Many assume that all kettlebells are created equal, but that’s not entirely true. In fact, a kettlebell can be as unique as the way you train, and finding the perfect fit can ensure you get the most out of your kettlebell workouts. At the surface, kettlebells all look similar in design, but as you read on you’ll learn there are multiple factors that make each kettlebell unique.

Over the last few months, we’ve spent hundreds of hours testing multiple kettlebells in a variety of scenarios. Like with everything in strength sports, we wanted to find the best kettlebell for every type of kettlebell workout and athlete. To remain consistent, we performed similar tests in every individual kettlebell review and used 24kg (53 lb) kettlebells.

Best Kettlebells

Below, is a list of some of our favorite kettlebell options for a variety of activities, settings, and needs.

So what is the best kettlebell on the market right now? We reviewed multiple categories of kettlebells across the market to help answer that question, read on!

Best Overall Kettlebell

The best overall kettlebell for us was a bell that could handle literally any task and has a strong construction to back up with varied performance potential.

1. Kettlebell Kings Powder Coat Kettlebell

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This kettlebell tops our list because it performed exceptionally well in all of our tests. We like the powder coating of the bell, which takes chalk very well and supports grip without it.

Additionally, we’re fans of this kettlebell’s single-cast casting process, which gives the kettlebell an extremely durable feeling. Lastly, and possibly the biggest perk, is the lifetime warranty that comes along with the kettlebell.

Kettlebell Kings Powder Coated Kettlebell
Kettlebell Kings Powder Coated Kettlebell
Kettlebell Kings Powder Coated Kettlebell

A powder coated kettlebell that is designed for versatile work outs and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Who Should Buy Kettlebell Kings Powder Coated Kettlebell

  1. Athletes that want a bell to go the distance. This kettlebell comes with a lifetime warranty.
  2. Lifters that need a kettlebell that will perform well in every setting with a handle that works with and without chalk.
  3. Users that want to workout at home and need a kettlebell with a nice flat bottom finish.

Who Shouldn’t Buy Kettlebell Kings Powder Coated Kettlebell

  1. The lifter that is really worried about their budget and needs a super cost-efficient option.
  2. Beginners who are just getting into kettlebell training and might use a kettlebell once in a blue moon.

Best Kettlebell for Home Fitness & Home Use

The best kettlebell for home workouts needs to be constructed well, focused on performance, but most importantly, drop-resistant so it doesn’t ruin floors in the event of accidents.

1. Rogue Fitness Rubber Coated Kettlebell

Rogue Fitness Rubber Coated Kettlebell

Home kettlebell workouts can take shape in multiple forms and happen in multiple areas of the home. For this reason, we think kettlebell that offers rubber coating will serve this demographic best.

This way, if you want to work out in your home, then you don’t have to worry about the bell messing up the floor. The Rogue Fitness Rubber Coated Kettlebell is single-cast, has a solid powder coated handle, along with a flat bottom finish covered in soft rubber material.

Rogue Fitness Rubber Coated Kettlebell
Rogue Fitness Rubber Coated Kettlebell
Rogue Fitness Rubber Coated Kettlebell
A single-cast iron kettlebell with a rubber coated, which makes this a good option for reducing forearm impact and indoor use.

Who Should Buy the Rogue Fitness Rubber Coated Kettlebell

  1. Recreational lifters that like to work out inside and store their bell on the floor.
  2. Any lifter that is overly cautious of dropping a kettlebell on their floor to avoid floor/kettlebell damage.
  3. Lifters that like a rubber coat for their bell when making contact with the skin.

Who Shouldn’t Buy the Rogue Fitness Rubber Coated Kettlebell

  1. Lifters that plan to only work out outside and store their bell outside from time-to-time.
  2. Budget-conscious shoppers that don’t have a true need for a rubber-coated bell.

Best Competition Kettlebell

A great competition kettlebell needs to carefully crafted and possess traits that allow its use in a competition such as the correct dimensions.

1. Ader Pro Grade Kettlebell

A great competition kettlebell will not only match the dimensions needed to legally compete, but it will be constructed with the thought of long-term use in mind.

The Ader Pro Grade Kettlebell meets all of the competition measurement requirements and is constructed with single-cast steel material. The handle of this kettlebell is finished steel, which makes it an easy option to use for long periods of time.

Ader Pro Grade Kettlebell
Ader Pro Grade Kettlebell
Ader Pro Grade Kettlebell
The Ader Pro Grade Kettlebell is a durable steel kettlebell that provides competition dimensions and a flat bottom finish.

Who Should Buy the Ader Pro Grade Kettlebell

  1. Recreational lifters that like to work out inside and store their bell on the floor.
  2. Any lifter that is overly cautious of dropping a kettlebell on their floor to avoid floor/kettlebell damage.
  3. Lifters that like a rubber coat for their bell when making contact with the skin.

Who Shouldn’t Buy the Ader Pro Grade Kettlebell

  1. Beginners who need a kettlebell for traditional workouts.
  2. Anyone that doesn’t compete in the future or ever have intentions of competing.

Best Kettlebell for Beginners

A great kettlebell for beginners has a “no-frills” style to it. It’s well-made, durable, and has a handle and build that can accommodate every type of fitness junkie.

1. Onnit Kettlebell

Onnit has grown in popularity through their supplements and workout equipment. Their kettlebell comes equipped with a durable chip-resistant coating, which gives this bell a slightly rigid feeling.

We like that the chip-resistant coating doesn’t tear up the forearm and also takes chalk well, and enhances grip well without it. The second aspect we like about this kettlebell is the flat bottom finish and high-def labeling, which makes it versatile for any beginner athlete’s workout ask.

Onnit Kettlebell
Onnit Kettlebell
Onnit Kettlebell
A quality cast iron kettlebell that provides a unique grip and finish to resist chipping and premature breakdown.

Who Should Buy the Onnit Kettlebell

  1. Recreational lifters that need a kettlebell to tackle all types of workouts.
  2. Fitness enthusiasts that want a product that will last and not chip.
  3. Lifters that plan to get serious with kettlebell workouts and will need a bell to tackle both static and dynamic exercises.

Who Shouldn’t Buy the Onnit Kettlebell

  1. Strictly competitive kettlebell athletes that need to practice on a competition kettlebell.
  2. Extremely cost-conscious fitness enthusiasts.

Best Kettlebell Brand

We categorize the best kettlebell brand as a brand that makes consistently well-made products that can work for nearly every athlete. Multiple brands on this list could technically make our best pick here.

1. Rogue Fitness Kettlebell

In reality, all of the brands below are solid choices, but the Rogue Fitness Kettlebell earned our top spot for a few reasons. We like this kettlebell because it’s a dynamic option for multiple types of athletes.

The powder-coated finish gives it a grip that matches both chalk and non-chalk user’s needs, and the flat bottom finish keeps it from toppling over easily. We also like that this kettlebell is a single-cast gravity cast, so it’s both durable and consistent.

Rogue Fitness Kettlebell
Rogue Fitness Kettlebell
Rogue Fitness Kettlebell
A single-cast iron kettlebell that has markings to indicate its weight, a powdercoat, and flatbottom finish.

Who Should Buy the Rogue Fitness Kettlebell

  1. Athletes that want a versatile and durable kettlebell that performs well in every setting.
  2. Lifters that will want a bell that can work with and without chalk.
  3. Fitness enthusiasts that plan to use their kettlebell often.

Who Shouldn’t Buy the Onnit Kettlebell

  1. Brand new lifters that plan to seldomly use their kettlebell.
  2. Fitness enthusiasts that want to eventually compete, as it might be better to simply opt for a Rogue Fitness competition kettlebell.

Best Kettlebell for CrossFit®-Style Workouts

Great kettlebells for functional fitness and CrossFit-style workouts need one key trait and that is versatility.

1. Kettlebell Kings Powder Coat Kettlebell

CrossFit style workouts take multiple forms, and for that reason we thought a kettlebell that matches multiple needs deserves the top spot. We’ve talked about this kettlebell a few times in this round-up, but it’s on our list once again.

The powder coating is great for both chalk and non-chalk workouts, which are common among CrossFit athletes. And possible the biggest aspect that earns this bell our top spot is the lifetime warranty. Accidents happen (like dropped bells) when you’re moving through fast workouts, so a lifetime warranty is a nice touch to ensure your investment goes the distance.

Kettlebell Kings Powder Coated Kettlebell
Kettlebell Kings Powder Coated Kettlebell
Kettlebell Kings Powder Coated Kettlebell

A powder coated kettlebell that is designed for versatile work outs and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Who Should Buy Kettlebell Kings Powder Coated Kettlebell

  1. Athletes that want a bell to go the distance. This kettlebell comes with a lifetime warranty.
  2. Lifters that need a kettlebell that will perform well in every setting with a handle that works with and without chalk.
  3. Users that want to workout at home and need a kettlebell with a nice flat bottom finish.

Who Shouldn’t Buy Kettlebell Kings Powder Coated Kettlebell

  1. The lifter that is really worried about their budget and needs a super cost-efficient option.
  2. Beginners who are just getting into kettlebell training and might use a kettlebell once in a blue moon.

Best Kettlebell for the Money

So you want to save money? Our best kettlebell for the money will not only go easy on your wallet, but it also the performance specs you want in a quality bell.

1. Rep Fitness Kettlebell

The Rep Fitness Kettlebell has a single-cast gravity casting. Companies will often use this method because it produces higher quality bells with even molds across the board compared to kettlebells that use sand casting methods.

This kettlebell offers a great handle that takes chalk well and can also be used without chalk, and it has a flat bottom, which will promote the kettlebell’s ability to sit flat on multiple surfaces. This is a nice feature for anyone working out on rubber surfaces, or other surfaces with some give to promote the kettlebell’s stability.

Rep Fitness Kettlebell
Rep Fitness Kettlebell
Rep Fitness Kettlebell
A fully cast iron kettlebell that has a chip resistant coating and a handle that will fit a variety of user's hand sizes.

Who Should Buy the Rep Fitness Kettlebell

  1. The lifter that wants to save money and also would like a high-quality bell.
  2. Recreational lifters that partake in a variety of workouts and need a versatile bell.
  3. The kettlebell beginner that wants to slowly ease into kettlebell training.

Who Shouldn’t Buy the Rep Fitness Kettlebell

  1. Serious kettlebell enthusiasts that need a bell for competition.
  2. Fitness enthusiasts that want a kettlebell that has a multi-year/lifetime warranty attached to it.

Best Kettlebell for Small Hands

Handle diameters all vary slightly on kettlebells, which is why it’s important to take not of widths for those with smaller hands.

1. Kettlebell Kings Steel Standard Kettlebell

This kettlebell has dimensions similar to a competition kettlebell, which means it has a 33mm diameter handle. So for smaller handed individuals, this bell will feel much more natural to grip and swings.

The handle itself is solid steel and provides the hand with a decent grip while also supporting both chalk and non-chalk performance. If you’re concerned about kettlebell’s handle diameter, then we’re confident this kettlebell will be your best bet.

Kettlebell Kings Steel Standard
Kettlebell Kings Steel Standard
Kettlebell Kings Steel Standard

A steel kettlebell with a slightly smaller handle that is designed for versatile work outs and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Who Should Buy Kettlebell Kings Steel Standard Kettlebell

  1. Lifters that need a kettlebell to last the test of time and has a lifetime warranty.
  2. Athletes that need a handle width to accommodate for small hands and longer workouts.
  3. Fitness enthusiasts that want a kettlebell with a flat bottom finish and handle that works with and without chalk.

Who Shouldn’t Buy Kettlebell Kings Steel Standard Kettlebell

  1. The lifter that would live to save money and not invest a lot on a bell that won’t be used frequently.
  2. Beginners who are just getting into kettlebell training and are not sure about sizing yet.

Best Kettlebell for Cardio

We like this kettlebell for cardio-based workouts for two major reasons. In reality, every kettlebell could perform well in cardio-based workouts, but this kettlebell’s flattened edges gave it a slight edge.

These edges make prolonged use easier on the forearm, so repetitive impact isn’t too tough on the arm. Additionally, the handle is 33mm in diameter, so it will match multiple athlete’s hand sizes.

1. Rogue Fitness Competition Kettlebell

Rogue Fitness Competition Kettlebell
Rogue Fitness Competition Kettlebell
Rogue Fitness Competition Kettlebell
A single-cast iron kettlebell that provides competition dimensions and a durable coating to ensure a long-lasting bell.

Who Should Buy the Rogue Fitness Competition Kettlebell

  1. Athletes that plan to workout with kettlebells for longer durations or for entire workouts. 
  2. Lifters that need a kettlebell that accommodates for forearm slap during jerks and snatches.
  3. Athletes that may want to compete in the future and want to get used to the different handle dimensions.

Who Shouldn’t Buy the Rogue Fitness Competition Kettlebell

  1. The casual kettlebell user who doesn’t work out too often with kettlebells.
  2. Beginners who are just getting into kettlebell training.

How We Tested The Kettlebells

When assessing the countless kettlebells we’ve reviewed, we looked at multiple performance characteristics. Then, to build this list, we broke every kettlebell into three main categories.

Durability and Performance

In terms of durability, we looked at multiple characteristics. For example, there are multiple ways to cast kettlebells, and often a bell’s casting process will correlate to its long-term durability. Additionally, we looked at a kettlebell’s coating, as this, like the casting process, can be a signal for long-term durability with both grips and chipping on floors. By accounting for factors like this helped us assess the potential life of a kettlebell, so you can be ensured your money will go the distance.

On top of the durability tests, we looked at the performance of every kettlebell. These are versatile pieces of workout equipment, so they need to perform well in multiple settings with both chalk and non-chalk users. Every handle’s coating and diameter can have an impact on grip, so we spent extra time assessing their ability to support long-duration use.

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Price

Lastly, we assessed a kettlebell’s price. Let’s not beat around the bush here, investing in your own home gym equipment is a pretty big deal and you obviously want the most for your money. By taking the above two characteristics into account and comparing them with price, we tried to identify the benefits of each kettlebell for the money you’d be putting into them.

Before Buying Consider

So, you’re interested in a new kettlebell. What are some personal considerations that should be acknowledged before making an investment?

How You Train

Before making any purchase, consider how you train and then assess a kettlebell’s main functionality. A lot of bells are very similar, but there are some with niche purposes, so considering these elements can help direct an informed purchase.

Price

There are a lot of solid options out there that will not break the bank. However, these options might not come with as great of warranties, but the point stands that price should be heavily considered when purchasing. Try to find a bell that fits your budget, while also providing warranty specs you want.

Wrapping Up

If this kettlebell round-up still didn’t help you find your perfect bell, then I hope it at least provided more thoughts to consider before investing. Every kettlebell is like a tree, at the surface they appear somewhat similar in design, but when you dig into their roots they differ pretty drastically. 

The main thing to consider before making any investment in strength equipment is how it will mesh with your lifting style. With so many kettlebell uses and workout needs, then we’re confident you can find your perfect kettlebell on this list, or at least gain a better idea of what to look for. 

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Kettlebell FAQs

Why are kettlebells so effective?

Kettlebells are fantastic and effective training tools for a variety of reasons. First, they’re great for training multiple adaptations like power, strength, and cardiovascular fitness. Second, they can be used to train unilateral and bilateral movements with ease. And lastly, every fitness level can perform kettlebell variations that suit their needs and experience level best.

What are the top five most popular kettlebell movements?

It’s tough to say exactly which kettlebell exercises are the most popular, however, below are five that we think top the list.

  1. Kettlebell Swing
  2. Kettlebell Clean
  3. Kettlebell Snatch
  4. Kettlebell Goblet Squat
  5. Kettlebell Clean & Press

What makes a quality kettlebell?

Everyone will have their own definition of a quality kettlebell, but after hours of testing, we’ve built our definition on three main qualities. First, a quality kettlebell has a single-cast construction, as this means the kettlebell was created with one cast and isn’t pieced together with multiple types of metals.

Second, the coating is durable, chip, and rust resistant. A strong coating can do wonders for prolonging your investment. Lastly, a quality kettlebell has a flat bottom finish and is void of seams and other signs of construction imperfections.

What is the best brand of kettlebell?

There are a lot of great kettlebell brands out there. For our round-up, we assess the best brands on multiple criteria including kettlebell construction, warranty, and functionality.

Some of our favorite kettlebell brands include Kettlebell Kings, Rogue Fitness, Kettlebells USA, and Ader.

Are kettlebell swings considered cardio or weight training?

The kettlebell swing can be both cardio and strength focused depending on the reps, sets, and intensities you’re choosing to use.

Generally speaking, if you use lighter weight and perform more reps, then you’ll be performing with a slightly more cardiovascular focus. Whereas, if you perform heavy swings for fewer reps, then you’ll have more of strength and power focus.