Just when you think there couldn’t be any more room in the adjustable dumbbells market, along come the LifeSmart Adjustable Dumbbells.
The Lifesmart dumbbells are Walmart and Target’s flagship adjustable dumbbells since they don’t stock their stores with the higher end adjustables from Ironmaster, Powerblock and Bowflex (they’re also available on Amazon & Overstock at times too).
So are the Lifesmart bells the best dumbbells on the market? Or should you save your money for the proven adjustables that have been around a few years? Read my review on the Lifesmart Adjustable Dumbbells to find out…
Lifesmart Dumbbell Specs
- Dumbbell set includes two dumbbells, each of which adjusts from 5 to 55lbs.
- Contoured comfort handle
- Unique Slide and Lock system for weight changes
- Increase weight by increments of 2.5 lbs. (2 sides to each adjustment adjusting to total of 5 lbs. on each side)
- Cast iron plates
What I Like About the Lifesmart Adjustable Dumbbells
The Lifesmart Dumbbells do have a couple positives about them. For starters there’s the low price compared to other adjustable dumbbells on the market. The Lifesmart’s come in at a paltry $299. If price is the driving factor on your purchase (it shouldn’t be) then the Lifesmart’s win hands down.
I also like the fact the Lifesmart decided to use cast iron plate,s unlike the Bowflex Selects that use a combination of metal cased in plastic so they’re not as durable.
The weight range on these dumbbells is nice too. You can adjust the dumbbells from 5-55 pounds in 2.5 pound increments for making fine tune weight adjustment’s to your workouts.
What I Don’t Like About the Lifesmart Dumbbells
There are a number of issues with the Livestrong Dumbbells that appear to be positives at first inspection, but ended up being deal killers for me. Here are the problems with the Lifesmart dumbbells in order:
- The Adjustment Mechanism: Being able to change the weights quickly is a great feature, but not when the entire mechanism is made from plastic. Guess what the first thing to break on your new dumbbells is gonna be?
- All In One Size Design: The Lifesmarts have the same all-in-one design as the Bowflex Adjustable Dumbbells do. Unfortunately the novelty of the design is lost when you ALWAYS have to use a 16″ long dumbbell — even when it only weights 5 pounds.
- Low Price Compared to Other Dumbbells: The low price of these adjustable dumbbells is the number one reason people buy them at the big box stores. Oops! Thery’re low priced for a reason, plastic parts that break, poor ergonomics and a ZERO resale value quickly make these dumbbells an expensive paper weight.
Bottom Line on the Lifesmart Adjustable Dumbbells
Lifesmart Dumbbells are the cheapest adjustable’s I’ve come across while doing my reviews but the low price does NOT make up for the fact that these dumbbells will have a short lifespan due to the plastic weight mechanism and the ZERO on resale value.
If you’re serious about working out at home and getting in shape for the long run, take a look at the Ironmaster Dumbbells that I use in my home gym.