One piece of gym equipment that every lifter will have used is the dumbbell. From humble origins, dumbbells are now in every commercial gym, and for good reason. They do what they set out to do in a way that no competitor has managed to truly beat.
When setting up your own home gym or garage gym, you are probably already considering which dumbbells to purchase. Unfortunately, they are a costly buy, which makes the decision all the more important.
In this article, we are going to review some of the best dumbbells on the market, manufactured by one of the industry leaders in lifting gear, Rogue. If you are still undecided on what brand to go for, or you are right at the beginning of your journey to purchase your garage gym equipment, this is a great place to start.
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Pros & Cons Of The Rogue Loadable Dumbbells
What We Like
What We Didn’t Like
Unique Features Of The Rogue Loadable Dumbbells
Loadable dumbbells are the perfect addition to any home gym setup. Dumbbells are massively popular for a reason, they are extremely versatile, practical and can be used to shred weight, build mass, and maintain your physique.
Rogue gear is top-shelf and comes with a premium price tag. Being able to use the same plates across your dumbbells and your barbell will allow you to save money.
Smart Loadable Design
Loadable dumbbells further increase the versatility of your dumbbell by allowing you to load plates on either side, changing the weights of your dumbbell. Essentially, they are like miniature barbells, which means you only need one handle and a range of plates. The best thing about the Rogue loadable dumbbell is that you can utilize the same Rogue weight plates that the Rogue barbell systems use.
The smart loadable design allows for rapid changes, which means you don't waste any time changing weights during an intense workout session. Drop-sets, tri-sets, and supersets are all a piece of cake.
Fully Knurled Handle
If you are already a fan of the Rogue series of gear, you will probably have heard of the Rogue Ohio Bar, the pinnacle of barbell technology. The Ohio Bar is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the best barbell we have ever tested, and Rogue has carried the same level of quality and innovation into their loadable dumbbells.
One way this is apparent is in the knurling on the handles. Utilizing the same knurl patterns as the Ohio Bar, you can feel the years of testing and innovation that went into the design. The grip is superb, combining a secure, grippy feel with comfort that makes workouts a breeze: no more bloody palms or failed sets.
Built To The Same Specs As The Ohio Bar
Manufactured in Ohio, the Rogue Ohio Bar sets the standard for all lifting equipment, in our opinion. Carried over from that amazing bit of equipment, you get the 28.5mm diameter, and single-piece machined sleeves. In addition, there are bronze bushings that run extremely smooth and a snap ring sleeve that feels exceptional to set up.
Combine With New Dumbbell Bumpers
While you can use any traditional Olympic plate on the Rogue Loadable Dumbbell, if you want to go for the full hog, you should look at their specially designed bumper plates. These plates have been designed specifically for the Rogue Loadable Dumbbell, so if you want the very best, these are it.
There is something special about these bumper plates too. Rogue has designed them to provide a more consistent center of gravity. This means they feel much more like a traditional fixed weight dumbbell, which is incredible for an adjustable set.
Rogue Loadable Dumbbells Reviewed
14.2 / 20.5 Inches
Any Olympic Plate
Hand Grip Diameter
Rogue has a way of taking equipment that has been around for a long, long time, innovating, perfecting, and producing a product that takes our breath away each time.
All of Rogue's products come beautifully packaged and look simply stunning from the start. Taking center stage of any gym, Rogue products ooze quality and style. They are made of the highest quality materials, manufactured on American soil, and will last you as long as you look after them.
These Loadable Dumbbells are as easy to change as a traditional barbell; simply undo the clip and load on the weight you need. They are much quicker than some of the competition, which is massively important when considering adjustable gear.
Once you have loaded your desired weight, the grip is by far the most comfortable grip we have seen on a dumbbell. This is due to the fact that Rogue has brought all of the innovation and quality they use on their top-level Ohio Bar over to the Loadable Dumbbells. As a result, the knurl allows for exceptional grip without sacrificing comfort.
It’s a really great added benefit that you can use almost any Olympic-style weight plate too. Rogue gear is always pretty expensive, so being able to start with the loadable dumbbell handles and weight until a later date to upgrade to their bumper plates will mean you build up your home gym without remortgaging your house.
The colorful bumper plates have been specifically designed to be used with these loadable dumbbells, and they come in six different weight increments. They are only 9" in diameter, which makes them perfect to fit on the end of the dumbbell loadable length. They are easier to deal with than stacking old-school 5lb plates and reduce noise massively when you drop them.
Rogue also has some of the best customer services in the industry, and their team can help you with your equipment choices and even design you a state-of-the-art Rogue home gym (our dream). If there are any problems, they will do everything within their power to help you out. They are easy to get in touch with too.
Other Rogue Dumbbells & Lifting Accessories
If this is the first time hearing about the Rogue brand, don't worry; we have you covered. Rogue is the best in the biz for a reason. So if you are looking to kit your home gym out with the very best, you should consider the following:
Rogue Urethane Dumbbell & Rogue Rubber Hex Dumbbell
If you prefer a more traditional style of dumbbell, the other dumbbells on offer from Rogue are excellent choices. The Urethane and Rubber Hex dumbbells are the very best fixed weight dumbbells that money can buy.
They both utilize the same impressive knurl and grip system that we talked about above. With rubber and Urethane, you also have added protection from drops. If you need to keep your floor damage-free, they might be a better choice.
They are also a lot quieter when dropped, which may be important to you depending on where you have set your gym up.
Rogue Dumbbell Set & Rogue Dumbbell Rack
If you want to save money on buying each individual dumbbell and your budget and space allow, the full Rogue Dumbbell Set may be the best way to proceed. Rogue also offers a Dumbell Rack, and if we had the money, this is where we would spend it.
The Rogue Dumbell Rack, paired with a full set of Rogue Dumbbells, will take the center stage of any home gym and will be the envy of all your friends.
Comparisons With Rogue Loadable Dumbbell Alternatives
We have already talked about what sets the Rogue dumbbells apart but let’s compare them with some of the competition and see how they differ.
Rogue Vs Ironmaster
- Quick-Lock design adjusts from 5-75 lbs in 2...
- Super heavy duty construction with welded...
- System includes two adjustable dumbbells at...
- Super space efficient design. Takes up less...
Ironmaster is another really impressive brand and their flagship adjustable dumbbell system is fantastic. They are quick to adjust and made of exceptional quality.
In terms of competition, this is a very close race, and ultimately, it will depend upon your exact preferences on which you prefer. We prefer Rogue, mainly down to the styling and partly down to the barbell design, which feels a little bit smoother than the Ironmaster. You can check out our full Ironmaster adjustable dumbbell review here.
Rogue Vs Powerblock
- The Elite EXP has a weight range of 5-50 lbs...
- Elite EXP replaces 16 pairs of dumbbells in...
- EXP stands for expandable and the Elite EXP...
- Elite EXP (2020 model) has auto-lock handle...
The Powerblock is another innovative piece of equipment, and while we do love the design and the uniqueness, we don't think they compare to Rogue in terms of quality and finish. They do have a much lower price tag, however. You can take a look at our full Powerblock adjustable dumbbell review here.
Rogue Vs Bowflex SelectTech
- Includes 1-Year JRNY Membership ($149 value;...
- 5 - 52.5 lbs per Adjustable Dumbbell
- Easy-to-Use Selection Dials
- 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25, 30,...
Again, the Bowflex SelechTech cannot compete with Rogue or Ironmaster, but with a price tag much much lower, we didn’t expect them to. The SelecTech adjustable dumbbell system is really impressive for the price tag, but they aren’t in the same league as Rogue.
People Also Ask (FAQs)
How do loadable dumbbells work?
The Rogue Loadable Dumbbells work just like a standard barbell but in dumbbell size. Simply load the plates on each side and secure them with the clips, and you are good to go.
Are Rogue plates Universal?
Rogue follows the Olympic size guidelines, which means they can be used on any barbell or loadable dumbbell system that can take Olympic plates.
Are Rogue loadable dumbbells safe?
Rogue Loadable Dumbbells are as safe as you can possibly get from a piece of equipment. Of course, all weightlifting comes with dangers, but in terms of technology, quality, and safety factors, they are the best in the industry.
However, nothing will protect you from dropping a dumbbell on your toe!
How much weight can you load on Rogue DB 10?
This will depend upon the size of the plates you use. You can get 2-3 cast iron plates or 3-4 steel plates. In terms of bumper plates, it will depend on how heavy you are lifting as the thickness changes depending upon the weight.
We love the Rogue brand here at Garage Gym Pro. They are the perfect example of how to do things right. Their products look incredible, feel incredible, and are manufactured to the highest standards we have seen so far.
If you're looking for the best Rogue adjustable dumbbells, we have to recommend the full loadable set. They are the absolute best space-saving loadable dumbbells on the market.
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