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

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

Is the PowerBlock adjustable dumbbell system right for you? If so, which specific model should you choose?

This page will teach how to accurately assess which PowerBlock model is the best adjustable dumbbell set for you. I've included:

  • My top recommendations
  • A comparison chart of all the PowerBlock sets
  • Videos & photos of each different PowerBlock dumbbell set.

To start, I'll summarize my top PowerBlock recommendations in the chart below:

Model

Key Features

Rating

PowerBlock Pro EXP Stage 3 Dumbbells - 5-90 lbs
  • Replaced the "Urethane Series" in 2018
  • Goes up to 90 lbs with the Stage 3
  • Weight blocks have non-welded "Flex" design for enhanced durability
  • Urethane coating protects dumbbells and minimizes noise from plate on plate contact
  • Auto lock adjustment
  • Open handle design (most hand room vs all other models)
  • Weight indication painted block rails on both sides

Rated 5 out of 5

PowerBlock Elite 90 - 5-90 lbs
  • Max weight of 90 lbs per hand
  • Straight handle (not contoured like most others)
  • Best value per dollar spent among all PowerBlock models

Rated 4.5 out of 5

PowerBlock Sport EXP Stage 3 - 5-90 lbs
  • Max of 90 lbs per DB
  • Auto lock adjustment 
  • New and improved design compared to old Sports Series models
  • Open handle design provides ample space for hands/wrist
  • Snap on band weight indicator over block rail, on one side of each block

Rated 4.5 out of 5

Need more info? Keep reading this page! (Afterwards, you may also want to check out my PowerBlock dumbbells review, where I discuss the pros & cons of the PowerBlock system, plus other details.)

A General Overview of the PowerBlock Dumbbells

As of 2019, there are 4 series of PowerBlock dumbbells in production, including the:

  • Pro Series
  • Classic Series
  • Sport Series
  • PowerBlock Series

Within each series, there are several different models. I'll go over them 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 research and can be 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 1, Stage 2, Stage 3). What this means is that you can expand the weight capacity of the base dumbbell set (i.e. the Stage 1 set) with a Stage 2 expansion kit and then a Stage 3 expansion kit.

So, you can buy just the Stage I model to begin with, and then purchase the expansion 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.

Alternatively, you can buy the dumbbell sets with the expansion kit(s) included. This is what the "Stage 2" and "Stage 3" models in the chart refer to. You save some money this way, as opposed to buying the base set and expansion kits separately.

For example: You could buy just the Sports EXP Stage 1 set now, and then have the option to buy the Stage 2 and Stage 3 expansion kits later. Alternatively, you could buy the Sports EXP Stage 2 set now and have the choice to buy the Stage 3 expansion kit later. Or, the third and final option would be to go all out and buy the Sports EXP Stage 3 set now, and have everything included from the get-go.

Currently Available Models:

ModelUseSeriesRange (lbs.)Increments (lbs.)Unavailable
Increments (lbs.)
Adder WeightsLxWxH (in.)Price
HomeClassic5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12x6x6$299 + S&H
HomeClassic5 - 702.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes14x6.25x6$428 + S&H
HomeClassic5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes16x6x6$557 + S&H
HomeSport3 - 243NoneNo10.5x5.25x5$149 + S&H
HomeSport10 - 505NoneNo12.25x6.5x6.5$319 + S&H
HomeSport5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12x6.5x6.5$339 + S&H
HomeSport5 - 702.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes14x6.5x6.5$478 + S&H
HomeSport5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes16x6.5x6.5$617 + S&H
HomePro4 - 324NoneNo13.5x5.5x5.5$329 + S&H
HomePro5 - 502.5NoneYes13x7x7.25$429 + S&H
HomePro5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12.5x7x7.25$439 + S&H
HomePro5 - 702.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes14.5x7x7.25$588 + S&H
HomePro5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes17x7x7.25$737 + S&H
HomePowerBlock10 - 505NoneNo12.25x6.5x6.5Check price
HomePowerBlock5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12x6.5x6.5Check price
HomePowerBlock5 - 702.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes14x6.5x6.5Check price
HomePowerBlock5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes16x6.5x6.5Check price
CommercialPro Commercial4 - 324NoneNo13.5x5.5x5.5$329 + S&H
CommercialPro Commercial10 - 505NoneNoN/A$819 + S&H
CommercialPro Commercial5 - 905NoneNoN/A$1299 + S&H
CommercialPro Commercial12.5 - 125
(really 127)
7.5110, 117.5, 125 (has 111, 120 & 127 instead)No17.25" L at 125 lbs$1599 + S&H
CommercialPro Commercial12.5 - 1757.5110, 117.5, 125, 132.5 (has 111, 120, 127 & 137.5 instead)No20.75" L at 175 lbs$1899 + S&H
ModelUseSeriesRange (lbs.)Increments (lbs.)Unavailable
Increments (lbs.)
Adder WeightsLxWxH (in.)Price
HomeClassic5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12x6x6$299 + S&H
HomeClassic5 - 702.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes14x6.25x6$428 + S&H
HomeClassic5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes16x6x6$557 + S&H
HomeSport3 - 243NoneNo10.5x5.25x5$149 + S&H
HomeSport10 - 505NoneNo12.25x6.5x6.5$319 + S&H
HomeSport5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12x6.5x6.5$339 + S&H
HomeSport5 - 702.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes14x6.5x6.5$478 + S&H
HomeSport5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes16x6.5x6.5$617 + S&H
HomePro4 - 324NoneNo13.5x5.5x5.5$329 + S&H
HomePro5 - 502.5NoneYes13x7x7.25$429 + S&H
HomePro5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12.5x7x7.25$439 + S&H
HomePro5 - 702.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes14.5x7x7.25$588 + S&H
HomePro5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes17x7x7.25$737 + S&H
HomePowerBlock10 - 505NoneNo12.25x6.5x6.5Check price
HomePowerBlock5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12x6.5x6.5Check price
HomePowerBlock5 - 702.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes14x6.5x6.5Check price
HomePowerBlock5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes16x6.5x6.5Check price
CommercialPro Commercial4 - 324NoneNo13.5x5.5x5.5$329 + S&H
CommercialPro Commercial10 - 505NoneNoN/A$819 + S&H
CommercialPro Commercial5 - 905NoneNoN/A$1299 + S&H
CommercialPro Commercial12.5 - 125
(really 127)
7.5110, 117.5, 125 (has 111, 120 & 127 instead)No17.25" L at 125 lbs$1599 + S&H
CommercialPro Commercial12.5 - 1757.5110, 117.5, 125, 132.5 (has 111, 120, 127 & 137.5 instead)No20.75" L at 175 lbs$1899 + S&H

Discontinued Models:

ModelUseSeriesRange (lbs.)Increments (lbs.)Unavailable Increments (lbs.)Adder WeightsLxWxH (inches)Price ($)
HomeClassic5 - 455NoneNo12x6x6Check Price
HomeClassic10 - 505NoneNo12x6x6.25Check Price
HomeClassic5 - 502.5NoneNo12x6x6 (?)Check Price
Elite 130
HomeClassic5 - 1302.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5,52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5,85, 95, 97.5, 107.5,110, 120, 122.5Yes19x6x6N/A
HomeSport3 - 243NoneNo?x?x?Check Price
HomeSport5 - 505NoneNo?x?x?Check Price
HomeSport20 - 655NoneNo?x?x?Check Price
Sport 5.5
HomeSport2.5 - 552.5NoneNo?x?x?N/A
HomeSport5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12x6.5x6.5Check Price
Sport 9.0 Stage 2
HomeSport5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5,52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes16x6.5x6.5N/A
HomeSport5 - 1302.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5,52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5,85, 92.5, 95, 97.5,107.5, 110, 120, 122.5Yes19x6.5x6.5Check Price
U-20
HomeUrethane2.5 - 202.5NoneNo11.5x5.5x5.5N/A
U-33 Stage 1
HomeUrethane3 - 2116, 10, 14, 18Yes10.5x5.5x5.5N/A
U-33 Stage 2
HomeUrethane3 - 3316, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30Yes13.25x5.5x5.5N/A
U-50
HomeUrethane5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes13x7.25x7N/A
U-70 Stage 1
HomeUrethane5 - 402.532.5Yes11.75x7x7.25N/A
U-70 Stage 2
HomeUrethane5 - 602.532.5, 42.5, 52.5Yes14x7x7.25N/A
U-70 Stage 3
HomeUrethane5 - 702.532.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes15.25x7x7.25N/A
U-90 Stage 1
HomeUrethane5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12.5x7x7.25N/A
U-90 Stage 2
HomeUrethane5 - 702.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes14.75x7x7N/A
U-90 Stage 3
HomeUrethane5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes17x7x7N/A
U-90 Stage 4
HomeUrethane5 - 1252.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5, 92.5, 95, 97.5, 100, 110, 112.5, 115, 117.5Yes20.5x7.25x8.25N/A
Heavy Weight XXXL 125 lb
HomeUrethane10 - 1252.5**22.5, 37.5, 52.5, 67.5,82.5, 97.5, 114Yes (?)17.25x8.5x8.5N/A
Heavy Weight XXXL 175 lb
HomeUrethane10 - 1752.5**22.5, 37.5, 52.5, 67.5,82.5, 97.5, 114, 127.5,130, 132.5, 147.5,162.5Yes (?)20.75x8.5x8.5N/A
ModelUseSeriesRange (lbs.)Increments (lbs.)Unavailable Increments (lbs.)Adder WeightsLxWxH (inches)Price ($)
HomeClassic5 - 455NoneNo12x6x6Check Price
HomeClassic10 - 505NoneNo12x6x6.25Check Price
HomeClassic5 - 502.5NoneNo12x6x6 (?)Check Price
Elite 130
HomeClassic5 - 1302.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5,52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5,85, 95, 97.5, 107.5,110, 120, 122.5Yes19x6x6N/A
HomeSport3 - 243NoneNo?x?x?Check Price
HomeSport5 - 505NoneNo?x?x?Check Price
HomeSport20 - 655NoneNo?x?x?Check Price
Sport 5.5
HomeSport2.5 - 552.5NoneNo?x?x?N/A
HomeSport5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12x6.5x6.5Check Price
Sport 9.0 Stage 2
HomeSport5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5,52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes16x6.5x6.5N/A
HomeSport5 - 1302.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5,52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5,85, 92.5, 95, 97.5,107.5, 110, 120, 122.5Yes19x6.5x6.5Check Price
U-20
HomeUrethane2.5 - 202.5NoneNo11.5x5.5x5.5N/A
U-33 Stage 1
HomeUrethane3 - 2116, 10, 14, 18Yes10.5x5.5x5.5N/A
U-33 Stage 2
HomeUrethane3 - 3316, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30Yes13.25x5.5x5.5N/A
U-50
HomeUrethane5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes13x7.25x7N/A
U-70 Stage 1
HomeUrethane5 - 402.532.5Yes11.75x7x7.25N/A
U-70 Stage 2
HomeUrethane5 - 602.532.5, 42.5, 52.5Yes14x7x7.25N/A
U-70 Stage 3
HomeUrethane5 - 702.532.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes15.25x7x7.25N/A
U-90 Stage 1
HomeUrethane5 - 502.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5Yes12.5x7x7.25N/A
U-90 Stage 2
HomeUrethane5 - 702.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5Yes14.75x7x7N/A
U-90 Stage 3
HomeUrethane5 - 902.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5Yes17x7x7N/A
U-90 Stage 4
HomeUrethane5 - 1252.512.5, 22.5, 32.5, 42.5, 52.5, 62.5, 72.5, 82.5, 92.5, 95, 97.5, 100, 110, 112.5, 115, 117.5Yes20.5x7.25x8.25N/A
Heavy Weight XXXL 125 lb
HomeUrethane10 - 1252.5**22.5, 37.5, 52.5, 67.5,82.5, 97.5, 114Yes (?)17.25x8.5x8.5N/A
Heavy Weight XXXL 175 lb
HomeUrethane10 - 1752.5**22.5, 37.5, 52.5, 67.5,82.5, 97.5, 114, 127.5,130, 132.5, 147.5,162.5Yes (?)20.75x8.5x8.5N/A

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

  1. Pro EXP: The Pro EXP Stage 3 set goes up to 90 lbs per dumbbell.
  2. Elite: The Elite 90 comes with 90 lbs max capacity per dumbbell.
  3. Sport EXP: Goes up to 90 lbs with the Stage 3 set.
  4. PowerBlock EXP: The PowerBlock EXP Stage 3 set adjusts up to 90 lbs per hand.
  5. ​Pro 90 Commercial Set​: The Pro 90 Commercial Set comes with 90 lbs max capacity per dumbbell; not expandable.
  6. Pro 125 Commercial Set or Pro 175 Commercial Set: The Pro 125 set is expandable to 175 lbs. with the 125-175 lb expansion kit. The Pro 175 set is 175 lbs when you get it.

#1 Pro EXP Stage 3 Set

PowerBlock Pro EXP Stage 3 Adjustable Dumbbell Set

My first choice would be one of the Pro EXP sets because:

  • They are expandable to 90 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).
  • They have a protective Urethane coating over each weight block. This makes a major difference in preventing cosmetic as well as functional damage from short drops.
PowerBlock Pro EXP Block Rails Have Non-Welded Flex Design
  • The rails connecting the ends of each block to together use a superior non-welded "flex" design. This allows them to move and bend slightly, as shown above. This makes them them MUCH less likely to be damaged from drops, compared to inflexible welded designs. These are the only home-use PowerBlock series that has this flex technology (the Pro Commercial also have it). The Classic (Elite), Sports and PowerBlock series' all use a welded design. The Pro EXP's flex design combined with its urethane coating, make it unmatched in terms of durability and robustness.
  • They're the only PowerBlock series that's compatible with the KettleBlock handle, giving you access to an adjustable kettlebell option. They're also the only line that's compatible with the PowerBlock EZ Curl / Straight Bar handles which essentially convert the Pro EXP dumbbells into adjustable barbells!
  • They have a 5 year limited warranty, which covers manufacturer defects as well as damage from normal use and drops from as high as 12 inches. This is the same warranty offered on ALL home-use PowerBlock models. Until recently, PowerBlock had 10 year, 15 year of lifetime warranties on different models. However, after noticing that the PowerBlock EXP warranty was less than this, despite being a better and more expensive dumbbell, I reached out to a PowerBlock rep for clarification (in early Jan. 2019). He told me that all new home-use PowerBlock models sold going forward now have a standard 5 year limited warranty. If you see conflicting information elsewhere, it's out of date.
PowerBlock Pro EXP Adjustable Dumbbells

This photo shows just the Pro EXP Stage 1 base set. If you buy this one, you can (and should!) buy the Stage 2 expansion kit & Stage 3 expansion kit later, to get the full 90 lbs max weight.

Want to learn more about these dumbbells? Be sure to read my full review of the PowerBlock Pro EXP dumbbell set.

NOTE: Although the 90 lb Pro EXP Stage 3 set would be my ideal first choice, I understand that budget is very important for most people, myself included....

...And the Pro EXP Stage 3 set is significantly more expensive than the next best models: the Elite 90 and Sports EXP Stage 3. Specifically, the Pro EXP Stage 3 is currently $138 more than the Sports EXP Stage 3 and $208 more than the Elite 90.

If budget is a major concern, then either of the Elite 90 set or the Sports EXP Stage 3 set may in fact be the best choice for you. I'll discuss those models, below:

# 2 Elite 90 Set & #3 Sports EXP Stage 3 Set

It's difficult for me to choose a clear-cut winner between the Elite 90 and the Sports EXP Stage 3, without actually testing each one first. It's pretty much a tie...

...However, if I was forced to choose, I would give the edge to the Elite 90 because it is less expensive and much more popular, with raving reviews to go along with it. There is far less user feedback to be found online for the Sports EXP line, especially since it underwent a recent design overhaul.

Each model has its own positives and negatives, described below, which makes choosing between the two such a difficult decision.

  • The Elites are more affordable by about $65.
  • The Sport EXP models, however, have a superior build quality, at least from what I can tell from the looking at it visually.
  • Both sets go up to 90 lbs per dumbbell. This is plenty of weight for the vast majority of lifters on the vast majority of exercises.

#4 PowerBlock EXP Stage 3 Set

PowerBlock EXP Stage 1

This photo shows just the PowerBlock EXP Stage 1 base set. There is also a Stage 2 expansion kit and Stage 3 expansion kit. Or you can buy the Stage 2 Set or Stage 3 Set right off the bat.

From everything I've seen, the PowerBlock EXP dumbbells are the same as the Sport EXP, from basic design/shape, dimensions, increments, max capacity, and price. The main difference appears to be the color scheme.

I've ranked it lower than the Sport EXP simply because it is brand new as of late 2018 when I'm updating this section.

It hasn't been out long enough to get any real feedback from customers. Whereas, the Sport EXP has been out for a couple years now, and has received plenty of great feedback.

#5 Pro 90 Commercial Set

My fifth choice would be the Pro 90 Commercial Set.

This is a beefed up version of the Pro EXP Stage 3 dumbbell set (which I ranked #1). It's really made for use in a commercial gym, hence the name. 

It has 3 major differences compared to the Pro EXP Stage 3:

  • It's overall more durable so that it can handle rougher commercial gym use conditions. (It also has a commercial warranty of 1 year, as opposed to the 5 year limited home use warranty that the Pro EXP has.)
  • The handles are straight and made of steel with knurling for better grip. This is a big upgrade from the contoured rubberized plastic grips on the home use PowerBlocks. Whether it's worth the jump in price is a totally different question.
  • There are two pairs of handles (5 lb & 10 lb) and no adder weights.

The major negatives compared to the Pro EXP series are:

  • It's MUCH more expensive. After shipping and handling, it's $594 more than the Pro EXP Stage 3 ($1448 vs $854).
  • It can't do micro-adjustments of 2.5 lbs since it doesn't have adder weights. However, it can still do 5 lb increments which is small enough for most exercises most of the time.

#6 Pro 125 / 175 Commercial Set

My sixth choice(s) would be the Pro 125 Commercial Set or Pro Commercial 175 Set Club Set (for use in commercial gyms) for the following reasons:

  • It has the heaviest weight capacity of all the PowerBlock sets. The Pro 125 set is 125 lbs., but is expandable to 175 lbs with an add-on kit. The Pro 175 set comes with the 175 lbs. capacity built-in.
  • It is 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

Pro Series

PowerBlock Pro 32
PowerBlock Pro 50
PowerBlock Pro EXP Stage 1
Powerblock PRO EXP Dumbbells Review- Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Kits
PowerBlock Pro EXP Stage 2 Set - 5-70 Lbs
Powerblock PRO EXP Dumbbells Review- Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Kits
PowerBlock Pro EXP Stage 3 Dumbbells on Stand
Powerblock PRO EXP Dumbbells Review- Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Kits

Urethane Series

U-20 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock U-20 - Discontinued

U-33 Stage 1 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock U-33 Stage 1 - Discontinued
PowerBlock U33 reedit

U-33 Stage 2 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock U-33 Stage 2 - Discontinued
PowerBlock U33 reedit

U-50 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock U-50 - Discontinued

U-70 Stage 1 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock U-70 Stage 1 - Discontinued
PowerBlock U70 Set

U-70 Stage 2 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock U-70 Stage 2 - Discontinued
PowerBlock U70 Set

U-70 Stage 3 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock U-70 Stage 3 - Discontinued
PowerBlock U70 Set

U-90 Stage 1 - Discontinued:

U-90 Stage 2 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock U-90 Stage 2 - Discontinued
Powerblock U90 Stage 2 Review

U-90 Stage 3 - Discontinued:

U-90 Stage 4 - Discontinued:

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 - Discontinued
Body Beast Day 3- New 125lbs Power Blocks

U125 Club - Discontinued:

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 - Discontinued

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 - Discontinued
PowerBlock XXXL Set

U175 Club - Discontinued:

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 - Discontinued

Classic Series

Classic 45 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock Classic 45 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - Discontinued
Powerblock Dumbbells Review

Personal Trainer - Discontinued:

PowerBlock Personal Trainer - Discontinued
PowerBlock Personal Trainer Adjustable Dumbbell Set review
PowerBlock Elite 50
PowerBlocks Elite 5-50 lb Adjustable Dumbbells
PowerBlock Elite 70
What are Powerblocks? | My Stage III Kit Upgrade
PowerBlock Elite 90
PowerBlocks Elite 90 Pound Adjustable Dumbbell Set Review

Elite 130 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock Elite 130 - Discontinued
PowerBlock Elite 130lbs Dumbbell

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 24 Set

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

PowerBlock Dumbbells

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 - Discontinued
New powerblock sport 5.0

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
New powerblock sport 5.0

Sport 5.5 - Discontinued:

PowerBlock Sport 5.5 - Discontinued
Powerblock Sport 5.5 Review

Sport 9.0 Stage 1 - Discontinued:

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

PowerBlock Sport 9.0 Stage 1
Powerblock Sport 9.0 how-to and comparison
PowerBlock Sport EXP Stage 1
PowerBlock Sport 90 EXP Adjustable Dumbbells Demonstration

Sport 9.0 Stage 2 - Discontinued

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

PowerBlock Sport EXP Stage 2 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-70 lbs
PowerBlock Sport 90 EXP Adjustable Dumbbells Demonstration

Sport 9.0 Stage 3 - Discontinued

The Sport 9.0 Stage 3 (shown directly below) has been discontinued and replaced by the Sport EXP Stage 3 (shown below, after the 9.0 stage 3 photo/video).

PowerBlock Sport 9.0 Stage 3 - Discontinued
PowerBlock Sport 9 0
PowerBlock Sport EXP Stage 3 Adjustable Dumbbell Set - 5-90 lbs
PowerBlock Sport 90 EXP Adjustable Dumbbells Demonstration

PowerBlock Series

PowerBlock 50
PowerBlock EXP Stage 1
PowerBlock EXP Stage 2 Set
PowerBlock EXP Stage 3 Set

Hope this PowerBlock dumbbell guide helped! You can shop all PowerBlock products here.

18 thoughts on “PowerBlock Dumbbell Set Reviews: Classic vs Elite vs Sport vs Pro vs Urethane vs PowerBlock Series”

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. As you probably know, the PowerBlock Pro 5-85 is discontinued. That being the case, I’ll put it on my to-do list to update the discontinued models table in this article (no promises on a timeline, though). In the meantime, you can check out this detailed video review on the Pro 5-85 set:

  1. In the spirit of continuing to hijack this discussion towards the discontinued PowerBlock-Pro, are there any compatible straight bars for this model? (I’m a advanced beginner trying to graduate to deadlifts and live in an area where they don’t sell PowerBlocks.) What are my options? Thanks

    1. They no longer sell the expansion kits for the Pro on their website. But you may have luck if you try calling them directly to see if they have any left. Their phone number is: 800-446-5215

      If not, you may have luck searching on Ebay.

  2. I’m thinking about buying the u90 stage 1 however I’m not sure how they compare to a fixed dumbbell in terms of size, the elite look more compact, thoughts?

    1. Hi Ulyses, good question.

      The U90 Stage 1 Set and the Elite 5-50 Set will BOTH be more compact than a fixed dumbbell of the same weight. Though it depends on the specific fixed dumbbell and which PowerBlock model we’re comparing, I’d say the difference in length will be 2+ inches shorter on the PowerBlocks, for a given weight.

      For example, take a look at this 40 lb. fixed hex dumbbell, it’s 14″ long. Compare that to the U90 Stage 1 which is 12.5″ long at 50 lbs., and the Elite 5-50 set which is 12″ long at 50 lbs.. So, both PowerBlock models are 2 or more inches shorter than the fixed dumbbell that’s 10 lbs. lighter.

      Like you thought, the Elite set is slightly more compact than the U90 set in length, width and height. It’s not a major difference, but it’d be noticeable if you compared them side by side. The Elite 5-50 is 12″L x6″ W x 6″ H at 50 lbs, vs. the U90 Stage 1, which is 12.5″ L x 7″ W x 7.25″ H at 50 lbs.

      I found this image helpful image that shows a good comparison (the PowerBlock model appears to be the Elite set — all dumbbells shown are 35 lbs).

      Lastly — if it helps make your decision between the U90 and Elite easier, the U90 is out of stock, and has been for the last couple weeks that I’ve been checking. The Elite is now back in stock after being out of stock for some time a couple weeks ago.

      Hope that helps, man! Let me know if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Alex

  3. In your comparison of the pro and commercial version you mention limited lifetime warranty for the pro version. It looks like it is actually only five years — the user manual describes each warranty. The older urethane version has a lifetime warranty. The longest home warranty now is the sport with fifteen years. The exp has five years and the powerblock version is for ten years. Kind of strange that the most expensive one has a shorter warranty….

    Howie

    1. Hi Howie,

      It looks like you made this comment at about the same time I was updating this page to include updated information on the warranty — weird coincidence! Just saw your comment now, though…

      …Anyway, I noticed the same thing as you about the warranty discrepancy. I reached out to PowerBlock a couple days ago to get to the bottom of it and they told me that ALL new home-use PowerBlocks sold now have a 5 year limited warranty — So the Elite/Classic and the Sports are both 5 year warranties now; they’re no longer 10 and 15 year warranties. However, I’m sure if anyone bought one of those units before they implemented this change, they would obviously honor the old warranty. New units sold going forward, though, will definitely be 5 year warranties.

      PowerBlock should update the old manuals for the Elite/Classic and Sports Series on their site to reflect the new 5 year warranty term, as it’s obviously a source of confusion. I’m guessing they’ll probably be doing so soon.

      In the meantime, I need to update any warranty term discrepancies the different PowerBlock pages on my site 🙂

      Hope I cleared everything up for you.

      Best,
      Alex

  4. Hello Alex. You noted that the Pro EXP is compatible with the kettlebell handle but I can only find the handle for the U series. Can you check this please and let me know if there is a handle for the Pro EXP?

    1. Hi Chris,

      The KettleBlock handle is the one that works with the Pro EXP — NOTE: The product page says it works with the U70 and U90, but it also works with the Pro EXP; they just haven’t updated the product details yet (the Pro EXP replaced the U90 dumbbells). I can personally confirm this fact, as I own the Pro EXP and the KettleBlock handle…

      …Here’s a photo of my Pro EXP dumbbells with the KettleBlock handle:
      KettleBlock Handle with Pro EXP Dumbbells

      FYI, I have more photos in my Pro EXP Review.

      Hope that clears things up for you.

      Best,
      Alex

  5. Excellent writeup! Just started looking for adjustable dumbells and leaning towards a PB, only to find out there are so many models it’s daunting. I think you’ve helped narrow it down to the Elite 90….I think. Wait, must reread article!

    1. Thanks, Michael. You’re right, it is daunting at first. But with the information in this article and my other PowerBlock articles, you have all the info you need to make the right choice for YOU. I’m sure you’ll be happy with the model you end up choosing.

  6. Am I mistaken or is Powerblock still selling the U90 Stage 4 (5-125) on their website? Also is the ez bar and straight bar fitted for this model? Great article by the way.

    1. Thanks, Paul. Yes, you are mistaken — There is actually a U90 page on their, but you’ll notice it says out of stock (you can try to add it to the cart, but it will not add). It’s permanently out of stock, and I have confirmed this with them. They just haven’t taken the page down.

      That said, they DO still have stock of the U90 expansion kits for people who may have bought the U90 in the past and want to expand the max weight.

      The PowerBlock Pro EXP has replaced the U90. I own this set — You can read my PowerBlock Pro EXP review here.

      As for the compatibility of the EZ Bar and Straight Bar (as well as the KettleBlock handle), they are compatible with the Pro EXP, and yes, they are/were also compatible with the now-discontinued U90 (as well as the now-discontinued U70). No other sets are compatible with these attachments.

      Hope that helps!

      Best,
      Alex

      1. Thanks for the reply. Is the Elite 90 expandable to 125 with the kit? Or are the “commercial” lines the only ones that can be expanded beyond 90 lbs now.

        1. The Elite 90 is not expandable to 125 with the kit. You’re correct the only way to expand beyond 90 is with commercial sets — specifically, you’d have to buy the Pro 125 or the Pro 175 (or you can expand the Pro 125 to 175 lbs later with a different expansion kit). Note also that the Pro 90 Commercial Set is not expandable beyond 90 lbs.

  7. Hi, Alex. I used to have the U-90 Stage 4 Set, 125 lbs, and got rid of it… because I wasn’t thinking straight. Major regrets now.

    Having spoken to PowerBlock reps, do you have any idea why the sets don’t go to 100 lbs at least, why they all stop at 90 lbs?

    Any plans on bringing in Stage 4 expansion kits for any of the current sets?

    Thank you for the great information on this site!

    1. Sorry to hear about that, Collin.

      Unfortunately, no. They don’t have any plans to release any expansion kits to go beyond 90 lbs for any of the HOME USE models.

      However — and you may already know this — a couple of their COMMERCIAL sets do go beyond 90 lbs:

      As far as why the HOME USE models no longer expand beyond 90 lbs, I do believe I asked them about this a while ago — If I remember correctly, it’s because most customers didn’t get the super heavy models (you have to remember that a lot of their customer base includes casual fitness enthusiasts, or personal trainers who use the dummbbells to train beginners — not serious powerlifters/bodybuilding types).

      A lot of the customers who buy the 125 lb+ models are athletic training facilities and even some commercial gyms, so I think that’s why they made only the commercial sets that go that high — because those applications require the heavy weight and also they need the commercial warranty.

      If you definitely need >90 lb dumbbells, you have three options as I see it:

      1. Buy the Pro 125 commercial set or Pro 175 commercial set, linked above. This may be price prohibitive, though, since the commercial sets are significantly more expensive than the home use models.
      2. Buy the Ironmaster Quick-Lock dumbbells, which can you can buy a 75-120 lbs add-on kit for (and even a 120-165 lb add-on kit after that, if needed). You can read my Ironmaster review here.
      3. First, buy one of the 90 lb home use PowerBlock sets (I personally recommend the Pro EXP). Then, supplement that with a pair of Olympic dumbbell handles — Assuming you have a home gym with Olympic weights, this is a cheap way to use heavy weight for dumbbell exercises. You may also need pickup a couple extra 25 lb Olympic plates (or several 10 lb Olympic plates) to use these effectively, since larger weight plates make some DB exercises too awkward to perform — it’s probably best to get these locally (Craigslist, Facebook marketplace, Walmart or Dick’s) to save on shipping.

      Hope this helps — good luck on whichever dumbbell solution you choose!

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