Merax is a reputable brand in the world of adjustable dumbbells and their deluxe adjustable dumbbells are among the most popular ones at the cheaper end of the market today.
With a maximum weight range of 70lb even the most hardened weight trainer can get a good workout.
This is a dial-a-weight model which means you don’t have to change the weights manually by switching plates. You simply turn the dial on each end of the bar to your preferred weight.
It has 20 plates, starting from 11 lbs and can reach a maximum weight of 70.5 lbs per dumbbell, which is much higher than other dumbbells available that can usually max out at 50 lbs or less per dumbbell.
Four plates are 2.75 lbs, eight plates are 5.5 lbs and eight plates are 8.26 lbs.
The only real issue with this model is that the weights are measured in kilograms, which may not really be an issue if you can easily convert to pounds or you can use a conversion chart to make your life easier.
To adjust these dumbbells, you literally need less than five seconds. You just click on the red safety lock button (which is used to ensure no parts fall out) and you turn the dial on one end of the bar.
Unlike other adjustable dumbbells, you don’t have to adjust the weight on both ends as the other end adjusts automatically on the Merax Deluxe.
Both ends of the dumbbell adjust in increments of 5.5 lbs using the weight dial at the same time, which ensures that the weight is distributed evenly and that the dumbbell will always feel balanced.
However, this can be an issue for beginners, as the weights can be heavier than they need. The length of the dumbbell is 16.4 inches, which doesn’t change as the weights are adjusted.
Merax deluxe dumbbells are also balanced between the top and the bottom, as with this type of dumbbells, the openings at the top of plates where the handle is inserted can take a bit of the weight from the top, leaving the dumbbell ‘bottom heavy’.
In the Merax dumbbells, the openings at the top are as narrow as possible to keep the balance alongside the flatness of the bottom, which makes the plates stable with the least possible amount of rattling.
The handle on the bar is made of a rubber coating and is thicker in the middle, narrower towards the edges for a better grip and to prevent hand soreness or calluses.
The dials on the ends of the dumbbell are also rubberized, making them more comfortable for workouts such as bench press or shoulder press.
Quality and Durability
The overall quality of the dumbbells sturdy and durable. Although the locking mechanisms are plastic and it has many small moving parts, they are of a high finish and were made to be safe and solid.
Although complaints about breakage of parts or defect reports aren’t common, just make sure you’re not too rough with your dumbbells and that you don’t drop them too hard on the ground.
This high quality of the dumbbell justifies the relatively expensive price it’s offered for, as you get good value for money through the many features we’ve discussed above.
Although the merax adjustable dumbbells did not make our list of the best adjustable dumbbells on the market, it is a very good dumbbell at a competitive price.
What the Package Includes
The package comes with the 12 weight plates attached to the bars and two trays with latches for each weight plate where you can store your dumbbells.
You can also buy the Merax dumbles along with their stand, which is used to hold the trays at a suitable height so that you don’t have to pick up your dumbbell from the ground every time you start a new exercise.
The stand also has wheels, which makes it easy to move around.
Merax Deluxe Vs. Bowflex 1090
Although the Bowflex 1090 which we have previously reviewed can reach a maximum weight of 90 lbs per dumbbell, compared to the Merax Deluxe which only reaches 70.5 lbs, they’re almost double the price for the extra weight you get.
So you’ll have to decide if you’re comfortable with just the 70.5 lbs of the Merax dumbbells and you don’t see yourself needing the extra weight in the future, because if you do and you go for the Merax because they’re cheaper, you’ll end up paying more for the upgrade.
What are the Benefits of Merax Adjustable Dumbbells?
Unlike fixed weight dumbbells, Merax adjustable dumbbells are highly flexible and more versatile, which means they can be incorporated into many more workouts that target a variety of muscles, rather than relying on gym equipment that targets certain muscles at a time.
Merax adjustable dumbbells also grow along with your progress, which means that, as a beginner, you can start with the lightest weight on the dumbbell.
Once you start to progress, you can adjust the weight according to your ability and fitness level.
Adjustable dumbbells are a valuable investment to take into consideration, as they’ll save you the inconvenience of having to go to the gym and paying membership fees, which can be expensive.
Using the Merax Deluxe adjustable dumbbells, you can easily work out at home, any time you’d like alternate weights along with the exercises you decide to carry out.
They also have a lot of positive feedback from customers, as they work really well and they have the option of a higher maximum weight, which is great for most weight-lifters.
Whichever dumbbell brand you choose to buy, always make sure to stay fit and healthy.
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