Kettle Gryp Review — Just Like a Kettlebell?

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Kettle Gryp is a United States based company that offers a unique product and solution for those who want kettlebell workouts, but lack a kettlebell. Their product the Kettle Gryp is designed to allow anyone to get a kettlebell workout no matter the setting as long one has a dumbbell to hook the grip onto.

In this review, we’ll be assessing how useful their grip is for achieving an adequate workout. We’ll break down the Kettle Gryp’s construction, performance, who could benefit, durability, and price. To keep things consistent in our kettlebell review, we held the Kettle Gryp to the same standard as our bell assessments.

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Grip & Design

The Kettle Gryp is made out of a lighter weight plastic material and comes in at a total weight of less than one pound. There’s a plastic latch on the bottom portion of the handle that snaps shut, so the grip doesn’t come undone easily. The latch itself snaps shut and offers a pretty solid latching mechanism, although, it is fully plastic.

Kettle Gryp Construction

Towards the bottom of the Kettle Gryp there’s a foam padding that will be in contact with the dumbbell’s handle. This padding is a little thicker, so it has some leeway when it comes to the diameter of handle is grips on to. The foam is textured and does a decent job at maintaining its contact with the knurling without sliding or rotating. There’s a single metal rod at the hinge point to connect the two handles.

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The grip itself is smaller in diameter compared to other kettlebells I’ve used, even lighter weight bells. If you’re used to a regular kettlebell grip, which is around 35mm, so imagine a grip that’s about half of that, or about two thirds of that feeling. There’s a textured light material on the handle itself, so it grips pretty well. Kettle Gryp recommends using a 55 lb dumbbell or less when using this device.

Kettle Gryp Construction


To maintain consistency with with our other kettlebell reviews, we used a 50 lb dumbbell in the Kettle Gryp. This is only 5 lbs less than the max weight they recommended using, so I was interested to how the plastic held up. In this review, we used Russian Kettlebell Swings as our main movement test.

Additionally, I didn’t use chalk in our performance test because I didn’t think it would be realistic to put chalk on plastic. Not to mention, most who will use this device while traveling won’t have chalk available.

Without Chalk

When it came to performance of the Kettle Gryp I had mixed feelings. If you’re serious about getting a great kettlebell workout, then the Kettle Gryp won’t be your best bet for three reasons. First, the 50 lb kettlebell was a little wide in the grip, so swing work was really tough – I actually hit my hamstring in the review, which was far from a comfortable experience.

Kettle Gryp Performance

Second, the grip doesn’t feel the firmest and high intensity bouts could be an issue. I actually thought it was somewhat flexible, which is less than idea for heavier movements. Lastly, it doesn’t evenly displace weight as well as normal kettlebells, so it may cause inconsistent movements.

On the positive side of things, I do think the Kettle Gryp is a viable option when traveling and using lighter dumbbells. It performed well for conditioning when I used lighter weights, which for many is what’s going to be the case anyways. With about 30 lb dumbbells and below, it didn’t my legs during swings.

Long story short, I think the performance of the Kettle Gryp will completely come down to the setting you’re in, and want you out of it. If you understand that it’s obviously not a true kettlebell and account for that, then I think you could be subtly pleased with the performance.

Kettle Gryp Performance

Who Could Benefit

Unlike normal kettlebells, I don’t think every strength athlete could benefit with the use of the Kettle Gryp. This product is designed to fix the problem of lack of owning kettlebells, which it does, but it doesn’t fix the problem of performing at a high intensity with the grip.

There’s a limiting weight factor on the Kettle Gryp, so you have to stop around 55 lbs. For this reason, it’s not going to be ideal for many serious strength. Although, I think two populations could benefit with the use of the Kettle Gryp. 

Benefit to WhomRationale
Traveling Athlete1 lb Design, Easily Transportable
Home Gym OwnerOnly Dumbbells Available


Kettle Gryp Durability


Throughout my tests, I didn’t come across any durability issues with the Kettle Gryp. Although, I think there could be some long-term issues with the grip. I pointed this out in the video, but during my 50 lb swings I noticed that the plastic grip moved a little bit. Now I’m not saying that’s a huge cause for alarm, yet over an extended amount of time I could see the plastic giving away due to excessive stress.


The price of the Kettle Gryp comes in around $34.95. This price is cheaper than most kettlebells, but again, it’s not a kettlebell and that’s kind of expected. In our reviews, we’ve been reviewing 50 lb bells and $34.95 isn’t too far off from some of the more generic name brands, so that being said, if you want the grip for the convenience, then I’d say the price is fair, but it’s not too much cheaper than owning your own bell.

Kettle Gryp Price

Wrapping Up

It may have seemed like I was little harsh on the Kettle Gryp throughout this review, but remember I held it to the same standard as a normal kettlebell. Personally, I think this product is unique and offers a lot of special attributes to help out the traveling athlete. If you’re on-the-go and need something lightweight to throw in a backpack, then I’d recommend checking out the Kettle Gryp. Yet, if you’re needing something for serious workouts, then look into investing in your own kettlebell, or even set for that matter.

If you’re on-the-go and understand that the Kettle Gryp has a maximal weight limit, then I think this option could be a good fit for you.

Kettle Gryp






Who Could Benefit







  • Lightweight
  • Easily Transportable
  • Somewhat Convenient


  • Long-Term Durability
  • Max Weight Limit


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.