Nuobell vs Powerblock vs Rubber Hex - A Dumbbell Comparison

In this article, we'll compare three popular dumbbell options - Nuobell, PowerBlock, and standard hex - to help you decide which ones best suit your fitness goals, preferences & budget. (Continued below)

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Nuobell vs Powerblock vs Rubber Hex - A Dumbbell Comparison

The dumbbell is a staple strength training tool which has stood the test of time, and somewhat surprisingly, is still always being improved on with new innovations. At AKFIT, we carry several different options including various adjustable solutions, handle + plate combinations, and the tried and true knurled handle hex dumbbells sold either individually or as full sets.

The free weight market is constantly evolving to make home gym workouts more appealing, fun & effective. Among the companies leading the way are Sweden's NÜOBELL, Gungnir of Norway, and Powerblock. We've covered Gungnir in previous posts and will now go over some of the pros and cons of Nuobell, Powerblock and classic hex dumbbells.

Let's review! 

  1. Nuobell: Classic Feel with a Futuristic Touch

Whether it's furniture (IKEA) or strength equipment (Eleiko), nordic nations have design and innovation nailed down. Engineered in Sweden, Nuobell represents a leap into the future of fitness equipment. These adjustable dumbbells feature a sleek design and an innovative adjustment mechanism. With a simple turn of the dial, you can change the weight, making them incredibly space-efficient and convenient for home workouts. The Nuobell in practice feels completely intuitive and represents, in our opinion, the most seamless transition from classic dumbbells to a solution that provides measurable advantages.

Nuobell comes in 2 weight ranges, 5-50 lbs and 5-80 lbs plus several color combinations which make them attractive for those who care a lot about aesthetics.

Pros:

  • Space-efficient design
  • Quick weight adjustment
  • Modern aesthetic appeal

Cons:

  • Higher initial cost compared to traditional dumbbells
  • Some users may find the adjustment mechanism or slotting the dumbbells back in takes some getting used to

 

  1. PowerBlock: The Stackable Powerhouse

PowerBlock dumbbells are known for their stackable design, resembling a series of blocks stacked together. This unique design allows for easy weight adjustments by sliding a selector pin into the desired weight slot. The compact nature of PowerBlock dumbbells makes them ideal for home gyms with limited space. Additionally, the ability to expand the weight capacity with expansion kits or utilize special compatible barbells makes PowerBlock a versatile choice for both beginners and advanced lifters.

Where Nuobell has a slight design advantage, Powerblock, depending on model, covers more of your bases for a complete lifting solution at a similar or slightly cheaper price point.

Pros:

  • Compact and stackable design
  • Expandable weight capacity with add-on kits
  • Easy and quick weight adjustments
  • Compatible barbells which create an entire portable weightlifting solution

Cons:

  • Some users may find the blocky design a bit more cumbersome for certain exercises and movements
  • The selector pin system may require careful handling to avoid any issues 

  1. Standard Hex Dumbbells: The Time-Tested Classic

Rubber Hex dumbbells have been a staple in gyms and homes for decades, and for good reason. They are simple, durable, and effective. These fixed-weight dumbbells come in various weights from 5 to 125 lbs or more, and their hexagonal shape prevents rolling, adding an element of safety. While they lack the adjustability of their modern counterparts, their straightforward consistent design regardless of brand plus high availability make them a reliable choice for traditional strength training.

Pros:

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Available in a wide range of weights
  • No adjustments needed
  • Won't roll away

Cons:

  • Takes up more space & costs much more if you need a variety of weights
  • Limited versatility compared to adjustable options
  • Some cheaper brands may have an off-putting rubber smell

 

Final Thoughts

The choice between different dumbbell solutions, whether it be Nuobell, Powerblock, handle & plate sets or standard dumbbells of any kind ultimately depends on your personal preferences, budget, and workout style. If you value space saving and modern design, Nuobell or PowerBlock might be the way to go.

If you prefer the simplicity and durability of individual dumbbells and don't mind shelling out to expand your weight selection or having a large display rack in your home, you can't really go wrong with hex.

Last but not least, it should be said that dumbbell handles such as Gungnir Dumblers are a very worthwhile option that shouldn't be overlooked if you own or plan to purchase weight plates for barbells, since those same plates can be used and snapped securely in place with built-in collars. The potential downside here is that some plates can be very large and thus unsuitable. You will also need to take extra care if you don't want them to roll around the floor.

Whichever way you go, you will ultimately achieve the same thing as long as you are inspired to work out on a regular basis, which is really the most important factor of all. 

Browse available dumbbell solutions in AKFIT's online shop, call us at 705-560-1550 or visit us at 797 Barrydowne, Sudbury and own your fitness today!