After trying out countless 12 pound dumbbell sets I have come up with a list of five best ones. Read full review now!
#1 Fitness Republic Neoprene Coated 11 pound Dumbbells
Fitness Republic 12 pound dumbbells are made of cast iron and have a nice smooth neoprene coating. The dumbbells are grippy and soft – they feel good in my hands. The handles are on a bigger side but that shouldn’t be a problem unless you have really small hands. Many neoprene coated dumbbells often have funny odor when you first unpack them but that’s not the case with these. They have a very pronounced hexagon shape which makes them stack perfectly and prevents from rolling. The weight of dumbbells is quite accurate. Overall Fitness Republic makes good quality 12 pound dumbbells.
- Accurate weight
- Pronounced hexagon shape
- High quality
- Grip size might be too big if you have big hands
#2 SPRI Deluxe Vinyl 12lb Dumbbells
SPRI Deluxe Vinyl 12lb Dumbbells are second best I tried. The weight is accurate. These dumbbells have vinyl coating which can get a bit slippery if you have sweaty hands. They also have a larger grip which might be uncomfortable if you have smaller hands, but if that’s the case then looking from the positive side you will at least get an extra workout in your forearms while trying harder to hold them (which isn’t necessary what you might want). In my hands that aren’t small they felt good.
With the vinyl coating you don’t have to worry about nicking your furniture or floor. Dumbbells smell a bit funny when you first unpack them but that smell goes away in couple days.
- Accurate weight
- Good quality
- Slippery with sweaty hands
- Bigger grip might be uncomfortable for those with smaller hands
#3 AmazonBasics Neoprene 12 pound Dumbbells
AmazonBasics Neoprene 12 pound Dumbbells are third best I tried. The weight is quite accurate but some sets might be inaccurate, if you order those I would suggest weighing them after you receive them and if they weight isn’t accurate you can ask for refund. They are very comfortable to hold and the grip just seems to be of right size. They have neoprene coating so the grip is good even with sweaty hands, however it seems it’s toxic since it can eat through wood, so you have to be careful where you place them for longer periods of time.
The dumbbells are of decent quality but not the highest. If you don’t abuse them they will last a long time, but if you tend to drop dumbbells or abuse them in other ways I would suggest not getting those. The AmazonBasics 12lb dumbbells are hexagonal shape which prevents them from rolling away which is convenient during workouts.
- Comfortable to hold
- Good grip
- Hexagonal shape prevents rolling
- Not the most durable
- The coating can eat through wood
- Some sets are inaccurate weight
#4 RitFit Neoprene Coated 12lb dumbbells
RitFit 12 pound dumbbells have neoprene coated. The neoprene color is very beautiful and the dumbbells look great. They feel good to hold – the grip size is good – not too big, not too small. The grip itself is great, with sweaty hands the dumbbells not slide/slip in your hands. They are rough hexagon shape which prevents them from rolling away and they stay standstill stably. Initially the neoprene coating seem to be of good quality but after some use it starts to come off.
- Good grip
- Look great
- Good hexagon shape
- Neoprene coating starts to come off after some use
#5 Yes4All Deluxe Neoprene Coated 12 pound Dumbbells
Yes4All Deluxe 12 pound dumbbells have solid cast iron core and neoprene coating finish. The grip of dumbbells with sweaty hands is good however grip size is too big – unless you have big hands you will probably find them uncomfortable and if you have small ones you might even find the dumbbells to be unusable. They are hexagon shape which kinda prevents them from rolling away but isn’t distinctive enough so they often roll away anyway. Neoprene coating isn’t smooth and has cuts in few places. The Yes4All Deluxe 12 pound dumbbells are not of good quality unfortunately.
- Grip size is too big
- Low quality neoprene coating