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Dumbbells For Sale? New and Used Dumbbell Guide

All Kinds of Dumbbells for Sale

Looking for some dumbbells? Do you want to find some used dumbbells for sale? Adjustable dumbbells? A complete dumbbell set? Let’s see if I can’t take some of the work out of dumbbell shopping.

Used Dumbbells For Sale!

Used dumbbells for sale all over the place

Dumbbells can be expensive! Obviously the cheapest way to get your hands on dumbbells is to try and find them used. You won’t be able to be as picky, but you will save some cash. Here are some suggestions.

Good ol’ Craigslist would be my first recommendation. It’s pretty common to find a lot of fitness gear on Craigslist. It’s just one of those things people buy then never use (sadly). Their loss is your gain though, right? I’m looking at Craigslist right now and my area is loaded with used dumbbells for sale. Yours probably is too.

Lot’s of cities have used sporting goods stores. Where I live, we have Play It Again Sports. Do some Google work and see what you have in your town; I’m sure there is something.

You can also try the busier fitness forums like crossfit.com, bodybuilding.com, nerdfitness.com, etc. Most of them have equipment categories. Crossfit.com has an especially populated forum. I’ve seen more than a few people trying to sell off gear. The likelyhood of them being close to you is low, but it’s worth a shot!

As a last ditch effort to find some used dumbbells, you can try the classified ads in your newspaper, look for garage and yard sales in your area, and also look for auctions of closing fitness boxes. Hey, it happens; I’ve seen these auctions before. Ebay also has a classified ads section that you can search locally.

New Dumbbells for Sale!

So no luck with finding used dumbbells? That’s okay, I’ll help price shop the new ones with you.

There are two ways you can buy new dumbbells for your garage gym. You can buy them in pairs as you need them, or you can buy a full set. Sets are typically all of the dumbbells from 5 lbs to 50 lbs in 5 lb increments (pair of 5’s, 10’s, 15’s, etc.). Then there is an additional set that covers the 55 lb to 100 lb dumbbells.

Important! – Unless you buy a commercial set of dumbbells, there is no reason to buy a set other than just the convenience of getting them all at one time and being done with it. There are practically no savings (sometimes literally no savings) for buying them all at once. Additionally, they don’t include a lot of the available weights within that 5-50 pound range (the 2½ pound increment dumbbells like 12½, 17½, etc). I suggest that you buy them as you need them and don’t buy the ones you’ll never use; that’s how you really save money on dumbbells.

Standard Dumbbell Options

Iron Hex Dumbbells

Dumbbells for sale - Iron Hex Dumbbells in pairs or sets

Probably the cheapest option for filling up the garage gym with dumbbells is to buy the iron hex dumbbells. This is what you commonly see in sporting goods stores. These are no frills dumbbells – there is nothing at all special about them. They’re ugly, they’ll crack the floor if you drop them, the flashing from the casting can cut your hands, and the cheap powder coat will flake off – but they weigh what they weigh and you can lift with them.

Important – Really try to avoid CAP iron hex dumbbells (or any CAP dumbbell for that matter). They are notorious for being completely inaccurate with the claimed weight. I’m not talking a few ounces, I’m talking pounds. If you must buy CAP, bring a scale to the store with you and find two of each set as close to the same weight as possible.

Honestly I don’t recommend these anyway. They aren’t that much cheaper than the rubber coated hex dumbbells and they are as different as night and day in terms of quality, hand comfort, noise, and danger to your floor and feet.

Rubber Hex Dumbbells

Rogue and York rubber hex dumbbells for sale

Rubber coated hex dumbbells are the cheapest quality option for getting some dumbbells for your gym. Rather than being casted, these have ergonomic steel handles with a chrome finish; much easier on the hands. They will bounce around if you drop them rather than just smash through anything they land on like the iron dumbbells will. Still probably no good to drop on your foot though.

Like the iron hex dumbbells, there are a lot of manufacturers that pump these out. But again, avoid CAP. I made the mistake of going with some CAP dumbbells because they could be picked up locally, but one 15-pound, both 25-pound, and a 35-pound are coming apart. That’s a big percentage of my CAP collection falling apart – very disappointing. I knew better though; I’ve never heard more complaints about a fitness company than CAP Barbell. Read some of their Amazon reviews or just type CAP into the search box on the bodybuilding.com forums. Total junk.

What brand can you buy? Rogue, American Barbell, or York are all reputable companies. To give you an idea on price, here is what a pair of 25 lb hex dumbbells cost from a few different retailers.

  • Rogue: $60 per pair ($30 shipping to my zip)
  • American Barbell: $60 per pair ($40 shipping to my zip)
  • York (Rogue): $60 per pair ($30 shipping to my zip)
  • Amazon: $72 per pair (free shipping with Prime Membership)

Amazon actually has the best price, but they are X-mark brand which can be a hit-or-miss manufacturer. They are also not in stock with Amazon for the free shipping (Prime) at the time of writing this, but other sellers have them. Other than complaints about the rubber stinking, the X-mark bells have good reviews and will probably fine and dandy for many years. BTW, they’re all going to stink; just like bumper plates do. Yeah, it’s gross.

York Legacy Dumbbells

York Legacy Dumbbells for sale at Amazon

York Legacy Dumbbells are a recreation of York’s original dumbbells; hence the name. These are black iron dumbbells with a knurled 33 mm handle that is permanently embedded into the heads. These are really cool and they’re about the same price rubber hex dumbbells. So if you wanted to step up the coolness factor of your dumbbells without spending more, this is probably the product for that. These are not rubber though; keep that in mind.

Using the same example as I did for the rubber hex dumbbells to give an idea of price, a pair of 25 pound Legacy dumbbells is $70 (before shipping) from Amazon. What a score that would be to find these used locally!

Rogue Urethane Commercial Dumbbells

Rogue Urethane Dumbbell pairs and sets

Well these are neat, but who can afford them!? Available from 5 to 150 pounds, Rogue Urethane Dumbbells are probably about as nice as you’ll get for fixed dumbbell pairs, but I don’t see this happening in a garage gym. Just to give you an idea, the 25-pound pair sells for over $150 – and that does not include shipping. Neat though!

Adjustable Dumbbells For Sale!

Powerblock Elite 90 Pound Adjustable Dumbbells

Powerblock Elite 5-90 pound dumbbells for sale at Amazon

As adjustable dumbbells go, the Powerblock Elite set is quite popular. Each dumbbell has 28 weight settings from 5 pounds up to an impressive 90 pounds. They have a 10 year warranty and a 5-star review on Amazon based on 44 total reviews. Not too shabby considering that not much has to be wrong with a product for it to be blasted with bad reviews on Amazon. There is an optional stand for the set as well.

The product description claims this replaces 2565 pounds worth of dumbbell pairs. If you’re not too far along in a standard dumbbell collection this may be the way to go. It’s a bit costly upfront but it is cheaper than buying even a fraction of the available weights in standard dumbbell pairs. Price? Approx $550 for the pair. There is also a 5-45 pound adjustable Powerblock.

Ironmaster 75 pound Adjustable Dumbbells

Ironmaster 75 pound adjustable dumbbell set

Another well regarded option for adjustable dumbbells is the Ironmaster 75 pound adjustable dumbbell set. It comes with a stand so you don’t have to pick the weights up off the ground, and each dumbbell can adjusted from 10 to 75 pounds in 2½ pound increments.

This isn’t as quick and easy to change the weight as it is with some of the other adjustable dumbbells, but it is balanced like a true dumbbell. There is an additional package you can buy to raise the max weight to 120 pounds per dumbbell. Price? $529 + shipping; includes the stand. Limited lifetime warranty.

Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells

Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbell Set

This is probably what most people think of when they hear adjustable dumbbell since you can find these in the stores. I’d personally rather have the Ironmaster set from above, but this set has nearly 1000 primarily good reviews on Amazon so obviously people like these dumbbells.

The price is way lower than the last two adjustable dumbbells I just showed you, but the warranty is only two years. You’ll save some money up front, but you may not get the same life out of them; I don’t know. There is an optional stand that looks pretty damn fancy. Each dumbbell is adjustable from 5 to 52½ pounds. No way to add to that like the other two. Price? $299 with free shipping.

Edit February 2017: There was a previous version of this product that was recalled for safety reasons (CPSC link). I seriously doubt this issue exists five years later, but on the off-chance any of you try to buy this product used I thought you should be made aware.

Words of Wisdom about Adjustable Dumbbells

Read the reviews! Keep in mind that if you have to send something this heavy back to the seller on your nickle, you’ll not be pleased. Triple-check that the price you see if for a pair and not just a single dumbbell. I’m serious, some companies sell them as single units. Lot’s of complaints about that in reviews. You’ll be pissed off when only one shows up at your door.

So I hope this helps. If you did find this at all helpful, consider sharing this article or giving me a +1 at the top right-hand side of any page. Thanks and good luck!

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  • Rammel July 26, 2014, 2:36 pm

    I like the dumb bells rubber hex or iron I’m in need of a nice set
    I prefer 35- 100lbs

  • Dan August 28, 2014, 6:39 pm

    I was skeptical about the Powerblocks, but found a used set on CL and have loved them for years. Can’t imagine my garage gym without them!

    • jburgeson August 28, 2014, 7:17 pm

      That’s awesome. I’m still tied down to rubber hex dumbbells. Such a waste of space lol, but I’m too far in to them now.

  • Gerrat October 4, 2014, 8:47 am

    I have the ironmaster (up to 120lbs). They are awesome! Weight change isn’t super quick, but they are rock solid. Expensive, but they’ll last forever.

    • jburgeson October 9, 2014, 1:32 pm

      I like those the most in terms of design. Not as bulky as some of the others. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Johnny T March 4, 2015, 8:17 pm

    With selectable weights, are they really wide? I have Olympic dumbbell bars and they are really long. When I do chest press I can’t get a full range of motion at the top because they hit end to end. Thanks

    • jburgeson March 4, 2015, 8:31 pm

      I don’t think any other dumbbells are as long as Olympic handles. I’ve seen most of the adjustable dumbbells, and they can be large, but not that large.

  • Pastor John Christy April 25, 2015, 11:47 am

    I am a varsity assistant football coach at Seeger memorial Junior Senior High School in Indiana. We are looking for dumbbells preferably used from 110 pounds on up 140 pounds. Contact me if you can help us please. Blessings

    • jburgeson April 25, 2015, 1:25 pm

      Yeah used, I don’t know other than Craigslist. I’d say look for gym closings or schools that have recently or are in the process of updating their gyms, but even in a commercial gym setting, anything over 100-120 pounds is rare, so there can’t be too many used pairs floating around.

  • Gaylen April 25, 2015, 2:17 pm

    How about the Rubber Weider ones that the local sports store sells. they are ~ $10 – $20 cheaper from 20lb to 25lb pairs. or are they made by CAP and just sold under a different name?

    • jburgeson April 25, 2015, 5:21 pm

      He’s looking for the larger 110-pound+ dumbbells. Usually has to be a commercial brand like Iron Grip, Ivanko, GP, Legend, etc.

  • anon April 30, 2015, 6:45 pm

    You forgot Olympic Dumbbells!

    They are the cheapest option as you can use your existing 50mm weight plates, if you can get shorter ones they’re very useful. I can fit about 25kg (per bar) on my longer ones with smaller plates, and could probably manage more than that even if you get solid plates.

  • Nick May 12, 2015, 5:50 pm

    I have searched everywhere for individual Iron Grip dumbbells. I used them in college and loved them. Any information on these? Thanks a lot !!

    • jburgeson May 12, 2015, 5:56 pm

      I agree, those are very nice. You can’t find them because they’re a commercial product and so few of them ever leave the gym they were purchased for. You can get pricing direct from Iron Grip, or you could ask them for their distributors (it may even be on their site) so that you can price check. They will be expensive though.

  • Pointer September 29, 2015, 1:46 pm

    I have the PowerBlock Sport 5.0 and I love the quick change convenience, but not the ‘hand’ in a box’ configuration. Heavier than 50 LBS and the price per pound gets absurd.
    With 18 inch straight dumbbell handles, a variety of plates and two sets of quick lock collars, I can go from 55 to 100 lbs faster that you can with IronMaster dumbbells. After 60 lbs, the 4 x 10 lbs + 2 x 7.5 lbs can stay on (first collar) and after 75 lbs, the 4 x 10 lbs + 4 x 7.5 lbs don’t have to be removed. You just collar it and add weights after. Two 18 inch bars with 4 collars each weighing just over 100 lbs each cost less than $ 250 inc. tax. The 90 lb U-90’s cost $950 tax included.

    • jburgeson September 29, 2015, 2:30 pm

      Yeah there is no disputing that handles and plates is the cheapest way to go. The biggest problem ppl have with them is that you have a pole sticking out of each end that makes resting the weights on your legs practically impossible at higher weights. Still though, you are right.

      • Pointer September 29, 2015, 6:17 pm

        I can envision something, a light weight uber strong attachment that fits over that ‘pole’. Something like this: [img]http://i.imgur.com/t2oaH5M.jpg[/img]

  • Pointer September 29, 2015, 6:22 pm

    Just mouse over the link without the ‘img’s’, right click and ‘open’. You’ll see the image. It’s an easily doable thing whose time has come. :)

  • Tony December 27, 2015, 10:14 pm

    So am I reading that your personal preference for adjustable dumbbells would be the iron masters?

    I’m 3 pairs of dumbbells in and wondering if I should switch over before it is too late…

    • jburgeson December 27, 2015, 11:04 pm

      Ya I’d say so. I haven’t look to see if there is anything new, but the simplicity of the Iron Masters is nice. They aren’t as easy to use as the weird units with switches and dials, but those break, so what good are they.

      I have a full dumbbell set, with commercial rack and all. I love it, don’t get me wrong, but it’s worth a fortune and takes up a massive amount of real estate in the gym. I wouldn’t do it again… well, not unless I had a bigger garage and more money than I know what to do with… which I don’t =p

  • Emp100k June 17, 2016, 12:06 pm

    What about the dumbbell with locks that can fit Olympic plates? (small ones). Infinitely adjustable, you can use the plates you already have. Can fit up to five 10kg plates on each side for a total of 229.5lb or anywhere between there and a empty weight of 9.5lb. Note that my 10kg plates aren’t full diameter, they are old cast iron ones that are only like 10 inches or so wide…

  • Kris Fassa June 23, 2016, 12:18 am

    what dumbbell rack is that for the york legacy dumbbells?

    • jburgeson June 23, 2016, 12:37 am

      Not sure exactly, but it’s too small to be commercial so you could probably find something similar and inexpensive on Amazon.

  • Richard V September 9, 2016, 2:42 pm

    I just purchased a bunch of new rubber hex dumbbells from Walmart. CAP brand. They’re sold as a pair and are about $1/lb. there was a special when I bought most of the heaver weights that came out to $.80/lb so that was even better. Free shipping to the store. Can’t get any better than that. No other place I’ve seen sells 17.5 besides Rouge (York brand).

    • Richard V September 9, 2016, 2:47 pm

      Edit, I’ve had my dumbbells for a little over a year and have dropped them multiple times and they’ve held up, even the 8#. no issues from any set of 3 – 45lb set.

  • Dylan December 27, 2016, 8:07 pm

    Full knurling and more handle thickness are my biggest priorities so I’m waiting on these: https://www.repfitness.com/rubber-coated-hex-dumbbells

    Ever heard of this brand or its products? It seems like a good value.

    • jburgeson December 28, 2016, 10:00 am

      That’s a nice idea to put the straight bar instead of the ergonomic bar.

      Yeah I know of Rep. Good company overall, average imported equipment. Even if they aren’t the highest end hex dumbbells, the straight bar and the competitive price might make them okay anyway. You can always test a pair of 20’s or 25’s before you go crazy with a lot of pairs. Just toss them around, drop on one end, roll and bounce them on your rubber flooring. If a head comes loose easily, then don’t keep buying them.

  • Isaac January 21, 2017, 4:18 pm

    I found some of these on craigslist would these work for dumbbell work outs?

    • jburgeson January 21, 2017, 6:16 pm

      They will work for most things. You’re not going to want to rest them on your legs to kick up for the various presses because of the way the handle protrudes on both ends, but for shoulder raises, curls, miscellaneous leg stuff, etc they’ll work.

      • Isaac February 8, 2017, 3:58 pm

        I can probably still do chest presses and flyes huh just have to get around the ends?

        • jburgeson February 8, 2017, 8:19 pm

          Yeah I mean they still work for anything, just the shaft sticking out of both ends makes them uncomfortable to work with at heavier weights; weights that require kicking them up into position.

  • Erin Emmanuel March 21, 2017, 3:57 pm

    Thanks so much for this write-up. I really appreciate your reviews. I’ve actually scoured the internet for hours comparing dumbbells and haven’t been sure what to buy. I’m a personal trainer and in the midst of opening my own gym. I’m obviously looking for the most affordable and highest quality DB (like everyone else). Any updates on what you’d recommend?

    • jburgeson March 23, 2017, 1:29 pm

      If it’s a gym for one-on-one sessions, just basic rubber hex dumbbells. Anything but the box-store stuff. Rogue, York, Vulcan, etc is all good. If you’re opening more of a commercial-style box, you’d be better off buying commercial dumbbells; Ivanko, GP Industries, Rogue’s Urethanes, etc.

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