Best Home Dumbbell Sets With Rack: Heavy, Medium and Light


Want to buy the best set of dumbbells for your home gym without spending a lot of time picking all the separate parts? Here are the best complete dumbbell sets that come with a rack.

The best dumbbell sets with rack for a home gym come from CAP, XMark and WF Athletic. Most people will be best off with a set of dumbbells ranging from 5-50 lbs. (2.25-22.5 kg) or 5-70 lbs. (2.25-31.75 kg). Lighter sets are also available.

Keep reading to find the best dumbbell sets for the weights you need.


Best Heavy Dumbbell Sets With Rack

First let’s take a look at the heavier dumbbell sets. That means sets that go up to at least 50 lbs. (22.6kg) That should be enough for most people although for stronger people, up to 70 lbs. (31.75kg) is good. If you want to lift heavier than that, consider a barbell with weight plates. Some of these sets are expandable to 70 lbs.

Check out which barbell and weight plates I recommend here.

At the same time you also want the lighter weights in the same set. The minimum weight for everyone should be about 5 lbs. (2.25kg) That’s light enough for even the smallest muscles. That means we’re looking for sets that range from 5 to at least 50 lbs.

Let’s see what the best options are. I’ve listed a few options below. There are a few brands that have the same dumbbells in different ranges. So you can see the brand and style below but keep in mind that in some cases there are different weight ranges. I’ll mention if that is the case.

If you’re wondering if you should get adjustable or fixed dumbbells, click here to learn more.

1. Cap Barbell

Your best option when looking for a dumbbell set with rack are these CAP ones. They have a few different options for different situations.

  1. 5-50 lbs. Rubberized, Hex shaped with 3 tier rack.
  2. 5-50 lbs. Rubberized, 12 sided, 2 tier rack, commercial quality
  3. 5-70 lbs. Rubberized, Hex, 3 tier rack

The first set is the basic option. Basic quality dumbbells with a 3 tier rack which means the rack takes up less space. The rack is sufficient for the weights although not the highest quality. It’s a relatively cheap set though. If you’re looking for a good deal and reasonable price quality this is the one to go for.

The second set is interesting because they are higher quality dumbbells and a higher quality rack. The rack only has two tiers which means it has to be wider to fit all the dumbbells so it takes up more space. Two tier racks are easier to use though. The extra quality comes at a cost. This set is significantly more expensive than the first one but it will last longer.

The third set is similar to the first set but with a few pairs added on. That also means this come with a slightly larger 3 tier rack. The foot print of this rack is still smaller than the second set though. This is the best set if you want 55, 60, 65 and 70 lbs. dumbbells on top of the standard 5 to 50 lbs. but don’t want to get a separate extension. This is a much neater solution than adding on extra pairs later on.

Are you looking for something cheaper and more compact? Take a look at adjustable dumbbells here.

2. XMark

If you’re shopping for a 5 to 50 lbs. set the XMark is a great one to go for. Sturdy rubberized dumbbells and a good rack for a reasonable price. The dumbbells are hex shaped so they don’t roll away which is always a nice feature to have.

XMark is a good brand that’s based in the USA so that means better customer service than some foreign brands.

The set consists of 10 pairs of dumbbells; 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 lbs. So that covers the weights most people need. It’s very similar to the first CAP set mentioned above so just go for the one that’s available/cheaper at the moment. XMark tends to have a little better customer service though.

3. WF Athletic

Another option for a slightly lower price is the WF athletic set.

  • 5-50 lbs. Rubberized, Hex, 3 tier rack
  • 5-100 lbs. Rubberized, Hex, No rack included

The first WF Athletic set is very similar to the XMark and CAP sets. The dumbbells are very similar (likely from the same factory). The racks have similar designs but slightly different. The XMark rack is a built slightly better. On the other hand, with this set you get a rubber mat included.

The second option is interesting. It’s a complete set of dumbbells from 5 to 100 lbs. However, that set doesn’t include a rack so you’ll have to find your own, however, I thought I would mention it for people looking for a very heavy set.

4. Ader

All the sets above have been rubberized so far. This Ader set is a bit different. The dumbbells have the same hex shape but are bare cast iron.

The set has dumbbells from 5 to 50 lbs. like all the other brands have and a sturdy rack. Whether the bare iron or rubber outside is better for you is up to you. There are some benefits to having rubber on the outside like protecting the floor, the dumbbells and also your ears by damping the noise.

The lack of rubber on this set means you save a bit of money but the difference isn’t all that much. A set of dumbbells is expensive so in my opinion paying the bit extra for rubber on the outside. But if you prefer the raw iron feel, this is the set for you.


Best Medium Weight Dumbbell Sets With Rack

Now let’s look at some lighter sets of dumbbells. These are dumbbell sets that go up to about 20 or 25 lbs. (11.3 kg) These are usually in the same style as the heavier dumbbells. Rubberized or bare cast iron. All these sets come with a rack.

These dumbbell sets are significantly cheaper than the heavy ones. That’s mainly because there are just way fewer pounds in total.

1. Epic Fitness

A set of 5 dumbbells ranging from 5 to 25 lbs. with space efficient A-frame rack. The dumbbells are Hex shaped and rubberized just like most of the heavier sets. The rack can be an A-frame  because there are fewer pairs than with the heavier sets. That means this set is much easier to place somewhere than a heavier set.

Epic Fitness is a USA based brand so the customer service is going to be much better than some other foreign companies.

2. CAP

This is the smaller version of the cap sets listed in the heavy section. It just stops at a lighter weight. Like the set above there are 5 pairs of dumbbells from 5 to 25 lbs. This set doesn’t come with an A-frame rack but a 2 tier flat rack.

The dumbbells themselves are very similar; Hex shaped and rubberized.

Both sets are high quality and come with high quality racks. The CAP rack takes up a bit more space but the dumbbells are accessible a little easier than on an A-frame rack. So it comes down to floor space vs. ease of use. The choice is yours.

There is one big BUT with the rack though. The smallest two dumbbells don’t fit on there together with the other ones. It seems strange to include a rack that doesn’t exactly fit all the dumbbells in the set. So while the quality of the parts is good, the fit isn’t great. You can easily stack the lighter dumbbells on top of the other ones but it’s something that shouldn’t be necessary.


Best Light Dumbbell Sets With Rack

Finally we get to the light sets. These are sets that go up to about 10 or 12.5 lbs. Often, these dumbbells are completely rubberized or covered in neoprene. The type of dumbbell you see in aerobics classes. Good for doing aerobics and similar forms of exercise. These weights are not that great for weightlifting. Even for people that aren’t very strong at all, at least a medium set as mentioned above is better.

1. Fitness Alley

The set you want in this category. Color coded dumbbells in 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 lbs. Neoprene coated and comes with a super sturdy A-frame rack. It doesn’t take up much space s so it’s easy to fit in any space. The quality is great and this set will last you for a long time. This set is not cheap but exactly what you’re looking for.

2. BalanceFrom

This set is a bit smaller. There are only three pairs of dumbbells; 5, 8 and 12 lbs. For most people that’s actually a big enough range for aerobics and similar exercises. You also save quite a bit of money over the first set.

It’s super small and you can put this rack with dumbbells almost anywhere.


How To Select A Dumbbell Set With Rack

Just to make things clearer, let’s quickly outline what you should look for when buying a set of dumbbells;

  • Weight range: The most important thing for buying a set of dumbbells is getting the weight range right. More about that above. The necessary weight range is going to be different for everyone. The light range is just for aerobics and similar exercises. The medium range works for women that don’t want to lift heavy. Most people should go for a set that goes up to 50 or 70 lbs.
  • Type: For most people, rubberized dumbbells are the right choice. Rubberized will protect your dumbbells, floor and ears. Round or hex shaped doesn’t matter much. Hex shaped dumbbells don’t roll away but that’s about it.
  • Rack: When buying a set, you often get a rack that fits all the included dumbbells. You want that rack and it should be sturdy and of decent quality.
  • Quality: Something that’s a little harder to assess is the quality. Sets of dumbbells are expensive and you want something that is going to last for a long time for the amount of money you spend on it.
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Matt

Hey, I'm Matt. Welcome to HomeGymResource.com. I've been going to the gym for about 15 years and am now looking to build my own. In the process I've learned many things I'd like to share with you.

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