NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbells Review

Learn how these compact dumbbells can adjust from 10 to 55 pounds, and provide new versatility for your workout routine.

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Anyone who hits the gym often enough knows just how important dumbbells can be to your workouts, and the NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbells are some of the best budget adjustable dumbbells on the market. With weights ranging from 10 to 55 pounds, these are a great option for those who don’t have the space for a full set of traditional dumbbells. You’ll also receive a free 30-day iFit membership with your purchase, which offers thousands of strength training classes. While adjustable dumbbells are not new by any means, NordicTrack took a different approach than its competition.

The Select-A-Weight design features an adjustable pin that can slide back and forth on each side of the dumbbell. Simply lift the pin and slide it to the desired weight, then release it to lock it in place. Dumbbells will never be able to replace a gym full of equipment on their own, but they offer great variety for at-home workouts — from upper-body work for the bicepstriceps, and shoulders to lower-body exercises, such as split squats. So, if you use a variety of different dumbbell weights regularly and want a more compact option for your home gym, the NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbells could be a great option for you. 

Main Takeaways

  • These dumbbells come with a free month of iFit, which offers access to over 16,000 live and on-demand workout classes with a coach and a leaderboard feature for those who like competition.
  • The steel handles feature a moderate knurling pattern to assist your grip.
  • These dumbbells range from 10 to 55 pounds and can replace 15 individual pairs of dumbbells.
NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbells
NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbells
NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbells

These adjustable dumbbells replace 15 pairs of dumbbells with a top weight of 55 pounds, and feature steel handles that are knurled to assist your grip. 

NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbells Video Review

During his detailed video review, our reviews writer, Jake, puts these dumbbells to the test in the BarBend garage gym. Follow along as he tells you everything you need to know about these bells, from the pros and cons to the pricing details.

NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbells Highlights

While multiple sets of dumbbells require a lot of space, these Select-A-Weight dumbbells are more compact, utilizing just a fraction of the space — you just need room for one large pair of dumbbells versus the equivalent 15 pairs you would need for the same versatility. Simply move the pin and/or the inner slide, and you can change the weight in seconds.

The weight for the outer pin ranges from 10 to 50 pounds, and the inner slide allows you to add 2.5 or five pounds to your total weight. NordicTrack redesigned these dumbbells by ditching the plastic handles for steel handles with a moderate knurling, and these now feature rounded weight plates instead of the multi-sided design the old model used to sport.

NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Build
NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Build

For those who want to compete, iFit offers live classes that allow you to go toe-to-toe with others on the leaderboard. Or, if that’s not your thing, take the solo route and focus on your form to improve your strength. While 55 pounds may not be enough for every athlete, this range is pretty common for adjustable dumbbells. But if you need more weight than what is offered, you’ll have to spend more money on a heavier set. Ultimately, we think the overall quality and utility of these dumbbells make them well worth the $350 price tag. 

Who Should Buy the NordicTrack Select-A-Weights

  • Recreational athletes who are looking to add dumbbells to their home gym but lack the space that traditional dumbbells require — this one large set of dumbbells can replace 15 individual pairs with weights ranging from 10 to 55 pounds. 
  • Anyone looking for a product that includes personal training will enjoy that these dumbbells come with a one-month iFit membership. This membership provides access to a library of over 16,000 live and on-demand workouts.
  • For anyone who is just getting started working out, you can add 2.5 or five pounds onto your total weight — meaning you can progress at your own pace and accommodate accordingly. 

Who Shouldn’t Buy the NordicTrack Select-A-Weights

  • While these dumbbells are smaller than some competition, they’re still larger than a traditional dumbbell. So if you’re worried about the size negatively impacting your workouts, you might want to try to find a smaller, less clunky alternative.
  • Those who need dumbbells heavier than 55 pounds, as that is the max weight for this product.
  • If you want an ergonomically shaped handle, we suggest you keep searching. 

Price

The NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbells will run you around $350, making them some of the most affordable adjustable dumbbells on the market. If you don’t want to spend that much money upfront, you can always finance your purchase by making monthly payments of about $10 over 39 months, or about $30 a month for a year.

Your purchase includes a free month of iFit that will auto-renew for $39 a month, unless you choose one of the three yearly plans. The one-year plan will run you around $400, the two-year membership is about $700, and the three-year plan is roughly $900. A membership to iFit is not essential by any means, so you can always cut ties after completing that free month. 

Overall Build and Quality

The Select-A-Weights are made of a combination of steel and hardened plastic. While the weight plates do feature a flat portion underneath, the overall design is rounded, so they may not be the best bet for anyone wanting to use them for a plank or push-ups. The only plastic found on the steel plates though, is in the middle where the adjustment pins are located.

NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbell Weight Chart
NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbell Weight Chart

These are a very compact dumbbell option for anyone looking to buy multiple pairs of dumbbells, as this single large pair of dumbbells offers the equivalent in weight of 15 separate pairs of dumbbells. We aren’t sure about the diameter of the redesigned steel handles, but it seems to be about 30 millimeters, and the moderate knurling should assist your grip.

Features

You can easily change the weight of these dumbbells in a two-step process — just pull the outer pin and slide it to select your weight, and if necessary, use the slide on the inside to add either 2.5 or five pounds to your total weight. Each dumbbell ranges in weight from 10 pounds up to 55 pounds.

The steel handles sport a moderate knurling that is helpful in terms of supporting your grip, and the steel weight plates feature a round design. The overall size of these dumbbells is impacted by the weight you select to work out with. Even though they’re larger than a traditional 55-pound dumbbell, they aren’t big enough to have that much of a negative impact on your workouts

Adjustability

You can easily adjust the weights by pulling the outside pin and popping it back in to select your desired weight. If you want to increase your weight slowly, you can adjust a slider inside each dumbbell to add 2.5 or five pounds to your total weight.

NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Adjustment Mechanism
NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Adjustment Mechanism

So, for instance, if you wanted to do curls with 25 pounds of weight, you would position the outer pin at the ‘20’ mark, and slide the inner pin to the ‘five’ position.

Weight Options

Each dumbbell features six plates on either side that you can adjust with a pin. The pin allows you to select weights from 10 to 50 pounds, and the slide on the inside of the dumbbells allows you to increase the weights by 2.5 or five pounds, so they each can reach 55 pounds total. 

Handle Grip and Comfort

The handles on the NordicTrack Select-A-Weights are uniform in diameter, which is about 30 millimeters. We were pretty pumped to find that NordicTrack ditched the plastic handles for steel, and the moderate knurling provides a little more grip for when your hands start to sweat

Weight Plate Design

While there is a bit of a flat portion underneath the steel weight plates, these dumbbells are still rounded, which may be a bummer for anyone who planned on using these for some push-ups since they may wobble a bit. The only plastic on the plates is in the middle where the adjustment pin is located, and while they didn’t seem to rattle too much when we were working out, you might run into that issue occasionally. 

Workout App Compatibility

These dumbbells come with a free month of iFit, a fitness streaming service that offers live and on-demand workout classes that range from strength training to treadmill workouts, cycling classes, and even pilates. Compatible with iPhones and Androids, you’ll have access to personal trainers that can offer motivation and guidance. You can also compete with others on the leaderboard and log your workouts to track your progress. This membership is not required to use these dumbbells though, so you can cut ties after that free month runs out.

Product Specs

These adjustable dumbbells can adjust from 10 pounds to 55 pounds each. The tray for each dumbbell is 19.5 inches long, 11.5 inches wide, and 8.5 inches tall — about the size of a shoebox. This is great for anyone living in an apartment or who is already cramped for space in their home gym

Dumbbell Type

These are adjustable dumbbells. Adjustable dumbbells are the best option for anyone working with a tight budget and/or don’t have the necessary space for a full set of traditional dumbbells.

Jake Using The Select-A-Weights For Curls
Jake Using The Select-A-Weights For Curls

Adjusting the weight is relatively easy with these bells since you only have to utilize the pin and slide on either end of the handles. These dumbbells can replace 15 individual dumbbells with weights ranging from 10 to 55 pounds with both 2.5 and five-pound increments. 

Portability

One of the best things about dumbbells is that you can perform your workouts in just about any space — and you can easily move these dumbbells anywhere. If you were to try to move 15 separate pairs of dumbbells, you would likely have to make an undesirable number of trips back and forth. But to move just two large dumbbells like this, you can virtually eliminate any back-and-forth process. 

Size and Dimensions

While in the tray, the measurements for one dumbbell and its tray are 19.5 inches by 11.5 inches by 8.5 inches.

Comparing The Size of The Select-A-Weight's
Comparing The Size of The Select-A-Weight’s

This is about the size of one large shoebox, so two of these weights/trays can fit into tight areas in your home or gym space.

Warranties

NordicTrack only offers a three-month warranty on this product, which may be a drawback for some, as some competitors offer two-year warranties on their adjustable dumbbells.

Places to Buy

You can buy the NordicTrack Select-A-Weight Dumbbells through NordicTrack’s website or via Amazon’s marketplace.

Company Information

NordicTrack offers a wide variety of equipment — from treadmills and bikes to dumbbells and even a mirror smart gym. Its parent company — iFit — also offers virtual training, so you can have access to over 16,000 workouts that can help you progress. NordicTrack offers a 30-day trial period in which you can receive a full refund if you aren’t satisfied with your purchase. You can reach their customer support by calling 1-888-308-9616.

Final Word

It’s hard to deny the convenience of having only one pair of adjustable dumbbells that offers the same functionality as 15 individual pairs. With the NordicTrack Select-A-Weight dumbbells, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing your space to get a solid workout, as you can easily tuck them into a corner after use. Buying this one pair of adjustable dumbbells will also cost you much less than buying the equivalent 15 separate pairs. 

If you are looking to start building out your home gym, this could be a good option for you to allow room for larger equipment, like a power rack. However, the weights only reach a max of 55 pounds, which may turn some powerlifters away. But for recreational home athletes, this product is a financially responsible purchase that offers versatility and comes with a free 30-day iFit membership — a huge perk you don’t find with many dumbbells. 

FAQs

How much do the NordicTrack Select-A-Weight dumbbells cost?

These adjustable dumbbells will run you around $350. This is a pretty solid value in our eyes due to the compact size, durable build, and sheer versatility they bring to the table. So if you don’t need more than 55 pounds of weight and are looking for multiple new pairs of dumbbells, we suggest giving these a hard look.

Is an iFit membership required when making my purchase?

iFit is not required to use the dumbbells, but a free 30-day membership is included with your purchase. If you want to continue to use iFit after your free month, you’ll have to pay the monthly membership fee of $39.

Are the Select-A-Weight Dumbbells easily adjustable?

Yes, the pins and slides allow you to easily change weight between exercises. Just be sure to keep the dumbbells in the provided tray to ensure the plates are properly aligned as you adjust.