Kettlebell Kings Adjustable Kettlebells
Kettlebells are great, but to gain a full set takes up a lot of room in your home workout space, as well as drains your bank account.
What’s great about these adjustable kettlebells is that they allow you to make small 2 kilogram adjustments to the overall weight, and they don’t skimp on the materials used.
Often, when dealing with adjustable weights, the quality of construction suffers. However, the outside shell and the grip of these kettlebells would be something that I would use even if they weren’t adjustable.
I love that the grip is seam-free and won’t dig into the skin on my hands, and the exterior shell is made from quality steel that is built to take a beating. It’s important to note that adjusting the weight on these kettlebells is a little time-consuming, so they aren’t necessarily great for speedy drop sets.
You can use them on their own, or pair them with an Earthquake bar to take your bench press to the next level.
Below, I wanted to take a deep dive into all of the advanced features that make the Kettlebell Kings Adjustable kettlebells an investment worth making!
Seam-free steel grip
Cast iron plates will not rattle while in use
Strong steel exterior frame
Weighs anywhere from 26 pounds all the way to 70 pounds
Great for cross-training or powerlifting
WIll not take up a lot of room in your home gym
Time-consuming to make adjustments
Paint chips over time
There are no cheap plastic components found anywhere on this set of kettlebells! The exterior shell is composed of a durable layer of steel. Unlike other styles of bells out there on the market, this design does not boast a powder-coated finish.
For competition-style kettlebells, users want limited friction when the two bells clang together. This means that as you beat up these bells, the paint will start to chip and flake off over time.
While they may not look sleek and new after a year of brutal workouts, this cosmetic flaw will not affect the overall performance of your kettlebells.
Inside, the plates are composed of cast iron. The use of cast iron for the plates makes these weights much more durable than steel or filled plates that we often see in budget-friendly weight sets.
You can drop these weights from a modest height, and your concrete floor will shatter before the cast-iron plates show any signs of wear and tear.
Cast iron is one of the toughest materials used in weight lifting, and this set is built to take quite a beating.
When it comes to kettlebells, the grip is incredibly important. Many options out there on the market boast an inside seam line that can really tear up your hands when working with heavier weight.
For lightweight kettlebells, this seam line isn’t much of an issue. When you are working with super heavy kettlebells, you do not want to feel that seam line in your paws.
The great thing about this design is that it boasts a super smooth steel grip that is seam-line-free!
I also love that the grip of this design is made from paint-free exposed steel. The paint on this set is known to chip and crack over time, which will not affect the performance of the bell.
However, if the paint chipped off on the grip, that would be an issue. Kettlebell Kings anticipated this potential problem and opted to leave the paint off of the steel grip.
The weights of these kettlebells are labeled in kilograms. If you measure your weights in pounds, fear not - I did the math for you! Well, Google did the math and I’m just here to report back.
The real question is how much does one kettlebell weigh? Without any weights loaded up inside, one bell weighs in at 12 kilograms or just over 26 pounds.
This set ships with 7 weight plates inside of the steel shell. These weight plates include three 2-kilo plates, two 3-kilo plates, and 2 4-kilo plates.
For my Imperial system friends, this translates to three 4.4 pound weights, two 6.6 pound weights, and two 8.8 pound weights.
With all of the plates loaded up inside, one kettlebell weighs in at 30 kilos, or around 70 pounds.
And with that, I have hit my personal math/conversion quota of the day!
If you are looking for something to accomplish speedy drop sets, this set may not be ideal. Removing or adding plates inside of the shell is a bit time-consuming, and requires the use of a few tools (that are included with purchase).
To swap out the plates, you will need to use a key to remove the top of the kettlebell from the base. From there, you will need to use a separate key to remove each individual plate.
It may seem a bit annoying, but this system ensures that the plates will not move inside of the steel shell.
Overall, making weight adjustments to this set will take you around 3-5 minutes, at least at first.
However, the more that you remove/add plates, the quicker you will become. After a few workouts, swapping out plates will most likely take you around 1-2 minutes.
One of the biggest complaints that users had with this set is that adjusting the weight is a little annoying.
This set of kettlebells is built to last. Sure, the paint may chip and crack over time, but this cosmetic flaw will not affect the overall performance of these kettlebells.
The steel frame is designed to really take a beating, and the interior shell holds the cast iron plates firmly in place.
You can feel confident dropping these weights on the floor without worrying about damaging the adjustable components or cracking the shell.
While the weights will be fine after being dropped, I cannot say the same about your concrete floor!
When working with heavyweights such as these, it’s always a good idea to invest in a set of shock mats.
These mats work to prevent your garage floor from looking like the surface of the moon.
Overall, I would recommend the Kettlebell Kings Adjustable kettlebells for both powerlifters and cross-training.
It’s a great tool for weighted squats, the classic kettlebell swings, rows, or single-arm clean and presses (just to name a few). These exercises are great for building muscle and strengthening all of those little hard-to-hit stability muscles.
Plus, the adjustable nature of these kettlebells makes it easy to ensure that you have the right weight.
For goblet squats, you will need a weight that is much heavier as you target large muscle groups. For exercises like single-hand clean and presses, you can adjust the weight down to work those smaller muscle groups.
Powerlifters often get stuck in the mindset that all they need is a rack, a barbell, and a set of plates.
However, adding in some kettlebell work is a great way to target stabilizing muscles that you cannot hit on a standard bench press. I like to pair these weights with a set of resistance bands and an Earthquake bar to add a new level of difficulty to my bench press.
Due to the fact that these are adjustable, it makes it easier to scale up or down to find the perfect weight for your bench press.
The price of this set is pretty steep, but when you take into consideration that it is multiple sets in one, it comes in at an excellent value!
Overall, this set will cost you around the same amount as a set of 70-pound Rogue kettlebells.
The difference between this set and standard 70-pound kettlebells is that the adjustable plates inside work as a full set of weights that adjust down to just 26 pounds. If you were to buy each individual weight option, the price tag would land you in the quadruple digits.
It would also take up a good deal of floor space in your home gym. It may seem a bit expensive at first, but this set really gives you the biggest bang for your buck!
However, these adjustable kettlebells are an excellent value and provide you with multiple kettlebells in one sleek and compact package. They may take a little bit of time to make the proper adjustments, which isn’t ideal for drop sets.
I like to use these kettlebells for general strength training, as well as pair them with an Earthquake bar for challenging bench presses.
I love that this design from Kettlebell Kings is made from strong and durable materials that stand the test of time.
They provide users with an excellent grip, and provide a myriad of different weighted options that start at 26 pounds and scale all the way up to 70 pounds.
If you don’t have any kettlebells in your home gym, I highly recommend giving the Kettlebell Kings Adjustable kettlebells a look!