Adjustable kettlebells have all of the advantages of standard kettlebells but with the added benefit of saving you space and money. For those of you who may not have discovered the wonder of a kettlebell workout we can confidently say that for many it is a great addition to their training and it is something you should consider whether you are a beginner to cardio and/or resistance training or have been training for years.
Adjustable Kettlebells – Why Bother?
If you predominantly work out at the gym then the chances are you won’t need kettlebells at home, but for those that prefer a home-based workout then investing in an adjustable kettlebell is perhaps one of the best things you can do. Although you can pick up a decent kettlebell fairly cheaply these days, the chances are that you will need at least three different weights to give yourself an adequate workout. Just like dumbbells, they are not the easiest to store when you own multiple weights and of course the cost of buying three or more kettlebells soon starts to add up. When buying an adjustable kettlebell you are both saving money and space for storage and will have even more exercise options available to you dependent on how many weight options there are.
So let’s take a look at the top adjustable kettlebells available in 2020.
1. Fitness House Adjustable Kettlebell
Our top pick probably looks more like a traditional kettlebell than any of the others on this list – it also just happens to be our favourite of all the models we tested. It may not be the cheapest kettlebell you will find but it is well made and crucially it can do the job of 7 kettlebells. At £30 per weight you would be looking at over £200 for the same level of versatility but with this adjustable from Fitness House you get the added space saving benefit.
This adjustable has 6 metal plates that can be inserted and/or removed as required, each weighing 2.27kg. The total range of this model is what impressed us most with the ability to increase in 2.27kg increments from 4.5kg to 18kg.
The other reason this adjustable kettlebell tops our list is that it is very easy to add and remove the additional weights. You simply unlock the weight and remove the plates and then lock it again.
Overall, the Fitness House kettlebell is well made, quick and easy to use and offers a great range of resistance.back to menu ↑
2. Gorilla Sports Cast Iron
Gorilla Sports have become well respected in the world of weights and boxing and they have put a real focus in to their kettlebells. This cast iron offering is much more budget friendly than our number one pick and does just as good a job with the exception of only having a maximum weight of 15kg. That being said, 15kg will be more than sufficient for most home based exercises and for those users aiming for higher rep counts the slight weight limitation will be inconsequential.
This is one of the best made adjustable kettlebells we have come across and the cast iron weights really do feel top quality. In order to change the weight the process is a little less slick than one shown above but it is simple all the same. You simply need a couple of 6mm allen keys to unlock the kettlebell and remove the weights. You will need to provide your own allen keys which is worth knowing if you do buy this model.
The rubber handles are comfortable and showed no signs of wear from our usage and the design was such that it felt like a true kettlebell swing no matter how much weight was being used.
Overall, we found the Gorilla to be a top contender and simply cannot fault it on value for money as it costs only a little more than a single kettlebell.back to menu ↑
3. Bowflex 840 Selectech
The Bowflex 840 is the most expensive adjustable kettlebell on our list and is probably the best if price was no object. However, we have had to base this decision on price and usability and whilst the Bowflex 840 is an excellent adjustable kettlebell it is also pretty costly.
This model is the easiest to switch weights and can be done with just the turn of a dial. With 6 weights in total and a range from 3.6kg to 18kg the Bowflex 840 is perhaps the most innovative and versatile. It has the general look of a kettlebell and is extremely well made.
Another key advantage of the Bowflex model is that there is excellent customer support and a range of exercises that will lead you through your workout are available.
If money is no object then the Bowflex 840 is probably the best you can buy right now, but if you need to be a little more thrifty we’d suggest the Gorilla.
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4. Kettle Gryp
Not strictly an adjustable kettlebell but a product so innovative that we simply had to include it on our list. The Kettle Gryp is a grip designed to turn any dumbbell in to a kettle bell. If you do go down the route of using the Kettle Gryp then you either need to already own at least one dumbbell or you need to buy some dumbbells (which kind of defeats the purpose). However, for anyone who already owns some dumbbells and wants to add kettlebells to their workout regime then there is no cheaper way to go about it than with this excellent product.
Weighing in at 0.5kg, the Kettle Gryp can hold weights up to 25kg – more than any of the true adjustable kettlebells available today. Not only that, but thanks to its light weight it is also highly portable so it can easily be taken with you if you are staying at a hotel and don’t want to miss out on your kettle workout.
The dynamics of weight do take a little getting used to as there is a bit of a difference due to weight dispersal of the dumbbell but you can still perform all the usual exercises you would with a standard kettlebell.back to menu ↑
5. Sveltus Variable Kettlebell
The Sveltus Variable Kettlebell is similar to our number one pick with the exception that changing the weights is slightly trickier. The basic principle is the same with a simple lock mechanism that enables removal and addition of the variable weights but it is just a little more cumbersome to go through the process. However, for some, the cheaper Sveltus model may well suit better.
What we loved about this model was the shape and size felt very much like a standard kettlebell meaning that there was no process of getting used to a different shape to go through. It also has a great range of weights from 4kg to 18kg and is easy to store. If you were to buy all of these weights individually then you would probably be paying around twice the price and would have a storage issue.
The handle is very comfortable to grip and the piece is generally well made despite being a little plasticky on the main body.
Overall, this is a great option if you want an easy loading mechanism but don’t want to over-stretch budget wise.back to menu ↑
6. Apex Adjustable Kettlebell
The Apex is similar to the Gorilla in build quality and features and was another of our favourites that had to make the list. The Apex includes 4 removable weight discs all of which are cast iron coated. The kettlebell itself is fairly heavy with just over 9kg of weight on it and as such anyone looking for a lighter weight in their kettlebell might be better served to choose one of the other options listed. The max weight here is 18kg although you can buy additional 5kg plates if you want to take the weight up as high as 29kg – although that is probably a little excessive for most.
The overall look and feel of the Apex weight is really solid but the lack of grip or comfort in the handle (cast iron feel) will be a little off-putting for some. That being said, this is built to last and will provide an excellent workout no matter which kettlebell exercises you choose to perform.