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PowerBlock Elite 90 Dumbbell Set

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L:16"
W:6"
H:6"
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5-90 lbs
5, 7.5, 10,15, 17.5, 20 25, 27.5, 30, 35, 37.5, 40, 45, 47.5, 50, 55, 57.5, 60, 65, 67.5, 70, 75, 77.5, 80, 87.5, 90 lbs

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The PowerBlock dumbbells are renown for their innovative, quick adjustment system, which makes them perfect for various workouts that require dumbbells of different weights, such as P90X. They’re perfect for home use as they don’t take a lot of space, and they’re considerably sturdier than other adjustable dumbbells.

So far, PowerBlock has released several series. However, the one that so far benefits almost exclusively from 5-star reviews, is the Elite series. That’s because this series features all-metal plates, and it’s made in the U.S.

In this post, we’ll address the PowerBlock Elite 90 lbs dumbbell set, in other words, the PB-EL-90.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Dimensions: 16L x 6W x 6H inches (40.6L x 15.2W x 15.2H cm)
  • Weight range: 5 to 90 lbs (2.26 to 40.8 kg) each
  • Weight increments: 5, 7.5, 10,15, 17.5, 20 25, 27.5, 30, 35, 37.5, 40, 45, 47.5, 50, 55, 57.5, 60, 65, 67.5, 70, 75, 77.5, 80, 87.5, 90 lbs.
  • Warranty: 10 years

Overall construction

Due to the specific adjustment system, the PowerBlock 90 lbs dumbbells feature quite a different construction than most dumbbells. They basically consist of a core (or handle) and 8 sets of weights, each pair being connected via two metallic rods on each side. The handle powerblock dumbbells 90 lbs - constructionconsists of 5 bars, connecting two heavy duty plastic boards, to which the weights attach. The inner bar of the handle assembly is actually the main grip of the dumbbell, featuring a rubberized coating, and offering excellent comfort. The bars on the exterior of the handle, or the “wrist supports” as they’re called, can also be used to hold the dumbbells for various exercises. For example, in you’re going to do overhead triceps exercises using one dumbbell, you should hold it from the outer bars.

As opposed to the newer Urethane series, the weight plates and the rods connecting them, are made of steel on the Elite Powerblocks. The connection points are precision-welded, giving the dumbbells a lot of sturdiness. Each plate assembly is painted with a durable black enamel with a glossy finish, which gives the dumbbells quite a sleek aspect. The rods connecting the plates are color coded, matching the weight table on the handle.

When it comes to their size, the PowerBlock Elite 90 dumbbells are rather large when at full weight. With all the weight plates attached, they’re 16″ (40.6 cm) long, and 6″ (15.2 cm) wide. This being said, some exercises may be a little awkward, when using the dumbbells at their full weight. But on the other hand, if you’re going to use lower weight settings, their size progressively decreases, as the handle is much smaller than for the Bowflex or Bayou dumbbells.

Adjustment system and increments

When it comes to the adjustment system, the weight plates are stacked together, and attach to the main handle via a heavy-duty polyurethane pin. Now this pin, although it’s not metallic, it’s quite durable, elastic not brittle like most plastics, and can actually support more weight powerblock adjustable dumbbells - locking pin close-upthan 90 lbs.

Each dumbbells can reach a maximum weight of 90 lbs (40.8 kg). The following adjustment increments are available: 5, 7.5, 10, 15, 17.5, 20, 25, 27.5, 30, 35, 37.5, 40, 45, 47.5, 50, 55, 57.5, 60, 65, 67.5, 70, 75, 77.5, 80, 85, 87.5, 90 lbs (2.26, 3.4, 4.5, 6.8, 7.9, 9.0, 11.3, 12.4, 13.6, 15.8, 17.0, 18.1, 20.4, 21.5, 22.6, 24.9, 26.0, 27.2, 29.4, 30.6, 31.7, 34, 35.1, 36.2, 38.5, 39.6, 40.8 kg)

Each plate assembly is color coded, thus in order to select a specific weight range, you will have to insert the pin onto the apposite bar. The weight ranges are specified on the handle.

Two 2.5 lbs (1.13 kg) metallic cylinders are supplied with these weights. These are meant to be inserted within the main handle in order to modify each dumbbell’s weight by 2.5 or 5 lbs. For example, the empty handle weighs 5 lbs (2.26 kg). With one cylinder inserted, you’ll get a 7.5 lbs (3.5 kg) dumbbell, and with both cylinders in, you’ll have a full weight of the handle of 10 lbs (4.5 kg). Or, if you’re going to insert the pin onto the green bar for example, without any cylinders one dumbbell will weigh 45 lbs (20.4 kg), with one cylinder in it will weigh 47.5 lbs (21.5 kg) and with both in it will be 50 lbs (22.6 kg).

These dumbbells feature a safety system consisting on a dial lock, with “Open / Closed” settings. In order to add or remove the weight cylinders from the handle, you will have to move the lock to “Open”. Also, before beginning any exercise, make sure that the dial is set on “Close”.

In case you’re wondering, there are no accessories supplied with these free weights. However, there is the option of a custom stand for them.

The Pros

  • Quickly adjustable, great for exercise programs that require dumbbells of different weights, such as P90X;
  • Extensive weight range, which makes them great for users of all levels;
  • Space-saving design, each PowerBlock 90 replacing 28 fixed dumbbells;
  • Extremely safe locking mechanism, despite the fact it includes plastic parts;
  • Ergonomic handle, offering a secure grip, also preventing the formation of blisters;
  • Durable, all-steel plates, precision welded to their connecting rods;
  • Sleek design, solid enamel finish;
  • Excellent warranty.

The Cons

  • Expansion kit no longer available;
  • At full weight, they’re rather bulky, bigger than fixed, hex dumbbells;powerblock dumbbells - 90 lbs
  • Users with extremely large hands and wrists may find the interior of the handle assembly a bit narrow for maximum comfort.

Final Word

The PowerBlock Elite 90 are adjustable dumbbells which offer superior sturdiness, versatility, being also space-savvy, as they replace 28 sets of fixed dumbbells. They’re highly reliable free weights, one of the reasons they come with a 10-year warranty. In fact, these are some of the best adjustable dumbbells that you can find at the moment, despite the fact that the Elite series is not a new one. And finally, even though they’re not exactly affordable free weights, considering what they offer, their overall value matches the price.

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PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbells Review (Plus Comparisons to All Competitors)

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PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbellsare, by and large, the best adjustable dumbbells best currently available. The rectangular profile is a bit unusual, but it only inhibits a few movements and for what it lacks in that area, makes up for it in durability and value. After testing, quite literally, every make and model of adjustable dumbbell, we believe that Powerblocks are, for most people, the best.

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PowerBlock Elite Series Adjustable Dumbbells
PowerBlock Elite Series Adjustable Dumbbells

PowerBlock was an innovator in this category and has been making adjustable dumbbells since 1991. This means they have had over 25 years of production and refinement to create the ultimately adjustable dumbbells set, and they truly have. The PowerBlock Elite dumbbells are one of the highest-rated and best-selling sets of all time. This is one of the last adjustable dumbbells sets to still be made in the USA, and PowerBlock uses only premium-quality materials. Thanks to their smart and economical design, the PowerBlocks are extremely tough and can withstand all sorts of regular gym abuse.Has a weight range of 5-50 lbs per hand and increments- 2.5 (adder weight), 5, 7.5, 10,15, 17.5, 20 25, 27.5, 30, 35, 37.5, 40, 45, 47.5, 50 pounds per handIs expandable later to 70 and again to 90 pounds per hand.Made in USA10 year home use warrantyReplaces 16 pairs of dumbbells in the space of 1

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Powerblock Adjustable Dumbbells are the easiest to use adjustable dumbbells on the market. I’ve tested, reviewed, and used nearly every option including those from Ironmaster, Bowflex, and loadable options. Despite the competitors, which honestly all offer good solutions, I still think Powerblocks are the best adjustable dumbbells due to their ease of use, accurate weight ratings, many options, and affordable price point.

What are Powerblock Adjustable Dummbells

Powerblock Adjustable Dumbbells are, as their name suggests, dumbbells that adjust in weight using a unique, patented clip system. The idea behind Powerblocks and pretty much every other adjustable dumbbell set is that rather than having an entire set of fixed dumbbells taking up space in your precious home gym, you instead are able to pack the equivalent in a single, adjustable dumbbell.

Honestly, regardless of whether you go with a set of Powerblocks or any of the competitors, adjustable dumbbells and even adding some of the best adjustable kettlebells are by far the best option for most home gym owners.

What separates Powerblocks versus their competitors (and there are many, some good, others not so good) is both how quick it is to change between weight increments as well as how heavy they can go. For most people who are just trying to get fit, there are more budget-friendly options with lower quality and lower weight capacities. However, for those that are into strength training, bodybuilding, or just lift more than 50 LB, Powerblocks are an outstanding option which takes up very little space, get’s quite heavy, and feels very similar to a fixed dumbbell (although there are certainly trade-offs which we will detail later on.)

What We Like About Powerblocks

To give you an idea on my experience which Powerblocks, I’ve owned a pair for over a decade (the first set I bought was purchased via Craigslist) and have used the same set for everything from CrossFit Metcons with lots of dumbbell snatches (and yes, they’ve occasionally been dropped from overhead, although I wouldn’t recommend doing so) to max effort bench press training. Dumbbells are an extremely versatile piece of equipment and being able to change the weight quickly without taking up a ton of space is paramount for anyone who trains in a home gym or garage gym.

In addition to my original set, I own the latest Sport Series, Elite Series, Pro Series, Pro Commercial Series with a knurled handle as well as the Pro Series capable of reaching up to 175 LB in weight. In addition to these, I have the older Urethane Pro series. In other words, I’ve either used or own every set of Powerblocks that you can buy as well as the competitors like Bowflex and Ironmaster.

We get about as many questions on Powerblocks as we do any other equipment so I figured it would be helpful to have all of them to compare and to give my opinion on them as a whole as well as each style.

By far, the best feature of Powerblocks is how much space they take up in comparison to a full set of dumbbells. This isn’t exclusive to Powerblocks, but is really a reality for most adjustable dumbbells, however, few other adjustable dumbbells are able to go as heavy as Powerblocks while maintaining the ease of changing between weights. Many Powerblock models are able to go between 5-90 LB in 5 LB increments while their Commercial Pro Series can go all the way up to 175 LB, although they do feel a bit clunky at that weight.

If you were to instead of Powerblocks, get a fixed set of dumbbells from 5-90 LB in 5 LB increments you would not only take up much more space (basically 28 pairs of dumbbells,) but you’d also pay close to 10x the price of Powerblocks(it would be equal to over 2,560 LB worth of weight,) not even including shipping. For a home gym, adjustable dumbbells, in my opinion, are pretty much the only option for most.

Although I love how space efficient Powerblocks are, my personal favorite feature and really the reason I prefer them over competitors is how quick and easy they are to change between weight increments. In addition to reviewing gym equipment, I also own a couple other business, have three kids, a Wife, and many other responsibilities. Training is a supplement to everything else in my life and therefore forces me to value each second I spend in the gym.

I don’t want to spend a lot of time setting up my workouts or changing out weight plates. I want to quickly change between weights, pick them up, hit my set hard, and move onto the next exercise. The way all Powerblocks change between weights is with their Selector Pin made of polypropylene that they assure me is rated for 500 LB but can, in reality, take much more. The pin has magnets on the inside to hold it securely against the weights and although I’ve had mine fall out during dumbbell snatches one time, it was only because I didn’t place it all the way in. Otherwise, this method for holding the weights hasn’t caused me any issues.

Depending on which Powerblocks set you end up going with (more on which we recommend in a bit) there will either be an Auto-Lock lever that opens up a hatch to add in 2.5 LB chrome ballast weight cylinders in the lower tubes or two sets of handles of varying weights. Personally, I prefer having multiple handles because they make changing between weights easier than the cylinders, however, I used Powerblocks with cylinders for nearly a decade without any issues.

The handle on Powerblocks is typically contoured similar to most rubber hex-head dumbbells, but instead of being metal, they’re often coated in Urethane. Personally, I don’t like this type of grip, it feels to “commercial” to me, if that makes sense. Thankfully, after requesting it for years, they’ve brought out a knurled handle option for their Commercial Pro Series. These are my personal favorite, but they are more expensive and may not be what most want.

The last thing I want to hit on that we like is the durability. As we’ll discuss in the next section, Powerblocks aren’t quite as compact as a traditional dumbbell and do make more noise, however, after seeing my set of Powerblocks get absolutely beaten by everyone who comes over to our garage gym and personal training studio to use them, I’m a believer in their durability.

When you first pick up a set of Powerblocks, you may be skeptical at how durable they can be—I know I was. However, after nearly a decade of use, I’m now a believer.

If you want the best adjustable dumbbells on the market, in my opinion, Powerblocks are them.

What We Don’t Like About Powerblocks

Now although I’ve ranted and raved about Powerblocks for thousands of words, they’re no doubt imperfect. In fact, there are quite a few things we dislike, however, that comes with the territory.

First off, Powerblocks really aren’t that great to use for anything over 100 LB. I have a set of the Powerblock Commercial PRO 125 Series and they are my least used set. They are simply too cumbersome and oversized to be used without altering the movement. There isn’t much a way around this as the size is required for the amount of Weight Stacks that must be on the handle, but it is something we dislike. If you just plan on using that heavy of a weight for things like snatches and rows, it’s not a big deal. But, if you plan to use them for presses, the extra girth can get in the way.

Next, due to the way Powerblocks are made, they don’t have quite as much versatility as traditional dumbbells or even competitors like Ironmaster. The square shape is great in that it prevents the dumbbells from rolling away, but because of the connection system, it becomes pretty difficult to use the dumbbells with two hands. Things like behind the head dumbbell extensions and goblet squats are awkward, but thankfully that’s only a small amount of movements.

A question that often comes up regarding Powerblocks is whether the bars on the side of the handles get in the way of your hands. The early models of Powerblocks featured bars at all four corners of the dumbbells, but now that’s only seen on the USA Elite and Commercial PRO 125 series. Regardless, I never found it to get in the way for most movements. However, recognizing that some don’t like the bars, many of the newer models only have bars on the bottom of the handles which is superior, in my opinion.

The other thing we dislike about Powerblocks is that they do clank and rattle a bit during use. Due to the way they’re secured, the weight stacks have loose tolerances between them which causes them to clank against each other during training. This doesn’t assure the trainee of their durability and sounds a bit unnerving if you’re used to traditional fixed dumbbells. This is kind of just the nature of this style of dumbbell and you do get used to it, but it is a complaint we often hear.

What Models of Powerblocks Are Currently Available?

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Most Budget Friendly Powerblocks
PowerBlock Sport Series Adjustable Dumbbells
PowerBlock Sport Series Adjustable Dumbbells

The only dumbbell system that can expand to meet your strength needs, PowerBlock dumbbells are the most versatile and effective exercise tool ever developed for strength training. PowerBlocks work intuitively. Rather than requiring you to buy a room full of dumbbells, PowerBlocks act just like a weight stack at the gym, with a weight handle that fits inside the first weight, which fits inside the second, which fits inside the third, etc. When you want to change weights, you simply move the weight selector pin into the appropriate slot and you're set. As you lift the core, all the weights above the selector pin are lifted at the same time, turning your 3-pound dumbbell into a 6-pound dumbbell, or your 6-pound dumbbell into a 12-pound dumbbell. Not only is the system remarkably easy to use, but it's also cost- and space-efficient, as a single pair of dumbbells can do the work of dozens. This personal trainer set is a hybrid system that employs the weight stack from PowerBlock's Personal Set and the handles of the Elite Set. As a result, users can achieve every 2.5-pound jump within the weight range of 5 to 50 pounds per dumbbell, in effect doing the job of 40 individual weights. Even better, the weights are more compact and balanced than traditional dumbbells, with a padded handle that protects people with weak wrists. Best of all, the free weights are terrific whether you're trying to build muscle mass, firm and tone your physique, or get rid of unwanted body fat. The personal trainer set is not expandable and is compatible with the Elite/Pro weight stand. It also carries a limited 10-year warranty.

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The Powerblock Sport Series is the most budget-friendly adjustable dumbbell that Powerblock makes. It’s designed with lower great components, lighter weight, and aren’t expandable in the future. There are two weight variants available that are sized based upon how much weight they are. The Sport 24 and Sport 50’s. For those that just want to get fit and stay active, this is a great option. If you plan to ever lift more than 50 LB, we suggest avoiding these.

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Original Powerblocks
PowerBlock Elite Series Adjustable Dumbbells
PowerBlock Elite Series Adjustable Dumbbells

PowerBlock was an innovator in this category and has been making adjustable dumbbells since 1991. This means they have had over 25 years of production and refinement to create the ultimately adjustable dumbbells set, and they truly have. The PowerBlock Elite dumbbells are one of the highest-rated and best-selling sets of all time. This is one of the last adjustable dumbbells sets to still be made in the USA, and PowerBlock uses only premium-quality materials. Thanks to their smart and economical design, the PowerBlocks are extremely tough and can withstand all sorts of regular gym abuse.Has a weight range of 5-50 lbs per hand and increments- 2.5 (adder weight), 5, 7.5, 10,15, 17.5, 20 25, 27.5, 30, 35, 37.5, 40, 45, 47.5, 50 pounds per handIs expandable later to 70 and again to 90 pounds per hand.Made in USA10 year home use warrantyReplaces 16 pairs of dumbbells in the space of 1

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The Powerblock Elite Series is based upon the original Powerblock design and although it’s somewhat different, it’s largely been unchanged. This model is expandable from 5 LB all the way up to 90 LB. This is the best value option Powerblock sells and probably the best for most people.

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Best Powerblocks
PowerBlock Pro Series Adjustable Dumbbells
PowerBlock Pro Series Adjustable Dumbbells

From the company that pioneered the selectorized dumbbell, PowerBlock's new and improved Commercial Series Dumbbells set a new standard for efficiency, versatility, and ease of use. Whether you're equipping a small home gym or a large pro facility, any training space can benefit from the use of adjustable dumbbells, as just one set of PowerBlocks can serve the equivalent function of dozens of traditional dumbbells, saving you on both costs and storage space. Each PowerBlock has color-coded side rails on the weight plates that correspond to an easy reference weight chart on the handle. The weight plates are nested, which means the handle fits inside weight plate 1, which fits inside weight plate 2, etc. To change the weight in just seconds, slide the selector pin into the blocks at the weight you want. Then reach inside the "core" and grab the handle. When you lift the handle, the weight you selected is lifted along with the handle. Rogue offers all five PowerBlock Commercial Dumbbell Sets: the Pro 32, Pro 50, Pro 90, Pro 125, and Pro 175. All versions include an updated, sleek design, ergonomic handles (TPR grip for the 32, 125 and 175; knurled steel for the 50 and 90), and Black Urethane Coated Weight Plates for smooth, quiet performance. Compatible stands comes standard with all sizes except the Pro 32.

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The Powerblock Pro Series is my favorite series. These are expandable all the way up to 175 LB depending on the model you buy and feature premium details throughout, such as urethane coated steel plates, multiple handles, knurled options, and more. If you want the best adjustable dumbbell that Powerblock makes and just the best one on the market, period (in our opinion) then this is the set we would suggest.

Powerblock Adjustable Dumbbells vs. Ironmaster Adjustable Dumbbells

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Powerblocks vs. Ironmasters
Ironmaster Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbells
Ironmaster Quick-Lock Adjustable Dumbbells

Ironmaster Quick-Lock Dumbell system is the latest generation of our adjustable dumbbells. You can quickly adjust each dumbbell from 5-75 lbs with our patented quick lock design in under 15 seconds! The set includes the Stand at no extra charge. Now you can have a complete set of free weight dumbbells at home that feel just like traditional dumbbells with no restrictions, rattling or safety concerns! Set includes two handles with four locking screws, 24 ea. 5 lb plates and 4 ea. 2.5 lb plates and dumbbell stand. Handles weigh 5 lbs empty and each locking screw weighs 2.5 lbs so the starting weight is 10 lbs each dumbbell before plates are added. 65 lbs of plates can be put loaded on each handle. Add-on kit available to go up to 120 lbs each dumbbell. Dimensions are just 6.5" x 6.5" x 14.5" at the 75lb size. Heavy Duty - go ahead and drop them. No plastic or fragile parts!Quick-Lock design adjusts from 5-75 lbs in 2 1/2 lb increments in just seconds!Super heavy duty construction with welded steel, chrome plated handles.System includes two adjustable dumbbells at 75 lbs each (150 lbs total) and Dumbbell Stand.Super space efficient design. Takes up less than 2 square feet.Limited lifetime warranty.

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If you’re considering Powerblocks then you should definitely consider their competition. The biggest competitor at the moment is Ironmaster. Ironmaster Dumbbells feel more like a traditional dumbbell, can go up to 165 LB, and are offered at a great price point.

To be honest, we really like Ironmasters and don’t think you could go wrong with either option. However, the reason we prefer Powerblocks is because of how quick they are to change weight increments. Ironmasters aren’t slow to change as the Quick-Lock Screws are a great design, however, having to load the plates on and off is more of hassle in making sure you’re getting the right amount of weight.

Ironmasters also don’t have quite the fit and finish of Powerblocks. The plates chip, rust, etc, while Powerblocks pretty much look the same no matter how long you’ve used them.

Although we prefer Powerblocks, Ironmasters are still a great pair of adjustable dumbbells.

Powerblock Adjustable Dumbbells vs. Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

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Bowflex vs. Powerblocks
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells

These adjustable dumbbells replace 15 sets of weights. Weights adjust from 5 to 52.5 lbs in 2.5 lb increments up to the first 25 lbs. Easy-to-use selection dials for adjusting weights. They are sold as a pair. Easily switch from one exercise to next and with the turn of a dial you can change your resistance, enabling you to gradually increase your strength. Versatile workout for your legs, back, chest, abs, shoulders and arms. Compatible with the free Bowflex SelectTech® training App for iOS and Android.No more picking up 30 different dumbbells to give you the results you want!Say goodbye to 15 sets of dumbbells cluttering your workout space.With weight that adjusts from 5 to 52.5 lbs., you'll continue to see results as your fitness level improves.Durable molding around metal plates provides for a smooth lift-off and quieter workouts...no clanging metal plates!With the wider weight range you can do heavy exercises such as shrugs and lunges as well as lighter exercises such as curls and raises.

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The other comparison that often comes up is the battle between Powerblocks and the Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells. Although Bowflex is most known for making cheapy exercise equipment, the SelectTech Dumbbells are actually a pretty good product.

In comparison to Powerblocks, they don’t go nearly as heavy (52.5 LB per dumbbell) and they’re not quite as durable. However, they are often much cheaper, and have a quick dial system for changing out the weights.

If you’re looking for a lightweight, budget-friendly adjustable dumbbell, we think the Bowflex SelectTech’s are surprisingly a great value. We’ve used them quite a bit and have many people in the Home Gym Community that love them for lighter weight training. Understand they won’t be as durable as Powerblocks, but for the price, they’re an excellent alternative.

Powerblock Adjustable Dumbbells FAQs

Are Powerblock dumbbells worth it?

Despite the competition, which all provide solid solutions, I believe Powerblocks are the greatest adjustable dumbbells because of their ease of use, precise weight ratings, variety of choices, and low price point.

What is the difference between Powerblock models?

The Powerblock Sport is a Powerblock brand of all-level adjustable dumbbells. The dumbbells feature the trademark flat base, but a more rounded top. The Sport variant is constructed of welded solid steel with a powder-coated finish.

Is Bowflex or Powerblock better?

While Bowflex is a wonderful business with some excellent items, I believe this article should have made it apparent that Powerblock is certainly the best choice if you’re looking for an adjustable dumbbell.

Are Powerblock dumbbells still made?

The Powerblock Elite dumbbells are one of the most popular and well-received sets of all time. This is one of the few adjustable dumbbell sets produced in the United States, and Powerblock exclusively employs high-quality materials.

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PowerBlock Elite Series Adjustable Dumbbells

Adjustability – 4.8

PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbellsare, by and large, the best adjustable dumbbells best currently available. The rectangular profile is a bit unusual, but it only inhibits a few movements and for what it lacks in that area, makes up for it in durability and value. After testing, quite literally, every make and model of adjustable dumbbell, we believe that Powerblocks are, for most people, the best.

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It’s essential that you understand the differences between the PowerBlock Elite USA vs Elite EXP before buying either of these PowerBlock adjustable dumbbell models.

The Elite USA (sometimes called USA Elite) and Elite EXP (sometimes called Elite EXP 2020) are in fact very similar. But there are some key differences.

You want to make sure the one you buy has the features you want and are expecting.

More importantly, you want to make sure that if/when you buy an expansion kit to increase the max weight of your Elite set, that you buy the right kit — since Elite USA and EXP expansion kits aren’t compatible.

I’ll discuss ALL of the differences as well as the similarities between the PowerBlock Elite USA and Elite EXP in this article.

PowerBlock Elite USA vs Elite EXP Comparison

I want to start with a high level overview of the key differences and similarities of the PowerBlock Elite USA vs Elite EXP. The best way to do this is in a summary table.

FeaturesElite USAElite EXP
Expandable:YesYes
Max Weight:90 lbs90 lbs
Adder Weights:YesYes
Increments:2.5 lbs2.5 lbs
Locking Mechanism:ManualAuto Lock
Handle Design:Closed HandleClosed Handle
Handle Grip Shape & Diameter:1.265″ (33mm) diameter;
Straight shape;
Thermoplastic rubber
1.5″ (38mm) diameter;
Contoured shape;
Thermoplastic rubber
Weight Blocks:10 lbs each; Boxy/square shape10 lbs each;
Boxy/square shape
Color & Weight Indicator Bands:Grey handle;
Black blocks;
Multi-colored bands
Grey handle;
Black blocks;
Multi-colored bands
Identifying Marks:“Made in USA” engraved on the end of each weight block;
Sticker on top of handle shows “Closed / Open / Closed” for the manual locking mechanism with “Made in USA” above in small text
Gold “Made in China” sticker on inside of handle;
Sticker on top of handle reads “PowerBlock Elite EXP” in large text
Dimensions (LxWxH):Elite 50: 12″ x 6″ x 6″
Elite 70: 14″ x 6″ x 6″
Elite 90: 16″ x 6″ x 6″
Stage 1: 12″ x 6″ x 6.25″
Stage 2: 14″ x 6″ x 6.25″
Stage 3: 16″ x 6″ x 6.25″
Compatibility:Not compatible with Elite EXP expansion kits (or other models)Not compatible with Elite USA expansion kits (or other models)
Availability:Exclusively through PowerBlock.comExclusively through 3rd party retailers (e.g. Amazon, Walmart)
Manufacturing:USAChina
Warranty:5 year limited warranty for home use5 year limited warranty for home use
Price:Elite 50: $419
Elite 70: $608
Elite 90: $797
Varies

In the following sections, I’ll discuss each model separately, and then get into a more detailed breakdown of each feature and spec.

PowerBlock Elite USA vs Elite EXP: Overview of Models

Despite their differences, The PowerBlock Elite USA and Elite EXP dumbbell models both have the same boxy shape. Most other PowerBlock models have sleeker, more curved blocks.

The Elite USA and Elite EXP also both have 2 padded wrist support bars, which is something that no other models have.

They also have the iconic multi-colored weight indicator bands that all the older PowerBlock models had in the past.

The Elite USA and Elite EXP are both expandable dumbbell models, each with 3 sets. The Elite USA has the Elite 50/70/90 sets and the Elite EXP has the Elite EXP Stage 1/Stage 2/Stage 3 sets. Both max out at 90 lbs per dumbbell in their final form.

The empty handle weighs 5 lbs on both the Elite USA and Elite EXP. Each nested weight block weighs 10 lbs. Each handle comes with two 2.5 lb adder weights per handle to achieve smaller weight increments.

Now, I’ll break down the Elite USA and Elite EXP, separately, into their respective sets/stages:

Elite USA

Elite 50

PowerBlock Elite 50 Adjustable Dumbbells

The PowerBlock Elite 50 set goes from 5-50 lbs per dumbbell. It adjusts in as little as 2.5 lb increments with the adder weights. The only weights that aren’t available are 12.5 lbs, 22.5 lbs, 32.5 lbs and 42.5 lbs. You can upgrade the Elite 50 to the Elite 70 with the Elite USA Stage 2 Kit (50-70). After that, you can upgrade to the Elite 90 with the Elite USA Stage 3 Kit (70-90).

Elite 70

PowerBlock Elite 70 Adjustable Dumbbells

The PowerBlock Elite 70 set goes from 5-70 lbs per dumbbell. It adjusts in as little as 2.5 lb increments with the adder weights. The only weights that aren’t available are 12.5 lbs, 22.5 lbs, 32.5 lbs, 42.5 lbs, 52.5 lbs and 62.5 lbs. You can upgrade the Elite 70 to the Elite 90 with the Elite USA Stage 3 Kit (70-90).

Elite 90

PowerBlock Elite 90 Adjustable Dumbbells

The PowerBlock Elite 90 set goes from 5-90 lbs per dumbbell. It adjusts in as little as 2.5 lb increments with the adder weights. The only weights that aren’t available are 12.5 lbs, 22.5 lbs, 32.5 lbs, 42.5 lbs, 52.5 lbs, 62.5 lbs, 72.5 lbs and 82.5 lbs.

Elite EXP

Elite EXP Stage 1

PowerBlock Elite EXP Stage 1

The PowerBlock Elite EXP Stage 1 set goes from 5-50 lbs per dumbbell. It adjusts in as little as 2.5 lb increments with the adder weights. The only weights that aren’t available are 12.5 lbs, 22.5 lbs, 32.5 lbs and 42.5 lbs. You can upgrade the Elite EXP Stage 1 to the Elite EXP Stage 2 with the Elite EXP Stage 2 Kit (50-70). After that, you can upgrade to the Elite EXP Stage 3 by buying the Elite EXP Stage 3 Kit (70-90).

Elite EXP Stage 2

PowerBlock Elite EXP Stage 2

The PowerBlock Elite EXP Stage 2 set goes from 5-70 lbs per dumbbell. It adjusts in as little as 2.5 lb increments with the adder weights. The only weights that aren’t available are 12.5 lbs, 22.5 lbs, 32.5 lbs, 42.5 lbs, 52.5 lbs and 62.5 lbs. You can upgrade the Elite EXP Stage 2 set to the Elite EXP Stage 3 set by buying the Elite EXP Stage 3 Kit (70-90).

Elite EXP Stage 3

PowerBlock Elite EXP Stage 3

The PowerBlock Elite EXP Stage 3 set goes from 5-90 lbs per dumbbell. It adjusts in as little as 2.5 lb increments when using the adder weights. The only weights that aren’t available are 12.5 lbs, 22.5 lbs, 32.5 lbs, 42.5 lbs, 52.5 lbs, 62.5 lbs, 72.5 lbs and 82.5 lbs.

Design Features

In the following sections, I’ll compare the PowerBlock Elite USA vs Elite EXP adjustable dumbbells along the lines of their major design features. I’ll be sure to explain each feature in case you don’t know what it is.

Expandability

I’ve already touched upon this in the sections above. However, I’ll repeat it here: The Elite USA and Elite EXP both are expandable adjustable dumbbell models.

This means that you can start by buying a set that goes up to just 50 lbs (i.e.. Elite 50 or Elite EXP Stage 1) or 70 lbs (i.e. Elite 70 or Elite EXP Stage 2). Then you can later decide to expand the max weight to 70 lbs or 90 lbs with the 50-70 lb and 70-90 lb expansion sets.

PowerBlock Elite USA and Elite EXP Expansion Kits

This is a great option to have if you have a limited budget for your initial purchase of the base set, or if you’re not strong enough yet for the heavier weights.

Of course, you can bypass the need to purchase expansion kits in the future if you buy the fully expanded version of the Elite dumbbells (i.e. Elite 90 or Elite EXP Stage 3) from the start. This gives you access to 5-90 lbs right away.

Adder Weights

The PowerBlock Elite USA and Elite EXP both have adder weights.

PowerBlock Adder Weights in Stand

These are the chrome finished steel cylinders designed to be inserted into the hollow steel tubes at the bottom of each handle. There are 2 adder weights per handle and each weighs 2.5 lbs.

These are meant to be inserted or removed from the handle as needed, to achieve weight increments as small as 2.5 lbs. When you have smaller increments, you can progress more efficiently between weight settings.

Locking Mechanism

If you have any adder weights inside the handle, you need to lock them in place. This keeps them from rattling around during your set. It also prevents them weights from accidentally falling out of the handle when you remove it from the stack of nested weight blocks.

The Elite USA has a manual lock mechanism. This involves a lever on the top of the handle that you manually move to the right or left side to close, or lock, the hollow adder weight tubes. To open the tubes, you move the lever to the middle position.

PowerBlock Elite Handle with Manual Locking Mechanism

This is the only PowerBlock model still in production with the manual lock mechanism. However, the same manual lock is on the PowerBlock EZ Curl Bar, Straight Bar and Kettlebell Handle accessories made for the Pro Series sets.

The Elite EXP has an auto lock mechanism. This adds a bit of convenience because you never have to remember to lock the adder weights in place. It does it automatically because the lever is located on the side of the handle. When you place the handle into the nested weight blocks, the lever pushes into the block’s rail, which flips it up and closes the hollow adder weight tubes.

PowerBlock Elite EXP Auto-Lock Feature

It’s impossible to put the handle in the blocks without it locking. To open the tubes, you manually push the lever down.

Handle Design

Both the Elite USA and Elite EXP have a closed handle design. This refers to the 2 padded wrist support bars on the top of the handle that make the opening smaller.

PowerBlock Elite 90 - Closed Handle Design with Padded Wrist Support Bars

The benefit of the padded wrist supports is that you can lean the dumbbell comfortably against your lower forearm to maintain a neutral wrist position with little effort.

This is perfect if you have weaker wrists. It can also help you get a little leverage on the dumbbells, which allows you to focus more on the target muscle for exercises like dumbbell curls and lateral raises.

However, it also means you have less side to side range of motion inside the handle. Some lifters find this to be a little restrictive. Some guys with extra large hands, wrists and forearms complain of feeling cramped.

Handle Grip Shape & Diameter

The Elite USA is unique in that it’s the only home-use PowerBlock dumbbell model with a straight handle grip shape (only some of the Commercial Pro 90 and 50 sets also have a straight handle). I’m always a fan of a straight grip if I have the choice. It feels more natural in the hand to me.

PowerBlock Elite - Straight Handle Grip

The Elite EXP has a contoured handle, just like all the other home-use PowerBlock models.

PowerBlock Elite EXP - Contoured Handle Grip

The handle grip diameters are different on the 2 Elite models:

  • Elite USA: 1.265″ (33mm) grip diameter
  • Elite EXP: 1.5″ (38mm) grip diameter

The handle grip material is TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber). This is a composite material with properties of both rubber and plastic. It’s scratch-resistant, strong, and hard but not brittle.

It is grippy, but not to the extent of knurled steel. But it is also more comfortable since it’s not sharp.

Weight Blocks

The weight blocks are 10 lbs each for both the Elite USA and Elite EXP.

Both models have a very boxy shape with straight lines on all sides, which give them a more utilitarian look. This is in contrast to the arched or contoured blocks on all other home-use PowerBlock models, which give them a more modern look.

The blocks are made of steel and finished with a black powder coat.

Color & Weight Indicator Bands

The Elite USA and Elite EXP retain the iconic multi-colored weight indicator bands that used to be a hallmark of all PowerBlock dumbbells in years past.

PowerBlock Elite 90 - Weight Indicator Bands

All other PowerBlock dumbbell models currently in production (except the Sport 24) have since been updated to have more toned-down weight indicator bands.

Some people love this classic rainbow look, while others think it’s too colorful.

Both Elite models have a grey handle (with black support bars and adder weight tubes) with black weight blocks.

Dimensions

The PowerBlock Elite USA and Elite EXP dimensions listed below are for a single dumbbell.

Elite USA dimensions:

  • Elite 50: 12″L x 6″W x 6″H
  • Elite 70: 14″L x 6″W x 6″H
  • Elite 90: 16″L x 6″W x 6″H

Elite EXP dimensions:

  • Elite EXP Stage 1: 12″L x 6″W x 6.25″H
  • Elite EXP Stage 2: 14″L x 6″W x 6.25″H
  • Elite EXP Stage 3: 16″L x 6″W x 6.25″H

Compatibility

The Elite USA and Elite EXP are NOT compatible with each other. The block dimensions are slightly different.

This means the Elite USA expansion kits won’t properly fit on the Elite EXP set, and vice versa. It’s important to understand this if you’re currently in the market for an Elite expansion kit, or if you will be in the future.

You want to make sure you get the kit that will actually fit on your set.

However, there is a caveat to this

Technically, Elite EXP expansion kits will “fit” on the Elite USA. However, the Elite EXP blocks will stick out above the Elite USA plates, since they’re taller, as shown below:

The owner of the PowerBlock set shown above accidentally bought the wrong expansion kit. He got the Elite EXP Stage 3 expansion kit instead of the Elite USA Stage 3 expansion kit. This obviously isn’t ideal, but the dumbbells are still functional and the plates are secure. Still, it would only make sense to do this on purpose if you found a super cheap deal locally on an Elite EXP expansion kit and really wanted to save the extra money.

However, this does not work in reverse. That is, Elite USA expansion kits will NOT fit on an Elite EXP set at all. The blocks just don’t nest together properly. One of my friends made this mistake. He originally bought the Elite EXP Stage 1 set, and later bought the Elite USA Stage 2 expansion kit. As you can see in the photo below, it didn’t fit and now he has an unusable 50-70 lb expansion kit laying around his basement:

Elite EXP Incompatible with Elite USA Expansion Kits

None of the PowerBlock accessories (e.g. EZ Bar, Straight Bar, Kettlebell attachment) work with either of the Elite dumbbells. Look to the Pro Series dumbbells if you want access to those accessories.

Availability

The Elite USA sets and expansion kits are available exclusively through PowerBlock.com.

The Elite EXP sets and expansion kits are sold only on 3rd party retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods and several others. They are not sold on PowerBlock.com.

If you have one of the PowerBlock Elite sets already and are looking for an expansion kit, make sure you buy from the right place to ensure compatibility.

Manufacturing

The PowerBlock Elite USA is made in the USA. It is the one and only PowerBlock model that’s manufactured in the states.

The PowerBlock Elite EXP is made in China, as are all other home-use and commercial PowerBlock dumbbells and accessories.

Warranty

Both the Elite USA and Elite EXP have a 5 year limited warranty that applies to home-use applications only.

This warranty covers manufacturer defects, and damage from normal use, including drops from 12 inches or lower. It does not cover damage from abuse or drops from over 12 inches high.

Price

Below, I’ve included the prices for each PowerBlock Elite model at the time of writing. Prices shown do not include shipping and handling, which vary based on location.

Elite USA prices:

Sport Series prices:

PowerBlock Elite USA vs Elite EXP: Which Should You Buy?

After reading this article comparing the PowerBlock Elite USA vs Elite EXP, you should understand all the differences between these two similar models. Hopefully you also have a good idea of which one is the best adjustable dumbbell for you.

However, if you’re still not 100% sure which of the 2 models to buy, I’ll give you my opinion.

I think the Elite USA is the best value overall. Both models cost about the same. However, the Elite USA is made in America, and thus is going to have slightly better build quality and quality control. Plus, you get to support US manufacturing, which I know a lot of home gym owners care about.

Additionally, the Elite USA has a straight handle grip, which I prefer over the contoured grip. It feels slightly more natural to hold onto. It’s also a plus if you have smaller hands, since the diameter is 5mm thinner than on the Elite EXP.

Lastly, I feel better buying directly from the manufacturer, if on the off-chance you have a product issue. It’s better than dealing with a 3rd party retailer.

Of course, the Elite EXP is still a great choice, with its stand out feature being the auto lock design, which streamlines the process of using the adder weights.

If you’re still not convinced about either of the Elite models, check out my other PowerBlock articles to learn more about the other models:

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