PowerBlock Classic vs Elite vs Sport vs Urethane Series Adjustable Dumbbell Set

PowerBlock Dumbbell Set Reviews: Classic vs Elite vs Sport vs Urethane

Is the PowerBlock adjustable dumbbell system right for you? If so, which specific model should you choose? Keep reading to discover those answers and more...

...Here, you'll find a comparison chart of all the PowerBlock models, my top recommendations, and videos & photos of each different PowerBlock dumbbell set.

This page is a comprehensive buying guide. I created it based of my findings when researching which adjustable dumbbell system to buy for myself...

...It's worth noting that I ultimately decided to buy the Ironmaster Quick-Lock Dumbbells, though it was a tough choice to make.

My hope is that presenting what I learned about the PowerBlocks will enable you to accurately assess which (if any) PowerBlock set is the best adjustable dumbbell set for you.

Be sure to check out my PowerBlock dumbbells review, where I discuss the pros & cons of the PowerBlock system; plus some of its key contrasts with the Ironmasters.

A General Overview of the PowerBlock Dumbbells

As seen in the above video, there are three different series of PowerBlock dumbbells currently in production.

The three series include the Classic Series, the Sport Series and the Urethane Series. Then, within each series there are several different models, which I'll present in detail later.

Some models are expandable, while others are non-expandable. That is, with some models you have the option to purchase add-on kits to increase the maximum weight, while others lack such options.

It is quite confusing to distinguish between the various series, models and add-ons, especially when you're just starting to research them.

With so many models, each having its own unique set of features, capabilities and limitations, it takes some effort to familiarize yourself with not only the major distinctions between models, but also their more subtle ones.

This process of gathering, filtering and analyzing crucial product information takes hours of tedious online research and is very frustrating...

...It's the last thing you'd want endure when your aim is to simply buy a set of PowerBlocks and be done with it.

However, it would be foolish to make such an expensive investment without first attaining all the knowledge needed to make the correct choice.

And so, it is my goal to help clear up the confusion surrounding the PowerBlock dumbbells by presenting all the essential information in a coherent fashion.

PowerBlock Dumbbells Comparison Chart

Please read the paragraphs below for an important note regarding the information in the chart:

You'll notice that some models in the chart below have different "stages" (i.e. Stage I, Stage II, Stage III)...

...What this means is that you can expand the weight capacity of the base dumbbell set (i.e. the Stage I set) with a Stage II and, if applicable, with a Stage III add-on kit.

So, you can buy just the Stage I model to begin with, and then purchase the add-on kit(s) separately, some time in the future. This method is best if you're strapped for cash and/or don't know if you'll even need the extra weight capacity. (The chart does not contain the info about the individual add-on kits.)

Alternatively, you can buy the dumbbell sets with the add-on kit(s) included. This is what the "Stage II" and "Stage III" models in the chart refer to. You save some money this way, as opposed to buying the base set and add-on kits separately.

For example: You could buy just the U-90 Stage I set now, and then have the option to buy the Stage II and Stage III add-on kits later. Alternatively, you could buy the U-90 Stage II set now and have the choice to buy the Stage III add-on kit later. Or, the third and final option would be to go all out and buy the U-90 Stage III set now, and have everything included from the get-go.

Where to Buy: The different PowerBlock dumbbell models are available on PowerBlock.com (or Amazon, though the selection is limited and prices are higher).

Currently Available Models

Image

Model

Use

Series

Range (lbs.)

Increments (lbs.)

Unavailable Increments
(lbs.)

Adder Weights

LxWxH (inches)

Retail ($)

S&H ($)

Total ($)

Classic 50

Home

Classic

10-50

5

None

No

12x6x6.25

299

59

358

Elite 50

Home

Classic

5-50

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5

Yes

12x6x6

299

59

358

Elite 70

Home

Classic

5-70

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5

Yes

14x6.25x6

​428

69

497

Elite 90

Home

Classic

5-90

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5

Yes

16x6x6

557

89

648

Sport 24

Home

Sport

3-24

3

None

No

10.5x5.25x5

149

35

​184

Sport 50​

Home

Sport

10-50

5

None

​No

12.25x6.5x6.5

329

59

388

Sport EXP Stage 1

Home

Sport

5-50

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5

Yes

12x6.5x6.5

349

59

408

Sport EXP Stage 2

Home

Sport

5-70

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5

Yes

14x6.5x6.5

488

79

567

Sport EXP Stage 3

Home

Sport

5-90

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5

Yes

16x6.5x6.5

627

89

716

U-33 Stage 1

Home

Urethane

3-21

1

6, 10, 14, 18

Yes

10.5x5.5x5.5

179

29

208

U-33 Stage 2

Home

Urethane

3-33

1

6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30

Yes

13.25x5.5x5.5

298

49

347

U-70 Stage 1

Home

Urethane

5-40

2.5

32.5

Yes

11.75x7x7.25

329

49

378

U-70 Stage 2

Home

Urethane

5-60

2.5

32.5, 42.5, 52.5

Yes

14x7x7.25

468

69

537

U-70 Stage 3

Home

Urethane

5-70

2.5

32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5

Yes

15.25x7x7.25

547

79

626

U-90 Stage 1

Home

Urethane

5-50

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5

Yes

12.5x7x7.25

379

59

438

U-90 Stage 2

Home

Urethane

5-70

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5

Yes

14.75x7x7

518

69

587

U-90 Stage 3

Home

Urethane

5-90

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5

Yes

17x7x7

657

89

746

U-90 Stage 4

Home

Urethane

5-125

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5, 92.5, 95, 97.5, 100, 110, 112.5, 115, 117.5

Yes

20.5x7.25x8.25

956

99

1055

Recently Discontinued Models

Image

Model

Use

Series

Range (lbs.)

Increments (lbs.)

Unavailable Increments
(lbs.)

Adder Weights

LxWxH (inches)

Retail ($)

S&H ($)

Total ($)

PowerBlock Classic 45 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

Classic 45

Home

Classic

5-45

5

None

No

12x6x6

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock Personal Trainer Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

Personal Trainer

Home

Classic

5-50

2.5

None

No

12x6x6 (?)

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock Elite 130 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

Elite 130

Home

Classic

5-130

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5,52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5,85, 95, 97.5, 107.5,110, 120, 122.5

Yes

19x6x6

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock Sport 2.4 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

Sport 2.4

Home

Sport

3-24

3

None

No

?x?x?

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock Sport 5.0 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

Sport 5.0

Home

Sport

5-50

5

None

No

?x?x?

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock Sport 5.0 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

Sport 5.0 +
20 lb Cores

Home

Sport

20-65

5

None

​No

?x?x?

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock Sport 5.5 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

Sport 5.5

Home

Sport

2.5-55

2.5

None

No

?x?x?

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock Sport 9.0 Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

Sport 9.0 Stage I

Home

Sport

5-50

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5

Yes

12x6.5x6.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock Sport 9.0 Stage 2 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

Sport 9.0 Stage II

Home

Sport

5-90

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5,52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5

Yes

16x6.5x6.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock Sport 9.0 Stage 3 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

Sport 9.0 Stage III

Home

Sport

5-130

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5,52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5,85, 92.5, 95, 97.5,107.5, 110, 120, 122.5

Yes

19x6.5x6.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock U-20 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

U-20

Home

Urethane

2.5-20

2.5

None

No

11.5x5.5x5.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock U-50 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued

U-50

Home

Urethane

5-50

2.5

12.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5

Yes

13x7.25x7

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock XXXL 125 lb Heavyweight - 10-125 lbs - Thumbnail

Heavy Weight XXXL 125 lb

Home

Urethane

10-125

2.5**

22.5, 37.5, 52.5, 67.5,82.5, 97.5, 114

Yes (?)

17.25x8.5x8.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

PowerBlock XXXL 175 lb Heavyweight - 10-175 lbs - Thumbnail

Heavy Weight XXXL 175 lb

Home

Urethane

10-175

2.5**

22.5, 37.5, 52.5, 67.5,82.5, 97.5, 114, 127.5,130, 132.5, 147.5,162.5

Yes (?)

20.75x8.5x8.5

N/A

N/A

N/A

* The Elite 50, Elite 90 and Elite 130 dumbbells are all part of the same expandable set. You can think of the Elite 50 as the "Stage I" base set; the Elite 90 as the "Stage II" set; and the Elite 130 as the "Stage III" set.

** The precise weight increments for the "Heavy Weight 125 lb" and the "Heavy Weight 125 lb + 50 lb Add-On" are stated below:

  • 2.5 lb increments from 10-105 lbs (and from 130-175 if using the 50 lb Add-On Kit)
  • 3 lb increments from 105-125 lbs
  • 2 lb increments from 120-122 lbs

What's the Best PowerBlock Dumbbell Model to Buy?

As I stated in the introduction, I do not own any of the PowerBlock dumbbells. As such, I can't give you a recommendation based on personal experience...

...But, having done so much in-depth research of the PowerBlock dumbbells, I can confidently tell you which models would be at the top of my list, if I were to choose a pair for myself (or anyone serious about lifting).

First off, I wouldn't choose any of the models that aren't expandable to at least 90 lbs. This narrows our choices to just four:

  1. U-90 (expandable to 125 lbs. with Stage 4)
  2. Sport EXP (expandable to 90 lbs. with Stage 3)
  3. Elite (expandable to 90 lbs. with the Elite 90)
  4. U125 or U175 Club Set (U125 set is expandable to 175 lbs. with add-on kit; U175 set is 175 lbs.)

My first choice would be one of the U-90 sets, because:

  • They are expandable to 125 lbs. Even very advanced lifters rarely need more than that. If they do, it's only for a small handful of exercises (e.g. one arm rows, dumbbell bench press). This is the second heaviest weight capacity of among all PowerBlock dumbbells. (The Club U175's, which I mention below, are the heaviest. However, they're commercial grade and are nearly double the price.)
  • They have the most durable build quality compared to the rest of the home-use equipment.
  • They have a limited lifetime warranty, which covers manufacturer defects as well as damage from normal use and drops from as high as 12 inches. This is the best warranty offered among all the PowerBlock models. Most of the other warranties are for just 10 or 15 years and only cover damage on drops as high as 6 inches.

The Sport EXP's and the Elites are tied for my third/forth choice. It's too difficult a decision to choose a clear-cut winner, without actually testing each one first...

...Each model has its own positives and negatives, described below, which make it a toss up between the two.

  • The Elites are more affordable by about $65.
  • The Sport EXP models, however, have a superior build quality.
  • ​Both sets are expandable to 90 lbs. This is plenty of weight for the vast majority of lifters on the vast majority of exercises. If you want more weight, you'll need to pay an extra $300-350 to get the U-90 Stage 4 set instead.

My forth choice would be the U125 or U175 Club Set (commercial use) for the following reasons:

  • It has the heaviest weight capacity of all the PowerBlock sets. The U125 set is 125 lbs., but is expandable to 175 lbs with the U175 add-on kit. The U175 set comes with the 175 lbs. capacity built-in.
  • It has the fewest unavailable weight increments (i.e. more weight options, which makes strength progression easier)
  • It has the best warranty offered by PowerBlock, Inc. It lasts 15 years and covers defects, damage from normal use and drops from up to 12 inches above the ground. (Note: The U-90 has the same warranty.)
  • It is VERY expensive. The big price tag is why I put this PowerBlock set as my last recommendation. It will automatically disqualify most potential buyers. BUT, if money isn't a concern, then this is the best set.

PowerBlock Dumbbell Videos & Pictures

Classic Series

Classic 45 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock Classic 45

Personal Trainer - Discontinued:

PowerBlock Personal Trainer

Elite 50:

PowerBlock Elite 50

Elite 70:

PowerBlock U70 Stage 3 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-70 lbs

Elite 90:

PowerBlock Elite 90 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-90 lbs

Elite 130 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock Elite 130

Sport Series

Sport 24 (formerly known as Sport 2.4):

The only difference between the Sport 24 and 2.4 is the name.

PowerBlock Sport 2.4

Note: Sport 24 dumbbells are shown at 0:09-0:19 in the video below.

Sport 5.0 - Discontinued

The Sport 5.0 (shown directly below) has been replaced by the Sport 50 (shown after the 5.0 photo/video). They are essentially the same, except the old 5.0 is coloful and the new 50 is black.

PowerBlock Sport 5.0

Sport 50

The Sport 50 (shown below) is the same as the Sport 5.0 (shown above), except for the new all-black color:​

PowerBlock Sport 50 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 10-50 lbs

Sport 5.5 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock Sport 5.5

Sport 9.0 Stage I - Discontinued & Replaced by Sport EXP Stage 1:

The Sport 9.0 Stage I (shown directly below) has been discontinued and replaced by the Sport EXP Stage 1 (shown below, after the 9.0 stage I photo/video).

PowerBlock Sport 9.0 Stage I

Sport EXP Stage 1:

PowerBlock Sport EXP Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-50 lbs

Sport 9.0 Stage II - Discontinued

The Sport 9.0 Stage II (shown directly below) has been discontinued and replaced by the Sport EXP Stage 2 (shown below, after the 9.0 stage II photo/video).

PowerBlock Sport 9.0 Stage II

Sport EXP Stage 2:

PowerBlock Sport EXP Stage 2 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-70 lbs

Sport 9.0 Stage III - Discontinued

The Sport 9.0 Stage II (shown directly below) has been discontinued and replaced by the Sport EXP Stage 2 (shown below, after the 9.0 stage II photo/video).

PowerBlock Sport 9.0 Stage III

Sport EXP Stage 3:

PowerBlock Sport EXP Stage 3 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-90 lbs

Urethane Series

U-20 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock U-20 Club Set

U-33 Stage I:

U-33 Stage I

U-33 Stage II:

U-33 Stage II

U-50 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock U-50

U-70 Stage 1:

PowerBlock U70 Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-40 lbs

U-70 Stage 2:

PowerBlock U70 Stage 2 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-60 lbs

U-70 Stage 3:

PowerBlock U70 Stage 3 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-70 lbs

U-90 Stage I:

PowerBlock U90 Stage 1 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-50 lbs

U-90 Stage II:

PowerBlock U90 Stage 2 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-70 lbs

U-90 Stage III:

PowerBlock U90 Stage 3 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-90 lbs

U-90 Stage 4:

PowerBlock U90 Stage 4 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-125 lbs

XXXL 125lb Heavy Weight - Discontinued:

The XXXL 175lb Heavy Weight dumbbell set, which was part of PowerBlock's home use line, has been discontinued. It has been replaced with the U175 club set, which is part of PowerBlock's commercial use equipment line.

PowerBlock XXXL 125 lb Heavyweight Adjustable Dumbbell Set

U125 Club

This is essential the same as the XXXL 125lb Heavy Weight set. However, it is now part of the commercial product line. There may or may not be design improvements between the U125 and XXL 125.

PowerBlock U125 Club Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 12.5 to 125 lbs

XXXL 175lb Heavy Weight - Discontinued:

The XXXL 125lb Heavy Weight dumbbell set, which was part of PowerBlock's home use line, has been discontinued. It has been replaced with the U125 club set, which is part of PowerBlock's commercial use equipment line.

PowerBlock XXXL 175 lb Heavyweight Adjustable Dumbbell Set

U175 Club

This is essential the same as the XXXL 175lb Heavy Weight set. However, it is now part of the commercial product line. There may or may not be design improvements between the U175 and XXL 175.

PowerBlock U175 Club Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 12.5 to 175 lbs

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