Dumbbells are one type of fitness equipment that are really easy to buy. The problem is that while they can start out really affordable, they begin to adds up as you get stronger and/or expand your home gym equipment. Beginner sets are generally quite affordable as they consist of 3-4 pairs of lightweight dumbbells. If you plan on expanding to increase your strength training, however, they’ll cost you a bit. Finding and buying cheap dumbbells is not easy below we’ll share tips on how you can save.
Buying Cheap Dumbbells
The most economical method of buying dumbbells for beginners and intermediate trainers is to choose the fixed weight varieties over adjustable sets as you’ll only need a few pairs to get started. Below are a few ways for finding cheaper dumbbells to cut costst.
1.) Shop Local Stores – If you are looking for brand new dumbbells in many cases you’re better off shopping at actual retail stores rather than online retailers because of shipping costs. In some cases it may cost you more on shipping than the actual dumbbells due to the weight and shipping method. For instance, larger weights typically have to be shipped via truck freight which is not the cheapest shipping method. Before you order online, check out the local retailers first. By finding a decent set for a low price at a local store you omit the shipping costs.
2.) Shop Around – As is common with most products, one factor that comes into play when looking at prices is the brand name. Shop around and compare prices on different brands and off-brands to find cheaper deals. Also watch for sales and compare the sale price with other retailers to ensure that it is actually a good deal and not just being marketed as a sales price when that’s what it normally goes for. Your most common brand names include:
- CAP Barbell
- Body Solid
- York Legacy
3.) Online Deals – Often times you can find pretty good deals at online retailersfor quality dumbbells. This tip goes hand in hand with the previous one on shopping around. You want to find online retailers, such as Amazon, that offer free shipping availability on orders to avoid paying outrageous shipping costs. Shop around and compare prices so if you do find a better deal online than in the store with free shipping on your order that’s your best bet. Also try to avoid sports and fitness specialty stores such as GNC as their prices typically run higher. Another thing is to be mindful about the online listings, make sure you are looking at individual dumbbells whether they come in a pair.
4.) Buying Pair or In Sets – Dumbbell sets can be much more cost effective if you’re wanting a full range such as 5-50 pounds in 5- pound increments. If you’re wanting dumbbells in certain weights in no particular increments than you’re better off buying them individually rather than paying for additional weights you don’t really intend to use as with a full set. Buying separately may also be suitable if you’re wanting different types of weights for workouts (such as a few aerobic dumbbells for warm-ups and more heavy-duty dumbbells for strength training). IF you know you need a variety of weight sets you might want to consider an adjustable sets, these will save you money in the long run.
5.) Shop Used – Many quality dumbbells are built to last and make great buys when used because you can get a much better price than on a brand new set. Check local thrift shops first and local ad placements for used dumbbells and sets such as Craigslist. Online sites such as Ebay are a little harder to get good deals due to shipping. Watch for ebay listings that offer free shipping on used items because many people use this as a selling tactic but they factor in the cost with the asking price which often puts them close to retail.
Play It Again Sports is a great retailer that sells new and used sports and fitness equipment because they only accept items that are in good condition and you can often find brand name items much cheaper than brand new. They have stores throughout the U.S. and Canada so check to see if there is one available near you.
Dumbbell Sets Under $100
These are a few affordable dumbbell sets with positive reviews that are of decent quality.
JFIT Dumbbell Set with Stand
This is a 32 pound set of hex dumbbells that includes two pair in 3, 5, and 8 pounds. They are neoprene coated with a non-slip grip for better control to resist slipping even when sweating. They come with a triangle rack to keep them organized and minimize space. This set is suitable for tricep workouts, lunges, curls and toning.
Neoprene Dumbbell Sets
These neoprene dumbbells are sold in multiple sets from 1 to 4 pairs ranging in weights from 2 to 15 pounds. You can create your own custom set (for instance: a combination of up to 6 pairs of dumbbells with a combined weight of up 96 pounds) for under $100. They are constructed of a durable coating that resists fading, cracking and will not rust.
Body Solid Iron Hex Dumbbell Pairs
These dumbbells are sold in pairs at $1/lb. They are made using a top quality iron for heavy duty performance and durability that won’t break. They feature weights in raised numbers on the side for easy identification. The sides and corners are ground smooth to offer safer handling and storage.
If you are needing a larger set of heavier weights, check out some of our selections featured in our Dumbbell Sets Buying Guide which lists some of the most popular choices.