adjustable dumbbells

Are Adjustable Dumbbells Worth it?

With Covid-19 firmly in the rear-view mirror, the way people workout, exercise and train has permanently changed with more and more people choosing home workouts over training in commercial gyms.

We know how difficult it can be to pick the right equipment for your home gym set up given the extensive range of gym equipment out there. Whether you’re looking for equipment to train in your living room or you’re looking to kit out a garage with a full home gym set up, we know it can be confusing to know what gym equipment you should go for.

What equipment do you need to build or maintain your fitness? How much space do you have in your home? How much do you have to spend? These are all common questions when people are looking at buying home gym equipment.

Today we’re focusing on whether adjustable dumbbells are worth it, what the benefits are of adjustable dumbbells and ultimately should you invest in a pair of adjustable dumbbells.

Home Gym Essentials

When you Google essential home gym equipment there are thousands of results and lists of what fitness experts say you should use to stay fit. One item that shows up on nearly every list is a good set of adjustable dumbbells. The benefits of adjustable dumbbells make them an essential piece of equipment in your home gym.

Space Saving

Adjustable Dumbbells save space - fact! Adjustable dumbbells range from 5 dumbbells in one all the way up to 20 dumbbells in one adjustable dumbbell, meaning a significant space saver relative to a full rack of fixed weight dumbbells.

Adjustable Dumbbells don’t take up much room and can be stored out of sight. Taking a pair of 40kg adjustable dumbbells for example, it has 17 different weights in one dumbbell but only takes up the space of a single 40kg dumbbell.

Easy to use

Adjustable Dumbbells are simple to use. Whether you’re a beginner working out for the first time or an expert who has been training for decades, you can get working out straight away with adjustable dumbbells.

There are a number of different mechanisms across adjustable dumbbells - dial twist, handle twist, pin lock mechanism - however each one allows you to change weights in seconds rather than needing to manually add or remove plates.

Money Saving

What does it cost to get a decent set of dumbbells? Looking at the cost of the BRAINGAIN 40kg Adjustable Dumbbell (17 dumbbells in one) against the Fitness King 10 pairs of fixed dumbbell (5 to 40kg), the BRAINGAIN adjustable dumbbell comes up trumps at £349.99 against a [discounted] price of £1,065 for the set of fixed price dumbbells.

Not only does it save a lot of space, it also means you can invest some of your savings into other pieces of home gym equipment like a stand, kettlebell, bench or other items!


Adjustable Dumbbells are designed to last for a long time which makes them perfect for home gym use or in commercial settings like fitness studios or hotels.


Adjustable Dumbbells can be used any time anywhere whether that’s in your living room, your garage or whether you want to workout outside on a nice day to enjoy some fresh air. This gives you the flexibility to train when you want and saves on travel time to a commercial gym where you have to share equipment with strangers.

You can use adjustable dumbbells for a variety of exercises and get a full body workout - especially when paired with an adjustable bench - which will allow you to hit all of the main muscle groups through bench press, squats, deadlifts, rows, bicep curls, overhead tricep and many more.

What are the drawbacks?

Adjustable Dumbbells have a lot of benefits, however we would warn that adjustable dumbbells, as with anything mechanical, are not designed to be thrown or slammed down as this can impact the mechanism of the weights. It is always recommended that you place the adjustable dumbbells down when you’ve finished your exercise, rather than simply dropping them like you would with a pair of fixed weight dumbbells.

So are Adjustable Dumbbells worth it?

If you’re serious about strength training and want to have the flexibility of training whenever and wherever you want, then Adjustable Dumbbells are definitely worth the investment.

Adjustable Dumbbells not only have a cost advantage over fixed dumbbells, they’re also easy to adjust to the weight you want and can be conveniently stored out of the way. Today’s adjustable dumbbells are more advanced and more durable than ever which will support your home workouts for years to come.

Whilst you do need to be careful with dropping them, this is far outweighed by the convenience adjustable dumbbells provides which makes adjustable dumbbells a true essential for any home gym set up.

You can shop for and buy adjustable dumbbells online. BRAINGAIN are one of the most reputable adjustable dumbbell retailers in the UK and Europe and pride ourselves on bringing affordable and high quality gym equipment to people of all abilities.
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