Choosing the Best Kettlebells

Kettlebells are hot these days but with so many flavors to chose from, pinpointing the best kettlebells among a vast landscape of choices for your particular situation can be tough. To help demystify the selection process and find the right ones for your situation, we’ve reviewed the best kettlebells on the market. The benefits of kettlebell workouts are real and more and more people have incorporated kettlebells exercises into their fitness regimen (either at the gym or at home). The data is presented in an interactive matrix that contains the following information about each set:

  • Price range: note that some kettlebells are priced individually and some are priced in sets. If you see a higher price on the low end of the price range, you can bet its a set and we’ve tried to clearly designate which are sets and which are individual KBs. Best Kettlebells
  • Weight range: most manufacturers increase weight sizes in increments of 5 pounds but double check.
  • Color
  • Core: are they made from cast iron, cement adjustable w/ steel weight plates?
  • Rating: based on buying trends and verified customer reviews from leading online merchants.

The matrix contains links to deeper (or at least as deep as one can go…we’re talking about cannonballs with handles, right?) analysis into each kettlebell and details the “Good” and “Not so good” based on real customer data. Together, the kettlebell reviews matrix and individual kettlebell deep dives should put you well on your way to determining which brand is best for you and your situation (our #1 goal creating this site).

KettlebellsPrice rangeWeight rangeColor(s)CoreCoatingRating
MTN Kettlebells
MTN Kettlebells

$49.95 (4 pack)10 - 25 poundsBlackCast IronPaint5 stars

Full review
RKC Russian Kettlebell (Dragon Door)

RKC Russian Kettlebell (Dragon Door)
$9.77 - $153.9510 - 72 poundsMetallicCast IronPaint5 stars

Full review
xMark Fitness Kettlebells (set)

XMark Fitness Kettlebells

$120.68 - $747.005 - 35 poundsBlueCast IronVinyl5 stars

Full review
Solid Cast Iron Kettlebell

Solid Cast Iron Kettlebell
$11.00 - $52.0010 - 65 poundsBlackCast IronPaint4.5 stars

Full review
GoFit Contoured Kettlebell

GoFit Contoured Kettlebell
$16.15 - $99.997 - 45 poundsYellow, Red, Blue, Orange, Green, Black, PurpleCast IronVinyl4.5 stars

Full review
Body Solid Rubber Chrome Kettlebells

Body Solid Rubber Chrome Kettlebells
$14.99 - $175.0010 - 75 poundsBlack (w/chrome handle)Cast IronRubber4.5 stars

Full review
j/fit Kettlebells

j/fit Kettlebells
$39.99 - $174.0735 - 50 poundsGreyCast IronPaint4.5 stars


Full review
Sunny Vinyl Coated Kettlebell

Sunny Vinyl Coated Kettle Bell
$15.54 - $67.745 - 25 poundsBlackCast IronVinyl4.5 stars

Full review
CFF Adjustable Russian Kettlebell

CFF Adjustable Russian Kettlebell
$129.9910 - 70 poundsA fine Grey and Black comboSteel WeightsPaint4.5 stars

Full review
Stamina Adjustable Kettlebell

Stamina Adjustable Kettlebell
$112.1516 - 36 poundsRedSteel WeightsVinyl4.5 stars


Full review
Kettlestack Adjustable Kettlebell

Kettlestack Adjustable Kettlebell
$64.8710 to 70 poundsGreySteel WeightsPaint4 stars


Full review
SPRI Kettlebell

SPRI Kettlebell
$15.98 - $87.985 - 50 poundsOver 10 different colorsCast IronVinyl4 stars

Full review
Cap Barbell Fitness Kettlebell

Cap Barbell Fitness
$12.94 - $59.9510 or 20 poundsBlackCementVinyl4 stars


Full review
Mir Pro Adjustable Kettlebells

Mir Pro Adjustable Kettlebell
$149.9910 - 83 poundsBlackSteel WeightsPaint3.5 stars


Full review

 

Methodology for determining the best kettlebells

Wwe’ve checked out best selling and highly rated kettlebells from popular merchants, distilled our findings and shared them here. “Best” is subjective but we’re hoping this guide can help explain some of the high level differences and put some optics behind what each set looks like. Moreover, we’ve also included individual reviews for each set of kettlebells in an effort to help you make a more informed choice.

It should be pointed out that the price ranges reflected in this matrix are “a snapshot in time” and can change frequently so there could be slight pricing differentials (+ / -) by the time you discover this site and take a deeper look. Also, most kettlebells are priced à la carte (i.e. you pay for each weight individually) but there are some “package deals” (e.g. MTN Kettlebells) that include multiple kettlebells in a set at reduced costs. Moreover, the matrix includes data for adjustable kettlebells sets, which are great space and $$ savers.

As mentioned at the top, we’ll do our best to keep this matrix updated with the best kettlebell reviews over time as new kettlebells enter the market and/or we find good deals. Proper technique is key to preventing injury when using kettlebells so be sure to check out the kettlebell exercise videos as well as the kettlebell DVDs…you’ll find content for all skill levels. If you happen to run into any broken links, outdated information or find a kettlebell set that should be included in this matrix, we would appreciate a “heads up”. Hope you enjoy the site!

 

Kettlebell reviews

 

Adjustable Kettlebells

Stamina Adjustable Kettlebell

While individual weight kettlebells dominate the marketplace, if you’re low on space or want to reduce clutter in your workout area, perhaps adjustable kettlebells are the right choice for you. Adjustable kettlebells have removable plates that allow you to quickly change weight levels and perform as good as single weight kettlebell sets. From a space savings perspective, the “footprint” of one or two adjustable kettlebells is substantially smaller than an entire set of KBs. From a cost savings perspective, they’re ideal since you won’t have to buy a full (or even partial) set of KBs plus a kettlebell rack. In comparison to some KB brands, 1 adjustable kettlebell can equal the cost of 3-4 individual kettebell weights so the economics make sense.

The decision between purchasing adjustable kettlebells versus regular kettlebells normally comes down to cost, personal preference and convenience factors. I know some people who don’t mind having to adjust the weights of kettlebells frequently and others who want to bypass this task every time the weight levels require a change. Some believe individual kettlebells “just feel better” while others don’t notice much of a difference. If you’re in the market and have access to a gym or sporting goods store with kettlebells (adjustable and individual), take the opportunity to investigate the differences for yourself. Pick them up…see how they “feel” in your hands…perform a couple movements…do a test run and adjust the weight levels so you understand how easy/hard it is. If you don’t have this type of access, we’re hoping the data in this website help.

Today the adjustable kettlebell market is small compared to individual kettlebells but the merits of adjustable KBs (space and money savings) are converting more and more people everyday. Accordingly, the list of top adjustable kettlebells is small but should expand over time…we’ll be sure to keep you updated relative to the latest and greatest moving forward:

 

 

 

History of kettlebells

What is the history of Kettlebells?

Created in Russia back in the 17th century, Kettlebells are round iron orbs with handles used in a swinging motion to quickly build strength, balance, flexibility and endurance quickly. The Soviet army incorporated kettlebells into their physical training and conditioning programs and have been used for competition and sports across Russia and Europe since the ’40s. Even though kettlebells have been here in the United States since the ’60s, the first kettlebell instructor certification program wasn’t born until 2001 and today, they’re one of the hottest trends in exercise. Why? Because some experts have called kettlebell workouts the perfect combination of strength and cardiovascular training. As the kettlebell market heated up and became mainstream over the last decade, rapid innovation ensued, providing consumers with lots of choices. This is why this site was created: to help guide you through the mountain of options and help you determine which ones are best for you.