It’s never too late to look into the best weight sets for home exercise. Depending on the kinds of exercises you’re trying to perform, you could get any number of suitable weight sets. There are dumbbell weight sets, barbell weight sets, kettlebell weight sets and equipment that’s somewhere in between.
If you’re looking to start up a small home gym or seeking a set of weights for a particular exercise, we found the best weight sets for some of the above examples, including some lighter sets and heavier sets in some cases too.
Nobody’s making you work out, but having a great weight set could be the first step to get you lifting, so check out some of the best weight sets below. Just be aware, due to lockdowns and supply and demand imbalances, prices generally lean more expensive and can fluctuate regularly, so we factored that into some of our picks, that is, we did consider if the equipment was overly price gouged.
1. Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells
If you buy one weight set, make it the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells. These two sophisticated dumbbells hide a range of weights from 5 to 52.5 pounds. With that range of weights and only two dumbbells, you can perform a whole host of exercises and always have the right weights for your level.
Just turn the dial to the weight you want while the dumbbells sit in their special racks and the dumbbell will lock into the plates required to give you that weight. They are as easy to use as they sound and take up so much less space than the equivalent set in traditional dumbbells.
2. Sporzon! Neoprene Dumbbell Set
LIGHT DUMBBELL SET
For a lightweight dumbbell set, suitable for beginners or particular exercises like weighted punches, check out the Sporzon! Neoprene Dumbbell Set. The dumbbells are made of cast iron in a hex shape to prevent rolling, with neoprene coverings for comfort and durability. The set includes a little stand and three pairs of dumbbells at 3, 5, and 8 pounds.
3. Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells, 105 Pounds
HEFTY DUMBBELL SET
The Yes4All Adjustable Dumbbells are as basic as it gets and that’s exactly why we like them. Metal knurled handles, sturdy cast iron plate weights with a finish for corrosion resistance and star-lock collars are all you need to start a lifetime of serious lifting. This set comes with 105 total pounds of plates, enough to give you up to 52.5 pounds per dumbbell.
4. Epic Fitness 150-Pounds Hex Dumbbell Set
FULL DUMBBELL SET
If you’d ultimately prefer to have a full traditional set of dumbbells, you can’t go wrong with the Epic Fitness 150-Pounds Hex Dumbbell Set. You get 10 dumbbells total, which comes in pairs of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25-pound weights. The A-shaped rack takes up as little floor space as a sturdy metal weight rack can, and the weight racks have a decent amount of distance between them so you’re not banging dumbbells when picking up or returning them.
5. Club Quality Deluxe Barbell Set
BEST BARBELL SET
Though you’ll need to head to a gym for a great barbell set (unless you’re trying to spend major money), the Club Quality Deluxe Barbell Set is a great start for the home gym beginner powerlifter.
You get a steel bar and eight total plate weights, pairs of 2.75, 5.5, 8.25 and 11-pound weights. Included quick-release collars make adding and removing weight a cinch too.
6. Best Choice Products 3-Piece Kettlebell Set
LIGHT KETTLEBELL SET
Before we recommend a kettlebell set, we want to say that there aren’t many great kettlebell sets and in the current environment you might be better off buying the individual kettlebells you want. That being said, the Best Choice Products 3-Piece Kettlebell Set offers enough weight to challenge yourself in multiple exercises, such as squats.
A hard shell protects a concrete core for durability, and ergonomic handles make using any of the 5, 10 or 15-pound kettlebells easy. Just leave them in the included rack when not using.
7. CAP Barbell 80-Pound Kettlebell Set
HEAVY KETTLEBELL SET
If you’re looking for heavier kettlebells, the CAP Barbell 80-Pound Kettlebell Set delivers. You get four enamel-coated cast iron kettlebells, coming in at 10, 15, 25 and 30 pounds. The wide handles are easy to use and the heavier kettlebells are sure to increase your gains.
8. Bowflex 840 SelectTech Kettlebell
BEST ADJUSTABLE KETTLEBELL
The Bowflex 840 SelectTech KettleBell is as useful a kettlebell as the Bowflex SelectTech Dumbbell is as a dumbbell. Instead of having a set consisting of multiple kettlebells at multiple weights, this Bowflex kettlebell seeks to apply the same space-saving technology as its cousin dumbbell.
Before you lift the kettlebell, just turn the dial to the weight you want, either 8, 12, 20, 25, 35 or 40 pounds. When you lift, the kettlebell will only pick up the weights necessary for the weight you want.
Overall, the Bowflex kettlebell is a whole weight set of kettlebells in one unit and the best weight sets are the ones that suit your weightlifting needs and ideally take up as little space as possible.
9. Bodylastics Stackable Max Tension Resistance Bands
BEST RESISTANCE BANDS SET
You might not think of resistance bands when you think of the best weight sets, but make no mistake, they can absolutely give you a workout. The Bodylastics Stackable Max Tension Resistance Bands come with seven bands, with weight resistances of 3, 5, 8, 13, 19, 23 and 30 pounds. For even more resistance and ranges of weight, these bands were designed to be stacked, giving you a lot more options.
Most importantly, these bands have a strong inner safety cord, so as long as you don’t abuse them, you don’t have to worry about the cords snapping.