A set of PowerBlock adjustable dumbbells, which are portable, versatile and cost-effective.

Are Adjustable Dumbbells Worth it for Home Gyms?

Why Adjustable Dumbbells Are the Best Choice for a Home Gym

Working out at home can be incredibly convenient – but you’ll need the right equipment. If you’re putting together a home gym, it should include a set of adjustable dumbbells. While fixed dumbbells are a staple of commercial gyms, adjustable dumbbells have a clear edge on the home front. Let’s look at why adjustable dumbbells for home gyms are the right choice.

How Do Adjustable Dumbbells Work?

Unlike fixed dumbbells where the weights are permanently attached to the handle, adjustable dumbbells let you change how much each dumbbell weighs. A locking mechanism holds the desired amount of weight in place. Basic adjustable dumbbells use barbell-style weight plates with a spin lock; other styles include twist-lock dumbbells, weight selection dial dumbbells and pull-slide selector dumbbells. PowerBlock adjustable dumbbells use a proprietary pin-and-rail design; to change weights, you remove the pins and insert them into the rail slots that correspond with the included weight chart (much like how you would use a weight machine at a gym).

female athlete resting after a workout next to dumbbells on floor



Benefits of Adjustable Dumbbells

They Take Up Less Space

Most people don’t have much free space at home. Adjustable dumbbells help you make the most of what you have. Our PowerBlock Pro EXP Adjustable Dumbbells can fit within a two square foot space, and they replace up to 28 pairs of fixed dumbbells. Since you only need one pair rather than 28, you suddenly have room for workout benches and other accessories.

They’re Cost-Effective

In the same vein, adjustable dumbbells cost a lot less long-term than regular dumbbells. While a set of adjustable dumbbells is more expensive than a single dumbbell pair, you don’t have to keep buying new pairs as you gain strength, letting you get fit on a budget.

They’re Easy to Use

PowerBlock adjustable dumbbell sets take just a few seconds to adjust and function just like regular dumbbells. This means beginners can quickly get started. This easy and quick adjustability is also perfect for HIIT workouts, drop sets, and highly efficient workout routines. They also have a self-contained storage design where the handle and weights nest together.

They’re Versatile

Adjustable dumbbells can be used for all the same exercises you might do using fixed dumbbells and take bodyweight exercises to another level. In the case of the PowerBlock Pro Series adjustable dumbbells, you can also attach them to a straight bar or add a kettlebell handle, giving you even more ways to work out.

Female athlete doing a renegade row on the beach with sport 24 adjustable dumbbells


They’re Portable

Life can take you anywhere – and your adjustable dumbbells will go with you. Carry them to other parts of the house, take them out to the garage or pack them for vacations and camping trips. The compact size means you can always get a workout in.

They Adjust in Small Increments

One of the problems people run into with fixed dumbbells is that, at the higher levels, you have large weight jumps. Adjustable dumbbells, however, keep the increments small for a more gradual progression. PowerBlock dumbbells adjust in 2.5- and 5-pound increments so you can use the exact weight that’s right for you.

They’re Durable

High-quality adjustable dumbbells are built to be a lasting part of your fitness journey. PowerBlock backs all our home dumbbell sets with a five-year limited warranty. Many of our original dumbbell models are still in use 30 years later, which speaks to their excellence and longevity. In fact, PowerBlock dumbbells are the only adjustable dumbbells trusted in training facilities of pro teams across all leagues and in NCAA training facilities.