired weight plates. Consider which adjustment mechanism feels more comfortable and more convenient for you during your workouts and go for that.

Space and Storage

Next to its adjustability, its space-saving quality is one that gives an adjustable dumbbell set an advantage over traditional dumbbells. When getting your own set, consider the space available in your workout area and how the adjustable dumbbells will fit into your storage setup.

Some adjustable dumbbell sets come with a storage tray or stand, while others may require separate storage solutions. Choose a set that is compact and easy to store, especially if you have limited space in your home or office gym.

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Overall Quality

The dumbbell’s quality will determine not only the durability of the equipment but also your convenience. After all, you don’t want interruptions in your workout because of malfunctioning adjustment systems or damaged plates.

To ensure a good experience, look for adjustable dumbbells made from high-quality materials that can withstand regular use and heavy lifting. Check reviews and ratings to gauge the durability and reliability of the set you're considering. In addition, pay attention to the warranty offered by the manufacturer.

Safety Features and Ergonomic Design

An adjustable dumbbell set will have a lot of moving parts, and these moving parts need to be secured while you are doing your workout so that they won’t fall off, move, and cause potential accident and harm.

Ensure that the dumbbell set has enough safety features, primary of which is a good-quality and secure locking mechanism to prevent plates from slipping during use. Choose one with ergonomic handles and textured grips to ensure that the handle will not slip off your hands even if they get sweaty from your exercise.

Extra Features

Adjustable dumbbells are not only practical; many of them are also designed for easy use. Some adjustable dumbbell sets come with additional features such as provision for optional expansion kits. The latter is helpful for when the time you decide to level up in your workout and you need additional weight and other helpful features to take your workout to the next level.

Evaluate which extra features are important to you and go for those that align with your preferences and workout style. For more, check THIS out.

Have you identified which factors are most important to you in the search for the right adjustable dumbbell set? If you have, then you are step ahead in your search. And for ease and convenience, you can check our MotionGrey catalog to find the right one.

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