Bowflex SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbell Series

If you’ve ever looked into getting some weights for home, you know how expensive it would be to purchase all of the individual sizes.  On top of that, you would have to find a place to put all of them.  Bowflex’s series of SelectTech Adjustable Dumbbells (Models 5521090, & 560) are the perfect answers to the age-old question: 

“How do I get a ‘gym-style’ workout at home?”

Bowflex has always been a leader in home gym equipment and their most versatile and space-efficient SelectTech Dumbbell series are also the most affordable options available. 

Let me ask YOU a question.  Which full set of dumbbells would you rather have in your home?

Traditional Weight Set
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Bowflex SelectTech 560

If you already have a home gym started or plan to section-off an area to set one up, then the answer is obvious.  

In the new world of adjustable dumbbells there are a lot of look-a-likes and wannabes that have tried to replicate what Bowflex has accomplished.  With their newest award-winning model, the Bowflex 560 (with Bluetooth integration)it’s obvious that no one can touch their quality and design.  Even their two older models, the Bowflex SelectTech 552 and 1090, are still unrivaled to this day.  Even though there’s a lot to like about them, there’s are a few things we didn’t like, that may affect which model you choose.

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Bowflex SelectTech 560

The Bowflex SelectTech 560 is our favorite for beginners because of the Bluetooth integration.  With the FREE SelectTech app, available on iOS and Android, you instantly turn your phone or tablet into a powerful virtual personal trainer and workout tracker.  

Tech features aside, these dumbbells destroy the competition in every category.   Once you wrap your hands around these bad boys you’ll realize the quality and craftsmanship that went into developing them.  From the high-quality rubber grips, that easily rotate to select your desired weight, to the impressive balance, that helps you keep perfect form, you’ll forget all about the dirty rack of weights at your local gym.  The perfect start or addition to your home gym is right here.

Each dumbbell has a built-in 3DT sensor and  LCD display for viewing the automatic rep counting and cool-down timing.  The automatic cool-down timer is especially handy for beginners because it helps keep you at your target heart rate without cooling ALL THE WAY down.  On top of that, all of your data is pushed straight to the SelectTech app.  In the app, you’ll see a 6-week challenge, 6 targeted workout routines to hit every area of your body, the ability to customize those workouts, and the option create your own trackable workouts from scratch. 

The most VALUABLE part of the app is the Journal.  This is where all of your workout data is stored and compiled into handy charts that show your progress and gives you a shoutout when you break a “personal best.” 

The COOLEST part is that the app is compatible with Apple Health and Google Fit, so your workout data can be automatically integrated with your fitness tracker, smartwatch, or other wearable data.  This way you’ll still have everything in one place to give you an easier and more complete view of your overall health and fitness.  Whatever your health and fitness goals are, these are by far the best tools to achieve them.  

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Bowflex SelectTech 552 & 1090

The 2 older, “low-tech” versions of the SelectTech series are still a force to be reckoned with.  With the same superior quality and craftsmanship, either one of these is a great choice.  It’s especially true for more advanced fitness buffs that don’t want or need the automatic rep-counting, cool-down timer, and other automated features to help guide them.  

The app will also work with these models, but since there are no built-in sensors it’ll have to take your word for it.  Once you start any of the preloaded or custom workout routines, the SelectTech app will time your selected workout and cool-down. That way you’ll still get the same charts and “personal best” feedback information as the Bluetooth-integrated SelectTech 560 model.   

There is one main flaw that we found with the SelectTech 552 & 1090 models.  The disks that separate the individual weight plates and also function as fasteners to lift the selected weights can break if they’re dropped at certain angles.   They give fair warning in the instruction booklet to never drop the weights, but we all know how “stuff” happens.  It’s covered under the warranty, but if it’s been over 2 years (3-years for the 1090’s) they can be ordered and easily replaced at home. 

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Which one to choose...

Since we couldn’t find another set of adjustable dumbbells that could beat even the base model SelectTech 552, it comes down to a choice between the 3 SelectTech models.  Here are the main things to consider when making your choice: 

Bowflex SelectTech 560

What We Like:

  • Automatic workout tracking, rep-counting, cooldown timing.
  • Compatible with Apple Health and Google Fit apps
  • 2.5 lb increments up to 25lbs
  • Adjustable from 5-60 lbs
  • Slip-free rubber grips that rotate for weight selection
  • 2-year warranty on mechanical parts; 1-year warranty on electronic parts

What We DON’T like:

  • Length of dumbbells (15.8 in.) can be a little cumbersome for smaller frame people

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Bowflex SelectTech 552

What we like:

  • 2.5 lb increments up to 25 lbs
  • Adjustable from 5-52.5 lbs
  • Slip-free rubber grips
  • 2-year warranty

What we DON’T like:

  • Length of dumbbells can be a little cumbersome for smaller frame people
  • Separation disks will break if dropped (easily replaced)

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Bowflex SelectTech 1090

What we like:

  • Huge adjustable range of 10-90 lbs (BEST IN CLASS)
  • Perfect for lower body workouts because of the extra weight
  • Grip designed to keep weights under perfect control, especially at higher weights
  • 3-year warranty

What we DON’T like:

  • Length of dumbbells can be a little cumbersome for smaller frame people
  • Separation disks will break if dropped (easily replaced)

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