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The Best Adjustable Kettlebells: Can Anything Rival Bowflex?

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If you want to be strong from the inside out, and look great from the outside too, kettlebells will get you where you need to be. You can use them in all kinds of ways—but you need kettlebells of varying weights. Problem is, a set of kettlebells is heavy, unwieldy, and expensive. So an adjustable kettlebell is the way to go.

Is there an alternative to Bowflex?

Bowflex’s SelecTech 840 adjustable kettlebell (see it on Amazon) is without a doubt the gold standard adjustable kettlebell in terms of design and functionality, but also comes at a higher price point. However, sometimes it can be found at a discounted price on Amazon to match price of competitors (around $150). Check prices for Bowflex SelecTech on Amazon.

There are alternatives to Bowflex available on Amazon too and we’ve listed the best options below. For example Apex do a heavy duty kettlebell (get it here) for a fraction of the price, but in terms of design and functionality it doesn’t quite compare to Bowflex. Read on to see our other kettlebell picks.

Benefits Of Adjustable Kettlebells vs Kettlebell Sets

An adjustable kettlebell lets you choose the weight you want depending on the type of exercise you’re doing. So if you want to lighten up for presses, you can. Then, when it’s time for swings or lunges, just dial the weight back on. An adjustable kettlebell not only takes up less space in your home, but it takes up less time for a workout.

How We Picked The Best Adjustable Kettlebells

Going through all the options at Amazon isn’t easy. We needed to have some parameters in mind to pick out the best of the best. Not just by testing them out or by checking out customer reviews. But the functionality of each around these parameters. All 5 options we picked out work, but you may be looking for something specific. And chances are good one of these options below will satisfy those needs.

Are you ready to jump on the kettlebell train? You need an adjustable kettlebell. If you can’t—or just don’t want to—opt for the SelecTech, check out these adjustable kettlebells as alternatives to Bowflex.

Best Adjustable Kettlebells

Best Solid Feel: Bowflex 840 SelectTech Kettlebell

Bowflex 840 SelectTech Kettlebell

When it comes to adjustable kettlebells, you should go with the Bowflex option. Bowflex makes some of the best workout gear around and this kettlebell is no exception to that rule. It feels easy on your hands when using it, is sturdy enough to handle a workout, and is easy to adjust. You’ll be doing yourself a favor picking this up.

Get It: Pick up the Bowflex 840 SelectTech Kettlebell ($150; was $199) at Amazon

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Best Lightweight Option: Bibowa Adjustable Kettlebell

Bibowa Adjustable Kettlebell

Ideal for beginners, this kettlebell bell gets a 4.3-star rating. Clearly, people love it. It easily adjusts to add or remove cast-iron weight plates in six increments. It’s got an easy grip and a flat base to make for much easier workouts.

Get It: Pick up the Bibowa Adjustable Kettlebell ($143) at Amazon

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Best Heavy Option: Apex Adjustable Heavy-Duty Kettlebell

Apex Adjustable Heavy-Duty Kettlebell

More serious lifters should look here. Made from solid cast-iron and reinforced with a powder coating, this bell comes with a 15-pound weighted handle. It’s adjustable between 20-50 pounds. Do Kettlebell Swings, Russian Swings, Goblet Squats, Lunge Presses, and many more.

Get It: Pick up the Apex Adjustable Heavy-Duty Kettlebell ($54; was $70) at Amazon

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Best Quick Release: Shanchar Kettlebell

Shanchar Kettlebell

This kettlebell adjusts quickly; simply push down and twist to select the resistance that you want. It has seven different weight settings for you to use depending on your proficiency.

Get It: Pick up the Shanchar Kettlebell ($149) at Amazon

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Best Portable Option: LIGHT DUST Portable Kettlebell Sandbag

LIGHT DUST Portable Kettlebell Sandbag

Maybe you’re looking to workout wherever the mood strikes. In the house or out in the backyard. With these sandbag kettlebells, you can workout wherever you want. Take out the sand or add in more to adjust to your desired weight and workout wherever thanks to the incredibly durable design. They can survive anywhere. All for a great low price.

Get It: Pick up the LIGHT DUST Portable Kettlebell Sandbag ($17) at Amazon

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Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells and Adjustable Kettlebells Are Both On Sale

Even if you’re not lifting weights to build mass, it’s an excellent way to burn fat and tone up your body. But if you don’t have enough room to dedicate to a home gym, it can be tough organizing a big set of weights. Some of the best Bowflex deals, including various dumbbell deals, present an answer to that conundrum.

Bowflex SelectTech adjustable weights replace nearly a complete set of free weights, and they’re on sale today at Amazon. A pair of Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells are $399 with free Prime shipping, which is $150 off the normal price. The Bowflex SelectTech Kettlebell is also on sale, for $162 with free Prime shipping, which is over $37 off. You can read more about those weights and deals below.

Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Kettlebell – $162, was $200

Bowflex SelectTech 840 Kettlebell

Offering weight options from 8 pounds up to 40 pounds per unit, you can adjust resistance of the Bowflex SelectTech kettlebell with a simple dial system. A single weight replaces up to 6 kettlebells of various sizes, saving space and reducing much of what comes with that — like the need for a large weight stand. It’s the perfect option for small home gyms with limited space, and it’s a great portable option, too, as you only need the one weight when on a trip. It comes with access to trainer-led exercises and resources too. Normally $200 per weight, Amazon is offering the Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Kettlebell for $162, which is over $37 off. Free Prime shipping and delivery is included, as well.

Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbell Pair – $399, was $549

Man and woman using Bowflex ST 552 dumbbells.

Generally a lot more expensive, the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells come as a pair — a single weight is available, too. Each dumbbell can be adjusted from 5 pounds up to 52.5 pounds easily by using the base and dial-based switch system. That combines 15 weights into one, or 30 weights in total across the pair. To change size, just set the dumbbell bar into the base, select the weight you want, lock the dial, and then remove it. This reduces clutter, saves space, and makes moving them around much easier. Normally $549, Amazon is offering the pair for $399 with free Prime shipping and delivery. That’s $150 off the full price and an awesome deal, especially considering a single weight is about $295.

More Weight Deals Available Now

If you’re not sold on the Bowflex SelectTech weights yet, and want to see what else is available before you make your big purchase decision, we’ve rounded up the best fitness and weight deals below.

The set includes 13 pairs of rubber-encased dumbbells ranging from 3lbs to a whopping 50lbs to help you advance from a curious beginner to a muscular fitness junkie. more

Buy at Gym Gear Direct

This adjustable dumbbell set by Costway is a great addition to your home gym. It has an anti-slip, comfortable, and ergonomic handle which makes it perfect for safer weight lifting.more

Buy at Costway

The set contains two pairs of spinlock collars and a slip-resistant grip for extra security during your workout, as well as adjustable weights to sculpt your body. more

Buy at Walmart

This detachable dumbbell set features a textured grip to ensure safety while you are toning your body at home. more

Buy at Walmart

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Thinking about kitting out your home gym? The Bowflex SelectTech 840 Adjustable Kettlebell should be on the top of your shopping list. Adjustable kettlebells are perfect for small spaces and versatile enough for many – if not all – resistance training enthusiasts.

Adjustable kettlebells combine convenience and versatility, also eliminate the need for having to buy multiple individual kettlebells to keep up with your progression curve. Just like in the case of the excellent Bowflex Selecttech 1090i Adjustable Dumbbells, a slightly stiff dial is used to adjust the weight so you can change the amount of weights you use from set to set without any issue.

Thankfully, the outer hard-plastic shell doesn't make the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell feel cheap or flimsy, but it does make it fairly bulky. The larger form factor is not a big issue when performing two-handed exercises, but it might be less ideal when using the Bowflex for kettlebell snatches, for example.

Due to the adjustable nature of the Bowflex SelectTech 840 Adjustable Kettlebell, it has an open bottom construction which does take some getting used to. The plates are exposed at the bottom which might make one feel they can fly out at any point doing kettlebell swings. They most likely won't, though, and although the plates inside the bell do rattle a bit, they also feel securely held by the lock.

(Image credit: Bowflex)

Bowflex SelectTech 840 Adjustable Kettlebell review: how does it work?

The Bowflex SelectTech 840 Adjustable Kettlebell is basically is stack of weight plates housed in plastic bell with a handle. The weight of the kettlebell can be adjusted using the mechanical dial on the top. Due to it being fully mechanical, it does require some grip-strength to be adjusted and the placing of the dial – under the handle – doesn't help much either.

Between exercises, the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell should be kept on the plastic tray that comes in the box. The tray and kettlebell fits perfectly and the weight plates not being used can sit on the tray, so they not just littered around the flat.

The available weight range of the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell is: 3.5, 5.5, 9, 11, 16 and 18 kg, more than enough for a wide variety of exercises. The dimensions of the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell are W22.4 x D17.8 x H31.8 cm.

The biggest appeal of the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell is space saving because let's face it, no one really has a dedicated area in their abode to house six different kettlebells. Finding space for one slightly larger kettlebell definitely feels like an easier task.

(Image credit: Bowflex)

Bowflex SelectTech 840 Adjustable Kettlebell review: ergonomics

It might be more convenient to store the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell between workouts, but it being larger than the standard cast-iron kettlebells, it is a bit more fiddly to work out with.

It feels like the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell was designed for two handed exercises, even the girth of the handle is larger and it feels longer to accommodate two hands easier, too. Doing Russian twists with the kettlebell quickly ends up being a game of trying to avoid your knees as you twist your torso.

For most exercises, though, the largeness of the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell is not an issue. Many of the most popular kettlebell exercises can be performed without an issue and even the bottom of the kettlebell isn't bothersome either.

Saying that, I found myself avoiding lifting the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell over my head. The thought of dropping 15 kilograms-worth of weight plates on my face during kettlebell pullovers didn't seem appealing, even thought I knew it was not likely to happen.

One way to overcome this issue is to hold the kettlebell on the sides so it's horizontal  when in the topmost position. Another solution might be to hold the handle firmly and keep the kettlebell turned away from you as you move it around.

(Image credit: Bowflex)

Bowflex SelectTech 840 Adjustable Kettlebell review: verdict

Despite its shortcomings, it was good to have the Bowflex SelectTech 840 Adjustable Kettlebell around the house. Because of the space saving nature of the kettlebell, it was left out in the living room and therefore reminded me to go back and work out with it more often.

It not being an absolute eyesore also helped me accommodating it in plain sight. It can sit close to a wall somewhere, not too far so it feels like an effort even just to retrieve it, but moved out of the way when not needed.

Switching between different weights was easy and the fact that you can _actually_ switch between weights was also a pleasant thought. Whenever the last set of kettlebell swings felt a bit too much, I could just pop the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell back on the cradle, turn the dial and lighten the load.

Even for a relatively tall person like I am, the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell sometimes felt bulky and in the way, especially when doings kettlebell abs exercises. Not the end of the world, but if the plastic shell was a bit more compact, that would most certainly help to elevate user experience.

The weight plates in the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell do rattle a bit when swung around, not enough to cause alarm, but since the bottom of the bell is open, it might make some people uneasy to perform kettlebell swings in front of their new 8k TVs.

The benefits outweigh the negatives here, though, and if you are thinking about upgrading or kitting out your home gym, definitely consider the Bowflex SelectTech 840 kettlebell, especially if you are in the US, where it can bought cheaper on average.

The JaxJox KettlebellConnect is a great idea, basically a digital equivalent of a Bowflex SelectTech 840 Adjustable Kettlebell. However, it's not as well executed as a regular, metal kettlebell, overly chunky and slightly unwieldy to use. However, the space-saving convenience, as well as the app's ability to track workout data, will make it attractive to some home workout fans.

If your goal is to build guns as big as Chris Hemsworth's, consider opting in for the Bowflex SelectTech 2080 Barbell with Curl Bar as it enables you to perform a range of exercises without having to clog up your living room with barbells and weight plates.

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