Updated August 15, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Rubber Dumbbells

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in December of 2016. Don't let the name fool you: rubber barbells are still made largely from solid steel or cast iron, they simply feature a thick coating over their metal cores. This layer helps reduce the chances of a dumbbell damaging your flooring or other equipment, mitigates the noise you make while exercising and re-racking weights, and prevents corrosion, too. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best rubber dumbbell on Amazon.

10. BalanceFrom GoFit All-Purpose

9. Prosource Fit Neoprene

8. Cap Barbell SDRS-150R

7. Cap Barbell SDN4B

6. Spri Deluxe

5. Rep Fitness Rubber Hex Set

4. Body-Solid Round

3. Cap Barbell SDPU-035

2. J/fit Double Neoprene Coated

1. Body Solid GDR363-RFWS

Special Honors

Ivanko Rubber Encased Pro-Style While many people may not be familiar with this company, competition lifters know they offer some of the highest-quality strength-training equipment out there. As expected though, they don't come cheap. They are available in pound and kilogram measurements, in 2.5-pound increments from 5 to 57.5 pounds, and in 5-pound increments thereafter up to 120 pounds. Plus, they are assembled in the U.S.A. to ensure quality control. ivankobarbell.com

Rogue Rubber Hex These come in three complete, standard sets: 5 to 50 pounds, 55 to 100 pounds, and 105 to 125 pounds, so whether you are a casual fitness enthusiasts or a competition lifter, there is one available for your needs. This also means that even if you are equipping a commercial gym and need to have something for all of your members, you can stick with the same type of dumbbells through the entire range. roguefitness.com

Editor's Notes

August 14, 2019:

As long as it is performed correctly, strength training is one of the best things you can do for your body. It builds muscle mass and bone density, helps burn calories, and provides a general sense of well-being. To help you get on your way to better health, we have comprised this list of the best rubber-coated dumbbells.

If you are just putting together your home gym, then you'll probably want to opt for a set that includes a variety of different weights and a stand to hold them. Those who have a lot of space for their equipment and are serious about their bodybuilding goals should consider the Body Solid GDR363-RFWS and Rep Fitness Rubber Hex Set. The former comes with dumbbell pairs starting at five pounds and topping out at fifty, and the latter comes in a few configurations, the most serious of which tops out with a pair of 100-pound dumbbells for the monster lifters out there.

If you have less space or aren't ready to lay out the kind of cash a large set requires, but still want to see some decent muscle growth, then you might want to look to the Cap Barbell SDRS-150R, which comes with five pairs of dumbbells, the heaviest of which has a weight of 25 pounds. This should be enough for most users to get started, and then you can simply buy a couple of heavier weight pairs to round out the collection as your strength increases.

Those who want some very low weight pairs to incorporate into aerobic exercise routines or to help rehab an injury can take a look at the J/fit Double Neoprene Coated. While it wouldn't be well-suited for the average man looking to see some increase in size, it is a good choice for women who are looking for a bit of toning, rather then a noticeable increase in muscle mass. Along with some exercise bands it should provide some good results in those areas.

All of the rest of the options on our list are available either as single dumbbells and/or in pairs. Of these, the Cap Barbell SDPU-035 are our favorite due to the variety of weights available, the practically unnoticeable rubber smell, and the slight padding on the handle to increase comfort. However, if you need something more than 50 pounds, then you'll have to skip that option and look to the Body-Solid Round or BalanceFrom GoFit All-Purpose instead.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on August 15, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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