Pros:Perfect function once you take the time to ensure that the weight is locked in.
Cons:Hard to adjust, weights often get stuck or fall.
The Bottom Line: Great price and quality. Easier than traditional dumbbells. However some minor flaws in functionality.
I have had the Weider PowerSwitch Weight Set, also known as Weider Core 100-Pound Adjustable Select-A-Weight Dumbbell Set for about two years now. I was surprised and excited when I got this for my birthday. I had never seen an adjustable dumbbell set before. It conveniently saves space (and money too!).
Each dumbbell is adjustable from 10 to 50 pounds, going up by 5-pound increments. The set comes with a stand that nicely and securely holds the two dumbbells. The stand no longer than 17 inches long and wide, and 24 inches high. This is great, because it won’t take up too much space in your house like traditional dumbbell sets do!
The weights themselves are fairly round in shape and are a silver-colored cast iron. The grips are rubber and are very comfortable. The adjust selector and what holds the weights in place are plastic, but seem exceptionally durable.
So what do I really like about this set?
-It’s size. As I’ve stated before, it takes up a lot less space than buying nine individual dumbbells for each weight that the Weider PowerSwitch Weight Set provides.
-The grip padding is ideally located. Dumbbells usually make my hands hurt or callus, but these do not.
-The height of the stand. I’m 5 feet 8 inches tall and I have to slightly bend my knees to pick up the dumbbells. This is ideal (for me at least) because I then have the support of my legs, core and back while picking up the weights.
-The slant of the stand. It’s slanted slightly toward you, which gives you more ease in picking up the dumbbells.
-They are not as bulky as other adjustable weight sets such as
Bowflex SelectTech Dumbell or Powerblock Sportblock Adjustable Dumbbells.
-They are ideal for those of you familiar with P90X. For those of you that aren’t, there are times throughout the workout video that require you to quickly change your weights. However, if you are doing this with traditional dumbbells, they often times get in the way of your workout space.
-The adjust selector is built in – rather than a removable pin like some other adjustable dumbbell products. It is plastic, but is seemingly very durable.
So why not five stars?
-The ease of adjusting is frustrating. For the first month everything was fine; during the following, the red adjust selector (which you basically pull up and drag to the appropriate weight) kept getting stuck. It would pick up an extra weight or not securely hold the weight. One time I almost dropped the weight on my foot. After that happened, I now have to test it every time I switch the weight (I do this by putting it upside down and trying to pull the weights out.
-When you go to put the weights back, it doesn’t always slide into place. You have to fiddle and play with it to go back into place.
Summary and final thoughts
I would still recommend this product based on overall price and quality. It only takes a few extra seconds to make sure that the weights are secure or to put the weights back into place. Though, with that being said, it is an inconvenience and can get fairly frustrating (and potentially dangerous).
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