The Ironmaster Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbell System is a set of adjustable dumbbell handles. The user can adjust the weight on the dumbbell by adding removable weight plates and connecting them with a locking screw. Each dumbbell is capable of holding as much as 75 pounds or as little as five pounds. The user can adjust the dumbbells in five or 2.5 pound intervals. The dumbbells are made of steel and each has been plated with chrome. The 45lb set comes with a stand for the handles and plates, the two handles themselves, twelve five-pound plates, and 4 2.5-pound plates. You can be sure it’s a pretty popular choice -it made it to our top picks for the Best Adjustable dumbbells of this year.
- Sturdy construction that won’t break, and there is no risk of the weights falling off.
- The weight intervals are good for any level of lifter.
- The stand makes everything easy to store in the home.
- The locking screws are fast and easy to use.
- The screws are also reliable and strong.
Although it does not have any outstanding features or special innovations, the Ironmaster Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbell System is simply very good at its basic task. The robustness and build quality are the first concerns for any serious home fitness product. It is easy to find flashy fitness tools that will break after a few months, because the company that produced them knows their buyers are impulse buyers following a fad, not serious athletes. On the other hand, Ironmaster expects its buyers to use and reuse these dumbbells. That is why they are built to last- it is a sign of trust that Ironmaster has in its clients.
The “quick-lock” in the name of the product does not disappoint. The locking screws are easy to use for a quick adjustment, but they are fast and strong when they tighten, so that there is no reason to be concerned that too much weight will cause them to break open. You will be comfortable loading the dumbbells up with the full 75 pound load. The speed of the adjustment also means that going through a workout that requires using different weights is simple and quick.
The dumbbells also feel study and strong, not flimsy. It seems strange to have to measure this, but all of the weight plates are of the correct weight. Some fitness businesses sometimes ship inaccurate weights, but Ironmaster has not erred with these adjustables.
Unlike many home workout items, particularly the large machines, the adjustable dumbbells are not a gimmick or a toy. They have a real value in that they can replace a whole rack full of dumbbells with a small, compact set of weight plates at a reasonable price. Anyone who works out with dumbbells regularly knows that finding and storing a full set is both annoying and expensive. The adjustable set is a simple solution to the problem of storing dumbbells, and the range should be sufficient for most home lifters. The Ironmaster set doesn’t have any particular special features, but the fact that it can fulfill its basic purpose makes it worth the money.
The Ironmaster system is not perfect. While the stand is helpful, a mat or some other covering would have been a good thing to include in the package. It is hard to put the weights down on a wooden or other soft surface without damaging it, but some exercises simply require that. Furthermore, while the set is functional and good value, it would have gone a long way if Ironmaster had included some more 2.5 pound plates. There are few enough of them that losing one or lending a pair to a friend can make it hard to stick to the correct weights, so having a few extra plates would solve that problem. The dumbbells also could benefit from a carrying case to make them portable. They are very easy to use at home, but not so easy to move or transport somewhere else.
Overall, the Ironmaster Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbell System is quite good value for home lifters who need some dumbbells without wanting to invest in a big rack and full set. The plates are easy to swap in and out, and the construction is sturdy. The locking screws are easy to adjust without feeling weak or flimsy. A rival product, the PowerBlock Classic Adjustable Dumbbell Set, charges less money, but for a worse package. Those dumbbells have an odd design and lack a 2.5 pound increment plate. Although the Ironmaster costs a little more, it is worth it for a complete package that covers all the bases. The inclusion of a few extras for the price tag, like a carrying case, would have been nice, but as it is the set is a good buy, one of the best in its class. If you like to use dumbbells at home, seriously consider the Ironmaster set for the convenience and build quality.
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