Should you buy used Bowflex dumbbells? Buying used exercise equipment can be a risky proposition, but you can also save some money. If you are in the market for a set of dumbbells but aren’t sure if new or used is the way to go, I encourage you to keep reading.
People get all excited about working out and can’t wait to get in shape, so they buy shiny new exercise equipment. They have such great intentions, but then the luster wears off and, well you know, they stop working out.
Websites like Craigslist are chock-full of all kinds of used exercise equipment, across all brand names, all types of equipment like treadmills, elliptical trainers, dumbbells, and the list goes on and on. You know, used exercise equipment is a great place to hang clothes, or stack boxes on, LOL.
Dumbbells will get kicked under a bed, or in a corner and start collecting dust. Watch out; dumbbells serve as a tripping hazard in the middle of the night if you are not careful.
That brings me to the question of whether or not buying used dumbbells is a good idea. Would you buy used a set of used Bowflex dumbbells?
Used Bowflex dumbbells
Bowflex offers a few different sets of adjustable weight dumbbells, varying in weight ranges. These adjustable dumbbells can be an excellent option for a home gym and eliminate the need for a whole rack of traditional dumbbells.
Adjustable weight dumbbells are a fantastic option to traditional dumbbells, and you don’t need a full rack of weights taking up valuable space in your home. A full rack of dumbbells can be replaced by one set of adjustable dumbbells.
These adjustable dumbbells from Bowflex are very popular because they are less expensive than buying a whole rack of weights, and you only have two dumbbells and not twenty or thirty of them. Also, you only have to move or transport two dumbbells when you are getting your home gym set up.
As I mentioned earlier, though, buying used equipment can be risky, especially with adjustable dumbbells, because there are moving parts. There are a lot of things to consider if you want to buy used dumbbells.
Let’s talk about some of the pros and cons of buying used adjustable dumbbells.
Pros of buying used Bowflex dumbbells
- They are less expensive than new dumbbells
- If you decide you don’t want them, you are not out as much money if you had bought new
- If you are just getting started working out, used may be an excellent way to go
Cons of buying used Bowflex dumbbells
- You have no history of how they have been used
- You don’t know exactly how “used” the dumbbells are
- They might not function as well as new dumbbells
- No idea if the dumbbells have been properly maintained
- You don’t have a warranty
- Will the dumbbells lock in place and stay there when you are working out?
As you can see, if you are in the market for used Bowflex dumbbells, there are some things to consider before you start shopping around.
Now let’s look at some of the pros and cons of buying new adjustable dumbbells.
Pros of buying new
- For one thing, they are brand new, never been used or touched by anyone
- You get a warranty
- You know the history, as in never been used before, they are brand new
- Bowflex offers financing if you want to explore that option
Cons of buying new
- More expensive than buying used
As with anything you buy new or used, you have to weigh the options that are important to you. If you are looking for a set of adjustable dumbbells that you don’t have to worry about then buying new might be an excellent option for you.
If saving money is your top priority, then, by all means, shop around and see if you can find a quality set of adjustable dumbbells that will fit your budget.
One of the great things about buying new from Bowflex is they do offer financing to those who qualify. This can be a great option if you want to spread your payments out on a monthly basis.
Another great thing about buying new is that Bowflex offers a warranty on dumbbells. The warranty ranges from two to three years, depending on which model you buy. You know you are covered when you purchase new adjustable dumbbells, and that can be worth some peace of mind.
There are several different models to choose from when you buy new. If you are looking for more information about specific models, I wrote a Bowflex Adjustable Weight Dumbbells Review.
If you want to explore the available options for used Bowflex dumbbells, you can check them out here.
If you are just getting started with a home gym, and want to save money, you may want to consider buying. Those folks who work out at home a lot and know they will buy something that will last a very long time, then buying new is probably a better option.
Unless you know the history of used exercise equipment, you may end up wishing you bought new, to begin with. Not to say you can’t find good value on the used market, but just be sure to do your research first.