Picking the Right Adjustable Dumbbells: Ironmaster vs PowerBlock

There are many decisions to make when you finally decide to build your own home gym. The effort and time it takes to head to the fitness club can become a chore and put a damper on your motivation. I just hate getting on a roll at the club doing a circuit and then get to the place where I have to wait for the next machine or weight set.

Most serious fitness minded people are in it for the duration of their lives so investing in a home gym setup just makes sense. The way it worked for me is, as soon as the kids were old enough, they joined me in the workout room at home and so did the wife. The investment is for the entire family.

One piece of equipment that you will need to add is a set of dumbbells. If you have room, a full set of the old style is fine but if you are going to be cramped for space, look into the adjustable sets. Their best features are the time and space they will save you.

I’ve chosen to do a comparison of the Ironmaster vs PowerBlock. Let’s look at the features list on each and see what we come up with.

Features List For Ironmaster Adjustable Dumbbells

Ironmaster Adjustable Dumbbells

  • Quick Lock Design
  • Minimum weight each is 5 lbs
  • Maximum Each is 75 lbs
  • Increments of 2.5 lbs.
  • Made of Welded Steel
  • Chrome Plated Handles
  • Storage Tray Comes With The Set
  • Add on Kits are available Up To 120 lbs. Each Dumbbell

 

Features List For PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbells

PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbell Set

  • Weight Selector Pin
  • Minimum Weight Each 5 lbs
  • Maximum each is 50 lbs.
  • Increments of 2.5 lbs.
  • All Metal Parts
  • Handles are Rubber Coated
  • No Storage, Can purchase a Stand Separately
  • Can Expand to 70 or 90 lbs. Each dumbbell

As you can see from the features above, the Ironmaster will allow you to use more total weight with each dumbbell if that is a concern for you.

The Design Of Each Set

powerBlock vs Ironmaster

Just taking a visual assessment of the Ironmaster vs PowerBlocks, the Ironmaster looks more like your Dads’ style of workout equipment. When lifting the PowerBlock, you kinda reach through a cage to grab the handle to lift the dumbbell which seems a bit awkward.

The Ironmaster  is somewhat shorter than the PowerBlock and to me, it just has a neater appearance which really doesn’t have anything to do with its functionality, but it is obvious.

Some people like the cage effect of the Powerblock and say it feels safer for the wrist. While others feel that the cage gets in their way.

Basic design of each set is very acceptable and they both are smaller than the old style of  dumbbells. We are also looking at saving space with each set but then that is a feature of all adjustable dumbbells.

 

How Easy Is It To Change The Weights?

To change the weights on the Ironmaster dumbbell you loosen the large, partially threaded pin on each end of the dumbbell, remove or add the weight, put the pin back in and turn it until it locks. You will have to do this 4 times and it takes about 52 seconds to add another increment of weight.

With the PowerBlock you change the weight like you do a weight stack at the gym. You pull the selector pin out and place it in a different weight slot. To do this to both dumbbells it takes from 10-15 seconds, now that is fast!

If you have the habit of dropping or throwing your weights when you’re done with a set, each products says that’s okay. Both sets have a warranty on them but they are a big investment to just throw around.

Other Details of Ironmaster vs Powerblock Dumbbells

You can buy a stand for the PowerBlock dumbbells of different styles and they range in price from $69.00-$137.00. They are nice to have so you don’t have to do a lot of bending over to pick up the dumbbells. PowerBlock dumbbells are guaranteed for 10 years.

The Ironmaster 75 LB Quick-Lock Dumbbell Set does come with a stand that is really worth having. Most customers think it could be a bit bigger as the dumbbells barely fit on it. The Ironmaster products are guaranteed for life with a no=frills lifetime warranty.

The Handles on the Ironmaster have a 6.5″ grip width inside. They are chrome plated steel with knurled grips. The weights tighten up solid so there is not rattling. Still a good idea to chick the pin every now and then.

The Handles for the PowerBlock are in the middle of the unit surrounded by four padded wrist supports and it is also padded. Check out our full review on the PowerBlock and Ironmaster Adjustable Dumbbells, here.

As far as price is concerned, PowerBlock Adjustable Dumbbells can cost from $129.00-$780.00. The Ironmaster set ranges in price from $299.00-$589.00. Not a lot of difference as each brand has different total weights in a set.

Decision Time

As you can see, both of these adjustable dumbbell sets would be a great addition to your home gym, although I much prefer the look and the ease of use of the Ironmaster. Both are well constructed but the PowerBlock takes less time when you want to change the weights. You can buy add-on kits for each set and they both take up very little floor space. . Good luck making your decision, you can’t go wrong with either of these great products. It depends on a personal choice for you.